Alfred State Hosts the Student Assembly of the State University of New York

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 10:00am

Representatives from across New York sat down at Alfred State to discuss child care, Long Island College Hospital, and new appointments.

Representatives from SUNY campuses across New YorkAlfred State and its Student Senate hosted the Student Assembly of the State University of New York (SA) for their February 2014 Executive Committee meeting on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The SUNY SA comprises student leaders elected by their peers from across SUNY’s 64 campuses.

During the meeting the group discussed many topics pertaining to the students of SUNY, including child care, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and the appointment of three new directors to SA’s executive cabinet.

The event was held in the college’s newly opened Student Leadership Center. Student Senate Chair Josh Altemoos and Alfred State’s president, Dr. Skip Sullivan, welcomed the group. “One of my goals while taking office this past June, as president of the Student Senate here at Alfred State, was to increase the student government’s presence at the state level, including advocacy for our number one priority, our students. Directly related to this was increasing our relationship with state-wide governance organizations and other colleges,” Altemoos said.

At the 13-hour meeting, representatives discussed Long Island College Hospital and SUNY’s plan to combat the cost of the hospital; SUNY Voices, the first ever conference on shared governance hosted by SUNY, the Faculty Council of Community Colleges (FCCC), University Faculty Senate (UFS), and SA; and child care within SUNY, advocating for potential restoration of funding for campus child-care services.

The group ended with a dinner, where members of the SA, college administration, student senate, faculty senate, and college council enjoyed food prepared by Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES).

This is the second year in a row that Alfred State has proudly hosted the SA, where previous to 2013, the group had not been at Alfred State for 10 or more years. In 2013, Alfred State was elected as the best host of the year due to its excellent hospitality.

“I believe the event went quite well,” Altemoos said. “The student leaders were greatly impressed with the campus, the student leadership center, and the hospitality provided to them by the event planner and the campus as a whole. They especially enjoyed having dinner with administrators of the college and various members of the college’s shared governance groups.”