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July - August - September 2007


CPD Welcomes Purchase College as 43rd Member!

Purchase College recently joined the 42 other SUNY campuses as a member of the SUNY Center for Professional Development.

As a member of the SUNY CPD, Purchase College's 300+ faculty and staff are entitled to an array of benefits including discounted pricing for training and professional development programs and payment of the program's fees with CPD Training Points.

Each year the SUNY CPD delivers more than 200 classes, meetings and conferences based on the needs of the SUNY community. These programs are offered using many delivery methods, including face-to-face, online synchronous and asynchronous, and computer-based training.

Patrick Callahan, Director of the Library, will serve as the Campus Points Contact and will coordinate the membership program for the campus.

The SUNY CPD says, "WELCOME" to Purchase College!

For more information about membership in the SUNY CPD, please visit the Membership section of the website at

Posted 09/08/07


SLOAN-C International Conference Scholarships Available!

The 13th SLOAN-C International Conference on Online Learning will be held November 7-9, 2007 in Orlando, Florida. The American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), in partnership with the SLOAN Foundation, is offering SLOAN Foundation Members $50 scholarships to attend the Conference.

Through its membership to SLOAN-C, the SUNY CPD TLT Program is able to offer 10 coupons for $50 off the registration fee to attend the SLOAN-C International Conference on Online Learning. To request your coupon, please email Jennie Dautermann.

For conference information, please visit

Posted 09/05/07


Our Best Wishes to Melanie!

Our Receptionist and Conference & Events Assistant, Melanie Guzylak has resigned to pursue new opportunities in California! We said so long to Mel on Wednesday, August 8th.

Mel was an important member of the SUNY CPD staff and played a key role in the success of numerous CIT conferences! Her shoes (all 100+ pairs) will be hard to fill!

Please join us in wishing Mel and her family well. We will miss her!

Posted 08/10/07


SUNY CPD Officially Opens Their Doors!

The SUNY Center for Professional Development celebrated the Grand Opening of their new facility in East Syracuse on June 22, 2007! Dr. David Porush cut the ribbon signifying the official opening and name change for the SUNY Center for Professional Development (formerly the SUNY Training Center).

The new facility opens up new opportunities for the SUNY Center for Professional Development. With additional, larger meeting and training spaces, and flexible scheduling, the Center now has the capability and capacity to offer classes, meetings, conferences, and other events that it never could before. 

The new name more appropriately reflects the Center's purpose - to provide professional development opportunities to a larger scope of professionals, including faculty, administrators, instructional designers and information technology staff, throughout the State University of New York system. Their mission is to serve a more diverse audience on a broad array of technologies and professional skills not limited to technology but including classroom teaching and pedagogy. The name change articulates that mission.

The Center is a member organization currently supported by 42 SUNY member campuses. Growing their membership and increasing participation in the Center's programs is their goal. Participation in the Center's offerings is open to anyone - SUNY and non-SUNY. Currently membership is limited to SUNY campuses; but expanding the Center's membership to include non-SUNY colleges and universities may be an option in the future.

All of the Staff at the Center are very excited about their new facility and invite you to sign-up for an upcoming event or just stop in for a visit.

Posted 07/19/07


SUNY CPD Offers Low MAGNA Online Pubs Rate!

IT'S TRUE! Pay only $30 for a $399 Online MAGNA Publications Newsletter Subscription! By subscribing through the SUNY CPD you can get that rate on any of the following MAGNA publications:

  • The Teaching Professor - is a forum for discussion of the best strategies supported by the latest research for effective teaching in the college classroom. Typical topics include assessment and evaluation, engagement of student interest, faculty time management, and the learner-centered classroom. The Teaching Professor is edited by respected scholar and expert Dr. Maryellen Weimer of Penn State Berks Lehigh.
  • Online Classroom - is written specifically for the faculty member who is developing skills for online learning that will complement traditional teaching skills. Faculty will have convenient access to a national publication dedicated to helping faculty translate their professional skills to the exciting new environment of distance education. Online Classroom is written from a faculty perspective, seeing technology as a means, not an end.
  • Distance Education Report - offers the benefit of advice from experienced colleagues and experts. The Distance Education Report provides you with the ideas and advice to successfully manage the many different aspects of administering a distance education program. Information is selected to assist you in the most demanding areas of administration: Faculty development and training, program assessment and evaluation, technical support, student retention, student support services, program and curriculum design, marketing and advertising, management and leadership skills, funding and budgeting.

Subscribe to 1 for $30, 2 for $60, or all 3 for $90; and your online password will be good through the end of May 2008. To subscribe...

Posted 07/19/07


Call is Out for SUNY TLT 2007 Meeting!

The SUNY Teaching, Learning & Technology 2007 Meeting, Exploring the Many Worlds of Teaching and Technology, will be held November 15-16 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Julie Little, Associate Director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), will be the keynote speaker. Other featured speakers will include Scott Brewster and Nora Reynolds of UNC Greensboro, the designers of ECON 201, a game-based Economics course.

Call for Presentations: The TLT 2007 agenda will include interactive discussions, panels, posters, birds-of-a-feather discussions, and talks related to college level teaching and learning in the presence of electronic technologies. Presentations are LMS neutral. To submit a proposal, email your idea to the Program Manager no later than September 1. Proposals should be 200 words or less.

Posted 07/19/07


CIT 2008 - A First!

The Conference on Instructional Technologies (CIT) will reach a new milestone in 2008 when a community college hosts the event for the first time since its inception in 1992.

Genesee Community College has been selected to host CIT 2008 next May. The college, located in Genesee County in Batavia, was just one of a number of campuses that submitted a proposal last year to host the conference. The college planning committee is being led by Mary Jane Heider, Director of Academic Computing. Mary Jane has a long history with CIT, attending all 16 conferences and participating on the CIT Planning Committee for many years. The Genesee Community College staff is very enthusiastic about hosting CIT and has the full support of President Stuart Steiner.

CIT is SUNY's premier event for sharing best practices for, and the vision of, using new media and technologies to support academia. The dates for CIT 2008 are May 27-30.

Posted 07/19/07


CPD Represented at Annual SUNY Retention Symposium!

The 7th Annual SUNY Retention Symposium, Promoting Retention through Student Engagement, was held recently at Schenectady County Community College. Conference sessions that addressed online and blended education in TLT projects across the system were offered by SUNY presenters. Jennie Dautermann, TLT Program Manager, reported on the Doodle/TLT Persistence Project.

Dr. Thomas Grites, Professor and Assistant to the Provost of Stockton College delivered the keynote address. A Presidents' Panel, representing Schenectady, Fulton-Montgomery and Sullivan Community Colleges, responded to questions related to retaining and engaging students on their campuses.

The Symposium was attended by people from SUNY colleges and private colleges in New York State, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The event was co-sponsored by SUNY Community College Retention Professionals.

Posted 07/19/07



Announcement & Updates of Name Change and Move - Spring 2007

News - 4th Quarter 2006


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