May 2024

Greetings Alumni,

We've got stories and upcoming events to share with you. Take a look at our latest newsletter. As always, we welcome your feedback.

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Congratulations and best of luck to the class of 2024!

Meet Our Alumni

Tanita Allen '17, '22: Proof that Black People Get Huntington's Disease Too

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month, and Tanita Allen wants you to know that people like her are out there.

She’s referring to people who are African-American and have Huntington’s Disease (HD), an inherited and progressive neurological disorder that destroys nerve cells and that most people believe occurs only in people of European descent.

Read more.

Jasmine Tang '96: Teaching Chinese With Joy and Purpose

Jasmine Tang ’96 never set out to teach Chinese. But for the last 33 years, she has dedicated her career to teaching not only the language, but also the culture and customs.

Today, as a lecturer and adjunct faculty member at SUNY Geneseo and adjunct associate professor at Monroe County Community College, she is an ambassador for Chinese culture. 

Read more.

In Case You Missed It

The spring 2024 issue of Connections is now online.

Read about the enduring friendship of two labor leaders, Dora Cervantes '18, '19 and Julie Frietchen '18, '19. Meet Nitan Natarajan '04, a national leader in cybersecurity. The magazine also features stories on faculty, staff, and students.

Feel free to share your feedback by emailing the editor at

Interested in a Class Ring?

Commemorate your degree with a class ring from Jostens. To view designs and pricing and to order rings, visit the SUNY Empire ordering site. or call 1-800-854-7464.

Ask5: Logistics Leadership: A Career Conversation with Pete Heffern of Shaker Logistics

Join us as we explore various career paths within logistics and supply chain management. Gain valuable insights and advice from Pete Heffern, a seasoned supply chain management professional with over a decade of experience in logistics and transportation.

View the Ask5 conversation.


Ask5 is a weekly series of interviews with Anita DeCianni-Brown '12, '15, where she asks alumni, faculty, and employers five key questions about a particular field or aspect of careers.

For more information on jobs and careers, view the CareerHub

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Community Conversations:

The Importance of Strong Children

Join us for a conversation with Lynn Lubecki, Ed.D., on the strong children principles as they were espoused by famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The discussion will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 11 a.m. to noon. 

Turning the Dirt on the Frederick Douglass Monument

Join us for a conversation with J.D. Jackson, Jr., senior pastor at the United Church of Pittsford, who will discuss the history of the Frederick Douglass Monument. The event will be held Thursday, June 6, 11 a.m. to noon.

LGBTQI+ Missing Young People

In recognition of WorldPRIDE month, Brian Frederick, Ph.D., an assistant professor of criminal justice, will address the critical and complex issue of LGBTQI+ youth who go "missing." The problem touches on numerous social issues including homelessness, runaways, trafficking, and the challenges of unaccompanied asylum seekers. 

The event will be held on Wednesday, June 12, noon to 1 p.m. for links to the above programming.

Juneteenth Celebration

Join us for a musical celebration and discussion featuring:

  • A dynamic talk by Professor Emeritus Joe Washington on the historical significance of Juneteenth
  • A musical performance by Regi Ransdell and the Rhythm Rebels

Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Doors open at 11 a.m.

Musical performance begins at 1 p.m. 

Register for the event.

Empire Education Networking Night

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Saratoga Springs, NY

Attention educators, come learn about SUNY Empire’s graduate education programs from faculty and staff, while networking with alumni and current students already in the field.

Alumni are invited to come share internship and job opportunities, or network for a new job. The event is also a chance to discuss ways the education programs can become active in different communities. Refreshments will be served.

Register for the event.

Alumni Day at the Races

Thursday, August 1, 2024

Saratoga Springs, NY

More information coming soon.

For information on any of these events, or a link to virtual events, contact, or 518-587-2100, ext. 2344.

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