Toy Drive – Empire State College Metropolitan Center

The Metropolitan Center is collecting toys for the Salvation Army’s Toy Shop Program.

Please donate a new, unwrapped  toy, which will be collected to distribute to children in need in our area so they can experience the joy of the holidays. We hope this will unite our community and contribute to better communities in the future.

Drop off your toys at Empire State College:

The Brooklyn Unit, 117 Livingston St., 6th Fl., Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Manhattan Unit, 325 Hudson St., 5th Floor, N.Y., N.Y.

 For more info please contact:

Tanya Thompson, President, Forty Plus and Fabulous –

Debra Kram-Fernandez, Club Advisor –

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ESC Foundation Loan Applications Accepted Starting in December

Financial-AidStudents with an anticipated financial aid refund may apply for an advanced refund.  The ESC Foundation Loan is an advance on excess financial aid. Loans can be up to a maximum of $500, and students must meet application qualifications and fulfill requirements.

Foundation Loan Applications are being accepted starting 12/18/14.  For more information and loan application, visit the Empire State College Foundation Loan webpage.

This post is for informational purposes only.  MSiA does not advise whether or not ESC students should apply for a Foundation Loan.  Students should discuss their options with the Empire State College financial aid office.

Listen to Author Sahar Abdulaziz about Overcoming Holiday Blues

saharAuthor of But You LOOK  Just Fine: Unmasking Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorder  Sahar Abdulaziz will be interviewed on the 90.3 WESS FM Radio’s Sister Chat to discuss how to tackle the holiday blues.

Join us and tune into 90.3 WESS radio between 4pm and 5pm and listen to Abdulaziz talk about something that affects so many during the holiday season.

Abdulaziz has a master’s degree in health and wellness promotion and administration and currently acts as a speaker and writer dedicated to helping those with hidden and painful disorders, cope more successfully.

Abdulaziz will present a webinar on the impact of concealed mood disorders for the Empire State College Minority Students in Action club next year. 


Join MSiA Member Sandra Barkevich at the Equinox Thanksgiving Day Preparation

s200_sandra.barkevichSandra and other ESC School for Graduate Studies students will assist in preparing food for the Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day Dinner.  Sandra will be there between 12:30 and 3pm.  Join your fellow Empire students and MSiA members at this wonderful event!

For more information, visit the Equinox website.

MSiA Welcomes New Member Sandra Barkevich

s200_sandra.barkevichMSiA welcomes Sandra Barkevich as a new member.  Barkevich is the editor of Empire’s The Student Connection newsletter.  She also serves as the School for Graduate Studies representative and Student Co-Chair for the Student Affairs Committee.

Advice from Barkevich – “Despite our often limited time, I think it’s important for adult learners to be involved with more than just their course studies.”

MSiA invite from Grupo Quisqueyano at Columbia University

MSiA received a gracious invitation from the student group Grupo Quisqueyano at Columbia University to attend their organization’s Latino Student Leaders Reception.

The event presents members with a wonderful opportunity to network with other student groups and participate in an endeavor that encourages the development of Latino/a scholarship.

1495439_930748503621122_7128313736154449885_nMembers interested in attending the event can RSVP through the group’s event page on Facebook.

MSiA End of The Term Luncheon

The end of the term can be a precarious time for students.  Many students face issues that could negatively affect their studies and discourage continuance.

The MSiA End of the Term Luncheon will present students with a chance to congregate, socialize, and discuss the term and encourage each other to successfully complete the semester.

.To register, visit the Empire State College Alumni Events page.

Feel free to print the flyer below and distribute it at your center!

MSiA Flyer_End of the Term Luncheon

MSiA December Meeting

MSiA_Meeting_BrownThere will be an MSiA member meeting in the month of December.  This meeting will include preparing events for the next term.  The input of all MSiA members will be greatly valued.

The meeting will be at the Hauppauge, but online and telephone access will also be available.  Members who are unable to make it to the Hauppauge unit are more than welcome to access the meeting online or by phone.

Please participate in the Doodle scheduling poll below so we can schedule the meeting at a date and time that is most beneficial to our members:

MSiA Member Meeting Poll

If you are not an MSiA member, you may register as one using the link below:


The MSiA Executive Board is excited about working with all members as we move forward.

Ban the Box: Criminal History Screenings and Minority Students

Ban-the-BoxBy Erin Young, PhD., Faculty Advisor

The objective to “ban the box” is in alignment with MSiA’s mission to support educational opportunities for all students.  As this article indicates, criminal records have not served as effective indicators of violent behavior on college campuses.  Further, due to institutional racism in the criminal justice system, African American and Latino men are disproportionately affected by criminal history screenings.

Colleges Should Stop Asking Prospective Students About Their Criminal Records

For more information on “Ban the Box”  visit the Empire State College Education for All group’s webpage at