Interested in making a game and being part of a global experiment in creativity? SUNY Morrisville is once again serving as a host site for Global Game Jam®, the world’s largest game jam event, taking place Friday, Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 5. During the worldwide event, participants are given a central theme and just 48 hours to create a video or board/card game. During the fast-paced “jam session” teams of artists, hobbyists, programmers and gamers throughout the world are given a chance to brainstorm, innovate, collaborate and develop new ideas for game design.
SUNY Morrisville has added a Bachelor of Technology degree in agricultural science to its program lineup. The new bachelor’s degree, which launches in Fall 2023, enables students to choose from four specialty tracks: dairy management, agronomy, livestock management, and agricultural outreach and education. “Students can diversify their studies with the new degree, which offers a wide breadth of courses within agriculture, along with a set of core courses common across all four tracks,” said Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, associate professor of agricultural science.
Megan Viera ’18 concentrates on her footing as she walks up a wooden ramp leading to the porch of a two-story farmhouse. A prominent sign hanging by the door — “It’s so good to be home” sums up a near decade of perseverance for the 27-year-old Sherburne, New York, resident. It’s her first step toward living independently as a survivor of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a motor vehicle accident, which left her rebuilding her life — learning how to walk, talk and perform all cognitive functions again.
As a child, Tweh Johnson would often get in trouble for the numerous science experiments he concocted through his wild imagination. While they didn’t always go as planned, they all played a role in helping him discover his insatiable thirst for knowledge. That same inquisitiveness has now led him to a degree in the field of his dreams, thanks to SUNY Morrisville.
As the world came together to acknowledge Earth Day this year, SUNY Morrisville was planting a new seed — a campus tradition that joined acts of kindness with sustainability to celebrate the day. The college’s Administrative Quad was at the center of kindness as students joined in food and clothing drives, a Be the Match bone marrow registry, campus cleanup projects, a tree planting, cooking demonstration, building birdhouses and bat boxes, making tie-dye bags with natural products and showing native plant sowing.
The Campaign for Morrisville: First-ever comprehensive campaign “is going to change the future of our college”
With the college’s official launch of the Campaign for Morrisville, an initiative that will strengthen resources for generations of Mustangs, there’s never been a more exciting time at SUNY Morrisville. “We’re laying the foundation for the next 100 years of applied education,” said Theresa Kevorkian, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “This transformative campaign is going to change the future of our college.”
The story of George and Barb Elias is a perfect reminder that anyone can leave an extraordinary legacy. George Elias ’70 (instrument technology) endowed a scholarship in honor of his late wife, Barb ’81 (horse husbandry), the Barbara A. Elias ’81 Endowed Scholarship Fund. Barb left a trail of giving that spread from New York State to Colorado and many places in-between. The scholarship George created will continue her legacy.
Generations of Care: Children’s Center at SUNY Morrisville provides a village of growth for college and community
Wendy Groves can still remember that first day of drop off at the Children’s Center on the SUNY Morrisville campus nearly 30 years ago. Holding the hand of her 3-year-old daughter, Taylor, Groves walked down those shiny new halls wondering how her child would react to her new surroundings. And, as any new parent would be, she was a bit apprehensive about leaving Taylor in a new place for the first time as she returned to work as the administrative assistant in SUNY Morrisville’s Office of Technology Services.
High upon a hill overlooking the SUNY Morrisville campus, students, faculty and staff are working long before the sun rises. Some are milking cows in the college’s high-tech milking parlor, while others are recording data on computers, pushing feed and performing other necessary tasks.
Wood products technology students are winding down from a productive semester, which included various wood processing and furniture design and construction class projects. The program is also progressing toward innovative engineered wood products. Led by Mohammadali Azadfar, assistant professor of environmental & renewable resources, and instructor Seth Carsten, students performed a series of technical experiments focused to test the strength of different wood species and glue joints as a part of their class projects during the Fall 2022 semester.