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SUNY Morrisville brings its innovation, animals, drag car, food, virtual reality experience and cannabis display to The New York State Fair

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. — SUNY Morrisville will bring its innovation, animals, drag car, a cannabis display, a virtual reality experience with giveaway viewers and exciting hands-on approach to learning to the Great New York State Fair again this year. The fair runs Aug. 21-Sept. 2. 

SUNY Morrisville invites cannabis growers and producers to a cannabis showcase on August 9

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. — SUNY Morrisville is hosting a cannabis growers and producers showcase on Friday, Aug. 9, from 1-4 p.m., for those actively involved with or interested in growing or producing cannabis-derived products. 

The showcase will include a trade show, field visits, panel sessions, equipment demonstrations and information about the growing cannabis industry in Central New York.

The cost of registration, which is open through Aug. 8, is $15. To register, go to www.morrisville.edu/cgps. 

STEP students learn about college and careers at SUNY Morrisville

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. — Elijah Kozubal digs science. The 13-year-old ninth grader wants to be a marine biologist someday. He’s learning more about various careers in science and technology during a three-week summer Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) at SUNY Morrisville through July 25. 

Fourteen students in grades seven through nine, from the LaFayette School District, are participating in the program, which features lectures, films and science experiments with SUNY Morrisville faculty. 

SUNY Morrisville hires new dean of School of Liberal Arts, Sciences & Society

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. —  Aníbal Torres Bernal is the new dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Sciences & Society at SUNY Morrisville, beginning July 10. 

Torres has extensive experience in higher education, the majority of which has been in applied education. Torres is the first dean of SUNY Morrisville’s School of Liberal Arts, Sciences & Society, one of two new schools within the college formed after reorganizing and restructuring programs previously distributed across four schools.

SUNY Morrisville hires new dean of School of Agriculture, Business & Technology

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— Stevie Watson is the new dean of the School of Agriculture, Business & Technology at SUNY Morrisville, beginning July 1. 

Watson comes to SUNY Morrisville with extensive experience in the educational arena as a former academic administrator at two universities. Watson is the first dean of Morrisville’s School of Agriculture, Business & Technology, one of two new schools within the college formed after reorganizing and restructuring programs previously spread across four schools.

SUNY Morrisville faculty and staff members honored

MORRISVILLE, NY—Three SUNY Morrisville faculty and staff members were recently honored.

Receiving the SUNY Morrisville Distinguished Faculty Award was Alfred P. Muss II, of Fayetteville, professor of business & entrepreneurship. Muss joined the Morrisville faculty in 2001, where he has been instrumental in the growth of programs, developing numerous courses and degrees, including the entrepreneurship & small business management B.B.A.

Graduates celebrate during commencement

MORRISVILLE, NY—SUNY Morrisville graduates celebrated commencement day with family and friends amid a stage adorned with ferns and flowers grown and arranged by students in the college’s horticulture program. Noteworthy about this year’s graduates is the first cohort of nursing bachelor’s degree students.

SUNY Morrisville President David Rogers was joined by Provost Barry Spriggs, school deans and members of the College Council in presiding over the ceremony, which began with the Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band leading graduates into the formal commencement exercises.

SUNY Morrisville student marks graduation day in Alaska

This semester has been anything but ordinary for SUNY Morrisville student Emilee Niejadlik. 

Through an internship as an aquarium fellow at the world-class Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC), she interacted with octopuses, helped heal a wolf eel, and saw firsthand the magnificence of a sunflower sea star, the largest many-rayed sea star in the world. 

The internship, a requirement for her bachelor’s degree in renewable resources technology, is the culmination of hard work leading up to graduation day.  

A degree in fortitude

Long days on the farm, grit and determination have come to define dairy management student Carrie Shuman on her journey to graduation.

Born and raised on a former dairy farm in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, Shuman amassed emotional and financial hardship following the death of her father during high school and the recent loss of her brother.

The unassuming, petite, 22-year-old has persevered and received her bachelor’s degree in May. It is more than a stepping stone into the dairy industry — it is a badge of her fortitude.

Norwich professor and his “live-learning” class author article in scientific journal

Talon Abrams has been fascinated with amphibians and reptiles since he was 4 years old, catching snakes and frogs in a backyard creek at his Madison, New York, home. Some even made their way into his bedroom so he could examine them more closely in a glass bowl.

That allure eventually led him to SUNY Morrisville to pursue a bachelor’s degree in renewable resources technology. He wants to land in a career where he can help aquatic life, animals and the environment.