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.

Plots, Games and Twists

The room went silent as this year’s Global Game Jam® (GGJ) theme, “What Home Means to You,” was unveiled.

And with that, James Cook and his teammates sequestered themselves in a classroom at SUNY Morrisville, serving as a host site, and spent the next 48 hours in imaginative indulgence and intensive programming, creating a video game from scratch.

Four SUNY Morrisville teams joined 47,000 other jammers during this year’s 2019 GGJ, a hackathon-style event, in which participants worldwide collaborate to design functional video or board games in a weekend, to the same theme.

Lax Legacy

Tossing a lacrosse ball back and forth was a big part of Louie ’15 and Nick Geswaldo’s childhood. While others were playing video games, the brothers were shooting and catching, from dawn to dusk, in the backyard of their LaFayette, New York, home.  

As they got older, their love for lacrosse deepened their brotherly camaraderie and spread to a college community.

“We’re very close,” Nick said. “We’ve always had the same interests and hobbies and ended up always doing them together.”


After playing a major role in the revitalization of industrial hemp in New York State, SUNY Morrisville is rolling out a new minor in cannabis studies that will prepare students for the rapidly growing medicinal and recreational marijuana industry.

A Noble Mission

Five years ago, Elizabeth Hope Noble ’16 was finishing high school and serving as valedictorian of her senior class. The self-described "small-town girl'' was ready for college and thinking about life beyond it. She knew she wanted to work in a field where she could have a positive impact on people and she knew she wanted to see more of the world.

Wild Life

The following photo essay was captured through the lens of Paige Biviano ’17, an alumna of two Morrisville State College programs—journalism and communication for online media and wood products technology – finish carpentry.

Through a GoFundMe page, photograph sales, private Taekwondo lessons and cutting boards, Biviano fundraised her way to the Oceans Campus Wildlife and Travel Photography program, based in Mossel Bay, South Africa, from May 30 through July 2.

For the love of teaching: Professor Christopher Scalzo takes lessons globally

His interest in business and economics began at an early age. By the time he was 18, Christopher Scalzo was hatching ideas, examining investment strategies and conjuring up plans to run his own company.

His first big business plan was a home run—financing for a tool and die company. Others followed. As news of his business and entrepreneurial savvy spread, friends and colleagues turned to him for advice about finances and marketing.

Building a Future

During a wood processing course last fall, Morrisville State College students Lena Hanes and Paige Biviano learned important lessons: Building furniture takes a long time, demands lots of patience and requires seemingly endless sanding.  

In a masonry class, Calvin Desforges realized how much precision goes into leveling and squaring off blocks to build the foundation of a home.    

Students tap into craft brewing industry

Morrisville State College is tapping into the renaissance of the craft brewing industry in New York State, with a new curriculum and four-year degree program that includes hands-on brewing experience at the Copper Turret restaurant and a line of Morrisville-branded beers that will be available to the public.

Taps at the Copper Turret Restaurant and Brewhouse will begin pouring craft beers made on-site later this summer.