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Improving the Student Experience 

From left, Holly Barker-Flynn, Arleny Alvarez-Peña and Cynthia Calautti will accept the awards on behalf of their offices. (Photo by Mark Schmidt) 

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 13, 2017) – Three offices in Student Affairs are being honored by the State University of New York Outstanding Student Affairs Program awards.

“These awards recognize innovative programs and strategies that continue to put our students at the center of everything we do at the University at Albany,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Mike Christakis. “Further, these awards demonstrate true cross-institutional collaboration by Fraternity and Sorority Life, Orientation and Transition Programs and Student Affairs Communications and Marketing that expose students to the very best that UAlbany has to offer.”

Arleny Alvarez-Peña of Fraternity and Sorority Life submitted the winning application for the All Greek Council Junior Board Seminars, a comprehensive eight-week program for existing and newly elected directors. Through this program, newly elected student members have the opportunity to engage with their peers, University administration and to work closely with leaders of the sub-governing council as they work together to advance UAlbany’s Greek community.

Holly Barker-Flynn’s office, Orientation and Transition Programs, redesigned the Transfer Orientation program to better meet the needs of students. The program fosters connections among transfer students and their peers as well as with UAlbany faculty and staff; provides transfer students with the information needed to complete requirements and tailor an academic plan unique to their needs; and contributes to a University-wide effort to improve the transfer experience and increase retention.

Cynthia Calautti’s office, Student Affairs Communications & Marketing, has been recognized for developing a Student Affairs Media Team Internship. The internship began in fall 2015. The interns provide the Division of Student Affairs with media support through social media posts and live event coverage, photography, photo editing and photo library maintenance, video creation, photo-journalism series creation, web page design and maintenance, and graphic design production.

Alvarez-Peña, Barker-Flynn and Calautti will represent their respective programs as they receive the awards next week in Corning, N.Y.

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