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Welcome Honor

Members of the Class of 2020 sign a welcome mural during orientation. (Photo by Paul Miller)

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct.24, 2016) — UAlbany’s Office of Student Affairs is being honored today in Buffalo with four awards for exceptional programs for students.

The awards — the 2016 Outstanding Student Affairs Awards — were created by the Office of University Life at the SUNY system office and the Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers at all the state campuses.

Two orientation programs received awards, the Reimagined Freshman Orientation and the Great Dane Welcome Experience. Both train students as orientation leaders, introducing prospective freshman and transfer students to the University, and easing the transition for new students into campus life.


A table in the Lecture Center offers new students Great Dane bracelets during 2016 orientation.  (Photo by Paul Miller)

Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program, which offers an emergency telephone hotline, manned by student volunteers, for students in need. The program also offers online peer assistance and advisement in a range of educational and emotional services, including social, emotional and career counseling.

Off-Campus Ambassador Model, where student ambassadors act as a point of contact for student residents and neighbors, providing guidance and resources to ease students’ transition to off-campus living and building relationships between students and community members.

Vice President for Student Affairs Michael N. Christakis is in Buffalo today, accepting the awards for UAlbany.

The SUNY awards recognize and encourage outstanding programs throughout the system and are given out annually. The program both recognizes outstanding programs and fosters the sharing of ideas between campuses. SUNY also encourages student affairs professionals to submit their program proposals to national student affairs organizations, in order to promote the program, the campus and the State University on the national stage.

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