How Sirius XM can become relevant again

A 2005 Best Buy display for Sirius.

By Darren Johnson

Campus News and Nu2u

Sirius and XM satellite radio services were the rage a decade ago. Electronics stores had whole displays devoted to the products. Car stereo installation businesses boomed due to the excitement. Money was flowing. The two companies merged into Sirius XM and now have a reported 30 million subscribers. Continue reading

AIDS Quilt at MVCC, Dec. 1-7

Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS – will be on view Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Monday, Dec. 7, at Mohawk Valley Community College in the lobby of Payne Hall on the Utica Campus. This free display of The AIDS Memorial Quilt is being hosted by MVCC’s LGBTQ Committee and is sponsored by MVCC Student Activities. The committee will be selling red AIDS awareness ribbons as a fundraiser for the AIDS Hike for Life from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1 in Payne Hall lobby. Continue reading

Tompkins Cortland Community College administrator wins statewide award

Tompkins Cortland Community College’s Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships has been recognized on the state level for her years of outstanding service to the College and lifelong learners in the community. Martha Hubbard has been selected as the “Outstanding Experienced Continuing Education Professional” by the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY). She was presented with the award at the annual conference in Saratoga earlier this month. Continue reading

Get your start in a 2-year theater program

A past SUNY Orange production of "Freakshow."

A past SUNY Orange production of “Freakshow.”

By Emily Dykeman

Campus News

For any student seeking a career or just an experience in theater, SUNY Orange and SUNY Dutchess each deliver an auspicious beginning. Both 2-year schools are home to a thriving community of theater students and faculty, offering courses in both design and performance, as well as a wider performing arts curriculum including dance and music.

Students at both Orange and Dutchess are integrated into the program immediately — no exclusion or cut-throat competition in these programs. SUNY Orange, specifically, has a unique policy of casting everyone who auditions for a show, sometimes, in fact, basing what plays to produce around who turns up for auditions.
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‘A Confederacy of Dunces,’ the play, is worthy of Toole’s great book

By Darren Johnson
Campus News and Nu2u

Finally – one of my favorite books, “A Confederacy of Dunces,” has been adapted in script form, with a major comedic actor playing the lead character – and it’s very well done.

Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) dons a fat suit and assumes one of literature’s most singular characters, Ignatius J. Reilly, on stage at Boston University’s Huntington Theatre Company Avenue of the Arts through December 20. Continue reading

New SUNY Poly project will bring in $40M, create 56 jobs

SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) and DPS Engineering today held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the establishment of DPS’ U.S. Advanced Technology Group headquarters at SUNY Poly’s $191 million Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building. A direct result of Governor Cuomo’s pioneering STARTUP-NY initiative, DPS will create 56 new jobs over the next five years and drive $40 million into New York’s upstate economy by offering select engineering services to globally recognized corporations from across the state.  The company will also develop and provide student and workforce training opportunities. Continue reading