Partners in Lifelong Learning
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Initiated in 2008, Excelsior’s Partners in Lifelong Learning Award allows the College to draw attention to the importance of lifelong learning while funding scholarships for students in need of financial support to complete their degrees.

The event has raised more than $430,000, benefitting nearly 400 students from the Capital Region and its surrounding areas. In its history, the event has recognized the achievements of 45 individuals and organizations.

This year’s event on Wednesday, April 23 at the New York State Museum recognizes the

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Dungeons and Discourse: Models and Practices for Gamifying Course Design
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo of Dr. Gerol PetruzellaIn 2012, Dr. Gerol Petruzella, Coordinator of Academic Technologies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, redeveloped an existing freshman philosophy course into a complete semester-long immersive role-playing game, Dungeons & Discourse.

Although offered as a fact-to-face course at a small liberal arts college, the course is in fact natively hybrid, with most course activities and frameworks offered online, in a robustly integrated game environment. The course has run twice since its development and already been awarded grants from NEA/Microsoft and the Awesome Foundation.

This presentation will show how game theory and principles inform the design and implementation of an engaging blended learning, primarily online undergraduate course.

April 28, 2014, 11 am – 12 pm eastern.

Want to attend this event in-person at Excelsior’s campus in Albany, New York? Email David Seelow, director of writing programs, at Excelsior College at dseelow [at] excelsior.edu.

Please join our LinkedIn group, Games in Education (Excelsior College).

Dr. Gerol Petruzella Biography

Dr. Gerol Petruzella is Coordinator of Academic Technology, and adjunct philosophy instructor, at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts. He holds a PhD in Philosophy, specializing in ethics and ancient Greek literature.

A digital humanist, his current research interests include game design and the ethics of open-source frameworks in higher education. His book, Durable Goods (2013), investigates paradoxes in virtue ethics, a method of moral-decision-making dating back to the fourth century BCE.

Dr. Petruzella teaches a range of courses, including seminars in personal identity, ancient Greek language, logic, and Aristotle.

Website: MCLA

Blog: Legend of Zella

Twitter: @Gpetruzella



Health Care Reform: Impact on Nursing Practice and Education – 2014
May 2 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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Sponsored by Excelsior College’s School of Nursing and the Robert E. Kinsinger Institute for Nursing Excellence
Co-sponsored by Tau Kappa At-Large Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International & Albany Medical Center


To prepare nurses for the possibilities and promises of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Care Reform (HCR) and how they may impact nursing practice.

Program Description:

nursingThere are great possibilities and promises in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Care Reform (HCR) for all nursing professionals.  Program participants will learn about the impact of the ACA and HCR at the federal and regional levels, and engage in activities that promote partnerships between health care organizations and nursing education programs.

Program Outcomes
At the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Describe the federal landscape related to health care and health care reform
  • Examine the implications of the ACA and HCR on health care services and nursing practice
  • Discuss the implication of ACA and HCR on nursing education
  • Identify attributes of existing successful synergistic partnerships between nursing education and healthcare service organizations
  • Formulate an action plan to implement synergistic relationships between health care organizations and nursing education programs


Albany Medical Center is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This learning activity will be awarded a maximum of 5.25 nursing contact hours.


Registration deadline: April 25, 2014

  • Attend either in person or via Webinar.
  • For those attending online, a link will be sent to registered users by April 30.



8:30 am–9:00 am Registration and Coffee
9:00 am–9:15 am Welcome

Keynote Address
9:15 am–10:45am

Speaker: Jo Ann Webb, MHA, RN
Topic: Empowering Nursing: Where We Have Been and Where We Can Go

10:45 am–11:00 am Break

Panel Discussion
11:00 am–12:30 pm

Topic: Identifying the Regional Landscape
Panelists: Nurse Leaders from Nursing Education Programs and Health Care Organizations

12:30 pm–1:30 pm Lunch (provided)
1:30 pm–2:15 pm Strengthening Current Partnerships and Developing Future Ones
2:15 pm–2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm–3:45 pm Action Plan Development
3:45 pm–4:00 pm Wrap-up: Evaluation and Distribution of CNE Certificates

Keynote Speaker

Jo Ann Webb, MHA, RN, is senior director of federal relations and policy for the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). Webb has been at the center of health care reform discussion for the past five years. She is nursing’s voice in Washington, advocating on behalf of nurse leaders and the nursing profession.

She has held senior executive positions in the legislative and executive branches of government including three Senate-confirmed presidential appointments as the director of the National Cemetery Administration, the assistant secretary for Policy and Planning at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Veterans Business Development Corporation. She has also served as the subcommittee staff director in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Veterans Affairs Committee and as a legislative director in the U.S. Senate. Ms. Webb has been published in the, JONA, Nursing Administration Quarterly and the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. For the past 10 years she has written a regular column on federal relations for AONE’s Voice of Nursing Leadership.


  • Toni Doherty, PhD, RN, Associate Dean, Excelsior College
  • Darrice Kelley, MS, RN, Faculty Consultant for Educational Partnerships, Excelsior College School of Nursing
  • Mary Jo Laposta, PhD, RN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Saratoga Hospital
  • Sherrie Murray, MSN, FNP, ANP-BC, Assistant Professor, The Sage Colleges
  • Alicia Williams, MS, RN, Director: The Center for Learning & Development, Albany Medical Center

We regret there are no cancellations after April 21.  All cancellations must be requested in writing. Please telephone Katherine Barile 518-464-8707 to discuss cancellation procedures.  Cancellations will be subjected to a $25 administrative fee.  We encourage you to find a substitute to attend in your place.

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Have questions about Health Care Reform: Impact on Nursing Practice and Education – 2014? Contact Excelsior College
2014 Technology, Compliance & Risk Management Forum
May 12 – May 14 all-day

NYBA’s Annual Technology, Compliance & Risk Management Forum offers IT, compliance, risk management, information security, audit and fraud professionals the latest on industry trends, best practices, regulatory guidance and state-of-the-art technology. In 2013, over 35 vendors displayed products and services providing technology, compliance and risk management solutions.

The National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College will exhibit at the event.