Academic Partnership Forum
Sep 10 all-day

Join our academic partners in Albany, NY or online with a live feed to learn more about Excelsior College’s academic partnership benefits and discussions about critical issues in Higher Education today. President John Ebersole will deliver opening remarks at 10:00 a.m. with sessions on financial aid and updates from the schools of Business and Technology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Public Service to follow. An Academic Partnership with Excelsior provides tuition discounts and a seamless pathway for community college graduates to obtain an accredited four year degree.

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Cybersecurity for Small Businesses
Sep 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cybersecurity for Small Businesses  @ Online


Do you have financial information on your computer system? How about trade secrets, patents, intellectual property, or client information?

Hackers want your data – they sell it to your competitors and startup businesses in other countries. There is a huge black market for information that your company has. Yes, they want small business data because it is valuable and easy to get.

Learn what the hot cyber concerns are for small businesses, what can be done to protect your business from a costly attack, plus what are the real and potential effects of cyber-crime. Smart businesses are preparing for cyber criminals that are aggressively targeting small businesses.

Learn about:

  • Current cyber threats
  • What hackers want and why
  • How to create strong passwords
  • Website security and why it matters


Presenter: Carolyn Schrader

Carolyn Schrader is the founder of Cyber Security Group, Inc. that provides corporate services including vulnerability assessments, awareness training, in addition to the development of policies and procedures. Schrader has years of experience in business management, cyber security and information technology. Prior to launching Cyber Security Group, Schrader was instrumental in rapidly growing a high tech company with Fortune 100 clients where she managed a state-of-the-art data center and implemented a number of security measures to protect high-profile clients’ confidential information.
Schrader holds a degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Carolyn Schrader is also a fellow at the National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI).


This webinar qualifies for 1 CPE credit from IAPP.

Cyberpoint Event: Dr. Jane LeClair, Author of “Protecting Our Future”
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Dr. Jane LeClair, COO, National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College will participate in the Cyberpoint Speaker Series. in Baltimore, Maryland on September 23. Dr. LeClair will speak on her book, Protecting
Our Future: Educating a Cybersecurity Workforce, and other topics.

A catered lunch will be provided. All guests will receive a copy of the book, which the author will be on hand to sign.
Please RSVP by emailing by September 18th.

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New York State Transfer Articulation Association (NYSTAA) Eastern Region Fall meeting
Sep 25 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Academic Partnership team is hosting the New York State Transfer Articulation Association’s (NYSTAA) Eastern Region Fall meeting on Thursday, September 25th from 11-2pm in Bldg 7, Rooms CDE. Attendees are NYSTAA members from two- and four-year colleges, both private and public. During the meeting a panel discussion will be held from 11:20-12:20 on Adult Learners: Understanding Who They are and Their Challenges.

The panelists are:

Glenn Braddock, PhD – Director of Student Success, Excelsior College
Terri Fadden, MSW – Staff Associate, SUNY Broome/Excelsior Partnership Office
Christie Crawford – Academic Advisor, Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Renay Williams – Senior Academic Advisor, Excelsior College

Join the open discussion with higher education professionals on adult transfer students. Panelists will give an overview and profile of the adult learner, discuss the challenges adult students face, give insight on the students’ expectations, and share their perspective and best practices in working with adult transfer students. An transfer graduate will also give their perspective as an adult learner and transfer student.

If anyone is interested in attending the event or the panel discussion, please RSVP by Tuesday, 9/23 with Shari W. Quinn, Partnership Development Specialist/NYSTAA Eastern Region Co-Chair,

tw telecom 2014 Cyber Security Panel
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am


Dr. Jane LeClair, COO, National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College.

Dr. Jane LeClair, COO, National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and tw telecom invites you to join the conversation and to learn more about the risks impacting your organization and the solutions.

Panelists include:
Henry Yu, chief security architect, tw telecom
Kishor Bagul,chief technology officer, NYS Office of Information Technology Services
John Fisher, director of information security, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Reg Harnish, chief security strategist, GreyCastle Security

Dr. Jane LeClair, chief operating officer, National Cybersecurity Institute at
Excelsior College


Event facilitator is Techconnex, an initiative of the Center for Economic Growth.

Webinar: Malware Analysis
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Capturing and analyzing malware has many benefits. It allows the analyst to discover the techniques used by the hacker to try to hide the malware from detection, how the malware infects the host computer, the overall purpose of the malware, and the steps required to clean the malware off the infected system.

This National Cybersecurity Institute webinar shows the steps required to accomplish these tasks, and examines the skills and tools needed to perform the analysis.

 Presenter: James Antonakos

James is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Computer Science at Broome Community College, in Binghamton, NY, where he has taught since 1984. Antonakos is the designer and director of the new 2-year AAS Degree in Computer Security and Forensics at Broome Community College. James is the author or co-author of over 40 books on computers, networking, electronics, and technology. He is also a fellow at the National Cybersecurity Institute.

This webinar qualifies for 1 CPE credit from IAPP.


What We Tell Ourselves about Writing: Cultural Stories of Writing and Their Effects
Oct 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
What We Tell Ourselves about Writing: Cultural Stories of Writing and Their Effects @ Online


originalPlease join Excelsior College in a special event to celebrate the National Day on Writing. Sponsored by the Excelsior College OWL, the webinar will feature a guest speaker, Doug Downs, Associate Professor of Writing Studies and Director of Composition at Montana State University.

Dr. Downs’ presentation, entitled “What We Tell Ourselves about Writing: Cultural Stories of Writing and Their Effects” will focus on the stories we tell about writing and the lessons we can learn from them.

American cultures are replete with images, stories, and truisms about writers and writing. The story of the “grammar nazi” teacher and the students who cower beneath her bleeding-red pen. The story of the college educated student who is still a failure in writing clear, concise workplace communication. The story of the talented and inspired genius novel writer for whom writing comes easy.

But how much do these stories reflect the actual experiences of mature, professional writers in a variety of cultural writing scenes—the marketing copy—writer, the engineering designer, the office worker, the journalist, the public advocacy specialist, the civic activist? And how many of the underlying metaphors and conceptions of writing shared by our cultural stories of writing are accurate and actually reflective of what research shows us about how writing and writers work?

In this talk, Doug Downs will re-tell some of these stories in order to un-tell them: to question their premises and what they cost us, both culturally and as individual writers and learners-of-writing.

After Dr. Downs’ presentation, Dr. Joe Bocchi, Writing Program Director at Excelsior College will briefly share his work at Excelsior College to bring a new story of writing to the writing program and the College. He will share plans for a new inter-disciplinary writing degree at Excelsior College.

The evening will conclude with a brief presentation by Dr. Crystal Sands, Director of the Online Writing Lab, of the winners of the Excelsior College National Day on Writing essay contest with time for questions for our guest, Dr. Downs.

Dr. Doug Downs, Montana State University

Dr. Doug Downs, Montana State University

Dr. Doug Downs Biography

Doug Downs is associate professor of Writing Studies and Director of Composition in the Department of English at Montana State University, where he also designed the department’s broadfield Writing major. He studies composition and research pedagogies through lenses of cultural and personal conceptions of writing (via discourse and metaphor analysis), and his most recent research examines student reading practices in the unfolding age of screen-literacies. He is author of numerous book chapters and articles including “What Is First-Year Composition” in Rita Malenczyk’s A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators (Parlor, 2013), and a 2010 Reader article, “Teaching First-Year Writers to Use Texts: Scholarly Readings in Writing-about-Writing in First-Year Comp.” With Elizabeth Wardle, he wrote Writing about Writing (Bedford/St. Martins, 2nd edition 2014), a ground-breaking anthology of Writing Studies research that supports the writing-about-writing pedagogies. The two first wrote about WAW pedagogies in their 2007 College Composition and Communication article “Teaching about Writing, Righting Misconceptions: (Re)Envisioning FYC as Intro to Writing Studies.” Along with research on reading practices and writing pedagogies, Downs studies undergraduate research in the humanities and mentors undergraduate research extensively. He is incoming Editor of Young Scholars in Writing, the national peer-reviewed journal of undergraduate research in writing studies and rhetoric.


Webinar: Cybersecurity of Medical Devices
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


We see the stories announced in the headlines:

  • The FDA has published final guidance for medical device cybersecurity
  • The FBI has found that healthcare organizations lag behind in cybersecurity readiness. Medical device vulnerabilities are a major factor in that assessment.
  • Many medical devices are susceptible to Heartbleed (OpenSSL) exploit

Few cybersecurity concerns in healthcare are more pressing than the issues relative to medical devices. These special purpose computing machines are increasingly networked with each other, the electronic health record, and the internal and external healthcare network.

The proper use and maintenance of medical devices is essential in patient care. A large part of the concerns with cybersecurity of medical devices has to do with patient safety. On one hand, it is important to mitigate vulnerabilities like malware to keep medical devices operating safely. On the other hand, tailored cybersecurity controls or compensating controls must be considered and put in place to avoid creating a medical device malfunction. Sometimes, implementing a cybersecurity solution can have an unintended patient safety consequence.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn the impact cybersecurity practices have on medical devices
  • Understand the regulatory pressures and patient safety concerns
  • Value the contributions of IT departments and biomedical engineers
  • Gain insight into specific steps an organization can take to manage medical devices’ cybersecurity

Presenter: Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy is the Vice President at Leidos Health Solutions Group and serves as the organization’s Health Information Privacy and Security Officer. He is a health care information security expert, with nearly 20 years of experience in the field serving at all levels of health care from the hospital to an international integrated delivery system. Sean is also a fellow at the National Cybersecurity Institute.

This webinar qualifies for 1 CPE credit from IAPP.

Webinar: National Cybersecurity Strategies in Developing Nations
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


National Cybersecurity Strategies: What are Developing Nations to do?

Developing nations with limited human and technical resources are faced with populations that demand access to new technology and a global economic space that allows access to economic development through technology. But the technology also brings significant risk.

What can these countries do at a policy level to better position themselves for success?

This webinar will assess the current developments at an international level and highlight emerging best practices in cybersecurity policy development.

Presenter: Dr. Kevin Newmeyer

Currently the Senior Operations Director for the CREATEtm project of the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program, Dr. Newmeyer has successfully held a variety of positions in the military, academia, international civil service, and the private sector. His research focuses on international policy issues in cybersecurity. Along with his Ph.D. in Public Policy from Walden University, Dr. Newmeyer’s educational career is highlighted by his selection as an Olmsted Scholar which enabled him to earn his MA in International Relations from the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain.  He holds additional degrees from Escuela Diplomática of Spain (Diplomado de Estudios Internacionales), George Mason University (MBA), and the US Naval Academy (BS). Dr. Newmeyer is also a fellow at the National Cybersecurity Institute.

This webinar qualifies for 1 CPE credit from IAPP.

Carolinas’ Council on Military Education (C-COME)
Oct 29 @ 9:00 am – Oct 30 @ 4:00 pm

Addressing educational issues that affect Active Duty Military, Family Members, National Guardsmen, Reservists, and Veterans.

This years annual conference will be held October 29th – October 30th with an option golf outing on October 31st. The conference will take place at the Avista Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. To register for this years conference or to sign up for sponsorship use the link below.

Excelsior College President John Ebersole will offer the keynote address.

View the C-COME website for registration and additional conference information.


Veterans: Jumpstart Your College and Career Success
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


You’re Back – What’s Next? Webinar Series

What do I need to know to be successful in college?   What is my best career path? Are my research skills at college-level?

Veterans and military transitioning back to civilian life encounter many challenges, especially those returning to school for their degree. Join Excelsior College for a webinar that addresses the most common concerns voiced by those considering college following military service. Jumpstart your college experience with Excelsior College courses that can help facilitate a successful transition to college and career.

The one-hour webinar will feature four Excelsior experts and focus on targeted topics in our two premier courses on college success: CCS 112 Success Strategies for Military and Veterans and CCS 120 EC Success Seminar and touch upon a host of topics, including:

  • Easing the transition back to academic life;
  • Get the most of your nontraditional credits, state and federal financial aid, VA benefits;
  • Self-discovery, career exploration, planning, and job search techniques;
  • Online writing lab, library, and academic support services;


Excelsior Experts:

Judy Reed, Director of Veteran Services and Outreach, Center for Military Education at Excelsior College

Maribeth Gunner, Director of Career Services, Career Center at Excelsior College.

Jennifer Hill, Distance Education Librarian and Electronic Resources Manager, Excelsior College Library

Susan Moyer, Assistant Dean, School of Liberal Arts


Informational Panel Event about Excelsior College
Nov 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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  • Meet representatives from the Admissions, Financial Aid, Veteran Education Benefits and Outreach offices from Excelsior College
  • Hear the experiences of students that have transferred from SUNY Broome to Excelsior College
    Explore financial aid opportunities
  • Learn more about reduced tuition and fees at Excelsior
  • Discover student support and career resources to help you succeed at Excelsior and beyond

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