Utica College News



When Disaster Strikes...

In his upcoming book, cybersecurity prof Austen Givens explores the essential—and unexpected—players in America’s disaster recovery efforts. 
“Many people think homeland security and disaster recovery are exclusively government responsibilities,” he says. “But that’s just not true.”


UC Alum, CEO of Ketchum to Speak at UC Commencement

Rob Flaherty '81 to Keynote Undergraduate Ceremony

PR/J Alum Rob Flaherty '81 returns to UC to give Commencement keynote


More Than Fun and Games

As Therapeutic Recreation Leader at Sitrin Health Care, Melissa Sayles '16 helps residents regain strength and independence in unexpected (and fun) ways. 

“Bowling and Zumba seem like simple games and activities, but they remind people that they’re still capable of doing so much,” she says. “That’s a powerful form of therapy.”


Utica College Names Carlson Valedictorian, Bushinski Salutatorian

68th Undergraduate Commencement May 7

Hard work pays off as Melanie Carlson and Mikhail Bushinski take top honors for the Class of 2017


Young Scholars to Benefit from Mayor's Gala

Event this Weekend at the Radisson

Utica Mayor selects different beneficiary for each year's gala


Audible Proof: Malik Gayle '18, Journalism

In less than three years, journalism student Malik Gayle ’18 went from curious freshman to seasoned radio reporter and host, interviewing national acts like X Ambassadors and OK Go. “At UC, you’re getting thrown directly into it,” he says.


Uncovering America's Stories: David Cooney '20, History

"History is the story of how we got here."

For David Cooney ’20, studying history at Utica College “allows me to do what I love,” he says. After spending nearly six years in the U.S. Army, Cooney decided to pursue his passion for history at UC, where he discovered a close-knit community of fellow history lovers—and more.


Success By the Numbers: Kelly Griffiths '17

For accounting student Kelly Griffiths '17, courses rooted in real-world experience led to an internship with one of the area's top accounting firms. Next up: an accounting career with huge growth potential. 


Utica College Hosts CNY Hackathon

Cyber, Computer Science, Digital Forensics College Students Compete

Area's top college students in cyber, computer science and digital forensics to compete


Constructing Her Future: Taylor Paine '17

CM major talks internships, experience, and the "perfect fit" job offer

A Utica College education is more than a transformative four years—it's a clear pathway to future success. UC grads go on to successful careers in today's top fields. For Taylor Paine '17, discovering her passion for construction management in UC's nationally accredited program helped her find independence and a "perfect fit" job offer months before graduation. 


Ethics Institute Hosts Lecture on Promoting Global Health

Professor from Binghamton University to Speak

Which companies do you consider socially responsible? Professor suggests consumers obligated to purchase from those companies.


UC to Host Third Annual Relay for Life

College Community to Take on Fight Against Cancer in Overnight Event

This year’s Disney-themed relay will consist of everything from Disney trivia to teams taking on entire sub-themes like Frozen, Monsters Inc. and The Little Mermaid. Several speakers will share their experiences with cancer prior to the luminaria, fight back and glow stick ceremonies.

So far, the more than 280 registered participants have raised close to $15,000 and hope to reach their goal of $50,000 by the end of relay.


Nassar Poetry Prize Winner to Read at UC

LeFevre is Poet, Actor, Writer

Noted actor, poet and writer, Adam LeFevre is a familiar face to many


UC to Host 39th Annual Regional Science Fair

Brightest Young Minds in Region to Present Research

High school science fair winners from around the region come to UC this weekend for 39th Annual Utica College Regional Science Fair


UC Hosts Lecture on Recent CIA Efforts

Former CIA Chief Counsel to Speak

Former CIA Chief Counsel to speak to UC students, community, sign copies of book


Making a Good Impression: Job Fair Tips

With more than 50 employers in attendance, today's Job and Internship Fair at Utica College is the perfect place for UC students to network with company reps, share their resumes, and learn more about potential careers. 

But how can a student make the best first impression? We asked a handful of company representatives for some tips. 


Novelist to Read at Barnes & Noble

Julie Shigekuni to Read from "Unending Nora"

Award-winning novelist part of Jackson Lunch Hour Series


Hanna to Discuss Trump, Future of Republican Party

Talk Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha

UC government, political science national honor society hosts event for the community


UC Hosts Job, Internship Fair

Open to students, community

Annual job, internship fair open to the community


Celebrating 20 Years: America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk at UC

When Dick Mattia '64 joined the American Heart Association in 1988, the Heart Run and Walk was a modest community event, then held at Notre Dame High School, and regularly drawing around 1,500 people. Through word of mouth and community sponsors, the event was attracting more participants each year. By 1997, it was clear that the walk had outgrown the Notre Dame space.
“We needed a bigger location,” he says. “My first thought was Utica College.”


The Horror! UC Theatre Presents 'Dracula'

Think you’re familiar with the classic story Dracula? Think again.
According to UC acting instructor Alec Barbour, the classic novel is much more chilling horror story than campy melodrama. From Feb. 23-26, Utica College’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present Barbour’s own adaptation of the story, which was recently featured in the Rochester Fringe Festival.
We talked to Barbour about what makes his version different and what scary surprises audiences can expect from the show.


UC's Alpha Chi Rho "Chills" Out to Help Fight Cancer

Frat's Annual "Deep Freeze" to Benefit ACS

The "brothers" of Alpha Chi Rho will brave the elements to raise funds for the fight against cancer.


Applied Ethics Institute Presents Talk on Wasting Meat, Wasting Animals

Canadian Philosophy Prof Katherine Wayne to Speak

The Applied Ethics Institute at Utica College presents Dr. Katherine Wayne, post-doctoral reseracher at the University of Ottawa


Hop Dreams

Combining beer and science, Scott Britton '07 has built a career that's taken him from Cooperstown, NY, to Belgium's beer capital.

During his senior year at UC, Britton visited the FX Matt Brewery in Utica as part of a biology department trip. “Best field trip ever,” he says, laughing. Along the tour, Britton met the brewery’s microbiologist. “I made the joke, ‘how does somebody get a job like this?’ Combining beer and science seemed like the dream job.”


UC Presents "Dracula"

Chilling, Mysterious Adaptation

Utica College's Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents Spring play


Leaders of the Hack: UC Cyber Defense Team Advances to Regionals

On their very first attempt, a team of UC cybersecurity and computer science students  qualified for the North East Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Coming in, team members said, as the “underdog,” they beat out the likes of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Pace University, Alfred State College, SUNY Albany and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


National Abolition Hall of Fame Exhibit to Stop at UC

Exhibit Showcases Abolitionists Through History

Who led the Abolitionists? What is their story? National exhibit comes to UC


Sociology Prof. Kyle Green on Super Bowl Ads: Why They Matter

Kyle Green has been studying Super Bowl ads since 2010.  Why? "They provide insight into bigger shifts happening in society," he says. 

Here, Green predicts how this year's heated political atmosphere will contribute to the ads we see—and don't see—during the big game. 


Queens of the Ring

Ena Latic '18 and her sister Tea '19 are typical college students--and international karate champions with Olympic dreams.

Ena and Tea Latic were just toddlers when they came to the U.S. from war-torn Bosnia. Today, they're UC students, mentors to fellow refugee kids, and international karate champions preparing for the 2020 Olympics. 


A Voice for Change: Oliver Perry '74

"My guiding principle was that everyone had a right to be at Utica College and everyone had a right to be heard."

In the early 1970s, Oliver Perry '74 was a driving force in fighting for black students' rights at Utica College. On Friday, he returns to campus to share the experiences that have shaped his life and career. 

"My guiding principle was that everyone had a right to be at Utica College and everyone had a right to be heard.”


'Living the Dream': UC to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Events Honoring his Life, Legacy Kick Off Spring Semester

On Monday, Jan. 16, the Utica College community will begin its annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, programs will extend into a second week and are intended to reflect the 2016-17 campus theme of “Breaking Barriers” and the Diversity Committee’s theme of “Champion for Change.”


The 'Art' of Socializing

When it comes to socializing, college students are pros. But in a business setting, the rules of social interaction can be more complex, and to master them, most need practice.
On Jan. 20, three UC organizations are collaborating to host an Artist and Business Etiquette Reception in the Barrett Art Gallery. 


UC Announces Fall '16 High Honors, Deans List

Students Feted for Academic Honors

Provost John Johnsen has announced the names of students achieving academic honors for the Fall 2016 semester


A Season of Gratitude

UC faculty and staff share why they're thankful this holiday season.

'Tis the season to give thanks, and there's lots to be grateful for at Utica College. We asked UC faculty and staff to share what they're thankful for this holiday season. 


'Tis the Season: UC Greeks Give Back

UC's Inter Greek Council Donates to Hughes Elementary as Part of Second Annual "Adopt a Classroom" Project

UC's Inter Greek Council spread holiday cheer by delivering new hats, gloves, scarves, socks, winter coats and games to 61 first-grade students at John F. Hughes Elementary School in Utica. This year, the council “adopted” two classrooms and donated an additional $500 to the school. 


Where in the World is Laura Holmes?

Recent grad Laura Holmes '16 is exploring the world, one country—and one blog post—at a time. 

“I think it could really make the world more tolerant if everyone just traveled more.”


A Candid Conversation

Reflecting on the past 18 years, Hutton opened up about his unlikely path to the presidency and the place he'll "always call home."

Todd Hutton once dreamed of becoming a dentist. As a young man, he favored long hair, sandals, and “garish green” neckties. He twice disguised himself as a member of UC’s football team and made it all the way through practice without being discovered. This summer, he’s planning to jump out of a plane.
Revelations like these were many in our candid—and sometimes emotional—conversation with President Todd Hutton. Reflecting on the past 18 years, Hutton opened up about his unlikely path to the presidency and the place he’ll “always call home.” 


A Grassroots Solution to Utica's Lead Problem

Lana Nitti '17 is working to raise awareness in a way that involves--and inspires--local kids.

Neighborhoods in Utica have some of the highest rates of lead poisoning in the state. Lana Nitti ’17 is working to raise awareness in a way that involves—and inspires—local kids.


Annual Student Research Day Showcases Student Achievement

UC students present original research on variety of topics

With more 50 submissions and 70 student participants, this year’s Student Research Day was the biggest yet, and highlighted research in topics ranging from brain imagery to British literature. 


Government and Politics Professor Luke Perry talks gun policy, 2016 election

Perry's take on how recent shootings may affect the upcoming election

In the wake of recent shooting tragedies, the issue of gun control has once again risen to the media forefront. We turned to Luke Perry, professor of government and politics at Utica College, for some insight.


How realistic is 'CSI: Cyber'? We asked cybersecurity professor Austen Givens.

A UC expert's take on the new TV series about cyber crimes

The latest CSI spinoff, a cybercrime-themed version appropriately titled CSI: Cyber, starring Patricia Arquette (above), premiered March 4 on CBS. How realistic was the episode’s plot (which involved a malware-infested baby cam and a social network called “FriendAgenda”)?


Psychology Professor R. Scott Smith co-authors book, "Interplay of Cultural Narratives in Martinique

Interplay of Cultural Narratives in Martinique

R. Scott Smith, professor of psychology at Utica College, co-authored a book titled “Interplay of Cultural Narratives in Martinique.” The book, written by Smith and his wife Mahadevi Ramakrishnan, explores the journeys of French, African, and Indian cultures toward a pluralistic society on the island of Martinique.

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