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Star Students

Physics Prof. Joseph Ribaudo is exploring the universe's biggest questions, with student researchers at the helm

Led by physics professor Joseph Ribaudo, UC students are analyzing data from the world's most advanced radio telescope to answer fundamental questions about how galaxies form and evolve. 



Getting Warmer?

Dr. Sharon Kanfoush is examining evidence of climate change in Earth's past to help determine our not-so-distant future.

Dr. Sharon Kanfoush's groundbreaking work on climate change contributes to a growing body of research predicting more climate-related population displacements around the globe—some of which are already underway.


Hyman Takes Reins of ECCI

Assistant DA, Professor to Lead Institute

The Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute of Utica College has named Bernard Hyman, professor and assistant district attorney, as its director


UC Prof Ribaudo Publishes in Prestigious Physics Journal

Uses Popular, Historic Readings to Add Context

Physics professor shares ideas to help students learn difficult concepts


Indium, McCartney Family Foundation Sponsor Paid Internships for Young Scholars

10 Rising College Freshmen Working at Utica Businesses

Paid internship program helps recently graduated Young Scholars, local businesses


The Man from Grave 119

Dr. Thomas Crist is uncovering the missing pieces in our understanding of the African diaspora

UC Professor of Physical Therapy Thomas Crist is helping to fill in some pretty large gaps in our understanding of the African diaspora – the often-forced migration of African people to other areas of the world. During a recent trip to Romania, he uncovered the first documented evidence of the African diaspora in the Balkans or Southeastern Europe.    


Computer Science Prof, Students Present at Statewide Conference

So What Exactly is "The Stuffer"?

UC was well represented at statewide conference with two computer science students and one professor presenting


Jennifer Blanchard '05: Finding the 'Write' Fit

After escaping corporate culture, Blanchard found her dream career. Now she's helping others do the same.

In 2012, Jennifer Blanchard quit her corporate job to pursue her dream of writing fiction. Today, she's written more than 10 books and is inspiring other would-be novelists through her popular writing blog.

“I’m on a mission to empower writers, authors and creators to go after their writing dreams and live the life they’ve always imagined.”


Fine Print

Pulitzer-winning journalist Jim Asher '70 talks about his latest career move and journalism in the Trump era

Utica native and journalist Jim Asher ’70 has spent the majority of his decades-long career uncovering injustice for America’s most respected newspapers. After working on the groundbreaking Panama Papers series, which won a Pulitzer in spring 2017, Asher left a high-powered job as Washington Bureau Chief for McClatchy Newspapers to join a fledgling startup on a mission to change the world.


UC Releases High Honors, Dean's Honor Lists for Spring Semester

Students Feted for Academic Achievements

John Johnsen, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has announced the names of students who have achieved academic honors for the spring semester.


Start Me Up

Three UC students are turning a bright idea into startup success

SucSeed, a nutrition app developed by three UC students, is getting real attention from investors. How Prof. Brett Orzechowski’s Entrepreneurial Media course turned Emily Coope ’17, Becky Vennero ’18, and Adam Westbrook ’20 into budding business moguls.


Learn to Leverage Big Data: UC Offers New Online MS in Data Science

Addresses Growing Need for Data Scientists

Data Science named "one of the sexiest careers of the 21st century" by Harvard Business Review


Relative Research: Alison Brown '17

For Brown, studying Shakespeare revealed an unexpected family connection

English major Alison Brown ‘17 has always been inspired by William Shakespeare’s work. But while researching his classic comedy The Tempest, she discovered how one of her own ancestors might have inspired the playwright himself.


President Casamento Honored as NY State Woman of Distinction

State Senator Joseph Griffo lauded Casamento for herĀ longtime commitment to making higher education accessible and affordable.

“Throughout Dr. Casamento’s remarkable life journey, she has always remained true to the priorities and values that make a community stronger,” Senator Griffo said. “Her leadership at Utica College has not only helped make the college an exceptional institution, but her clear vision has also paved the way for greater opportunity among our youth."


UC President Casamento Named Woman of Distinction by NYS Senate

Nominated by State Senator Joseph Griffo

President Casamento honored in Albany for commitment to affordable education


Empowering Nurses Across the World: Prof. Civita Allard

Nursing Prof Civita Allard on the unique program that helps prepare nurses in Saudi Arabia.

Allard, associate professor of nursing at Utica College, has been preparing students for the nursing licensure exam for decades. But in 2014, Allard embarked on a unique effort to share her methods with future nurses in Saudi Arabia.


Fighting Back Against Financial Crime: Parker Smith '17

Parker Smith '17 is taking on today's sophisticated economic criminals.

The world of financial crime is moving faster than ever. In UC's Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation program, Parker Smith '17 learned the skills to take on today's sophisticated economic criminals—and land a job in a top bank's financial intelligence unit. 


Inspired to Help: Asad Emi '19

As a kid, Asad Emi ’19 saw his mom benefit physically and emotionally from her work with a physical therapist. Today, Utica College’s health studies program is helping Asad reach his goal --- to open his own PT practice in his hometown.


Politics in Action: Paul Joyce '17, Government and Politics

For government and politics major Paul Joyce ’17, his most valuable learning experiences happened far from any classroom. Last spring, he presented his research at a national conference in Manchester, NH, and saw political history unfold firsthand at last summer’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. His next stop? Graduate school at the University at Albany.


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


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”)?


Nolan Cool '15 uncovers Mohawk Valley's forgotten entrepreneurs

Blending History and Hometown Pride

Nolan Cool is both a history buff and lifelong resident of the Mohawk Valley (he grew up in Frankfort, N.Y.). So when it was time for the history major to choose a topic for his senior project, he was excited to stumble upon an area of Mohawk Valley history that other historians had largely ignored.


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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