From the desk of the president ...

CC Shaughn Clancy

Shaughn Clancy


I can’t believe our 40th Anniversary Conference has come and gone already. Thanks to everyone who traveled to Saratoga Springs to help SUNYCAP celebrate 40 years of service to higher education. From Chancellor Zimpher’s powerful keynote address on Wednesday afternoon, words of wisdom and remembrance from our Past Presidents, to a hilarious evening of SUNY Jeopardy, I’m sure those who attended the conference will agree that it was a very special event.

This year’s SUNYCAP Cares campaign was one of our most successful fund raising events ever. Proceeds from raffle ticket sales at the conference enabled SUNYCAP to present Saratoga Rural Preservation Company (VETHOME.ORG) with a check for $1,840. For those of you who may not know, the Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company (located in Ballston Spa, New York) is a transitional facility for homeless Veterans. In addition to housing assistance, some of the many other services they provide Veterans with are job placement, development and coaching, counseling services and transportation to name a few.

In addition to this monetary gift, throughout the conference, attendees collected and filled several very large boxes with items such as granola bars, books, toiletries, DVDs, etc., and donated what was collected to Operation Adopt-A-Soldier. The boxes, overflowing with supplies, have been packaged up and shipped to our troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thanks to everyone for your participation, for your generosity and for helping to make the day a little bit better for our troops serving overseas and for our Vets here at home.

As I bring this message to a close, I have to say that I can’t believe how quickly the recruitment season is drawing to a close. Soon the holidays will be upon us and our focus will shift from open house events, college fairs and Op Inform programs to application review and acceptance letters. Before we get caught up in our change of duties, I’d like everyone to take one more moment and reflect on SUNYCAP’s past and let your organization’s good work inspire you in the year ahead.

We should be proud of our many accomplishments: supporting the mission of State University of New York, helping prospective students make wise college choices and helping them transition into higher education, fostering positive relationships with the guidance community and for providing countless professional development opportunities to our fellow admissions professionals. These are just a few examples of the many good things that SUNYCAP is responsible for.

So let’s keep the momentum going. Stay connected, get involved and help your professional development organization make a difference! Enjoy the rest of the fall. I wish you all safe travels and happy holidays!