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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Rear Adm Michael Alfultis News

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New Scholarship Established at SUNY Maritime

Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of SUNY Maritime College, today announced the establishment of the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao and James Si-Cheng Chao Endowed Scholarship Fund as a permanent, need-based scholarship. The scholarship has been funded by Dr. James S.C. Chao, Founder and Honorary Chairman of Foremost Group, and his daughter, Ms. Angela A. Chao, Chairman and CEO of Foremost Group in honor of Dr. Chao and his late wife, Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao.“The Chao Scholarship will benefit generations of students who are interested in pursuing maritime and engineering studies…

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US Training Ship to Aid Puerto Rico Recovery

More than 400 SUNY Maritime College students and others this summer will spend three days assisting ongoing hurricane recovery efforts in San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the college’s annual summer sea term onboard Training Ship Empire State VI. The ship will leave the college campus, bound for San Juan, on May 7.The voyage to Puerto Rico is the first stop on the college’s annual summer sea term, which gives students the hands-on education and training they need to sail onboard commercial vessels after graduation.

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SUNY Maritime to Honor Capt. Robert Johnston

Capt. Robert Johnston ’69 will be awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the State University of New York at SUNY Maritime College’s May commencement ceremony. Johnston will receive the degree and give the commencement speech, addressing the class of 2018 and offering them advice and wisdom as they begin their careers and the next chapter of their lives. “Capt. Johnston is widely respected for his business acumen and comprehensive understanding of the maritime industry,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of SUNY Maritime. “In addition to his contribution to our industry, Capt.

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SUNY Maritime, Greece Maritime Academy Begin Collaboration

Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of SUNY Maritime College, and Cmdr. H.C.G. Danopoulos Evangelos, of the National Merchant Maritime Academy of Hydra, Greece, recently signed a memorandum of agreement to establish an articulation agreement between the two maritime institutions. It also allows the two institutions to develop further partnerships and find additional areas of cooperation. The agreement, signed earlier this week, will allow the Greek students, upon completion of their program at Hydra, to transfer to SUNY Maritime College to earn a Bachelor of Science in Marine Operations.

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SUNY Maritime Training Ship Sent to Puerto Rico

SUNY Maritime College’s Training Ship Empire State VI will soon sail to Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery efforts and to deliver basic necessities to the island’s residents. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) activated the vessel for a pre-scripted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission to support relief efforts. Once moored on site, the self-contained vessel will support recovery efforts by providing housing, power, food and water to first responders.

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US, Panama Maritime Schools Partner

SUNY Maritime College said it has expanded its global reach by signing a memorandum of agreement with the International Maritime University of Panama, paving the way for further cooperation between the two institutions, including student and faculty exchange programs, collaborative research ventures and cooperative educational programs in a variety of areas including marine transportation and logistics, marine engineering, marine sciences and naval architecture. “Maritime College graduates enter a global industry,” said Dr.

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Frangou to SUNY Maritime Grads: Take Risks

On a rainy day in May, 230 graduates at SUNY Maritime College’s commencement ceremony were encouraged to take risks, embrace failure and leave their comfort zones. Angeliki Frangou, chairman and CEO of the Navios Group, applauded the students for the leadership skills, discipline and real-world experience they gained in their time at the college. She was also awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from the State University of New York. “SUNY Maritime prepares you for a successful life.

SUNY Maritime to Host Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner

SUNY Maritime College will hold its annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner on May 2, 2017, at the Marina del Rey in Throggs Neck. A fixture of SUNY Maritime’s major events for decades, the dinner honors alumni and industry professionals and raises funds for student scholarships. This year, the dinner will celebrate five SUNY Maritime alumni: Bartley Eckhardt ’79; Kevin Graney ’86; and Christopher Hughes, Russell Paret and Keith Zelinsky, all of the class of 1992. “We are delighted once again to host the Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner where we recognize the incredible successes of each honoree…

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SUNY Maritime to Award Frangou with Honorary Doctorate

SUNY Maritime College will recognize one of the most prominent women in the maritime industry with an honorary doctorate during its May 2017 commencement. Angeliki Frangou, chairman and CEO of the Navios Group, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree and deliver the commencement address to the college’s approximately 300 graduates on May 5 in St. Mary’s Pentagon in the college’s historic Fort Schuyler. “Ms. Frangou is a successful businesswoman and leader who has taken Navios to the heights of the shipping industry,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of SUNY Maritime.

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Captain Brian A. McAllister to Receive Honorary Doctorate from SUNY Maritime

Capt. Brian McAllister, a prominent member of the American maritime industry, will receive an honorary doctorate from SUNY Maritime College Jan. 27. Capt. McAllister is the chairman of McAllister Towing, and has been with his family’s company since 1959. He received a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering and a U.S. Coast Guard third assistant engineer’s license from SUNY Maritime in 1956. Approximately 200 students are expected to receive their degrees during this fall’s commencement exercises, when Capt. McAllister will also receive his honorary doctorate. “We are delighted to honor Capt.

SUNY Maritime, NTOU to Begin Student-exchange Program

Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of SUNY Maritime College, recently signed a memorandum of agreement to begin a student-exchange program with National Taiwan Ocean University. “SUNY Maritime is delighted to sign this agreement with National Taiwan Ocean University,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of SUNY Maritime. “There is not a single part of this world that is not touched by the global maritime industry. Fostering an understanding between cultures is vitally important to the industry…

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Training Ship Returns Safely to SUNY Maritime

To much fanfare and many happy tears, the cadets and crewmembers of SUNY Maritime College’s training ship disembarked after a 90-day voyage around the Atlantic and Mediterranean. The cadets’ family members and friends lined the side of campus with camp chairs, welcome-home banners, coolers and the occasional family dog. Under sunny skies, they waited as the 565-foot ship Empire State VI came through the East River with an escort from McAllister Towing and Transportation. “It was definitely easier to have her away for the second time because we knew what to expect.

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SUNY Maritime’s Fink Named to Homeland Security Committee

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has appointed SUNY Maritime College professor and dean Capt. Ernie Fink to an advisory committee. Fink, who is the dean of the college’s maritime education and training department, will serve a three-year term as one of 19 members of Homeland Security’s Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee. “The six state maritime academy presidents unanimously recommended Capt. Fink for this position. We are honored that his voice will represent our perspective,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, SUNY Maritime president.

SUNY Maritime students get an up-close view of the assembly of an 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50 diesel engine during their visit to Trieste, Italy. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä Welcomes Cadets of SUNY Maritime Training Ship

Wärtsilä welcomed cadets from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College to its Trieste factory during the school's summer sea term Italian port stop in June. The students use the summer sea term to gain practical experience on board the SUNY Maritime training ship, the Empire State VI. Upon arrival in Trieste, the Wärtsilä Italy management team welcomed the group of close to 600, which in addition to the cadets, included the crew, faculty from SUNY Maritime College, as well as its president, Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis.

Hundreds Show Support for SUNY Maritime

More than 500 people attended SUNY Maritime College’s annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner to honor Tom Higgins, chief administrative officer of First Data, and astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly. “Both of these men have achieved extraordinary heights,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, college president. Higgins, a member of the college’s class of 1980, was the event’s honoree. He leads First Data’s version of homeland security operations, including cyber security, physical security, business resiliency and crisis management. He spent more than 20 years working for the federal government.

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ABS’ Wiernicki Addresses SUNY Maritime Grads

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College graduates, their families, faculty members and guests at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 6. “I am honored to share real leadership lessons that these bright graduates may apply beyond the boardroom,” Wiernicki said at the ceremony, which saw approximately 300 students graduate inside Fort Schuyler. “Success in life and leadership go hand-in-hand.

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SUNY Maritime to Honor ABS’ Wiernicki

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) chairman and CEO Chris Wiernicki will receive an honorary doctoral degree from SUNY Maritime College. Wiernicki, CEO of the classification society since 2007 and its chairman since 2011, will receive the degree and speak at SUNY Maritime’s spring commencement ceremony May 6. “Over the years, ABS has been a valued friend to the college in its support of our students and faculty,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of SUNY Maritime. ABS supports two endowed faculty positions…

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SUNY Maritime among Top Institutions for ROI

Graduates from SUNY Maritime College receive among the highest return on investment on their degrees in the country. In its annual report of best value colleges, PayScale ranked SUNY Maritime College as the top public institution for return on investment and third nationally, tied with Harvey Mudd College and following California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The college also came in first among public institutions and fifth nationally according to a similar ranking by CNN Money, after MIT, Cal Tech, Harvey Mudd and Stanford University.

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SUNY Maritime to Honor Mort Bouchard

The State University of New York Maritime College will confer the honorary degree of doctor of science degree on Morton S. Bouchard III, the president and CEO of Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc., during winter 2016 commencement exercises Friday, January 29. Mort Bouchard is his family's fourth generation to manage Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc., the largest privately owned ocean-going petroleum barge company in the United States. Bouchard Transportation operates on the East and Gulf coasts of the United States and in the Caribbean.

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Maritime College Receives $750,000 from SUNY

The State University of New York yesterday awarded $750,000 from its Investment and Performance Fund to Maritime College to boost student success and completion rates. The grant was among the largest paid for with money from the fund. “Academic success and student centeredness are at the heart of our core values,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of the college. An academic success center will be created with a portion of the money from the SUNY fund. It will be home to expanded tutoring services…

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NY State Senator to Address SUNY Maritime Cadets

New York State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will address and preside over SUNY Maritime College’s Indoctrination (INDOC) graduation on Saturday, August 22, the college announced today. Senator Klein will address new students, their parents, family members, friends and supporters of the college, as 340 MUGS (Mariners Under Guidance) participate in graduation exercises marking the completion of their INDOC period. The swearing-in ceremony and Pass-in-Review by the incoming class will take place at Reinhart Athletic Field.