Professor Gian Roma and Convocation Day speaker Dr. Jean Twenge during the Q&A
Professor Gian Roma and Convocation Day speaker Dr. Jean Twenge during the Q&A

Thanks to our 80 Convocation Faculty Scholars from our teaching faculty, and the active involvement of student leaders, Convocation Day 2019 was a smash!

 Our Convocation Faculty Scholars provided students with scholarly activities and projects around the themes of Convocation Day which included the research of cognitive science around the cognitive illusions of attention, memory, confidence, and knowledge.

Dr. Jean Twenge our Convocation speaker, gave an inspiring speech about the impact of technology that earned her sustained attention from the capacity crowd in the Baldwin Gym.  Many students and faculty attended the four afternoon workshops offered by our teaching faculty and staff members as well as an undergraduate research symposium poster session by students from  STEM, Liberal Arts and Health Sciences, offered with teaching faculty oversight.

More than 600 attendees listened as Dr. Twenge provided insight into the findings of psychology regarding the impact of the iPhone on the attitudes and mental health of a new generation of students. More than 120 attendees stayed for the lively Q and A session which featured discussions regarding eye-witness testimony, inattentive driving and how reliable our memories are.

Many participants enjoyed the morning and afternoon musical performances of our student musicians in the Buzz Tones, an acapella group and the cookout run by the Hospitality Club in the afternoon. Student attendees at many of the day’s events were eligible for prizes such as gift cards and a laptop.

The afternoon documentary film screening, Our Mobile Lives, focused on important issues regarding our daily use of cell phones.

Many thanks to the SUNY Broome campus community for their participation in Convocation Day activities and for showing interest in the important social issues that were the focus of today’s gathering, the single largest student event held annually on campus. 

Who Are the Members of SUNY Broome’s Convocation Committee?

(SUNY Broome’s Convocation Committee is a cross-divisional campus effort with student representation)

Professor Irene Byrnes (Chair)
Professor Carla Michalak, Liberal Arts Division
Professor Anne Haner-Uncapher, Health Sciences Division
Dr. Victor Larmoureux, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Division
Associate Librarian Dr. Amanda Hollister, Library

Dr. Virginia Shirley, Liberal Arts Division
Professor Gian Roma, Business and Professional Studies Division
Orion Barber, Student Assembly