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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

From the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Elevating Student Success in Our Current Environment Conversation Series: 'How Students Succeed' - April 22

I am excited to announce that Stanley Simmons, Say Yes coordinator in Academic Success, will present “How Students Succeed” as the next speaker in our Elevating Student Success in Our Current Environment Series on Thursday, April 22, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconference. The discussion will be moderated by Rita Zientek, interim dean of the School of the Professions. This series is co-sponsored by the Title III Task Force and the Professional Development Center. Please register through the Workshop Registration System.

What does student success mean at Buffalo State College? What are the individual ways that we cultivate student success at the college, and how can we as individuals apply these practices to our own work to support the students we serve? Join us as we learn from our colleagues their definition of student success and the specific practices we as staff or faculty members can apply to better support the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of our students. Each conversation will involve a 10-to-15-minute presentation from a staff or faculty member focused on his or her definition of student success and effective practices that others can apply to their work with students. These conversations will then be followed by a 45-to-50-minute facilitated conversation by a member of the Title III Task Force about how we can apply these practices to our individual work with students. We will also discuss similar practices colleagues found to be effective and build off of the ideas presented to elevate these practices across campus.

About Stanley Simmons
Stanley Simmons is the coordinator of the Buffalo State Say Yes program and serves on multiple committees within the Buffalo Say Yes Organization. He is the instructor of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), Schools against Violence in Education, and the Alcohol and Other Drugs seminars at Buffalo State College. He holds a master's degree in school leadership and a bachelor's degree in elementary education along with certifications in mindfulness meditation and Prime for Life drug and alcohol awareness instruction. Mr. Simmons also worked as an assistant principal and dean of students in the public school system. Before entering the field of education, he earned certification in fashion clothing and textiles and achieved the distinction of master tailor. He is a member of one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world, Rotary International. He is also a past president of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Sunrise and currently serves as vice chair of the international exchange student program overseeing Belgium, France, Italy, and Spain. In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Mr. Simmons is an executive board member for Explore and More, the Ralph C. Wilson Children’s Museum, and regularly volunteers at the Buffalo Food Pantry, the Tour de Cure fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association, and Kevin Guest House. In his remaining spare time, he is writing a children’s book and a book on school safety.