Under Theme of "Commit. Complete. Compete.", SUNY Orange joins SUNY and CUNY Community Colleges in Urging Students to Pledge to Complete their Degrees

PHOTO: Completion Day logoMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. –To kick off its Completion Week events this week, SUNY Orange has invited Adam Gleason (Class of 2005) and Christine Henderson (Class of 1999) to discuss the importance of degree completion on Monday, Sept. 30.

Gleason will  speak at 11 a.m. in Harriman Hall Room 111 on the Middletown campus while Henderson will appear at 1 p.m. in the Kaplan Hall Great Room in Newburgh.

PHOTO: Adam Gleason portrait photoGleason is a licensed social worker who lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, and works at the Ed Thompson Veterans program, an in-patient substance abuse program serving male veterans. He earned his associate’s degree from SUNY Orange in 2005 and subsequently acquired bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from New York University.

Gleason’s role as a social worker with veterans who utilize the Thompson program includes completing bio-psycho-social assessments, trauma assessments and Clinician Administered Post Traumatic Stress Scale (CAPS) assessments, and facilitating individual and group therapies.

Gleason, a graduate of Monroe-Woodbury High School who lost his sight after becoming afflicted with Lyme disease in 2001, earned a 3.49 grade point average as a student at SUNY Orange. He entered social work because of the many social workers who helped him get through his recovery and adjust to life without sight.

Henderson, a full-time instructor in the College’s Behavioral Sciences Department since 2011, earned her associate’s degree at SUNY Orange in 1999 prior to acquiring a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Adelphi University and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. She presently teaches courses at the College’s Newburgh campus.

PHOTO: Christine HendersonPrior to joining the faculty at SUNY Orange, Henderson has worked as a school-based caseworker for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District while also serving families in the City of Newburgh through Occupations, Inc. She was also an adjunct instructor at the College from 2008 to 2011.

She has been the faculty advisor for the Psychology Club since 2008(2008-2011, Middletown Campus; 2011-present, Newburgh Campus). She serves as a faculty advisor during peak registration times in the Advising office and is also an Honors Program Faculty member.

In addition, staff and student volunteers will be manning “pledge tables” at various locations on both campuses during the week to spread the word about degree completion and to encourage students to pledge to finish their degree.¬† Printed pledge forms will be available at the tables, but pledges can also be completed online.

Pledge tables can be found at the following locations, dates and times:

Middletown campus

Monday (Sept. 30): Alumni Green (10 a.m. to Noon), Harriman Hall Room 111 (11 a.m. to Noon)

Tuesday (Oct. 1): Shepard Ctr. Cafeteria lobby (10 a.m. to Noon)

Wednesday (Oct. 2): Bio-Tech Building Lobby (5 to 7 p.m.)

Newburgh campus

Monday (Sept. 30): Kaplan Hall Lobby (10 a.m. to Noon), Kaplan Hall Great Room (1 to 2 p.m.)

Tuesday (Oct. 1): Tower Building Lobby (5:30 to 7 p.m.)

Wednesday (Oct. 2): Kaplan Hall Lobby (10 a.m. to Noon)

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940