Get The Feeling the Internet is Watching You?

It’s Tech Tuesday Time.

So has this happened to you? You are searching the Internet for a present for that hard to buy for person on your list. You know, something you might never buy for yourself. After a bit of searching, you give up and check into Facebook only to find that your news feed has a weird sense of deja vu. Your search seems to have followed you to Facebook, your email interface and even future searches.

Well the simple explanation for this is when you use free sites like Facebook, Google, Bing, Amazon,  ect…they make a great deal of their operating revenue from selling advertising, and more specifically Targeted Advertising. While not a new concept, it is being noticed by more and more users, and is often unwelcome.

So what can you do?

Browser History and Cookies
First your can erase your browser history and cookies from time to time.  This will help to wipe the virtual memory clean somewhat.

Go Incognito
If you use Gmail you can use an “incognito” window, that won’t keep a browser history. This is also handy for those who have tech savvy kids who might search your history to see what they might be getting from Santa. Also great for signing into two Gmail or drive accounts at the same time.  (I can’t be the only person who manages 3 or 4 Google accounts, can I?) and finally…

Opt Out of Advertising
There is a way to opt out of some of that annoying targeted advertising through the Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising.  There is a lot of really interesting info on this site if you have the time and inclination to sift through it. Before you click the next link, know that it will start a search of your browser history right away. If you want to know more before you so that, go back to the link in this paragraph to read about the program.  

To opt out,  go to the “Opt Out” page. It  will automatically search your history for participating companies. From the populated listing, you can chose all or some of the advertisers to block.  It will even tell you who can’t be.  While this won’t stop the ads completely it will help.

I guess reading those privacy notice updates from Facebook can yield something useful every now and again.  They are once again updating policies January 1, 2015 and reading through this led me to the above info.  Be sure to bookmark the site for future use. You might have to redo this as you may pick up targeted advertising from new companies.

It’s hard not to use social media and the Internet, but there are ways to help control the experience. Happy surfing!  We hope this was helpful to you.   What other kinds of tech tips would you like to see CARES research?


Epilepsy Association of WNY Announces $1500 Scholarship Opportunity

10170759_10153059391675476_2710358815445823454_nScholarship announcement: The Epilepsy Association of WNY, Inc. has announced their annual scholarship program. The scholarship is made possible by a generous donation from the estate of Mr. Dennis Durfee who had epilepsy and lived, worked and attended school in Western New York. Two $1500.00 scholarships will be awarded.

Eligibility: To be eligible the applicant must be diagnosed with Epilepsy/seizure disorder, reside in on of the WNY counties served by the Epilepsy Association of WNY, Inc. an be enrolled/accepted in a two year or four college/university or in a graduate school on a full time or part time bases (at least 6 credit hours).

Please contact CARES President, Maria Tripi at for more information. 

ESC is Here to Support Students to be Successful

From the office of Aimee Woznick, Ph.D., Director of Academic Support Services at the Niagara Frontier Center.

We’re officially in the home stretch: students in January term courses have just one month of classes left! (Sorry, March term students, you have a bit longer – your term doesn’t end until June 27 – but I assure you, those three months will flyby!) 

So, have you started thset and reach goal conceptinking about your final projects and papers yet…? 
Maybe you’d like to schedule an appointment with one of our wonderful writing coaches to get that process going! Here’s a quick reminder who your writing coaches are:

Buffalo/Cheektowaga: Darlene Hapka, 
Fredonia: Sue Michaels, 
Jamestown: Anton Agafonov, 
Lockport: Karen Eichler, 
Olean: Jamie Wood, 

In each upcoming edition of the Academic Support Minute, I’ll be spotlighting a member of our coaching staff. Today: Lockport coach Karen Eichler! 

Karen L. Eichler has been the Learning Coach for writing at Empire State College’s Lockport Unit since 2010, tutoring, presenting writing workshops, and teaching College Writing as well as Creative Writing.  She also serves as the writing coach for the Business Leadership Program. Karen began teaching writing at Niagara University in 1997 and she is still there, currently teaching Public Speaking.  More relevant than you might think is that Karen began her career as an improvisational comedian and corporate trainer in 1997.  In fact, she is a founding member of the two person group Defiant Monkey Improv.  Karen received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education in English from SUNY at Buffalo.

To set up an appointment with Karen, write her at


Upcoming Academic Workshops at the Niagara Frontier Center (Cheektowaga) 
To register for one or more of the sessions below, write to Dr. Aimee Woznick at with your name and phone number. 

Using the Online Library
Thursday, April 10, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Reading Textbooks Effectively and Efficiently
Tuesday, April 15, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 13, 6 – 7 p.m. 

Tackling the Research Paper
Thursday, May 1, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 15, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

Research Skills
Thursday, May 1, 9 – 10 a.m. 
Thursday, May 15, 6 — 7 p.m. 

College Success Strategies
Thursday, April 15, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 1, 1 – 2 p.m. 

Writing the Rationale
Thursday, April 24, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
^Tuesday, April 29, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
^Wednesday, May 7, 12 – 1:30 p.m. 

*The Rationale workshop is intended for students enrolled in Educational Planning. Bring a draft of your degree program and – if you have one – a draft of your Rationale essay.
^Please bring a draft of your degree program (if you have one) to the PLA workshop.

April Career Workshops
Presented by Marlene Weiler, Coordinator of Student Services, and Joe Sullivan of the Buffalo Employment & Training Center (BETC). 

Resume Writing and Cover LettersMonday, April 7, 6 p.m.
Job-Finding Tips That Really WorkMonday, April 14, 6 p.m.
Interview Tips to Land That JobMonday, April 28, 6 p.m. 

A reception will begin prior to each workshop at 5:30 p.m. 
All workshops will occur at the Cheektowaga Center and will be streamed live on ESC-TV. Contact Marlene Weiler at to RSVP.   

Join the Niagara Frontier Center’s student club, CARES, for a movie night at the Cheektowaga Center on Wednesday, April 16th at 6 p.m. 
Pizza and snacks will be provided. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet your fellow students! More about the film here:
Like the Student Club on Facebook:

Are you planning to graduate at the end of this term? Congratulations! Watch your mailbox and email inbox for information from Jane Cudmore (Asst. to the Dean), for more information about commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 31

Join CARES for a Screening of “Buffalo unscripted”


Calling all students!  Whether you are a Cultural Studies Major, History Buff or just want to learn a little more about the City we call home, we invite you to join CARES for a screening of the incredible documentary, Buffalo, unscripted: A City Speaks, and hear the story of Buffalo as told by fellow Buffalonians.

We will have an informal discussion afterwards with pizza, snacks and refreshments.

Wednesday, April 16th from 6:00-8:00PM at the Niagara Frontier Cheektowaga Center
Join the event on Facebook!

Preview the Film
This event is sponsored by your NFC Student Club, CARES, and is funded with your  Student Academic Fees.  

CARES POster Movie Screening

-Vanessa Rehac

Call for Papers-Graduate History Conference in Buffalo

callCall for Papers – Graduate History Conference in Buffalo! 

*23rd Annual *Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference*
*University at Buffalo*
*State University of New York*
*Buffalo, NY*
*Saturday, April 5, 2014*
*Student Union*

The University at Buffalo Graduate History Association (GHA) would like to place a call for papers for the twenty-third annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association, the History Department, and graduate student groups from the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Plesur conference has provided an opportunity for M.A. and Ph.D. students across the United States and Canada to present original research in history and related fields for over two decades. The GHA is proud to continue the tradition of supporting graduate student research in a collegiate forum.

This year we are pleased to welcome Dr. Erin K. Rowe, Assistant Professor at The Johns Hopkins University, who will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Rowe’s address is titled “How Can a Black Man Be a Saint?: Constructing Black Sanctity in Early Modern Global Catholicism,” and investigates the rise and circulation of devotion to sub-Saharan African saints in the early modern Catholic world. We would like to encourage individuals to submit papers that would complement Dr. Rowe’s work, though we will be accepting papers on a wide range of themes and topics including, but not limited to:

History and Historiography
Race, Ethnicity, and Identity
Public Memory and Commemoration
Migration and Diaspora
Gender, Sexuality, and the Body
Science, Medicine, and Technology
Religion and Society
Sovereignty and the State
Popular Culture and Consumerism
Public History and Education
Empire and Nation
Intellectual History
Work, Class, and Community
Urban, Rural, and Environmental

Applicants are invited to submit 250-300 word proposals for individual papers, or panels of three papers. Submissions should be accompanied by an updated C.V.

The priority deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014.  The final deadline is February 15, 2014.

Please submit your proposal by clicking HERE
or email your proposal and C.V. to Josh Schroeder at

CARES Hosts 2nd Global Food Fest Meet and Greet

Networking and building relationships is one of the key elements to success.  One thing the members of CARES have discovered since we formed, is that when students get together with themselves, and faculty and staff outside of the classroom, wonderful friendships form.  Please join us for our 2nd Global Food Fest on November 4th and meet some new NFC faces!   

CARES Global Fest


NFC’s Own, Assistant Professor Rhianna C. Rogers, Presented Research at the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference

by Maria Tripi ESC-NFC Student

Dr RogersAssistant Professor Rhianna C. Rogers, mentor at the Niagara Frontier Center,was invited to present research on the use and success of project based learning at the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference on January 13-15, 2013 in Orlando Florida.

In her conference presentation entitled, “Using Photosynth to Engage Students in Project Based Learning”, she is hoped to build upon the successes of project based learning she has already experienced at ESC-NFC. Her co-author and co-presenter, Professor Nathan Whitley-Grassi, an assistant Professor and Faculty Instructional Technologist at NFC, and Rogers are large supporters of this type of learning and teaching. Essentially, they developed an IRB approved survey project that involves the use of project based software called Photosynth. In essence, Photosynth allows students to virtually view objects and rotate them in a three dimensional environment.  She states, “Her goal for this presentation is to highlight how students can be engaged with materials in unique and fun ways”.  In addition, Rogers hope is that by engaging students in an unique way, “the students have the ability to incorporate their own experiences and get practical hands-on experience”.

Her ongoing research interests include Cultural Studies, Native American Studies, Anthropology (Archaeology), Latin American History, Southeastern U. S. History, Mesoamerican History and Anthropology, Field Research and Laboratory Methods, Artifact Analysis, Ceramic Sociology and Gender Studies.

She is in the process of writing several journal articles on various topics as well as working on a comparative paper with Dr. Harry Kersey, Professor Emeritus of History at Florida Atlanta University. In addition to her SUNY-ESC collaborative Photosynth research project with Whitley-Grassi, Rogers serves as principal investigator for two other SUNY-ESC research projects. An International project entitled “The formations of Spain: A Documentary and a local project entitled “An Ethnographic Survey of Western New York”.

Professor Rogers is a Mentor and Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at ESC-NFC and is a registered professional archaeologist (RPA) with over seven years of field and museum experience. Rogers received her Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Studies in 2010 from Florida Atlantic University, concentrating in Mesoamerican Anthropology (Archaeology) and Latin American History before accepting her current position at ESC-NFC. She currently teaches various courses in anthropology, archaeology, history, interdisciplinary studies as well as graduate courses.

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Article about CARES appears in the Latest Edition of The Student Connection

quillCheck out the beautifully written article by our own, Liz Locke, Social Media Coordinator for CARES.  The article was selected to appear in the recent SUNY ESC Student Connection Newsletter.  Great job Liz!

Read article here.

ESC Niagara Frontier Center Partners with Dress for Success

Dress for SuccessCARES is please to pass on this exciting news, especially to our fellow female students at the Niagara Frontier Center.

Colleen Reedy, Coordinator of Residency Students and Programs, announces an exciting new partnership with an organization called Dress for Success.  Dress for Success is an International Organization that just opened the first Buffalo chapter on March 1.

**This program is designed specifically for women who have a job interview scheduled. It begins with an interview outfit, but goes much further. Once they secure a job, clients will get more clothing, employment retention programs, professional women’s networking groups, workshops, job coaching, etc.

 If you know an eligible student at the Niagara Frontier Center,  please refer them to Colleen Reedy who is our liaison to the organization and will help set up an appointment and provide further information. 

Dress for Success serves clients by referral only, and women must have an interview scheduled before receiving clothing. Our clients come to us from a continually expanding and diverse group of non-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions and domestic violence shelters, among many other organizations. Almost 4,500 organizations throughout the world send women to Dress for Success for professional apparel and career development services.

The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed.

Dress for Success serves clients by referral only, and women must have an interview scheduled before receiving clothing. Our clients come to us from a continually expanding and diverse group of non-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions and domestic violence shelters, among many other organizations. Almost 4,500 organizations throughout the world send women to Dress for Success for professional apparel and career development services.

While we may be best known for providing suits to women, it is our employment retention programs that are the cornerstone of the organization. Soon after Dress for Success was founded we came to recognize that finding work is only one step in a woman’s journey towards economic independence; remaining employed and building a rewarding career are essential if a woman is to become self-sufficient.

To meet the need for services that would help women both find and keep jobs, we established the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) program, which offers women ongoing support as they successfully transition into the workforce, build thriving careers and prosper in the mainstream workplace. Once a woman joins the PWG she is a member for life, able to attend meetings at any affiliate throughout the world, and can benefit from additional employment retention and mentoring programs.

Dress for Success also has developed Career Center, an initiative that promotes confidence and professionalism by providing women career guidance, the chance to acquire technology skills and assistance in their job searches.

Another way in which Dress for Success supports women joining or returning to the workforce is through Steps to Success, an initiative that focuses on the crucial first 30 days of employment, during which newly-hired women face many potential challenges. Made possible by the generosity of the National Endowment for Financial Education, the Steps to Success: A Guide to Success in the Workplace publication helps women prepare for their new jobs, identifies barriers they might encounter during their first days, encourages them to plan for their futures and highlights resources that can assist them during this transition, including the Professional Women’s Group.

The Voice-CARES e-newsletter

New Health and Wellness Initiative for Students Talk One-2-One logo

Empire State College not only offers student health insurance, but has recently made available a Health and Wellness Program as well.  Here is an excerpt from the ESC Website.

Empire State College offers a new health and wellness initiative for all students.

Your good health is critical to your academic success. Research has shown that adult students leave college for a variety of reasons, but one of the most significant is for personal and family health issues.

Our program is designed to address the needs of adults as they manage their physical, mental and emotional health during their time at the college.  Our services include:

*student wellness assistance program
*Talk One-2-One, a 24/7 telephone counseling service
*supplemental benefits
*student health insurance
*health and wellness programming

Check out the array of services you can take advantage of as part of your tuition. (Some eligibility requirements may apply, check out the ESC website for details)