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ReaCH Champions for Student Success

Congratulations to Robyn King, Counselor IV, Ben DeAngelis, Student Activities Advisor/Title IX Coordinator, and the Division of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism, who were all recently recognized as ReaCH Champions for Student Success.

ReaCH is SUNY Schenectady’s Student Success Initiative, aimed at supporting students from enrollment to graduation by fostering student outcomes, closing achievement gaps, building momentum, and therefore changing lives and our community. It's part of the College’s participation in the Achieving the Dream network. ReaCH Champions for Student Success are announced each month.  

Robyn King in Food Pantry

Robyn King, Counselor IV, oversees the College’s Food Pantry. She was instrumental in organizing the food pantry on campus several years ago.

Not only does Robyn assist our students with emotional support, stress reduction strategies, and referrals to off-campus agencies/services as a Counselor in Student Affairs, she is tireless in her commitment to serving students through the Food Pantry. Her continued efforts go above and beyond to support students and ease their food insecurity issues.

Ben DeAngelis in Student Activities Office

Ben DeAngelis, Student Activities Advisor/Title IX Coordinator, joined the College in September 2020, and even with virtual online instruction, he has been able to engage students, build a strong Student Government Association, and organize a full calendar of terrific online events.

Ben has created “The Quad,” a virtual space for students to meet, connect, chat, share, and collaborate. Clubs and organizations are meeting regularly and new clubs are forming, even through the pandemic.

 Chef Michael Stamet in Culinary Lab

The School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism is not only serving students in a variety of ways; they are also serving those in need in Schenectady by preparing and packaging 120-150 meals per week through a collaboration with Feed Albany/Feed The City.

Meals are given to individuals with food insecurities living in Schenectady and to the College’s Food Pantry to assist students with food insecurities as well.

Kim Otis and Culinary student packaging meal boxes.

Also, HCAT faculty and staff devised a “parcel” system where students pick up bags of ingredients so that they can complete their culinary labs at home while students are learning remotely due to the pandemic.