Articles by Alicia Jacobs

Alicia Jacobs is Excelsior College’s Director of Communications and Community Engagement. She responsible for internal communications, public and media relations, employee and community engagement. She assists with special projects, events, committees on behalf of the President's Office. Jacobs career includes television production, broadcast media, healthcare, renewable energy, sports & entertainment, hospitality and higher education. She is also an Emmy Award-Winning TV Producer. During her career, she has worked for three international charities. Her work with non-profits continues today as she leads community engagement initiatives for the College including the Annual Excelsior Cares Volunteer Week. Outside of work, Jacobs is community-minded. Jacobs is a graduate of the University at Albany and earned her Master of Arts, communication with concentration in public relations from Western New England University. She is also a graduate of Excelsior College's Leadership Academy.
active shooter response drill teacher Zee Kitonyi

“We don’t get to pick and choose when bad things happen. Doing something in a situation matters,” said police officer Zinab Kitonyi, after a workplace training class on how to respond to an active shooter event. Kitonyi, known as “Zee,” a student in the Associate in Science in Administrative and Management Studies, came to Excelsior …

online shopping

With the start of the holiday season and increase in online shopping, do you know how “cyber smart” you are? Is your personal information safe? Two Excelsior College employees skilled in cybersecurity, Ethan Sprissler, the faculty program director, information technology and undergraduate cybersecurity, and Amelia Estwick, program manager, graduate cybersecurity, share tips to test your …

On June 16, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy hosted its annual Black & Gold Ceremony, celebrating the educational accomplishments of its graduates, including 193 Excelsior College students, in the Class of 2018. One of Excelsior College’s instructional faculty members, The Honorable M. Sue Kurita, presiding judge of El Paso County Court at Law, No. 6, …

three dimensional model of a nuclear power plant

Excelsior College has been chosen over some stiff competition and was awarded a $245K grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the development of an advanced web-based nuclear reactor simulator, as part of the Nuclear Energy University Program. The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding approximately $5 million to 18 colleges and universities to …

teacher and child at a laptop, gen cyber logo

Excelsior College, Capital Region BOCES, and Questar III BOCES recently were awarded a $98,624 grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) to participate in the GenCyber program (www.gen-cyber.com). This grant will fund a cybersecurity camp for a total of thirty 6th–12th grade STEM teachers from August 13–17, 2018, prior to …

Excelsior Life traditionally marks the week of Thanksgiving by reflecting on the past year and campus-wide participation on projects and initiatives focused on helping those less fortunate. Volunteerism is a part of the College’s culture and Excelsior Cares is our community relations program serving New York’s Capital Region and helping to meet critical needs around …

The purpose of Excelsior Life’s Passionate Pursuits is to shine a light on faculty and staff successfully balancing work, home and family – just like our students. Adala Zelman works at Excelsior College in the marketing department. Outside of work, she has a passion for music. She shares her story on following her musical dreams …

Open Educational Resources (OER) are a trend in distance learning with a cost savings benefit for students. Kimberly Barss, Interim Lead Instructional Designer at Excelsior College’s Center for Online Education, Learning & Academic Services explains. Excelsior Life: Can you help define Open Educational Resources (OER)? Barss: Open Educational Resources are materials available for free on …