What is Convocation?
Convocation is a special gathering of a group of people for the purpose of focusing on a particular topic. SUNY Broome’s annual student Convocation Day, will be held on Tuesday, April 9th 2019, to bring together the College community and, in spirit, the larger community of which the College is a part to address themes around our Convocation speaker’s best-selling book, iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.
Convocation Day Spring 2019 – Tuesday, April 9th
The campus-wide Convocation Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Jean M. Twenge, psychologist and author of the best seller, iGen,: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood, has been selected as our 2019 Convocation Day speaker. Twenge (pronounced “Twangy” as in “twangy guitar”) is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and has published over 130 articles. Twenge is the author of books on social psychology, personality psychology and narcissism.
Convocation 2019 will focus on important and relevant themes such as how technology effects our daily lives and how i-Gen has been effected by being immersed in portable phone/computer culture. Twenge will discuss her research regarding how our technological devices have over-taken our lives and may have had a devastating effect on our youngest citizens. Dr. Twenge will cause us to consider the role that the use of technology plays in mental health and development toward adulthood as well as how the overuse of technology and social media may undermine sociability and happiness.
We hope that Twenge will inspire students and faculty alike to reconsider the overwhelming presence of smartphones, social media and technology in their daily lives. Please note that Tuesday April 9, 2019 is Convocation Day on which no day or evening classes will be held.
Attention Teaching Faculty: Important information regarding the Convocation Faculty Scholars (CFS) program for teaching faculty will be released shortly. Over 80 teaching faculty members enrolled as CFS in 2018. This program recognizes teaching faculty who actively support student attendance at Convocation Day 2019 through the creation of Convocation-related scholarly activities.
For teaching faculty who wish to read the author’s book, iGen,: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood, and delve into a deep discussion of the issues raised by her work, we plan to offer a 3-hour Convocation Institute on January 23, 2019. More details regarding the Convocation Institute for teaching faculty will be released shortly. Please note this event has limited enrollment and fills rapidly.
Campus-Wide Convocation Day Committee Members
Professor Irene Byrnes (Chair)
Professor Anne Haner-Uncapher, Health Sciences Division
Dr. Victor Lamoureux, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Division
Associate Librarian, Dr. Amanda Hollister, Library
Professor Gian Roma, Business and Public Services Division
Professor Carla Michalak, Liberal Arts Division
Dr. Virginia Shirley, Liberal Arts Division
Orion Barber, Student Assembly