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MLB Draft Names 5 SUNY Student Athletes



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From the classroom to the playing field, students are the talent magnet. If you can name a sport, chances are that SUNY offers it in some capacity–ranging from intramural and club sports to nationally-ranked DI NCAA sports teams. 

The wide range of SUNY athletics teams have a complementary wide range of success stories–from Onondaga Community College‘s Men’s Lacrosse Team being undefeated for 87 consecutive games (and counting) to the University at Buffalo hosting a first-round NFL Draft pick in spring 2014.

With all of the talent across New York, it comes as no surprise that five SUNY student athletes have been named in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.


Mike Burke

Mike Burke //  University at Buffalo // Baltimore Orioles 

Switching between pitching and shortstop, Burke had one of the best seasons in program history in 2013, setting multiple records in the former position. He won eight games where he threw for 101.2 innings over 14 starts. He threw three complete-game shutouts, striking out 75 batters only allowing just a .222 batting average. Burke was named one of the leagues top pitchers, where he received the Robin Roberts award for his talents.


Tyler Mautner

Tyler Mautner // University at Buffalo // Minnesota Twins

This past season, Mautner batted .337, hitting 17 doubles, and batting in 52 runs to help Buffalo once again enter into the Mid American Conference tournament. In 2013, he had a come back season batting .295 setting a single-season record with 23 doubles. From his 2013 bounce-back season, he was named to several prestigious teams where he and his team won the Far West League’s Triple Crown.


Kevin Krause

Kevin Krause // Stony Brook University // Pittsburgh Pirates

Krause was this year named Louisville Slugger third-team All-America and America East Player of the Year. He has a .341 batting average  leading the America East with seven home runs, 44 RBI, a .517 slugging percentage and 91 total bases. In his three-year career with Stony Brook spanning 132 games, Krause is a career .325 hitter with 11 home runs ,30 doubles, 97 RBI and 88 runs scored. In 2012, he was a first-team freshman All-American and first-team All-Northeast Region while hitting .330 with three home runs and 40 RBI and was a part of the Stony Brook team that reached the College World Series.


Steve Ascher

Steve Ascher // SUNY Oneonta // Tampa Bay Rays

Ascher, a pitcher, went 6-4 with a total of 69.1 innings pitched, 82 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.69 this year. He was named SUNY Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2014 and was also named to the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team in 2012.


Bill Bereszniewicz

Bill Bereszniewicz // Binghamton University // Los Angeles Dodgers

Bereszniewicz, a four-year starter for the Bearcats, led the America East Conference with a batting average of .367 and setting multiple single-season records for hits (77) and stolen bases (23). From this, he earned his first all-conference honors as a center fielder this season. He had 24 multi-hit games as a senior, and led the Bearcats with a slugging percentage of .471 and an on-base percentage of .428. He finished his career with the second-highest stolen base total of 42 stolen bases in the program’s Division I history. He was also sixth all-time in hits in the program’s history with 208.


Top photo via the Stony Brook Statesman

Steven Molinari

Written by Steven Molinari

Steven was a student assistant in the Office of Communications of the State University of New York in summer 2014. He is an undergraduate political science student at Binghamton University.

June 10, 2014

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Mascot Madness Champion, Hugo the Hawk, Speaks on His Victory and Getting Back to Work




SUNY Mascot Madness winner - Hugo Hawk from New PaltzThe first ever SUNY Mascot Madness came to a close yesterday with over 300,000 votes cast over the entire competition.  In a race that was too close to call initially, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz was declared the winner of the first SUNY Mascot Madness over Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook.  In a race to the finish, he met the library dean, cleaned the campus, and hung out with many students on campus.

We were able to catch up with Hugo and get his thoughts on the final round of the competition.

What responsibilities do you carry as SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion?  What’s next for you?

As the SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion, it is my duty to represent all that this title stands for. I will continue being the best mascot I can possibly be and keep getting better at it each day.

What will you do with all of your free time once SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 is complete?

With this free time I will get back to the basics. I will work on my cheers and dances and keep myself in tip-top shape for all the teams I root for. I will work hard to earn my place in next year’s tournament and make sure I do my best to defend my crown.


And we look forward to next year’s competition with you Hugo!

Hugo Hawk with Mascot Madness championship trophy

Emily Schwartz

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Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.

April 5, 2013

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Bobby Hurley Named University at Buffalo Men’s Basketball Head Coach




Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley, one of the most iconic figures in college basketball history, has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

He joins UB from the University of Rhode Island, where he has been serving as associate head coach. He was hired as an assistant coach at Wagner College in 2010, and spent two seasons with the Seahawks, playing a critical role in rebuilding the men’s basketball team. He helped lead Wagner to a 25-6 record during the 2011-12 season – its best record in school history – before joining Rhode Island.

A first-team All-American in 1993, Hurley is best remembered for being the point guard at Duke. Hurley helped lead the Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances and consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. Hurley still holds the NCAA record for career assists with 1,076.

Following his outstanding career at Duke, Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He went on to play five years in the NBA with the Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies.

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SUNY Oneonta Senior Sets Off on 4,200-Mile Cross-Country Bike Adventure




Jayme Haynes biking in Central Bridge on her cross country adventure

Jami Haynes sets off from her home in Central Bridge, NY, on Tuesday, May 28.

SUNY Oneonta senior Jami Haynes set off on a 4,200-mile, cross-country bike adventure today with the goal of raising awareness about the Harvest of Hope Foundation, an organization that provides emergency assistance to migrant workers and their families. Haynes, 21, accompanied by her boyfriend and sister, left early Tuesday morning from her home in Central Bridge, N.Y.

An avid runner and hiker, Haynes got the idea for the “Miles for Migrants” bike tour after Harvest of Hope founder and President Phil Kellerman visited one of her education classes, taught by Madeline Berry, this past semester. Her 20-year-old sister, Jena, signed on for the adventure, and then her boyfriend, Caleb Grippin, 23, joined the team.

Jena Haynes, Caleb Grippin, Jami Haynes with bikes

SUNY Oneonta student Jami Haynes (right) with her sister, Jena, and boyfriend, Caleb Grippin.

“I wasn’t very familiar with what a migrant farm worker was and how they contributed to American society, and I was especially touched as a future educator by the support that Harvest of Hope gives to these families and the scholarships that the foundation provides,” Haynes said.

The class did a service-learning project to benefit Harvest of Hope, and Haynes kept the momentum going. She and her sister organized a spaghetti supper, several bake sales and a raffle, as well as giving presentations about Harvest of Hope on campus and in the community. “Spreading awareness of the foundation and how it helps migrant farm workers has been extremely rewarding,” Haynes said. “The community definitely knows a lot more about the contributions of migrant workers because of this project.”

Haynes hopes to continue raising awareness by meeting with media outlets during her journey. The trio plans to ride about 60 to 80 miles per day, camping and staying with friends and family members en route to San Francisco. They have been training for the trip for about three months, logging several hundred miles of short and long rides.

The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997, when Kellerman worked at ESCORT, a migrant education resource center based at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to its affiliation with ESCORT, SUNY Oneonta has operated a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since 2001. Created in 1972, CAMP is a federally-funded scholarship program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm-working families pursue higher education.

ESCORT senior programmer analyst Bob Thomas, a friend of Kellerman’s, loaned Haynes and her crew three touring bikes and trailers. Thomas, who completed a cross-country bicycling trip himself back in 1976, was on hand for the send-off Tuesday, offering last-minute tips and advice.

An elementary education major with a concentration in social studies, Haynes will share experiences from her trip this fall as a student teacher at Cobleskill Elementary School.

She will also chronicle her adventures throughout the 11-week journey on the blog:


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May 28, 2013

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