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The winners for the fifth annual CUNY School of Professional Studies ePortfolio Showcase have been selected and are published on the showcase site. We’re thrilled to be able to share their work within and beyond the SPS community and send a special thank you to all of them for the time and energy they put into their ePortfolios—they really are superb!

Congratulations to the winners!

  • Marggorie Brown, BA in Communication and Media
  • Angelina Davidson, MA in Disability Studies
  • Natty Duque, MA in Disability Studies
  • Paul Fuller, BA in Communication and Media
  • Kathleen Heck, BS in Nursing
  • Karolina Humby, BA in Communication and Media
  • Naji Muniz, BS in Business
  • Kerwin Pilgrim, MS in Business Management and Leadership
  • Dionna Smalls, MA in Disability Studies
  • Emily Towner, BA in Communication and Media

The winners received a $100 Barnes and Nobles gift card, a digital badge and are featured on the ePortfolio Student Showcase site.

The selections were made based on the following: design layout, organization of materials, best use of multimedia, demonstration of reflective learning, and an overall representation of academic skills, coursework and extracurricular activities.

Take a moment to view these exemplary showcase ePortfolios and see what our students are learning and accomplishing in their respective programs. Also, don’t forget to leave them positive feedback in the comments section.

To visit their ePortfolio, click on a student’s ePortfolio image.

Marggorie BrownMargorie

Angelina DavidsonAngelina

Natty DuqueNatty

Paul FullerPaul

Kathleen HeckKathleen

Karolina HumbyKarolina

Naji MunizNaji

Kerwin PilgrimKerwin

Dionna SmallsDionna

Emily TownerEmily Towner


Each year CUNY SPS asks graduating students to apply to be the Student Speaker at Commencement. As part of their application they are asked to submit their anticipated speech. At the end of the process only one student is selected, however, numerous speeches embody the spirit of the graduating class. We are proud to share some of these speeches here.

Kathryn Walker is graduating from CUNY SPS on June 6 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and this is her speech:

Momentous is defined as “(of a decision, event, or change) of great importance or significance, especially in its bearing on the future.” Well, this certainly is a momentous occasion, and marks an accomplishment of a great milestone in our lives. Think about your life before you decided to embark upon this achievement. For me, I had been out of school for 23 years. I had an associate’s degree, and I was proud of it. I had been working for the same company for 16 years and was proud of what I had accomplished there. But I wanted more. I wanted to keep progressing. I had thought off and on about going back to school and finishing my bachelor’s degree, but there was always an excuse not to: where to find the time, not to mention the expense. In looking for more progressed, higher management positions, I found a constant requirement: a bachelor’s degree—which I did not have. It became apparent that going back to school was something that I needed to do. Think about what motivated you to decide to finish your degree.

In researching where to attain this needed degree, I found that CUNY School of Professional Studies was the best fit for me. Compared to other schools, the tuition was competitive and, being online, the schedule would allow me the flexibility to work while going to school. Although, I do have to say that the estimation of each class taking 9 to 12 hours per week is a bit of an understatement (chuckle).

Each class in each semester brought new challenges. Aside from the academic part of learning, there was BlackBoard, Wikis, e-Portfolios, and an array of learning software systems. I even tweeted in one class. But no matter how high the hurdle, we made it to graduation because we stuck to it, we met the challenges, and we overcame them.

Wherever you go from here—whether it’s a new job or continuing with your education—you can overcome new challenges with confidence, and not be intimidated by learning new things. By graduating from CUNY SPS, you have shown that you are capable. Look how far you have come.

In Economics class we learned the term “opportunity cost.” Defined, opportunity cost is “the loss of potential gain from other alternatives when one alternative is chosen.” Besides the financial cost of books and tuition, what were your opportunity costs while pursuing your degree? Perhaps spending less time with your family and loved ones, neglected housework, lack of sleep, weight gain…I’m sure we all have our own list. But we did not give up. We persevered.

However, we did not accomplish this alone. Who was there for you? In what ways did they support you? Maybe it was your advisor who took all the time you needed to guide you through unchartered territory and put your mind at ease. And I’m sure we can all think of at least one special professor that was so attentive and answered all our questions to ensure we had a clear understanding.

And what about our friends and family? Our loved ones did not sign up for school. But there was an opportunity cost for them as well. Think about the ways in which they supported us. Perhaps helping out by running errands, doing extra housework, being understanding about the time we spent with schoolwork rather than with them, or listening to us vent about a stress or frustration about a project, an assignment or an exam.

We are truly blessed and have much in which to be thankful for what we have accomplished and for those close to us that supported us along the way.


Shanntell Hamilton is pursing a degree in Communication and Media here at CUNY SPS. She works at the Freelancers Union providing holistic medical care. She recently completed prior learning assessment courses and shares her experience with us.

Shanntelle Hamilton

1. Why did you choose to continue your education at CUNY SPS?

At the time, I was looking for an online university that caters to my busy schedule; being that CUNY SPS is also a CUNY school and supportive of my personal needs, this was perfect for me.

2. What is the single most important professional or personal goal that you would like to achieve while at CUNY SPS or after graduation?

While attending CUNY SPS I would like to achieve more confidence in my writing, and I plan on achieving that goal by participating in the writing workshops offered at CUNY SPS.

3. Why did you decide to participate in PLA at CUNY SPS?

I felt for years that my job experience has gone unnoticed due to the fact I didn’t finish college. I felt that my work experience would be recognized and that PLA would also bring out the college knowledge in my work that I didn’t know I had.

4. How has the PLA opportunity helped you progress at CUNY SPS? Has it changed your view of what it means to return to school? If yes, how?

After completing PLA I have received a total of 9 credits which almost fulfilled my requirements of required elective courses, because of PLA I will now be graduating a semester early. PLA has also given me the confidence that no matter your age or circumstance you can take your experience and go back to school and achieve your goals.

5. In which ways do you believe you have or will benefit from PLA?

My on the job skills have improved and now I have more confidence knowing that I received college credits.

6. What did you learn, if anything, from the PLA process?

From the PLA process I’ve learned how to build a portfolio. My PLA portfolio was the first portfolio I have ever constructed.

7. What advice would you offer someone considering application for admission to your degree program? What advice would you offer someone considering PLA at CUNY SPS?

I would say when considering the Communication and Media degree your writing is crucial, and be prepared to write articles, blogs, journal entries, and create portfolios. Also be passionate about current events and the all the media platforms changing our world on a daily bases. When Considering PLA be prepared to interact with classmates and your instructors and have a good time dissecting your on the job skills.

Show Your Work

Have you created one or more ePortfolios this past year? If so, we invite you to submit your ePortfolio to the CUNY School of Professional Studies ePortfolio Student Showcase for an opportunity to be selected as one of the “Featured Student ePortfolios” on the ePortfolio Showcase website and receive a $100 Amazon gift card!

Selections are made based on:

  • Design layout
  • Organization of materials
  • Best use of multimedia
  • Demonstration of reflective learning
  • Overall representation of academic skills, coursework, and extracurricular activities

To nominate yourself, please complete this form by May 24, 2015.


Last month, the ePortfolio Team and Career Services teamed up to offer our second in-person (and first online) workshop titled, Transforming your ePortfolio, where students learned how to use ePortfolio to identify and demonstrate their transferable skills. We also covered how to incorporate different types of multimedia and organize mutliple ePortfolios. If you couldn’t make it, feel free to watch the one hour recorded webinar below and check out the handout resources:

We recommend viewing this video full screen at 720p.

Handouts from the workshop:

Remember to nominate yourself by May 24, 2015. Please help us recognize your great work with ePortfolio!

SPS is delighted to present our 2012/2013 ePortfolio Student Showcase! The showcase, which is hosted on an SPS ePortfolio site, highlights student work in individual courses, programs, and capstone projects at both the bachelors and masters level.

Types of ePortfolios

ePortfolio provides a window into our students’ lives: who they are and who they aspire to be. While reviewing nominations to this year’s showcase, we were delighted to learn that we have a published children’s book author and a video/film/TV producer enrolled in our programs.

Digital BadgeThanks to all of the instructors who nominated students for inclusion in the showcase and to the ePortfolio Team for encouraging students to self-nominate. This year we were able to provide $100 Amazon gift cards to students whose ePortfolios were selected for inclusion in the showcase and digital badges to display within their ePortfolios.

If you’re interested in submitting your ePortfolio for an opportunity to be selected as one of the “Featured Studies ePortfolios,” you still have plenty of time to do so – the nomination deadline for next year’s showcase is May 24, 2014.

Feel free to browse the showcase website or visit the featured ePortfolios directly below:


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2013_badge3_orangeWe invite you to submit your ePortfolio to the CUNY School of Professional Studies ePortfolio Student Showcase for an opportunity to be selected as one of the “Featured Student ePortfolios” on the ePortfolio Showcase website and receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

Self nominations are due May 24, 2013. Please help us recognize your great work by participating in the Showcase!

Sarah Morgano, Academic Operations Assistant, created a webinar (below) to explain the nature and uses of ePortfolios that will give you the tools you need to start building your own ePortfolio in time to participate in the Showcase.

Complete the submission form and get more details on our previous ePortfolio Showcase blog post.

We are now accepting nominations for students to join the School of Professional Studies Governing Council.  The Governing Council considers proposals for new courses, degrees, certificates and programs that will be offered by the School.  Two students and two alternates are needed to serve on the Council for a one year term starting on July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

The role of the Council is to consider and approve new courses, certificates and degree programs that the school offers as well as advising the Dean of SPS on the administration, coordination, and development and termination of all of its programs and curricula.  The Council meets seven or eight times a year, in the afternoons at the Graduate School and University Center.  We estimate that the students elected to the Council will need to be able to commit 10 hours each month in which there is a meeting in preparation and participation.  Attendance at the meeting is very important because that is when votes are taken.

In order to serve, you must be a degree candidate in the School of Professional Studies, plan on enrolling in the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters and currently be in good academic standing.  Your interest, enthusiasm and unique student perspective are extremely valuable to the Council and we hope you will consider nominating yourself if you think would like to serve on the Council.

If you are interested in serving, please complete the Student Representative Self-Nomination form.  It may be submitted by email to Dr. Zeita-Marion Lobley, our Director of Student Services, at on or before Tuesday, April 16, 2013.  Dr. Lobley can be reached at (646) 344-7248 if you have any questions. Students who express an interest in running will be provided with a page on the SPS website and an ePortfolio.  Through the ePortfolio candidates will inform students of their candidacy and will campaign for election.

Nominees should plan to attend a brief orientation session with SPS staff, current student representatives and faculty serving on the Council on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.  This session will provide an overview of the role of the Governing Council, member roles and responsibilities, an overview of the election process and time for your questions.  Elections will take place from Monday, April 29, 2013 through Thursday, May 9, 2013.  Election results will be announced on May 11, 2013.  Elected student representatives will be introduced to the other members of the Governing Council at the last Council meeting of the year, scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Thank you and I look forward to working with you in the coming year.


Brian A. Peterson

Brian A. Peterson is the Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at the School of Professional Studies.

The Evolution of ePortfoliosThe annual ePortfolio Showcase highlights students who have created ePortfolios for academic, professional, and/or personal use. The showcase aims to demonstrate the many ways our students are stretching definitions and creating full pictures of their learning.

This year, in addition to accepting ePortfolio nominations from faculty, students will be able to submit their own ePortfolios to the showcase. Students who are selected as one of the “Featured Student ePortfolios” will be highlighted on the ePortfolio Showcase website, receive a badge to display on their own ePortfolio, and receive an Amazon gift card.

What is an ePortfolio?

Electronic Portfolios (ePortfolios) offer a dynamic, online space to represent your professional “self” on the Web. In higher education and in the business world, ePortfolios are a way to showcase your skills, achievements, and experiences. Whether you want to share your work with friends, family, professors, colleagues, potential employers, or graduate school admissions committees — ePortfolios provide innovative ways to market yourself while taking ownership over your own work.

The online ePortfolio platform CUNY SPS has chosen is Digication. Designed specifically to showcase academic work, Digication’s easy-to-use tools allow you to create thought-provoking and visually stimulating ePortfolios that will enhance your courses and deepen your learning experience. Once you have an SPS account with Digication, you can create as many ePortfolios as you like. You will always have access to your ePortfolios, before, during and after the semester; even after you graduate.

Watch the brief “Intro to ePortfolios @ SPS” video below to learn more about this digital tool and how it can be used.

New to ePortfolio?

If you don’t have an ePortfolio account, but are interested in creating an ePortfolio to submit in our annual showcase please send an email to the ePortfolio team at (Please be sure to include your name, SPS email address, and the degree program you are enrolled in.) The ePortfolio team will email your account information along with some basic instructions to get you started.

We’re also pleased to offer an ePortfolio Information Session on April 10, 2013 from 12:30pm – 2:00pm, where students can learn more about ePortfolios and how they can be used for both academic and career development. This webinar will explain the nature and uses of ePortfolios and will give you the tools you need to start building your own ePortfolio in time to participate in our annual ePortfolio Student Showcase.

Info Session: ePortfolios for Academic & Career Development

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2013; 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Online

Already Have an ePortfolio?

If you have created an ePortfolio as part of a course requirement you should already have a Digication ePortfolio account. You’re welcome to attend the ePortfolio Information Session on April 10, 2013 from 12:30pm – 2:00pm, and/or review the many resources available to students on the ePortfolio Resource Website. To learn more about new third-party apps that can be included in your ePortfolio, click here.

ePortfolio advisors are also available to assist with conceptualization, troubleshooting, and third-party applications. You can request Live Help with an ePortfolio advisor during the scheduled virtual office hours, or send an email anytime to

Live Help

Submit Your ePortfolio!

We invite you to submit your ePortfolio to the CUNY School of Professional Studies ePortfolio Student Showcase for an opportunity to be selected as one of the “Featured Student ePortfolios” on the ePortfolio Showcase website and receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

Selections are made based on:

  • Design layout
  • Organization of materials
  • Best use of multimedia
  • Demonstration of reflective learning
  • Overall representation of academic skills, coursework, and extracurricular activities

To nominate yourself, please complete this form by May 24, 2013. Please help us recognize your great work with ePortfolio!


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