Over the holidays, some of gCaptain’s crew went back to our hometown of NYC, er the suburbs of NYC. While back east, we started working closely with Jane Bartnett of the Communications Office at Suny Maritime College (and John’s alma mater). The main goal of our discussions was to brainstorm ideas for building a strong working relationship going into the future.
Unfortunately, our first idea was shot down pretty quickly and it went something like this:
gCaptain – “Can’t you just make reading gCaptain a requirement for your students?”
Schuyler – “I thought you said you want them to be interested!”
Good point. We then came to the more rational conclusion that the best thing we can do is to provide SUNY Maritime with a regular column here on the blog that will focus on important issues in the maritime community. And, next time that gCaptain is in NY (probably sometime in March) we will stop by and speak to some of the cadets in attempt to generate some interest.
As many of you probably know, we just recently switched our Forum software to a more robust system. One category that we see a lot of opporotunity in is the Cadets Corner, a private category that only cadets can gain access to. Not only that, but we believe that cadets will find interest and knowledge in the wealth of information that has been generated thanks to all our members.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the Suny Maritime College column that we will begin sometime in the near future. For now, we want to thank to Jane and the rest of the people at SUNY Maritime for meeting with us and seeing the potential in the things we are doing here at gCaptain.
To repay Jane for treating us to lunch, we thought we would post this information on a free conference that they have coming up next week. If you happen to be in the area, we recommend that you check it out.
CUTTING EDGE ISSUES IN SHIPPING CONFERENCE
SUNY MARITIME COLLEGE, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
SUNY Maritime College will present their annual, day-long “Cutting
Edge Issues in Shipping” conference, Monday, February 2, 2009, on
the Maritime College campus, in Throgs Neck, The Bronx, New York
City. The free event will be held in the Science & Engineering
Building’s Lecture Hall.
Piracy, maritime security, as well as the current worldwide fiscal
crisis, will be among the topics covered by leading industry experts
and SUNY Maritime College faculty.
“Presentations and discussions will focus on many of the most vital
issues impacting the international shipping industry today,” noted
Dr. Larry Howard, Chairman of the SUNY Maritime College
Global Business & Transportation department.
The morning session will run from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Participants
may purchase lunch at the SUNY Maritime College cafeteria, on
campus. The afternoon session will begin at 1:00 pm. A
complimentary networking reception will follow, beginning at 4:30 pm.
“The conference, in addition to the networking event in the late
afternoon, offers all maritime professionals an excellent way to
meet the leaders in the field and to interact with other
professionals in the industry,” said Dr. Howard.
Reservations are not required, however to learn more about the
event, contact Dr. Larry Howard, Chair, Global Business &
Transportation (GBAT) Department, 718-409-2977 or by email at: [email protected]