July 23, 2018

Dear Maritime College Alumni and Friends,

As we look ahead to the fall semester, I see a great deal on the horizon for Maritime College.

We never relent in our efforts to expand and deepen the connections between the college and its alumni, friends and industry leaders.

So far this summer, Kim and I have met with many committed friends who are dedicated Fort Schuyler supporters for years. I am proud to say that others have more recently built their connections with the college. We have hosted more than two dozen alumni and others at Quarters One for dinner and are about to embark on a trip through the Midwest from August 5 – 9 to Chicago, Cleveland and Milwaukee.

Senior humanities lecturer Ira Breskin has also been traveling, most recently to our fellow maritime academies and to industry events. He recently published the ninth edition of "The Business of Shipping," an updated primer on the shipping industry and port and terminal operations, with new chapters on environmental regulations and the future of the industry. You may have seen a story about the book recently in the "Maritime Executive."

I am delighted to update you about the next collaboration between Maritime College and the Maritime College Alumni Association: this fall, you will see a brand new, jointly produced magazine in your mailboxes entitled “Fort Schuyler.” To all who have visited this campus, Fort Schuyler is more than a building; it is part of our school’s history. Fort Schuyler is the name we use to identify and distinguish ourselves across the maritime and related industries. Our recrafted magazine, for key stakeholders such as alumni, students, corporate recruiters, friends, parents and staff, references and reinforces this important icon.

I am enthusiastic about our growing national and international connections, our original academic work and our expanding ties with alumni. I’m sure that there will be much more to talk about on each of these themes as we launch the fall semester.

Have a good summer, everyone!


RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
State University of New York, Maritime College