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State Ed curriculum guru speaking at SUNY Potsdam’s Master’s Commencement


POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdam will welcome a respected educator to address the college’s 2013 Master’s Commencement Ceremony.

Dr. Edward S. Marschilok ‘74, retired supervisor of the New York State Department of Education’s Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology Team, will speak at the May 18 ceremony at his alma mater.

He will also be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the State University of New York at the ceremony, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. May 19 in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. Marschilok will address approximately 140 master’s graduates, along with their families and friends.

“SUNY Potsdam is honored to count Edward Marschilok among its many respected and accomplished education graduates. Dr. Marschilok’s years of experience in curriculum creation, music education and summer school administration are an inspiration to students and alumni alike. We look forward to seeing what advice and insights he can share with our graduating master’s students,” college President Dr. John F. Schwaller said.

For the past 25 years, Dr. Marschilok has dedicated himself to improving the quality of life for millions of K-12 students across New York, and has become one of the most respected music educators in the state.

As an undergraduate at SUNY Potsdam, he served as president of the Crane Student Association, and was active with SGA, before earning his Bachelor of Music Education degree with honors. He went on to receive a Master of Science degree in music education with a minor in education administration from Syracuse University, and then completed his Ph.D. in educational administration and policy studies at the University at Albany. He holds permanent certification for K-12 music education and also earned certificates as school administrator/supervisor and school district administrator.

Marschilok started his career in education as a teacher of instrumental music and later as director of music for Cooperstown Central School and was director of bands at Hudson Falls Central School, before being tapped to serve at the New York State Department of Education. As a curriculum specialist for 21 years, he had the important job of developing and coordinating implementation of the state learning standards for the arts, and managing the creation of the department’s virtual learning system.

In 2007, he was chosen to oversee the NYSED’s team of curriculum specialists in the fields of English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, school libraries, reading and, of course, the arts, as well as providing oversight for all federal and state contracts.

Marschilok was the administrator for the New York State Summer School of the Arts, based at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, for many years, in addition to serving as the assistant director for administration at the state School of Orchestral Studies and School of Dance for numerous summers. He is a frequent workshop presenter and adjudicator for the New York State School Music Association. Known as “Dr. Music Ed,” he has authored articles for School Music News and Band Stand for the New York State Band Directors Association.

On top of his professional accomplishments, Marschilok has continued to perform at a high level, as an active musician playing with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Capitol Region Wind Ensemble, the Adirondack Winds and with the Glimmerglass Opera. He is a volunteer for the Empire State Youth Orchestra, the Concerted Effort Arts in Education Organization, Sacred Heart Church and the Troy German Hall Association. In recognition of his advocacy for arts education, Marschilok has been honored with awards from NYSSMA, as well as the New York State Theatre Education Association and the Music Educators Association of New York City.

In service to his alma mater, Marschilok has served as a member of the SUNY Potsdam College Council. He and his wife, Linda Crowell Marschilok ‘74 have been loyal annual donors to the Annual Fund for Potsdam for decades. The Annual Fund for Potsdam is one of the strategic priorities of Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam.

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