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U.S. SEn. Charles Schumer made an appearance at SUNY Adirondack on Feb. 19.

Schumer calls college technology programs a ‘model’ for the country

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer made a public appearance at SUNY Adirondack on Feb. 19 to talk about the college’s computer security-related programs.

Schumer spoke of the significance of SUNY Adirondack’s recently added Information Technology degrees in Cybersecurity and Information Security to a crowd at the Northwest Bay Conference Center in Adirondack Hall.

“I’d love to see it as a natural model we can spread throughout the country because the need for cybersecurity is not just in Washington, Warren and Saratoga counties — it’s throughout America,” Schumer said.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Marc Guise and Associate Professor of Graphic Arts Nick Paigo talked about the need for the college’s Information Technology programs, and local employers Jared Humiston of Adirondack Technical Solutions and Alan Van Tassel of StoredTech discussed the local need for technology-related education.

SUNY Adirondack students Rolf Ronning of Bolton and Stephen Mann of Glens Falls also spoke to the group about why they chose to go into the program.

Schumer told the audience that he plans to seek a “very significant amount” of federal funding to improve cybersecurity across the country.

“Whether it’s the private sector or the public sector, the need for trained people who can protect us from cyberattack and cybertheft is enormous and vital,” Schumer said. “It’s one of the most important jobs that we can do in this country over the next decade.”


Illustration of the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

SUNY Adirondack signs agreement with University at Buffalo pharmacy program

SUNY Adirondack has formed a collaborative agreement with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

The agreement allows students to complete two years of undergraduate study at SUNY Adirondack in an associate degree program and then transfer to University at Buffalo’s four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program.

The professional degree program prepares students to be therapeutic drug managers, working as integrated members of the health-care team, along with physicians, non-physician providers and other allied health professionals.

The pharmacy school has similar agreements with Erie Community College, Columbia Greene Community College, SUNY Broome, Nassau Community College, Rockland Community College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dutchess Community College, Monroe Community College, Genesee Community College, Finger Lakes Community College and Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

As part of the agreement, two qualified students from each community college will be guaranteed acceptance into the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences each year.

For more than 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York state and No. 22 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.


SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy, left, and Castleton University President Karen M. Scolforo sign an agreement to create a pathway for degree completion between both colleges.

SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy, left, and Castleton University President Karen M. Scolforo sign an agreement to create a pathway for degree completion between both colleges.

SUNY Adirondack and Castleton University create articulation pathway

SUNY Adirondack and Castleton University, a public liberal arts college in Vermont, have formed a collaborative agreement creating a pathway for degree completion. 

“We are committed to delivering affordable liberal arts education combined with practical career preparation to a broad range of students,” said Castleton University President Karen M. Scolforo. “This highly collaborative, flexible agreement will provide SUNY Adirondack graduates an opportunity to continue on to further their education seamlessly and affordably.”

The agreement guarantees admission to all SUNY Adirondack graduates who have achieved a 3.0 grade point average. In addition to guaranteed admission, Castleton has agreed to waive the application fee and award students up to $16,000 in annual scholarships. The scholarship is designed to recognize the commitment the graduates have already made and make the pathway to a bachelor’s degree more accessible.

According to SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy, the agreement helps fill a significant gap for traditional SUNY Adirondack graduates seeking to further their education out of state. 

“By removing a significant financial barrier for students who otherwise would have been discouraged because of cost, President Scolforo and her team are truly demonstrating their commitment to providing affordable, accessible, high-quality education for our deserving graduates who wish to study in the beautiful state of Vermont,” Duffy said.

“Working with President Duffy on this agreement was an honor,” Scolforo said. “Dr. Duffy and I share many of the same foundational principles for leadership and we care deeply about broadening the reach of higher education to meet the needs of all students regardless of their background. This is a testament to how collaboration in higher education can effectively transform lives.” 

Castleton will begin this program immediately and has already begun waiving application fees as SUNY Adirondack students prepare to further their education after graduating in May.


An American flag illustrates SUNY Adirondack's commitment to its veteran student population.

New SUNY Adirondack scholarship assists military veterans and their families

Queensbury American Legion Post 1797 is seeking applications for a $500 scholarship at SUNY Adirondack.

To be eligible, a student must be a veteran or a close relative of a veteran, specifically a son or daughter, grandchild or niece or nephew. The SUNY Adirondack scholarship will be awarded each spring semester.

Scholarship applications can be picked up at the Randles Veterans Resource Center on SUNY Adirondack’s Queensbury campus. Completed applications should be returned by March 31 to Veterans Benefits Advisor Ruben Acevedo Jr. at the Randles Veterans Resource Center.

Applications will be reviewed by an American Legion Post scholarship committee. If the committee finds more than one student deserving of the award, the American Legion Post will divide the scholarship between two applicants.

For more information, contact Ruben Acevedo Jr. at 518.832.7744 or ruben.Acevedo@veterans.ny.gov.


A new wilderness medicine class at SUNY Adirondack complements the college's Adventure Sports degree. Pictured is a student mountain climbing in the Adirondacks.

Wilderness medicine class offers emergency training for health careers

A comprehensive eight-day introductory course in emergency and wilderness medicine will launch in June at SUNY Adirondack.

The curriculum will provide hands-on learning experiences beneficial to students interested in applying to a health professions school. Students also will earn CPR and Wilderness First Responder certification.

At the end of the course, students will have learned the basics of emergency medicine and valuable skills in preventing, assessing and treating wilderness, rural and austere-setting medical crises. Additionally, students receive guidance from medical school faculty regarding admissions processes and career paths.

The class, taught by University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty and physicians, will run June 3-12. Tuition for the three-credit-hour class is $549 for in-state students, plus fees. Housing and meal options are available.

For more information, go to www.sunyacc.edu/wilderness-emergency-medicine.

The course complements SUNY Adirondack’s two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Adventure Sports: Leadership and Management. Students in the program engage in outdoor education and expeditions to develop leadership, management and hands-on experience with outdoor adventure sports.


SUNY Adirondack culinary students offered cooking demonstrations during the 2017 Adirondack Wine and Food Festival in Lake George.

SUNY Adirondack culinary students offered cooking demonstrations during the 2017 Adirondack Wine and Food Festival in Lake George.

All in good taste

SUNY Adirondack Culinary Arts students have a busy March schedule with participation in several local events.

On March 2, students will prepare food for “Taps & Apps,” a preview event of the Glens Falls Brewfest at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls. From 6 to 8 p.m., the SUNY Adirondack Culinary Club will prepare and execute craft beer and appetizer food pairing in collaboration with Common Roots Brewery and Destination Unknown Brew Company. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com. *Update: This event has been canceled due to weather conditions and campus closing. 

Students will also prepare food samplings during the Glens Falls Brewfest from 4 to 7 p.m. March 3 at the Queensbury Hotel. For more information and tickets, go to www.glensfallsbrewfest.org

On March 8, culinary arts students will do a five station pairing for “Bites and Flights" at Adirondack Brewery in Lake George. Tickets are $40 and are available at eventbrite.com.

Culinary Arts students will participate in the Winter Meltdown Spicy Food Competition from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24 at the Shirt Factory in Glens Falls. Proceeds will benefit the Open Door Mission.

The SUNY Adirondack Culinary Center lunch services continue Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 3 at the the culinary facility on Bay Road in Queensbury. (Note: Location may change to the new 14 Hudson Avenue facility. Date to be determined.)

Students from the college’s Basic Food Prep 2 class prepare and serve classic modernized menus created by Chefs Matthew Bolton and Megan Diehl. Start time for lunch service is noon. Seating will be available at noon, 12:15 p.m., 12:30 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. Lunch will not be served on March 14 or 15.

Reservations are required and can be made through the online reservation form or by phone at 518.832.7725.


Get ready to race for a cause

Registration is open for the Rotary 5K Corporate Challenge, which will be held on April 21 on the SUNY Adirondack Queensbury campus. 

Paper registration forms can be downloaded at www.glensfallsrotary.org. Online registration is available at www.active.com. Preregistration fees are $25 for adults and $17 for children 12 and younger. Race-Day registration fees are $30 for adults and $22 for children 12 and younger.

Race start time is 10 a.m., and all team members must be individually registered by 8:30 a.m. the day of the race. 

Team captains must provide all team member names by email to jimmyg12804@yahoo.com by April 16 or to the team registration desk by 8:45 a.m. April 21,

The race will start at the SUNY Adirondack Student Center.

T-shirts will be available for the first 300 entrants (sizes not guaranteed).

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate.

Awards will be given to male and female winners overall; first, second and third for age groups; and  to the team with the most participants finishing the race. 

Proceeds will benefit Family Service Association of Glens Falls and the SUNY Adirondack Summer Enrichment Scholarship Program.


Photos by SUNY Adirondack students Ericka Wadleigh, left, Vincent Otto, center, and Anna Burns will be featured in an upcoming issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine.

Photos by SUNY Adirondack students Ericka Wadleigh, left, Vincent Otto, center, and Anna Burns will be featured in an upcoming issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine.

Student photographers named finalists

Three SUNY Adirondack Media Arts students were selected as finalists in the Photographer’s Forum 38th annual college and high school photography contest.

Ericka Wadleigh, Vincent Otto and Anna Burns will have their work published in the Best of College and High School Photography issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine.

Around 12,000 photos from around the world were entered by students in the competition.


Up for a challenge?

The SUNY Adirondack Wellness Challenge starts March 19 and runs through May 6. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to create four-person teams (or single participants can be placed on a team) by registering online at http://sunyacc.mywellnesschallenge.org/register/. Registration is $5 per person.

Points can be earned by tracking steps, group exercise, happy hour walks, race participation, meditation and dietary changes. For all the rules, go to www.sunyacc.mywellnesschallenge.org.

For more information, contact Julie Clark at clarkju@sunyacc.edu or 518.743.2219.


Business Central held a Network Like a Superstar Seminar in partnership with the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center.

Business Central held a Network Like a Superstar Seminar in February in partnership with the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center.

Help for local businesses

Business Central’s Small Business Development Center offers on-campus appointments for small business owners.

The no-cost business consulting services are available to future and existing small business owners. Services include business plan development assistance, financial analysis and projection development assistance, identifying sources of capital, market research, procurement and international trade.

To schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor, contact Kate Baker, director of Business Central, at bakerk@sunyacc.edu or 518.832.7782.

During February, Business Central held the following events:

  • Network Like a Superstar Seminar in partnership with the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center. This was the first event open to the public utilizing the new Northwest Bay Conference Center.
  • Health Sciences Job Fair featured 17 participating employers and more than 80 participating students.
  • Nurse Interview Preparation Session helped 22 applicant participants.
  • Social Media Basics Seminar.
  • Conversations with Women Entrepreneurs Discussion Group featured Judy Cox, a serial entrepreneur in the fitness, mental health and criminal justice industries.

Since the opening of Business Central in Adirondack Hall in January, there have been more than 50 non-event based student interactions and engagements, 25 engagements with members of the faculty and 45 engagement with stakeholders/partner organizations.

March Business Central on-campus events include:

  • Root Cause Analysis Seminar will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. March 13 in the Northwest Bay Conference Center in Adirondack Hall.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Emerging Leaders Program Information Session will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 13 in the Center for Entrepreneurship (Room 144) in Adirondack Hall.
  • Job Discovery Career Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. March 14 in the gymnasium.
  • Conversations with Women Entrepreneurs featuring Dana Russell of Adirondack Salt Cave will take place from noon to 1 p.m. March 21 at the Center for Entrepreneurship in Adirondack Hall.
  • Making Google Work for You: Maximizing Your Business’ Presence Online will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. March 28 at the Center for Entrepreneurship in Adirondack Hall.
  • Resume Writing Workshop will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. March 28 in the Center for Entrepreneurship in Adirondack Hall.

Advance registration is strongly recommended for all Business Central events. Contact Kate Baker at bakerk@sunyacc.edu or 518.832.7782.


Off to a great start

For students planning to enter the workforce this summer, Michelle Waite, coordinator of Career Connections in the Office of Continuing Education, is offering one-on-one appointments to hone workforce preparation skills, including resume and cover letter writing, interviewing practice, job application assistance and maximizing internships.

Students can schedule an appointment by contacting Waite at waitem@sunyacc.edu or 518.681.5613.


P-Tech students graduate to college

The Southern Adirondack P-Tech students who have been working on their pathway to technology for the last four years are about to become full-time SUNY Adirondack students.

P-Tech, which stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, is a New York State grant program that helps finance the education of students in technology and manufacturing and prepares them to work in industries within the community that have a need for high-skilled, educated workers.  

Southern Adirondack P-Tech is a partnership program between Warren Saratoga Washington Hamilton Essex (WSWHE) BOCES, SUNY Adirondack, Queensbury, Hudson Falls and Saratoga Springs school districts. Students were recruited as eighth graders. During the last four years, the group has engaged in hands-on technical workshops, site visits to local businesses, summer STEM Camps and Advanced Manufacturing Day at SUNY Adirondack, as well as college courses within the Electrical Technology AAS degree.   

The P-Tech grant is helping students earn the necessary skills, certifications and college degrees to obtain high-wage local jobs. It helps the college by removing the financial barrier for these students, and it is helping businesses in our local community fill important, high-demand jobs that are critical to their success.

For the past two years, the current seniors have been part of the Advanced Manufacturing Early College Career Academy (ECCA) program in Queensbury.  They, along with the other ECCA students, spend half their school day on our campus and the other half at their home school. In June, these students will finish their high school requirements and will continue on with the rest of the Electrical Technology degree. The P-Tech grant allows these students to take up to two years to complete their associate degree, all at no cost to the student or the family.  This includes all tuition, fees and textbooks.  

This is only the first group of P-Tech students who will integrate into the SUNY Adirondack community. In the 2019-2020 academic year, there are 27 P-Tech students who are juniors in the ECCA IT and Advanced Manufacturing program, as well as 38 10th graders and 49 ninth graders.  

More information about the New York State P-Tech program grant can be found at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/scholarships/PTech.htm.  More information about the Southern Adirondack P-Tech program can be found at https://www.wswheboces.org/page/ecca-ptech  and information about the Early College Career Academy can be found at http://www.sunyacc.edu/early-college-career-academy.



Food Network’s Iron Chef Jet Tila will appear March 1 at SUNY Adirondack.

  • Food Network’s Iron Chef Jet Tila will appear March 1 at SUNY Adirondack. Tila, a popular celebrity chef and TV personality known for his modern Asian cuisine, will speak and sign autographs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 1 in the college’s new Northwest Bay Conference Center in Adirondack Hall. The event, which will include a food sampling, is free and open to the public. Tila’s cookbook, 101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die, will be available for sale. Tila will also meet privately with SUNY Adirondack and BOCES culinary students during his campus visit. SUNY Adirondack students who attend will have the opportunity to win prizes, including meal plans and a signed cookbook. For more information on Tila, go to www.chefjet.com.
  • Stuart Bartow, Distinguished Professor of English, will present Contemporary Haiku in English: How This Art Form Can Save the Worldat 4 p.m. March 21 in Miller Auditorium in Dearlove Hall. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the College Lecture Series.
  • The fourth annual Howl Trivia Night will take place March 23 in the Northwest Bay Conference Center in Adirondack Hall. The evening begins at 5 pm with registration, dinner and a cash bar. Trivia begins at 6:15 p.m. Early registration is suggested because the event usually sells out quickly. The top five teams win prizes, and the champions earn shiny trophies with bragging rights for the year. Create your own team of six for a table. Friends and family are welcome. You also can register as an individual, and we’ll create a team of six for you. Individual tickets are $50, and table registration is $300. Proceeds benefit scholarships at SUNY Adirondack.  For more information, call 518.743.2244. Register online at https://howltrivianight.eventbrite.com. Proceeds benefit SUNY Adirondack scholarships.
  • SUNY Adirondack Distinguished Professor of English Lale Davidson will read and speak at 12:30 p.m. March 28 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall as part of the Writers Project series. The talk is free and open to the public.



A photo college shows the 4DX teams who have received bronze certificates.

  • Congratulations to Extended Programs, Financial Aid, Upward Bound, EOP, Student SuccessIT and the Business Office on being awarded a Bronze Certificate for meeting all of the requirements to kick of their 4DX commitments to advancing student success. Thanks to our coaches, Naftali Rottenstreich, Marc Guise, Colleen Wise, Philly Coley and Mike Prutsman for their guidance and support.
  • Michelle Waite, coordinator of Career Connections in the Office of Continuing Education, recently graduated from the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Adirondack Program.


The SUNY Adirondack Baseball team starts its season on March 3.

Get ready for an exciting spring with SUNY Adirondack sports. Team seasons begin:

  • Baseball: March 3
  • Softball: March 11
  • Tennis: April 6
  • Golf: April 14

For sports schedules, go to the Timberwolf site.


The campus community thanks Kathy Drislane for leading the coordination of the Charles Schumer visit to campus. The event was a huge success thanks to her efforts.

SUNY Adirondack faculty and staff are  invited to register for the April 3 Introductory FISH! Workshop (9 a.m. to noon) by contacting the Office of Continuing Education at 518.743.2238 or conted@sunyacc.edu. Space is limited, so please register today!

If you can't attend the April session, register today for the next workshop scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon June 15.

Share your Fish! stories by emailing Doug Gruse at grused@sunyacc.edu, so we can celebrate and support each others’ applications of these practices!



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