The SUNY Adirondack monthly newsletter


Ceremony marks first completion phase of Adirondack Hall

SUNY Adirondack officially opened the new annex to the science building, part of the recently named Adirondack Hall complex, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 8.

The 26,250-square-foot addition includes nine science laboratories, seven laboratory prep rooms, a greenhouse and aquarium, classrooms and seminar spaces.

The original science building is currently being renovated and will include a 2,400-square-foot nursing simulation lab, as well as classrooms, labs, study rooms, tutoring spaces and offices.

The Adirondack Regional Workforce Readiness Center is currently under construction on the north side of Adirondack Hall. The new 13,250-square-foot addition will encourage community partnerships and be an epicenter for regional business development and entrepreneurship.

The Adirondack Hall project received $28.3 million from New York state and Warren And Washington counties. The SUNY Adirondack Foundation had a $2.1 million goal for its Reach New Heights campaign to raise funds for equipping the teaching and learning spaces as well as student support services. The campaign exceeded its goal by $404,207, with a final figure of $2,504,207.13 raised.

For a complete list of campaign donors, click HERE.


Community leaders in Greenwich held a two-day workshop as part of a recent ‘Local Places, Local Food’ grant.
Participants included Devin Bulger, Andrea Grom, Julie Callahan, Teri Ptacek, Susan Quillio, Kathy Roome and Maryann McGeorge.

Greenwich grant focuses on local food and business

Jared Woodcock, SUNY Adirondack’s agriculture and sustainability program specialist, is on the steering committee for Greenwich’s “Local Food, Local Places” grant.

The technical assistance program is designed to help communities nationwide capitalize on the growing demand for local foods to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses and foster entrepreneurship. The program is meant to improve access to healthy local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The grant focuses on revitalizing downtowns, main street districts and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens and other kinds of local food enterprises.

The grant is a collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Appalachian Regional Commission and Delta Regional Authority. 

A community action plan was developed through a two-day workshop in early September. Community leaders, citizens and local businesses joined forces with consultants from the EPA, USDA and private firms to determine how to best leverage the local food system to enhance the downtown community of Greenwich.


Honor society seeks members

Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for students at two-year colleges, is seeking new members for the Upsilon Beta Chapter of SUNY Adirondack.

Students who have completed 12 credit hours at SUNY Adirondack with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher are invited to join. 

The club meets on Tuesdays from 2:15 to 3:25 p.m. in Eisenhart 205. A Fall 2017 Induction Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Scoville 206.

PTK members are honored with special insignia at commencement, and they are eligible for a wide variety of scholarships, especially transfer scholarships for students who wish to advance their education beyond an associate degree. Members also often have an advantage when applying for work or transfer opportunities. 

The fall deadline for student applications is Nov. 20.

Contact PTK Advisor Jessica Best at for information about the Upsilon Beta Chapter of SUNY Adirondack.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, go to


Grant addresses local workforce training

SUNY Adirondack was awarded a 2017-2018 SUNY Workforce Development Grant to address the training needs of local employers.

The Office of Continuing Education received an initial award of $60,000 to provide training for the following employers:

  • SAIL (Southern Adirondack Independent Living): Management Training
  • Black Dog: Project Management Training
  • Adirondack Technical Solutions: Certification Pathways Training

These workforce training programs will be completed between now and August 2018.

The leadership contributions of Erin Krivitski, assistant director of workforce innovation and training, and Caelynn Prylo, assistant dean of Continuing Education and workforce innovation, are gratefully acknowledged.


Students invited to College Night and Transfer Day

SUNY Adirondack will hold a College Night on Oct. 5 to help connect local high school students with representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities.

The free program, organized by the college and the Adirondack School Counselor’s Association, will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium on the Queensbury campus. All high school students and their family members are invited.

Public and private schools, including two- and four-year colleges and universities, from across the Northeast have signed on to participate.

Interested high school students should contact their school’s guidance counselor for more information.

Also on Oct. 5, SUNY Adirondack’s Counseling and Transfer Center will present a Transfer Day from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Center. The free event gives current college students a chance to meet with representatives from the area’s most popular four-year colleges.

The following schools are scheduled to attend: Albany College of Pharmacy, Castleton State College, College of St. Joseph, College of St. Rose, Excelsior College, Green Mountain College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Paul Smith’s College, Quinnipiac University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Russell Sage College, Sage College of Albany, Siena College, Southern Vermont College, Wells College, SUNY Albany, SUNY Buffalo State College, SUNY Canton, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Delhi, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY ESF at Wanakena, SUNY Empire State College, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Plattsburgh and SUNY Potsdam. (Note: The list of participating colleges is subject to change.)

For more information, contact Doug Gaulin in the SUNY Adirondack Counseling Center at 518.743.2253 or email


The power of sharing

SUNY Adirondack recently partnered with The Hyde Collection to launch the college’s “Shared History” video series.

The “Army of Artists” video, distributed through Facebook in September, tells the story of celebrated painter Ellsworth Kelly’s service in the military during World War II. (Watch the video above.) The social media project highlighted the museum’s recent Kelly exhibits and the college’s new concentration in studio art.

The “Shared History” video series, created by the SUNY Adirondack marketing department, explores historical topics with a humorous edge. Each episode will represent a community partnership, cross-promoting a local institution and one of SUNY Adirondack’s educational programs. 


Culinary Center invites public to lunch

SUNY Adirondack’s culinary arts program will serve lunch every Wednesday and Thursday from Oct. 4 through Dec. 14 at the Culinary Arts Center.

The public is invited to attend the meals, which are served in a casual setting. All lunch services start at noon, and seating is available at noon, 12:15 p.m., 12:30 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. The cost is $13.95, including tax.

Each lunch is a three-course gourmet meal, featuring an appetizer, entree, dessert and beverages, including soda, tea or coffee.

The lunches are organized and prepared by students in SUNY Adirondack’s advanced culinary course, which introduces theories and procedures of healthy recipe and menu modification. Students design each meal menu following nutritional guidelines established by the American Heart Association.

Reservations are preferred. Call 518.832.7725 or email

Lunch will not be served on Nov. 22 or 23.

The SUNY Adirondack Culinary Arts Center is at 410 Bay Road, just south of the Queensbury campus.

Did you know?: The culinary arts program is active with community events this semester. The culinary program was among the vendors at the Oct. 1 Taste of the North County in Glens Falls. The culinary students also plan to be a part of the Charles R. Wood Theatre Gala on Oct. 6 and A Night at the Chef’s Table, a fundraiser for Glens Falls Hospital on Oct. 10 at the Lake George Club.


An industrious day for high school students

SUNY Adirondack's Office of Continuing Education and WWSHE BOCES have teamed up to hold a Manufacturing Day event on Oct. 6 on the SUNY Adirondack Queensbury campus.

Area high school students will learn about modern manufacturing and receive tours of local businesses to introduce students to the manufacturing opportunities in the region.

Manufacturing Day is a national event to celebrate modern manufacturing and  inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

For more on Manufacturing Day, click HERE.



Nancy White's new book, “Ask Again Later,” was published early this summer by Tiger Bark Press.


  • SUNY Adirondack Spirit Week runs Oct. 8 through 14, culminating with a full day of activities open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 14. The schedule includes the Color Run starting at 10 a.m. (see separate entry below for more details), a Tailgate Party in South Parking Lot featuring a basketball scrimmage starting at noon and fireworks, set for 7 p.m.
  • A Campus Visitation Day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 9 in the Multipurpose Room in the Residence Hall. The free program is open to all interested high school students, their families and members of the community. The event will begin with a brief presentation by the vice president for Academic Affairs on academic programs, followed by presentations on financial aid, student services and student activities. Tours will be given of the campus and the Residence Hall. Representatives from admissions, financial aid, student activities, accessibility services and residence life will be available to answer questions. To participate, make a reservation by clicking HERE.

  • Young Adult novelist Lisa Selin Davis will read and speak about her work at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall as part of the Writers Project. For more on Selin, click HERE.

  • The Alumni Book Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in Bryan Hall (Regional Higher Education Center), Room 122. This month’s book is “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month (except July, August and September).

  • SUNY Adirondack’s Color Run will begin at 10 a.m. Oct 14 on the Queensbury campus. Check-in and registration will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Residence Hall. The walk/run is held on a 5K course and is open to adults and children of all ages. Participants will be doused with splashes of colored dust throughout the run, with a final color celebration near the finish line. All participants will receive protective sunglasses at check-in. Early registrants will also receive a Color Run T-shirt and color packet. Registration is $30 general admission and $25 for students. The race supports the SUNY Adirondack Student Senate, which will donate funds to the Adirondack Hall construction project. To register in advance, click HERE.
  • A Nursing Information Session will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 in Room 150 of the Residence Hall. New and returning students are encouraged to attend the session prior to applying to the college’s nursing program. The hour-long session outlines the necessary requirements for application to the program, and staff will be available to answer questions. Additional sessions will be held at noon on Nov. 7 in Eisenhart Hall, Room 101, and at 1 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Residence Hall, Room 258.

  • Valerie Haskins, professor of anthropology and archaeology, will speak on “Mycenaeans: Beyond the Trojan War” at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in Miller Auditorium in Dearlove Hall. The free program, which is part of the College Lecture Series, is open to the campus community and general public.


College names first full-time athletic director

SUNY Adirondack has named Jonathan Sisk the college’s first full-time athletic director.

“The movement toward a full-time athletic director position provides a more appropriate and standard level of administrative support for an athletic program of our size,” said SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy. “We are interested in creating more programs to support our student athletes and coaches to ensure a comprehensive approach toward success on and off the field.”

Sisk previously served as director of athletics and student activities at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, North Carolina, and also was athletics director at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina.

“I have worked with coaches and administrators from upstate New York throughout my career, and they have sung the praises of the region. So when the position at SUNY Adirondack was posted, I jumped at the opportunity to pursue it,” Sisk said. “I spent several days in the area during my interview process and loved the region's natural beauty, but even more so the character of the people. That is never more evident than on the campus of SUNY Adirondack. The staff and faculty are awesome, and that begins with the leadership of Dr. Duffy, whose strong support for athletics and growth-minded model and strategic plan were also major factors in my decision to come north.”

The college currently offers men’s baseball, basketball, bowling, cross-country running, golf, soccer and tennis and women’s basketball, bowling, cross-country running, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

“The strength of our athletics department is the devotion and drive of our coaches and passion of our student-athletes. Our coaches put in long hours to develop and mentor our student-athletes, and that shows in their success, both in the competitive field and classroom,” Sisk said. “Many of our student-athletes also play multiple sports, which is an extremely difficult endeavor at the college level and shows the utmost passion and work ethic.”

Sisk encourages the public to become more involved with SUNY Adirondack sports.

“I'd love to see everyone come out and support our Timberwolves at our next athletics event. Catch me on the side line. I’d love to hear your Timberwolf story,” he said.

The future of athletics at SUNY Adirondack builds on the college’s recent success stories, according to Duffy.

“We appreciate the work of former part-time athletic director, John Quattrochi, and are pleased he will continue on as our women's basketball coach after a highly successful season in 2016-2017,” she said.


Follow the Timberwolves online at for information and game schedules.

Sports highlights

  • Women's Soccer goal keeper Kaylee Coon leads the nation in saves through the team's first eight matches.
  • Men's Soccer is currently 8th in Region III and on pace for a Regional Tournament berth.
  • Sherri Metcalfe has two Top 10 finishes for Women's Cross Country.
  • Softball teamed up with gold medalist Olympian Jennie Finch to run a softball clinic for local youth.

The best of the best

The SUNY Adirondack Athletic Hall of Fame will recognize the talent and contributions of four SUNY Adirondack Timberwolves in 2017.

Inductees include:

  • Tina Brant, 1986 NJCAA (National) Alpine Champion
  • Nastassia Wescott, 2003 Volleyball Captain, Team MVP, All-Conference Team, All-Region Team; 2002 SUNY Adirondack Female Athlete of the Year
  • Lindsay (Sloan) Thomas, 2004 Volleyball Captain, Team MVP, All-Conference Team, All-Region Team, SUNY Adirondack Female Athlete of the Year
  • Bill Hart, 1990-1992 Men's Basketball, 801 points and 476 rebounds, Team MVP, All-Conference Team, All-Region Team

The reception and induction will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the multipurpose room of the Residence Hall.

Faculty, staff, friends and family of the inductees can RSVP to Julie Kelly, athletic secretary, at



The FISH! Philosophy, recently launched by SUNY Adirondack, invites us all to Be There, Play, Choose Your Attitude and Make Their Day. 

On which practice have you been focusing?

Anthony and Nancy Palangi received the first FISH! spirit awards during the college’s annual Community Day on Sept. 8 for striving to Choose Their Attitudes.

“The first FISH! award was given to Nancy and Anthony Palangi, veteran employees who embody the principles of Fish! Regardless of how busy they are, they choose a positive attitude, a can-do spirit and are committed each day to the work they do for the college and its students,” said SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy.



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