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DJ Steve Harmon was a founding member of the SUNY Adirondack college radio station. A 1977 photo shows him with a group of fellow students. He is on the far right.

SUNY Adirondack alumnus Steve Harmon, who graduated as Steve Conigliaro, has fond memories of his early days in college radio. In a 1977 photo of Adirondack Community College broadcasting students, Harmon is in the top row, far right.

A wave of success

The Country Radio Hall of Fame is recognizing a SUNY Adirondack alumnus with a lifetime achievement award.

Steve Harmon, a veteran DJ in Dallas, Texas, is one of nine inductees receiving the honor in June in Nashville.

Harmon, the stage name of 1970s Adirondack Community College graduate Steve Conigliaro, has worked at stations around the country, but he credits his start in the industry with the time he spent on-air in the infancy of WGFR, then known as WACC.

“We didn’t really understand that we were the first group of students doing it. We were just doing what we were doing,” Harmon said. “That group of radio people is really legendary. We’re still best friends.”

The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the country format.

Although Harmon is at the point in his career when many people think about retirement, he feels committed to broadcasting.

“I’ve always wanted to just keep getting better, and I never got to the point that I thought I couldn’t improve. You have to keep working on it,” he said. “But I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it.”


Students from the SUNY Adirondack Business Club won the Spirit Award during the 2018 Howl fundraiser.

Students from the SUNY Adirondack Business Club earned the Spirit Award during the March 23 Howl fundraiser.

More than trivial fundraising

The 4th annual Howl Trivia night was a “howling” success, with more than 150 people attending the March 23 event held in the Northwest Bay Conference Center on the Queensbury campus.

Emcee Kevin Ankeny started the night off welcoming the 24 teams to the competition, and DJ Luny Tunz entertained the crowd with 30 fun and challenging trivia questions. Chartwells staff provided food and service throughout the night.

Ten teams represented SUNY Adirondack faculty and staff, plus a team of students from the Business Club competed. Overall, the college teams scored big, taking home four prizes.  

First place went to Kris Duffy’s team, Duffy’s Den, who knocked John Arpey’s Vertigo Riders out of the top spot into a very respectable second place. The FSA’s Alternative Facts team took home fourth place, and the SUNY Adirondack students earned the Spirit Award.  

Prizes were awarded to the top five finishing teams and were made possible with a gift from the FSA of SUNY Adirondack. Prizes included dinners at the Culinary Arts Center; Gourmet Café in Glens Falls; [forged] in Hudson Falls; The Boathouse Restaurant in Lake George; and a lunch cruise on the Lake George Steamboat Company’s Lac du St. Sacrement.  

The annual event raised more than $7,600 for the SUNY Adirondack Foundation scholarship program.

The SUNY Adirondack Foundation Board of Directors thank the Howl sponsors for their support of the event: Jaeger & Flynn Associates (third-place winners), Andritz (fifth-place winners), McGregor Village Development Corp., The Adirondack Trust Co., TCT Credit Union, Adirondack Radiology, The FSA of SUNY Adirondack, Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union, Miller Mechanical and Doty Machine Works.


Ericka Wadleigh received second place for her photo, shown on right, in the Best of College and High School Photography contest.

A picture-perfect finish

SUNY Adirondack student Ericka Wadleigh won second place in the Best of College and High School Photography Contest 2018, sponsored by Fujifilm.

“The recognition really means a lot to me,” Wadleigh said. “When I got home and opened the envelope announcing the prize, I couldn’t believe I had won second place. I was totally excited and freaking out.”

All winners, honorable mentions and finalists of the Photographer’s Forum’s 38th Annual College and High School Photography Contest are featured in the limited edition hardcover book Best of College & High School Photography 2018. This year, student photographers entered 12,000 photos from around the world.

 Wadleigh, a native of Queensbury, also had two photographs accepted in the 2018 “120˙ Intercollegiate Regional” exhibition at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. Saratoga Arts, The Arts Center of the Capital Region and Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) present the 120° Intercollegiate Regional, a juried fine art exhibition for students attending an accredited college or university within 120 miles of Saratoga Springs, Troy or Glens Falls. The exhibition travels to a different host site each year, highlighting the best of collegiate art students in the region.

Wadleigh will graduate in May from SUNY Adirondack with a AAS degree in Media Arts plans to attend SUNY New Paltz in the fall.


Joshua Daly received first-place honors at a Siena College competition for his invention idea.

Putting the chicken first

SUNY Adirondack alumnus Joshua Daly graduates from Siena College in May, but he already is leading the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Daly recently won the college’s Spark Tank competition, a business start-up contest held each semester by Siena’s Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

Daly’s "Bug Flusher" traps Japanese beetles and feeds them to free-range chickens. Daly told the three judges it will provide chickens with a good source of daily protein while eliminating the harmful effects these beetles have on the environment. 

In addition to having a big idea, Daly also did market research to back up his proposal.

“It’s definitely viable, and it could serve an estimated 10 million households,” Daly said.

While at SUNY Adirondack, Daly participated in the Disney Internship program.

He credits faculty members Kelli Hatin and Sammantha Ball with preparing him for a future in business.

“They both really opened my eyes. None of this would have been possible without going to SUNY Adirondack first,” he said.

Daly plans to put his creative energy behind projects that benefit the environment as well as economics.

“In the long term, I want to do something that has a positive impact on the United States and the world, while also creating employment for people who might not have many opportunities,” he said.


Drag Queen Jiggly Caliente will perform at the college.

Drag star Jiggly Caliente, who competed on Season 4 of the Emmy-Award winning 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' will perform during 'Ex-Drag-Va-Ganza' on April 20 in the SUNY Adirondack Theatre.

Slay the runway

RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Jiggly Caliente will headline the “Ex-Drag-Va-Ganza” drag show at 8 p.m. April 20 at the SUNY Adirondack Theatre on the Queensbury campus.

Ms. Kitten Kaboodle, Kashi Golean, Pacifica Rim, Philly Piña, Klo Armani, Jacqueline Frost, Sandella and DJ Drew Carey also will perform. During the event, the audience will have the opportunity to vote to name their favorite drag queen “Ms. SLAYADK.”

SUNY Adirondack students also will compete in a special “Vogue” dance contest with a chance to win $100. 

Jiggly Caliente attracted international attention after appearing on season four of the Emmy Award-winning reality competition RuPaul’s Drag Race.

General admission tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at sunyadkdragshow.eventbrite.com. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door before the performance, if still available. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

All ticket sales directly benefit scholarships at the college through the SUNY Adirondack Foundation.

SUNY Adirondack students, faculty and staff will be admitted free, but tickets must be reserved in advance at the Office of Student Life and Diversity in the Student Center. SUNY Adirondack students also can purchase a guest ticket for $10 at the Office of Student Life and Diversity.

The program is presented by SUNY Adirondack Pride Club, SUNY Adirondack Senate, SUNY Adirondack Diversity Committee, SUNY Adirondack Faculty Student Association, SUNY Adirondack Office of Student Affairs, SUNY Adirondack HUB, SUNY Adirondack Foundation and Chartwells.


SUNY Adirondack Upward Bound students

Looking to the future

A group of 13 SUNY Adirondack Upward Bound students attended the New England Opportunity Association's annual TRIO Day Celebration in February in Cromwell, Connecticut.

The students joined more than 550 other TRIO and Gear Up students from Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York for two days of college discovery and networking.

The event recognizes and celebrates the importance of TRIO programs around the country. 

During the two-day trip, the group visited Fairfield University and attended workshops on writing a college essay, finding the perfect college and attended a college fair. The students also were addressed by Connecticut Senator Christopher Murphy. 


Mascot Eddy Rondack reads in the library.

The power of popularity

The recent rallying behind SUNY Adirondack mascot Eddy Rondack in SUNY’s Mascot Madness, an online competition for school spirit bragging rights, did more than get the tenacious Timberwolf into the Elite Eight.

The overwhelming support from students, faculty, staff and the local community crashed SUNY’s voting system. After defeating Oaky the Acorn, ESF’s winning mascot from last year, in what SUNY called “an upset for the ages,” Eddy went head-to-head with Columbia-Greene’s Rip Van Winkle. Fans on both sides voted in such volume that it overwhelmed the software. In the end, Eddy lost the round by a narrow margin in the final seconds of voting.

The rally cry for Eddy resounded strongly on Facebook and Instagram. The college had such a huge growth of engagement from users, both old and new, that its social media algorithms drastically shifted. The college’s content will now be seen by a much wider audience, helping spread the word about SUNY Adirondack’s excellent academic programs to a greater number of people. 

In addition to increased social media engagement, the college website saw an increase in referral traffic coming directly from the SUNY website. The competition featured SUNY Adirondack on multiple pages of their website throughout the month of March and drove nearly 500 new users to the college site.


Classy cuisine

Treat yourself to a fine meal while helping students learn.

SUNY Adirondack Culinary Center lunch services continue Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 3 at the the culinary facility on Bay Road in Queensbury.

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. 

Dinner service is available every Wednesday night at the Culinary Arts Center through May 2.

American Regional Cuisine themed dinners are planned by the Advanced Food Prep 2 culinary students under consultation of Chef Bolton.

Start time for dinner is 6 p.m. and seating is available at 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The three course gourmet meal in a fine dining setting includes an appetizer, entree, dessert and beverages (soda, coffee, tea). The cost is $23.95 per person (tax included).

Reservations are required and can be made through the online reservation forms for lunch or dinner or by phone at 518.832.7725.


Honoring a respected educator

A fundraiser for the Dr. Norman A. Enhorning Scholarship will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. May 6 at the Aviator Restaurant at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury.

The Dr. Norman A. Enhorning Scholarship was established in 2017 to recognize the extraordinary life and legacy of Dr. Norman Enhorning.

The event will raise funds for the scholarship and honor the late professor emeritus. The menu will feature appetizers, as well as select wines, beers and non-alcoholic beverages, included in the $50 cost of entrance. Musical entertainment will be provided by Andrew Costa and Colin McCoy.

For more information, contact Wendy Johnston at 518.832.7729 or johnstonw@sunyacc.edu or Joanne Malkani at 518.743.2221, ext. 2786 or  malkanij@sunyacc.edu. Make checks payable to the following: FSA of SUNY Adirondack. (Please put in the memo section: Enhorning Scholarship Fundraiser.) Checks can be sent to Wendy Johnston, 640 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY 12804. Reservations are requested by April 8.

An anonymous donor has offered to assist in maximizing the impact of the fundraiser. If 55 participants sign up in advance, the donor will cover the restaurant cost for each person, allowing the entire $50 cost of the ticket to be donated to the scholarship fund.


Students ‘Speak-Out’

SUNY Adirondack student Garvis Edward won the SUNY Adirondack Free Enterprise Marathon "Speak-Out" Competition in late February.

The topic of this year's three-to-four-minute speech was "Free Enterprise: What It Takes To Be an Entrepreneur.”

Edwards received a cash prize of $100 and a certificate.

Todd Schermerhorn placed second, and Michael Twoney placed third.

Kate Baker, Dave Matthews, Doug Gruse, Kathy McCoy, Kimberly London and Stewart Bartow served as judges.



  • Congratulations to Computer Science, Online Learning, English, Business Central and Public Safety on being awarded a Bronze Certificate for meeting all of the requirements to kick of their 4DX commitments to advancing student success.
  • Anthony Palangi, director of facilities, received a perfect score on the annual loss-control survey performed by the college’s property insurance carrier. The carrier stated that this is a very rare occurrence and speaks volumes regarding the high standards Palangi maintains for our facilities and the policies and procedures he has in place.
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Wendy Johnston and the SUNY Adirondack Library recently partnered with the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls to promote a Community Read book talk about Jill Lepore's “The Secret History of Wonder Woman.” The library staff created a LibGuide on its website with information on the book, author and offering supplementary feminist/Women's History Month readings available at the college library. 
  • Library Director Teresa Ronning is spearheading SUNY Adirondack's involvement with SUNY Open Educational Resources Services. SUNY OER was launched in an effort to increase the creation and offering of OERs by SUNY faculty and staff. Ronning's passionate belief that SUNY Adirondack's faculty have a lot to offer to the program, and that our students have much to gain, led to her organization of an OER Kickoff event in Adirondack Hall. She facilitated a well-attended event and a promising discussion of the role Open Educational Resources will come to play at SUNY Adirondack, with the library as liaison to this new information technology.


Moira Smiley

Moira Smiley will perform April 2 at SUNY Adirondack.

  • The Moira Smiley Trio will appear April 2 on the SUNY Adirondack Queensbury campus as part of the Pamela Firth Performing Artist Series. The group will perform a concert at 12:45 p.m. in the SUNY Adirondack Theatre on the Queensbury campus. The event will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a workshop from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. Smiley is a singer-composer who creates and performs new work for voices. Her work has been featured in films, BBC & PBS television programs, NPR and on more than 60 albums. The programming is free and open to the public.
  • Jeff Goodell, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of six books, will read and discuss his newest book, The Water Will Come, at 12:30 p.m. April 4 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall on the Queensbury campus. The Writers Project event is free and open to the public. The talk was previously scheduled in February but canceled because of a weather event.
  • American Association of University Women SUNY Adirondack will present a panel presentation and discussion on “We Should All Be Feminists,” a TEDx talk and book by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, at 6 p.m. April 4 in Miller Auditorium on Dearlove Hall. The program is free and open to the public.
  • Author Bernadette Mayer will speak and read from her work from 12:30 to 2 p.m. April 11 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall on the Queensbury campus as part of the Writers Project series. Mayer is the author of 28 books of poetry and is well known as a photographer and poet since the 1970s. Longtime director of the St. Marks Poetry Project, she is eminent in the field of “Language Poetry.” The talk is free and open to the public.
  • The college will hold an IT Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11 in the Northwest Bay Conference Center in Adirondack Hall on the Queensbury campus. The event will connect employers with students, alumni and community residents seeking local opportunities in the IT industry. To register as an employer or to see which employer will be in attendance, go to: http://bit.ly/2Eye2mf.
  • The SUNY Adirondack Theatre Program will perform “You Have the Right to Remain Dead” at 7:30 p.m. April 12, 13 and 14 and 2:30 p.m. April 15 in the Theatre on the SUNY Adirondack campus. The show is an audience-participation, comedic murder mystery. The actors know the plot of their play, but they do not know the plot of their real-life situation. Someone has been murdered, but why and where and when has yet to be discovered. Tickets, which are available at the door (cash or check only), are $10 for general admission, $6 for seniors and non-SUNY Adirondack students and free for SUNY Adirondack students, faculty and staff with ID. SUNY Adirondack alumni admission is $8. For more information, call 518.743.2200, ext. 2475.
  • The annual SUNY Adirondack Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 13 in Adirondack Hall on the Queensbury campus. The event introduces prospective students to the many programs and services available at the college. Advance registration is requested.
  • The college will hold Safe Zone training for the campus community from 1 to 3 p.m. April 13. Safe Zone is an interactive training pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community. Participants who successfully complete the training are eligible to serve as a Safe Zone for students, faculty, staff and community. An additional session will be held May 15. Space is limited for the training, so early registration is requested.
  • Financial Aid will hold two FAFSA Workshops on April 17 at the Wilton Center, from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 209 and 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 117. Representatives will be present to answer questions and assist in completing the FAFSA.
  • “We.Say.No,” a program addressing domestic violence, abuse, sexual harassment and date rape, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 18 in Adirondack Hall. Lorien Castelle, director of Prevention for the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, will be keynote speaker. Attendees can participate in "In Their Shoes,” a simulation of the real lives of young adults and teens experiencing abuse at the hands of current or former dating/intimate partners. The event, organized by the SUNY Adirondack HUB, is free and open to the community. Refreshments will be provided.
  • The college’s annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opens April 19, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall. The show runs through May 10. Peter Russom, professor of art from SUNY Plattsburgh will be the juror of the student work.
  • The college will hold a Career Connections Series Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 in the Northwest Bay Conference Center in Adirondack Hall. This event connects employers with students, alumni and community residents seeking local opportunities. To register as an employer or to see which employers will be in attendance, go to http://bit.ly/2GbBtWF.
  • Elke Hof-Kenyon, special adjunct instructor of history, will present “The History of Forensics in New York” at 4 p.m. April 23 in Miller Auditorium in Dearlove Hall as part of the College Lecture Series. The talk is free and open to the public.
  • The college will hold its annual Academic Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m. April 27 in the Northwest Bay Conference Center in Adirondack Hall on the Queensbury campus.


SUNY Adirondack student Cody Seaver bowls during the NJCAA National Championship in Buffalo.

SUNY Adirondack student Cody Seaver bowls during the NJCAA National Championship in Buffalo.

SUNY Adirondack bowling team competes in national championship

The SUNY Adirondack Timberwolves Bowling Team placed ninth in the annual NJCAA National Championship.

The event, which was held March 1-3 in Buffalo, included 20 teams competing in singles and doubles games. Xiao Li, professor of physical education, is coach of the SUNY Adirondack team.

"I'm very proud of how our bowling student-athletes represented SUNY Adirondack Athletics over the course of the season. They dealt with some adversity and kept getting better and better as the season progressed, culminating in an amazing finish at NJCAA Nationals,” said Jonathan Sisk, SUNY Adirondack athletic director.

Final individual standings for SUNY Adirondack players were: Michael Boyce, 19th; Adrien Hollister, 27th; Cody Seaver, 42nd; Gervais Edwards, 50th; Alex King, 66th; and Joe Comitini 103rd.

Doubles standings were: Boyce/Hollister,11th; Seaver/ Edwards, 33rd; and King/Comitini 43rd.

Singles standings were: Boyce, 34th; Seaver, 79th; Hollister, 81st; Comitini, 93rd; King, 94th; and Edwards, 97th.



Submit a nominee

SUNY Adirondack will recognize an inaugural class of distinguished alumni during the 2018-2019 academic year as Trailblazers

We are seeking nominations for this new program and invite all alumni and community members to nominate a graduate of SUNY Adirondack who has made significant contributions to their communities and/or in their professions. We welcome your nominations through April 15 through our online nomination form

For more information, call Jill Vogel at the SUNY Adirondack Foundation (518) 743-2244.


Take a chance

The annual raffle for scholarships will take place on the final Friday of the academic year, May 4, with a live drawing at noon on Facebook.

Only 400 tickets will be sold for a chance to win cash prizes, including first prize - $1,000, second prize - $500  and third prize - $250.

Call the SUNY Adirondack Foundation at 518.743.2244 to reserve tickets, or purchase them online.


Get in the swing

The 29th annual Lyman A. Beeman Jr. Golf Tournament tees off on Friday, June 1 at Hiland Park Country Club. Golfers of all abilities are welcome to join the fun tournament, which supports SUNY Adirondack Foundation's mission to aid the financial needs of our students and the college. Call the Foundation at 518.743.2243 for sponsorship information.


The FISH! Philosophy is a way to be fully engaged in your life and work. It is a memorable strategy inspired by an unusual workplace — Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market — and is designed to help advance and sustain a positive and engaged workplace culture. The FISH! Philosophy invites all to Be There, Play, Choose Your Attitude and Make Their Day.

SUNY Adirondack faculty and staff are invited to register for the Tuesday, 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 register today.

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



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