UPDATE SUNYADK/September 2017

The SUNY Adirondack monthly newsletter


Welcome to Adirondack Hall

SUNY Adirondack will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the new 26,250-square-foot expansion of the science building at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 8.

The construction is the first phase of the new Adirondack Hall complex, which also includes the current science building and a 13,250-square-foot workforce readiness center addition. Science building renovations are underway this semester, and the northern addition is set to open in Spring 2018.

A reception will follow the ribbon cutting, and tours of the science addition will be available. 


Expanding boundaries

SUNY Adirondack is strengthening its commitment to help high school students from lower-income households in the region continue their education and earn a college degree.

The college’s TRIO Upward Bound program recently received a grant to secure funding to continue to serve students in Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, South Glens Falls, Fort Ann and Fort Edward. The program also received an additional grant, which will allow TRIO Upward Bound to expand into Corinth, Hartford, Granville, Whitehall, Warrensburg, Salem, Argyle and North Warren schools.

“The program is really important because we are working with young people and showing them the opportunities that will be available to them if they earn a college degree,” said Kelsey Lorusso, director of Upward Bound.

TRIO Upward Bound at SUNY Adirondack will now serve 123 students from 13 different school districts in our service area. With the new awards, $527,875 per year ($2.6 million over 5 years) will be dedicated to helping low-income and first-generation high school students realize their dream of being the first in their families to attend college.

“It is exciting that we will be providing services and giving the experience to even more students in our local communities, especially small, rural schools,” Lorusso said. “The more students we can help, the better.”


Summer success stories

The State University of New York’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides access, academic support and additional financial aid to promising students from lower-economic households. Students can live on campus and complete any required remedial courses the summer before their freshman year at no cost during the Pre-Freshmen Summer Institute.

The 4-week program allows students to get comprehensive college orientation and required math or English classes, attend social and cultural events and earn up to 8 credits toward the completion of an associate degree.

During the summer, 25 students took part in EOP at SUNY Adirondack, and the college’s faculty and staff worked with the group every step of the way to help them stay on track, both in and outside the classroom. Students in the Educational Opportunity Program received a designated EOP counselor, academic advisement, tutoring, skill development workshops, supplemental instruction and mentoring.

Students in the program received a grant in addition to other need-based financial aid to alleviate non-tuition costs, and the cost of all classes and credit-by-examination fees were paid for by the SUNY Adirondack Foundation.

The program had a 96 percent completion rate, and all 25 students who began the program registered for fall classes at SUNY Adirondack.


Helping veterans grow

SUNY Adirondack offered veterans from around the state a chance to learn the business of farming in a special five-day Armed to Farm summer program, run by the National Center for Appropriate Technology and made possible by a USDA grant.

The August session featured business classes, farm tours and networking with other veterans interested in farming. 

Participants stayed in the college’s residence hall and had the opportunity to experience the region first-hand. The training program welcomed 25 participants.

The successful collaboration was the first residential workforce development training held at the college. The training was facilitated in New York through the Cornell Small Farms Program’s Farm Ops team.


Japanese students taking part in a one-month immersion program with SUNY Adirondack pose with a New York State Trooper at the Washington County Fair.

A different perspective

Six Japanese students visited SUNY Adirondack in August as part of a one-month cultural and career immersion program with the university system in Saga City, Japan. 

The program is an expansion of SUNY Adirondack’s successful short-term exchange program occurring in March of odd numbered years with these Japanese universities.

As part of the summer program, the students stayed in the residence hall, rather than with host families, and were provided intensive English language lessons on a daily basis. In addition, the students were provided with “job shadowing” experiences on a weekly basis with local hospitality and tourism businesses.

The college provided daily cultural activities, where the students were immersed into settings that allowed them to gain a better understanding of the history and culture of our country and this area. To supplement that experience, the college hired a separate program coordinator and included full weekends away from the residence hall and campus. Excursions across the region included visits to museums and iconic locations, including Olympic arenas; Saratoga Race Course; Saratoga Performing Arts Center; Dorset, Vermont; and the Cooperstown Farmer’s Museum.


A photograph by Instructor of Media Arts Brandon Segal is one of several faculty works featured in an upcoming show in the Visual Arts Gallery.

Gallery focuses on faculty

The SUNY Adirondack Faculty Art Exhibition runs through Nov. 2 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in the gallery.

Participating artists include Renee O’Brien, Brandon Segal, Mark Walp, Katherine Patterson, Victoria Palermo, John Hampshire, Laura Frare and Stephen Tyson.


Faculty featured at Writers Project event

The SUNY Adirondack Writers Project will kick off its Fall 2017 season on Sept. 13 with a “Welcome Back” program featuring works written by college faculty members.

The reading will highlight fiction, essays, poetry and plays by SUNY Adirondack faculty members, including Stu Bartow, Lale Davidson, Pete Fernbach, Kathie McCoy, Joe Portes, Courtney Reid and Nancy White.

Additional programs in the fall include genre-bending writer David Ebanbach on Sept. 27; Young Adult novelist Lisa Selin Davis on Oct. 11; poet David Eye on Nov. 8; and book editor Naomi Huffman on Dec. 6.

All Writers Projects events, which are free and open to the public, will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall on the Queensbury campus.


Taking the Hub to the community

The SUNY Adirondack Community Hub is one of the proud presenters of Community Resource Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Cool Insuring Arena (previously the Glens Falls Civic Center).

Admission is free, so stop by to learn more about the health and human services organizations that serve your community. 

Complimentary transportation to and from the arena will be available to SUNY Adirondack students between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in front of the Student Center.

Additional sponsors include Fidelis Care, Interagency Council and the Washington County Action Angels.


Confronting ‘fake news’

SUNY Adirondack will present “Freedom of the Press in the Era of ‘Fake News,’” a discussion with local journalists, on Sept. 19 as part of the college’s annual Constitution Day celebration.

The program, which examines the importance of the First Amendment, will feature a panel of media experts from the region, including Post-Star Editor Ken Tingley and Times Union Reporter Amanda Fries. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 19 in Miller Auditorium in Dearlove Hall on the Queensbury campus.

Tingley has been editor of The Post-Star for 18 years and was editor of the newspaper when it won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 2009. He writes a column twice a week on local people, news and issues. He has won numerous state and national awards over the years for his writing, has served as a national officer with the Associated Press Sports Editors and a committee chair and member of the board of directors with the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He also serves on the board of directors with the New York State Associated Press, where he is a past president.

Fries covers the county and city of Albany for the Times Union, where she has worked since 2016. She previously worked at the Poughkeepsie Journal as an investigative reporter and the Observer-Dispatch in Utica covering city hall, among other beats. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia.

The event is free and open to the public.


Lecture series starts with ‘Syntax’

Associate Professor of English Laura Albert will open this semester’s College Lecture Series with “Beyond Intuition: Syntax and Grammar” at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 20 in Room 206 of Scoville Hall.

The ongoing series features presentations by SUNY Adirondack faculty. Each talk lasts about an hour, including a question-and-answer session.

All programming, which is organized by SUNY Adirondack’s Professional Development Committee, is free and open to the public.

Contact the College Lecture Series coordinator, Jeevan Gurung, with any questions at gurungj@sunyacc.edu or 518.743.2215.


Poets promote peace

SUNY Adirondack will participate in the annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change global initiative with several on-campus events promoting peace and sustainability.

SUNY Adirondack students will present a Poetry Slam at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Multipurpose Room in the Residence Hall. 

Poets, writers and musicians will perform an open mic performance from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall. Poet Paul Pines will continue the programming at 4 p.m. with a reading, which will include musical accompaniment by guitarist Micah Scoville and singer-songwriter Dan Berggren.

Pines is the author of two novels, “The Tin Angel” and “Redemption” as well as two memoirs, “My Brother’s Madness,” and the forthcoming “Trolling with the Fisher King.” His 14th collection, “Gathering Sparks,” will be out in the fall. 

The performers will be selling books, chapbooks and CDs at the event, and organizers plan to distribute information on social justice, the environment, nonviolent resistance, peace, poetry, music and the arts.

All 100 Thousand Poets for Change events are free and open to the public.

100 Thousand Poets for change in an international nonprofit organization of poets, writers, musicians, artists and activists who get together to create and perform, simultaneously, with other communities around the world to promote political and social change, human rights and global peace. Learn more about the group at 100tpc.org.

Poets, musicians and writers interested in performing on Sept. 30 are asked to sign up in advance by emailing Kathleen McCoy at mccoyk@sunyacc.edu.


Keeping manufacturing relevant

Manufacturing Day celebrates modern manufacturing and aims to inspire future manufacturers. The SUNY Adirondack Office of Continuing Education will mark the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6, with an interactive tabling event, a keynote speaker and a panel discussion for high school students.

Ninth- and 10th-grade students from across the region, including PTECH students, will learn about manufacturing careers and related educational pathways during the event. Participating companies also will offer site tours of their facilities.

This year's Manufacturing Day activities on campus are a result of the work of the STEM Roundtable (a group of representatives from local STEM businesses), various SUNY Adirondack faculty and staff and WSWHE BOCES.

The program is supported by the SUNY Adirondack Foundation and Irving Consumer Products.


Employee enrichment

SUNY Adirondack employees who would like to take non-credit personal enrichment courses through the Office of Continuing Education have the option to audit certain classes for no charge (except for any associated material/textbook fees), provided that those classes meet their minimum enrollment. 

To find out whether it is possible to audit a non-credit class you're interested in, call 518.743.2238, email conted@sunyacc.edu, or visit Continuing Education at 597 Bay Road (across from the main campus). Continuing Education is offering lots of great courses this semester. Check them out HERE.



• Distinguished Professor of English Lale Davidson’s short story "My Sister's Labyrinth" was published in Eclectica Magazine. Davidson also received The Adirondack Center for Writing’s People’s Choice Book of the Year for her short story collection, “Strange Appetites.”

• Director of Music Diane Bargiel played principal clarinet in a joint concert between the Sage City Symphony and the Music Company Orchestra from Burnt Hills in a June 25 fundraising concert for Shaftsbury Elementary School. Bargirl also performed at a July 28 recital for a dedication of a new piano in Lincoln, Vermont.

• Assistant Professor of Spanish Suzette Santana participated as a lead in the AP Spanish grading this year, which used a new online set-up to guide graders into correct scores and other training.

• Assistant Professor of Science Thomas A. Mowatt worked over the summer in an investigative capacity with the U.S. Forest Service. Mowat participated in 19 assignments in 10 states, including investigations of cause determination of wildfires, various suspect apprehensions, four cases of accidental firefighter deaths and four cases utilizing K9s, including two manhunts. Special investigators for the U. S. Forest Service plan and conduct investigations concerning possible violations of criminal and administrative provisions of the Forest Service and other statues under the U.S. Code. 


As we kick off the Fall semester, you may notice that many offices, services and individuals are not where they used to be. Use this guide to keep up with new locations.

Accessibility Services: New, permanent location on main floor of Scoville

Admissions: In existing, permanent suite within Warren Hall, with the exception of Shaughn Clancy, who is temporarily located in Warren Hall 119

Banner Training Room: Use lower level training room 121 (permanent training room will be built in Scoville renovation Phase III)

Business Office: New, permanent location in Warren Hall

Community Connections, Yasmin Lopez: Temporarily located in Student Affairs Suite in the Student Center

Continuing Education: Temporarily located across the street at 597 Bay Road

Counseling: Temporarily located in Washington Hall (0ld Con-Ed location)

Dean of Enrollment Management & Marketing, Rob Palmeri: Temporarily located in the Marketing suite in the lower level of Warren Hall

English Division (Dearlove Hall)

  • Naftali Rottenstreich: D129 
  • Stephanie Drotos: D106 
  • Rob Faivre: D107 
  • Laura Albert: D108 
  • Kristina Lute: D110 
  • Neil Herr: D110

EOP: Temporarily located in Library

Financial Aid: Temporary location within Warren Hall 

Foundation: Temporarily located across the street at 597 Bay Road

HPOG Office: Permanently moved to HPOG suite across the hall in Washington Hall

Human Resources: Temporarily located in Washington Hall (old Foundation location)

Information Technology: Temporarily located in the lower level of Scoville (some staff in existing suite, the remainder are across the hall)

Marketing Department: Located in new, permanent location in the lower level of Warren Hall


  • Patrick Woomer: Temporarily located in Adirondack Hall 215 
  • Ken Manning: Permanently moved to Scoville 130

Registrar: New, permanent location in Warren Hall

Science Division Faculty: Temporarily located in Adirondack Hall 215

Student Success: Temporarily located in the Student Center 

  • Advising – Jenny P., Kate O’Sick and Stacey Mondesir in Student Senate Room 
  • Scott Royael, Casey Job, Doug Gaulin and Ona Whaley in Cloister 

Upward Bound: Temporarily located in Study Room of Residence Hall

Welcome/Reception Desk: Temporarily located in Student Center 


  • 39 reserved spaces for faculty and staff were added to the Dearlove Hall/Bryan Hall lot (S3) prior to the Fall 2017 semester. In tSummer 2018, six of those spaces will become handicap spaces, leaving 33 reserved spaces in that lot. Reserved spaces will be indicated with paint.
  • With the completion of the WORC project and Science Building in Spring 2018, an additional 27 reserved spaces for faculty and staff will be added to the North Lot (S2) near the WORC addition, in addition to extra Handicap spaces. Reserved spaces will be indicated with paint.
  • The new East lot (P4), originally dedicated to faculty/staff during construction, will now be open to students beginning in the Fall 2017 semester and act as overflow for faculty/staff.
  • 10 handicap spaces were added to the Scoville lot (P5, “V” and “P”) in the Summer of 2017.
  • Part-time staff have been hired to increase parking patrols.

See the World!

The International Education program will embark on 3 exciting adventures in Spring 2018.

March 2018 - Italy
Students will immerse themselves in the politics, history, economics, culture and art of scenic Italy, s spending 7 nights and 8 days touring the birthplace of the Renaissance.

May 2018 - Japan
In conjunction with Glens Falls/Warren County’s sister city (Saga city, Japan), SUNY Adirondack will travel to Japan and be welcomed to both Nishikyushu University and Saga Women’s Junior College. Students travel as a group during the day, experiencing Japanese culture, history, and entertainment. During the evenings and weekends, students are welcomed into their host family’s home to experience Japan firsthand.  

May 2018 - Greece
Ancient Greece is often considered to be the heartland of art, science, anthropology, archaeology, and the humanities. Students will focus on a broad range of subjects related to the earliest cultures in Greece: the Minoans and Mycenaeans. This course is interdisciplinary and students will be given the option of choosing their focus of study. 

Community members may participate in International Education offerings on a space-available basis. Course registration for community members occurs through the Office of Continuing Education.

An information session will be held for the trip to Italy at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 25 in Eisenhart 205 and will be open to anyone interested in attending.

For more information on any of the trips, click HERE.


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