UPDATE SUNYADK/November 2017

The SUNY Adirondack monthly newsletter


Cisco honors SUNY Adirondack professor

Karen Woodard, associate professor of networking technology, received special recognition from Cisco during the October Cisco Beat meeting, which was broadcast to all company employees worldwide.

The meeting marked the 20th anniversary of Networking Academy and the more than 10,000 educators in over 170 countries teaching in the Cisco program. Woodard was selected to represent her peers alongside Cisco’s CEO and Senior Vice President during the presentation, which was broadcast live from California. She also gave an Instagram Live presentation as part of the anniversary.

“I was the one instructor selected to participate in the announcement. I don’t have the words to express what that means to me. I don’t believe ‘honored’ can adequately express how I feel,” Woodard said.

Stephanie Kelly, Cisco’s manager of global marketing for Networking Academy, said Woodard was chosen because of time spent as an instructor and her participation in special student development programs.

“Her history and level of partnership gives her a unique perspective of the program and what Cisco is doing for education, and we believe she shares our passion and enthusiasm in changing lives,” Kelly said.

Since becoming a Networking Academy instructor, Woodard has earned the privilege of leading four IT Networking dream teams -- two for Cisco Live and two for the NBA All Star games; achieved global instructor trainer status; represented the State of New York at the 10th anniversary of Cisco Networking Academy in Washington, D.C.; earned a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; developed as part of the ACM CCECC IT Project global IT AAS degree outcomes; and co-authored and won a SUNY High Needs grant expanding new course offerings for the college and implementing a new CyberSecurity AAS degree. She has taught for more than 16 years at the college, and this is her fourth year teaching in the Early College Career Academy program.

Woodard stresses the importance of the college's continued relationship with Cisco.

"Due to Cisco’s pervasive reach in the networking field, companies around the world purchase their product line," she said. "Students participating in Cisco Networking Academy (Netacad) have an advantage of learning how to manage and deploy Cisco products according to IT industry standards. Talent bridge serves as a conduit between these students/alumni and the 88,000 Cisco Channel Partners seeking skilled talent worldwide."


Science meets art in campus exhibit

The Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall will present “Earth from Space,” a Smithsonian poster exhibition, from Nov. 9 through Feb. 8.

The traveling exhibit illustrates how satellite imagery is gathered and used to expand the understanding of life on Earth. The photography explores the remote-sensing technology used to gather the images and describes the individual satellites whose images are on display.

The 20-poster set features detailed satellite images of the planet — from the swirling arms of a massive hurricane and the grid-like pattern of Kansas farmland to the triangular shadows cast by the Great Pyramids and the sinuous channels entering the Arctic Ocean.

The poster exhibition was born of the popular and award-winning museum exhibition of the same title that premiered November 2006 at the National Air and Space Museum. In 2007, “Earth from Space” won a U.S. Geological Survey communications award for science content.

The images provide clues about the nature of our planet and engages viewers in a broad array of science topics, including geography, environmental studies, ecology, oceanography and meteorology.


The power of collaboration

The SUNY Adirondack English division held its annual Power in Partnership Symposium for secondary and post-secondary English teachers on Oct. 27 at the Wilton Center.

For 12 years, the annual program has allowed high school and college teachers to come together to discuss new and exciting ways of introducing students to the transformative potential of language and literature.

Around 50 people came out for the workshop, which included roundtable panels and group activities to facilitate discussion and collaboration.


Enhancing the college adventure

The Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District has awarded SUNY Adirondack two small grants as a part of their Community Conservation Program. Clint McCarthy, associate professor of adventure sports, has received funding to purchase erosion-control materials and vegetation in support of the Adventure Sports Program.

McCarthy and his students will install culverts to support drainage and add wildflower seeds in areas where trees had been planted last year. The efforts support the continued maintenance and care of our outdoor Adventure Sports classroom.

The AVS crew has been hard at work this fall with other projects. In addition to required backpacking and canoeing trips, the AVS 227: Adventure Program Leadership and Management class planned and implemented a Lake George clean-up, where they took war canoes and spent 36 hours paddling and picking up litter along the eastern shore of Lake George. 

On campus, the AVS 221: Challenge Course Facilitation class has been making an impact as well. Nine student facilitators led BOOST (Building on our Student Team) sessions for new SUNY Adirondack students. The 24 sessions benefited 372 students as they learned first-hand about communication, goal setting and the importance of working as a team.


Green for the future

Tom Mowatt, assistant professor of science, received funding to purchase plant presses in support of his environmental science course. The presses are used to flatten and dry field samples so they can be stored as voucher samples of medicinal plants.

The samples contribute to the development of a regional herbarium of student-based specimens. The  World Health Organization advocates a comprehensive effort to identify and conserve any and all medicinal plants for future research and medical purposes.


Looking beyond Lyme

Holy Ahern, associate professor of biology and microbiology, is on the lookout for ticks.

Ahern is aiding a research unit at Drexel University in Philadelphia to fully characterize the microbiome of ticks. The project involves using the newest technology to identify all the microbes, including the pathogens, that ticks are harboring. The researchers at Drexel hope to examine ticks from all over the country.

As the weather turns cooler, the adult female ticks are going to be after anything warm blooded so they can eat and produce eggs. Ahern asks people in the region to put any found ticks in a sealable baggie with a wet (just damp, not dripping) piece of paper towel or cotton ball, fill out the downloadable form and mail it to the address on the form.

Ticks can also be dropped off to the microbiology lab (Room 211 in Adirondack Hall).

Donors will not receive results from submitted ticks. To receive results from a tick test, the public can send the insects to the University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island or Cornell University, which all have fee-based tick testing programs.


Language support

International students and/or English language learners are invited to practice conversational English in a friendly setting at the International Conversation Club, which meets from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Reading and Writing inside the library. No reservations are necessary. For more information, contact Stephanie Drotos, assistant professor of English, at 330.609.3393.


Madison Hugerich of South Glens Falls, Emily Waters of Fort Ann, Lindsay Fuller of Fort Ann and Miranda Powers of Hudson Falls placed first in the Upward Bound Scholars Bowl at SUNY Binghamton.

For the win

Kelsey Lorusso, director of Upward Bound, recently took four SUNY Adirondack Upward Bound students to visit SUNY Binghamton and participate in the annual Upward Bound Scholars Bowl. SUNY Adirondack took first place against SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Brockport and Genesee Community College.


The future of manufacturing

SUNY Adirondack hosted more than 150 middle and high school students — along with teachers, counselors and parents — on Oct. 6 for Manufacturing Day.

The participants joined representatives from 10 local manufacturing firms for an engaging day of speakers, a hands-on career fair, site tours and a panel discussion to learn about modern manufacturing.

This year’s Manufacturing Day event was the result of the work of the STEM Roundtable (a group that includes representatives from employers, WSWHE BOCES staff and SUNY Adirondack faculty and staff). The program built upon the work that WSWHE BOCES has done for the last several years, hosting this event on campus for Southern Adirondack PTECH students.

The event closed with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik moderating a panel discussion in the theater. Senior PTECH students in the Advanced Manufacturing program shared insights and highlights from the tours.

Manufacturing Day was generously supported by the SUNY Adirondack Foundation and Irving Consumer Products.

For more event highlights, click HERE.



  • John Hampshire, associate professor of studio art, will have work featured in the exhibition “En Masse 2017,” which runs Dec. 2 through Jan. 7 at Thompson Giroux Gallery in Chatham. An artists’ reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the gallery. Hampshire’s work currently can be seen in the Faculty Art Exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall through Nov. 2. He was featured in an interview with Numero Cinq magazine. Hampshire taught two portrait workshops and participated in a group exhibition over the summer at McDaniel College in Maryland at the college’s prestigious Common Ground on the Hill program.
  • Travis Bills, technical services specialist, completed two Extron Certifications. He is now an Extron Certified AV Associate and an Extron Certified Control Specialist.
  • Cindy Stoner, assistant director of educational technology, completed an Extron AV Associate Certification.



Award-winning poet David Eye will speak and read on Nov. 8 in the Visual Arts Gallery as part of the Writers Project.

  • Artists featured in the current Faculty Art Exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery will speak at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 1 in the gallery. Renee O'Brien, Brandon Segal, Kate Patterson, Mark Walp, Laura Frare and John Hampshire will each briefly discuss the inspiration, technique and background of their art work. Refreshments will be served.  

  • The Sustainable Food Project at SUNY Adirondack will hold a potato harvesting party from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at the apple orchard near the north parking lot. The campus community is invited to come for a few minutes or the whole afternoon. Bring work gloves and tools, if you have them, but some will be available. Learn about how potatoes grow, the different varieties we have, how to store them and what it feels like to produce food for our community with your own hands.
  • SUNY Adirondack will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the college’s new campus Food Source at 12:40 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Student Center. The Food Source, located in the Student Center, provides food and personal care items for any student in need, with no required income documentation. The Food Source is open to currently enrolled students from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Student Center. The facility is part of the college’s Community Hub.
  • The Business Club of SUNY Adirondack will hold the 17th annual Business Alumni Dinner on Nov. 4 at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls. The program is organized to connect students with faculty, alumni and the college’s business partners. A networking session is planned from 5 to 5:45 p.m., which will be followed by a dinner from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and the event is expected to sell out. Tickets, which include dinner, are $25 and can be purchased online at sunyacc.edu/give. Reservations also can be made by emailing Heidi Durkee at durkeeh@sunyacc.edu.
  • A Nursing Information Session is planned from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 in Room 147 of Bryan Hall (Regional Higher Education Center). New and returning students are encouraged to attend a session prior to applying to the Nursing Program at SUNY Adirondack. The hour-long session outlines the necessary requirements for application to the program, and staff will be available to answer all of your questions. An RSVP is mandatory to attend a Nursing Information Session. Click here to RSVP. (http://sunyacc.edu/node/426)
  • David Eye will speak and read from his work at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall at SUNY Adirondack as part of the college's Writers Project series. Eye is the author of "Seed," released in 2017 from The Word Works. The manuscript was chosen by award-winning poet Eduardo C. Corral for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection. His chapbook, "Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past," was published in 2013 in the Editor’s Series at Seven Kitchens Press, and his poems and prose have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies.
  • Alumni Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 (the second Wednesday of each month) in Room 122 of Bryan Hall. The group is led by alumna Pam Frazier. This month’s book is “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson.
  • SUNY Adirondack will hold a STEM and IT Open House from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 on the Queensbury campus. A presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in Scoville Auditorium and will be followed by breakout sessions where prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs, as well as IT, IT-Networking, IT-Cybersecurity, IT-Information Security, Electrical Technology and Computer Science. Representatives  from Admissions, Financial Aid, Transfer Services, Student Life, Accessibility Services and Residence Life will be available to answer questions. Tours our brand new Adirondack Hall will be offered to all those who are interested. Click HERE to RSVP.
  • The SUNY Adirondack Theatre Program will perform “Do Not Go Gentle” Nov. 9-12 in the Multipurpose Room in the Residence Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10 and 11 and 3 p.m. Nov. 12. The drama, written by Suzan L. Zeder, tells the story of Lillian Boedecker Barron, a recently deceased 84-year-old who discovers that she cannot "move on" until she resolves some family issues. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $10 general admission and $6 for seniors and non-SUNY Adirondack students. SUNY Adirondack students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with a campus ID. SUNY Adirondack alumni receive a $2 discount. For information, call 518.743.2200, ext. 2475.
  • The SUNY Adirondack Foundation will hold its annual scholarship luncheon on Nov. 10 at Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury. The event, which celebrates the hard work of our students and the generosity of our community, brings together scholarship donors and recipients.
  • SUNY Adirondack will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Upper Quad on the Queensbury campus. The event will include a formal presentation and a performance by the Color Guard. The public is invited to attend, and free refreshments will be provided. In case of rain, the program will be moved to Room 206 in the Scoville Learning Center.
  • A Career Connection Series Job Fair is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Multipurpose Room in the Residence Hall. For information, contact the Coordinator of Career Connections at BusinessCentral@sunyacc.edu.
  • An Adirondack-North Country Veterans’ Initiative program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Nov. 17 at Bryan Hall (Regional Higher Education Center) on the SUNY Adirondack Queensbury campus. The free event, which is sponsored by SUNY Adirondack and SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury,  will connect military veterans with resources related to career assistance, benefits, Green Zone training and health. Buck Bryan will present the keynote address. Seats are limited, and participants are asked to register in advance online at http://bit.ly/2p5C4fa or by calling 518.792.5425 or emailing lhugh004@plattsburgh.edu.
  • The campus will mark SUNY Financial Aid Day with a FAFSA workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 in Room 132 of the Scoville Learning Center. Prospective students, current students and parents can get help completing the 2018-19 FAFSA. Representatives from Financial Aid will be available to assist with any questions. (Students must be accepted to the college and complete the 2018-19 FAFSA by Feb. 1, 2018, to be eligible for an academic scholarship.)
  • On Wednesday, Nov. 29, students are invited to an Employer Panel from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Residence Hall to learn about interviewing do's and don'ts as well as what makes a good employee. Participants will also be able to observe mock interviews.
  • Following the Employer Panel on Nov. 29, students can attend an Internship Fair from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Residence Hall! Attendees will connect with local employers showcasing a variety of 2018 internship opportunities. In addition, a booth will be available for students interested in having someone constructively critique theirresumes. Students do not need to pre-register for this event, but participating employers must pre-register at: http://bit.ly/InternFair2017


Lindsay (Sloan) Thomas, Bill Hurt, Nastassia Wescott and Tina Brant were inducted into the SUNY Adirondack Athletic Hall of Fame.

Recognizing good sports

The SUNY Adirondack Athletic Hall of Fame recognized the talent and contributions of four SUNY Adirondack Timberwolves in a ceremony on Oct. 14 in the multipurpose room in the Residence Hall.

This year’s inductees included 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; and Bill Hart, 1990-1992 Men's Basketball, 801 points and 476 rebounds, Team MVP, All-Conference Team, All-Region Team.

Chris Calderon, who attended SUNY Adirondack from 2005-2007, delivered the keynote address. Calderon was a criminal justice major and a member of the basketball team.

Sports highlights

  • Men's Soccer finished their season 11th in Region III and 5th in the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference.|
  • Women's Soccer finished their season 13th in Region III and 5th in the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference. 
  • Volleyball finished their season 12th in Region III and 2nd in the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference. 
  • Men's Cross Country finished 4th in the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference and will be competing in the Region III Meet on October 28th.
  • Brian Halligan finished 5th overall in the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference and will be running in the Region III Meet on October 28th.
  • Sherri Metcalfe finished 2nd overall in the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference, finished first at the recent Region III Meet and was named Runner of the Year.
  • Amelia Breslin finished 10th overall in the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference and will be ran in the recent Region III Meet. 


The SUNY Adirondack Foundation will again take part in Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28. The global day of giving harnesses the collective power of individuals to transform how we think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Giving Tuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. Donate to #GivingTuesday by following the college on social media and supporting the SUNY Adirondack Foundation mission to provide scholarships to students and resources to the college to enhance teaching and learning.



At the start of every President's Staff meeting, Dr. Duffy asks for volunteers to provide stories that reflect the Fish! Philosophy of (1) Making My Day, (2) Being There, (3) Play and (4) Choosing a Great Attitude. This sets the tone of the meeting and allows all in attendance to truly appreciate the commitment of our employees and students at SUNY Adirondack.

Rob Palmieri, dean of enrollment management and marketing, recently witnessed a “pay it forward” coffee purchasing taking place in the Dining Center. This started organically as employees purchased coffee for the next person or persons in line. The sentiment caught on with students. (One day nearly every coffee was purchased by someone else.)  Palmeri also thanks Assistant Professor Heidi Durkee for her generosity in buying him breakfast.

“It made my day, and I appreciate her great attitude,” he said.

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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