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New Partnership Assessing Creation of Campus-Community Emergency Microgrid

04:22pm EDT, 24 Aug 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Aug. 24, 2015) — SUNY Plattsburgh is partnering with the City of Plattsburgh and other community businesses to determine the feasibility of operating a microgrid in the event of a loss of power in the city.

According to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, microgrids are local energy networks able to separate from the larger electrical grid during extreme weather events or emergencies, providing power to individual customers and crucial public services such as hospitals, first responders, and water-treatment facilities. The SUNY Plattsburgh feasibility study is being funded through the NY Prize Competition, which is administered by NYSERDA with support from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. 


President's Welcome Heralds Opening of 2015-2016 Academic Year

04:25pm EDT, 21 Aug 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Aug. 21, 2015) — SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling Friday welcomed faculty and staff to the 2015-2016 academic year — his 12th fall welcome since arriving on campus in 2004.

In addition to bringing faculty and staff up to date on a summer that included the implementation of the college’s tobacco-restricted campus initiative, which limits smoking to a few parking lots on campus and can be found at, Ettling and Provost and Vice President for Academics James Liszka presented faculty and staff members who received chancellor’s awards for excellence. 


Mason Hall Open Following Renovations

03:18pm EDT, 20 Aug 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Aug. 20, 2015) — The fifth of 10 SUNY Plattsburgh residence halls to be renovated is open and ready for the start of the fall 2015 semester.

According to Jules LaPoint, residence hall project manager, Mason Hall renovation is complete and occupied by resident assistants and directors and ready to accept student residents during move-in weekend Aug. 22 and 23. 


Spear Receives Athletic Trainers Association Recognition Award

04:23pm EDT, 19 Aug 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Aug. 19, 2015) — Dr. Merritt Spear, director of sports medicine and member of the Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame, received the New York State Athletic Trainers Association Kent Scribner Recognition Award at the July NYSATA annual meeting in New York City.

The Kent Scribner Recognition Award is an executive counsel-nominated award to those individuals or groups deserving of recognition for acts, promotion, support of and/or service that positively reflects the goals and mission of the association and athletic training within New York state. 


College Restricts Tobacco, Products to Assigned Parking Lots

03:34pm EDT, 14 Aug 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Aug. 14, 2015) — Tobacco use on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus is now restricted to a limited number of designated parking lots.

The SUNY Plattsburgh Tobacco Restricted Campus Policy takes effect Aug. 15 and includes all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, including but not limited to: tobacco and clove cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah-smoked products, bidis, kreteks, electronic cigarettes or “vapes,” smokeless tobacco or “chew,” and snus.


Former Police Chief Sabo Honored at Retirement Dinner

01:31pm EDT, 14 Aug 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Aug.14, 2015) — Longtime SUNY Plattsburgh Police Chief Arlene Sabo was honored by colleagues, friends and area law enforcement agencies at a farewell gathering held Aug. 13 at Valcour Conference Center.

Sabo, who is moving to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie to serve as director of safety and security, retired from University Police at the end of July. More than 100 people attended the dinner, and speakers included members of the campus, city and state community. They honored Sabo with official resolutions, plaques, gifts and personal memories. 


Provost Brings Semeiotics Book on Tour to China

04:14pm EDT, 13 Aug 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Aug. 13, 2015) — SUNY Plattsburgh Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs James Liszka knows China well. After all, he’s visited the country a dozen times.

But never as an author on a book tour. 


Sibley Hall Renovation to Bring Services Under One Roof

01:44pm EDT, 12 Aug 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Aug. 12, 2015) —Sibley Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus is slated for not only a face lift but also a floor lift as crews renovate the space to accommodate the college’s clinics, community programs and psychology department.

As part of the extensive two-year capital improvement project, workers will add a second floor in the space where the gymnasium now sits. According to Rick Larche, SUNY Plattsburgh capital project manager, the entire south end of the building will be renovated. Departments and offices there now include the Third Age Adult Day Center, Environmental Health and Safety, and the old North Country Teacher Resource Center — the space used as the library for the building when it was the old Campus School. A small component of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Program will be included but not enough to affect the program’s ability to function during the academic year, Larche said. 


SUNY Plattsburgh Ranked Among America's Best Small Town Colleges

01:06pm EDT, 5 Aug 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (August 5, 2015) — SUNY Plattsburgh has been ranked among America’s best small town colleges by

The website cited the college’s surroundings, affordability, recreational facilities and more. 


SUNY Plattsburgh Podium Renovation Project Begins Aug. 3

03:32pm EDT, 31 Jul 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (July 31, 2015) — The area of the walkway at SUNY Plattsburgh called the Podium, between Kehoe Administration Building, Feinberg Library, Yokum Lecture Hall and the Angell College Center, will have limited access beginning Aug. 3 while it undergoes renovation.

Visitors to campus, students, faculty and staff are requested to avoid the area from the Draper Avenue parking lot walkway to the Podium, the walkway between Yokum and Beaumont Hall, and the pedestrian bridge over Broad Street to Hudson Hall.


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Gerianne Wright, Assistant Director of Communications
SUNY Plattsburgh
Phone: (518) 564-2090