News and Press Releases
POSTPONED: Holocaust Survivor to Present
03:40pm EDT, 1 Oct 2013
Note: This event has been postponed because of the government shutdown. The new date and time have yet to be determined.
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Oct. 1, 2013) — SUNY Plattsburgh’s Multicultural Alliance is joining forces with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to bring Holocaust survivor Louise Lawrence-Israels to E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall, *Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Lawrence-Israels was born in Haarlem, Netherlands, in 1942. In January 1943, she and her family were ordered to move to Amsterdam and shortly thereafter went into hiding to escape deportation. Her father managed to acquire false identification papers and rent a top-floor apartment for the family. Her parents tried to give their children a “normal” childhood: playing and learning colors, letters and songs.
College, Community Members Rally to Support Student Victims of Fire
10:23am EDT, 25 Sep 2013
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 25, 2013) — SUNY Plattsburgh students have planned a full slate of events to help peers displaced by a fire last week in an off-campus apartment.
Working through the college’s Center for Student Involvement and Project HELP, students have arranged the following fundraising efforts. All proceeds go to the Red Cross, which is coordinating aid to the displaced residents of 15 Couch St.
SUNY Plattsburgh Professor Releases Debut Novel
09:58am EDT, 25 Sep 2013
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 25, 2013) — SUNY Plattsburgh Professor of English and Latin American Studies J.L. Torres will read from his new novel, “Accidental Native,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Hawkins Hall’s Krinovitz Recital Hall. A 7:30 p.m. reception will follow at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St. Both events are free and open to the public.
“Accidental Native” tells the story of Rennie, a second generation Puerto Rican living in New York City, who returns to Puerto Rico to bury his parents. He discovers that his biological mother is actually a high-powered attorney named Julia, who, by offering him a teaching job, convinces Rennie to move to Puerto Rico. There, he must confront myriad challenges, including Julia’s strong-willed nature; squatters living in the house he inherited; a lover anxious to settle down; students frequently on strike; and a department chair not thrilled to have a Nuyorican (a Puerto Rican raised in New York City) on staff. Most disturbing is the rumor that numerous faculty and staff are dying from cancer because the campus, a former U.S. military base, is full of buried munitions.
Volunteer Partners Needed for International Students
02:46pm EDT, 24 Sep 2013
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sep. 24, 2013) — SUNY Plattsburgh’s Global Education Office is seeking local volunteers.
Volunteers for the Partners in Cross-cultural Learning program pair with new international students to help them adjust to living in the United States.
Benefits of the PICL program are mutual as students provide community members with a “rare opportunity,” said program coordinator Michelle St. Onge.
“Volunteers meet someone who wouldn’t normally be available to them,” St. Onge said. “It’s a great opportunity to hear firsthand about life in different places around the world.”
Feinberg Library's Popular Word Thursdays Series Returns
02:40pm EDT, 20 Sep 2013
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 20, 2013) — A Feinberg Library series featuring local writers is coming back to the SUNY Plattsburgh campus, starting Oct. 3.
The series, Word Thursdays, has writers reading from their published works and leading conversations about poetry and fiction. All events take place in the Reading Room of Feinberg Library and are free and open to the public.
At the end of each event, audience members are invited to read from their own works in an open mic session. Refreshments will be served.
A Statement from President John Ettling on Sept. 20 Couch Street Fire
11:42am EDT, 20 Sep 2013
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 20, 2013) Many of you may have already heard about the early-morning, off-campus apartment fire that seriously injured one of our students and displaced seven more.
Our thoughts are with the residents of 15 Couch St. and especially the injured student, who was airlifted to Syracuse for treatment. Our hearts are with her and her family as she struggles to recover from her injuries.
In the meantime, we are doing what we can to help. We have teamed up with the Plattsburgh College Foundation and College Auxiliary Services to provide the students with temporary residence and meal access; new textbooks and school supplies; and loaner computers.
We are also reaching out to the Red Cross for additional support as our students get back on their feet. Anyone wishing to help with those efforts may contact the Red Cross or contact Project HELP at the Center for Student Involvement, 518-564-4830.
Social Events and Friendly Competition Top Homecoming 2013 Schedule of Events
02:27pm EDT, 19 Sep 2013
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 19, 2013) — SUNY Plattsburgh is welcoming back alumni, family and friends for a weekend of athletics and social events during Homecoming 2013, Oct. 18-20.
One of this year’s most anticipated events is the Tug of War over Hawkins Pond, in which teams will compete to claim the Homecoming Cup, said Joanne Nelson, director of alumni relations.
Pictures dating back to the early days of the college show students taking part in the tradition, so it seemed natural to make it a part of the Homecoming festivities, Nelson said.
Universities & Colleges as Economic Drivers Forum at Clinton Community College Thursday, Sept. 26
09:24am EDT, 17 Sep 2013
How Two Colleges Have Helped Plattsburgh Become Montreal’s U.S. Suburb
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2013) — As envisioned in the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s Strategic Plan, the North Country is leading the economic renaissance of New York’s small cities and rural communities by attracting and nurturing entrepreneurial pioneers; mobilizing the creativity and capacity of the faculty, students and graduates of its outstanding institutes of higher education; and catalyzing the highest per capita rate of small business start-ups in the state.
The North Country community is invited to join in a dialogue with leaders in business, government and academia at two exciting forums designed to celebrate and expand how the North Country is deploying its universities and colleges as economic drivers.
New 'Believe It or Not!' Series Comes to Feinberg Library
01:29pm EDT, 16 Sep 2013
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 16, 2013) — SUNY Plattsburgh is hosting a new series of presentations titled “Believe It or Not” in the Feinberg Library.
The series features topics intended to be entertaining and thought-provoking. All presentations will take place in Feinberg's third-floor Reading Room and are open to the public.
SUNY Plattsburgh College Council Sets September Meeting
11:41am EDT, 11 Sep 2013
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 11, 2013) — The SUNY Plattsburgh College Council will hold its first fall meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center.
If you would like more information on any of the following news releases, please contact:
Michelle Ouellette, Associate Director, Public Relations and Publications
Phone: (518) 564-2090