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More than 400 Graduate at Annual SUNY Plattsburgh Winter Commencement

12:14pm EST, 13 Dec 2014

The SUNY Plattsburgh Alumni Association welcomed some 400 new members into the fold Saturday, Dec. 13 at the college’s annual winter commencement ceremony at the Field House.

President John Ettling presided over the ceremony with Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James Liszka, who presented the candidates for degrees. Thomas Corigliano, associate dean, SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus at Queensbury, served as faculty marshall. 


SUNY Plattsburgh Among Colleges Named to President's Honor Roll for Community Service

01:50pm EST, 12 Dec 2014

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Dec. 12, 2014) — SUNY Plattsburgh was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve while showing a commitment to community service and service learning.

“Community service is a key component of our strategic plan,” said SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling. “Our students, faculty and staff have been actively involved in community service and service learning for years through our Center for Student Involvement and their own departments and divisions. Service is also a component of the faculty and staff evaluator process. To be named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service validates and recognizes what we’ve been embracing for years.” 


SUNY Plattsburgh Earns Third Top Military Designation for Education

12:22pm EST, 8 Dec 2014

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Dec. 8, 2014) — Military Advanced Education has awarded SUNY Plattsburgh the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges and Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education.

The guide was released in the December issue of MAE and is available online at


SUNY Plattsburgh Winter Commencement Exercises on Tap for Field House Dec. 13

03:10pm EST, 5 Dec 2014

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Dec. 5, 2014) — SUNY Plattsburgh’s Winter Commencement will be held Saturday, Dec. 13 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Field House. More than 400 students are eligible to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees and certificates of advanced study during the graduation exercises.

Michaela Bushey, a native of AuSable Forks who is receiving her master’s in education, will address her fellow graduates as commencement speaker. 


Gospel Choir Returns for Annual 'Soulful Christmas' Concert

09:21pm EST, 1 Dec 2014

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Dec. 1, 2014) — The Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir will present its holiday season concert, “A Soulful Christmas 2014” Sunday, Dec. 7 beginning at 4 p.m. in E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall.

The choir’s sound combines traditional gospel, urban gospel, contemporary Christian music with Caribbean and Afrocentric rhythms and spiritual overtones. Works include “The Gift,” by Donald Lawrence, the traditional gospel Christmas selection, “Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child,” an African arrangement called “Sing Noel,” a Jamaican holiday selection called “Halle Halle Halle” and more. 


Vigil Scheduled for Suicide Prevention, Awareness

05:00pm EST, 1 Dec 2014

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Dec. 1, 2014) —Behavioral Health Services North, in cooperation with SUNY Plattsburgh, will host a candlelight vigil to support suicide prevention and awareness Saturday, Dec. 6, beginning at 5 p.m. at the SUNY Plattsburgh Field House gymnasium.

Community members are invited to gather around 600 candles that will spell the message, “HELP. HOPE. LIFE.” There will be a brief vigil and moment of silence to follow. The event is free and open to the public. 


Winter Jazz Concert Features Rick Davies and the Latin Funk Thugtet

04:53pm EST, 21 Nov 2014

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Nov. 21, 2014) –The SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Music will present a jazz concert at 7:30 on Friday, Dec. 5 in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.

The concert features the SUNY Plattsburgh Jazz Ensemble directed by Herm Matlock, adjunct lecturer in music. Guest artists for the show will be the Latin Funk Thugtet led by Dr. Rick Davies, professor of music.


Champlain Valley Voices, SUNY Plattsburgh Choral Union to Perform 'Messiah'

03:04pm EST, 18 Nov 2014

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Nov. 18, 2014) — Handel’s oratorio, “Messiah,” will be performed by SUNY Plattsburgh’s Choral Union and the Champlain Valley Voices Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Strand Center for the Arts, 25 Brinkerhoff St., Plattsburgh.

The holiday masterpiece, performed under the direction of Dr. Karen Becker, music professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, takes scriptural text from the King James Bible and from the version of Psalms included in the “Book of Common Prayer” and will feature soloists Maegan Pollonais, Rory Wallace, both SUNY Plattsburgh alumni, and George Cordes and Kimberly Weems. 


New Recruits Join SUNY Plattsburgh Police Department

11:03am EST, 18 Nov 2014

SUNY Plattsburgh Police Department welcomed four new recruits to its ranks in October. Taking the oath of office were Jared Booth of Beekmantown, who received a Bachelor of Applied Science in forestry from Paul Smith’s College in 2011; Joshua Coons of Ellenburg Depot, who received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 2010 and a Master of Science in environmental science in 2013 from SUNY Plattsburgh; Ashley Feldt of Ogdensburg, who received a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2013 from Siena College; and David “DJ” Lyons of Livingston, who received an Associate degree in applied science from Columbia-Greene Community College in 2012.

While Coons, Feldt and Booth recently began their professional training at the Plattsburgh Police Department’s Zone 9 Police Training Academy, Lyons finished his training in 2013 from the Zone 14 Law Enforcement Academy in Hudson, N.Y.


SUNY Plattsburgh Guitar Ensemble Concert to be Held Dec. 3

01:48pm EST, 17 Nov 2014

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Nov. 17, 2014) — The SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Music will present a concert featuring the Guitar Ensemble with students of adjunct lecturer of music, Michael Fratino, Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall.

The program will feature pieces from a variety of musical styles including contemporary, jazz and classical. Students will perform as soloists, in duos and in the larger guitar ensemble. 


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