Image of Frank Winters, distinuished visiting alum in GeographyDistinguished Alum Returns

Frank Winters, Geography class of '87, returned to campus on November 12, 2007 as part of the Distinguished Visiting Alumni program. Frank is the GIS manager of the New York State Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Coordination. In an open talk to the campus community titled "Everything Happens Somewhere: Applying Geography to Real World Business," Frank talked about the applicability of geography and GIS to real-world problem solving and how his undergraduate degree in geography from Plattsburgh State helped advance him toward his career goals. While at Plattsburgh, Frank conducted a number of undergraduate research projects through the Remote Sensing Laboratory. He found the practical experience invaluable in helping to launch him into this exciting career. The distinguished alumnus award is sponsored by the Plattsburgh Alumni Association.

The Fight for Environmental Justice

Johannesburg, South Africa, is 7,997 miles from Plattsburgh, New York, as the proverbial crow flies. But thanks to an extraordinary class project, Plattsburgh State geography students felt a close connection to that far-away city, the 2002 host of the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development. Full Story.

Alumni Survey

We recently surveyed our geography alumni to see what they are doing. Take a look what we found out.

Research Grant

In January of 2002 Dr. Bryan Higgins in the Department of Geography and Planning started work on a 20 month research project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) entitled, "Multidisciplinary Analyses of the Feasibility of Champlain Canal Barrier Options: A Proposal to National Sea Grant."

This grant will integrate a group of researchers from Plattsburgh State (Mark Malchoff in the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program and Kevin O'Neill in management & marketing), the University of Vermont (Ellen Marsden in biology), Michael Hauser in the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and William Howland of the Lake Champlain Basin program.

Bryan Higgins is an associate investigator on this $138,827 grant and will be focusing on assessing the social and economic impacts of aquatic nuisance species entry through the Champlain Canal as well as the socio-economic impacts with potential modifications of the canal to minimize such entry. You may contact him at to find out more about this project and the pivotal role of geography in this planning research.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about geography at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Edwin Romanowicz, Director
Office: Hudson Hall 132
Phone: (518) 564-2028
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 554-1041
Fax: (518) 564-5267