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Activities, Games, Movies Highlight 'Kids Nite Out' Program

03:45pm EDT, 2 Oct 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Oct. 2, 2015) — The SUNY Plattsburgh women’s basketball program is sponsoring its Kids Nite Out programs Saturday, Oct. 3 and Nov. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Memorial Hall.

Kids Night Out welcomes children ages 5-13 to an evening of activities that includes sports, games, movies, arts and crafts and swimming. Cost is $10 per child. The program benefits the basketball program. For more information, contact Coach Cheryl Cole at

Seven SUNY Plattsburgh Faculty, Staff Promoted

03:42pm EDT, 2 Oct 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Oct. 2, 2015) — Four SUNY Plattsburgh faculty members have been promoted from assistant to associate professor, while three professional staff members were promoted in their positions.

Dr. Curt Gervich joined the faculty in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science in August 2010 as an assistant professor. Dr. Shawna Mefford Kelty joined the theater faculty as an assistant professor in August 2011. Dr. Joel Parker joined the faculty of biological sciences as an assistant professor in August 2012, and Dr. Tamara Pobocik arrived on campus in August 2008 as an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing. 


Pendragon Brings Chekhov's 'The Seagull' to E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium Oct. 2

12:13pm EDT, 29 Sep 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 29, 2015) — The SUNY Department of Theater presents an updated take on Anton Chekhov’s darkly comic play, “The Seagull,” performed by Pendragon Theatre, Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall.

The play, considered the first of Chekhov’s four major works, is brought into the 21st century by British playwright Anya Reiss. In it, a successful actress visits her brother’s isolated estate far from the city, throwing the frustrated residents unfulfilled ambitions into sharp relief. As her son attempts to impress with a self-penned play, putting much more than his pride at stake, others dream of fame, love and the ability to change their past.



Tibetan Culture and Arts Festival Begins Sept. 24 with Lecture, Art Opening

03:06pm EDT, 22 Sep 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2015) —The Festival of Tibetan Arts and Culture of the Adirondack Coast 2015, a month-long celebration of art, culture and traditions, begins Thursday, Sept. 24 with a discussion about Tibet at 2 p.m. in Room 206, Yokum Lecture Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.

Tenzin Dechen, personal assistant to the representative of the Dalai Lama, will lead the discussion. Following Dechen’s presentation, an opening reception for the exhibition “Festival of Tibetan Arts and Culture of the Adirondack Coast 2015” will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Burke Gallery, Myers Fine Arts Building. Both are free and open to the public. 


Eat Local Week Wraps with Amite Plaza Farmers Market Sept. 25

01:14pm EDT, 22 Sep 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2015) — College Auxiliary Services and Campus Dining Services at SUNY Plattsburgh are hosting an on-campus farmers market Friday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Amite Plaza outside the Angell College Center.

The first-ever farmers market on campus coincides with the wrap-up of Campus Dining Services’ Eat Local Week in the college’s dining venues. Local vendors attending include Fledgling Crow Vegetables,; North Country Creamery at Clover Mead Farm, Rulfs Orchards, Wayne LaPier Maple Farm, Dick Crawford Honey and Campus Bakery. 


Hawkins Pond Given a 'Welcome Back' Party

03:22pm EDT, 19 Sep 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 19, 2015) — The newly renovated Hawkins Pond on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus was officially dedicated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon under bright, sunny skies and gracefully circling doves.

The ceremony began just after 1:30 p.m. with SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling welcoming the more than 75 guests, some of whom were on campus for Family Weekend.  Ettling thanked the many contractors, designers, faculty and staff involved in the project, which at first was not going to include the aesthetics but just the below-ground repairs. He then introduced guest speakers that included City of Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon, who thanked the college for “bringing the pond back” to the people of the region, and state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, who spoke fondly of her memories at the Hawkins Hall pond. 


College Council Convenes Sept. 24

03:13pm EDT, 17 Sep 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2015) — The Plattsburgh College Council will hold its first meeting of the fall semester Thursday Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. in the Hermes Conference Room, Au Sable Hall.

In addition to the regular reports by President John Ettling and committee chairs, the council will hear a presentation on the Claude J. Clark Learning Center by its director, Karin Killough, and a year-in-review report by Dr. James Liszka, provost and vice president for academic affairs. 


Newly Renovated Yokum Communications Hall Unveiled with Ribbon Cutting Oct. 17

03:12pm EDT, 17 Sep 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2015) — The new and improved Yokum Communications Hall will be unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, Oct. 17 during the college’s Homecoming festivities.

Renovations to the communications hall began in the summer of 2014 and included upgrading audio, multimedia and the Albert R. Montanaro Jr. Television Studio facilities from analog to digital technology. The studios were named for the late Albert Montanaro Jr., a long-time communications department faculty member and mentor.

The upgrades included renovations to the two television studios to equip them with high definition cameras; control rooms with new switching gear to allow for digital work flow; expansion to 12 private editing suites and one automated dialog recording suite; a new student lounge called the “Think Tank” with casual seating where students can work and interact; a dedicated audio-visual classroom with surround processing and more. 


Refurbished Hawkins Hall Pond Dedicated During Family Weekend

04:56pm EDT, 11 Sep 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 11, 2015) — The newly renovated Hawkins Pond will officially reopen Saturday, Sept. 19 during a gathering beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The area had been offline for more than a year while work crews completed replaced the pond bedding and lining and installed rocks from the Champlain Valley along the shoreline to create natural seating. The pond was embellished with a waterfall, which formulates into three ponds — two cascading into one that then flows into the main body of water. 


Conditions in Haiti Discussed by SUNY Plattsburgh Alumnus in Sept. 17 Talk

12:46pm EDT, 11 Sep 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 11, 2015) — SUNY Plattsburgh sociology alumnus Jonathan LaMare will discuss his experiences as director of a Haitian orphanage Thursday, Sept. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. in Krinivotz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall.

LaMare, a member of the Class of 2010 and former adjunct faculty in the Department of Sociology at SUNY Plattsburgh, has spent the better part of three years as director of an orphanage in Haiti and has done development work in Rwanda. He’ll bring these experiences to his alma mater during his talk, “Haiti: Development (Mis)conceptions.” LaMare’s return to SUNY Plattsburgh is part of the Alumni in the Classroom Experience, or ACE, Program, and is sponsored by the Plattsburgh Alumni Association, Plattsburgh College Foundation and the Department of Sociology. The talk is free and open to the public. 

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