Imagine What You Will Accomplish at SUNY Plattsburgh

We are proud of our students, alumni and faculty. They work hard, learn about themselves, and help to make SUNY Plattsburgh a special place. These are their stories.

Environmental Science Students Awarded EPA Fellowships

Photo of  Grace DeSantis SUNY Plattsburgh students Grace DeSantis ’17 and Amelia Flanery ‘17 are two of just 34 undergraduate students nationwide to receive Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowships from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read more.

Gallery: The Top 10 #PlattsLife Posts of '15-'16

Instagram photo The best way to understand the Plattsburgh Experience is to live it. The best way to share it is to snap a memorable photo and post it to social media with #PlattsLife. Read more.

Ugandan Nursing Student Plans to Teach, Help Others

Photo of  Nancy Tushabe Nancy Tushabe isn’t one to speak up in class. But she has much to say. Read more.

Thrown a Curveball: Plattsburgh Baseball Player Alex Rodriguez and his Story of Recovery

Photo of  Alex Rodriguez SUNY Plattsburgh Catcher Alex Rodriguez knew this would be his last season in a Cardinals uniform. What he didn’t know was that running out of eligibility wouldn’t be the reason why. Read more.

CardinalConnect Pairs Students, Alumni with Jobs, Internships

Students in Career Development Center CardinalConnect, a virtual career management tool, is increasingly helping pair SUNY Plattsburgh students and alumni to jobs through online career advice, document preparation and job search help. Read more.

Students Raise More than $50,000 for American Cancer Society

Students gather to raise money for cancer research SUNY Plattsburgh students have raised $55,000 so far for the American Cancer Society as part of this year’s Relay for Life—and more is on the way. Read more.

Students Honored for Excellence with 2016 Chancellor’s Award

Photo of Grace DeSantis Three SUNY Plattsburgh students with nine majors between them received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at a ceremony held in Albany. Read more.

Fans, College Community Celebrate Women’s Hockey Team Championship

Photo of hockey players The SUNY Plattsburgh community and North Country residents gathered in the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena to celebrate the women’s hockey team’s national championship. Read more.

Faculty, Campus Opportunities Key on Grad’s Journey to Environmental Startup

Photo of Carolyn Strauss '09 Carolyn Strauss ’09 is a client services manager at WaterSmart Software, a startup in San Francisco. Read more.

Faculty Grants Foster Student Research Opportunities

Photo of environmental science major William Pierce Two SUNY Plattsburgh environmental science faculty members received grant money this semester that will fund research related to pollution and conditions in Lake Champlain. Read more.

Adjunct Lecturers Cited for Excellence in Teaching

Photo of Richard AberleAdjunct lecturers Richard Aberle and Laura Holzer receive the state Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Read more.

Applied Learning Grants Enable Field Experiences

Photo of  Bryn DaleyKeyser Three students have received Applied Learning Grants, special assistance that is helping support spring 2016 field experiences. Read more.

InternShop Connects Students to Career-Oriented Opportunities

Photo of Colbie Mason '12 A new database that matches students with paid internships will make it easier for SUNY Plattsburgh students to find opportunities to gain experience in their chosen career field. Read more.

“Best College Value” 2016 Ranking Adds to National Recognitions

Kiplingers Best Value Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has once again named SUNY Plattsburgh to its list of the nation’s best value colleges among public institutions, adding to the list of recent national recognitions. Read more.

Alumni in the Classroom Experience Forges Connections

Photo of students in classroom From computer hardware work with a defense contractor to service with a human development agency, the 325 students who graduated in December 2015 are pursuing a range of paths. Read more.

Students Contribute Research to Faculty Microgrid Study

Photo of  SUNY Plattsburgh students Four SUNY Plattsburgh students are helping faculty members complete a study that could lead to the development of an electric microgrid in Plattsburgh. Read more.

International Student Brings Unique Perspective to Campus

Photo of  Mike Kayigize '18 Before he attended a college fair at his high school in Zimbabwe, Mike Kayigize ’18 had never heard of Plattsburgh. Read more.

N.Y. Acting Supreme Court Justice Draws on Plattsburgh Experience

Photo of Harriet Thompson '78 There was no shortcut for Harriet Thompson ’78 to become an acting justice on the Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn, N.Y.. Read more.

Jerry Lottie Named Chief of University Police

Photo of Jerry Lottie After almost 30 years with the New York State University Police, Jerry Lottie has been named chief of SUNY Plattsburgh University Police. Read more.

Spring Involvement Fair Showcases Student Clubs, Organizations

Photo of  SUNY Plattsburgh students at the Spring 2016 Involvement Fair. The spring Student Involvement Fair brought nearly 100 extracurricular clubs and organizations to the Angell College Center, giving the SUNY Plattsburgh community a glimpse at opportunities as varied as the campus itself. Read more.

Growing Nutrition Program Focused on Future

Photo of nutrition students As the popularity of healthy eating and fitness continues to rise nationwide, a top-ranked academic program at SUNY Plattsburgh is attracting students and attention to match. Read more.

New Graduates Building Careers

Photo of Annie Lecompte-Maynard From computer hardware work with a defense contractor to service with a human development agency, the 325 students who graduated in December 2015 are pursuing a range of paths. Read more.

Art Canada: #PlattsGrad Takes Art History Degree North

Photo of  Andrew Bucsis '08 Andrew Bucsis ‘08 knew he wanted to be an art history major before he applied to college. Read more.

Winter Commencement 2015 Graduates Welcomed as New Alumni Association Members

Photo of  student at Winter 2015 Commencement The SUNY Plattsburgh Alumni Association welcomed nearly 325 new members into its ranks during the college’s winter commencement exercises Saturday at the Plattsburgh State Field House. Read more.

Student Support Services Receives Five-year Federal Grant

Photo of  SUNY Plattsburgh students and staff Federal funding for SUNY Plattsburgh’s Student Support Services, one of the largest such programs in the country, was renewed with an all-time high grant of nearly $525,000 each year for the next five years. Read more.

Communicating in the New Age

Photo of  SUNY Plattsburgh communications student After dealing with outdated analog equipment for years, renovation and relocation, communication studies students began the fall 2015 semester in facilities so new, they didn’t recognize the place. Read more.

Accounting Majors Enjoy Success After Graduation

Photo of graduating accounting majors When it comes to connecting classroom success to career opportunities, SUNY Plattburgh’s accounting program puts up some strong numbers. In the past five years alone, 71 SUNY Plattsburgh accounting students received job offers before they graduated. Read more.

Biology Program Prepares Students for Success in Health Professions

Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh Krista Morales ‘10 practicing ventilating a patient as part of her training at Albany Medical College Students interested in the health professions for medical, dental and veterinary schools, among other graduate programs, find success through the preparation of SUNY Plattsburgh’s biology program. Read more.

ACE Program Helps Students Visualize Future Success

Photo of alumni mentoring student The Alumni in the Classroom Experience (ACE) program brought the wisdom and advice of a dozen SUNY Plattsburgh alumni to as many as 1,000 students during the fall 2015 semester, helping students visualize future success. Read more.

Art Canada: #PlattsGrad Takes Art History Degree North

Photo of Andrew Bucsis Andrew Bucsis ‘08 knew he wanted to be an art history major before he applied to college. Read more.

Social Change, Equality Focus of Campus March

Photo of  SUNY Plattsburgh students marching for social justice More than 300 SUNY Plattsburgh students, faculty and staff marched across campus Monday in support of equality, diversity and social justice at the college, in Plattsburgh and beyond. Read more.

Revisiting the New Hawkins Pond

Photo of  SUNY Plattsburgh student walking in front of Hawkins Pond An outdoor lab that doubles as a lily pad pool. Four hundred tons of North Country rock. Native vegetation. Waterfalls. A sustainable liner and pipe system. Removable fountain. It’s a worthy makeover for one of the most iconic spots on campus. The new Hawkins Pond was worth the wait. Read more.

Inside Look Offered at Fall Open House

Photo of  SUNY Plattsburgh tour guide showing prospective students the campus during Fall Open House An inside look at academic programs, unique club offerings and student social life are among the highlights offered to prospective students visiting campus for SUNY Plattsburgh’s Fall Open House. Read more.

Involvement Fair Showcases Campus Activities

Photo of  SUNY Plattsburgh Involvement Fair No disrespect to Netflix, Cinemax or HBO Go, but student activities at SUNY Plattsburgh are better than bedrest. Evidence? The Involvement Fair. Read more.

College Ranked Highly by U.S. News & World Report, Other Pubs

College highly ranked SUNY Plattsburgh has been ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth straight year. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Readies for 2015-2016 Academic Year

Photo of  SUNY Plattsburgh student returning to campus Some 990 members of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Class of 2019 will descend upon campus the weekend of Aug. 22-23 as these freshmen and the rest of campus prepares for the start of the 2015-2016 academic yea. Read more.

Updated, Renovated Communications Facilities to Welcome Students Fall 2015

Photo of Jon Chew in PSTV control room The Fall 2015 academic year brings a new Yokum Communications Hall, with new equipment, television and sound studios, editing labs and a bright updated look. Read more.

New Computer Security Major Meets Needs of Changing World

Photo of Dr. Jan Plaza, associate professor and chair of the Computer Science program There is a growing demand for specialization in computer security. As a result, SUNY Plattsburgh is offering one of the only computer security majors among the SUNY comprehensive schools. Read more.

Film Festival Shines Light on Who We Are in the North Country

Movie posterA sense of place is at the heart of a new film short by Julia and Michael Devine, adjunct lecturer and assistant professor, respectively, at SUNY Plattsburgh. Read more.

Summer Reunion 2015 Recap: Bonds of Friendship

Photo of Jennifer Wallinger and Sandra Anderson It’s hard to say how history might have played out had Jennifer Wallinger’s hometown friend answered her knock on a door in Adirondack Hall on move-in day in the fall of 1990. Read more.

Featured Course: Seminar in Professionalism

Photo of students in classroomBy exploring the concept of "professionalism," students will gain insight and appreciation for the characteristics that constitute an effective business leader. Read more.

Dual-Major to Spend Summer Interning for NASA

Photo of Patrick Montuori Patrick Montuori is one of 32 students nationwide — and the only student from a SUNY school —  selected to intern this summer with NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program. Read more.

2015 Chancellor's Awards for Faculty & Staff Excellence

Photo of Dr. Monica Ciobanu. The State University of New York has recognized eight members of SUNY Plattsburgh’s faculty and staff with the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Read more.

2015 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Photo of 2015 Chancellor's Award winning students Franco Bastida, Yessenia Funes, Abigyle Ploetz and Natalie Spiess received the 2015 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, which honors academic excellence, leadership, campus involvement, athletics, community service and participation in fine or performing arts. Read more.

Student-led Can Collection Helps Local Nonprofit

Photo of Patrick Montuori Students raised more than $11,000 through a just-concluded community-wide can and bottle collection, an effort that will help purchase a new 14-passenger van for the Ted K Center, a nonprofit organization providing educational, social and recreational opportunities for youth in Plattsburgh Housing Authority developments. Read more.

Women’s Hockey Team Wins Second Consecutive National Championship

Photo of Women's Hockey Team The 3-2 victory gave Plattsburgh its second consecutive national championship and fourth in program history – more than any other school in women’s D-III hockey. Read more.

EOP Reunion in the Big Apple

Photo of EOP alumni New York City’s Club Quarters Midtown was the place to be during an exclusive alumni event in the Big Apple for more than 70 graduates of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Educational Opportunity Program. Read more.

Spring Alumni Visits Provide Powerful Insights

Photo of Chris Steinhardt Nine SUNY Plattsburgh alumni visited eight different departments on campus through the spring semester, part of the Alumni in the Classroom Experience (ACE) program. Each left something behind. Read more.

Joseph and Joan Burke Honored with Distinguished Service Award

Photo of Joseph and Joan Burke Former SUNY Plattsburgh President Joseph Burke and his wife, Joan, a clinical social worker who maintained a practice in marriage counseling while her husband served at the college, will be honored with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award at spring commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16. Read more.

The Many Virtues of Planning Ahead

Photo of Larry Soroka and Cerise ObermanThe program’s founder, Laurence Soroka, and his wife, Cerise Oberman, recently made their own plan: to provide deserving EXP students financial support by establishing the Expeditionary Studies Endowment Award. Read more.

A Life Filled With Gumption and Determination

Photo of Jonathan and Grace AllenAs a final act of generosity to college-age young people in and around Plattsburgh, Grace Howard-Allen, who died in June 2014 at the age of 100, left the remaining $500,000 from an IRA to the Plattsburgh College Foundation to manage and distribute the Allen-Howard Scholarship. Read more.

Gibson Brothers to Receive SUNY Honorary Degrees of Fine Arts at May 2015 Commencement

Photo of the Gibson Brothers Renowned bluegrass musicians and SUNY Plattsburgh alumni Eric and Leigh Gibson, well known as the Gibson Brothers, will be honored at the college’s spring 2015 commencement Saturday, May 16, with honorary degrees of doctor of fine arts. Read more.

Suzanne Young '98 - A Plattsburgh Wordsmith

Photo of Suzanne Young Suzanne Young '98 found inspiration for her writing at SUNY Plattsburgh. Now she’s a New York Times best-selling author. Read more.

Presidential Scholar Matthew Rine '19 Is Grateful for Opportunity

Photo of Matthew RineFor freshman Matthew Rine of Peru, who began his college career this fall as one of only five presidential scholars at SUNY Plattsburgh, the possibilities of who and what he will do with his life are an embarrassment of riches — so many choices for so many interests. It’s hard for him to narrow it down. Read more.

Public Relations Students Bring New Awareness Campaign to Peers

Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh studentsPlattsburgh students had power. By checking boxes on slips of paper called Burghy Bucks, they gave one campus program $5,000. Read more.

Trevor Kent '14 Succeeding Behind the Scenes In TV/Video Production

Photo of Trevor Kent #PlattsGrad Trevor Kent ’14 took the long road to Los Angeles. Literally. Read more.

The Gift of Scholarship and Hoops

Photo of Peter Gerney Knowing what’s important in life is half the battle. For Peter G. Gerney ’83 and his wife, Amy, family and education top the list. Read more.

Professional Meet-and-Greet Helps Students Network

Photo of students at Networking Night Students dressed in suits, ties and pencil skirts moved through Warren Ballroom attempting to make their first impressions matter. They knew every handshake and business card exchange could potentially open doors for them. Read more.

Looking Ahead: ACE Helps Students Become Professionals

Photo of Johhn Jacobs SUNY Plattsburgh alumnus John Jacobs ’89 gave these tips and more to students in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship during his return to campus on Feb. 9, 2015, the first of nine Alumni in the Classroom Experience (ACE) visits scheduled for the spring semester. Read more.

Construction Project to Result in Energy Savings

Photo of of Hawkins pond Hawkins Pond, the backdrop of many area prom and wedding photos, is about to receive a facelift — and become more environmentally friendly — all because of an infrastructure project that should make the college more efficient. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Teams Up With Local School Districts to Build Leaders

Photo of students The notion of a solitary Superman or Superwoman leading a school doesn’t hold water any more, according to SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus Dean Stephen Danna. Read more.

Preserving the Past, Understanding the Present: Student Studies Alzheimer’s Patients’ Stories

Photo of Erin BurdickBefore the 2013-2014 academic year, senior Erin Burdick knew “nothing” about Alzheimer’s. Now, after working on a project through a Chapel Hill Foundation Fellowship, she will present on the disease 4:30 p.m. April 25 in the Alumni Conference Room of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Angell College Center. Read more.

Expedition Journal:  Students Explore, Bring CPR to Southeast Asia

Photo of river in Vietnam Expeditionary studies majors Garret Cooper and Matt Smith’s 750-mile canoe paddle along the Srepok and Mekong rivers in Vietnam and Cambodia has become more than their required senior expedition. Read more.

Physics Student Lands Internship at Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory

Photo of Cole MartinPhysics major Cole Martin beat 800 other applicants for a chance to work alongside some of the world’s most talented scientists as they study particle physics. Read more.

Senior’s Gift of Time, Cells May Save Lymphoma Patient’s Life

Photo of Sean ConklinSure, he let technicians take a swab test inside his cheek, and he let them enter the results into the bone marrow registry, but he never thought it would amount to anything more. Then the email arrived. “URGENT PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY.” Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Named a Top 100 Best Value in Public Higher Education

Kiplinger's best value Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named SUNY Plattsburgh to its list of the 100 best values in public colleges for 2014. Read more.

Physics Prof, Students Make Instant Slushies

Photo of Ken Podolak making slushies For SUNY Plattsburgh Assistant Physics Professor Ken Podolak, frigid temperatures are but an opportunity to create tasty treats. Read more.

Taking Slides: Our Olympian on ‘Going for Broke’

Photo of Johhn Daly As a teenage bicycle motocross rider, he broke both wrists in a training crash. As a budding film director, he sometimes skirts the edge of good taste in a series of cringe-comedy videos on YouTube. And as an athlete in skeleton, the Olympic sliding event where competitors rocket headfirst down an icy, twisty course at 70 mph, pushing limits is just part of the job. Read more.

Wall Art in Commons Makes Campus Plan Common Ground

Photo of campus plan art SUNY Plattsburgh has a plan. And now, evidence of that plan has taken over a wall of Flynt Commons, otherwise known to alumni as the Blue Room. Read more.

Paying It Forward: Scholarship Helps Aspiring Journalist in Quest to Help Others

Photo of Funes“With my words, I will expose the atrocities and depression occurring in developing nations such as El Salvador,” wrote the journalism and environmental studies double major in a scholarship application. “Those stories and voices that remain unheard will be heard with my help.”. Read more.

Networking Nights Connect Students, Alumni for Career Success

Photo of alumna networking All SUNY Plattsburgh alumni are invited to help prepare the next generation of graduates for career success through Cardinal Networking Nights. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Adjunct Faculty Awarded for Excellence

Photo of award winners SUNY Plattsburgh honored adjunct lecturers Dr. Andrew Black, Dr. Marco Turco and Nora Montanaro with the college’s Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers this fall. Read more.

The Humans of SUNY Plattsburgh: Guerrilla Art and the Teaching of Portraiture

Humans of New York art Students dressed in black slipped through the shadows on campus, carrying duct tape and large rolls of paper. Their mission: guerrilla art, the secret posting of larger-than-life-sized portraits in the outdoor corridor between Angell College Center and Feinberg Library. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh, Other Nonprofits Help Young Scientists Look to the Future

Picture of students building towers during Space Day In an old lakeside garage at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, local middle school students wear NASA badges. Thirty-five of them huddle around tables in teams of four or five. They test strategies, bounce ideas, fight the clock and periodically start over.. Read more.

School Makes Military-Friendly List

Photo of R.O.T.C. student in military studies class SUNY Plattsburgh has been named to this year’s “2014 Military Friendly Schools” list. Read more.

Edward and Bette Brohel Museum Without Walls Dedication

Edward and Bette Brohel Friends, former colleagues, faculty and staff packed the lower lobby of Myers Fine Arts Building for the occasion, where Brohel’s contemporaries hailed him as a visionary and a fearless advocate for the arts. Read more.

Book by Assistant Prof Makes Oprah's List

Photo of Elizabeth Cohen When her book made Oprah’s Fall Reading “Book of the Week” list, Elizabeth Cohen was inundated with messages of congratulations. Read more.

Video: Tug of War at Homecoming 2013

Scene from Homecoming After a muddy, messy battle, Sigma Tau Gamma took last year’s Homecoming Cup. Now, in this video, they are challenging you. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Broadcast Students Garner National Notice

Phot oof screen cap of almighty shredders videoWerewolves, a gang of snowboarders, a cruise ship and SUNY Plattsburgh’s mascot Burghy. Not your average dinner party guests. Read more.

Mary Isbister '86 - Lean Manufacturing: Changing the Way Business Works

Photo of Mary Isbister When asked how, the 1986 alumna and president of the metal fabrication company in Mequon, Wis., credits lean manufacturing — an effort to make business more efficient on all fronts. Read more.

Plattsburgh Magazine: What You Told Us

Photo of cover of recent issue of Plattsburgh Magazine Plattsburgh Magazine staff wanted to know what readers think of the print publication. So we asked. Read more.

Well-published Profs: Giving the Plattsburgh Degree More Currency

Photo of Dr. Colin Read When it comes to publishing, economics and finance faculty members are doing plenty. They have published more than 36 books in the past five years and — in the past three years alone— 40 papers and conference proceedings. Read more.

Students Earn Honors for DNA Research

Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh student Justin Andrews Three students recently received top awards in scientific research competitions for work done with frogs and ancient skeletons under the guidance of Dr. Nancy Elwess and Sandra Latourelle in SUNY Plattsburgh’s Department of Biology. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Named Hub for Teaching Initiative

Photo of classroom Select from 50 to 60 of the best science, technology, engineering and math teachers in the North Country. Bring them to SUNY Plattsburgh. Then, pay them, help them to become even better at what they do and have them mentor new teachers. Read more.

Webisode, Professor Show ‘Coolness’ of Smelly Plant

Photo of Dr. Rachel Schultz SUNY Plattsburgh’s Dr. Rachel Schultz has joined forces with a former faculty member in a video about a wetlands plant with a distinct odor: skunk cabbage. Read more.

Alumni Return to Give Students in Need CareerEdge

Photo of Keisha Flemming Alumnus David Zebro ’72 set out to give back to his school — again — and to acknowledge some amazing students. Read more.

Professor on Surviving the Boston Bombing

Photo of Dr. Nancy Elwess The full article originally appeared in SUNY Plattsburgh’s student-run newspaper, Cardinal Points, under the headline,‘“OH MY GOD. This is not good': Plattsburgh State Professor Gives Eyewitness Account of Crossing the Finish Line Amid the Madness.’” Read more.

Baja Blast: an Expeditionary Experience

Photo of Gary Goldfinger This winter, SUNY Plattsburgh student Gary Goldfinger found himself in a place so remote that if anything went wrong, no help would come. The closest civilization was 30 miles away. Read more.

Student Magazine to Promote Tourism

Photo of students holding copies of DoNorth magazine SUNY Plattsburgh’s DoNorth student magazine will soon be flying the friendly skies, tucked securely in the seat backs on board PenAir, one of the local carriers out of Plattsburgh International Airport. Read more.

Students Cited by SUNY for Excellence

2013 SUNY Plattsburgh Chancellor's Award winners. Four SUNY Plattsburgh students are recipients of the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Read more.

The Mohamed Gaber Excellence in Mentoring Endowment

Photo of Mohamed GaberThe Mohamed Gaber Excellence in Mentoring Endowment is named in honor of Dr. Mohamed Gaber for his excellence in creating mentoring opportunities for SUNY Plattsburgh students. Read more.

Alumnus, Company Donate High-End Lighting for Campus TV Studios

Photo of John Chew SUNY Plattsburgh’s television studios have $70,000 worth of new lighting thanks to an alumnus and his company. Read more.

Dr. Richard Schnell’s Stories from Bhutan: Changing for Happiness

Photo of Dr. Richard Schnel in Bhutan Dr. Richard Schnell believes in utopias. He always has, and he thinks he may have found one — at least temporarily. “Often, they don’t last,” Schnell said. “But a government that measures its worth in gross national happiness rather than gross national product will capture my mind and my heart every time.” Read more.

Wild Science: From Bird Counting to a BioBlitz

Photo of Wildlife Club members making bird feeders for the Great Backyard Bird Count A nutty aroma enveloped one particular table in the Angell College Center lobby Feb 14. There on the table, among scattered seeds and loose string, sat a grocery bag filled with pine cones, a bucket with more seeds and — the culprit of the distinctive smell — peanut butter. Read more.

Rallying Forces: The Pep Band and Hard Hattians

Hard Hattians watching hockey game If you hear a rowdy bunch screaming, “SUNY Plattsburgh! SUNY Plattsburgh! SUNY Plattsburgh!” until you can’t understand the words anymore, you will know you have run into the pep band crew. Read more.

College Receives National Notice for Eliminating Black/White Achievement Gap

SUNY Plattsburgh students walking across campus A national organization has ranked SUNY Plattsburgh among the top 25 public colleges across the nation for closing the graduation-rate gap between African American and white students. Read more.

Campus Pays Tribute to ‘Mr. Plattsburgh’

Photo of Bill Laundry After 43 years of service, Vice President for Student Affairs William D. “Bill” Laundry took one last curtain call at a farewell dinner Feb. 23, 2013, in honor of his recent retirement. Read more.

Alumni Service Day Named for Philanthropic Alumnus

Photo of Dr. Richard Semmler '68 Alumni raise hammers, rakes and paint brushes once again in spring 2013 during the newly renamed Dr. Richard Semmler ’68 Alumni Service Day. Read more.

Life on the Edge: Fear and Loathing in the Eastern Subarctic Archaic Period

Photo of Dr. Christopher Wolff The Maritime Archaic people who lived roughly 3,200 to 8,000 years ago in the Canadian Eastern Subarctic were living on the edge: the edge of inhabitable landscapes as the glaciers retreated; the borders of the earth as it disappeared into the cold North Atlantic waters; and the outer limits of human population on the North American continent. Read more.

Miner Institute, Environmental Science Celebrate 40-Year Collaboration

Aerial photo of Miner Institute As an environmental science major, Joe Thouin ’04 had what you might call a Miner obsession. Read more.

Managing Your Job Search: Tips from the Career Development Center

Photo of newspaper classifieds Today’s tight job market calls for a new approach. Now, more than ever, prospective employees have to be savvy in building skills and reputation.. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Fishing Team Earns National Ranking

Photo of Nikki Eddy holding 2 prize fish The college’s fishing team proved its prowess this past July, when student anglers Brendan Bolis and John McDougall took the $5,000 top prize in the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference qualifier on Lake Champlain.. Read more.

Alumna, Former Librarian Bequeaths Nearly Half a Million to SUNY Plattsburgh

Photo of Phyllis Wells '57SUNY Plattsburgh has received one of the largest gifts from an alumna in the history of the college. The donation of $470,000 comes from the estate of alumna and former librarian Phyllis Wells. Read more.

Ukulele Club Strikes a Chord with Students

Photo of Uke club They’re tiny; they’re tinny; and they’ve found their way into the hands and hearts of a student group this past semester. Read more.

Turn up the Volumes: History Faculty Go on a Book Binge

Photo of books From sea exploration and housework to immigration and revolt, SUNY Plattsburgh’s history department is publishing prolifically. Read more.

Women’s Rugby Team Takes Championship

Photo of 2012 Women’s Rugby Championship team Controlled chaos. That’s rugby in a nutshell. And the SUNY Plattsburgh women’s rugby team likes a bit of chaos — controlled or otherwise — in their lives. Read more.

Anthropology Alumnus Haagen Klaus Rescues History

Photo of Haagen Klaus Haagen Klaus sees dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. Read more.

Dr. Kathy Lavoie Goes Underground In Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave

Photo of Dr. Kathy Lavoie After taking one look at her office, a visitor can be sure of one thing: Dr. Kathy Lavoie likes bats. After all, her shelves teem with stuffed animal versions of the mammal. Read more.

Night of Nations Brings World to Plattsburgh

Photo of Student Dancing For the people of the Caribbean, dancing to drums is a way of life. That’s what Sharisse DaSilva told the standing-room-only crowd gathered in E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium for the seventh annual Night of Nations — a student-run showcase of acts from around the world. Read more.

Delta Kappa Delta Honors Brothers, Alma Mater with Scholarship, Memorial

Photo of Delta Kappa Delta membersAround 40 Delta Kappa Delta fraternity alumni returned to campus this September to give back to their alma mater and to establish a permanent memorial to their brothers. Read more.

Psychology Alumna Involved in Autism Research

Photo of Alisa Woods, Class of 1992Spit, it turns out, may be a great place to look if you want to find out more about autism. Read more.

Zombie Threat on Campus Eradicated for Another Year

Photo of Zombies! A classic battle – humans versus the undead – played out on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. Read more.

Holocaust Gallery Named After Doug, Evelyne Skopp

Photo of of Dough and Evelyne Skopp A new permanent gallery in Feinberg Library will ensure that the Holocaust will never be forgotten at SUNY Plattsburgh. Read more.

Visiting Old Haunts: Mortimer of Macdonough and Other Stories

Photo of Macdonough In Macdonough Hall alone, there are the toilets that flush in the night when no one’s around; the radios that turn themselves on; the eyes staring out of dark storage rooms; doors that unlock themselves; and the bathroom lights that flicker on and off. Read more.

Smart Phones Used to Document Road Kill Sightings

Photo of Dr. Danielle Garneau A faculty member in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science never met road kill she didn’t like. Or at least want to acknowledge. Read more.

Fraternity Takes Home Homecoming Cup

Photo of Sigma Tau Gamma winnersSigma Tau Gamma took the cup Saturday, Oct. 20. The fraternity won the Homecoming trophy at the tug-of-war over Hawkins Pond. Read more.

New Dean of Branch Campus is Educational Agent for Change

Photo of Dr. Stephen Danna The Long Island native didn’t start out as an educator. In fact, his interest in biology and marine life led him to a degree in oceanography and a stint with the government as an oceanographer. It wasn’t until he was invited to be a guest speaker at a small middle school in Bay St. Louis, Miss., that he unearthed a desire to teach.. Read more.

New Students Diverse, Academically Strong

Photo of students returning to campusFor the seventh year in a row, SUNY Plattsburgh has had so many applicants that it had to turn away more than half, accepting only 45.6 percent. Read more.

Satellite Fitness Center Opens in Renovated Hood Hall

Photo of students working out in the satellite fitness centerStudents in Hood Hall can now roll of out bed and head straight downstairs for a workout. The opening of a new fitness center right in the residence hall means they don’t have to leave the building to lift weights or run on the treadmill. Read more.

War Games: Teaching Candidate Brings History to Life Through Camp

Photo of Matt Hewson dressed in the civil war uniform of a soldier in the Union ArmyMatt Hewson doesn’t just teach history, he lives it. Read more.

Got an App for That? Using an iPhone for Flying Squirrel Research

Photo of Vaclav 'Alex' Sotola '12That’s what two SUNY Plattsburgh students did this spring. The two — Vaclav "Alex" Sotola ’12 and Jason Leewe — wanted to see if man-made nesting boxes would help squirrels rebuild their population in an area that had been disturbed, say, by logging. Read more.

Trail Mix: Multi-use Path Links Campus, Community Along the Riverfront

Photo of Saranac River Bike PathThe campus connection to the City of Plattsburgh and the Saranac River is now stronger than ever thanks to a ribbon of fresh blacktop. Read more.

2012 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Photo of Dr. Linda Luck The State University of New York has recognized eight members of SUNY Plattsburgh’s faculty and staff through the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Read more.

Alumnus’ Backpack Goes Into L.L. Bean History

Photo of Steven GadeckiSteven Gadecki '00 spends his day putting others in the spotlight. The ’00 SUNY Plattsburgh communication grad lives in Los Angeles where he works as the director of digital marketing for SONY Pictures Television, promoting shows like “Breaking Bad,” “Unforgettable” and “Rules of Engagement.” Read more.

Photo of Campus Civility groupClass Uses Campus Civility Initiative to Study Issue Among Students

A campaign at SUNY Plattsburgh to foster civility among faculty and staff spurred a communication professor to ask her students: Just how civil are they? Read more.

Photo of International students celebrating Night of Nations on stage in the E Glenn Giltz Auditorium.SUNY Plattsburgh, 'A World-Class Institution'

SUNY Plattsburgh has topped the charts for a second year in a row when it comes to international students’ overall satisfaction, according to the Fall 2011 International Student Barometer. Read more.

Finishing Holocaust Novel a Triumph Over Adversity

Photo of Dr. Doug Skopp The satisfaction a novelist feels when typing those two words — The End — is hard to quantify. For Doug Skopp, it was nothing short of a miracle.. Read more.

Hungry for ‘The Hunger Games’?

Photo of Dr. Thomas Morrisey SUNY Plattsburgh Professor Dr. Tom Morrisey explores young adult dystopian fiction. Read more.

Four SUNY Plattsburgh Students Cited by SUNY for Excellence

Photo of Joel Collado Joel Collado, Allaire “Ajay” DaleyKeyser, Prajwal “PJ” Shah and Julia Warren have received the award, created 15 years ago to recognize those students who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership; athletics; community service; creative and performing arts; or career achievement. Read more.

Donor Funds Bluegrass for Next Generation

Photo of Brian Smith, part of the team heading up bluegrass efforts at the college's WARP radio station Sixty youth and adults will travel across the globe this year — from sub-Saharan Africa all the way to SUNY Plattsburgh — for short-term study through the new Youth Leadership Program with Francophone Africa. Read more.

Preparing for Year-Round Adventure

Photo of Expeditionary studies senior Keith Madia standing on a peak in Utah Sixty youth and adults will travel across the globe this year — from sub-Saharan Africa all the way to SUNY Plattsburgh — for short-term study through the new Youth Leadership Program with Francophone Africa. Read more.

Study Finds Insects Previously Unknown to Science

Photo of newly discovered insectAquatic insects. They are the energy that drives the food web in our lakes and streams. They power our fisheries. Yet, very little is known about the creatures.. Read more.

Alumni to Join Forces in Service at Three Sites

Photo of Richard SemmlerSUNY Plattsburgh graduates work in three communities during the inaugural Alumni Day of Service. Read more.

Winter in Plattsburgh: The Cold, Hard Facts

Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh student enjoying the snow on campus. This winter, we asked our Facebook fans 'What does ‘Plattsburgh cold mean?' and 76 responded with memories like these.... Read more.

Communication Professor Pens Urban Fantasy Novels

Photo of cover art for Dr. Justin Gustainis' novel Hard Spell For Professor Justin Gustainis, 2011 was a banner year — not just in the communication department, where he’s celebrating 29 years on faculty — but in the realm of fiction writing. Read more.

Youth Leadership Program to Bring 60 to Plattsburgh from Sub-Saharan Africa

Photo of Dr. Jean Ouédraogo and Marguerite Adelman Sixty youth and adults will travel across the globe this year — from sub-Saharan Africa all the way to SUNY Plattsburgh — for short-term study through the new Youth Leadership Program with Francophone Africa. Read more.

’74 Chemistry Graduate Norman Appel Shares Life in the Fragrance Industry

Photo of Norman Appel in the labNorman Appel knows how to make scents. The 1974 SUNY Plattsburgh chemistry graduate is the vice president of Bell Flavors & Fragrances, a company that designs and produces scents and tastes for nearly anything imaginable. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Honors Nearly 400 at Winter Commencement

Photo of of students at commencementHugs, tears and congratulations were the order of the day Saturday, Dec. 17, when around 400 students took to the stage at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Winter Commencement. Read more.

G’07 Alumna Shows Her Mettle with Hammer and Saw

Photo of Allison OropalloWhat started out as an audition among a field of 3,000 handy people last spring turned into a gig on HGTV’s “All American Handyman” reality show for 2007 alumna Allison Oropallo. Read more.

Alumni Brothers Instrumental on International Bluegrass Scene

Photo of the Gibson BrothersThe Gibson Brothers earn Album of Year and Top Vocalist honors at International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. Read more.

Sports Hall of Fame Welcomes Four New Cardinal Athletes

Photo of of Chris VerkeyFour more of the best student athletes ever to suit up for SUNY Plattsburgh have been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame this year: Chris Verkey ‘01, Laura Ray ’96, Chris Panek and Paul Dingman ’69. Read more.

New $14 Million Building to Enhance Computer Science, Business Offerings

Photo of architectural rendering of the new building Structure to feature case classroom, lab with stock-market ticker, reconfigurable spaces and more. Read more.

Distinguished Service Professor Finds Plattsburgh a Perfect Place to Study Human Geography

Photo of Dr. Bryan Higgins When Dr. Bryan Higgins decided to pursue a teaching career in human geography, he could think of no better place than SUNY Plattsburgh. Read more.

Distinguished Teaching Professor Sees Art as Language

Photo of Diane Fine Diane Fine did well in school. She excelled in math, history, science, English. So when she told her high school guidance counselor that she planned to study the arts in college, the counselor appeared shocked.. Read more.

Student Group Focuses on Men in Stopping Violence Against Women

Photo of NoMore! teamThough statistics show one out of five women will fall victim to sexual violence, a student organization hopes to decrease those numbers, starting with SUNY Plattsburgh. Read more.

Fitness and Wellness Leadership Major Completes Internship at Famous Spa

Photo of Sarah PopeSarah Pope spent her summer a long way from her home in Long Island, doing an internship at The Oaks at Ojai in California. Read more.

New Study Option Combines Environmental Science, Leadership

Photo of Casey Binggeli The Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Science study option provides training in leadership/business skills, as well as in-depth science coursework, so that graduates may pursue more advanced careers in environmental agencies or private industry. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Welcomes Academically Strong Freshman Class

Photo of studentsSUNY Plattsburgh welcomes its most diverse and selective group of freshmen since the college began tracking that information in 2000. Read more.

Alumna, Students form Investment Club

Photo of student investment clubWith a $10,000 donation from an alumna, a group of SUNY Plattsburgh students have formed an investment portfolio group.. Read more.

Radio Production Students Earn Top Honors in National Competition

Photo of communication studentThree SUNY Plattsburgh students took first-, second- and third-place prizes in a public service announcement competition that drew attention to the importance of monetary donations in response to international disasters. Read more.

Model Organization of American States Transforms Lives

Photo of Emma MackeyWhen Emma Mackey journeyed from her high school in Corinth, N.Y., to SUNY Plattsburgh’s Model Organization of American States three years ago, she didn’t know it would change her life. Read more.

Game Offers Experience Balancing Economy and Ecology

Photo of Curt GervichA simulation game in Professor Curt Gervich’s sustainability and environmental management courses is allowing students to manage their own fishing companies. Read more.

Undergrad's 3-D Map Compares Data Variables for Maya Skeletons

Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh anthropology grad Justin SabinoUsing variables such as age, gender, stature, illness and trauma, Sabino set up a 3-D map that can be scanned, looking at one variable or a number of variables, helping scientists to analyze the data. Read more.

Reunion 2011

Photo of Burghy and returning alumna at Reunion424 alumni and friends who took part in warm-weather offerings, like a golf outing, a picnic at Hawkins Pond, a tour of local vineyards, a barbecue, a white-glove reception at the Kent Delord House Museum, a Cardinaltini mixer at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts and a strawberry brunch. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Students Awarded for Comedy Segment

Screen cap of student videoThe National Broadcast Society has awarded two SUNY Plattsburgh students first place during the 48th annual Electronic Media Competition in Hollywood. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Students Awarded for Plant-Related Studies

Photo of Sasha Dow-KitsonIThis year, three SUNY Plattsburgh students were among only 25 students in the United States and Canada to receive the society’s Young Botanist Award.  Seniors Sasha Dow-Kitson of Trinidad and Tobago, Lilly Schelling of East Schodack and Alex Scharf of Malone were given the honor in recognition of plant-related studies and high academic standing. Read more.

Journalism Alumna Named Among Most Powerful Arab Women

Photo of Raghida DerghamRaghida Dergham has landed on an Arab business magazine’s list of the most powerful Arab women in the world. Read more.

Spring Break Trip Provides Lessons on Political Ecology, Conservation

Photo of waterfall in Costa RicaThis spring break found one SUNY Plattsburgh class still in session – in Costa Rica. Read more.

Mathematics Alumna Receives National Teaching Recognition

Photo of Kathleen FowlerThey were two simple words, but for Dr. Kathleen Fowler ’96 those words – “don’t quit” – are still making a difference. Read more.

International Students Rank SUNY Plattsburgh #1

Photo of international student smilingThey were two simple words, but for Dr. Kathleen Fowler ’96 those words – “don’t quit” – are still making a difference. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Facilities Master Plan 2013-2023

Photo of Hawkins HallAfter 18 months of gathering input, seeking expert advice and gathering still more input, the college has created a vision of SUNY Plattsburgh of the future. Read more.

Students Receive SUNY 2011 Chancellor's Award

Photo of Alison LutzFour SUNY Plattsburgh students are among the 2011 recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, which recognizes seniors who demonstrate academic excellence integrated with leadership, community service, arts, athletics or career achievement. Read more.

Veteran Musician, Educator Shares the Groove With Students

Photo of Dr. Rick DaviesThe professor has played trombone with a who’s who of American music: Tony Bennett, Tito Puente, Blondie, Bo Diddley and Michael Jackson. He’s worked on more than a hundred recordings as a composer, arranger and performer. He’s even played for President Clinton and had top 10 hits in Italy, Japan and Colombia. Read more.

Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame Greats Recall Plattsburgh Days

Photo of Jessica Allen RamsayFour more of the best athletes to ever suit up for SUNY Plattsburgh are now enshrined in the Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame.. Read more.

Nearly a Half Century Later, Student Association True to its Roots

Photo of Student Association meetingWhen Marty Mannix attended SUNY Plattsburgh in the early 1960s, he saw the student government as a rag-tag, unpredictable and chaotic assembly of representatives. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Instructor Wins National Biology Teaching Award

Photo of Sandra LatourelleSandra Latourelle ’70 G’76, an adjunct lecturer of biological sciences, recently received a teaching award from the National Association of Biology Teachers, which honored her for her creativity and innovation. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Adopts More Flexible General Education Program

Photo of classroomSUNY Plattsburgh has made modest changes to its General Education requirements – changes that will give students more choice. Read more.

Holiday Giving Becomes Part of Practicum

Photo of Brian EnselWith Legos, Play-Doh, basketballs and dinosaurs lining the walls, the office of Student Activities and Volunteerism recently looked more like a toy store than a college office. Read more.

Computer Science Department Marks its 40th Year

1975 photo of SUNY Plattsburgh student using an IBM 1660 punch card computerAlthough it’s associated with modern technology, SUNY Plattsburgh’s computer science department has a history that’s older than some alumni. Read more.

PR, Journalism Students Go Into Crisis Mode

Photo of PR Journalism studentEmergency drill introduces students in SUNY Plattsburgh’s Principles of Public Relations class to the rigors of crisis management. Read more.

Literary Journal Showcases Students’ Exceptional Work

Detail from cover of Zplatt magazineSUNY Plattsburgh’s literary journal, Zplatt, offers students a chance to learn first-hand what it takes to get published. Read more.

Short-Term Study Abroad Opens SUNY Plattsburgh Students’ Eyes

Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh students studying abroad in NicarauguaAs a student in “Political Economy of Sustainable Development” class, Lisa Zimmerman had been introduced to some of the issues facing Nicaragua. Read more.

'A Gift of Confidence'

Photo of Ed LuskAn anonymous gift in honor of a SUNY Plattsburgh professor is one of the largest unrestricted gifts in the college’s history. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Club ‘Pumpkin-Chucks’ Its Way to Glory

Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh students building a trebuchetA group of SUNY Plattsburgh students placed third in a contest of ingenuity, engineering … and pumpkin smashing. Read more.

Cardinal Points

Photo of Cardinal Points staffSUNY Plattsburgh’s student newspaper earns spot in associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame. Read more.

David H. Levy Observatory: Educational Tool for Students and Scientists

Photo of telescopeTo one renowned astronomer, a longtime SUNY Plattsburgh treasure shines because of its darkness. Read more.

Botany Program, Professor Take Home Multiple National Honors

Photo of Alex ScharfWhen it comes to botany, Dr. Chris Martine and his students from SUNY Plattsburgh are racking up the honors. Read more.. Read more.

Society Honors Former SUNY Plattsburgh Administrator and Alumna

Photo of Cheryl HogleCheryl Hogle '68 G'72 received the rare Laurel Crowned Circle Award from Omicron Delta Kappa during a July 19 ceremony at the Valcour Conference Center. It's the highest award that the national leadership honor society can bestow. Read more.


US Gabrielle EqualeWashington Internship Institute opens doors for Gabrielle Equale. Read more.

Going for Olympic Glory

US Olympic team logoSUNY Plattsburgh grads play role in winter games. Read more.


Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh accounting student Mat MaloneyAARP Tax-Aide Internship program prepares SUNY Plattsburgh students. Read more.

Jim Brown '92: Excellence In Teaching

Photo of Jim BrownTeacher education grad earns presidential recognition. Read more.


Photo of Dr. Nancy Elwess President Obama recognizes Dr. Nancy Elwess at White House ceremony. Read more.


Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh art studentStudent/faculty research indicates way to prevent cigarette litter. Read more.

Art Program

Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh art studentCeramic students' art helps feed the hungry. Read more.

Teacher Education

Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh student working in classroomPrograms earn national accreditation. Read more.

Faculty, Students, Actors Join Forces for Theatrical Production

/about/profiles/programs/hudsonlab.phpSUNY Plattsburgh students direct production of Ionesco play. Read more.

Geology Students Find Prehistoric Seal Remains

/about/profiles/programs/hudsonlab.phpStudents find prehistoric seal remains near Lake Champlain. Read more.

Ashley Gambino '04: Student-Faculty Relationships Made It Easy to Succeed

/about/profiles/programs/hudsonlab.php Communication disorders & sciences grad comes home. Read more.

Hudson Hall Science Lab Ground-Breaking

/about/profiles/programs/hudsonlab.php Work begins on new state-of-the-art science building that will provide students with a facility comparable to what they will find in a career in the science. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Professor Earns Presidential Honor

Photo of Dr. Nancy Elwess President Obama has named SUNY Plattsburgh Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Nancy Elwess a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Read more.

Anthropologist Named SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor

Photo of Dr. Gordon Pollard Dr. Gordon Pollard is the latest SUNY Plattsburgh professor to join to the ranks of the State University of New York. Read more.

Off to a Good Start Award

Photo of Dave Annable at 2009 commencement Plattsburgh Alumni Association honors Dave Annable. "I've been very lucky and fortunate, but it really does sort of come back to Plattsburgh," said Annable. Read more.

SUNY Plattsburgh Grad Named Vice President of U.S. Green Building Council

Photo of Rebecca Flora at the water Rebecca Flora has been passionate about environmental stewardship long before "being green" and "global warming" became buzz words of a new millennium. Read more.


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