SUNY Plattsburgh

Hawkins Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus hosts the office of the campus president
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New York’s governor and legislature are touting progress in higher education funding in the just-passed state budget.  An overall investment of $7.6 billion according to the governor’s office includes money for the second phase of the Excelsior Free Tuition Program. It also includes a boost of $103 million in overall funding for higher education. But only $11 million of that is distributed to the 47 four-year SUNY campuses. In the second part of their interview, SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that translates to a status quo budget for his campus.

SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling
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In February, the SUNY Plattsburgh campus was thrown into turmoil after a screenshot of a social media post that mentioned lynching and used the n-word was reposted to get the administration’s attention.  The campus noticed.  Students protested and held a vote of no confidence in the college president and the chief diversity officer.  Members of the community joined solidarity marches across the campus.  In late February, SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling distributed a letter to the campus community outlining a series of steps to address racial bias.  As Dr. Ettling updates WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley, he says it was important to create an action plan following those painful days on the campus.

Hawkins Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus hosts the office of the campus president
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A racist Snapchat post shared with the SUNY Plattsburgh campus at large has led to student rallies and two votes of no confidence against members of the college administration.

Following two reported car-pedestrian accidents on campus already this semester, students and faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh held a safety forum recently to delve into where the dangerous intersections are and why pedestrians are at risk.

SUNY Plattsburgh 9-11 memorial
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A short but solemn remembrance ceremony was held on the SUNY Plattburgh campus today to remember the events of 9-11 and two alumni who died when the towers fell.

Dr. Michael Hawes
Fulbright Canada

SUNY Plattsburgh’s Center for the Study of Canada is a National Resource Center on Canada.  It has maintained a long-term relationship with Fulbright Canada.  Dr. Michael Hawes is the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the U.S. and the Executive Director of Fulbright Canada.  He was in Plattsburgh this week and talked about the relationship between the two countries and the importance of the local Canadian studies program.

Amite sculpture on SUNY Plattsburgh campus
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In the wake of the election of Donald Trump and subsequent protests, SUNY Plattsburgh Police are reassuring students and staff that they are taking any potential concerns seriously.

  Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning to discuss Games and role-playing for communication.

Jesse Feiler helps people and organizations get to know and use new technologies. Projects have included building the page caching module for the Prodigy Web Browser for Mac in the very early days of the Web, location-based apps for iPhone and iOS, as well as books and classes on new technologies. Forthcoming books include “iPad For Seniors for Dummies" (9th edition) and “Learn Apple HomeKit on the Mac and iOS.”

Current projects involve using apps and FileMaker databases for identifying and managing risk in nonprofit organizations as well as helping small communities build location-based apps to promote tourism, downtown economic development, and the wise use of natural resources. Jesse, always wonderful to have you join us.

We are also joined by Curt Gervich as an Associate Professor in SUNY Plattsburgh’s enter of Earth and Environmental Science. He teaches courses in Environmental Policy, Sustainability and Environmental Leadership. He also works with EPA and other federal and state agencies across the country on a variety of environmental planning and management challenges

One of his projects is Toxic Release!, an environmental education simulation. Friends of Saranac River Trail is bringing it to Plattsburgh City Hall Community Room on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 5-8 pm. Open to the public with reservations strongly suggested  - or

Kent State-Jackson State memorial at SUNY Plattsburgh
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On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University, killing four people and wounding nine.  Eleven days later, two students were killed and 12 injured when city and state police opened fire during a protest at Jackson State College.  SUNY Plattsburgh is among a few colleges that annually commemorates those events.

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A diversity march was held Monday on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus in the wake of a racially sensitive cartoon published two weeks ago in the student newspaper.

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Hundreds marched across the SUNY Plattsburgh campus Monday to bring awareness to discrimination diversity issues at the college.

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Plattsburgh State faculty and students gathered Friday afternoon to discuss what actions faculty can take to help students and the campus community have a “meaningful conversation about issues of race.”  The gathering was called by the head of the faculty senate in the wake of the student newspaper’s publication of a racially insensitive cartoon.

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The SUNY Plattsburgh Student Association held an open campus meeting last night to discuss the issues and emotions swirling in the wake of the publication of a racist cartoon on the front page of the student newspaper.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, an all-faculty meeting is also scheduled for this afternoon.

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The SUNY Plattsburgh community paused at noon today to remember the events of 9-11, and to remember two alumni that died when the twin towers collapsed.

State Police say a 21-year-old college student from Long Island has died after jumping from a bridge into a northern New York river.

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The State University of New York at Plattsburgh has successfully challenged a list that placed the campus at the top of the Most Dangerous Colleges in the country.

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The Quebec Minister of International Relations was on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus this afternoon to talk about the partnership between the Canadian province and New York State.

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The State University of New York at Plattsburgh briefly closed several campus buildings Tuesday after a suspicious package was reported.

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SUNY Plattsburgh’s annual 9-11 commemoration was held at noon today. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was there.

André Picard is the health columnist for Canada’s national newspaper, the Toronto Globe and Mail. He has won a long list of awards including being named the top health reporter in the Americas by the Pan-American Health Association. He’s received the Michener Award and is a multiple finalist for Canada’s Pulitzer prize. He has written several books, and the Canadian Public Health Association named him the country’s first Public Health Hero in 2005. Picard has spent the week at SUNY Plattsburgh as a Distinguished Fulbright Visitor.

An off-campus apartment fire seriously injured a SUNY Plattsburgh student and displaced seven others Friday morning.

College Remembers 9/11

Sep 11, 2013
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SUNY Plattsburgh held a memorial service at noon today to remember the events of 9/11 and two alumni who died when the towers collapsed 12 years ago.

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 SUNY Plattsburgh students rallied Tuesday afternoon to express their concerns over slurs and derogatory remarks that were shouted at marchers during the Annual Take Back the Night event last weekend. 

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Chris Wolff of the State University of New York Plattsburgh reveals how fear of the unknown shaped culture during the peopling of North America.

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Dr. Chris Martine, SUNY Plattsburgh – How Plants Reproduce

Dec 27, 2012

This week we’re featuring five winners of the 2012 Academic Minute Senior Superlatives.

Chris Martine from SUNY Plattsburgh took home the Best Smile honor for letting us in on the secret world of plant sex.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Connie Shemo of the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, explains the connection between the women’s foreign mission movement of the early twentieth century and two pioneering female doctors.

Connie Shemo is an associate professor of history at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh. Her teaching and research interests include U.S. women's history, Chinese history, and the history of medicine. She holds a Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton.

About Dr. Shemo


Students, faculty, and staff of the SUNY college here gathered at Hawkins Pond this afternoon, where a memorial to two alumna is placed. On September 11th,  Robert Sutcliffe, class of 1984, and William Erwin, class of 1992, died in the collapse of the Twin Towers.  

In front of the memorial, History Professor Doug Skopp remembers his late students.

Many of the students attending the college now were in elementary school when the Twin Towers were destroyed, including Student Association President Charles Sanchez.