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“Taking photos was natural; it didn’t seem like work, it was fun,” Miranda Eldridge said. “My dance background helped because I understand how movement works, so I can see how the composition is moving through a photo.”
Last November, she went to a regional Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Latham because she knew Dovolani was teaching. “When a professional I know is teaching master classes, I go for fun,” she said.
When she arrived, the owners said, “Wait a minute! Don’t you take photos?” They needed someone to shoot an upcoming competition. “The studio owners brought me into the office to show Tony my portfolio. He didn’t realize who they were bringing in, so when I walked in, he said, ‘This is who you’re interviewing? I’ve known her forever.’”
“I got a really lucky in because there’s kind of a monopoly on ballroom dance photography, with like four photographers who have the whole industry,” she marveled.
Now, she shoots regional competitions, hiring a few photography students to help ensure full coverage of the events, in which Eldridge often takes 10,000 photos in a weekend. “I want people who are going to grow with me,” she said.
She still regularly turns to Prof. Renee O’Brien. “Any time I have any question about photography or even just need advice, Renee responds immediately,” Eldridge said. “Once in a while you find someone who leaves an impression on your life and she’s one of those people. I learned a lot of skills, but the biggest thing I took from SUNY Adirondack is that support.”
For more on Eldridge and other impressive alumni, visit https://fal.cn/3su8S for our alumni collective, “Community Roots.”
Today, the crews working on SUNY Adirondack's $5.7 million turf complex project hit a major milestone: installing lights around the field. SUNY Adirondack 's Shops
SUNY Adirondack's Chef Matt Bolton seems to be everywhere lately. The energetic instructor at Seasoned, SUNY ADK's downtown student-run restaurant, loves what he does, and it shows. He recently sat down with Christy Alexander of WorkSmart Coworking and Meeting Space WorkSmart for an episode of Just Off Glen podcast to talk about inspiring students, collaborating with regional businesses and fueling the regional foodie culture. Listen at https://open.spotify.com/show/6AEbj91c4g0hUiAZlsoA73?si=fded8cefc3e845b5 or https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/just-off-glen-podcast/id1556110058 The Sustainable Food Project at SUNY Adirondack SUNY Adirondack Arts District of Glens Falls Ben Osborn Memorial Fund Feeder Canal Alliance Chapman Museum Glens Falls Hospital Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail Friends Lake Inn
"A walk in nature walks the soul back home."
- Mary Davis
Scrolling through pictures on our phone and found this one from last week. So on this , we're feeling grateful surrounded by this view.
If you’re looking for a day trip tomorrow, award-winning artist Prof. John Hampshire has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Lacemill Gallery in Kingston. The opening reception is tomorrow, and the exhibit will be on view through Oct. 29.
HEAD LINES and OTHER EVENTS “Head Lines and Other Events” presents a selection of works by John Hampshire from the last 15 years. The subjects include portraits,
It's always a good day when faculty and alumni are recognized for their achievements!
Local professionals under age 40 honored Twenty local professionals under the age of 40 received The Post-Star 20 Under 40 awards Wednesday afternoon.
Do you think they're still offering $1 car washes? Asking for a friend.
When Stéphane Legris was 17 years old, he taped a to-do list to the back of his bedroom door in his childhood home, and it changed his life.
• Play No. 1 singles for ACC
• Go undefeated
• Win regionals
• Go to nationals
• Place at nationals
• Get tennis scholarship
“I had to walk by it every single day,” said Legris, vice president of Commercial Lines at USI Insurance Services. “No matter what I did, I had to look at that list.”
When Legris was a young child, his father — retired Adirondack Red Wings goalie Claude Legris — taught him how to play tennis. “Well, that and hockey, but when I was in high school, I started tackling tennis a little more seriously,” Legris said.
His junior year, Legris decided he wanted to play tennis in college, and he wanted a scholarship to do so. “My senior year, I did really well, played No. 1 for the team, did well in sectionals, but wasn’t at the point I was good enough I was going to get a big scholarship yet.”
He approached his coach and asked for advice. “I didn’t know what to do, I was a 17-year-old kid who was going to be graduating and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life,” he said.
“He told me, ‘You should go to ACC and play tennis there. You have to play and you have to beat everybody, and you have to crush everybody, and you have to go to nationals and place at nationals, do that for two years and then you’ll get your scholarship.’”
Legris was inspired, went home and wrote his missive. “That list taught me how to be accountable, how to be disciplined toward something," he said. “I didn’t miss any work- outs, I would show up to practice early and stay late; I would go on days we didn’t have practice, hitting the ball machine for hours. I just wanted to get better. I was hungry for it.”
That hard work — classes, then two and a half hours of tennis practice, followed by hours in the gym, every day — paid off. “I ran regional finals 6-0, 6-0, was undefeated that year and got third at nationals,” he said.
After his first year at SUNY Adirondack, LeMoyne College’s coach was interested in Legris. “By the time I started my second year at ACC, I was already committed to LeMoyne.”
His second year playing tennis at Adirondack was even better. “I didn’t lose a match,” he smiled.
For more on Legris and other inspiring alum, visit https://issuu.com/suny_adk/docs/sunyadk_communityroots_summer2022_finaledits for our alumni collective, Community Roots!
We just found another reason to love spooky season! Alum Mary Ryther is opening "Boo Town" by day and "Ghoul Town" by night in Fort Ann this Friday. Check out this article for ticket info and more on Ryther's story. 🍂🍁
Queensbury native buys land in Fort Ann, launching haunts ‘Boo Town’ & ‘Ghoul Town’ | Glens Falls Chronicle By Zander Frost, Chronicle Staff Writer Queensbury native Mary Ryther is betting that people who love Halloween just can’t get enough of it. After working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, she’s bought six-and-half acres in Fort Ann and is building a Halloween “haunt” due to open...
Billy Trudsoe was awaiting a flight in the lobby of Albany International Airport, scrolling through Facebook, when a sponsored ad caught his eye.
“There was an application for 'Hell's Kitchen,’ so I filled it out,” he remembered. “When I got to the end — and this was during the era of masks — it read ‘Can we get a three-minute video of your personality?’ And I didn’t want to lose all this info, so I did it right there with my mask on.”
Four days later, producers of “Hell's Kitchen,” a long-running FOX cooking competition reality show, called Trudsoe, who grew up in Chestertown, worked for years at restaurants throughout the Lake George region and attended SUNY Adirondack’s Culinary Arts program.
“Getting on the show is grueling because it’s just the process and not knowing what to expect, what the next move is,” he said. Nearly a year later, his appearance on “Hell’s Kitchen: Battle of the Ages” will premiere at 8 p.m. Thursday on FOX.
“‘Hell’s Kitchen’ is a very intense, adverse, insane environment,” Trudsoe said. “You just don’t know what to expect or when to expect anything. It’s hot, it’s grueling, it’s tiresome.”
Trudsoe has worked at restaurants that include The Algonquin, Iva and Audie’s Country Diner, Malone Golf Club, The Garrison, Chateau on the Lake and Blue Water Manor before moving to Florida in 2021.
He has long admired “Hell’s Kitchen” host and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. “I’ve been following him for 20-plus years,” Trudsoe said. “Just to have him try my food and to get a chance to meet him; he’s like Michael Jordan, the culinary GOAT in my eyes.”
Trudsoe by contract can’t discuss the show’s outcome, but he’s looking forward to watching the show with friends and family in the region at a viewing party from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 at Bolton Brewery. The event is open to the public.
“I got to meet some great contestants, teammates you grow relationships with,” he said. “There’s nothing like ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ that’s for sure.”
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Turf field update! ✅
The next Writers Project event is at 4 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery this afternoon. Thank you to our professors for putting this lineup together.
In honor of the Adirondack Balloon Festival this weekend, here's a from the festival's early days.
Fun fact! SUNY Adirondack's main campus on Bay Road was the festival's original home. We love being a part of an event beloved in our community.
We were honored to host Secretary of State Robert Rodriguez yesterday, as he toured our student-run restaurant, Seasoned. The Culinary Arts Center was the first big project completed as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. It's been a successful endeavor for SUNY Adirondack and the city of Glens Falls, and we love showing people around! Thank you for stopping by!
Caelynn Prylo, Dean for Continuing Education & Workforce Innovation here at SUNY Adirondack will be speaking at next week's annual NASDA meeting. NASDA is the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, and is an agricultural nonprofit that represents all 54 commissioners, secretaries, and directors of agriculture across the nation.
Prylo will be a member of the meeting's agricultural workforce development panel. For those interested in attending, register at the link below.
A conversation with Brenden Sullivan is as likely to turn to the best way to prepare osso bucco as it is “Doctor Who,” bass guitar or cyber attacks. He speaks of his passion for British television as naturally as he discusses building a local area network.
But the SUNY Adirondack technical support specialist’s eyes really light up when he starts talking about cybersecurity. “It’s pretty awesome to be able to do something you enjoy, you’re good at and to help a community that helps so many students,” said Sullivan, who graduated in May with a degree in Information Technology: Cybersecurity.
Sullivan first attended SUNY Adirondack after high school, when he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. Professor Drew Costa cultivated a love of philosophy in Sullivan — his penchant for TV shows and movies that examine morality, humanity and interconnectivity shows the subject hasn’t strayed far from his heart — so he took every course the college offered.
“My original goal was a Ph.D. in philosophy,” he said. “But I was graduating during the Great Recession and Professor Dave Matthews made an impression on me, so I switched my focus to business.” He transferred to The College of Saint Rose, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
That degree led him to bank management, at which he was successful for a decade. After some personal struggles with an unhealthy relationship and trying another financial institution, Sullivan looked at his life and decided his career wasn’t best for him. “It was stressful and left a lot of negative energy,” he admitted.
As he started rebuilding his life (a phase he calls “transitory”), he found love. “My partner, who is going to law school, said, ‘I get to pursue my passion in a few years, you should try to go for yours.’”
For more on Brenden Sullivan's story and other outstanding alumni, check out the latest edition of our alumni collective, "Community Roots!"
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