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Chef Matt Bolton recently sat down with Christy Alexander of WorkSmart for an episode of Just Off Glen podcast!
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
SUNY Adirondack alum, Andy O'Rourke is sharing all about his new venture - All Abilities Productions with Glens Falls Living. Congrats Andy!
My Glens Falls: Andy O'Rourke — Glens Falls Living This week we chatted with Andy O’Rourke! He shares his favorite place in the city to visit in the fall, his passion for theater, and introduces his new venture, All Abilities Productions , which is a non-profit with a mission to encourage all people — regardless of disability, race, religion, ag...
SUNY Adirondack seeks nominations for distinguished alumni College looks to honor latest Trailblazers in annual ceremony
2022 SUNY Adirondack Trailblazer nominations are OPEN!
Each year we set out to identify and honor SUNY Adirondack alumni who have achieved outstanding professional success, had a tremendous philanthropic impact on their communities, and give back through community service.
I ask that you take a moment to think about the SUNY Adirondack alumni in your lives - both personally and professionally - and consider nominating an individual who deserves to be honored for their achievements and contributions to their profession and community.
To learn more about our Trailblazer Society for Distinguished Alumni and to complete the 2022 nomination form, please visit: https://www.sunyacc.edu/suny-adirondack-trailblazers
Our turf field project is coming to life! Our College Access and Student Success teams had the chance to tour the construction site last week and get a preview of the incredible things to come. We are so excited for the opportunities this will bring to our students and our community!
“My favorite memories were the events. I think I was required to do it, and you were just participating,” Amber Rojcewicz (‘19) said to Ben Pelton (‘20).
Among those events was a Collaborative Cuisine featuring vintner Joe Carr. “In his speech, he talked about finding what you love to do and finding a person you love to do those things with,” Pelton said. “The first time I heard it, I was like, ‘I have to find something like that.’”
“I would not date him for five months. The more we started hanging out, the more my friends were like, ‘Why don’t you just give him a chance?’” Finally, in February of 2019, the two started dating. “The second time I heard Carr speak, I decided, ‘That’s what I’m going to do with Amber,’” Pelton said. “We have a lot of different interests, but we’ll go along with each other no matter what. And that’s what Joe Carr was getting at: Find that person who will do what you want with you.”
The couple welcomed their daughter, Charlotte, in June 2021. “I decided to propose a few months after Charlotte was born,” Pelton said. He texted Bolton, telling him he planned to propose to Rojcewizc at Seasoned. “Chef texted me, ‘What about the Joe Carr dinner?’”
So, sharing a table with each of their parents in a room of 70 strangers, Ben and Amber listened to Carr’s story. “It was as easy as pie,” Pelton beamed. “I talked to Chef Matt and he said, ‘We’re good for tonight, Joe knows and he’ll give you a wink.’ It was as simple as getting down on one knee.”
“I started to think when Joe gave his speech, ‘It would be so sweet if Ben proposed right now,’” Rojcewizc remembered. “Then, he stood up and I thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me! We’re in front of 70 people right now!’” As Pelton asked for her hand in marriage, Rojcewizc said she heard a young woman gasp. “Everyone was super nice, complete strangers were giving me hugs and saying ‘Congratulations.’”
The well wishes were the finishing touch. “It’s where we met, a big chunk of our life is there, with Chef Matt and Chef Meg [Diehl],” Pelton said. “It’s a big part of our lives.”
For more on Rojcewicz and Pelton, and other alumni, visit the link below to read the latest edition of “Community Roots: An Alumni Collective.” We love our alumni!
Congratulations to SUNY Adirondack videographer and alum, Kenneth Cooper Films on all of your success and for your incredible work capturing RHONJ Teresa Giudice's special day!
“I don’t want to be dramatic and say that ACC saved me, but it certainly put me on the right path,” Mitzen said.
“It gave me the extra time to grow up and figure out, not necessarily what I wanted to be when I grow up, but definitely what I didn’t want to be.” Mitzen transferred to SUNY Utica and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Throughout college, she worked summers as a bank teller, so securing a job at The First National Bank of Glens Falls (now TD Bank) in the credit card department was a natural next step. “I knew I really loved banking and finance and it interested me,” she said.
That job led to a long career in mortgage lending. “I loved it; it was challenging and really rewarding to help people get into their first home, or downsize due to retirement, or buy a second vacation home,” she said. Her career path also inadvertently led her to love, as she bumped into Ed Mitzen in a building where they both had offices. They started dating several months later, founded Fingerpaint Marketing in 2008, then married in 2011.
In 2017, Mitzen started Handsome C**k Farm, a hobby farm founded home to 13 goats, three pigs, 51 chickens, two donkeys and a “crazy barn cat, Oliver, who runs the whole joint.” The Handsome C**k Farm has a stand at Spa City Farmers Market from May through October.
Together, the Mitzens founded Business for Good in late 2020. They also purchased Hattie’s Restaurant and Chicken Shack in spring 2021, and have many other projects in the works. In partnership with Business for Good, they donate all profits from their businesses back into the community to do as much good as they can. Business for Good works with entrepreneurs to help further develop their businesses so they can be profitable and help their communities. “Ed and I grew up in households where education was important, encouragement was important,” she said. “A lot of people in underserved communities have never had anyone give a helping hand or even just believe in them.”
There’s so much more to Mitzen’s story; we couldn’t fit it all into this post! For the full article, visit the link below!
When Stephane 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.
1) Play No. 1 singles for ACC
2) Go undefeated
3) Go to nationals
4) Place at nationals
5) 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."
That hard work - classes, then two and a half hours of tennis practice, followed by hours in the gym, everyday 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."
LeMoyne offered the tennis scholarship he wanted, and Legris earned a bachelor's degree in English while spending summers as the tennis pro at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing.
Read Stephane's full story in the most recent issue of Community Roots: https://www.sunyacc.edu/community-roots
Bridie Farrell, CEO at America Loves Kids believes every person can make a difference. The former professional speed skater and abuse survivor advocate lives by that belief.
SUNY Adirondack was Bridie's first stop in her higher education career - going on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University. While training in Saratoga Springs, a city home to a world-renowned speed-skating program for the Speed Skating Olympic Trials, Bridie took classes at what was then known to many as ACC.
Read the latest issue of Community Roots: The Alumni Collective to learn more about Bridie Farrell's time at SUNY Adirondack and how after coming forward with her own story of childhood abuse, she founded the nonprofit organization America Loves Kids: https://www.sunyacc.edu/community-roots
From Take A Bite and Collaborative Cuisine to his Summer Enrichment Culinary Camp - See what Chef Matt has been cooking up at Seasoned this summer!
SUNY Adirondack's culinary program sees increased enrollment Despite plummeting community college enrollment numbers around the country, SUNY Adirondack's Culinary Arts program has grown 175% from last year, bouncing back to pre-pandemic numbers.
Exciting things are happening on campus - Our turf field project that has been years in the making is off to a great start thanks to generous donors like Stewart's Shops!
Construction work on SUNY Adirondack's new athletic field is underway Construction work on a new multi-sports athletic field at SUNY Adirondack is in full swing.
If you’re a recent criminal justice grad, did you catch Governor Hochul’s recent announcement?
The state opened the application period of New York’s entry-level law enforcement civil service exam, which is used to fill titles in the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Office of State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and the State University of New York.
Qualified candidates can apply at the link below until August 3 for a chance to sit for the exam.
It’s estimated that approximately 400 entry-level law enforcement positions will be filled over the next year. Applying to take the exam is a great way to get your foot in the door to the career you’ve always dreamed of. Click on the link below to apply!
Career Opportunities in New York State Law Enforcement Notice: Effective 7/16/22, the Department of Civil Service will follow updated COVID-19 screening procedures for in-person state civil service examinations. For more information, click here.
We are so lucky to have alum, Ryan Thomas helping veterans and students find their place at SUNY ADK!
When Ryan Thomas was academically dismissed from college in the wake of his mother’s death, he knew exactly where to turn. “I came back to SUNY Adirondack,” said Thomas, who is now the assistant director of Registration and Records at the college. “I knew if I took a semester off from college, that would stall me out. SUNY Adirondack was my home.”
After graduating high school, Thomas wasn’t sure what career might interest him, so he enrolled at SUNY Adirondack. His father is a graduate of the college’s first class, so Thomas knew he would get a good education and save a little money.
“I had gone to visit a couple of colleges and I just didn’t want to go to a bigger school,” he said. Thomas started studying computer science, but switched majors and started focusing on graphic design. He graduated in 2002 and made plans to attend SUNY Oswego the next fall. That summer, though, his mom — who worked at his hometown newspaper — died and, with her, his interest in all things related to graphic design.
“I didn’t have a good semester in Oswego,” he admitted. “They dismissed me, I repealed it and they still said, ‘No,’ that I should take a semester off.” He returned to SUNY Adirondack, where an advisor helped him enroll in psychology classes. He transferred to Plattsburgh State the following semester and graduated in 2005.
“I was looking at grad school, but at that point, I wasn’t ready,” Thomas said. Instead, he enlisted in the Air Force. “I wanted to get out of the North Country and see my country and the world, and serve my country,” he said. He went to boot camp in San Antonio, Texas, was trained in bioenvironmental engineering, then stationed at Travis Air Force Base in northern California.
He traveled throughout the U.S. for trainings and provided relief in Haiti after an earthquake in 2010. Thomas and his wife, also an Air Force veteran, moved to Briarcliff Manor after separating from the Air Force, where Thomas attended Mercy College. When his wife, now a veterinarian, was accepted into a vet program in Mississippi, they moved again and Thomas earned a master’s degree in Student Affairs and started work on a doctorate at Mississippi State University.
The couple returned to this region and, a few months later, Thomas saw a job listing for an adult learner coordinator at his alma mater.
For four years, Thomas worked in the admissions office. “I loved that I could bring [my] experience and really explain to prospective students that I was a terrible student when I started out. I didn’t use any resources available,” he admitted. “But I returned as an adult learner and was a different student. If you put in the time and effort, then you are going to be successful.”
A promotion opportunity arose late in 2021, so Thomas jumped at the chance to help students in new ways. He certifies veterans for benefits and assists them through the process of securing them.
But mostly he loves working at SUNY Adirondack because he has been in situations similar to those of many prospective students. “I love to bring students back who may not have thought they were fit for college, or who are intimidated by the idea.”
"It's really important to me to build a culture and lay a foundation for what this program is going to become the next couple of years."
Maxx Sweet grew up watching his father coach basketball, including Adirondack Wild Cats, a short-lived foray into pro hoops for the city. The family traveled back and forth between homes in New Jersey and Glens Falls.
"The Glens Falls area has such a great atmosphere, it's a great place to grow up," Sweet told The Post-Star newspaper in early September.
So, when Sweet saw the coaching position at SUNY Adirondack listed, applying was an easy decision. "It's a great place to grow as a professional," he said.
After graduating high school, Sweet attended SUNY Adirondack, where he played on the basketball team for the 2011-2012 season.
As the head men's basketball coach, Sweet has big plans for the program, but they aren't what you might expect. "We have three boxes we want you to check for our players: Are you a good person? Are you going to come in and represent the program well, be an ambassador for the program on campus?; Are you able to focus on academics first? It's 'student-athlete' for a reason: You're a student before you're an athlete. We want people to take it seriously, earn a degree and build a future; And, are you going to make us better as a whole? Are you a competitor who will win games and support the team?"
"I love the fact that SUNY Adirondack is a smaller atmosphere where you get to know everyone," Sweet said. "It's tough to fall behind here if you're showing up and participating, working hard - there's a sense of camaraderie here, where people recognize you and get to know you."
Read Maxx's full story in Community Roots: The Alumni Collective: https://www.sunyacc.edu/community-roots
Cassandra Moore didn’t understand what the teacher at the front of the BOCES LPN classroom was talking about, so she raised her hand.
“They said, ‘When you go to clinical ...’” she remembered. “‘What is clinical?’ I asked. ‘I don’t even know what that is,’ and they said, ‘It’s when you go to the hospital and take care of patients.’ I raised my hand again and said, ‘I’m 17, I don’t think I should do that.’”
Moore was enrolled in the licensed practical nursing program her senior year of high school by her school counselor, who knew Moore wanted to become a nurse. Then, the counselor went on maternity leave and Moore missed orientation, so the start of the program was daunting.
She successfully completed it, though, graduated from high school, started work as an LPN at Fort Hudson Nursing Center and dove into SUNY Adirondack’s Nursing program.
“It was intense,” she said. “I was one of five or six who were right out of high school; most had another degree or were returning adults.”
After graduating in 2005, Moore worked at Glens Falls Hospital, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital and, eventually, in Albany Medical Center’s Critical Care Unit.
“I found myself drawn to critical care,” Moore said. “I like the intensity, the detail-orientedness, you never know what you’re walking into and I liked collaborations with physicians at one of our region’s most well-known hospitals. Working at Albany Med gave me the clinical skills I needed to grow my career.”
While at AMC, she enrolled in a bridge program at Excelsior College, from which she earned a master’s degree in Nursing Education and Leadership. When she saw Glens Falls Hospital was hiring an education position in critical care, she applied and was hired.
She helped establish the nurse residency and Critical Care 101 programs at the hospital.
“That didn’t exist when I went to nursing school; you just got thrown in,” she said. “That’s where I got the passion for program management.”
For years she cared for stroke victims at Albany Med. When Glens Falls Hospital began planning a stroke program, she dove in to help develop it.
That impact, on individuals and our region’s health care, were recognized by SUNY Adirondack’s Office of Alumni Relations, which in December inducted Moore into the college’s Trailblazers Society. The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence in professional achievement, community service, service to SUNY Adirondack and/or outstanding spirit.
Moore was promoted to service line administration/director of Glens Falls Hospital’s Neurology & Stroke Program in 2020, is a co-chair of the hospital’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee, and teaches nursing students as a clinical instructor.
“I tell the students, ‘In 15 years, you don’t know where you’re going to be because health care is always changing,’” Moore said. “When I graduated from nursing school, my job didn’t exist; I had no idea this was the path I was going to take, but I love what I do.”
SUNY Adirondack alum Don Polunci, retired longtime Glens Falls City Schools photography teacher and Vietnam veteran, stopped by the SUNY Adirondack LARAC booth in Glens Falls City Park to say hi to his alma mater and find himself in the 1973 ACC yearbook!
Another incredible golf tournament in the books! Thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers and participants that helped raise $44,000 for the SUNY Adirondack Foundation!
Catching rays on the quad since 1975.
Stewart's donates $75k to SUNY Adirondack athletics project $5.7 million project includes turf playing field, expands community opportunities QUEENSBURY, New York (May 25, 2022) — Stewart's Shops and The Dake Family, a fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, on Tuesday presented SUNY Adirondack with $75,000 for the college’s athl...
The Hyde Collection Announces 31st Annual High School Juried Art Show & Showcases Winners - The Hyde Collection is excited to announce its 31st Annual High School Juried Art Show showcasing the artistic talent of young artists from Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Hamilton, and Essex counties. This year’s high school artists employ diverse media, including drawing, painting, digital illustr...
Our most recent alumna proves you can achieve your goals at any age. We are so proud to welcome you to the SUNY Adirondack alumni community - Congratulations Deanne! https://www.glensfallschronicle.com/at-81-she-earned-suny-adk-degree/?fbclid=IwAR0AMgAXObk-UyRcrHJiqvB-eZq_0LDs01DMfc2wvYuQrlp_o8fADnP2aOQ
At 81, she earned SUNY Adk. degree | Glens Falls Chronicle By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Staff Writer Deanne Rehm insists there’s nothing extraordinary about her graduating from SUNY Adirondack last weekend — at age 81. Her degree is an Associates in Science, Individual Studies. Deanne Rehm, pictured here in 1997 for a Chronicle feature, when she served as B...
Congratulations, once again, to the Class of 2022! 🎓
We’ve been a little MIA on here, but what better way to sign back on than with our SUNY ADK volunteer group for Tri-County United Way ! We spent yesterday morning cleaning up the Pilot K**b trails with SUNY Adirondack faculty, staff, students and alumni. Check out that view ⛰ ☀️
Congratulations to the Class of 2022! We are proud to welcome you to the SUNY Adirondack Alumni community!
Congratulations to soon-to-be SUNY ADK alums - honored with Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence!
Anne Wojtowecz of Hudson Falls and Crystal Puterko of Indian Lake were among 180 students from the 61 SUNY campuses to receive recognition.
SUNY Adirondack students earn SUNY's top honor For immediate release: Contact: Rhonda Triller, Director of Marketing and Communications, [email protected] Two students receive Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence QUEENSBURY, New York (April 27, 2022) — SUNY Adirondack is proud to announce that two of its students were honored with Cha...
We're doing it! 🥳🎉💚A Day for ADK is up to $22,230 already, with most of the day still ahead of us! Let's keep it going!
Today is the day! A Day 4 ADK is the SUNY Adirondack Foundation's 24-hour giving challenge & we are off to a great start, with $18,500 raised for the SUNY Adirondack Fund so far!
Please consider making a gift or sharing this post to help us spread the word and reach our goal.
An investment in our college and our students is an investment in healthcare workers, local restaurants, business leaders, and the future of our community. Thank you for supporting SUNY ADK today! https://www.sunyacc.edu/aday4adk
We are up to $18,385 with less than 24 hours to the official start of A Day 4 ADK! Can you help get us to $20,000 by tomorrow? https://www.sunyacc.edu/aday4adk
A huge thank you to our Sponsors! They have given us a tremendous start to our day of giving. You can join them by making your gift to the SUNY Adirondack Fund now through tomorrow, May 5 at midnight! https://www.sunyacc.edu/aday4adk
Adirondack Trust Company, Adirondack Technical Solutions, Barrier Free Elevator and Sales Service, ESG Strategies, Finch Paper, Hudson Headwaters Health Network and Health Foundation, JMZ Architects and Planners, Lake George RV Park, Nepromo, SUNY Adirondack Faculty-Student Association, TCT Federal Credit Union, and Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP
A Day 4 ADK is still 2 days away & you have already helped us raise over $15,000! https://www.sunyacc.edu/aday4adk
These are the faces of SUNY ADK... they are future healthcare workers, veterans, chefs, artists and athletes. They are the future of our community and they are worth investing in. 💚https://www.sunyacc.edu/aday4adk
A DAY 4 ADK is this Thursday, May 5! Gifts made to the SUNY Adirondack Fund now through May 5 at midnight will help us reach our A Day 4 ADK goal! The SUNY Adirondack Foundation raised more than $40,000 for the college and our students last year, thanks to generous individuals like you. With your help, we can do it again! 💚
A Day 4 ADK supports SUNY Adirondack Foundation College's funding partner hosts day of fundraising for scholarships and more QUEENSBURY, New York (May 2, 2022) — There are days to celebrate rescue dogs, chocolate cake, grandparents, talking like a pirate and just about anything else imaginable. On May 5, though, SUNY Adirondack hosts a day that...
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Masonic Education for the 21st Century
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