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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Edward and Bette Brohel Museum Without Walls Dedication

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.

Video: Tug of War at Homecoming 2013

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

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.

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.

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.

Anthropology Alumnus Haagen Klaus Rescues History

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

Fraternity Takes Home Homecoming 2012 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.

Imparting a Passion for Physics: Alumna Wins NYC Teaching Excellence Award

Photo of Alia JacksonIn high school, Alia (Davis) Jackson ’04 swore she would never go into teaching. She saw it as a thankless profession. But now, the SUNY Plattsburgh physics grad and former Peru Central School valedictorian is not only teaching, she’s receiving thanks in the form of an award for her efforts. 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.

We’ve Got You Covered: Reunion Amnesty Program in Full Swing (Video)

College wouldn't be college without a little irresponsibility. Reunion wouldn't be Reunion without a little reminiscing about the wild stuff that happened way back when. Read more.

Recent Graduate Makes National News Covering Gov. Barbour Pardons

Photo of Jessica BakemanWhen former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour gave clemency to more than 200 inmates at the end of his term, Jessica Bakeman ’11 was the journalist behind the breaking story. 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.

’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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alumna in Running for National Teaching Excellence Award

Photo of Josh Colleen PandolpAlumna Colleen Pandolph ’99 G’00 is one of only five New Yorkers to be nominated for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science teaching from President Barack Obama. Read more.

Joshua Duntley '94: Organizes ‘CSI’ Camp for Teen Detectives

Photo of Josh DuntleyDr. Joshua Duntley is putting his SUNY Plattsburgh experience to work helping youngsters learn about forensic studies, a science popularized in such television shows as “CSI.” Read more.

Summer Reunion 2010

Alumni traveled from as far away as California, Florida and Texas this June, as SUNY Plattsburgh opened its doors for the college's inaugural Summer Reunion celebration. Read more.

Going for Olympic Glory

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

Jim Brown '92: Excellence In Teaching

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

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

Photo of Ashleigh GambinoCommunication disorders & sciences grad comes home. Read more.

Jason Vasco '05: From Guarding the Goal to Guarding the Nation

Photo of jason Vasco in Iraq As the Plattsburgh State men's hockey team fought for a third national championship, Sgt. Jason Vasco watched from northern Iraq. What do Cardinal Hockey and Vasco have to do with each other, you may ask? 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.

Progressive Classes Led to a Career in Writing

Photo of Jennifer Sturr in Paris "When I attended Plattsburgh State in the mid to late 80's, the computer graphics design and desktop publishing industry was in its infancy. The English department at the time offered a desktop publishing class on a weird little computer called an Apple. The class taught the basics of page layout and design, as well as how to use this foreign piece of equipment. This experience alone helped me to secure my first job in a printing and publishing company in Syracuse, NY. The rest, they say, is history." Read more.

There Is No Faking It In Math

Photo of Chris Pavone sitting on a motorcycle "Without tutoring, being a teaching assistant, and giving presentations while I was at Plattsburgh State, I don't think I would have been able to do those things as easily during my first year of grad school. I have also taught my own class twice. For me, being able to stand up in front of an audience was a major accomplishment. Read more.

Wintering With the Yup'ik Eskimos of Alaska

Photo of Grant Jackson in Alaska Grant Jackson (Class of 2003) gets a taste of life (and Walrus skin!) in Dillingham, Alaska. Grant took the time to send us some from the field, in the hope that he can share his experiences with fellow students and would-be anthropologists. Read more.

Nancy Kress: Award-Winning Sci-Fi Author

Photo of Nancy Kress holding her award Kress graduated from Plattsburgh State in 1969 with a degree in education. She taught until 1973 when she got married and started a family. While pregnant with her second child, Kress began to write science fiction stories. Her first story, "The Earth Dwellers," appeared in Galaxy in 1976. Her first novel, The Prince of Morning Bells, was published by Pocket Books in 1981. Read more.

Inspirational Plattsburgh Professor More Than Just A Teacher

Photo of Jack Weinstein surrounded by shelves of books Long after graduating in 1991, Dr. Jack Weinstein hasn't forgotten about his favorite professor at Plattsburgh State. Matter of fact, he dedicated his latest book to that professor - Dr. David Mowry, director of the Honors Center and distinguished teaching professor of philosophy. Read more.


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Office of Alumni Affairs
Room 113 Hawkins Hall
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901-2681

Phone: (518) 564-2090
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