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Shelbi Collin, Class of 2012

  • Major: Human Development and Family Relations, Child Care Management
  • M.S.W., Boston University

Every one of my professors played an important role in my success at SUNY Plattsburgh, but Professor Nancy Hughes inspired me and supported me through the most essential part of my educational career. Professor Hughes’ passion and commitment to the content of her courses was an inspiration. She ensured we had the most current information about the topics we were learning, and took the time to delve into topics that were of interest to us. I credit Professor Hughes for many things, including being a pivotal role in my education and life. I only hope to have as much knowledge and passion as she does. She has taught me to be a life-long learner, something I could never thank her enough for.

I believe that the HDFR program has the most educated, well-rounded, inspirational, and supportive professors. The program allows students to participate in various field work opportunities, providing its students with practical hands-on experience, and has smaller class sizes, which creates a more conducive learning environment. As an HDFR student, you graduate with experience, a vast amount of knowledge in multiple different areas, and the confidence to either enter the workforce or continue your studies in graduate school. The depth of the program allows students to pursue many different career paths and with today’s job market the way it is, this type of program broadens the avenues one can take.

Growing up with SUNY Plattsburgh right down the street, it was easy to overlook this little gem when first applying to undergraduate schools. It wasn’t until I transferred to SUNY Plattsburgh my sophomore year, I realized what the college was all about. You can’t walk through campus without an event flier being passed out, or someone you know waving at you. You will see professors talking with students in hallways and groups of students laughing together in common areas. At SUNY Plattsburgh it’s hard to feel alone. The majority of professors are there to help you succeed, and the education you leave with is comparable to that of a wealthy private school. There are a plethora of social events offered on campus, as well as quiet environments to study. SUNY Plattsburgh is a place to feel comfortable and welcomed.

Lauren Larkin, Class of 2012

  • Major: Human Development and Family Relations
  • Graduate School: SUNY Plattsburgh, School Counseling

My favorite professor was Ona Belser because she truly cared about her students and was an incredible resource. I loved that this program allowed you to learn about different populations and your last semester you get to do an internship.

What I liked most about SUNY Plattsburgh was the relationships you were able to build with professors in your major. Choosing HDFR was the best decision I made at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Hana Myjer, Class of 2012

  • Major: Human Development and Family Relations, Child Care Management
  • M.S.W., Columbia University School of Social Work

The most exciting class I took at SUNY Plattsburgh was Perspectives on Parenting. Having a program where you have technology to raise your own kid (internet babies) really showed me the different techniques parents have and how parenting isn’t easy.

My favorite teacher was Marty Frost. I found her very personable and knowledgeable. She seemed to always be available when I needed her the most. I really liked how small the classes were. I also thought the faculty were amazing and always very friendly.

I really enjoyed my four years at SUNY Plattsburgh. I found myself surrounded by knowledgeable and caring faculty. I strongly recommend this program for those who know they want to help others.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the human development & family relations program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Marty Frost, Professor and Chair
Phone: (518) 564-4173
Email: [email protected]

Ms. Randi L. Trombley
Department Secretary
Office Location: Ward Hall 109
Phone: (518) 564-2164
Email: [email protected]