Admissions Ambassadors


Admissions Ambassadors for the Mid-Hudson Region

Arin Cotel-Altman

Photo of Arin Cotel-AltmanHometown: Westchester, NY
Major: Theatre and Broadcast Journalism
Year: Junior
Campus Activities: President of Hillel, VP of Student Affairs for SA, Public relations for Model UN, and sister of Theta Phi Alpha.

Most influential person you have met at SUNY Plattsburgh so far and why? Dr. Lyn M. McIlroy's ENV 101- Intro to Environmental Science class. Not only did he change my opinion on the environmental problems that we face but he was one of the best teachers I have had here. He has a passion for teaching and genuinely cares for his student and their desire to learn.

Your favorite experience at SUNY Plattsburgh and why? All of the clubs and organizations that I have joined. Being involved on campus exposes you to a variety of different people and makes you a more influential part of the student body where your opinions will be heard.

Favorite spot on campus and why? I love the Hawkins Pond. When it’s nice out I am always sitting on the grass doing homework there or hanging out with my friends. It is such a beautiful part of this campus and a great hangout spot for students to go and relax.

Email: [email protected]


Serafino Bueti

Photo of Serafino BuetiHometown: Mount Kisco, NY
Major: History/Adolescence Education
Year: Junior
Campus Activities: Concert Choir, Minor Adjustments a cappella group, Champlain Valley Voices, College Theatre Association, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.

Most influential person you have met at SUNY Plattsburgh so far and why? Dr. Gary Kroll in the history department has been a very influential mentor of mine since I took his U.S. History survey and then his Historical Practices class. Gary taught me how to write effective historical arguments and how to be a better critical thinker, and I continue to go to him for help even though I no longer have him as an instructor. He is very encouraging, accessible and willing to help if you need it, like the vast majority of professors I've had here.

Your favorite experience at SUNY Plattsburgh and why? I love performing with many groups on campus, including the Concert Choir, Champlain Valley Voices, the CTA and Minor Adjustments. I was also in the Music and Theatre Departments' fall 2015 production of Oklahoma! Which was an immensely enjoyable experience.

Favorite spot on campus and why? Myers Fine Arts Building is where all the arts intersect at SUNY Plattsburgh. It's home to music studios, theaters, art studios and galleries, including the Burke Gallery and the Nina Winkel Sculpture Court. It's a great place both to study and socialize.

Email: [email protected]


Samantha Neeves

Photo of Samantha NeevesHometown: Valhalla, NY
Major: Psychology
Minor: Criminal Justice
Year: Senior
Campus Activities: I attend Greek Life events, I am a Teacher's Assistant, I attend some of the plays and musicals on campus, I work out regularly, and I like to explore the area and all it has to offer on my free time.

Most influential person you have met at SUNY Plattsburgh so far and why? Dr Jessica Paxton. She has not only taught me a tremendous amount of information about Neuropsychology, which I thought I originally would hate and have grown to love, but also has guided me and recommended many amazing opportunities, like being an admissions ambassador, help with attaining an internship, opportunities to get involved with research, and much more.

Your favorite experience at SUNY Plattsburgh and why? Delta Sigma Phi's chartering banquet. This was one of the greatest nights I have had on this campus because it reminded me of the greatness each individual has to offer as well as how rewarding it is when one's hard work and dedication pays off. I also was lucky enough to be able to step off the campus at the Valcour Inn and Boathouse and see all the beauty this area has to offer as well as be able to witness and share a remarkably important day for these gentlemen and for SUNY Plattsburgh as whole as we now recognize this Fraternity on campus.

Favorite spot on campus and why? By the Saranac River behind Wilson Hall and Moffitt Hall. It is an area that has a lot going on while at the same time offering a beautiful, quiet space to get work done and gather your thoughts.

Email: [email protected]


Andrea Parness

Photo of Andrea ParnessHometown: Highland Mills, NY
Major: Early Childhood/ Special Education (5-year program)
Year: Junior
Campus Activities: Co-President of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), KDP-international honor society in education and I also work at Sibley Child Care Center on campus.

Most influential person you have met at SUNY Plattsburgh so far and why? Heidi Schnackenberg, my advisor and professor, has inspired me to go above and beyond, not just as a future educator, but as a human being. The lessons I have learned from her - and all my professors - them will stay with me forever.

Favorite experience at SUNY Plattsburgh and why? I love going to the hockey games on Friday nights with my best friends. GO CARDINALS!

Favorite spot on campus and why? I love walking on the trail behind Memorial Hall, there is a beautiful view of the Saranac river. I always go there to relieve stress.

Email: [email protected]


Alyssa Schofield

Photo of Alyssa Schofield Hometown: Highland Mills, NY
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Year: Junior
Campus Activities: Sister of Theta Phi Alpha and the Pre-med Association.

Most influential person you have met at SUNY Plattsburgh so far and why? Dr. Kathy Lavoie and Dr. Nancy Elwess. Dr. Lavoie is my advisor and has helped me so much preparing for my future and making sure I am on the right track to get where I want to go in my career. Dr. Elwess is one of the smartest people I know and always pushes me to go the extra mile and to become a better student.

Favorite experience at SUNY Plattsburgh and why? Joining a sorority. Being a member of Theta Phi Alpha has helped me grow so much as a person and gain a lot more confidence in myself that I didn't originally have. I have people that support more and push me to do the absolute best job I can. It has given me the chance to become a leader and also the chance to give back to the community.

Favorite spot on campus and why? Hawkins Pond. I go there to study sometimes and its calming just listening to the fountain while doing work. It's a good place to hang with friends, study, or just relax while waiting for class to start.

Email: [email protected]


Alicia Zykoff

Photo of Alicia KykoffHometown: Poughquag, NY
Major: Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management
Year: Junior
Campus Activities: VP of Fundraising and Community Service Marketing Club.

Most influential person you have met at SUNY Plattsburgh so far and why? My advisor, John Parmelee. He has great experience in the hospitality industry, and he relates to his students on a personal level, he also runs a restaurant here in Plattsburgh and offers positions to some of his students looking for field experience..

Your favorite experience at SUNY Plattsburgh and why? Meeting my roommate. She is from the Caribbean, and getting to know her and connect with her has been one of my favorite things since I started here. She opened my eyes to so many different things, and over the past years we have become extremely great friends. She recently graduated, but we are still in touch and I am planning to visit her at home this summer.

Favorite spot on campus and why? The Blue Room. It is right next to Tim Horton's and is a great place to sit, meet up with friends and do homework.

Email: [email protected]




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