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Monday, June 3, 2024

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks’ Annual Educational Forum set for Paul Smith’s College, June 18

Keynote Presenters to Discuss Climate Change Impact on Older Adults and Other Vulnerable Communities

Paul Smiths, NY — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks will hold its annual Educational Forum co-hosted by Paul Smith’s College on June 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The 2024 Forum will focus on the urgent topic of Creating More Livable Communities for People of All Ages. Keynote presenters and panelists will discuss Climate Impact, Resilience & Restoration. There is a $25 registration fee, which includes the networking lunch. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register for the Forum, please visit Mercy Care’s website at www.adkmercy.org or contact Karen Rodriguez, Mercy Care Project Manager at krodriguez@adkmercy.org or call (518) 523-5685.

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Paul Smiths: Inaugural Adirondack Youth Paddling Symposium set for July

kids in canoes

Symposium includes four days of beginner instruction for kids ages 8-15

Paul Smiths, NY — The inaugural Adirondack Youth Paddling Symposium is set for July 15-18 at the Paul Smith’s College Alumni Campground. Presented by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), Matt Burnett Guiding, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters and NRS, the Youth Paddling Symposium will provide four days of beginner instruction for kids ages 8-15.

“This is an opportunity for kids who’ve never paddled or camped before to learn the basics,” said Matt Burnett. “We shouldn’t take for granted that people who grow up in wild places intrinsically know the skills needed for overnight adventures in the woods. Our goal with this Symposium is to help newcomers get their feet wet — figuratively and literally — in a safe and supportive environment.”

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) returns to Paul Smith’s VIC April 13

SAM Fest graphic

2024 Theme: Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change

Paul Smiths, NY- The Paul Smith’s College’s Visitors Interpretive Center (The VIC) announces the return of the Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) to the VIC on April 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.  The theme for this year is Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change. SAM Fest invites attendees to join host Martha Foley, special guest presenter Suzanne S. Rancourt, Curt Stager, Michale Glennon and others to enjoy music, visual arts, and engaging TED-style talks.  

Martha Foley was a familiar voice on NCPR as a prior morning co-host, partnering with Dr. Curt Stager on weekly conversations exploring questions about the natural world on Natural Selections.

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Thursday, December 14, 2023

Jenkins Mt. backcountry ski trails open to public in January

Cross country skier

Paul Smiths, NY – Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), Adirondack Wilderness Advocates (AWA), Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, and the Adirondack Powder Skier Association today announced that the Jenkins Mountain Open Woods Ski Area will be open to the public for backcountry skiing for a second full season, beginning in January 2024.  The 2023 season exceeded expectations, with a perfect safety record, high ratings from users, and establishment of thorough baseline criteria for the associated Visitor Use Management (VUM) project.

The Jenkins Mountain Open Woods Skiing Project was created with two objectives: develop an intermediate/advanced backcountry skiing area at Paul Smiths VIC to allow a safe, enjoyable and challenging backcountry skiing experience; and operate it as a demonstration Visitor Use Management (VUM) project to show VUM’s utility for managing recreational use on public and private lands within the Adirondack Park. The project is timely, as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is currently engaged in two VUM study projects for managing the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves.

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Paul Smith’s College VIC to offer “Hotter Planet, Hotter Politics” Lecture on Nov. 11

Graphic for Nov. 11 climate change presentation at Paul Smith's College VIC.

Paul Smiths, NY – As part of their Fall Lecture Series, Paul Smith’s College VIC will host a presentation called, “Hotter Planet, Hotter Politics,” featuring Bill McKibben and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. on Saturday, November 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. The lecture series is sponsored by the Adirondack Council and is free to students from Paul Smith’s College and North Country Community College, a donation of $5 from others is requested.

Bill McKibben is founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate and justice.

His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He’s gone on to write 20 books, and his work appears regularly in periodicals from the New Yorker to Rolling Stone. He serves as the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has won the Gandhi Peace Prize as well as honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the alternative Nobel, in the Swedish Parliament. Foreign Policy named him to its inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Paul Smith’s College VIC: Leave No Trace Spotlight program set for Oct. 27-29

Adirondack landscape on a sunny day

Paul Smiths, NY – All are welcome to join together this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 27 – 29 for a Leave No Trace Spotlight event focused on helping to protect Paul Smith‘s College Visitor Interpretive Center near Paul Smiths, New York. Leave No Trace’s new Spotlight program is a multi-day event to bring attention to community conservation, spread education, and to build momentum and inspire involvement for the future. Register online at this link. 

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Friday, September 22, 2023

Paul Smith’s VIC to host Circular Jazz Trio concert, Leave No Trace training course

Paul Smith's College VIC.

Paul Smiths, NY- Paul Smith’s College VIC has announced a slew of upcoming events to suit a wide variety of interests, including a free jazz concert featuring The Circular Jazz Trio set for tomorrow, Saturday, September 23, as well as an informative and interactive training course focused on the seven principles of Leave No Trace. This two-day event is slated for Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.

Please see below for more details on these events and a link to keep tabs on other upcoming VIC events, such as a Mushroom Foray event set for tomorrow, and several opportunities to take a beginner-level canoe paddle on Barnum Pond with VIC staff.

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Monday, July 17, 2023

Reflections on transitions, Eastern white pines, and fallen giants

“Transitions” is the title given to my featured artist exhibit at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery in Saranac Lake. It will be up for the month of July. I’d like to share the story behind 3 of my pieces in the show – and invite readers to come see them. As I get close to the end of my 8th decade, I find myself thinking about the changes I’ve lived through. Major changes in our world (the internet, hurricanes, insurrections) certainly happen and have positive and negative outcomes, but I find myself observing and thinking more about those changes, transitions, that occur in my own small sphere of existence.

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Sunday, July 2, 2023

Adirondack-area nonprofits announce comings and goings

Several Adirondack-area nonprofits, including Paul Smith’s College, Adirondack Foundation, Lake Champlain Sea Grant and the Watershed Alliance program, and Silver Bay YMCA recently welcomed new employees/board members, and announced noteworthy achievements within their establishments. Please see below for details.

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

Paul Smith’s College Students Complete the Akwesasne Mohawk Mobile Cultural Center

 

Paul Smith’s College Students Complete the Akwesasne Mohawk Mobile Cultural Center.

Paul Smith’s, NY –Paul Smith’s College students have completed construction of the Akwesasne Mobile Cultural Center. This important new cultural center is a result of a partnership between Paul Smith’s College and the Nia’s Little Library–a nonprofit that promotes literacy and preserve the Mohawk language. In 2020, Nia’s Little Library director, Akat Ransom, contacted Professor Deb Naybor at Paul Smith’s College with an idea to design a mobile library and learning center for the Akwesasne community.

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Monday, May 22, 2023

Paul Smith’s College holds 2023 graduation ceremony

graduation ceremony at paul smith's college

On Sunday, May 21 Paul Smiths’ College held its commencement ceremony celebrating more than 100 students who completed their academic degrees. Together, faculty, staff, students, and their families celebrated the immense accomplishments of the class of 2023.

Paul Smith’s College, known as the College of the Adirondacks because it is the only four-year institution of higher education in the Adirondack Park is surrounded by 14,000 acres of pristine lakes, trails, and natural beauty. Led by faculty ranked number one in the region for undergraduate teaching, PSC has a strong foundation of hands-on learning that prepare students for successful careers.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Paul Smith’s president: The college has no plans to close

A message from Dan Kelting, interim president of Paul Smith’s College:

Last night an erroneous news story circulated that Paul Smith’s College was tasked with creating a “closing plan.”

Let me be clear, Paul Smith’s College has no plans to close. In fact, we continue to strengthen our world-class programs, like culinary, forestry, and climate/sustainability and are excited to welcome our incoming and returning students this fall.

In August 2022, like many other colleges and universities, Paul Smith’s College was a target of a cyberattack that impacted many of our IT systems, including financial aid. Those systems have been rebuilt to state-of-the-art standards. In January 2023, an independent expert confirmed that the improved cyber security infrastructure of Paul Smith’s College is sound.

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Monday, May 8, 2023

Paul Smith’s VIC to host May 11 discussion on how climate change, carbon sequestration impact forests

Paul Smiths, NY – The Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) will be hosting a free panel discussion on the impact of climate change and carbon sequestration in forests. The event will be on Thursday, May 11. The event is free and open to the public. The Adirondack Council’s Rewilding Advocate, John Davis, will lead a world-renowned panel of scientists on how the climate change crisis will impact carbon sequestration in forests, as well as the discussion between “young” and “old” forests and how each sequesters carbon.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Paul Smith’s partners with Clarkson in regional food waste audit

compost bucket

By Ariah Mitchell, Casella Climate Resilience Fellow

Paul Smith’s College Center for Sustainability has been awarded a $7,500 grant as part of a regional food waste audit research project with Clarkson University, backed by NYS Pollution Prevention Institute. The goal of this project is to develop a qualitative and quantitative understanding of food waste in facilities of higher education within our region. Under the direction of Sustainability Coordinator and Instructor Katharine Glenn, we will be hiring a team of student interns to complete a comprehensive audit of food waste on campus. With assistance from Clarkson University and Compost for Good, our Food Waste Audit Interns will collect and track data regarding our current composting efforts and our goals for the future, and engage our campus community with awareness of food waste management practices. 

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Paul Smith’s College to host SUNY Plattsburgh’s student-run Late Night for the Planet, April 5

Paul Smith's College

Paul Smiths, NY– Late Night for the Planet, a SUNY Plattsburgh student-run show will record an episode at Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Entitled Late Night for The Planet: Connecting Watershed Science and Nordic Skiing through Climate Change, the episode will feature three Paul Smith’s College guests—two scientists from the college’s Adirondack Watershed Institute and a nationally ranked Paul Smith’s College Nordic skier.

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