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Paul Smith's, The College of the Adirondacks is set in the Adirondacks on the shores of Lower St. Regis Lake. Programs include Biology; Business; Culinary Arts and Service Management; Natural Resources; Recreation, Adventure Travel and Ecotourism, Fish and Wildlife Technology; Forest Recreation or Forest Technician; Liberal Arts; Ecology and Environment Technology; Hotel and Restaurant Management; Outdoor Recreation; Surveying; or Urban Tree Management.

Paul Smith's College is a founding member of NCPR's Adirondack News Fund, and hosts our Adirondack News Bureau.

NCPR's long-running series on the natural world, Natural Selections, is co-hosted by Paul Smith's College biologist, Dr. Curt Stager.

Instructors Brett McLeod and Bob Brhel teach the students how to saw down a tree. Photo: David Sommerstein
Instructors Brett McLeod and Bob Brhel teach the students how to saw down a tree. Photo: David Sommerstein

Summer school, lumberjack style

The Adirondack woodsman is a North Country archetype - brawny, independent, deeply versed in the ways of the North Woods. There are still loggers working in the forests of the Adirondacks and Tug Hill Plateau, though most are aided by chain saws and huge machinery today.

At Paul Smiths College, a summer school program is keeping the skills and ethos of the Adirondack woodsman alive. The program's 5th year starts next month.  Go to full article
Paul Smiths College President John Mills in his office on Tuesday, shortly after announcing major job cuts at the school. Photo:  Brian Mann

Paul Smiths College community takes big hit

As NCPR reported yesterday, Paul Smiths College has announced deep, across the board budget cuts that will slash 12 percent of the school's jobs.

The board of trustees declared a "state of financial exigency," which will allow the school to cancel or renegotiate the contracts of as many as 23 full- and part-time employees. The move was triggered by a sharp decline in students enrolling at the small college north of Saranac Lake.

For the close-knit, remote campus, the news was a body blow, affecting employees and community members who have worked at the school for years.  Go to full article
Paul Smiths College President John Mills in his office on Tuesday, shortly after announcing major job cuts at the school.  Photo:  Brian Mann

Updated: Paul Smiths College cuts 12% of staff, faculty

Facing declining enrollments and rising costs, Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks today announced that roughly 12 percent of faculty and staff will be let go. College President John Mills (click "Listen" to hear Brian Mann's interview with Mills) says the "restructuring" plan involves the loss of 23 full- and part-time positions. "I am deeply saddened that we must let go of several people as we restructure our operations," Mills said on Tuesday.

In all, 11 staff and faculty will be laid off, while 12 more jobs will be cut from open positions or people who "have left the college voluntarily."  Go to full article
From a Walk Against Rape. Photo: Steve Rhodes

National sex assault conversation echoes on North Country campuses

Last week, the White House's Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault announced that colleges aren't doing nearly enough.

Its report rolls out a...  Go to full article
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Public will see plans for the new Camp Gabriels next week

The public will get its first look next week at the plan to convert a now shuttered state prison near Paul Smiths into a summer camp and year-round educational retreat. ...  Go to full article
Paul Smiths President John Mills will step down in June 2014. Photo: Paul Smith's College

Paul Smiths president Mills to retire: "best job I ever had"

The president of Paul Smiths College says he'll retire next summer, after more than a decade leading the school north of Saranac Lake.

John Mills, who first joined...  Go to full article
You could win this handmade loon quilt in a raffle Sunday. Photo: Nina Schoch

A loon celebration at Paul Smiths

This Sunday, loon lovers will get together to celebrate the iconic Adirondack bird, and raise money for loon research. The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is hosting...  Go to full article
A forested floodplain: Lousiana bayou along the Pearl River. Photo: <a href="">Josh Kellogg</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Flood-plain forest restoration

Trying to put nature back the way we found it can be more complicated than just leaving things alone. Dr. Curt Stager talks with Martha Foley about attempts to restore "green...  Go to full article
You'll find horses, axes, logs and more on Saturday during the Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival at the Paul Smiths VIC.  Photo: Brett McLeod

Learning rural "lost arts" at the Paul Smiths VIC

NCPR is media sponsor for the Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival this Saturday (10-to-4) at the Paul Smiths VIC. Exhibitions will include logging and farming...  Go to full article
Iraq war veteran Josh Jones cracks the books. Photo: Mark Kurtz

For many veterans heading to college, a long road

College students are back in class across the North Country. That means all the fun rituals of campus life, settling into dorms with new roommates, joining clubs, coping...  Go to full article

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