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Despite the loss of state funds, SUNY Potsdam's president looks to brighter future

SUNY Potsdam is eliminating 59 full-time jobs. No full-time employees are being laid off. The people in these positions have decided to retire or move on - or the positions were already empty.

School president John Schwaller says, looking ahead, SUNY Potsdam has a bright future. He spoke with Jonathan Brown.  Go to full article

A Year of Hard Choices: Graduating into a receding industry

It's hard for anyone to find a job in today's economy. Recent college graduates with little real-world experience are finding it especially tough. And then there's people like Sarah Minor. Sarah graduated from Syracuse University last summer with a degree in photojournalism. She wants to get a job at a newspaper at a time when that industry is in freefall. Sarah's living with her parents outside Canton while she searches. She produced this audio diary for our series, The Year of Hard Choices.  Go to full article

NCCC upgrade gets trustee approval

The North Country Community College Board of Trustees has signed off on a "conceptual" plan to upgrade and expand the college's main campus in Saranac Lake. The project carries a $56 million price tag and would be phased in over five years. It still needs the approval of the college's sponsoring counties and the State University of New York. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

"Workplace intelligence" to build better economy

Regional business, political, and cultural leaders are gathering today at St. Lawrence University for the 5th Annual North Country Symposium. It's a strategizing session to boost the economy and quality of life here. Action teams covering topics like arts, tourism, food, and energy will report the work they've been doing since last year's conference. Ed Murphy is the keynote speaker. Murphy directs the New York AFL-CIO Workforce Development Institute. He's co-founder of the Apollo Alliance, which brings together labor, business, and environmentalists to address energy concerns in New York. Murphy told David Sommerstein "workplace intelligence" is the key to economic development.  Go to full article

Get your groove on at Java

If you're into live music and you like to dance, here's one of the North Country's best kept secrets. Java at St. Lawrence University invites nationally touring bands to campus every Friday and Saturday night, sometimes Thursdays too. It's open to the public and the shows are all free. David Sommerstein spoke with Lou Zeppierri and Hollynn Francis, two SLU students who program Java's concerts. Bands played for years in the Java Barn, a carriage house behind a student dorm on campus. But Hollynn says the university moved the concerts this year to a former medical clinic building near the student center.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County ranked #6 in rural America

A national farming magazine rates St. Lawrence County the 6th best place to live in rural America. The Progressive Farmer releases its annual rural county rankings today. Contrary to its name, Barren County, Kentucky, took the top honors. David Sommerstein spoke yesterday with Joe Link, The Progressive Farmer's executive editor. Link says the magazine names the top 200 counties based on a range of quality-of-life indicators and statistics. Then, editors visit the top 20. Link himself came to St. Lawrence County last fall. He says his first visit was in Canton, with Varick Chittenden of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York.  Go to full article

Housing tight at SUNY Canton

College students across the North Country are moving in and meeting roommates as school get underway. A few students at SUNY Canton are scrambling for last-minute housing because the dorms are full. Traditionally a 2-year degree school, enrollment is increasing with a growing number of 4-year programs. David Sommerstein spoke with SUNY Canton's director of residence life at SUNY Canton, Courtney Batista. She says there are seven more students than there are campus rooms.  Go to full article

Colleges Push For Veto Overrides

Last month, SUNY advocates crowed that the state budget is "the best higher education budget in a generation." Governor Pataki's vetoes nixed that, cutting into new faculty hires, construction projects, and tuition assistance. As David Sommerstein reports, North Country colleges - public and private - are urging lawmakers to override.  Go to full article

Transition After School: Knowing Yourself

While children with disabilities are in special education, they're also preparing for what educators call "the transition" - what they'll do after they graduate from high school, or when they turn 21. By law, the transition process starts at age 12. School counselors ask the student what they want to do, what they like and don't like. The same questions are asked parents and teachers. By the time the student is 16, a written transition plan lays a roadmap for the child future schooling, job, and housing. David Sommerstein visited Alexandria Bay high school to see the transition process in action. At its best, transition does more than help students go to college or get a job. It's a carefully monitored path of self-discovery that teaches the student to know what kind of help they need and how to get it.  Go to full article

SU Gives Full Scholarships to Iroquois Students

Syracuse University is welcoming 35 Native American students for its first day of classes today. That number is likely to jump significantly next year. Beginning in 2006, SU will offer full scholarships to any member of an Iroquois tribe, including the Akwesasne Mohawks. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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