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Katy Briedis and her 13-year-old dog, Olive. Photo: Riley Spellman
Katy Briedis and her 13-year-old dog, Olive. Photo: Riley Spellman

Heard Up North: De-stress with doggies!

The end of the year can be stressful. There's shopping to be done, cookies to be decorated, gifts to be wrapped, and holidays to be celebrated. And for college students, there is the added stress of finals.

St. Lawrence University in Canton recognizes this stress, and in an effort to help students get through the crunch time, the school offers stress-relieving activities as part of a "Study-A-Thon." One of this year's Study-A-Thon events was the doggie de-stress event.  Go to full article
Last year, SUNY Officials spoke with SUNY Potsdam and Canton councils, who both expressed displeasure with a shared presidency.
Last year, SUNY Officials spoke with SUNY Potsdam and Canton councils, who both expressed displeasure with a shared presidency.

Canton town leaders to say no to SUNY consolidation at trustee meeting

Canton town leaders were on the way to Albany at Tuesday morning to speak at the meeting of the SUNY Trustees. Town Supervisor David Button says SUNY Central may start pushing for the Canton and Potsdam colleges to hire a shared president. Button doesn't think it's a good idea.  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam President John Schwaller. Photo: SUNY Potsdam
SUNY Potsdam President John Schwaller. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

Schwaller resigns SUNY Potsdam presidency

SUNY Potsdam President John Schwaller made a surprise announcement Tuesday that he's stepping down from his post, effective July 31. Schwaller didn't detail his reasons for resigning. In a letter to campus, he said simply "the time is right for new leadership."

Schwaller's unexpected announcement comes during a period of change at the SUNY campuses in neighboring Potsdam and Canton, one touched off last year with a controversial plan to consolidate presidencies at the two schools, with Schwaller presumably at the top.

SUNY leadership in Albany stepped back from the shared presidency after protests from the Canton College community. Now, Schwaller's announcement is renewing concerns about consolidation.  Go to full article
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Colleges bring more than just dollars and cents

The impact colleges and universities have on North Country communities goes beyond dollars and cents. That was the message from three higher education leaders who led a panel discussion last week at the Adirondack Research Consortium's 19th annual Conference on the Adirondacks.

The two-day conference included presentations on forest products and the future of the Adirondack Park, as well as discussions on climate change, sustainable communities and land use in the Adirondacks. Chris Morris sat in for the discussion on the economic impact of higher education.  Go to full article

College class comes to Boonville

In Boonville, in northern Oneida County, it's not easy to get a college education. The closest community colleges are miles away. And in the snowy Tug Hill winter, it's often hard to get anywhere.

So it's not surprising that college graduation rates are low in the community. That drew the attention of Mother Linda Logan, rector of Trinity Episcopal church. She and a parishioner, retired professor and researcher Maureen Casamayou, have worked to bring Boonville its first college class.

Casamayou will teach a three-credit course in American government. It'll be credentialed by Mohawk Valley Community College. The class begins on January 18th.

David Sommerstein spoke with Mother Linda Logan about why she and Casamayou started the class.

For more information and to register, call the college at 315-792-5354.  Go to full article
SLU grounds manager Marcus Sherburne stands by a new "no-mow" zone.  Inside the white line, they'll stop mowing, savings thousands of gallons of gasoline.
SLU grounds manager Marcus Sherburne stands by a new "no-mow" zone. Inside the white line, they'll stop mowing, savings thousands of gallons of gasoline.

SLU groundskeeping goes green

In the ultra-competitive world of college admissions, a university can live or die by how it looks. The grounds are a huge part of sealing the deal for prospective students and parents. But universities are also trying to save money and reduce their impact on the environment. Tonight at 7, St. Lawrence University hosts a discussion about sustainable groundskeeping. One of the featured speakers is SLU grounds manager, Marcus Sherburne. Sherburne has sculpted golf courses and universities for more than a decade. In the last few years, he's begun changing his practices to reduce energy and use less pesticides and fertilizers. Sherburne took David Sommerstein for a ride in his four-wheeler to show him the difference.  Go to full article

Census 2010: the challenges of counting every head

This spring, an army of temporary workers will fan out across the North Country to count its residents for the 2010 census. The federal government is spending $300 million nationwide to remind people to fill out their census forms. The stakes are high, especially in places like New York, where the population has been declining. Census figures are used to draw legislative districts and distribute federal and state money.

So the pressure is on in northern New York to count as many people as possible. St. Lawrence County got a federal grant to reach out to hard-to-count populations, like college students, the Amish, and Mexican dairy workers. John Tenbush is a planner with St. Lawrence County. He spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

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

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