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Paul Smiths President John Mills will step down in June 2014. Photo: Paul Smith's College
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 the college in 2000 as vice president of academic affairs, led the effort to transform Paul Smiths from a two-year college to a four-year program.

In a statement issued late yesterday, Mills called his time at Paul Smiths "the best job I ever had."  Go to full article
Iraq war veteran Josh Jones cracks the books. Photo: Mark Kurtz
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 with cafeteria food.

But college is also serious business, a chance for many young people to move up an economic ladder that, for many families, is a tough climb.

Last year, we profiled a group of military veterans studying at Paul Smiths College. The hope is that higher education can help former service-members making the transition from life in uniform to a decent career.

That series, produced in partnership with WBEZ-Chicago, was recognized this summer with a national award from the Public Radio News Director's association.

Here's Brian Mann's story that first aired in November.  Go to full article
Montreal artist Aquil Virani (in gray) chats over a collection of doodles with a group of new students at Paul Smiths College.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Montreal artist Aquil Virani (in gray) chats over a collection of doodles with a group of new students at Paul Smiths College. Photo: Todd Moe

Aquil Virani: revealing the artist in everyone

New artwork created during Welcome Week at Paul Smiths College will be unveiled this afternoon. A Canadian visual artist worked with first year Paul Smiths students over the weekend on a community art project.

The idea sounds simple enough -- hand out slips of paper to students and ask them to create a doodle that will added to a larger triptych. But, what about those who say they can't draw? Todd Moe talks with Montreal artist and graphic designer Aquil Virani about revealing the artist in everyone and how art can bring people together.  Go to full article
Celia Evans, lower right, teaches Russian students some of her favorite songs. Photo: Celia Evans
Celia Evans, lower right, teaches Russian students some of her favorite songs. Photo: Celia Evans

Teaching and learning in Siberia

This fall, an ecology professor at Paul Smiths College traveled thousands of miles to learn about a new culture, and share a bit about life in the Adirondacks. Celia Evans was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research in Siberia. She, and her two daughters, spent three months in Russia's Altai Republic studying primary school students' relationships to their environment, community and culture.

Evans, who also shared her love of folk music with her Russian hosts, told Todd Moe that she also wanted to find out how students in Siberia are learning about their natural world compared with students in the North Country.  Go to full article
Paul Smiths College will ban all tobacco products, including chew and cigarettes, by August 2014.  (Photo: Wikipedia)
Paul Smiths College will ban all tobacco products, including chew and cigarettes, by August 2014. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Tobacco ban at Paul Smiths College sparks debate

Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks announced earlier this month that it plans to phase out the use of all tobacco products on its campus and on its affiliated properties.

That will include visitors to the nearby the Paul Smiths VIC, with its ski and hiking trails.

The change will happen over the next two years, with all tobacco products banned by August 2014.

Tobacco is a known carcinogen that kills nearly half a million Americans every year.  Go to full article

New music from "The Road" with Celia Evans

Adirondack singer/songwriter Celia Evans will release her newest cd at a party at the Paul Smiths College VIC tonight. She calls this her fourth and most favorite recording project that focuses on life, love, family and her growth as a musician. She stopped by the NCPR studios this morning for live music and conversation.  Go to full article
Paul Smiths student Brooks Worden earned the nickname "The Mushroom Man" during the hunt.
Paul Smiths student Brooks Worden earned the nickname "The Mushroom Man" during the hunt.

Into the woods for morel mania

Those who love edible wild mushrooms, cousins of the grocery store variety, also enjoy the annual spring hunt for one of the most elusive -- the morel. May is morel month in the North Country.

Todd Moe joined an outing of mushroom collectors at Paul Smiths College last spring. The group held a friendly contest to see who could find and pick the largest quantity of morels. By the end of the hunt it was clear you don't have to have to go out looking for morels with a meal in mind. Just learning to identify each mycological species is a challenge.

A reminder about looking for edible mushrooms: even distinctive yellow morels have look-a-likes that are poisonous. The slightest doubt about a mushroom is warning enough not to eat it.  Go to full article
Brian McDonnell has led the effort to revitalize the Paul Smiths VIC. Photos: Brian Mann
Brian McDonnell has led the effort to revitalize the Paul Smiths VIC. Photos: Brian Mann

Revitalized Paul Smiths VIC debuts in tough winter

It's shaping up to be another tough week weather-wise for the North Country. Rain and temperatures in the forties forced volunteer crews in Saranac Lake to suspend work on the Winter Carnival ice palace.

The Mt. Van Hoevenberg cross country ski center in Lake Placid closed because of the drizzly weather.

The forecast at Whiteface Mountain this morning includes a chance for rain. And the Ski Bowl in North Creek is closed, with just 60% of Gore Mountain's trails open.

One bright spot this winter has been the VIC at Paul Smiths. The facility was threatened with closure in 2010 when the Adirondack Park Agency decided that it was too expensive to operate.

But Paul Smiths College and a group of local residents have worked to keep the VIC open. Brian Mann checked out the trails last week and has our story.  Go to full article
Chloe Erickson
Chloe Erickson

Moving the World: building community resources in Morocco

In our occasional series, Moving the World, we meet North Country people who take their skills, expertise and resources to share with communities around the globe. Paul Smiths College hosts the founder of the Atlas Cultural Foundation, which helps Moroccans in one of the poorest regions of North Africa. Atlas is affiliated with Adirondack Sustainable Communities, which promotes healthy development in our region. Todd Moe talks with Chloe Erickson about her group's efforts to help improve community health, cultural preservation, education and literacy. She'll give a lecture tonight (7 pm) in the Freer Hall Auditorium at Paul Smiths College.  Go to full article
Paul Smiths student Brooks Worden earned the nickname "The Mushroom Man" during the hunt.
Paul Smiths student Brooks Worden earned the nickname "The Mushroom Man" during the hunt.

Into the woods for morel mania

Those who love edible wild mushrooms, cousins of the grocery store variety, also enjoy the annual spring hunt for one of the most elusive -- the morel. May is morel month in the North Country.

Todd Moe joined an outing of mushroom collectors at Paul Smiths College earlier this month. The group held a friendly contest to see who could find and pick the largest quantity of morels. By the end of the hunt it was clear you don't have to have to go out looking for morels with a meal in mind. Just learning to identify each mycological species is a challenge.

A reminder about looking for edible mushrooms: even distinctive yellow morels have look-a-likes that are poisonous. The slightest doubt about a mushroom is warning enough not to eat it.  Go to full article

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