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With the help of first year students, Aquil Virani created this year's triptych that includes an iconic view of St. Regis Mountain.
With the help of first year students, Aquil Virani created this year's triptych that includes an iconic view of St. Regis Mountain.

Paul Smiths College students collaborate on new art

Canadian artist Aquil Virani is on a mission to empower first year college students to feel confident and comfortable in their adopted campus homes.

Virani is back at Paul Smiths College again this week working on new art that was inspired by input from the college's new students. He helped create a collaborative triptych design last August. This year's community art project will be unveiled this afternoon.

Todd Moe talks with Montreal artist and graphic designer Aquil Virani, founder of the "We Are All Artists" Project, about revealing the artist in everyone and how art can bring people together.  Go to full article
Cathy Dove will take over as president of Paul Smiths College September 1. Photo provided
Cathy Dove will take over as president of Paul Smiths College September 1. Photo provided

Paul Smiths College names woman as 10th president

Paul Smiths College has chosen Cathy Dove, vice president of Cornell NYC Tech in New York City, to serve as the tenth president of Paul Smith's College.

According to a statement released Monday morning, Dove will begin at the Adirondack college September 1st.

She follows John Mills, who served as president for ten 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
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
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
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

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