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Paul Smith's College magazine



    24 hours on campus, in photos.a day in the life


  • 2 Sequel | Summer 2010

    [DEPARTMENTS]To Our Readers 4

    Faculty & Staff Notes 4

    Our Adirondacks 5

    Shore Lines 6

    Evergreens 10

    Q&A 16

    Spaces 18

    How To 27

    Alumni Life 34

    Class Notes 35

    Parting Shot 40

    5 Veni, vidi, VIC College works with state to keep Paul Smiths VIC alive in the face of budget cuts.

    6 Shore lines Paolozzi Center opens sustainability degree on the way woodchips fly at Spring Meet skiers, snowshoers, canoers excel.

    14 Growing trend Permaculture is taking root in the Adirondacks, and Paul Smiths is showing the way with workshops and courses.

    20 A day in the life Business hours? Never heard of em. Theres something going on here practically 24 hours a day, every day and two photographers prove it on a round-the-clock assignment.

    ON THE COvER: Danny Barbone, a student in the Draft Horse Management class, works with Fee and Lady on Friday, March 26.PHOTOGRAPHED BY PAUL BUCKOWSKI

    Write to Sequel: PSC Alumni OfficePO Box 265Paul Smiths, NY 12970-0265 Fax: (518) 327-6267E-mail:

    [TAbLE Of CONTENTS]Summer 2010Paul

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  • Sequel | Summer 2010 3

    PRESIDENTJohn W. Mills, Ph.D.

    MANAGING EDITOR Kenneth AaronDirector of Communications

    INSTITUTIONAL ADvANCEMENT STAffStephanie M.R. ColbyDirector of Annual Giving

    Jamie DyerMajor Gifts and Grants Officer

    Mary L. McLeanDirector of Events and Conference Services

    Randi RabideauAlumni Relations Coordinator

    Amy WhiteDirector of Advancement Services

    Andrea WilcoxInstitutional Advancement Assistant

    CONTRIbUTORSPaul BuckowskiKim Smith DedamGeorge EarlChris MorrisChance Perks 10

    DESIGNMaria M. Stoodley

    PRINTINGService Press Connecticut / Scott Smith 77 Wethersfield, Conn.

    TRUSTEES Of PAUL SMITHS COLLEGEStuart H. Angert Paul M. Cantwell Jr. Paul F. Ciminelli Jim Gould James E. Himoff Anthony L. Johnson Pieter V.C. Litchfield Caroline D. Lussi 60 Edward J. McAree Charles B. Morgan Lee Quaintance Thomas Rosol 74 E. Philip Saunders James L. Sonneborn Nora Sullivan Joan H. Weill Katharine H. Welling

    TRUSTEES EMERITIDonald O. Benjamin 56 Ralph Blum 54John T. Dillon 58C. Convers GoddardWilliam B. HaleCalista L. HarderJohn W. Herold 65M. Curtiss Hopkins 48Frank M. HutchinsSheila HuttCharles L. Ritchie, Jr.

    HONORARy TRUSTEESW. Peter Ahnert 64 Stirling Tomkins Jr.

    Printed on recycled paper.


    Published by the Office of Institutional Advancement.

    27 How-to: Worm compost Chance Perks 10 shows how to let worms do the work in your compost pile.

    28 Foreign affairs Paul Smiths might be the College of the Adirondacks but our faculty and students are constantly broadening their horizons with research and other projects overseas.




    Zack RosenbergElizabeth Stearns-Sims Rand Snyder 10Randall Swanson

  • 4 Sequel | Summer 2010

    [ fACULTy & STAff NOTES]ForeStry aNd Natural reSourCeSAndrew Egan, dean, co-authored two papers: Residual stand damage associated with four common harvesting methods in New England, Northern Journal of Applied Forestry, and Challenges to sawmill businesses in New Eng-land and New York State, Journal of Forestry Jorie Favreau, associate professor, presented three papers at the Northeast Assn. of Fish & Wildlife Agencies annual meeting: Two-lane highways in the Adirondacks act as movement barriers for flying squirrels, with Eric Holt 09; Advice from conser-vation officers for college students who wish to become conservation officers; and Snowshoe hare movements in the Adirondacks, with Jessie Gardner 10. Additional-ly, with Celia Evans, associate pro-fessor, presented The Adirondacks as an Educational Laboratory for Science Education at the Baccalau-reate Level, Adirondack Research Consortium conference. Eliza-beth Harper, adjunct instructor, co-authored Field guide to the

    amphibians of the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests of Tanzania and Kenya, Cam-erapix Publishers International. (With David Patrick, assistant professor/director of the Center for Adirondack Biodiversity.) Addi-tionally, Patrick co-authored two papers: Population structure and movements of freshwater turtles across an urban-rural gradient, Landscape Ecology; and Effec-tive culvert placement and design to facilitate passage of amphib-ians across roads, Journal of Herpetology Daniel Kelting, associate professor/executive director, Adirondack Watershed Institute, and Corey Laxson, AWI research associate, co-authored Cost and effectiveness of hand harvesting to control the Eurasian watermilfoil population in Upper Saranac Lake, New York, Journal of Aquatic Plant Management. Additionally, both produced a report, Review of Effects and Cost of Road De-icing with Recommendations for Winter Road Management in the Adirondack Park, for

    HoSpitality, reSort aNd CuliNary MaNageMeNtChef John Roe served as a culi-nary judge at the New York State SkillsUSA competition, Syracuse Anne Sterling, lecturer, com-pleted her masters of gastronomy degree at the U. of Adelaide (Australia) Ernest Wilson, dean, served as a judge at three competitions: the New York State Regional Lodging Management Program, Albany; the American Hotel & Lodging Association National Lodging Management Program, Orlando, Fla.; and, with Chef David Gotzmer, the New York State ProStart Culinary Compe-tition, Albany Joseph Conto 85 has been appointed director of the hospitality program.

    SCieNCe, liberal artS aNd buSiNeSSProf. Karen Edwards com-pleted her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at SUNY-Albany Diane Litynski, associate professor/director of the business management and entrepreneur-ship program, presented Scientist

    to Seamstress the many faces of an Entrepreneur to students at Edwards-Knox H.S., Russell, N.Y. Curt Stager, professor, presented results of research on S. Africas climatic history (conducted with students Jay White and Christiaan King) at a meeting of the European Geophysical Union in Vienna in May.

    otHer FaCulty aNd StaFFMike Beccaria, systems librar-ian, and Heather Harrison, public services librarian, presented Improving Visual Web Experience: Using Deepzoom and Photosynth to Improve Patron Experiences at the Computers in Libraries 2010 conference, Arlington, Va. Beccaria also presented Cant We Write a Little Script for This? Managing Seri-als Data and xISSN at the North American Serials Interest Group annual conference Gail Gib-son Sheffield, dir. of assessment and teaching excellence, complet-ed her Ph.D. in education through Capella U. Loralyn Taylor, registrar, presented Beyond Retention: Challenges in Promoting

    thats me over there, climbing the wall. Literally our new climbing wall,

    which opened in January. That shot was taken at 9:06 p.m. on March 25, about an hour and six minutes into the photo shoot for this issues cover story: 24 hours on campus.

    A lot of people asked me what the heck I expected to find on campus in the middle of the night. The answer: plenty. Its easy to forget, if you dont live here,

    that Paul Smiths College is a community a place that exists for education, yes, but when the classes end, people live and work here, too. I hope you get a sense of the spirit thats present here every day through these shots.

    Now that its summer here, our stu-dents are still active just not necessarily on campus. As we headed to press, word started rolling in about several students and recent alums who headed down to the Gulf Coast to participate in the

    oil spill cleanup or monitor its effects on wildlife; their experiences were just beginning as we went to press, but were hoping to share their stories with you in the next issue.

    Our town[ TO OUR READERS]



  • Sequel | Summer 2010 5

    vIC gets a new lease on life[ OUR ADIRONDACKS]

    ne of the North Countrys most popular attractions, the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center, is just a half-mile from campus. The state-run center sits on college-owned land, but

    really, the relationship to Paul Smiths is even tighter than that: over the years, countless classes have used the VICs marshes, streams and forests for research and observation.

    So over the winter, when New Yorks ongoing fiscal woes threatened to shut down the VIC, the col-lege set to work on saving it first by calling together local groups seeking a way to keep this local treasure open, and now by negotiating with the Adirondack Park Agency to buy the 16,000-square-foot visitor center itself.

    The VIC is one of this communitys most impor-tant resources, said Dr. John Mills, Paul Smiths president. Our students would be able to continue using the VICs land for field research, even if it closed. But the thousands of people who are drawn to the area every year, many of whom get their first taste of the Adirondacks from the VIC, would lose that experience. The Adirondacks would be hurt, too, from this lost opportunity.

    The threat to the VIC arose when the park agency, faced with significant budget cuts, announced plans to close the centers in Paul Smiths and Newcomb. The savings are $129,000 in the next fiscal year and about $583,000 the year after; under the plan, the VICs extensive trail network would shut, along with the exhibit building.

    The colleges purchase clears the way for other grou