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SUNY Adirondack marked the opening of its new Culinary Arts Center in downtown Glens Falls during a Sept. 26 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Culinary Arts Center moves downtown

SUNY Adirondack marked the opening of its new Culinary Arts Center in downtown Glens Falls during a Sept. 26 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The center will educate students in all aspects of culinary arts. A teaching kitchen — complete with new equipment including gas stoves, a warming box and a walk-in cooler — will enable hands-on demonstrations. Seasoned, a 100-seat student-run restaurant, will provide firsthand experience in all facets of kitchen and dining management. A bake shop will offer breads, bagels, cakes, pies and cookies, and a gluten-free kitchen will be available to support a growing need for alternative baked goods.

The new 8,100 square foot facility represents a nearly $1.9 million investment that will allow the college to double its program enrollment, encouraging regional economic development through workforce training. The project was supported by $600,000 from the city’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding, and a $500,000 capital grant from ESD.

The facility is one of eight projects in the city supported by the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Empire State Development and the New York State Department of State. Glens Falls was the Capital Region's Round I winner of the $10 million DRI competition.

"Workforce development is vital to economic growth in Upstate New York, and the Culinary Arts Center will engage the greater Glens Falls community by providing opportunities for education and training, while welcoming residents and visitors downtown with a great place to eat,” said ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky.

The center will be a keystone of downtown revitalization.

Warren County Economic Development Corporation President Edward Bartholomew said, "The relocation of SUNY Adirondack's Culinary School to downtown Glens Falls is the beginning of a new chapter of connectivity between the college, its students and the city. We are very grateful for the continued support and commitment by Governor Cuomo, Empire State Development, the Department of State and Senator Little for funding this project through the Glens Falls Downtown Revitalization Initiative."

SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy is glad to have the college start a new chapter in the thriving downtown community.

"We are very excited to expand our program offerings and join the vibrancy of downtown Glens Falls. We will be training the region’s hospitality workforce and partnering with downtown businesses for internships and local farmers and food purveyors to source our food and beverages,” Duffy said. “Having a downtown site will also allow us to offer unique food and beverage-related events and other continuing education experiences for the community. Many thanks to the governor, Empire State Development and our donors for providing a significant portion of the needed funding to make this happen.”


SUNY Adirondack’s culinary arts program will serve dinner every Wednesday and Thursday evening through Dec. 6 at the new Culinary Arts Center at 14 Hudson Ave. in downtown Glens Falls.

Student-run restaurant opens for lunch, dinner

Seasoned, SUNY Adirondack’s student-run restaurant, will open to the public on Oct. 9.

SUNY Adirondack’s culinary arts program will serve dinner every Wednesday and Thursday evening through Dec. 6 at the new Culinary Arts Center at 14 Hudson Ave. in downtown Glens Falls.

Culinary students from the Advanced Food Prep I class will design and implement menus following the nutritional guidelines established by the American Heart Association and produce a diet analysis of the menu to be served, under consultation of Chef Matthew Bolton. The advanced culinary course introduces theories and procedures of recipe and menu modification. The Dining Room Service class will run the front of the house operation, including serving as wait staff, bartenders, host and manager.

Start time for dinner service starts at 5 p.m., with seating available at 5, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, 6, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45 and 7 p.m. Reservations are preferred.

The menu will feature a four-course gourmet meal, including an appetizer, intermezzo, entrée  and dessert. Soda, tea or coffee are included, and a cash bar with beer and wine will be available during service. The cost is $24.95 (tax included) per person.

For questions, reservations or groups larger than six, call 518.832.7725 or email culinary@sunyacc.edu. To schedule online, go to www.sunyacc.edu/culinary-arts-center-reservation.

Culinary students also will prepare and serve an a la carte menu of soups, salads and sandwiches for take-out and sit down lunches at Seasoned. Available to go or dine-in, lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays. Reservations are not needed for lunch service.

An assorted selection of bakeshop products, including pastries, pies, bagels, breads, cookies, candies, compound butters, jams, coffee and JUST Water, will be available for purchase.

NOTE: Lunch and dinner will not be served from Nov. 21-23 during Thanksgiving.


SUNY Adirondack alumnus Bill Hart of Irving Consumer Products addresses the media during the official launch of the Capital Community College Career Coalition Sept. 18 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

SUNY Adirondack alumnus Bill Hart of Irving Consumer Products addresses the media during the official launch of the Capital Community College Career Coalition Sept. 18 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

Capital Region community colleges launch C5 coalition

Five SUNY community colleges made their collective case for a place at the economic-development table today, with the official launch of the Capital Community College Career Coalition (C5).

A collaborative effort of SUNY Adirondack, Columbia-Greene Community College, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Schenectady County Community College, C5 aims to create new career pathways for capital region residents by identifying skill gaps, strengthening partnerships with local businesses, and developing new relationships between the colleges and workforce development entities.

Each of the Capital Region community college presidents signed the Contract for 21st Century Career Training –- a pledge to work together to solve workforce shortages -– to formalize the initiative today, along with local workforce partners and industry representatives.

Dustin Swanger, president of Fulton-Montgomery Community College, said that the Coalition will work toward developing actionable, sustainable solutions to help grow the supply of potential workers for high-tech industries and other jobs in the region.

Andrew Kennedy, president of the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) based in Albany, N.Y., said that the CEG’s research indicates that a low unemployment rate, combined with a 51 percent increase in job creation since 2016, has resulted in a shortage of qualified workers trained to fill emerging jobs.

“Every job opening represents an opportunity for a stronger and more inclusive economy for the Capital Region and a better livelihood for its residents,” Kennedy said. “CEG and our community colleges are working together to build and expand talent pipelines so no opportunities are missed.”

To continue to move the conversation forward, a C5 Summit has been planned for Friday, Nov. 2, and will include representatives from educational, legislative, non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses in both the public and private sectors.

Collaborative work between the five colleges began in 2017, including the creation of a new white paper -– SUNY Community Colleges – Helping Drive New York’s Economic Development -– that outlines the real need for the training and education provided by these institutions if the region expects continued growth. A series of online videos underscoring the various college-to-career programs available to capital region residents was also produced and promoted by each campus throughout the 2017 – 2018 school year. For more information, visit 518jobtraining.com.

The Capital Community College Career Coalition, which includes Hudson Valley Community College, SUNY Schenectady, SUNY Adirondack, Fulton-Montgomery Community College and Columbia-Greene Community College, was created to combine and concentrate workforce development efforts between community colleges in the Capital Region to provide skilled graduates who can help address that skills gap. Together, the Coalition is priming the “talent pipeline” and training workers for in-demand jobs. 


The SUNY Adirondack library now has a New Books display.

Paging all book lovers

SUNY Adirondack librarians recently created a permanent fiction display to meet student requests for “fun” books. This display, past the two stand-up computers at the top of the stairs in the library, will feature a new rotation of fiction books at least once a month. 

The library also offers two additional book displays on the low bookshelves at the top of the stairs. “From Book to Film,” features books that have been adapted into movies, and a "New Books" display highlights the most recent additions to the library's collection across all subjects. 



College pennants illustrate various colleges where SUNY Adirondack students can transfer.

  • Spoken-word poet Danielle Colin will speak and perform original work at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall as part of the Writers Project. The event is free and open to the public.
  • The college will hold a Fall Transfer Day from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Student Center. The event will give SUNY Adirondack students an opportunity to learn about transfer opportunities to some of the area’s most popular four-year colleges and universities.
  • SUNY Adirondack will hold a Fall College Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the gymnasium on the Queensbury campus. The event, cosponsored by the Adirondack School Counselors Association, will feature representatives from more than 100 two- and four-year colleges and universities. Both public and private colleges from across the Northeast are expected to attend. The program is open to all high school students and their families. Students can get more information about the event from their high school guidance counselor.
  • Faculty and staff are invited to The Network 2.0 social hour at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at O’Toole’s Restaurant Pub in Queensbury. The group will meet the first Friday of each month at various locations in our service area.  A Facebook Group has been created to serve as the communication tool for The Network 2.0.
  • “Racing Extinction” will be screened at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in Miller Auditorium in Dearlove Hall. The documentary examines how human life has transformed the planet, often with dire environmental consequences. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Environmental Film Series, co-sponsored by the SUNY Adirondack Library and the college’s Sustainability Committee.
  • Novelist Sarah Kornfeld will read from her first book at 12:30 p.m Oct. 17 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall as part of the Writers Project. The program is free and open to the public.
  • The SUNY Adirondack baseball team will hold a fundraising Golf Tournament on Oct. 21 at Queensbury Country Club in Lake George. The shotgun start is at 10:30 a.m. Entry is $100 per person, which includes a chicken barbecue dinner. To register or for information, call 518.527.7873.
  • Marybeth Mitcham will present “Ducks, Dandelions and Dutch Ovens: Addressing Food Insecurity and Poor Nutritional Habits through Experiential Learning Practices” at 12:40 p.m. Oct. 31 in Miller Auditorium in Dearlove Hall as part of the College Lecture Series. The program, sponsored by SUNY Adirondack’s Professional Development Committee, is free and open to the public. Each talk lasts about an hour and includes a question-and-answer session. 


Accessibility Services and the Business Office receive Bronze Certificates for 4DX.

Congratulations to Accessibility Services and the Business Office on being awarded a Bronze Certificate for meeting all of the requirements to kick of their 4DX commitments to advancing student success.


Seasoned Partners in Dining logo

Seasoned supporters

Support the SUNY Adirondack Culinary Arts Center and the Foundation by becoming a Partner in Dining.

As a Partner in Dining, you purchase passports which contain certificates for a lunch or dinner at Seasoned. A package includes 16 meals, each of which includes a non-alcoholic beverage. The certificates can be used by employers for business lunches, client dinners or employee rewards. The general public can use them for entertaining family and friends. Certificates can be utilized all at once, or two to four at a time — however you wish to use them.

In addition to the meal value, as a Partner in Dining, you are contributing to the success of the culinary program through a donation to the SUNY Adirondack Foundation, which funded some of the cost of relocation. 

Each package is $500, with a retail value of the 16 meals of $400 and a $100 donation.  

For questions, call the SUNY Adirondack Foundation at 518.743.2243.Purchase online or by sending a $500 check payable to the SUNY Adirondack Foundation to 640 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Certificates never expire. Reservations are required.


The alumni book club will read "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love."

A novel idea

The alumni book club, open to all alumni, meets on the second Wednesday of each month until June. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in Bryan Hall, Room 122 on the Queensbury campus. The book to be discussed is “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love” by Oscar Hijuelos.



John Godfrey and Breanna MacDuff were named NJCAA Region 3 Athletes of the Week.

John Godfrey was named NJCAA Region 3 Male Athlete of the Week for Sept. 3-9. Godfrey is the first cross country runner in the history of the program to be honored.

SUNY Adirondack volleyball player Breanna MacDuff was named NJCAA Region 3 Female Athlete of the Week for Sept. 10-16.

For athletics updates and schedules, go to www.sunyadktimberwolves.com.



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