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Homecoming-Family Weekend 2010 Brings Students, Parents, Alumni Together

Sharing the Plattsburgh Experience in a New Way

Parents and alumni converged on SUNY Plattsburgh’s campus Sept 24-25 for Homecoming-Family Weekend, which was combined to celebrate the honors program as well as re-accreditation of the Education Program.

Activities included alumni sporting events, musical performances and a reception at the president’s house.

Other events included honors program seminars on such topics as Mideast politics and “Ethical Issues in Public Life.” Distinguished visiting alumni were also featured in Honors Program panel discussions.

Philosophy Professor Nurtured as Undergrad

One such alumnus, Dr. Jack Weinstein 91, said that his time at SUNY Plattsburgh played an important role in his development.

“I was educated by a community of scholars,” said Weinstein, currently a professor of philosophy at the University of North Dakota. “I was taught by a collective that talked with one another about how they could help me actualize my potential.”

Another graduate, Amy Winchester, said her time studying anthropology at SUNY Plattsburgh set her off on a path to foreign service work. “SUNY has a fantastic foreign studies system,” said Winchester, a 1996 graduate who now works with the FBI on counterterrorism.

Teacher Education Program Earns ‘Above Standard’ Ratings

Dr. David Hill – the former dean of education, health and human services – was honored for his work during a luncheon for education program students and alumni. In addition, SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling honored the team of educators that reorganized the teacher education program, which received “above standard” ratings in all accreditation categories.

Also recognized over the weekend was Dr. David Mowry. The director of SUNY Plattsburgh’s honors program (which is celebrating its 25th anniversary) was the “guest of honor” during a roast held at the Valcour Educational Conference Center.

Joanne Nelson, SUNY Plattsburgh’s director of alumni relations, said the event was a great success.

“The success of Homecoming-Family Weekend at SUNY Plattsburgh was reflected in the many relationships that were nurtured among alumni, students, families, staff and faculty,” she said.

“The beautiful, bustling fall campus was home-away-from home for a few days of highlighting academics, networking, athletics, great food and music – and, of course, there were fireworks!”

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