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New and Returning Students to Begin Fall Semester Monday, Aug. 28

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Jennifer and Ellen Cangialosi will join more than 1,000 new freshman students moving into their residence halls this weekend at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. Classes for new and returning students will start Monday, Aug. 28.

"On behalf of SUNY Plattsburgh - its faculty, staff and upperclassmen - we give a hearty welcome to our new students, both freshman and transfer students," said President John Ettling. "SUNY Plattsburgh provides all students a rich learning environment led by our outstanding faculty and caring staff. Students have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential during this transformational time in their lives. This is the 'Plattsburgh Experience.'"

Jennifer and Ellen, from Suffolk County, Long Island, will have a unique transition to college life as two of a family of quintuplets.

"It's going to be different," said Ellen. "Being around each other is all we've ever known."

On October 15, 1988, Angelo and Alice Cangialosi went into the record books. On that day, Alice gave birth to quintuplets. They were the first to be born in New York State since 1938. Now all five children are heading off to college. Jennifer and Ellen's siblings will be going to three other colleges in the Northeast.

"SUNY Plattsburgh was one of the few colleges that I was interested in," said Ellen while she and her sister Jennifer were in Plattsburgh for orientation earlier this summer. "It worked out for me to come here, and I'm really glad it did. It seems really nice up here."

Jennifer is interested in pursuing a degree in nursing while Ellen is thinking about majoring in communication. They are excited to join the SUNY Plattsburgh Class of 2010 and begin their academic adventure - their "Plattsburgh Experience."

Plenty of activities are lined up for students as they begin the fall 2006 semester. Several campus offices, including Financial Aid and Student Accounts, will be open throughout the weekend to help students as they get settled into their new home.

On Saturday evening, the Fall Academic Matriculation Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall. The ceremony will be followed by an opening night talk by Dr. Elizabeth Bernat, assistant professor of communication. Comedian Alexandra McHale will then take the Giltz stage at 8 p.m. for a family-friendly hour of comedy.

At 9:30 p.m., the movie, "Over the Hedge," will be shown under the stars in the Angell College Center Courtyard.

Many other activities are planned throughout opening week. For the detailed list of activities and information about opening week, visit http://web.plattsburgh.edu/about/profiles/news/openingweek.php
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