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Steve Smith New Campus Protestant Minister

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh has a new Campus Protestant Minister. Steve Smith began his new position on Aug. 1.

Steve Smith Smith graduated from North Country Community College in 1973 and went on to SUNY Binghamton where he majored in philosophy. He then went to seminary at Gordon Conwell on the north shore of Boston, Mass.

He was a United Methodist pastor for ten years and served as associate pastor in Plattsburgh for two years, then went to Wilmington, N.Y. for five years and was in Fortsville, N.Y. for three years.

Following these positions, Smith went back to school at Loyola in Boston where he received his master's in pastoral counseling. As part of his program, he interned at the Bereavement Center with the Hospice of the Chesapeake. Following graduation, Smith was hired as chaplain at the hospice and stayed for nearly five years.

From there, Smith moved to Florida and worked for the Hospice of the Sun Coast and later was the director of adult education at a Baptist church in St. Petersburg, Fla. He held a few positions outside of the ministry before coming to SUNY Plattsburgh.

"I like challenges, and starting a new position is a challenge anyway. But, the College has been without a campus minister for three semester. So I'm starting all over again," said Smith. "My objective is to be a caring presence on campus. I'm looking forward to connection with students, faculty and staff. Life is a quest, and in our quest to live a life that matters, we need connection, community and compassion -- that's my vision -- connected to people who are of like mind and build community around our quest."

Smith is offering a Sunday night meeting at 5 p.m. in the Angell College Center, Meeting Room 4. All are welcome.
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