Paul Smith's College

Mailing address: 
7777 NY-30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Name: 
Cathy Dove
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Title/Position: 
College President
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Email:
Focal point 1 - Name: 
Kelly Cerialo
Focal point 1 - Title: 
Director of Paul Smith's College's Global Center for Rural Communities
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Focal point 2 - Name: 
Eric Holmlund
Focal point 2 - Title: 
Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Environmental Science
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Focal point 3 - Name: 
Joseph Conto
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Department Chair - Business and Hospitality
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Please provide a brief description of your academic structure: 
Paul Smith's College is a private college located in Paul Smiths, New York. It is the only four-year institution of higher education in the 6 million acre Adirondack Park in upstate New York and focuses on innovative experiential education. Paul Smith's College offers 7 Associate's Degree programs and 18 Bachelor's Degrees and launched its first Master's Degree Program in Natural Resource Conservation Management in Fall 2019. We have an undergraduate student population of 908 full-time students and we are welcoming our first full-time Master's students in Fall 2020. Five Department Chairs oversee our five academic departments that house our undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The academic departments are Environment and Society, Natural Sciences, Forestry, Culinary Management, and Business and Hospitality Management. The Provost, Assistant Provost, and Curriculum Standards Committee oversee curriculum standards and academic assessment on an institutional, program, and course level. Faculty Senate works closely with the President, Provost, Assistant Provost, and Board of Trustees to ensure academic rigor and to provide faculty support for research and pedagogical design.
Please describe briefly any activities your institution is already carrying out, which are relevant to UNAI and its principles: 
•. Paul Smith's College Professor Kelly Cerialo is the co-chair of the UNESCO Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve and on the steering committee for the US UNESCO Man and Biosphere Network. Professor Cerialo and Professor Eric Holmlund conduct international study abroad student exchanges with the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Program including Tosco Emiliano Appenino Biosphere Reserve in Italy and the Cape West Coast Biosphere in South Africa that focus on sustainability, facilitating intercultural dialogues and understanding around climate change issues, and capacity building in global higher education. •. The College is also home to the Global Center for Rural Communities (GCRC) that convenes and propagates international partnerships to examine the challenges that rural communities face on a local and global level. GCRC researches and implements innovative strategies to help solve complex social, economic, and environmental issues in rural areas, thereby contributing to the health, longevity, education, and social integrity of rural populations. • Paul Smith's College has progressive academic programs designed to educate the next generation of leaders about climate preparedness, human health and the environment, entrepreneurship, sustainable development and disaster management and response. • PSC has outstanding faculty, particularly in environmental science, forestry, sustainable tourism, and entrepreneurship. Biology professor Dr. Lee Ann Sporn is a member of Governor Cuomo’s Lyme and Tick Borne Disease Working Group, which is responsible for educating the public about the health and environmental risks associated with the rise in vector borne disease due to climate change. The Carnegie Foundation named one of our leading faculty members, Dr. Jay Curt Stager as New York State Professor of the Year due to his work as a prominent climate historian, paleoclimatologist, and ecologist. • It is the only baccalaureate institution offering broad-based education in the Adirondacks, the model that draws global interest for its innovative land use policies that balance environmental and economic well-being. • PSC is the home of the Paul Smith's College Adirondack Watershed Institute with a mission to protect clean water, conserve habitat, and support the health and well-being of people in the Adirondacks through science, collaboration, and real world experiences for students • PSC has an innovative Center for Sustainability that provides hands-on educational experiences and grant opportunities for students and faculty who are committed to creating sustainable solutions on campus and in our local community. • It is located in 14,000+ acres of Adirondack forest lands, including the Paul Smith’s College VIC (established by Governor Mario Cuomo and more than 10,000 acres of Rainforest Alliance Certified Sustainable Forest. • PSC has an established network of regional partners including environmental, economic development, government, and non-profit groups committed to promoting rural resilience. • It has strong international academic, government and foundation connections in areas such as Italy, South Africa, Nepal, China, Japan, and the Dominican Republic. • PSC conducts research and student exchanges, including but not limited to topics related to the UNAI principles including climate preparedness, alternative energy, sustainable tourism, invasive species management, forestry management, population trends, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. • PSC supports rural populations through policy development and practical assistance in balancing smart growth with environmental considerations. • PSC provides direct assistance and added value to entrepreneurs and businesses in the region as a resource for training, education, assistance in navigating available funding and management resources, help with possible market expansions such as exporting, and even incubator services.