Keith A. Braun
What is your favorite activity in the Adirondacks?
By far my favorite activities in the ADKs involve water. Since there are over 3000 lakes in the Adirondack there is always an opportunity to be out enjoy that fine H2O. Whether it is canoeing, kayaking, motor boating, or sailing (my favorite) you can normally find me out on the water whenever I get the chance. And since I am out there already I might as well toss a line or two and give fishing a real good college try. In the winter when the water freezes up I love to snowshoe across frozen lakes and set a tip-up or two for some ice fishing.
What is your favorite restaurant and why?
Choosing my favorite restaurant in the area is not an easy one. There are so many good places to eat and all of them have their own specialty. If I am in Lake Placid for lunch I like the Downhill Grill (which is also is branching out the Saranac Lake) for sandwiches and for dinner I like to head over to Café Rustica for some very delicious Italian meals. If I am in Saranac Lake Eat n' Meet grill takes the money for awesome food all around especially since they are open later at night. Finally, if I am in the mood for some good down home Adirondack cooking I head down to the Shamrock where they have anything from wings and mozzarella sticks to prime rib and the world's best rueben's (In my opinion).
What is the best part of being a recruiter at Paul Smith's College?
Meeting and working with new people all the time is an awesome aspect of the job. My personal favorite is getting the chance to help perspective student s that are passionate about bettering themselves as well as the community by earning an awesome education in fields that strive to make our environment, society, and communities the best that they can be.
What brought you to the Adirondacks and why do you stay?
Things like the trees and mountains are of course high on the list. The clean crisp air and the pristine waters along with the different seasons make the Adirondack s a wonderful place to live. Any time I step outside or even look out the window I think I couldn't be in any better place.
Tell me about one of the really cool events or professors at Paul Smith's College that make it such a special place...
As a Paul Smith's College alumnus I had the opportunity to experience many things on campus. My favorites would have to be the St. Regis Café (student operated on campus), learning to make maple sugar at the college's sugarbush, using draft horses to harvest timber while practicing positive impact forestry, and watching some off our culinary students face off against some of our fish and game club members for the ultimate wild game cook-off. However the coolest thing that I ever experienced was being a member of the famed Paul Smith's Woodsmen's Team. Participating in events such as chopping, sawing, pole climbing, and log rolling in the water was a blast. I would suggest that anyone at Paul Smith's College take advantage of any and all possible activities that might be happening on campus.