Participation in extracurricular activities can help students develop self-confidence, leadership and the social skills that will help them in their future lives. Being involved in campus life outside the classroom is a great way to meet new people and experience the diversity of community living. The Office of Student Activities sponsors opportunities for students to interact with other students and staff seven days a week during the semester. There are clubs and organizations in which students can become involved. Students also have a collective voice within the college governance system through an elected Student Government Association (SGA). The purpose of SGA is to promote cooperation both within the student body and among students, faculty and administration, and to act as a channel for the expression and resolution of student concerns.
ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS
The Office of Student Activities plans a wide range of events, including bands, DJs and comedians, speakers, pool tournaments, open mike nights, games, inter-residence hall contests, movies and trips off-campus. Much of this programming is initiated by students’ suggestions, and anyone with an idea for an activity is welcome to contact the Student Activities Office.
Student Government is the governing body of the Students. The board is comprised of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Senior Class President, Junior Class President, Sophomore Class President, and Freshman Class President.
Student Government Association Officers
Candidate Election Packets
Student Government Constitution and By-Laws
Club of the Year Results
2017- 1st Place- Wildlife Society, 2nd Place- MERT, 3rd Place- DECA
2016- Tied- Mycology Club, Fish and Game, Draft Horse Club, Anime and Gaming
2015- 1st Place- Gaming and Anime
2014- 1st Place- HSMAI, 2nd Place- SEA, 3rd Place- MERT
2013- 1st Place- Mycology, 2nd Place- MERT
2012- 1st Place- Outing Club, 2nd Place- Draft Horse Club
Faculty Advisor of the Year- ; Faculty Member of the Year- Staff Member of the year
2017 Russ Aicher Russ Conover Courtney Bringley
2016 Joseph Conto Craig Milewski Jill Susice
2015 Mary Riley Rebecca Romeo Margaret “Peggy” Goodman
2014 Robert Seidenstein Joseph Orefice Tony Tufano
2013 David Gotzmer Patricia Pillis Roger Wang
2012 Russ DeFonce Robert Seidenstein Courtney Bringley
2011 Joseph Conto Curt Stager Lydia Wright
2010 Joseph Dadey Russ DeFonce Jill Susice
2009 Joseph Dadey Russ DeFonce Jill Susice
2008 Joseph Dadey Joseph Conto Jill Susice
2007 Patricia Pillis Joseph Dadey Jill Susice
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Most academic disciplines sponsor clubs for their students, which coordinate field trips to job sites and conferences and engage in other career-related activities. Such clubs as the Baking Club, DECA, and the Society of American Foresters are an excellent way for students to make job contacts and gain additional experience in their chosen fields. There are many interest related clubs and organizations for students to get involved in ranging from Gaming and Anime Club to Bobcat Steppers to Rugby! All students are welcome to join clubs at any time!
Every fall at the beginning of the semester, there is a club fair for students to find out about what clubs there are and how to join!
Adirondack Mycology Club
The Adirondack Mycology Club’s mission is to explore, inform, educate, investigate and celebrate the diverse fungi of the Adirondacks. Club activities will include classification and naming of fungi, mushroom forays and other field trips near Paul Smith’s College and the surrounding area, as well as exploring the cultivation, culinary and artistic aspects of mushrooms.
Anime and Gaming Club
The Anime and Gaming club seeks to explore and enjoy the Gaming and Anime cultures. This club participates in video, table top, card, and board gaming, setting up numerous tournaments around campus and holding open events to all participants. They also have multiple Anime and Movie marathons that are open to the campus, and seeks to boost campus interest in such activities. Please sign up for our club’s email and attend our club meetings where we will hold demonstrations of games and be screening anime for any who are interested, while sharing the upcoming events that will be held on campus! This club is all fun and games!
The Paul Smith’s College astronomy club focuses on the universe and the mechanisms that allow it to operate. We learn best by applying mathematics and scientific principles to extend our senses farther than their human capabilities and by interactive discussions. Our club meets twice a month to discuss special cosmological topics including constellations, black holes, planets, comets, the search for extraterrestrial life, and other phenomena. We also take advantage of the spectacular Adirondack night sky for regular star gazing outings as well as other nearby opportunities.
Baking and Pastry Arts
Our club is to provide out of class, fun, learning for the Baking and Pastry Art Major, allowing members to become more involved in our Paul Smiths College community, while bringing a new perspective to it. We test recipes, go on trips, and learn new skills or build on old ones. The club often participates in catering of events on campus which allows us to fund raise for our club to experience off campus field trips. If you can’t bake no problem you can learn, all are welcome.
The PSC Beekeeping Association is dedicated to educating the Paul Smith’s community about honey bees and the practice of keeping bees. We aspire to have a apiary at the PSC VIC and pair with VIC employees to hold informal educational opportunities. Eventually we would like to sell honey in the PSC VIC store and the college bookstore.
We’re a student chapter of DECA, an international business and marketing association that has chapters in High Schools, Colleges and Universities throughout the U.S. There are more than 15,000 collegiate DECA members. DECA is a well-known organization that holds leadership conferences, knowledge competitions, an annual convention and learning opportunities. DECA includes students from many different majors that have an interest in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. We provide professional experience to Paul Smith’s students through a variety of activities including guest speakers, seminars, business site visits, planning and running special events and fundraisers, volunteering for community service and participation in the NYC Hotel Show and PSC’s biennial Boomerang alumni event.
Draft Horse Club
PSC’s Draft Horse Club is dedicated to educating club members and the community about draft horses and their uses. The club holds both logging and agricultural events at the annual Homesteading Festival and for various classes offered by the college. Members go on trips to regional draft animal demonstrations to learn and collaborate with other teamsters. The club keeps an active presence in the community by giving wagon and sleigh rides for the public, as well as making a float for the Winter Carnival Parade. Weekly meetings at the barn provide a chance to interact with the horses and maintain the barn. No previous horse experience is necessary!
The letters “FFA” used to stand for Future Farmers of America; these letters are a part of our history and our heritage that will never change. FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. For this reason, the name of the organization was updated in 1988 after a vote of national convention delegates to reflect the growing diversity and new opportunities in the industry of agriculture: The National FFA Organization.
The Fisheries Society
The Paul Smith’s College Sub-Unit of the American Fisheries Society is set up to help students interested in fisheries and aquatic sciences gain a higher level of knowledge and experience in all our programs. This organization also provides students with opportunities to meet professionals in the field and network with these experienced individuals. Within this past year, our chapter has taken part in long-term monitoring of fish populations in St. Regis Lake and Smitty Creek Watershed, toured the Lake Clear Fish Hatchery, and attended the New York State American Fisheries Society conference in Cooperstown, NY. Visit our website for information: http://paulsmithscollegeafs.weebly.com/
This club attracts students from all academic disciplines. It sponsors a wide range of social activities, and is involved in many projects around campus and many are involved in the woodsmen’s team.
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
An inter-denominational Christian fellowship that offers weekly Bible studies, church outings and opportunities to serve not only the Paul Smith’s College campus, but also the surrounding community.
Lady Bobcats Rugby Club
The club was started in the fall of 2015. It is a group of hard-working, dedicated women, who have spent months practicing and learning the sport. The team is made up of women from different backgrounds, majors, athletic abilities, and skill sets. Many of the ladies on the team had never played the sport before. They participate in spring tournaments and will be playing in the regular fall season games as well. They are constantly recruiting, so the best time to join is any. No one is ever turned away. The best way to find out if rugby is the right fit for you, is to come to a practice, meet the players and coaches, and mess around in a scrum.
Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT)
The Medical Emergency Response Team is a club on campus made up of EMTs and other medically certified students. We respond, along with Campus Safety, to medical incidents and treat the patient before the ambulance gets there. Due to the isolation of the campus, MERT is able to provide a better sense of security for students. All students are welcome to join regardless of training.
PSC Pride (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian Advocates for Diversity)
A safe place for any students identifying under the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. An open, welcoming space for students questioning themselves, or those looking to find others who share common interests and identities. Our club is working constantly to make the Paul Smith’s community a more open, accepting, and diverse place for all students!
We are a new forming club gearing up for next winter, we were established to provide a meeting place for snowmobilers to get together and ride; we give new members a chance to try the sport of snowmobiling. Our goal is to help spread the joy that snowmobiling gives and help make the long winters in the ADK’s more fun.
Teamwork, integrity and loyalty are the foundations of this club. Our students get together to play, have a good time and promote sportsmanship and athletics at Paul Smith’s.
Society of American Foresters (SAF)
SAF is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Our club brings in guest speakers for the benefit of the entire campus. Members of the club may also attend state and national SAF conferences that offer valuable networking and connection building opportunities.
Society for Ecological Restoration
To practice ecological restoration on and off campus to sustain biodiversity and create a more ecologically sound relationship between nature and culture and to advance student careers in our respective fields through attending conferences, workshops, and networking with relevant professionals.
The Swordmanship Club teaches students the basics of Medieval European Martial Arts. Techniques are based off of surviving historical manuals. Weapons include long-sword, sword and shield, polearms, and more. This club is a great way to meet new friends, learn new skills, and exercise.
Student Activities Council
Want to be involved in the events on campus? Then join this club!! This group is responsible for the planning and implementation of events on campus such as bands, comedians, special events and movies. This organization works in conjunction with the Student Activities Office. All are welcome to join!
This club provides support to the Veteran’s at PSC. They also do many community service projects for the local community as well as for our military oversees.
The Wildlife Society is a student branch of the National Wildlife Society. The Wildlife Society has planned several events and activities which include providing members with peer and professional networking opportunities.
This club provides an opportunity for all students to further their knowledge of the craft of woodworking. The club is open to all students with any level of woodworking experience, and many of the projects that the school community request are undertaken by the club. Safety is emphasized.
Family Weekend Information
Letter to Parents
Dear Family Member,
Family Weekend is fast approaching and I would like to extend a personal invitation to attend on September 23-25, 2016. There are wonderful things happening at PSC, and we are excited for you to come and find out what a day in the life of your student is all about. For many of you, this will be your first Family Weekend. This is an opportunity to visit with your son or daughter and spend time with them in their new environment! Therefore, all events and activities are optional, and you can pick and choose what you want to do! 🙂 We have lots of events planned for this exciting weekend on campus and at the VIC, but you also can take advantage of the opportunities that are happening in the area!
****Please not that this schedule is TENTATIVE. There will be a final schedule available at registration.
Meals will be offered for both parents and students throughout the weekend at the Lakeside Dining Hall. Also, you may choose to have a meal at one of the restaurants in either Saranac Lake or Lake Placid (reservations are recommended).
We are also doing a cookie contest!!! You may compete in the cookie contest by bringing your own cookies and we will have it judged here by the students. Prizes will be awarded! Also, bring your recipe if you would like to share it with others! Just drop everything off at registration.
Also on the Student Activities webpage is a list of the local area accommodations, but hurry and make your reservations soon as there are a lot of events happening in the area that weekend.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (518) 327-6401. We are looking forward to meeting each and every one of you!
Coordinator of Student Activities
List of Accommodations
Adirondack Comfort Inn
148 Lake Flower Ave., Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-1970
Best Western Golden Arrow
150 Main Street Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-3353
Best Western Mountain Lake Inn
487 Lake Flower Ave. Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-1970
Branch Farm Bed & Breakfast
25 Branch Farm Rd Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-0869
Burke’s Lake Flower Motel
15 Lake Flower Ave. Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-2310
Three unique cabins on Lake Colby, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 440-331-2911
Cochran’s Cabins and Bed & Breakfast
1150 Lake Kiwassa, 3 ½ miles south of Saranac Lake Village 518-891-5721
Comfort Inn on Lake Placid
2125 Saranac Lake Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-9555
Cascade Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-2817
Edge of the Lake Motel
56 Saranac Ave. Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-9430
Fogarty’s Bed & Breakfast
37 Riverside Dr, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-3755/ 800-525-3755
Finney Blvd. Malone, NY 12953
Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Motor Inn
143 Lake Flower Ave., Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-1950
Harbor Hill Cottages
One Harbor Hill Lane, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-2784
High Peaks Resort
I Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, NY 518-523-4411
Hohmeyer’s Lake Clear Lodge
6319 St Route 30, Lake Clear, NY 518-891-1489
I Olympic Dive, Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-2556
Hotel Marcy Suites
122 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-1818
101 Main Street Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-2200/ 800-937-0211
39 Interlaken Avenue
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Jean’s Bed & Breakfast
86 Lake Flower Ave. Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-1431
Lake Placid Summit Hotel
Resorts and Suites, 800-790-8452
Lake Shore Motel
54 Saranac Ave. Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-2261
Lake Side Motel
27 Lake Flower Ave. Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-4333
Maple Leaf Motor Inn
55 Saranac Ave. Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-2471
The Mirror Lake Inn
5 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-9845
322 Ray Brook Road, Ray Brook
145 Old Military Road, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-6925
White Pine Road, Paul Smiths, NY 12970 518-327-3379
The Park Motel
336 Park Street, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 518-359-3600/800-382-3603
Placid Bay Motor Inn
70 Saranac Ave. Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-2001
Patriot House Bed & Breakfast
254 Kiwassa Road Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-7314
Sara-Placid Motor Inn
120 Lake Flower Ave. Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-2729/800-794-2729
Sherwood Forest Motor Inn
Rt 86 Ray Brook, NY 12977
The Pines Hotel
Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-9240
Sunday Pond Bed & Breakfast
Box 150, Rt 30, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-1532
Super 8 Motel
42 Finney Blvd, Malone, NY 12953
Swiss Acres Motor Inn
189 Saranac Ave. Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-3040
Thunderbird Motor Inn
Main Street Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-2439
128 River Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 518-891-0922
Wildwood on the Lake
88 Saranac Ave. Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-2624
The Whiteface Lodge
7 Whiteface Inn Lane, Lake Placid, NY 12946 518-523-0559
Schedule of Events
Friday, September 29th
8am-4:30pm…The Pack Basket open (15% off Paul Smith’s College merchandise)
9am-5pm…Visitors Interpretive Center open, Trails open from Dawn to Dusk– Entrance is approx. 1 1/2 miles from PSC on Rt. 30
12pm-5pm…Book sale, Library
12pm-10pm…Corn maze tours, Tuckers’ Farm (mention you are a PSC person for a discount! Tour the corn maze after dark– bring your own flashlight!) Bonfire with s’mores after dark!
4pm-7pm…Registration, Student Center Lobby
4:30-6pm…Dinner, Lakeside Dining Hall (Tickets can be purchased at the door, PSC students with meal plan are free)
4pm-7pm…Make a t-shirt or bag with your family picture! Cost $8-$10 (
6pm…Parent’s Welcome & Reception, St. Regis Café– Dessert demo provided by Baking Department.
7pm…Hypnotist Doug Jones (PSC Alum), Pine Room, also a parent of student class of 2020.
8pm…Bobcat Café open, food can be purchased!!!
Saturday, September 30th
9am-11am … Continental breakfast, Lakeside Dining Hall, (Tickets may be purchased at door-PSC students are free with their meal plan).
9am-11am … Registration, JWSC Lobby.
9am-12pm… Make your own t-shirt or bag with your family picture! Cost $8-$10
10am-3pm…The Pack Basket bookstore open (15% off Paul Smith’s College merchandise).
10am-4pm…Homesteading Festival, VIC, PSC Students Free. Full Schedule TBD
10am-4pm … Whiteface Mountain ski passes for sale (Student Center Lobby).
10am-6pm … Book sale, Library.
11am … Cookie contest judging, Student Center Lobby, Prizes will be awarded!!!
11am-1:30pm … Lunch, Lakeside Dining Hall, (Tickets may be purchased at door, PSC students with meal plan are free!).
12pm-10pm…Corn Maze Tours, Tuckers’ Farm (mention you are a PSC person for a discount! Tour the corn maze after dark– bring your own flashlight!) Bonfire with s’mores after dark.
12pm … Women’s Soccer vs. NHTI, Soccer field.
TBD … Women’s Rugby vs. SUNY Plattsburgh, Rugby Field
2pm … Men’s Soccer vs. NHTI ,Soccer field.
4:30pm-6pm … Las Vegas Style Buffet dinner (tickets may be purchased at Lakeside Dining Hall or go on-your-own to town).
4:00-7pm … Casino Night, Donations will be accepted for a student scholarship.\
7pm– Mentalist “Robert Channing”, Pine Room
7pm– Bobcat Café Bar open, Food may be purchased.
Sunday, October 1st
9:00-11am….Continental Breakfast, Lakeside Dining Hall (tickets may be purchased at the door, PSC students with meal plan are free).
11am-1:30pm…Brunch, Lakeside Dining Hall (tickets may be purchased at door– students with meal plan are free).
11am-3pm- The Pack Basket open (15% off Paul Smith’s College merchandise).
11am-8pm– Book sale, Library.
1pm– Men’s Rugby vs. SUNY Plattsburgh, Rugby Field
2pm– Women’s Soccer vs. SUNY-ESF, Soccer Field
4pm– Men’s Soccer Barkeater Cup, Soccer field.
1pm-6pm– Corn Maze Tours, Tuckers’ Farms.
Drive Home Safely!!!!
OTHER EVENTS IN THE AREA:
Almanzo Wilder Farm— almanzowilderfarm.com)
The Adirondack Experience (formally known as Adirondack Museum) www.theadkx.org
Wild Center (www.wildcenter.org)