Student Activities

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.
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.

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Student Activities
Joan Weill Student Center Room 007
Hours: M- F, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

(518) 327-6401

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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!

Anime and Gaming Club Constitution

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.



Bass Fishing club

This Club is for anyone who is interested in bass fishing. They also support the Bass Fishing Team



Beekeeping Club

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.

Cheerleading Team
Cheerleading Constitution

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.



Disc Golf

This Club wants to promote and organize disc golf on campus as well as maintain the Bark Eater Disc Golf Course!


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!​

Draft Horse Club Constitution


FFA Club

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.


Fish and Game Club

The goal of the PSC’s Fish and Game Club is to promote the importance of sportsmanlike conduct within a learning environment. Hunting safety and ethical fishing practices will be held with the highest regard. Likewise the club will strive to bring in members with little to no experience in the field in the effort to educate them to the sports. As that PSC is a center of the environmental education, the club will also augment environmental awareness and responsibility to the community. Members with all levels of experience in hunting or fishing are wlecome!


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:


Forestry Club
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.
Hockey Club

This club allows students interested in playing hockey to play. All students are welcome!


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.

MERT Constitution

National Society of Leadership and Success

Building Leaders for a better world! A community where success-oriented people come together to discover and achieve their goals.


Osgood Pond Club

Description Coming Soon!


PSC Pride

PSC Pride aims to create more advocates for diversity on campus and will represent the campus as social justice activists. Pride members will continue to strive for inclusivity, understanding, acceptance, and pride on Paul Smith’s College campus.



PSC Snowcats

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.


Rugby (Men’s)

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.



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!
Swordmanship Club

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.




Veteran’s Club

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.


Wildlife Society

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.



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 21st-23rd. 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!



Jill Susice


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

Camp Colby

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

Econo Lodge

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

Gateway Motel

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

Holiday Inn

I Olympic Dive, Lake Placid, NY 12946  518-523-2556

Hotel Marcy Suites

122 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946  518-523-1818

Hotel Saranac

101 Main Street Saranac Lake, NY 12983  518-891-2200/ 800-937-0211

Interlaken Inn

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

Moreno’s Cottages

322 Ray Brook Road, Ray Brook


518-891- 8925(summer)

Mountain Shadows

145 Old Military Road, Saranac Lake, NY 12983   518-891-6925

Northbrook Lodge

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

Village Motel

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

Hi there!  Below is a highlight of some of the events happening during Family Weekend (schedule is subject to change)! There will be a complete final schedule of the weekend’s events at check-in.

Friday, September 21st

8am-5pm…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-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!

3pm-6pm…Registration, Student Center Lobby

4:30pm-6pm…Dinner, Lakeside Dining Hall (Tickets can be purchased at the door, PSC students with meal plan are free)

6pm…Parent’s Welcome & Reception, Bobcat Cafe– Desserts provided by Baking Department.

7pm…Cosmic Bingo, Pine Room. Great Prizes, free raffles!

7:30-9pm…Lights of Night (a search for firefly larva), VIC, Sponsored by The ADK Mycology Club

Saturday, September 22nd

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.

TBD- Kiss My Axe Shirt Sale, JWSC Lobby, Sponsored by the Alumni Association

9am-4pm…Homesteading Festival, VIC, PSC Students Free.  All events listed below as being at the VIC is part of this.

9am-2pm…Pontoon Boat Rides, Meet by the dock.

10am-2pm … Whiteface Mountain ski passes for sale (Student Center Lobby).

10am-4pm…The Pack Basket bookstore open (15% off Paul Smith’s College merchandise).

TBD…Woodsmen’s Team Expo, VIC

10:30am …Cookie contest judging, Student Center Lobby, Prizes will be awarded!!!

11am…History of PSC– Presented by Neil Surprenant, Historian, Pine Room.

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.

1pm … Women’s Soccer vs. Vermont Tech, Soccer field.

3pm … Men’s Soccer vs. Vermont Tech Soccer field.

2pm-Brian Smith ’95 Memorial Game and retiring of jersey, Saunders Gym

4:30pm-6pm … Las Vegas Style Buffet dinner (tickets may be purchased at Lakeside Dining Hall or go on-your-own to town).

5pm-8pm … Casino Night. JWSC Lobby. Also photo booth will be available!

8pm– Bobcat Café Bar open, Food may be purchased.

Sunday, September 23rd

9:00am-11am….Continental Breakfast, Lakeside Dining Hall (tickets may be purchased at the door, PSC students with meal plan are free).

9am-11am…Homesteading Festival, VIC, PSC Students Free.  All events listed below as being at the VIC is part of this.

10am…St. Regis Canoe Classic– 5, 7, 9 mile races. Races start at the Student Center.

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).

12pm…Women’s Soccer vs. SUNY-ESF, Soccer Field

2pm…Men’s Soccer Barkeater Cup, VS. SUNY-ESF Soccer field.

12pm-Dusk…Corn Maze Tours, Tuckers’ Farms.


Saturday- Saranac Lake Village Farmer’s Market- 9am-2pm, Riverside Park, Saranac Lake

Saturday- Historic Walking Tours- White Pine Camp, 10am and 1:30pm

Saturday & Sunday– Whiteface Octoberfest

Sunday- Flaming Leaves Classic and Antique Car Rally- Marcy Field, Keene, 10am, Music, exhibit of memorabilia and equipment that belonged to many famous Keene guides at the Holt House. Benefit programs of the American Legion.