Meet Our Bloggers

Betsy Kane

Welcome!  I joined the SUNY Plattsburgh staff as the Director of Graduate Admissions in January 2014, formerly working at Ithaca College, the College of Coastal Georgia, and Sullivan County Community College.  Born and raised in Rochester, NY, I earned my bachelor’s degree at SUNY Oswego, then headed south for grad school at the University of South Carolina.  I began working in higher education as an over-involved undergraduate student, and have since worked in a variety of roles over the past 15 years, including admissions, orientation, continuing education, housing, and adjunct instructing.

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The Adirondack Mountains have held a special place in my heart since childhood, and I am now lucky enough to reside there, right near Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington.  I am an avid hiker and a runner, and just a few peaks shy of becoming an Adirondack 46er!  Some of my recent hiking adventures have included completing the Saranac Lake Ultra 6er, hiking rim-to-rim (to-rim) in the Grand Canyon, backpacking through Yellowstone National Park, and section-hiking hundreds of miles of the Appalachian Trail.  I frequently run in local road races and have participated in both the Ragnar Adirondacks and Grand Teton Relay.

Environmental conservation and protection of our region is of great importance to me.  I hold a chapter chair position in the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Lake Placid Chapter (ADK), and I sit on the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA).

Skylar Hunyadi

 

Hello, everyone! I’m Skylar Hunyadi (you can call me Sky!). I’m the Graduate Assistant for the Graduate Admissions office here at SUNY Plattsburgh. I’ve been a Cardinal since Fall 2013, graduating with an undergrad degree in English. I just couldn’t get enough of Plattsburgh, so I enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program Fall 2017.

Aside from my academics I like to relax by playing the ukulele, walking around downtown Plattsburgh, challenging my friends to Scrabble, cooking colorful meals, or cozying up with a book from my overstuffed bookshelf. However, there will always be a place in my heart for the Harry Potter series–I’m a Ravenclaw through and through.

A fun fact about me is that I grew up in the Northernmost region of Minnesota in a small town bordering Canada. Call me crazy but I love winter, hence my attachment to the Burgh where in January the average temperature is 10 degrees! Although, the warmer seasons are beautiful and allow for some of my favorite outdoor activities: hiking, sun-lounging, and picnicking! So chances are you can find me indoors, coffee in hand, rereading Harry Potter, or outside by the Hawkins Pond probably still reading Harry Potter.

— Sky

 

Molly Martindale

 

 

Hi! I’m Molly Martindale and I’ve been a work study graduate student at the Graduate Admissions office at SUNY Plattsburgh since the Fall of 2016.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing, with a minor in Psychology from SUNY Oswego (the Cardinal’s rival school!) in 2013.  I’m currently enrolled in the Masters of Science for Teaching Adolescent Education program with a concentration in English here at SUNY Plattsburgh.

I was born and raised in Plattsburgh, and I plan to stay in the Adirondacks and teach in a local school once I receive my NYS teaching certification and my Masters degree.  I spend my free time reading, writing poetry, eating with family, relaxing with my cats, practicing yoga, and kayaking.  My weaknesses include iced coffee, reading too many books at the same time, and being addicted to reality TV shows like Survivor, Real Housewives, and The Bachelor.

 

Tammy Bergen

 

 

Hello and welcome everyone!  My name is Tammy Bergen and I’m a Graduate Student Assistant in the Graduate Admission office since August 2016.  I’m currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and I just completed my first year.  After eighteen years, I lost my job, and decided it was time to make a career change. After a lot of soul searching, I chose to pursue a career path in a field that I was passionate about: helping others.  I personally love the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and I have already learned so many applicable skills within my first year.

I am born and raised in Rouses Point, NY and I have always lived in this area.  I truly appreciate what this town has to offer, such as the beautiful lakes and mountains.  My interests include kayaking, swimming and boating.  I also enjoy playing golf, walking and hanging out by the water with my dog Bailey.   

Please get a hold of me or stop in our office to discuss any questions about our graduate programs.  I would be happy to help!

Thanks,

Tammy


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