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.


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).

Alyssa Estus

Howdy! My name is Alyssa Estus, and I’m the Graduate Assistant for the Graduate Admissions Office. I attended SUNY Oswego for my undergraduate studies, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in History. In Fall 2015, I started coursework as a graduate student at SUNY Plattsburgh in the Student Affairs and Higher Education program.  So far, it’s been a blast!

When not doing homework or finishing up a paper, I can usually be found cooking with my fiance, or giving quality belly rubs to my cat, Willow. Willow is three and is the sassiest little lady I’ve ever met. Watch out, world!  I’m also not afraid to admit that I love watching Netflix and playing video games in my free time.

My fiance and I have been fish keepers for about five years, and currently have a 36 gallon fish tank with lush, live plants and 27 fish living inside. Having fish as pets is so zen; watching them move around their tank is very relaxing after a stressful day!