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After Army, Arthur Grady Prepares for Culinary Career at Signatures Restaurant

Arthur Grady was in the second-floor kitchen in MacDonaldHall on a Wednesday in December chopping shallots and prepping roasted shrimpshells for a Fregola Sarda e Fruti di Maredish (Sardinian couscous with shell fish broth) that would later be served inthe student-run Signatures Restaurant at SUNY Delhi.

The shrimp shells, he explained, would be cooked down withthe shallots and fennel to create the broth. A 29-year-old Army veteran, Arthurseemed at ease in the bustling but orderly kitchen, where instructions areanswered with a curt and loud, “Yes, chef!”

The Oneonta native calls himself an “atypical student.”

“A lot of people thatI graduated [high school] with came here,” he said. “But I went to the Army.”

He served for seven years, including a three-year infantrytour in Iraq and three years as a paralegal. During his service, he said, hetold himself that if and when he got out, he would follow his passion and pursuea culinary education.

He’s now in his second year of a Culinary Arts degree.

“This is just a passion for me,” he said. “It’s not aboutjust working to get paid.”

This semester, he’s been working in various roles at SUNYDelhi’s student-run Signatures Restaurant as part of his Culinary Restaurantcourse. Like all students in the course, Arthur has been involved in planningand preparing five-course, tasting-style menus from a variety of cuisines,constructing menus, pairing wines, and presenting and serving food to real,paying customers.

The dish he was working on Wednesday afternoon would befollowed up by Pappardelle con Ragu diConiglio e Funghi (pappardelle, rabbit, and mushroom ragout) and Brasato di Manzo Agrodolce con Fave eCicoria (sweet and sour braised beef, fava bean puree, and bitter greens).Behind him, another student began prepping whole rabbits and another rolled outpasta.

“I had never done the front-of-the-house, like being awaiter,” Arthur said. “[The] Restaurant [course] is good because it makes youdo both. You have to learn how to serve people and talk to people. I alwayswanted to know how to do that but never had the opportunity.”

In the kitchen, the experience also prepares him and otherstudents to expect and adapt to the varying management and culinary styles ofdifferent chefs. “When you go out and experience it, you’re going to see that —different chefs do different things, prefer different things,” he said.

After graduation, Arthur plans to travel — maybe to Ireland,or back to Germany — to gain experience before settling into his owncareer.

“With culinary being a trade skill and an internationalskill, it opens a lot of doors,” he said. “I want to continue learning, but Iwant to get real-world learning when it comes to cooking and different recipesbefore I form my own opinion.”

Students of the HIST 330 American Revolution class, taught by Dr. Heather Schwartz, recently...

Students of the HIST 330 American Revolution class, taught by Dr. Heather Schwartz, recently participated in a service-learning project at Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith. The class learned the process of recording, photographing, and cataloging items in the museum’s collection. They contributed a significant amount of work toward the museum’s cataloging project. Students also had an opportunity to tour a historical working sawmill and view nineteenth-century technology first-hand by witnessing the water wheel turning below the mill (above, top). 

Earlier in the semester, the class took a service-learning trip to the Frisbee House, museum, and archival library at the Delaware County Historical Association. Students had the opportunity to tour the historic home and outbuildings as well as to explore the collections of historic photographs, newspapers, books, and maps in the library. The class particularly enjoyed reading historic newspapers and advertisements (above, bottom).

Both of these trips allowed students to glimpse life in the region at different points in time from the late-eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth. This illustrated the rapid changes the United States experienced during this time period and how people lived and worked.

School of Nursing to Test Wi-Fi Stethoscopes

The SUNY Delhi School of Nursing is about to embark on astudy of wi-fi enabled stethoscopes that promise to be a powerful new tool fornursing students, teachers, and practitioners.

The stethoscopes send the data they record — the sound of aheart beat, lungs inhaling and exhaling — to an iPod, where it is recorded andstored in a library (with careful protections to avoid violating HIPPA). Thatmeans nursing students and teachers can review the sounds together tostrengthen the student’s clinical assessment skills.

Currently, nursing instructors have to listen in with thestudent on special two-person stethoscopes — and without the ability to record,mistakes are impossible to review. Instructors say the new stethoscopes willopen many new teaching opportunities.

 In cooperation with Eko, the maker of the stethoscopes, SUNYDelhi was awarded a $20,000 Innovative Instruction Technology Grant to purchase36 stethoscopes. The department will begin conducting the study next semesterwith students in clinical settings at A.O Fox Memorial Hospital

Pictured: Allyson Stringfield, a freshman Nursing student, demonstrates the School of Nursing’s new wi-fi stethoscopes.

Bronco Trails Unveiled

SUNY Delhi kicked off its new Bronco Trails as a leader in building healthy communities and promoting fitness. A series of three walking routeson the main campus and two at the college’s Outdoor Education Center were developed to enable safe access for pedestrians and bicyclists. The routes are marked with horse shoes in corresponding colors that represent each trail. 

The college’s Bronco Trails project was inspired by the nationwide “Complete Streets” initiative which requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.

Dr. Heather Schwartz and Dr. Daniel Gashler, History Club advisors, recently took the club on a...

Dr. Heather Schwartz and Dr. Daniel Gashler, History Club advisors, recently took the club on a field trip to visit the New York State Museum in Albany and toured the USS Slater Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, the last Destroyer escort ship from World War II still afloat. Through the guided tour of the ship, students learned about the significance of the Destroyers in accompanying convoys across the Atlantic during the war and in hunting “wolf packs” of German U-Boats in order to protect the convoys. The tour allowed students the opportunity to glimpse life aboard a ship. 

At the New York State Museum, students were able to learn about many aspects of New York State history. Particularly compelling was the Iroquois Longhouse, the 9/11 exhibit, the giant mastodon skeleton, and the historic subway car that students could climb aboard. The museum also has a working, historic carousel that visitors can ride (which the group did).

The History Club takes field trips to museum, historical sites, and historical films every semester. The next field trip is to view the World War II film, Allied.

David Krzyston and NECA students Ryan Ferraro, Paul Jaros, Alberto Sparacino, and Brendan Lyons installed a receptacle and holiday wreath on the Town Hall Building for the Delhi Beautification Committee. Photos by Sarah Krzyston.
Morgan Hulbert Connects to Campus as Student Ambassador

Second-year Veterinary Sciencemajor Morgan Hulbert came to SUNY Delhi looking to get involved. She was astrong student in high schooland amember of her local 4H Club just outside of Plattsburgh, NY, but she felt likeshe could have done more— student clubs, extracurriculars, things like that.

“So being here at college, Iwanted to be part of things, part of campus, part of the community,” she said.“Because that’s where I thrive.”

 Morgan’s attention turned to SUNYDelhi while shadowing veterinary technicians at Palmer Veterinary Clinic aspart of a college-in-high-school business class. Many of the vet techs there, shesaid, were SUNY Delhi alumni and “Delhi was definitely the number one school intheir mind for the vet tech program.”

On campus, she began volunteeringto help with open houses and on Accepted Student Days, talking to families andprospective students, sharing her experience and answering questions about thecollege. She took to the work and was soon asked to become a StudentAmbassador.

Student Ambassadors like Morganare generally chosen for their sincerity, commitment, and interpersonal skillsto give campus tours, assist at open houses and Accepted Student Days and speakwith prospective students and their families.

Morgan often finds herselftalking about the strong hands-on component of a SUNY Delhi education, thesurprising amount of activity both on and off campus for such a smallcommunity, and the many opportunities for meaningful community service. Andthose messages tend to resonate, she said. She’s been able to enjoy seeing afew faces she met during tours as new students coming to campus.

“That’s really rewarding,” shesaid. “It doesn’t feel like a job. I enjoy doing it, and I think it’s probablyone of the most fun and rewarding jobs at Delhi.”

Dr. Alice Krause and Guest Professor Antonieta Cal y Mayor...


Dr. Alice Krause and Guest Professor Antonieta Cal y Mayor Turnbull from the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, Mexicotaught together as part of a SUNY initiative called COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning).

“The students have enjoyed using their Spanish with native speakers and have gained confidence in their use of a second language,” says Dr. Krause. “It has been a wonderful opportunity for cultural exchange. The students were able to learn about college life in another country. Most importantly, the students recognized that, at a personal level, there are a lot more similarities than differences between them and their Mexican partners.”

SUNY’s COIL program seeks to increase academic collaboration between U.S. and foreign institutions through enhanced courses that utilize online technologies and project-based instructional design.

Pictured above: (top) Dr. Alice Krause; Pedro Copantitla; Kelly Keck, COIL Coordinator; Steven Padin-Paredes; Antonieta Cal y Mayor Turnbull; Abigail Gockel; Rebecca Kole; and Gabriella Ferrebee; (bottom)  Steven Padin-Paredes offers Antonieta Cal y Mayor Turnbull a SUNY Delhi pin on behalf of the class in appreciation.

We had a visit today from the Milford sixth graders, who visited Instructors Toni DiNoto and Matt House at the wind turbine and solar array (pictured), then saw Instructor Chris Jones and Assistant Professor Jack Burgess in the Plumbing and Heating lab, followed by a visit to Refrigeration Instructors Mark Schoff and Pete Ryan. Their tour of programs concluded with a presentation by Instructor Alex Brownell about the Residential Construction program.
Applied Technologies Dean Inspires Alum

Joe Graney ‘93 is in his 17thyear teaching industrial arts at Chazy Central Rural School. He credits AppliedTechnologies Dean Nancy Macdonald with his teaching style. She made anincredible impression on Joe when he studied carpentry under her tutelage inthe nineties.

“Professor Macdonald madeit so much easier to understand carpentry by giving us helpful hints. Ioften tell my students these same tips, but always give Professor Macdonaldcredit. Whether it’s a lesson on laying out stairs, being efficient, ordrawing up an estimate, she always presented topics in a way that everyonecould comprehend.”

Joe says he looks back andrealizes his success could not have been possible without the positive rolemodels and teachers he had at Delhi. Joe often recommends SUNY Delhi’ssupportive environment to any female students who may be thinking about enteringthe construction industry but are hesitant.

“Professor Macdonald had acertain passion for what she was teaching and, now that I am a teacher, I fullyappreciate that,” Joe says.

Joe went onto Oswego Stateafter SUNY Delhi and received his B.S. in Technology Education and later receivedan M.S.Ed. from University of New England. He says he often looksback in shock at where he started as a carpentry student.

“Professor Macdonald’s highlyeffective teaching strategy worked on guy who had very little carpentryexperience or knowledge. I guess, as a teacher, I’m now following Professor Macdonald’slead,” adds Joe.

The SUNY Delhi Alumni Association is looking for grads from the past 15 years who will help drive us into the future by serving on the Alumni Council's Young Alumni Committee. The committee meets (via conference call) about 3-4 times a year with a goal to keep recent graduates engaged with the college and fellow alumni. Please message Lucinda M Brydon or Danielle Schafer if you're interested in serving or email the Alumni Office at
Congrats to SUNY Delhi for being recognized as one of the 147 colleges and universities that participated in The Escalation Workshop Challenge by the One Love Foundation. Student facilitators from Riverview Townhouses helped make an impact on someone's life by making a contribution in the movement to end relationship abuse.
50 guests enjoyed a reception hosted by the SUNY Delhi Alumni Association this past Monday At Vermilion on Lexington Avenue. Shown are Construction Technology Associate Professor Jared Yando '05 with Jesse Ottesen '85, Dan Katz '05 and Sean DuPuy '05.
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