Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Janelle Schwartz ’97 and Director of Outdoor Leadership Andrew Jillings were invited to attend Adirondack Day on April 27 at the New York State Legislative Office Building in Albany, N.Y.
Hamilton was one of 12 New York colleges represented at the event that was structured to give the colleges an opportunity to promote their use of the Adirondack Park to an audience of state legislators and staff. The goal was to make legislators more aware of the role colleges and universities play in the current economy and future policy of the Adirondack Park.
Schwartz discussed Hamilton’s Academic Program in the Adirondacks, a semester-long learning experience that combines rigorous academic study with the skills and understanding gained through field experience in the Adirondack Park with local organizations and in wilderness contexts. Schwartz is the program’s founder and general director.
Jillings focused on wilderness orientation, in particular Adirondack Adventure, one of the six-day orientation trip programs offered to incoming first-year students.