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SUNY COBLESKILL WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PREPARES FOR 2022 CAMPAIGN

Written By Editor on 8/31/22 | 8/31/22

Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s cross country team will be looking to rebound from a 2021 campaign that saw the Fighting Tigers compete incomplete for most of the season’s events and post an eighth place finish at the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championships. With several key returners joined by a number of newcomers, Cobleskill Head Coach Mitch Tomaszkiewicz believes the program is moving in the right direction as he prepares for his 30th season directing the Orange & Black. 

“We’ve seen significant improvement from our returners and have begun to rebuild our overall numbers,” said Tomaszkiewicz. “I think that we are making progress towards getting back to where we were pre-pandemic and are going to have a better season as we continue the rebuilding process.” 

The Fighting Tigers will return two letter winners as well as their top runner from 2021 squad including sophomore Jenna Swyers, Peru, N.Y., Peru High School, who was the team’s top finisher in seven events during the season. 

The newcomers will be highlighted by sophomore Katherine Ledermann, Guilderland, N.Y., Guilderland High School, a transfer from Canisius College who was a member of the women’s track & field team in the spring, first-year Lilly Swyers, Peru, N.Y., Peru High School, the younger sister of Jenna Swyers and freshman Alyssa Freeguard, Argyle, N.Y., Argyle High School, who earned All-Section II Class D Team honors while capturing the 2021 Adirondack League Girls Cross Country Championship. 

Cobleskill will open the 2022 season on Saturday September 3 when they travel to Castleton, Vt. for the Castleton University Invitational hosted by Castleton University on the college’s cross country course beginning at 11:00 a.m.  


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SUNY COBLESKILL WOMEN’S GOLF ACCEPTED INTO NORTHEAST WOMEN’S GOLF CONFERENCE

Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s golf team has been accepted as a member to the Northeast Women’s Golf Conference (NWGC) for the 2022-23 season. The conference was formed in the spring of 2019 and is recognized as a single-sport NCAA Division III conference with an automatic NCAA Championship Bid.  

League members include Husson University, Johnson & Wales University, Keuka College, Manhattanville College, Nazareth College, Suffolk University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Cortland, St. John Fisher College, Westfied State University and Utica College.  

According to a grateful Fighting Tiger Head Coach Bowman joining the conference is a significant step forward the women’s golf program.  

“We are honored by the invitation to join and compete in the Northeast Women’s Golf Conference. We are excited to embrace the new challenges and opportunities this will allow for our women’s team. I would like to thank the diligent work our Athletic Director, Marie Curran-Headley, did to ensure our women would have this amazing opportunity to compete at the highest level and represent our institution. I would also like to thank the current team for laying down the foundation and trusting our leadership to take them to the next level and support them as student-athletes.” 

The Fighting Tigers will open the 2022 season on Saturday September 3rd when they host the 2022 Fighting Tiger Fall Invitational at the Cobleskill Golf & Country Club beginning at 11:00 AM. 


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Bassett Receives $82 Million Scriven Foundation Grant to Support Improved Access to Care and Key Investments in Staff



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Cooperstown, N.Y. -  Bassett Medical Center is the recipient of an $82 million grant from the Scriven Foundation to make rapid improvements resulting in greater patient care access. The health system will also launch significant recruitment and retention initiatives for staff in key areas.

 
“Bassett has strived to provide excellent patient care as a leader in fostering healthy rural communities for more than a century,” says Tommy Ibrahim, MD, MHA, President & CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “Like hospitals and health systems across the country, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges in retention and recruitment, especially among physicians, advanced practice clinicians, and nurses, which is negatively and unacceptably impacting patient access to care.”
 
“Bassett provides care and services to patients across eight counties and 5,600 square miles in central New York state,” remarks Jane Forbes Clark, Chair of the Bassett Medical Center Board of Directors and President of the Scriven Foundation. “The organization’s tremendous footprint connects many thousands of patients with care who otherwise would not have access. I am proud of the critically important work Bassett has accomplished over more than 100 years – and continues to build upon – in rural medicine. On behalf of the Scriven Foundation, we are pleased to offer this impactful investment to bolster resources, benefits, and recruitment efforts for Bassett’s clinical workforce.”
 
“We are deeply grateful to the Scriven Foundation and Jane Forbes Clark for their remarkable support of Bassett and the communities we serve. This grant is immensely generous, and truly transformative for Bassett,” added Dr. Ibrahim. “Our continued success as an independent health system is possible because of mission-driven partnerships with organizations like the Scriven Foundation.” 
 
“This innovative grant will fund new programs to address the challenges rural health care operations encounter every day while ensuring continued financial stability,” explains Doug Hastings, Chair of the Bassett Healthcare Network Board of Directors. Some of the programs the Scriven Foundation restricted grant will make possible include enhanced new investments in: 
  • More competitive salaries, benefits, and retirement for practitioners
  • Improving access to childcare for employees
  • Increasing affordable housing options for employees
  • Developing new mentorship opportunities with local nursing schools
  • Decreasing administrative demands on practitioners by acquiring more support staff and Implementing technologically driven solutions 
  • Increasing education and training programs for clinical staff
“This grant is truly a game-changer for patient care at Bassett,” shared Dr. Henry Weil, Chief Operating Officer for Bassett Medical Center and Chief Clinical & Academic Officer for Bassett Healthcare Network. “From our founding in 1922 to today, Bassett has discovered innovative ways to push the boundaries of rural health. The opportunities and benefits that this grant provides are immeasurable as we work to reaffirm Bassett as a best place to work and practice and best-in-class academic medical center. Most importantly, it ensures better access, care, health, and wellness for our patients and communities.” 
 
In addition to the grant from the Scriven Foundation, Bassett recently announced that it has already invested approximately $50 million in increased compensation for its non-practitioner workforce this past year. 
 
Bassett is also continuing to grow and deepen its partnership with Columbia University through their shared medical education, research, and clinical initiatives, helping to foster healthy rural communities.
 
“As a passionate advocate for advanced rural health care, I am tremendously excited about the transformational impact this Scriven Foundation grant will have on the long-standing partnership between Columbia University and Bassett,” says Katrina Armstrong, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. “This is a great day for our patients and for those of us committed to addressing disparities and advancing health equity.”

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SUNY COBLESKILL ATHLETIC TEAMS PARTICIPATE IN 2022 NEW STUDENT CAMPUS MOVE-IN PROGRAM


On Friday August 26, SUNY Cobleskill athletic teams pitched in to help the college’s new student class move into their residence halls as part of the Cobleskill’s 2022 Campus Move-In Day. Fighting Tiger student-athletes from: the women’s volleyball team as well as the men’s and women’s soccer teams and the men’s and women’s cross country teams helped spearhead the campus’s move in efforts for the college’s newest students. 

“I personally am very glad to see our student-athletes giving back to our campus community as a part of this program especially as we come out of the pandemic,” said Fighting Tigers Athletic Director Marie Curran-Headley. “It is also gratifying to see our student-athletes interact with the incoming class who we hope will be filling the stands at athletic home events throughout the year.”  

The Fighting Tigers will open the 2022-23 campaign on Thursday September 1 when the men’s soccer team hosts the Trailblazers of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) at the Soccer/Lacrosse Complex with kick-off scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and the women’s soccer team travels to Morrisville State College to meet the Mustangs in Morrisville, N.Y. at 8:00 p.m. Then on Friday September the women’s volleyball team will open play at the 2022 Greyhound Premiere Invitational hosted by Moravian University in Bethlehem, Pa. taking on Bearcats of Baruch College at 5:00 p.m. and the host Greyhounds of Moravian at 7:00 p.m. The weekend will see the men’s and women’s golf team’s host the 2022 Fighting Tiger Fall Invitational at the Cobleskill Golf & Country Club beginning at 10:00 a.m. while the men’s & women’s cross country teams will open the year at the 2022 Castleton University Invitational starting at 10:30 a.m.  

For updated SUNY Cobleskill athletic schedules, contest results and program general information fans are encouraged to check-out the Fighting Tiger Athletic Department Website at: https://fightingtigers.cobleskill.edu/. Fighting Tiger live-streamed contests can be viewed via the Fighting Tiger Sports Network on-line at  https://fightingtigers.cobleskill.edu/sports/2017/9/1/The%20Fighting%20Tiger%20Sports%20Network.aspx.   


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SUNY COBLESKILL NAMES HAILEE HERC INTERIM WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL COACH


Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill athletic department announced today that Hailee Herc has been named the Fighting Tigers’ interim head coach for the 2022 season. Herc joined the program in the spring of 2022 under head coach Scott Hill who guided the team to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Western Division Championship in 2021. Hill, an Associate Professor in the Department of Sport & Exercise will be expanding his role in terms of program design and teaching.  

The new Fighting Tiger head coach is looking forward to taking over the program and the upcoming campaign. 

“I am excited after the season we had last year for the opportunity to work with the talented players we have returning and the new recruits that we have. I hope that I can add value and knowledge that will help us reach for a NAC Championship.” 

The Eden, N.Y. native had previously coached at Eden High School from 2017-to-2022 compiling an 89-19 overall record including a 49-1 mark with the Raiders leading the program to five Section VI Class C Championships directing the program while simultaneously leading the Niagara Frontier Volleyball Club to USA Volleyball National Championship Tournament five times. 

From 2014 to 2017 Herc served as an assistant women’s volleyball coach at SUNY Cortland including a stint in 2017 as the program’s interim head coach. During her time with the Red Dragons the program posted a 71-49 overall record.  

An outstanding player during her college and high school days, Herc played her collegiate volleyball at the Division I level for Stony Brook University where in four seasons she appeared in 325 sets recording 768 digs and 118 aces as a defensive specialist/libero after an outstanding prep career at Eden High School leading the program to four Section VI Class C Championships, four appearances in the finals of the New York State Championship Tournament at the 2009 New York State Class C Championship earning both First Team All-Western New York Team honors and All-New York State Team honors in 2009.  

The Fighting Tiger new mentor earned her Master's of Education degree from SUNY Cortland in 2017 and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Stony Brook University in 2014. 

Cobleskill will open the 2022 season on Friday September 2 when the team travels to Bethlehem, Pa. for the 2022 Greyhound Premiere Invitational hosted by Moravian University. The Fighting Tigers will meet Baruch College in the tournament opener at 5:00 p.m. followed by a 7:00 p.m. match versus the host Greyhounds of Moravian at 7:00 p.m. The team will then close out the event by taking on Olivet College on Saturday September 3 at 10:00 a.m.  


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SUNY COBLESKILL WOMEN’S SOCCER OPENS YEAR RANKED SIXTH IN NAC WESTERN DIVISION COACHES POLL


Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s soccer team will open the 2022 season ranked sixth in the initial North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Western Division Coaches Poll. Under the direction of first-year head coach Chukwuma Asala the Fighting Tigers make their return to the pitch for the first-time post Covid. 

After the program being on hiatus since 2020 the new Fighting Tiger Head Coach sees the pre-season ranking as expected but is looking at the season as a chance to take the program in a new direction.  

“I want us to grow as a program and establish a culture that can develop into a NAC Championship caliber program.” Said Asala. “Covid and the coach leaving last year prior to the pre-season really did a number on us. A lot of programs struggled with these situations, but we were decimated. So, this year we are starting from scratch and making this a total rebuilding year.” 

This year’s edition of the Orange & Black will feature a pair of players who were a part of the Fighting Tigers prior to the pandemic. Junior defender Lilah Ward, Arlington, Vt., Arlington Memorial High School, returns as does senior forward Julia Howard, Elizaville, N.Y., Germantown High School/Monroe College, who scored three goals in 2019 returning to Cobleskill after a stint at junior college power Monroe College.  

Among the newcomers the Cobleskill will be counting on first-year midfielder Jessica Carney, Hopkinton, N.H., Hopkinton High School, a New Hampshire All-State Team selection who has shown creativity in the midfield and first-year forward Ashlynn DeRonda, Saugerties, N.Y., Saugerties High School, a speedy forward who can put pressure on the opposition’s defense. 

Between the pipes, the Fighting Tigers will initially look to the goalie tandem of sophomore Alexis Minnoe, Syracuse, N.Y., Cicero-North Syracuse High School, and first-year Brianna Rogers, Canton, N.Y., Hugh C. Williams High School, top protect the net.  

Cobleskill will open the season on Thursday September 2 when they travel to Morrisville, N.Y. for a non-league meeting with the Mustangs of Morrisville State College beginning at 8:00 p.m.  

2022 NAC Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll Results: 

Western Division Standings 

Rank 

Team 

Points 

1. 

SUNY Delhi 

33 (4)* 

T-2. 

Cazenovia College 

26 (1)* 

T-2. 

SUNY Canton 

26 (1)* 

4. 

Northern Vermont Johnson 

17 

5. 

SUNY Polytechnic Institute 

15 

6. 

SUNY Cobleskill 

9 

*Denotes First Place Votes 

Eastern Division Standings 

Rank 

Team 

Points 

1. 

Husson University 

35 (5)* 

2. 

University of Maine-Farmington 

27 (1)* 

3. 

Thomas College 

24 

4. 

Maine Maritime Academy 

22 

5. 

University of Maine-Presque Isle 

10 

6. 

Northern Vermont-Lyndon 

8 

*Denotes First Place Votes 


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FIGHTING TIGER MEN’S SOCCER OPENS 2022 SEASON RANKED FIFTH IN NAC WESTERN DIVISION PRE-SEASON COACHES POLL


Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s soccer team will open the 2022 campaign ranked fifth overall in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Western Division Pre-Season Coaches Poll. The Fighting Tigers are coming off a 2021 season that saw them post a 4-12 overall record including a 3-6 mark against NAC opponents closing the year with a loss to SUNY Poly in the opening round of the league’s divisional play-off tournament.  

With the upcoming season fast approaching Fighting Tiger Head Coach Joseph Machado is anxious to the year to begin and excited about what lays ahead for his squad.  

“We’re excited for the new season in the NAC,” said Machado. “Last year was a learning experience in terms of what to expect and how to deal with things like travel and the style of play. Now it is time to take what we learned and apply it this year. 

Among the returning players who will be counted on this season are the team’s two leading scorers, senior defender Tanner Reisman, Youngstown, N.Y., Greece-Athena High School, and junior midfielder Cater Ciavardoni, Latham, N.Y., Shaker High School, who each tallied four goals and an assist on the year. Senior defender Ben Kessler, Eastport, N.Y., St. Anthony’s High Schoolalso returns after a season that saw him play a key role in anchoring the defense while passing out a pair of assists. 

The recruiting class will feature several newcomers who could become contributors to the program in the form of first-year midfielder Tanner Reisman, Youngstown, N.Y., Greece-Athena High School, first-year defender Dominic Ciano, Walden, N.Y., Valley Central High School, and first-year forward Trevor Masocco, Eden, N.Y., Eden High School. 

When evaluating the roster and the upcoming season, Coach Machado sees that this is a different Fighting Tiger version over last year.  

“We are definitely grittier and tougher defensively especially as our younger players learn to play Fighting Tiger soccer. Our DNA as a team has changed over the last year as we’ve gotten older and more experienced.” 

The Orange & Black will open the season when they host the Trailblazers of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) for a non-conference match-up at the college’s Soccer/Lacrosse Complex with kick-off slated for 4:00 PM 

2022 NAC Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll Results: 

Western Division Standings 

Rank 

Team 

Points 

1. 

SUNY Polytechnic Institute 

33 (5)* 

2. 

SUNY Canton 

28 (1)* 

3. 

Cazenovia College 

26  

4. 

SUNY Delhi 

19 

5. 

SUNY Cobleskill 

14 

6. 

Northern Vermont Johnson 

9 

*Denotes First Place Votes 

Eastern Division Standings 

Rank 

Team 

Points 

1. 

Husson University 

35 (5)* 

2. 

Maine Maritime Acadmey 

29 (1)* 

3. 

University of Maine-Farmington 

22 

4. 

University of Maine-Presque Isle 

19 

5. 

Thomas College 

15 

6. 

Northern Vermont-Lyndon 

6 

*Denotes First Place Votes 


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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Brand-New Turf Field at SUNY Delhi

Written By Editor on 8/30/22 | 8/30/22

SUNY Delhi will hold a ribbon-cutting and naming ceremony for the brand-new athletic turf field on campus this Thursday ahead of the first athletic game of the season in which SUNY Delhi's men's soccer team will face Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The naming ceremony will take place at 3:45 p.m. on the turf field, next to the Bubble on upper campus. The turf field will be named after Neil Riddell '62, a SUNY Delhi alum and lead donor for the construction of the field.

A photo of the new turf field is attached.

The new all-sports turf field is a signature addition to SUNY Delhi Broncos NCAA Division III athletic facilities, becoming home to some of SUNY Delhi's most competitive teams, including women's soccer, men's soccer, and men's lacrosse. In addition to an athlete-friendly playing surface, the facility brings modern amenities such as sports lighting, clocks, and a sound system to the spectator and fan experience. The new turf field allows SUNY Delhi's accomplished student-athletes to train and compete at the highest level.

"This ceremony highlights what is possible when a person finds their purpose, follows their passion, and lives a life of integrity and service," says Dr. Mary Bonderoff. "This beautiful new field, made possible in large part by Neil Riddell's unwavering commitment to SUNY Delhi, will serve our student-athletes and campus for generations to come."

Mr. Riddell, a member of the SUNY Delhi Athletics Hall of Fame and former Vice President of the College Foundation at Delhi, Inc. Board of trustees, graduated from SUNY Delhi with a degree in business in 1962. Mr. Riddell served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and spent his career running agricultural and real estate businesses throughout Central New York. Mr. Riddell supports and volunteers for many organizations "to pay it forward because people have helped me in my times of need." An avid sports enthusiast, he still officiates college soccer and high school soccer and basketball games at age 80.

For more information on the turf field and SUNY Delhi athletics, please visit delhibroncos.com or contact Athletic Director Bob Backus at 607-746-4677 or backusrh@delhi.edu.

For information on the College Foundation at Delhi and giving, please contact the VP for College Advancement Michael Sullivan at 607-746-4538 or sullivmt@delhi.edu.

View Online: http://delhi.meritpages.com/news/Advisory-Ribbon-Cutting-Ceremony-for-Brand-New-Turf-Field-at-SUNY-Delhi/29028


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Free Admission at September 24 Exploration Day

Written By Editor on 8/29/22 | 8/29/22



Exploration Days at Hanford Mills continue to give visitors the chance to enjoy a variety of engaging activities and explore the mill. Our September 24th Exploration Day, Metal at the Mill, will focus on the sustainable use of metal. Thanks to a generous sponsorship by NYCM Insurance, admission to this Exploration Day will be free. Staff will demonstrate the waterwheel and historic machines in the Mill throughout the day. Historic cooking demonstrations will take place in the Hanford Farmhouse through 2pm. Enjoy a performance by the Stoddard Hollow String Band from 12 – 3pm.

SUNY Delhi’s Sustainability Program and Green Team will display a solar-powered battery system where people can charge their cell phones. Learn more about SUNY Delhi’s new bachelor’s program in Sustainability and why sustainability matters to every aspect of our world.

The 6th Annual Catskill Conquest Rally, sponsored by the Historic Automobile Endurance Runs, will rumble through the Catskills with a a mid- to late-afternoon stop at Hanford Mills. We invite you to come and see these unique historic cars. 

Hanford Mills will also host the Catskills Folk Connections exhibit, “Folk Art in Metal.” The exhibit features five artists, whose work in metal varies from traditional blacksmithed hardware and hand-hammered copper bowls to modern metal furniture, and from whirlygigs made from Volkswagen Beetle parts to ingenious figures created from tools, kitchen utensils, and old musical instruments.

We will post updates about this Exploration Day, and the one on October 15, on social media and our website.

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State Police Investigate Motorcycle Death in Hunter

On August 28, 2022, at approximately 6:36 p.m. State Police from the Hunter barracks responded to a motorcycle crash on State Route 23A in the town of Hunter. Investigation revealed that Luke F. Niosi, age 24 from the town of Coxsackie, was operating a 2022 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle westbound on State Route 23A when he failed to keep right and crossed over into the eastbound lane and struck a guide-rail. Greene County Paramedics arrived on scene and began life saving measures. They transported Niosi to Columbia Memorial Hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced deceased while en-route to the hospital.

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SUNY Delhi Kicks off 2022-23 Academic Year


1,100 new students welcomed on campus and online this fall

DELHI, NY (08/26/2022) SUNY Delhi welcomed new students for the 2022-23 academic year on Thursday, August 25. This year's incoming cohort consists of over 1,100 students. Approximately 900 are residential and commuting students, while 215 will be studying online. The students were selected from a pool of nearly 4,600 applicants, an increase from the previous year. Geographically, the incoming class represents 55 New York counties and roughly 20 U.S. states. The five most popular majors at SUNY Delhi this year are veterinary science technology, nursing, construction, architecture, and mechatronics. New academic offerings this year include associate programs in baking and pastry arts and biology and bachelor's programs applied communication, baking and pastry arts management, and sustainability.

Addressing new students at convocation, SUNY Delhi's Officer-in-Chief Mary Bonderoff said, "You've made an excellent choice in coming to Delhi. Our student-centered approach means that everything we do revolves around helping you succeed in and out of the classroom. No matter what you are studying, you are getting a state-of-the-art curriculum that teaches you the latest skills and knowledge that employers are looking for out in the workforce. Take advantage of the opportunities around you and leave your mark on Delhi. Your impact matters."

Welcome weekend for new students includes academic sessions and social events to prepare them for a successful start to their college journey.Returning students will move in on Sunday, August 28, bringing the total number of students at SUNY Delhi to 2,656. Classes for all students are scheduled to begin Monday, August 29.


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