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Union to host New York Six symposium April 1


Kenneth Adams, president of the Empire State Economic Development Corp., will be the keynote speaker at a symposium Monday, April 1 featuring the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium.

Adams, the former president and CEO of the Business Council of New York State, will discuss the upstate economy and regional economic development councils at 10:45 a.m. in College Park Hall.

His talk is free and open to the public.

The symposium will focus on four key areas: service learning, community engagement, sustainability and the upstate economy. Participants will share best practices and challenges to identify opportunities for collaboration with colleagues at other New York Six schools.

Breakout session at 12:30 p.m.:

• Service Learning
o Discussion leader: Kathleen Flowers, director, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Hobart and William Smith 
• Community Engagement
o Discussion leader: Angela Tatem, director, Community Outreach/STEP Program, Union College
• Sustainability
o Discussion leader: Lisa Cleckner, director, Finger Lakes Institute, Hobart and William Smith
• New York Six and the Upstate Economy
o Discussion Leader: Edward Summers, Chief of Staff and director, Adirondack Initiative, Union College


At 1:45 p.m., a second breakout session with the same groups will discuss opportunities for collaboration. The closing session of the symposium begins at 3 p.m.

The symposium is free and open to all interested faculty and staff at Union and other consortium member institutions: Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University and Skidmore College.

The symposium is sponsored by Union's Kelly Adirondack Center.

For more information, contact Amy Cronin, executive director of the New York Six, at (607) 351-5602 or at acronin@newyork6.org.

Established with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium facilitates collaboration among its member institutions through the sharing of expertise and resources.