Dr. Dave Barbano hosted an incredible cheese tasting for staff in early 2017 in our cafeteria annex. He had a wide variety of cheeses from around the world and thorough explanations of each. It was a real treat!
In 2017, we visited Peru Central School four times as part of their Lunchtime Grill series for students to learn about different careers. Each time we represented a different career. We talked about animal care with yearlong dairy and equine interns Victoria Vendetta and Samantha Dobbins; agricultural research with Ph.D. student Mac Campbell and Research Technician Laura Klaiber; agricultural librarian with Librarian Amy Bedard; public relations and marketing with PR Coordinator Rachel Dutil.
After realizing that many of our Miner Morgans were deficient in vitamin E, we began a research study to look at the best delivery method of vitamin E to horses. The research attracted donations to help sponsor the research from individuals and organizations such as the Champlain Valley Morgan Horse Association.
Clinton County Dairy Princess Katarina Emerich – daughter of Miner Institute’s Dairy Outreach Coordinator Wanda Emerich – attended several events at Miner Institute as an ambassador for the local dairy industry. She handed out cheese, helped kids make crafts, and helped pick winners for door prizes at our annual Dairy Day seminar.
We toured multiple school groups and celebrated 30 years of the Summer Experience in Equine Management program with an early-August reunion. Later in the fall, we had a mini-reunion when students from 2016 returned for a long weekend.
For the second year in a row as part of the annual Battle of Plattsburgh weekend events, we participated in the Rotary Club’s bed race in downtown Plattsburgh. We made it through several rounds and had a great time!
At the 2017 Applied Environmental Science Program graduation ceremony in December, we were pleased that Cheryl Donah could join us and accept her honorary certificate. Cheryl was the longtime secretary in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh who retired at the end of 2017.