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TWS Conclave Draws Nearly 200 Students to Adirondacks
By Matthew Fuirst, President of Paul Smith’s College Student Chapter of TWS
Paul Smith’s College, located in the heart of the Adirondack State Park of New York, recently hosted the TWS Northeast Conclave for the first time in the college’s history. Approximately 180 students from 19 different colleges, including 15 student chapters of TWS, attended the event. The current President and President-Elect of the New York Chapter of TWS, Valorie Titus and Martin Lowney, were present during the weekend of events, as well as TWS Wildlife Programs Coordinator Mariah Simmons.
The plenary session on the first evening consisted of a panel led by Ben Tabor of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with a variety of wildlife professionals talking about the “Real World” after graduation. Afterwards, a social was held, during which professionals, college faculty, and undergraduates were able to mingle and interact in a comforting north-country atmosphere. A small group of students and teachers even ended up gathering together to play live music during the event.
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