New and returning students arrive in Plattsburgh this weekend to settle in for another school year at SUNY Plattsburgh.. This weekend Rugar Street will be closed to thru traffic to accommodate the influx of students and we asked Plattsburgh Councilwoman Becky Kasper for her perspective on this annual event… Doctor Kasper is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at SUNY Plattsburgh..
“It’s a tradition in the city of Plattsbugh and on almost every college campus across the country.” She said, “It’s a cycle. Every year we go on hiatus for a while and we get some rest and then the students arrive, Rugar Street gets closed off and the cars pile up and the freshman are there and all the students are there. The Fraternities and Sororities come out to help. They sometimes are there selling things they think people will need or might have forgotten or might not have enough of, it’s very exciting.”
Dr. Kasper in her role as City Councilwoman chairs the Beautification Committee and has begun a similar effort on the SUNY Plattsburgh Campus. “I was just speaking with the President about Broad Street in front of Hudson, and we’re going to have some conversations about increasing indigineous wildflowers, to go along with the other plants and geology that’s there. I hope to see something very colorful and beautiful there.” Kasper said, “The SUNY campus is unique, it has it’s attractive pieces to it but it doesn’t have a central point, it’s spread out across a wide area. Student Services has a full schedule for the students this weekend to help them get acclimated to the community an Monday morning we start teaching.”