Expeditionary Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh
spring 2016
Greetings from the Expeditionary Studies Department,

We are now in our eleventh year of operation and we have much to celebrate, primarily the many accomplishments of our students, alumni and faculty. This is the first edition of a new annual EXP Newsletter. Featured here are stories (and a documentary film) of recent EXP student expeditions as well several updated alumni profiles.  Please note the upcoming EXP Alumni gatherings in Salt Lake City (March 11th) and Plattsburgh (Sept. 3rd) and make plans to attend! 

Jerry Isaak, Associate Professor & Department Chair

This course explores global cultures through the lens of adventure travel and tourism. The central goals of EXP303 are to define adventure tourism and travel, to identify the impacts of these on the traveler and the host nation, and, finally, to investigate these in an actual adventure travel experience.

This section of EXP303 was offered in the Tien Shan Mountains of the Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan. The course took place during January 2016.

By Jack Waterhouse 
The plane lands and the only thing that I know is that I don’t know what to expect. It has been 14 hours of continuous travel, and but for a single ten minute sprint through the Moscow Airport, I have been sitting, crammed elbow to elbow with complete strangers for all of it. The plane drifts low over fields dusted lightly with snow, and I realize that I am by far the farthest from home I’ve ever been, quite literally, on the other side of the world.   Read more.
Senior Expeditions
Sophomore Expeditions
Alumni Profiles
  Maeghan Baron, Class of 2008   Learning through play has been a compass of my early childhood.  With canoe trips to Algonquin Provincial Park, an Outward Bound course in high school, and living abroad in Finland as an exchange student, I began learning that play could be profitable.  Transferring to SUNY Plattsburgh in 2005 was a pivotal transformation for the trajectory of my career choices.
Mike is currently working in the telecommunications industry as a cell tower safety and training director, which funds his personal expeditions.  He created his own adventure consulting company, called  Summit Yourself

  Mark Pugliese, class of 2012
After graduating from EXP, I moved around for a year and then eventually found my summer home in Seattle, Washington.  I currently work for Mountain Madness Inc. and Alpine Ascents International.  I started working for Madness in the North Cascades of Washington State and then began to do more international guiding.

Ali is currently teaching English in China, at Suzhou Foreign Language School. According to Ali, “expeditionary studies was the perfect fit for me, allowing to train at high levels of climbing and paddling and gain an entirely new perspective on the world.”

Upcoming EXP Alumni Events
Salt Lake City, Utah - March 11, 2016
Plattsburgh, New York - September 3, 2016
We hope to see you there!!!
Expeditionary Studies
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-5292