Clarkson students reach out to locals with lecture tonight

SARANAC LAKE – Students at Clarkson University are hosting a lecture in Lake Placid tonight as part of the Adirondack Semester program.

Jessica Beach, of Clarkson University, is involved in the student-run effort. She is staying in Saranac Lake, part of the university’s program here. Her role was to help advertise and promote the event.

“We’ve been working on it for about two weeks,” Beach said. “We’re all pitching in however we can.”

The panel discussion, called “Community Building: Localizing the Adirondack Economy,” will be held at 6 p.m. today in the Olympic Center conference room. It focuses on the local economic development, food production and energy solutions in Adirondack communities.

There will be six speakers covering those topics: Kate Fish of Adirondack North Country Association, Anna Buser of Adirondack Cooperative Economy, Rene Goodnow of Wholeshare, Adam Hainer of Juniper Hill Farms, Dan Mason of Adirondack North Country Association, and DJ Colbert of Cornerstone Services.

“We are very excited about this event,” Beach said.

Beach said there is no admission fee and that refreshments will served.

Clarkson’s Adirondack Semester program attempts to enrich students both academically and culturally. During their studies there, the students have opportunities to meet with Adirondack Park leaders, policy people, locals and businesses, and to learn through team projects.

Another aspect of the experience-based Adirondack Semester program Beach said she has enjoyed is field trips. Most recently, she said they visited Troy, N.Y., and Berlin, N.H.