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Faculty Spotlights

Music professor Sten Isachsen holding a guitar.

Sten Isachsen

School of Music

The recording industry has gone digital. Sten Isachsen fills us in on this trend and his keys to success as not only a touring musician and educator, but a well-known Capital Region engineer and producer.




Kim Otis, School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

Kim Otis

School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

Gaming is an industry on the rise. Our resident expert, Kim Otis, describes the College's degree program and shares with us her favorite game (with video).


Headshot of Dr. Christopher Brellochs, Dean of the School of Music

Dr. Christopher Brellochs

School of Music

In a recent episode of HBO’s The Gilded Age, the new series by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, viewers can be assured that in the closing scene depicting an 1882 performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, all of the instruments, the music, and even the conductor’s baton were all authentic to the time period, in part thanks to Dr. Christopher Brellochs, Dean of the School of Music at SUNY Schenectady.


Dr. Luca Fontana with two students in the Chemistry LabDr. Luca Fontana

Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health

Dr. Luca Fontana is modest when he discusses his background working in the research and development industry, but the former vice president of global technology, chief technology officer, chemist, and research, technology, and innovation consultant, was the main inventor or co-inventor on 25 U.S. patents. He retired from the chemical industry to pursue his second love: food, earning his degree in culinary arts/chef training from the Culinary Institute of America, and afterward he began teaching chemistry.


Erin Potter holding a weather balloon outside in the winter.

Erin Potter

Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health

Erin Potter teaches Meteorology and Environmental Science. She holds a master’s degree in Geosciences through Mississippi State University, bachelor’s in Meteorology from SUNY Oneonta, and is pursuing a master’s in Atmospheric Science at the University at Albany. 



Babette Faehmel, Ph.D.

Babette Faehmel

Division of Liberal Arts

In honor of Women's History Month in March, we asked Dr. Babette Faehmel, Assistant Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts, to share her thoughts about women's history and about those who have inspired her academically and personally.


Stephen J. Tyson sitting on a couch, smiling for the camera.Stephen J. Tyson, Sr. 

Division of Liberal Arts

Whether it’s engaging students in his studio art courses to explore such subjects as color theory and textures, or bringing people together for local art exhibits through Capital Region-based Black Dimensions in Art, Inc., longtime Fine Arts Faculty Member Stephen J. Tyson Sr., in the Division of Liberal Arts, never underestimates the power of art and community.