Catching up with...Joe Conti

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Joe Conti is the campus arborist. A certified arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture, he has a degree in urban tree management from Paul Smith's College. He joined Union in 2007. Joe enjoys working to keep the campus landscape safe and beautiful. He looks forward to continuing to grow the College's urban forest and is grateful to be a part of the team that takes care of the country's first planned college campus. After more than a decade in Schenectady, Joe and his family now enjoy the country life in Galway. They like taking their dog, Jakkie, for walks to see the cows and horses. Their two cats delight in napping often and not padding about the grounds. Joe and his two daughters enjoy helping his wife make the family's favorite dinner -- calzones.

Joe Conti, Union College arborist

FIRST APP YOU LOOK AT IN THE MORNING: for the day's weather

ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES: “The Man Who Planted Trees” by Jean Giono

BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED: To keep things in perspective and always give your best effort

FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS: Up in a tree - any tree

GO-TO BREAKFAST: Maple and brown sugar oatmeal

NETFLIX OR AMAZON: Amazon - more trees in the rainforest

FAVORITE PODCAST: Currently, “In Defense of Plants”

ONE SKILL YOU WISH YOU HAD: To be able to MIG weld - more options for solving challenges

BEST PART OF YOUR DAY: Returning home to see my family

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT YOU: I won a blue ribbon at the Kimberton Fair with a good friend for the two-man crosscut sawing event.