33 Summit Road ( Delmar, NY 12054 


State University of New York at New Paltz May 1999 MFA Photography

College of Saint Rose, Albany NY May 1997 BS Studio Art, Photography

State University of New York at Cobleskill May 1978 AAS Fisheries and Wildlife Technology

Empire State College, Albany NY 1988 – 1992 Undergraduate Business and Economics Courses


Computer Application Instructor September 1999 - present University at Albany •

Developed and continue to provide a program of computer application education to University at Albany Faculty, Staff and Students. 

Developed practical and meaningful courses based on recommendations received and requirements determined. Organized course content, assembled all course notes, and conducted most classroom sessions. Continually updating course offerings based on changing needs. 

Currently teach courses in relational database in MS Access, image editing in Photoshop, web design in Dreamweaver, spreadsheet in Excel, Word, Outlook, Content Management and Wiki. 

Create and provide special sessions as requested by UAlbany Faculty & Staff. 

Determine course scheduling, maintain database of courses, sessions and attendees, provide actual course training and solicit course and instructor evaluations. Website at: 

Formerly taught ICSI 102, Credit Bearing Course in Information & Computer Science Department, one section per semester.

Adjunct Instructor Spring 1998 - 2005 The College of Saint Rose, Sage/JCA, Columbia Greene Community College, and Sage Graduate School

Media Literacy, MAT Program Sage Graduate School, Spring 2006 • Digital Imaging Photography, Spring 2001, Spring 2002 Spring 2003 at Sage. • Photography 1, Fall 2002 at Sage. Photography II, spring 2003 at Sage. • Color Photography, Spring 2000 at Saint Rose. • Studio Photography, Fall 1998, Spring 1999, Spring 2001 at Saint Rose. • Computer Graphics (Photoshop and Quark), Spring & Summer 1998 at SR. • Computer Graphics/Corel Draw, Spring 1999 at CCCC


Group Exhibits

Juried Photography Regional April 2003

Juried Photography Regional April 2002 

Juried Photography Regional April 2001 

Mohawk Hudson Juried Regional July 2000 

RCCA Juried Photography Regional July 2000 

RCCA Juried Photography Regional June 1999 

Mohawk Hudson Juried Regional June 1998 

RCCA Juried Photography Regional June 1998 

RCCA Photo Invitational (an exhibit of past winners) June 1997 

Mohawk Hudson Juried Regional June 1997

One Person Shows 

Cohoes Historical Society June 2002

Colonie Town Library January 2001

Niskayuna Gallery August 1999

Bethlehem Public Library June 1997

Guilderland Public Library January 1997

Voorheesville Public Library February 1996

ShutterSpeed Photo Gallery December 1995

Bethlehem Public Library February 1995

Found In the Adirondacks: Images of Life by Thomas M. Bessette • Currently finishing up this Photo Documentary Book of People that Live and Work in the Adirondacks • Working with Syracuse University Press for Publication in Fall 2007 • Sample copy available on request Argyleshire Farm by Thomas M. Bessette • Self published book of photographs and text, a recent documentary project. • Performed all photography, writing, scanning, composition & construction. • Sample copy available on request. Adirondack Life Magazine • Photographic Contributor 1995-present and previously during 1977-1981 • Cover shot April 1998 • 1999 Calendar • December 2005 ‘Signs’ Portfolio Feature • Completed two Photo assignments for publication Summer 2006 (Cemeteries and General Stores) UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE Disabled Student Services • Volunteer on as needed basis to provide reading and writing help to UAlbany Disabled Students taking Exams • Proctor Exam Periods OASIS • Served as Volunteer Technology Instructor for UAlbany Sponsored Chapter teaching older adults computer literacy and computer graphics. UAlbany/DOL/OGS Education Exchange • Coordinate Exchange of Supervisory and Technology workshops between our three agencies • Provide DOL & OGS Staff access to existing UAlbany Technology Classes University at Albany Faculty Senate • Served three, two year terms as an elected Senator • Served on LISC Council and CafeCor Committee • Currently serving on UPPC and GOV Councils

Fluent in Graphic Software & Hardware Operation • Photoshop, MS Access, Excel, Word, Outlook, PeopleSoft, Footprints, Confluence (Wiki), FrontPage, Dreamweaver, HTML QuarkXPress, Pagemaker, Illustrator, PowerPoint, Corel Draw, Painter, Mac OS, Windows OS through V7, Mac and PC Computers and many of the high end input and output peripherals being used today including Film, Flatbed and Drum Scanners. INTERESTS Outdoor Enthusiast • Avid and experienced hiker, canoeist, wilderness camper, backpacker, large and 35mm format photographer, social and political observer. A Bit of a Bookworm • Student of American History, reader of Natural History & Social Commentary, and a Collector of Antiquarian Books, Photographs and Photographic items. Finished two (unpublished) books of Photography, currently writing personal memoir. PORTFOLIOS AVAILABLE Photography • Fine Art, Documentary, News, Scenic, Wildlife & Student Work • Copy slides of student work in computer graphics and photography • PowerPoint Presentations of Selected Work • Selected Work at my web site at:

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