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Archive Notes - April 2011

It is said that here in the North Country we have two seasons: winter
and construction. Construction season is starting early this year as
evidenced by all the heavy equipment in parking Lot 7 between the Crane
complex and Timerman Hall. As you all should know, we will be
celebrating the groundbreaking for the construction of our new
Performing Arts Building on Friday, April 29 at 3:30 PM. Everyone is
invited to join in the festivities. We anticipate the project will take
just over two years, and I, for one, am thrilled by the addition of the
first academic building to campus in nearly 40 years. The construction
phase will, no doubt, cause significant disruption in many of our
lives, but the end result will be a wonderful new building and
innumerable opportunities for our students.

The President?s
Council and I have approved a budget framework for the 2011-2012 fiscal
year. In the next weeks, as further information becomes available, we
will be refining it. Vice President Mike Lewis and I project an
approximately $2 million reduction in our state support, as a result of
the Governor?s budget proposal, which was largely approved by the
Legislature. While SUNY has not yet finalized the distribution of the
reduction in State support, we are estimating this additional $2 million
cut for our campus. After projecting our budget for 2011-2012 and
making the appropriate reductions, I have accepted a framework
recommended by the President?s Council which fully imposes the restraint
adopted last year, except for relief to Academic Affairs for additional
sections in the fall and two critical positions in Business Affairs.
At this time, I will not seek further cuts from any of the College?s
divisions. Yet at the same time it means that the campus will, by and
large, feel the full effect of the budget reductions of the last three

In 2011-2012, every area of campus will need to operate
within the restraint imposed last spring. Thanks to a better than
projected budget picture last summer, I was able to provide some relief
to every division of the College for this fiscal year, including $1
million to Academic Affairs. At present, I do not believe that we can
repeat that for 2011-2012. I have provided some funding for additional
sections, particularly for the fall, and any temporary service funds not
used in the fall can certainly be allocated to the spring. Yet in
general, we will need to cope with limited funding. In this budget
reality, I believe our first priority is to assist students to graduate
in a timely manner, especially those closest to graduation. Over the
next few weeks, Vice President Lewis, Provost Madden, the academic
deans, and I will be meeting with various campus constituencies
regarding the budget to discuss how individual units can cope.

the political front, bills have now been introduced into both the
Assembly and Senate to create a rational tuition plan. The framework of
this legislation is to first repeal the action which two years ago
diverted tuition dollars to the general fund. After that, the
legislation would empower the SUNY Board of Trustees to increase tuition
up to 5.5% per year. All tuition revenue, fees, and state support
would be placed into a fiduciary account, which is a governmental
process to prohibit the Governor or Legislature from taking those funds
for any purpose other than the support of SUNY. Lastly, the bills would
establish the 2011-2012 State Budget as a funding floor. Each
subsequent Legislature would have to provide at least that amount to
SUNY, plus mandated costs, such as the cost of implementing collective
bargaining agreements.

The College has been informed by the NCAA
that we have inadvertently violated an association bylaw. We are
working closely with NCAA officials to bring the College into
compliance. The violation relates to SUNY Potsdam?s International
Initiative Grant, which is given to all international students through a
blind review process. The program has been found to inadvertently
benefit a higher proportion of student-athletes compared to the number
of international students in the entire student population. SUNY
Potsdam?s international community consists of primarily Canadian
students due to the close proximity to the Quebec/Ontario border, and
serves a large number of undergraduate and graduate students from these
provinces, many of whom are interested in participating in the College?s
athletics program. This is an unintentional violation and NCAA has
stated that no one at the College acted improperly or sought to
advantage College athletics through the program. Nevertheless, it does
constitute a major violation within the NCAA system of infractions. A
full statement from the College can be found on the web at

am proud to say that SUNY Potsdam?s Crane School of Music will open its
year-long 125thanniversary celebration this week, with the 2011 Spring
Festival, featuring internationally-renowned conductor Helmuth Rilling.
The festival will showcase many of Crane's exceptional students,
faculty and staff. Since its founding in 1886, The Crane School of
Music has been widely recognized as a focal point of music education in
the United States, and has gained a worldwide reputation for excellence
in musical performance. We will celebrate that tradition of innovation
with a week's worth of events, culminating in a concert of Bach's "Mass
in B-Minor."

This musical celebration would not be possible
without the generous support of two alumni.The partnership of the
Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor Fund, established by Dorothy
Albrecht Gregory ?61, and the Adeline Maltzan Crane Chorus Performance
Tour Fund, established by Dr. Gary C. Jaquay ?67, brings distinguished
conductors to The Crane School of Music for festival performances by the
Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra, and funds travel for major
Crane Chorus performances to venues outside of Potsdam. We are so
grateful to Dorothy and Gary for giving our students this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform with a world-renowned maestro.

invite the entire SUNY Potsdam community to take in a lecture, check
out the display at the Crane library, and certainly to enjoy the big
concert to applaud Crane for its legacy of excellence. This is a
wonderful opportunity to join together and reflect on our achievements,
while looking forward to SUNY Potsdam's bright future.

at Crane's legacy while we set the stones for our Performing Arts
Building will certainly set the stage for a transformation of our campus
into an arts village, and will cement SUNY Potsdam's reputation as a
center for creativity and inquiry.