October 2007 Alma Matters

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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Potsdam People
The spring issue of Potsdam People is now available and should be arriving in your mailbox soon. 

Did you know that an online version of Potsdam People is available, as well?  Check it out at www.potsdam.edu/people/. If you would prefer to receive a notice when the electronic version of Potsdam People is available, just let us know!  Email alumni@potsdam.edu.

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Reunion Weekend 2008
Plan now to reconnect with old friends and classmates!  The Reunion schedule and other information can now be found online.  Click here for details.

Watch for Reunion materials in the spring issue of Potsdam People, which is arriving in mailboxes now!

Check out our March Event Photos!
Annual Florida Alumni Luncheon – March 8
SUNY Potsdam Celebrates the Arts in NYC – March 27

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam's second Relay for Life breaks fundraising goal
Despite some nasty winter weather, 435 students and community members gathered at Maxcy Hall March 7 for the Second Annual Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society. The total raised was more than $31,200, exceeding the goal of $30,000 and beating last year’s total by almost $10,000.  (Read more)

Art by SUNY Potsdam's Clark featured in New York City gallery
Ed Clark, adjunct professor in the Departments of Art and Modern Languages at SUNY Potsdam, recently opened an exhibit, “Manholes & Mandalas: Photography on Handmade Paper” at the TAI Studio and Gallery in New York City.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam students support the troops with Bear Patrol
To recognize and support the sacrifice of the thousands of men and women who are serving the U.S. Armed Forces, SUNY Potsdam students joined together to create a club called Bear Patrol: Students in Support of the Military.  (Read more) 

SUNY Potsdam alumni to be inducted into Leadership Honor Society
Ten SUNY Potsdam alumni will be inducted into its chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. (Read more)  

Gerald Lee Ratliff named recipient of Distinguished Service Award
The Theatre Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) has named Gerald Lee Ratliff of SUNY Potsdam’s Office of Academic Affairs the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his leadership role in educational theatre.  (Read more)

Dennis Kimball endows scholarship for SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music percussionists in memory of his son
Dennis Kimball, father of the late Jeffery Kimball, has endowed a scholarship to benefit SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music students majoring in percussion, as his son did. (Read more)

Band of SUNY Potsdam students take a bite out of the Big Apple
Potsdam originated, self-proclaimed small town SKA band “Behind Bad Luck!,” all students of SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, rocked New York City’s “The Knitting Factory,” March 1. (Read more)

International student population breaks record at SUNY Potsdam
SUNY Potsdam’s international student population has reached more than 400 for the first time in the College’s history, and the newly reorganized Office of International Education is anticipating further growth in the coming years.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam students and faculty learn about China's progress
A total of 15 SUNY Potsdam students and four faculty members recently attended the “Beijing Olympics 2008 – Understanding China's Emergence onto the World Stage” conference held at Cornell University. (Read more)

Cayey given top honors by SUNY Potsdam for supporting her alma mater
Virginia Cayey of Colton, a member of SUNY Potsdam’s Class of 1960, has been named the recipient of SUNY Potsdam’s 2008 Roger B. Linden Distinguished Service Award, one of the College’s highest honors.  (Read more)

Frederick to receive SUNY Potsdam Leadership Through Service Award
SUNY Potsdam has named Kay D. Frederick of Hannawa Falls the 2008 Leadership Through Service Award recipient in recognition of her stellar volunteer work with several local organizations.  (Read more) 

Former Council Member June O’Neill reappointed to Potsdam College Council
Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee June F. O’Neill has been appointed to serve on SUNY Potsdam’s College Council for a six-year term. (Read more)

April 18: SUNY Potsdam hosts Inaugural Anne Righton Malone Colloquium: “Telling Our Stories: Gender, Writing, Activism”
The Women’s & Gender Studies program at SUNY Potsdam will host the inaugural Anne Righton Malone Colloquium Friday, April 18, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Barrington Student Union. This full-day conference is titled “Telling Our Stories:  Gender, Writing, Activism.”  (Read more)

College Headlines
New Insurance Service for SUNY Potsdam Alumni
The Alumni Association is proud to announce the launch of an alumni program with Liberty Mutual. To learn more about alumni discounts on your auto, home or renters insurance, visit www.libertymutual.com/lm/potsdam or call 1-800-524-9400

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Upcoming Events

Friday, April 11
Washington DC Alumni Event
Join Potsdam alumni and friends on Capitol Hill for an Irish Pub happy hour! 

April 18-20
Potsdam Brass Quintet’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
Join past and present members as they celebrate 40 years of dedication to brass music.

Saturday, April 19
Swim Team Reunion
Join former swimmers and coaches for this reunion in Potsdam.  Email the Alumni Office for more information!

Saturday, April 19
CPS presents Canadian Brass
Join us at Hosmer Hall with special appearances by Potsdam Brass Quintet.  More information available at www.cpspotsdam.org.

Friday, April 25
Susquehanna String Band
Free concert to benefit Community Performance Series.  Donations accepted at the door.  More information available at www.cpspotsdam.org.

Saturday, May 3
N. Brock McElheran Celebration
Join us for an afternoon of celebration to honor our friend, on the year of his 90th birthday and for his contributions to The Crane School of Music.

May 16-18
SUNY Potsdam Commencement Activities
The weekend will kick off with Party in the Plaza on Friday afternoon as the campus officially welcomes graduates into the Alumni Association. Then on Saturday, the masters ceremony will be held, followed by the bachelor's ceremony on Sunday.

Saturday, May 31
Albany Alumni Event with Double Axel
Last year was so much fun, they're at it again! Join capitol region alumni and friends and dance the night away.

July 10-13
Another fun-filled weekend is planned for alumni and friends returning to campus to celebrate their reunions.

Out and About

Are you performing in a concert; giving a reading; leading a seminar or participating in anything else that you might want alumni in your area to know about?  Let us know!  Fill out the online submission form now.

Mary Jeane Knapik Bialas ’73
April 2
Kallet Civic Center, Oneida, NY
Lecture/audience interactive program
May 10
Presbyterian Church of Penn Yan, NY

Brian Dobbie ’84
April 11 and 12
Rock and Roll Show
Monirae’s 688, Pennellville and Palmyra VFW

Gary France ’79
Artistic Director Beijing Olympic Torch Relay Australia
April 24
Canberra, Australia

Susan Snyder Jorgenson ’72
Knitting Retreat
May 16-18
Still Point Interfaith Retreat Center, Mechanicville, NY

Frank Leavitt ’89
Albany Pro Musica
The Great Choral Tradition
April 5, 8:00 pm
Troy Music Hall, Troy, NY

Kevin Moore ’71
April 20, 2:00 pm
Storer Auditorium, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY

Vanessa Breault Mulvey ’90
Elyrica Summer Chamber Music for Harp and Flute
July 21-25, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Darien, CT

John Nethaway ’63
American Mass by Ron Kean and Feel the Spirit by John Rutter.
May 31, 7:30 pm
Amsterdam High School, Amsterdam, NY

SMN Article-observations and redundant remarks by a choral adjudicator
March issue of SMN

Frances Coan Roberts ’64
Long Island Choral Festival and Institute
July 21-26
Adelphi U. and Tilles Center

Leona M. Seufert ’75
Art Exhibit
April 3-June 3
Sovereign Bank, 86 River St, Hoboken, NJ

Lisa Vroman ’79
Music Man with Shirley Jones
Bushnell Theatre, Harford, CT

Nancy Strong Ward ’67
Mass of the Children by John Rutter
April 21, 7:30 pm
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

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