October 2007 Alma Matters

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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Reunion Weekend 2008
Reunion Weekend was a great time for all!  Alumni from all over the country participated in SUNY Potsdam’s busiest weekend of the year. 

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The Career Planning Office will be disposing of all files containing letters of recommendation from the following class years: 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993.  If you would like your file maintained at Career Planning for an additional five years, you must notify the office @ (315) 267-2344, email @ career@potsdam.edu, or in writing by 11/21/08. (Career Planning, 106 Sisson Hall, Potsdam, NY 13676)  If the office is not notified by the deadline, files will be shredded.  Please note, your reference file is not connected to your transcript.  The Registrar’s Office will continue to maintain transcripts.

Check out our recent event photos!
Reunion Weekend 2008
SUNY Potsdam Swim Reunion
Brock McElheran Celebration & Commemorative Concert
Albany and Double Axel


College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam's Dr. Dodge Reyome serves as guest editor of a scholarly journal
Dr. Nancy Dodge Reyome, director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and associate professor of psychology at SUNY Potsdam, is serving as the guest editor of a special issue of the “Journal of Emotional Abuse.”  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam students work with professional opera company
Four students of SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music are gaining real-world experience as they work alongside seasoned opera professionals on the summer productions of the Lake George Opera at Saratoga.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam celebrates its best fundraising year ever
SUNY Potsdam closed the 2007-2008 fiscal year with its best fundraising year in the College’s 192-year history with more than $3.6 million raised. Potsdam’s successes also earned the institution a number of accolades giving the campus national recognition.  (Read more)

Senior explores benefits of SUNY Potsdam Summer Sessions
You’re never too old to learn something new. Just ask Rose Penski, an “89 and three-quarters” year-old student who has enjoyed the benefits of SUNY Potsdam’s Summer Session for three years.  (Read more)

Two SUNY Potsdam students win competitive UUP scholarship
Two of the three winners of the prestigious and highly competitive United University Professions (UUP) College Scholarship hail from SUNY Potsdam. Sophomore business of music and sociology major Sarah E. Hope of Queensbury and junior archaeological studies and French major Seth D. DeFayette of Plattsburgh were selected for the scholarship worth $2,000.  (Read more)

Alumni Board honors Griffin with Honorary Lifetime Membership
The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded Nancy Griffin of Potsdam Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Alumni Association during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.   (Read more)

Alumni Board awards Harmon with Honorary Lifetime Membership
The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded Dr. Millard Harmon of Delmar, NY, Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Alumni Association during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.   (Read more)

Alumni Board honors Subramanian with Distinguished Service Award
The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded Jane Gatta Subramanian of Potsdam, a member of the Class of 1972, the 2008 Distinguished Service Award during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam honors Martinez with Minerva Award
The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded Dr. Manuel Martinez, a member of the Class of 1983, of Miami, FL, the 2008 Minerva Award during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam honors Pacini with Helen M. Hosmer M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award
The SUNY Potsdam Julia E. Crane Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded Cynthia Carlin Pacini of San Francisco, CA, a member of the Class of 1978, the 2008 Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.   (Read more)

Education Alumni Board honors Church with St. Lawrence Academy Medal
The SUNY Potsdam School of Education Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded Vernice Ives Church of Norwood, a member of the Class of 1961, the 2008 St. Lawrence Academy Medal during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam honors Pittas with Rising Star Award
The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded Dimitri Pittas, a member of the Class of 1999, of Woodside, NY, the 2008 Rising Star Award during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.  (Read more)

Alumnus teams up with HP to donate nearly $20,000 in computer equipment to SUNY Potsdam
Michael Galane, a graduate of SUNY Potsdam’s Class of 1974 and senior director of fulfillment operations at Hewlett-Packard, has teamed up with HP to donate nearly $20,000 worth of computer equipment to SUNY Potsdam that will save the College time, money and energy.  (Read more)


College Headlines

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New Insurance Service for SUNY Potsdam Alumni
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Upcoming Events

July 29-August 2

CPS presents, My Fair Lady
Nightly and Saturday matinee.  wwwcpspotsdam.org

August 16
CPS presents, Robin Hood
Missoula Children’s Theatre in Snell Theater.  wwwcpspotsdam.org

August 19-21
SUNY Potsdam Student Leadership Conference
Keynote speaker, Ray Agnew ’80

Thursday, August 21
Finger Lakes Wine Tasting Event
Casa Larga Vineyards Winery will be hosting Rochester alumni and friends at this event.

September 11
SUNY Potsdam Scholarship Golf Tournament
In support of Potsdam Scholarship Fund

Thursday, September 18
Steinway Hall - Faculty Concert - NYC
Showcasing the talents of Crane Faculty; Douglas Rubio, Paul Wyse, and Eugenia Tsarov. The evening will also include the conferral of an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from SUNY to John D'Addario, Jr.

Saturday, September 20
Rochester Chapter hosts Double Axel - E. Rochester
Double Axel returns to Rochester for the fifth year to get Potsdam alumni and friends on their feet and enjoying the classic rock music that they know and love!
Further information and online registration coming soon!

September 26-28
Special Weekend in Memory of Sandy Feldstein
All students, friends and colleagues of the late Sandy Feldstein are invited to Potsdam for this very special weekend.


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.

Donnalyn Shuster ’78
“An Artist’s View” Regional Invitational Art Show
August 8-September 13
Mohawk Valley Center For The Arts, Little Falls, NY
www.mvca.org


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