October 2007 Alma Matters

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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

SUNY Potsdam wishes to thank you for attending Reunion 2009!
Reunion was a huge success, and, aside from the thunder and lightning Saturday afternoon, all went as planned!

Many thanks to all our Reunion Committee Volunteers. Your commitment to your class year and the College are very much appreciated!

Mark your calendar for Reunion 2010 July 8-11
The College Store is offering free shipping on any online order over $45 to alumni who attended this past Reunion.  Order online at http://bookstore.potsdam.edu and enter the promotional code ALUMNI upon checkout.

View photos from the weekend and class gift totals.

Taking the Leap and Going Green!
In an attempt to be fiscally and environmentally responsible, the Office of Alumni Relations is moving toward electronic communications.  This means you will receive less in your mailbox and more in your inbox.  So, we need your email address. Tell your friends and classmates we need theirs too!
Update your information today.

College Headlines

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher visits SUNY Potsdam
"I'm most impressed with what I think is the superior individual attention you get as students, how your opportunities for leadership are just magnified at Potsdam," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher during her July 29 visit.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam students "dig deep" to unlock local history
SUNY Potsdam archaeology students are spending the month of July unearthing a mid-19th-century African American farming settlement and land reform experiment located in the Adirondacks.  (Read more)

KeyBank's Key Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to SUNY Potsdam's NCSTEP
(Read more)

SUNY Potsdam's Crane Youth Music Summer Camp honors Past Directors
The final concert of SUNY Potsdam’s distinguished Crane Youth Music (CYM) Summer Camp featured a world premiere piece titled “Beacon Fires” that was written to honor the camp’s past three directors.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam Education Alumni honor Briggs with the St. Lawrence Academy Medal
The SUNY Potsdam School of Education Alumni Association recently awarded Elizabeth “Betty” Briggs of Afton, a member of the Class of 1975, its 2009 St. Lawrence Academy Medal during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.  (Read more)

Alumni Board honors Herne with Rising Star Award
The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded Owen E. Herne of Buffalo, a member of the Class of 1999, the 2009 Rising Star Award during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.  (Read more)

Alumni Board honors Land with Minerva Award
The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded Haden A. Land of Bowie, MD, a member of the Class of 1984, the 2009 Minerva Award during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.  (Read more)

Alumni Board honors Dik with Minerva Award
The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded David A. Dik of Glen Ridge, NJ, a member of the Class of 1982, the 2009 Minerva Award during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.  (Read more)

Musical talent runs in Tony Award-Winning family
A typical day for SUNY Potsdam senior Carine Kowalik involves a lot of music and long hours as a music performance and music business major at The Crane School of Music. It’s something she and her younger brother, 14-year-old Trent Kowalik, who recently won a Tony Award for the lead role in “Billy Elliot” on Broadway, have in common.  (Read more)

Alumni Board grants Lawrence Leashomb Honorary Lifetime Membership
The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded Lawrence “Larry” LeaShomb of Norwood Honorary Lifetime Membership during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.  (Read more)

Alumni Board grants Jane Russell Honorary Lifetime Membership
The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded Jane D. Russell of Raleigh, NC, Honorary Lifetime Membership during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.  (Read more)

Alumni Board grants Galen Pletcher Honorary Lifetime Membership
The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded School of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Galen Pletcher of Canton Honorary Lifetime Membership during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.  (Read more)

Crane Alumni Board honors Zygadlo with Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award
The SUNY Potsdam Julia E. Crane Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded Toni Grieco Zygadlo of Gouverneur, a member of the Class of 1973, the 2009 Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.  (Read more)

Austin, Bissetta, Carvotta & Spencer Are 2009 Inductees
Four former athletes were inducted into the 2009 Bears Hall of Fame during Saturday’s Alumni Weekend activities at SUNY Potsdam. The mid-day luncheon ceremony featured the induction of Brian Austin ’01, Jack Bissetta ’79, Tom Carvotta ’77, and Michael John Spencer ’79.  (Read more)

48 Bears Among SUNYAC's Spring '09 All-Academics
Forty-Eight SUNY Potsdam athletes were recently named to either the Spring 2009 All-Academic Team of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) or the SUNYAC Commissioner's List according to conference commissioner Dr. Patrick R. Damore. Twenty athletes qualified to be on both of these 2009 lists.  (Read more)


College Headlines

Are you carrying a SUNY Potsdam Visa?
Apply online or call 1-800-853-5576 ext. 8723 to learn more about the SUNY Potsdam Visa card. Show yours off today!

Insurance Program for SUNY Potsdam Alumni
Did you know you can save money on your auto and home insurance through Liberty Mutual just by being a Potsdam graduate? Apply online or call 1-800-524-9400
Upcoming Events

August 21
Registration Deadline:  Mexico Travel Opportunity

September 25
Double Axel in Rochester
Join alumni and friends for appetizers, drinks and great music!

November 8
Brunch and Performance in Garden City, NY
Join alumni and friends for an afternoon brunch and concert!


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.

Tracy Winter Allen ’82 & Neal Allen ’85
Chorus of La Traviata
July 18-August 25
Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, NY

Roger Ames ’67 & Lou Lemos ’67
Conductor and founder of the SSO Pops Chorus with the Syracuse Symphony
November 13 & 14
Civic Center, Syracuse, NY

Michael Benedict ’79
Jazz Vibes
Saturdays, 7-10 pm
Sperry’s, Saratoga Springs, NY

Linda Cionitti ’82
CD Release, “Jag & Jersey” with Alan Woy

Vanessa Breault Mulvey ’90
National Flute Association Convention Performance
Sunday, August 16, 11:30 am
Marriott Marquis Times Square, NYC


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