October 2007 Alma Matters

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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Happy Holidays!
The Office of Alumni Relations and the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. 

Alumni Association Scholarship
As you plan for 2008, learn more about the alumni scholarship available to children, grandchildren or even parents of Potsdam alumni.

Check out our November event photos!
Music alumni gather at NYSSMA

College Headlines

115 SUNY Potsdam students volunteer as part of Make a Difference Week
With students out in force using volunteer opportunities to help others in a variety of ways, SUNY Potsdam celebrated Make a Difference Week from October 21 to October 27. A total of 115 student volunteers helped their neighbors and had a positive impact on their community.  (Read more)

Celebrate with crumb cake as SUNY Potsdam's Crumb Library turns 40
SUNY Potsdam’s Frederick Crumb Library turned 40 years old and the library faculty and staff invited everyone to join them in the celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The celebration featured a giant crumb cake, entertainment and displays.  (Read more)

180 SUNY Potsdam student athletes rake lawns for village residents
A total of 180 SUNY Potsdam student-athletes volunteered their time on a recent Sunday to rake 21 lawns for elderly residents in the village and at two downtown parks as part of the Annual SUNYAC Leaf Raking Project.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam's Out of the Darkness Walk raises more than $10,000
A total of 261 people took part in the inaugural Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by SUNY Potsdam that raised more than $10,000 for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention for suicide awareness and prevention.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam offers new web system to aid students and employers with internships and jobs
Finding a worthy volunteerism opportunity, an exciting internship or the perfect job is just a click away for SUNY Potsdam students since the launch of BearTracker, a new Web-based system that allows students and employers to post information about themselves in hopes of finding solid matches.  (Read more)

Crane using Internet 2 to expand its teaching and learning opportunities
How can a student at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music attend music education class in Schuette Hall at 9 a.m. and make it to Ottawa for a private lesson with a master musician by 10 a.m.? It’s not a super sonic jet plane; it’s Internet 2.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam music business reps attend music conference in NYC
A total of 12 SUNY Potsdam students recently had the opportunity to attend the annual week-long MCJ Music Marathon in New York City along with hundreds of other college radio station employees from throughout the country to attend educational panels, meet with music business representatives from all areas of the industry and go to the live showcases of artists they play and support.  (Read more)

Graham receives Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees 2007 Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award
Instrumental in last year’s world premiere opera “The Sailor Boy and the Falcon,” Graham helped to secure more than $220,000 in support of the Snell Music Theater renovation and the Opera Program.  (Read more)

Corning Incorporated Foundation makes donation to the Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center
The Corning Foundation grant was used in support of a series of workshops presented by the Literacy Center titled “Literacy Success for Struggling Students Grades 3-8.” The workshops, which involved SUNY Potsdam education students and faculty as well as local school teachers, were designed to provide effective literacy tools to teachers of this traditionally neglected age group.  (Read more)

Dec. 25: Crane Candlelight Concerts to be broadcast on WPBS-TV
The magical sounds of Potsdam's annual holiday tradition, SUNY Potsdam's Christmas Candlelight Concerts, can be relived this season as WPBS-TV broadcasts the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006 performances. The broadcasts will feature the Crane Chorus and Crane Orchestra as well as special guests.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam's Komara pens book chronicling of legendary Blues Musician Robert John
Edward Komara, Crane librarian at SUNY Potsdam, recently penned the book “The Road to Robert Johnson: The Genesis and Evolution of Blues in the Delta From the Late 1800s Through 1938” that is now available to the public.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam theatre students have works performed in NYC
Three SUNY Potsdam students and their professor recently had their original writing performed by professional actors and produced for public performance at various venues in New York City.  (Read more)

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Upcoming Events

December 16, 20 and 25
Crane Candlelight Concert at Hosmer Hall, Potsdam, NY
Click here to learn how you can view past performances on your local PBS affiliate.

Sunday, December 16
Children and the Arts: A Holiday Gala - Potsdam
Click here for more information about this holiday event supporting the Community Performance Series: "Meet the Arts" Program and SUNY Potsdam's Theatre and Dance Department's outreach programs for children.

January 6
Faculty Emeritus Dr. N. Brock McElheran Celebrates his 90th Birthday
Brock would love to hear from former students and colleagues! Send cards to 17 Spring St, Potsdam, NY 13676

Friday, January 25
Bear Pride Night – Potsdam
Alumni will receive free admission and special VIP seating.  Stop by the ticket window in Maxcy Hall.  Games start at 6:00.

Out and About

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.

Catherine Allard ’72
Opus 3 Weekly Radio Program
Sundays 12:00 Noon
Southeastern Public Radio (Alabama, Western Georgia, Florida panhandle)
A guided tour through classical music with personal insights and observations

Sounds of the Season
December 6, 2007 – 7:30 pm
Claudia Crosby Theatre, Troy University, Troy, Alabama
Info at music.troy.edu

Deborah Andrus ’91
Moravian College Clarinet Day
February 18, 2008 – 8 am – 7 pm
Moravian College Peter Hall, Bethlehem, PA

Clarinet Day featuring the Verdehr Trio, a mass clarinet choir, masterclasses and clarinet recitals for high school, college and amateur clarinetists.

Satori Chamber Ensemble
January 25, 2008 – 7:30 pm
Moravian College Peter Hall, Bethlehem, PA
Brahms Quintet for Clarinet and Strings

Bret Hart ’82
December 8, 2007
FAFA Gallery, Reidsville, NC
Second Saturday Songwriters’ Soiree:  featuring Bret Hart –w- Ron Martin and Tina Hart an evening of sonic art and accompanied poetry.



Shoshana (Rahmani) Hershkowitz ’98
Concert, SUNY Stony Brook Chorale
December 3, 2007 – 7:00 pm
Stony Brook, NY
Recital Hall, Staller Center, SUNY Stony Brook

Frances Coan Roberts ’64
Conducting the Long Island Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra
February 15, 2008
St. Elizabeth’s Church, Huntington, NY
A Mid-Winter Musical Journey, featuring works of Long Island Composers Dello Joio, Moravec, Ames, Strommen, and trumpet soloist Joe Burgstaller.  Concert in honor of the life of Sandy Feldstein.

Donnalyn (Eaton) Shuster ’78
Central New York Community Arts Council Regional Art Show
November 27 through December 21 – 5:00 p.m.
CNYCAC Red Room Gallery (Stanley Theater), 261 Genesee St., Utica, NY
Call (518) 669-7343 for information.

Karen Lea (Kriswalus) Siegel ’90
Schola Cantorum on Hudson:  Handel’s Messiah
December 3, 2007 – 7:30 pm
St. Malachy’s Church (The Actors’ Chapel), 239 W 49th St, NYC
Tickets $25-$40, student/senior discount available.  Visit www.scholaonhudson.org or call (201) 918-3011 for more details.

Handel’s Messiah
December 2, 2007 – 4:00 pm
Holy Rosary Church, Jersey City, NJ
Tickets $25-$40, student/senior discount available.  Visit www.scholaonhudson.org or call (201) 918-3011 for more information.

Brian Steeves ’56 Directs’
Winter Concert – The Mendelssohn Club of Kingston
December 15, 2007 – 8:00 pm
The Old Dutch Church, Kingston
Admission $10 – (845) 362-2312 – Venue includes a performance by the KHS Choir & Brass Choir

Ron Tancredi ’66
Seaford Community Band
December 15, 2007 – 8:00 pm
Seaford High School, Seaford, Long Island, NY
Suggested donation:  $3 per person

Lisa Vroman ’79
Holiday Organ Spectacular
December 12, 2007 – 8:00 p.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Soprano: Lisa Vroman, Organ: David Higgs, Trumpet: James Wilt
www.laphil.com, (323) 850-2000

Christmas Pipe Dreams
December 15, 2007 – 8:00 p.m.
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
Soprano Lisa Vroman with organist David Higgs & members of the SFS brass section
www.sfsymphony.org, (415) 864-6000

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31, 2007 – 7:00 p.m.
American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Hwy East (Rt. 30), Lancaster, PA
Best of Broadway Celebration with baritone Doug LaBrecque and soprano Lisa Vroman
www.americanmusictheatre.com, (800) 648-4102

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