October 2007 Alma Matters

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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Reunion Weekend 2008 is just around the corner.  Plan now to reconnect with friends.  Join us in Potsdam this July for a fun-filled weekend! 

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Bear Pride Night 2008, Potsdam

College Headlines

Massena Town Councilman and local businessman John M. Wicke appointed to Potsdam College Council
Massena Town Councilman and General Manager of the Penski, Inc. John M. Wicke has been appointed by New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer to serve on SUNY Potsdam’s College Council for a five-year term.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam research reveals how animals act within groups
After three years of research with the assistance of students from SUNY Potsdam and other colleges, Dr. William L. Romey, assistant professor of biology at SUNY Potsdam, has unlocked some of the mysteries surrounding how animals group together and how they choose their positions within groups.  (Read more)

Feb. 24: SUNY Potsdam Steinway pianos to be dedicated with concert and guest author
SUNY Potsdam's new 142 Steinway & Sons pianos will be dedicated during a concert by Crane School of Music faculty and select students on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.  (Read more)

The Potsdam Pointercounts celebrate their 15th Anniversary
SUNY Potsdam’s student-run, all-male a cappella group, The Potsdam Pointercounts, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year and looking back on successes that have made the group one of the most popular performing groups at the College and in the community.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam president signs the climate commitment
SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller has signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment and pledged to address global warming by neutralizing greenhouse gas emissions of the College and to accelerate the campus’s research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam receives $97,000 for Mathematics and Science Education Center
SUNY Potsdam has been awarded $97,000 in the recent Omnibus Consolidation Appropriations Act signed by President George W. Bush to create a Center for Mathematics and Science Education at the College that will develop model programs to prepare more and better teachers in the mathematics and the sciences at the primary and secondary levels.  (Read more)

Graduate enrollment up as innovative Winterim begins at SUNY Potsdam
SUNY Potsdam’s two-week Winterim session is teeming with unique and innovative courses that have attracted 320 students to sign up for this “mini-semester.” Enrollment in the graduate population has spiked with a 21 percent increase for Winterim 2008.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam's Adopt A Bear Cub Mentoring Program
SUNY Potsdam Director of Experiential Education Toby White (right) presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Lawrence Avenue Elementary school Counselor Sue Pike and Principal Joann Chambers (center) for encouraging their students to participate in the fall 2007 Adopt A Bear Cub Mentoring Program, which consisted of 27 SUNY Potsdam students mentoring a 27 elementary students twice per week after school. Together they worked on homework and played games.  (Read more)

Norwood resident endows scholarship for SUNY Potsdam Elementary Education students
Norwood resident Vernice (Ives) Church, a member of SUNY Potsdam’s Class of 1961, has endowed a scholarship to benefit Potsdam students majoring in elementary education.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam to be bio-fuel study site: Willow shrubs to be grown for fuel pellets
SUNY Potsdam has partnered with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to take part in a biofuel study that will give Potsdam students the opportunity to grow and manage a crop of willow shrubs that will be turned into a source of petroleum-saving fuel.  (Read more)

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Upcoming Events

Friday, February 22
North Country Teacher Happy Hour in Ogdensburg
Potsdam grads teaching in the local area will meet up at Sholette’s in Ogdensburg.  Enjoy free appetizers, great company, and a drink on us when you pre-register for the event. 

Sunday, February 24
Steinway Dedication Concert, Crane School

Saturday, March 8
Annual Florida Alumni Luncheon
Join us for this annual luncheon in sunny Florida! This year's luncheon will be held at Fresco's in downtown St. Petersburg.

Thursday, March 27
New York City Alumni Event
oin Potsdam alumni & friends in New York as we showcase students and the arts at SUNY Potsdam. View displays, performances and more celebrating the fine arts, theatre, dance and music.

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.

Ellen Bartel ’93
Big Range Contemporary Dance Festival
June 6-15
Austin Texas

Susan Cottrell Bond ’69
Sunday, May 18 at 3 pm
UNO Recital Hall, New Orleans

Sunday, April 6 at 3 pm
Mannoni Performing Arts Center, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

David H. Edelfelt ’85
Sunday, May 18 at 10 am
First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, IL
Conducting choir and orchestra in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War.

Nancy Buckingham Garlick ’68
Brandywine Trio Concert
Wednesday, February 20 and 12 pm
The Forum in the new Sidney Harman Hall of the Shakespeare Theatre Co.  610  F. St. NW, Washington DC.

Copland Clarinet Concerto
Sunday, January 26
Cabell Hall, University of VA., Charlottesville, VA.
Inaugural Concert of the Chamber Orchestra of Charlottesville.

Jonathon Geffner ’81
Gig with acoustic duo Good Dog Nigel
Friday, February 22 at 7pm
169 Bar, 169 East Broadway, NYC
Call (212) 473-8866

Dale Zurbrick ’68
Symposium on Music Theatre Icon Stephen Sondheim
February 14-15
William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ
Celebrate the 50 year musical career of American composer Stephen Sondheim. 

Susan Snyder Jorgensen ’72
Cancer Retreat
February 15-17
Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, CT
Suggested donation $200-$225.  SJPresence@aol.com

Mary Ann Luciano ’69
Performed Faure’s requiem with the Unadilla valley CS Honors Chorus, includes five community members
Carnegie Hall, NYC
Appeared on Good Morning America. 

Matt Savage ’83
Featured percussion judge in Drachten, The Netherlands
Sunday, February 16
Drachten, The Netherlands

Nancy Brown Unser ’84
January 31, February 1-3
Charlotte, NC
Mezzo Soprano with Opera Carolina.

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