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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Happy New Year from Your Alma Mater! 

Attention YouTube Fans! 
SUNY Potsdam is now on YouTube at:
Check out our vlogs and some of the very cool things that our students are doing, like this:

Don't miss the party! - Save the date for Reunion 2011!
Mark your calendars: Reunion 2011 is July 14-17!  Registration materials will be in the spring issue of the alumni magazine, Potsdam People.

Answer Your Phone!  It's Phon-a-thon Time!
When you see 315-267-2000 appear on your phone this spring, we hope you answer to see what Potsdam students are doing these days and how you can help out. Several vital areas of the College, and the students in those areas, need your support.

Does Your Child or Grandchild Attend SUNY Potsdam?  If so, then have them apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship!
Incoming or current students who are children or grandchildren of a Potsdam alum can apply for the Alumni Association Scholarships.  The application deadline has been changed from February 1st to March 1st.   For scholarship eligibility, visit:

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Opens Campus Dispute Resolution Center
SUNY Potsdam strives to provide a safe, balanced work and study environment for its faculty, staff and students. In the College's mission to ensure an inclusive campus community, it recently announced the opening of the Campus Dispute Resolution Center.
(Read more)

6,000 Nationwide Join Crane in Honoring Wynton Marsalis
More than 6,000 people joined SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music in honoring jazz legend Wynton Marsalis with an honorary degree last week by livestreaming the ceremony online. (Read more)

Add Books from SUNY Potsdam Authors to your 2011 Reading List
The New Year is a great opportunity to add new non-fiction books to your reading list. Check out the selection of four books recently written and edited by North Country authors from SUNY Potsdam's accomplished faculty. (Read more)

Pierce Earns SUNYAC Player of The Week Nod
SUNY Potsdam sophomore Curtis Pierce has received the State University of New York Athletic Conference Player of the Week in men's basketball for the week of Jan. 3-9, the league announced Monday, Jan. 10. (Read more)

Music Industry Leaders to Speak at Crane-Sponsored Roundtable
The Crane Institute for Music Business was once again invited to sponsor an interactive roundtable forum by NAMM, the international music products association, during the 2011 NAMM Show, taking place from Jan. 13 to 16 in Anaheim, C.A. (Read more)

Lady Bears Tie Spartans, Remain Unbeaten In Last Five
The SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to five games Tuesday with a 1-1 tie against Castleton State in a non-conference affair at Maxcy Hall Ice Arena. (Read more)

The Power of SUNY
SUNY Potsdam is proud to say that Crane School of Music student Dai Yi is featured in this video along with students from all 64 SUNY campuses. (Watch now)

College Headlines

Now you can use your IRA account for tax-free gifts!
If you're age 70 1/2 or older, you can now use your IRA to make charitable contributions to SUNY Potsdam without your withdrawals being counted as taxable income!  The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 has extended the IRA Charitable Rollover for 2010 and 2011. For more information, please see Gift of IRA.

Are you job searching or would you like to be a mentor?
SUNY Potsdam Graduates can take advantage of BearTracker. It's free and it works!  Our Career Planning Office will connect your resume with employers who are seeking your academic background.  Your resume will be sent to full-time job openings based on the selection you make in your profile.  Visit then click on "Alumni Job Search" to create a profile.  If you need assistance contact ( Experience is what makes us evolve. 

Become a BearTracker Mentor to our students!  Visit to sign up or e-mail

Have you recently moved, changed jobs; gotten married or have a new addition to your family? We want to know! Update your alumni records.

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!

Get your SUNY Potsdam Gear Today
SUNY Potsdam Gear can be ordered online at:

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

Visiting campus?  Check out the complete campus calendar to see what's happening.  Visit to see a full listing of athletic events, concerts, etc. 

January 29, 2011
Men's Alumni Hockey Game,  3:00 p.m.
Also join us for home games January 28 vs. Oswego & January 29 vs. Cortland at 7:00 p.m.!
Free admission for all alumni!

February 5, 2011
The Potsdam Pointercounts, 8:00 p.m.
Potsdam's all male a cappella group performing/competing in the Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC Building, Troy, N.Y.

February 11, 2011
Bear Pride Night (Men's & Women's Basketball)
Potsdam Women vs. Cortland, 6:00 p.m.
Potsdam Men vs. Cortland, 8:00 p.m.
The Bears welcome alumni and friends for games you will not want to miss at Maxcy Hall! 
Free admission for all alumni!

Games will also be televised by Time Warner Sports, for more information or to find the local viewing channel in your area, visit

March 12, 2011
Florida Alumni Lunch
Laurel Oak Country Club, 12 Noon
2700 Gary Player Blvd
Sarasota, F.L.
Register online or call the Alumni Office at 315-267-2120.

April 30, 2011
Crane School of Music Spring Festival Performance
Hosmer Hall
Potsdam, N.Y.

May 21, 2010 & May 22, 2011
SUNY Potsdam Commencement Weekend
Potsdam, N.Y.

July 14-17, 2011
Reunion Weekend
Potsdam, N.Y. 

August 5, 2011
Day at the Saratoga Race Track
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

September 8, 2011
Scholarship Golf Classic
Potsdam Town & Country Club
Potsdam, N.Y.

September 24, 2011
Double Axel at Dinosaur BBQ
Syracuse, N.Y.

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.

Please note that the deadline for submission for all future issues of Alma Matters will be the 5th of each month.

January 15 - February 8, 2011
Donnalyn Eaton Shuster '78
"Foundations," the artwork of Donnalyn Shuster
Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, Little Falls, N.Y.

January 30, 2011
Jim Evans '64
Directing original choral anthem, "Salve Spiritus"
9 a.m., Lansing United Methodist Church, Lansing N.Y.

March 6, 2011
David Cotter '08
Conference Presentation and Workshop: Creating Musical Theatre Ensembles
Southeastern Theatre Conference Annual Convention, Atlanta, G.A.

3rd Wednesday of Every Month
Chris Reynolds '53
Jazz Trio performance at Piola's Restaurant, Chapel Hill, N.C., 7-9 p.m.

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