June 2007 Alma Matters

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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

We hope you are enjoying our monthly e-newsletter.  Please note, Alma Matters, is a communication you will receive, in addition to the alumni magazine, Potsdam People

Do you have a class note you would like to submit for the fall issue of Potsdam People? The deadline is June 29.  Use our online form to send us your information!

Registration for Reunion Weekend 2007 is underway.  Check out the Reunion website to see who’s coming and register online!

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam student accepted into NASA internship program
Jamie Szafran, a SUNY Potsdam senior of Niagara Falls, NY, and recipient of the Haden Land Endowed Internship scholarship, has been granted a highly competitive summer internship with the NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam student selected for competitive Greenpeace Organizing term SUNY Potsdam junior Tahirih Lopez has been accepted into the Greenpeace Organizing Term this summer as one of 20 students who were selected from more than 600 applicants. (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam earns accolades for fundraising work on Mary E. English Commons SUNY Potsdam’s Advancement team, led by Director of Donor Relations and Development Officer Nancy Griffin earned top honors from the State University of New York Council for University Advancement in Development (SUNYCUAD) – Comprehensive Four-Year Colleges category for work on the “Campaign for The Mary E. English Commons: Celebrating the History and Traditions of SUNY Potsdam.”
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SUNY Potsdam math award created to honor Susan Portugal
A new mathematics endowed award was established recently to encourage excellence in mathematics by providing a financial incentive to students who are majoring in mathematics and minoring in business administration or pursuing a second major in business administration.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam's Trevizán named an innovative scholar by Research Foundation of SUNY
Dr. Liliana Trevizán, SUNY Potsdam associate professor of modern languages, was recently honored by the Research Foundation of State University of New York as one of 30 innovative scholars and scientists at 19 SUNY campuses for her outstanding research and scholarship.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam names prestigious 2007 President's Award winners
A total of 10 faculty and staff members recently were honored by SUNY Potsdam with the prestigious President’s Awards for Excellence.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam Alumnus Speaks to Students
SUNY Potsdam Crane faculty member and Music Business Institute Director Carol “Kickie” Britt speaks with John Milton “Jack” Knight, vice president of operations at Sampson Technology and 1980 SUNY Potsdam alumnus, about his recent appearance at the College.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam Distinguished Alumni Visit
SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and Institute for Music Business recently invited distinguished music alumni back to the classroom.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam faculty member selected as Fulbright Scholar
Dr. Gregory A. Gardner, assistant professor of business administration at SUNY Potsdam, has been selected by the U.S. Department of State as Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Ukraine for the 2007-2008 academic year. (Read more)

Five receive SUNY Potsdam’s most prestigious scholarship
SUNY Potsdam has awarded the prestigious Mt. Emmons Scholarship to five New York state high school seniors.  Daniel J. Arcadi of St. Regis Falls, Hong (Kaelynn) Hong of Potsdam, Rebecca E. Shoemaker of Dundee, Alicia N. Sullivan of Harrisville and Tyler E. Thomas of Dundee were awarded the valuable and esteemed Mt. Emmons Scholarship.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam librarian honored with award for excellence
SUNY Potsdam Archives and Special Collections Librarian Jane Subramanian recently received the 17th Annual Award for Excellence in Library Service from the Northern New York Library Network during its Annual Meeting in Lake Placid.  (Read more)

Four SUNY Potsdam students serving as summit guides throughout the Adirondacks this summer
Four SUNY Potsdam students in the Environmental Studies Program will be spending part of their summer atop various mountains in the Adirondacks to serve as summit guides as part of the program's capstone experience. (Read more)  

Three SUNY Potsdam faculty win Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence
Three SUNY Potsdam faculty members were recently honored by State University of New York Chancellor John R. Ryan with the prestigious 2007 Chancellor's Awards for Excellence.  Professor of Geology Dr. Robert Badger was given the Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Faculty Service, Professor of Chemistry Dr. Maria Hepel was given the Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities and Associate Professor of Modern Languages Dr. Lora Lunt was given the Chancellor's Awards for Excellence for Professional Service.  (Read more)

Upcoming Events

Follow the links for further information…. You can even register online!

July 12-15
Reunion Weekend 2007, Potsdam, NY
Registration is underway... register online today!

August 3
Albany Chapter Weekday Summer Luncheon, Albany, NY
Join alumni in the capitol region for this lovely summer event.  Details coming soon!

September 8
Rochester Chapter hosts Double Axel, Rochester, NY
Be sure to join fellow Rochester alumni for what has become an annual event!  Details coming soon!

September 11
Scholarship Golf Classic, Potsdam, NY
Support scholarships at SUNY Potsdam at this annual fun-filled tournament.

Complete Schedule of Events

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 and we’ll include it in our e-newsletter!  Fill out the online submission form now.

Frances Coan Roberts '64
Conducting at the Long Island Choral Festival
July 27, Adelphi University in Garden City

Eileen Patch Knapp '60
Performances of Voice from the Civil War, a Living History Presentation
See website for dates & locations throughout the year.

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Alumni Supporting Potsdam
Thank you to all alumni who have supported the College this fiscal year. Your gifts have a wonderful effect on students, helping with the College’s greatest needs or supporting specific departments and scholarships, for instance.

Potsdam ranks 14th in the nation for alumni participation (among public institutions that grant master’s degrees), and the College is looking to everyone to help the College reach the Top 10.  We are hopeful that you will participate as a donor this year, if you haven’t yet done so.  Your support, of any amount, is important.  Please consider making a gift by June 30, 2007, in order to be counted for alumni participation this fiscal year. You may do so online at https://secure.potsdam.edu/giving. Thank you.

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