October 2007 Alma Matters

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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Reunion Weekend 2008
Plan now to reconnect with old friends and classmates!  Reunion registration is underway and can be found online. Also, check out who’s coming to Reunion 2008! 
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Washington DC Event
SUNY Potsdam Swim Reunion
Brock McElheran Celebration & Commemorative Concert


College Headlines

Washburn fund endowed for SUNY Potsdam student travel abroad
Dr. Robert and Beverly Washburn, along with SUNY Potsdam alumni, faculty and friends have endowed The Robert Washburn Fund for Crane School of Music student travel in honor of Dr. Robert Washburn, dean and faculty emeritus of Crane. The first award will be presented to a student during the 2008-2009 academic year.  (Read more)

ODK recognizes SUNY Potsdam faculty member as the Outstanding Faculty Secretary
The National Office of Omicron Delta Kappa has recognized Joseph C. Sarnoff, director of retention programs at SUNY Potsdam, as the Outstanding Faculty Secretary of Region 2, which includes nine states and the District of Columbia, for outstanding leadership and dedicated service.  (Read more)

Enterprising SUNY Potsdam students set up discount card with village businesses
Just a $10 investment can get SUNY Potsdam students, faculty and staff a whole year of discounts at local businesses with the new Bear Minimum Card, created by seven students in the Department of Business Administration's Entrepreneurship course.  (Read more)

Davinos endow SUNY Potsdam scholarship in memory of their daughter
Alan and Kathryn Davino of Delhi, NY, parents of the late Cassandra “Cassie” Davino, have endowed a scholarship to provide SUNY Potsdam voice students with financial support.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam signs several computer science agreements with community colleges
SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller has signed agreements with Adirondack, Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley and Schenectady Community Colleges to allow students at those two-year institutions to transfer seamlessly into SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Computer Science.  (Read more)

Four SUNY Potsdam students win prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Award
Four SUNY Potsdam seniors were recently awarded the very prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence in Albany for demonstrating outstanding achievement as a student in the State University of New York System.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam receives $69M in Capital Budget: Performing Arts and Technology Building funded
The 2008-2009 State University of New York Strategic Initiative Capital Project Budget includes $55 million for SUNY Potsdam to design and construct a visionary Performing Arts and Technology building on campus that will bring a state-of-the-art facility to the campus’ thriving arts programs. This will be the first new academic building constructed at SUNY Potsdam in more than 30 years and will be truly transformational for the College’s program and facilities.  (Read more)

Paciencia to be SUNY Potsdam Master's Commencement keynote speaker
Retired Superintendent of Taconic Hills Central School District David A. Paciencia, SUNY Potsdam Class of 1972, will serve as the keynote speaker at SUNY Potsdam’s 2008 Master’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam's Collins earns prestigious SUNYCUAD award for Web Design 
With more than 3.1 million visitors in 2007 and averaging 8,500 visitors a day, SUNY Potsdam’s comprehensive Web site consists of nearly 10,000 pages, with more than 250 users who review and update its content. With this kind of Web traffic, you would think it takes a small army of designers and programmers to keep on top of this constantly changing landscape.  (Read more)

J. Richard Munro to receive an Honorary Degree at SUNY Potsdam's Commencement
Former Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. J. Richard Munro, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at SUNY Potsdam’s Bachelor’s Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 18, in recognition of his remarkable career as a businessman and innovator and his work to support and encourage those less fortunate.  (Read more)

Frackenpohls endow scholarship for Crane School honors Brass Quintet 
Dr. Arthur and Mary Ellen Frackenpohl of Potsdam have endowed a fund to establish The Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet that will provide financial and experiential support to five undergraduate brass majors.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam prof awarded research grant: Students to study in Canada
Dr. Michael Rygel, an assistant professor of geology at SUNY Potsdam, recently was awarded $50,000 by the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund for his proposal “Alluvial Architecture of the Springhill Mines and Ragged Reef Formations: Fluvial Reservoir Characteristics Linked to Paleogeomorphology.” The funding will be used to cover field expenses and summer stipends for undergraduate geology majors to serve as research assistants this summer through summer 2010. (Read more)

Senator Griffo secures funding for arts outreach program at SUNY Potsdam
New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo has secured $40,000 in the 2008-2009 state budget agreement that will enable the Community Performance Series (CPS) Meet the Arts Program, in residence at SUNY Potsdam, to continue and enhance its arts outreach and programming to school children throughout northern New York. (Read more)


College Headlines

It’s not too late!
Potsdam’s current fundraising year will close on June 30. All gifts received from alumni by that date will count in our total support. Last year Potsdam’s alumni participation ranked us 17th in the nation among all reporting public masters degree institutions. Your gift will help us move closer to the Top 10 and impact the experiences of current Potsdam students.
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Upcoming Events

May 16-18
SUNY Potsdam Commencement Activities
The weekend will kick off with Party in the Plaza on Friday afternoon as the campus officially welcomes graduates into the Alumni Association. Then on Saturday, the masters ceremony will be held, followed by the bachelor's ceremony on Sunday.

Saturday, May 31
Albany Alumni Event with Double Axel
Last year was so much fun, they're at it again! Join capitol region alumni and friends and dance the night away.

July 10-13
REUNION WEEKEND 2008
Another fun-filled weekend is planned for alumni and friends returning to campus to celebrate their reunions.

Sunday, July 27
Kiss Me Kate, featuring Lisa Vroman ’79 at the Glimmerglass Opera
Gather informally with Lisa following the performance.

Thursday, August 21
Finger Lakes Wine Tasting Event
Casa Larga Vineyards Winery will be hosting Rochester alumni and friends in this event.


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.

Mimi Delano Holtz ’76
Coastal Communities Concert Band Spring Concert
May 18, 2:30 p.m.
Carlsbad Community Church, Carlsbad, CA
www.cccband.com

Joe Liotta ’61
Norwood Village Green Concert Series
35th Anniversary Season
Norwood Band Shell, Norwood, NY
www.norwoodvillagegreen
concertseries.org

Evelyn Marks Miller ’64
Darfur Benefit Choral
May 4, 4:00 p.m.
1st United Methodist Church, Sarasota

Ben Rudnick ’84
Ben Rudnick & Friends
Performances regularly in New England and New York
www.benrudnick.com

Michael Tyo ’83
Gospel Concert featuring the church choir and Michael performing on the Roland AT-90 organ
May 31, 7:30 p.m.

Adams United Methodist Church, 36 East Church St, Adams, NY


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