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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Reunion 2011, Battle of the Bands!
Calling all Potsdam Bands - Did you and your friends have a band that played together while at Potsdam?  Are you ready to reunite for one night only?  As part of the Reunion 2011 festivities, we are looking to have a Battle of the Bands.  We are looking for all genres, ages and types.  We know that each era at the College had phenomenal talent, and we would love to see that talent on display again.  If you are interested in reuniting your band and participating in the Battle of the Bands on Friday, July 15, 2011, or have a band to recommend, please contact Amy Kellogg at, by February 1, 2011.  Logistics and details will be worked out as we determine the level and interest of those willing to participate.

Attention Crane Emeriti and Alumni!
The American String Teachers Association (ASTA) student chapter from Crane is looking for a few of your favorite recipes to make a Crane Faculty and Alumni cookbook next Fall. This cookbook will be used as a fundraiser for ASTA to help support efforts to send members to a conference in Kansas City next spring.  Feel free to donate up to 2 recipes. You can e-mail the recipes to ASTA's president, Andrew Fund,    The recipes should be geared towards college students' price range and cooking capabilities. Please be sure to include your name, the name of the dish, a complete list of ingredients with measurements, step-by-step instructions, and the approximate number of servings. We will have details on how to purchase the cookbook at a later date.   Recipe submission deadline is December 31, 2010.

Alumni Awards
The deadline for nominations for Alumni Awards has been changed from February 1st to December 1st.  If you know of someone deserving of one of the four Alumni Association Awards, nominate them now at

Note the deadline for the School of Education St. Lawrence Academy Medal and the Crane School of Music Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Teaching Award has not changed and is still February 1st.  Nominations forms are located at the following respective websites:

Alumni Scholarship
The deadline for the Alumni Scholarship has been changed from February 1st to March 1st.  For scholarship eligibility, visit:

College Headlines

Class of 1975 Supports SUNY Potsdam Student Scholarships
SUNY Potsdam's Class of 1975 recently showed generous support of students by helping to raise a record amount at the College's 22nd Annual Scholarship Golf Classic.(Read more)

Women's soccer to spread awareness, raise funds for breast cancer
The SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team looked to battle more than just the two SUNYAC opponents on the schedule that weekend.The Bears donned pink Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, in home matches against Fredonia and Buffalo State, to increase attention towards breast cancer as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Read more)

Art Attack Returns to Gibson Gallery with Juried Student Show
Dozens of works by SUNY Potsdam students will be exhibited in the College's Gibson Gallery for "Art Attack," the annual juried all-student exhibition that will run from the end of the month until Saturday, Dec. 4. (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam Student Digs Burial Pits with Neanderthal Tools
SUNY Potsdam senior archaeological studies major Jonathan Reeves is going positively Stone Age for his Presidential Scholars project: The Rochester, N.Y. native is spending his fall weekends digging burial pits with stone tools like those used by Neanderthals in the College's Lehman Park. (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam golfer Shippee aces fight against cancer
As a member of the SUNY Potsdam golf team, it's a certainty that junior Lee Shippee competed against strong winds, heavy rains and other elements of nature at some point during the 2010 fall season.

However, that's nothing compared to what Shippee, the team's No. 3 golfer and a native of Corinth, N.Y., battled for almost half a year starting in late 2009. (Read more)

Bears, Golden Knights scrap to draw
As expected, excitement and intensity filled a college men's soccer game featuring cross-town rivals Tuesday night at Maxcy Hall Turf Field. (Read more)

Gender Roles Reversed in Youth Touring Ensemble Productions of 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Cinder-FELLA' at Area Schools
Your average university student isn't accustomed to waking at 4:30 a.m. for class, but for the members of the SUNY Potsdam Youth Theatre Touring Ensemble, the early-morning calls will be worth it once they hear the children's applause. (Read more)

College Headlines

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Upcoming Events

November 11-13, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Production of Leonard Bernstein's "On The Town", by the SUNY Potsdam Department of Theatre & Dance and The Crane Opera Ensemble & Orchestra
Snell Theater, Crane School of Music
Information & tickets:

November 12, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
The Crane Concert Band will present a Veteran's Day Salute
Auditorium at the Dulles State Office Building, Washington Street in Watertown, NY
This concert will benefit the Fort Drum therapy pool which is being built to help soldiers and veterans strengthen their muscles and relieve stress. It is sponsored by Station WBVS Radio, Watertown. Tickets for this benefit concert will cost $10 for the general public and $8 for veterans. Contact Sheila Barney-Pullus at (315) 782-5035 or The Crane Concert Band will also present the same program in a free performance at 7:30 p.m. in Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 10th, on campus.

November 20, 2010, 1:30 p.m.
Wine Tasting Party
Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport, NY
Come join SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University alumni in Rochester for Wine Tasting Party. Tickets cost $12 per person which includes the wine tasting, a cheese platter, and a souvenir glass! To register go to:  There is also a link you can follow to find out who is going to the event.  Thanks to the Clarkson University Alumni Office for including SUNY Potsdam in this event!

December 3, 7:00 p.m.
Bear Pride Night (Hockey), Bears vs. Plattsburgh
Maxcy Hall

December 3, 2010
Alumni Reception at the NYSSMA (NY State School Music Association) Conference
Hyatt Regency, Rochester, NY  **note location change this year!

December 4, 7:00 p.m.
Men's Hockey Game televised by Time Warner.  Tune in to see the Bears vs. Hobart!

July 14-17
Reunion Weekend, mark your calendars now!

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.

Oct 26-Dec. 27
Leona Seufert '75, Solo Art Exhibit, 
Casano Community Center Art Gallery, Roselle Park, NJ
Reception November 15, 6:30 PM

November 4-14
Molly Sprague Kurent '89
"A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen performed at the UVM Department of Theatre in Burlington, VT.   Tickets available at 802-656-2094 or on line at

November 10-19
Jessie Thoman '97
Performing in The Mirari Brass Quintet Tour in the Southest U.S.
For specific information about the Mirari Brass and their upcoming tours please visit

November 12, 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Shelly Tramposh, Viola professor at the Crane School of Music, will perform "Etwas fur Bratsche (etwas rasch)" at the Esber Recital Hall, Penn State University; State College, PA.

November 13th and 14th, 2010, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Larinda Meade '73 will be part of a group exhibit at Print Fair North, Zea Mays Printmaking Studio, 221 Pine Street, Studio 320, Florence, Massachusetts. or

November 18, 9:00 a.m.
Rogers Ames '67 will be installed as an SAI National Artist at the Methodist Church in Morristown, NJ. The event is free to SAI members. For more information go to:

November 19-21, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Donnalyn Eaton Shuster '78
Attending the NYSATA Members Art Show in the Hyatt Regency, Rochester NY. Features include a group exhibition of works by NYSATA members at the annual conference.

November 19th - 21st, 2010
Ann Rhody '79  performing the role of the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wayne Central Performing Arts Center, Ontario, NY.

November 20, 2:00 p.m.
Donnalyn Shuster '78
Presenting a workshop at the Hyatt Regency, Rochester, NY: New York State Art Teacher's Association Conference - " Everything You Need To Know About Youth Art Month in NY",

November 20, 2:00 p.m.
Roger Ames '67
The Potsdam Area All-State choir will be performing "Love's Gift", composed by Roger Ames '67, dedicated to Dr. Helen Hosmer and Calvin Gage '54, conducted by Steven Pagano.
Hosmer Hall, Crane School of Music

November 21, 3:30 p.m.
Jeff Welcher '78
Conducting the Colgate University Choir and Women's Ensemble
Colgate University Memorial Chapel.

November 21, 7:00 p.m.
Longy Faculty Artist Recital
Clarinetist Michelle Normandeau Shoemaker '95 and flutist Vanessa Breault Mulvey '91 Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music, Cambridge MA.
Revelia Duo: "The Romantic and the Modern"   Featuring works by Higdon, Pinkham, Schuller, Koechlin, and Brahms      Free admission

December 4
Mike Lawrence '78
Jazz talk at 7:00 p.m., Performance at 8:00 p.m.
Jazz one2one, featuring the music of Yuko Kishimoto,
Athens Cultural Center in the village of Athens, NY
Admission: $ 10.00  Information and reservations:  518-945-2669

December 5, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
Frances Coan Roberts '64
Directing the Long Island Masterworks Holiday Concert
Garden City Cathedral, Garden City, NY. or 631-262-0200

Larry Ham '82
Upcoming performances:
December 8, 2010, Boston, MA
with Michael Gold and JazzImpact
December 14-15, Munich, Germany
with Michael Gold and JazzImpact
December 18, Comptoir du Jazz, Bordeaux, France
December 31, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
New Year's Eve Millbrook, Millbrook, NY

November 26 - December 30, 2010
Jim and Mary Hooper '64
Performing in the EPCOT Candlelight Processional at Walt Disney World
Admission to EPCOT will get you a seat in the American Pavilion.

January 7, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Jerry Shedd '69  
Conducting the Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.  Works by Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Admission is free. Call  802-388-1012 for information.

"Messengers of Music: The Legacy of Julie Ettie Crane" is expected to be released in October 2011.  This book is a collection stories from Crane School of Music alumni describing their innovative music programs and the influence of Julia E Crane on music education.  The book, written by Crane School of Music assistant professor, Dr. Caron Collins and published by Information Age Publishing will be available for purchase during the 125th Crane School of Music Anniversary celebrations.

2nd Tuesday of Every Month
Chris Reynolds '53 performs in a Jazz Trio the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Jack Spratt Café , Chapel Hill, NC.   919-933-3575 (café )

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