October 2007 Alma Matters

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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Celebrating a reunion in ’09?
If your class year ends in a 4 or a 9… you are! Save the date now and plan to join us in Potsdam July 9-12, 2009. The Alumni Office is looking for volunteers to serve on your class committee. If you’d like to help generate excitement for your class reunion and your class gift, contact the Kristin Sherburne at sherbukm@potsdam.edu

The Career Planning Office will be disposing of all files containing letters of recommendation from the following class years: 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993. If you would like your file maintained at Career Planning for an additional five years, you must notify the office at (315) 267-2344, email career@potsdam.edu, or in writing by 11/21/08. (Career Planning, 106 Sisson Hall, Potsdam, NY 13676) If the office is not notified by the deadline, files will be shredded. Please note, your reference file is not connected to your transcript. The Registrar’s Office will continue to maintain transcripts.

College Headlines

Dr. Brydges named SUNY Potsdam's Director of Academic Assessment 
SUNY Potsdam’s former coordinator of assessment, Dr. Bruce Carl Brydges, has been selected for the position of director of academic assessment in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. He began his new duties in July.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam to be home to five Chinese students from earthquake ravaged region
Of the 150 Chinese undergraduate students who will be attending State University of New York Colleges this fall as part of SUNY’s initiative to provide an education to students from the Sichuan Province of western China, the site of a massive earthquake in May, five will call SUNY Potsdam home for the next year.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam attracted nine students at the top of their class for the fall semester
SUNY Potsdam welcomed nine incoming freshmen students at the top of their class for the fall semester, including four valedictorians and five salutatorians.  (Read more)

Italian scholar and Potsdam ICT prof study video game engagement
Why is it that so many people can play video games for hours on end and lose track of time, while for others a few minutes of game play is enough? Is it the individual or the game that matters?  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam student earns honors in international competition
Alexandra “Sasha” Shatalova, a SUNY Potsdam senior from New Paltz, recently was awarded second prize in the First International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Young Artist competition for oboe. (Read more)

 SUNY Potsdam Professor Emeritus's career as a composer inspires photographic works of art
Crane School of Music Professor Emeritus Dr. Arthur Frackenpohl and photographer Jane Lammers of Canton have created music-related photo projects based on Dr. Frackenpohl’s career as a composer, one of which is now on display at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.  (Read more)

Nephew named Volunteer in Service to America at SUNY Potsdam
Nicole M. Nephew of Malone has been named a volunteer in service to America (VISTA) with AmeriCorps and the New York Campus Compact to help fight poverty in the region.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam Provost awarded Psychology Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Margaret E. Madden, provost, vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology at SUNY Potsdam, recently was awarded the Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award for Distinguished Service to the Society for the Psychology of Women, which is a division of the American Psychological Association, in recognition of “significant, substantial and longstanding contributions” to the society.   (Read more)

Three SUNY Potsdam students explore marine biology in the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Marine biology may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of SUNY Potsdam, but thanks to the College’s partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi, biology students have the opportunity to spend their summers in the field at its Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam ranked in top tier for universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report
SUNY Potsdam has been named one of the top tier public and private regional universities in the northern United States in the University-Master’s category of the 2009 edition of “U.S. News & World Report’s” guide, “America’s Best Colleges.” This is the 10th consecutive year “U.S. News” has recognized Potsdam as one of the nation’s highest-quality institutions.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam and the Roxy Theater bring the Metropolitan Opera to Potsdam
North Country residents will have the truly unique opportunity to view 11 live and 11 encore Metropolitan Opera performances without the trip to New York City as SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and Potsdam’s Roxy Theater bring The Metropolitan Opera’s groundbreaking series “The Met: Live in HD” right to Potsdam.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam moves to online management for recruiting employees
In an effort to be more efficient and effective in the employee recruitment process, SUNY Potsdam has implemented a new Web-based applicant-tracking module to enable online management of the recruitment process.  (Read more)

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 18
Steinway Hall - Faculty Concert - NYC
Showcasing the talents of Crane Faculty; Douglas Rubio, Paul Wyse, and Eugenia Tsarov. The evening will also include the conferral of an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from SUNY to John D'Addario, Jr.

Saturday, September 20
Rochester Chapter hosts Double Axel - E. Rochester
Double Axel returns to Rochester for the fifth year to get Potsdam alumni and friends on their feet and enjoying the classic rock music that they know and love!
Further information and online registration coming soon!

September 26-28
Special Weekend in Memory of Sandy Feldstein
All students, friends and colleagues of the late Sandy Feldstein are invited to Potsdam for this very special weekend.

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