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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings From Your Alma Mater!

Lougheed Festival of the Arts
Through the generosity and artistic vision of Kathryn (Kofoed) '54 and Donald Lougheed, The Lougheed Festival of the Arts resurrects the tradition of a dynamic and comprehensive campus spring festival, to include theatre, dance, vocal and instrumental performances; visual arts exhibitions; creative writing programs; and guest artists and presenters. The festival takes place April 26 – May 4, 2013. The Festival encompasses all forms of artistic expression, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary artistic experiences and will take place each year in the spring.  For more information, view the Festival webpage.

The Schedule of Events will include, among others, author, TC Boyle ’68; artist, Carrie Mae Weems.  For a complete list of artist profiles, go online.  The 2013 Festival will culminate on May 4th with the annual Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra spring performance under the baton of the Maestro Christoff Perick, the 2013 Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor.

Registration Form for Reunion Weekend 2013 is Now Available
The Registration form for Reunion Weekend 2013 (July 11 – 14) is now available online, along with the schedule of events.  Registration materials will also be included in the spring issue of Potsdam People which will soon be arriving in your mailboxes. Call your classmates now to make plans to attend a great fun-filled weekend! Don’t forget it is also Clarkson’s Reunion Weekend and the Potsdam Summer Festival Weekend. It’s a weekend you don’t want to miss in Potsdam, NY!

Meet Our New Director of Graduate Studies
Greetings from Graduate Studies!  My name is Josh LaFave ’03, and I am the new Director of Graduate Studies. As an alumnus of SUNY Potsdam, I am honored to be working at a place I hold near to my heart. I wanted to share with you the new direction we are headed as an office in support of the graduate student experience. I invite you to download our information brochure online. In addition, there will be many opportunities for you to get involved in shaping the experiences of current and future graduate students. Soon, we will have a LinkedIn group designed to bring together graduate program alumni with current students, and develop a unique community of those associated with these programs. There will be many opportunities to get involved, so please stay tuned! Below are two additional opportunities for those living local to SUNY Potsdam. We hope you'll be able to join us!

  • Spring Networking Event for Graduate Students, Graduate Alumni, Faculty/Staff: Friday, April 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Dexter's Cafe - RSVP  online.

  • Summer Orientation Networking BBQ for new Graduate Students: Wednesday, May 22, 5 p.m. - contact Graduate Studies at gradstudies@potsdam.edu or by phone at (315)267-2543 for additional information.

If you would like to speak with me directly, I invite you to contact me at lafavejj@potsdam.edu, or by phone at (315) 267-2543. Go Bears!

Do You Have a LinkedIn or Facebook Account? 
If so, be sure to join the SUNY Potsdam Alumni groups for both of these social media platforms to receive notices from the College, updates and alumni event details.

Video of the Month
Check Out our Students Diving into Potsdam!

College Headlines

SUNY Board Appoints Dennis Hefner as Interim President for SUNY Potsdam
Dr. Hefner’s appointment as interim president is effective June 1, 2013. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Student Wins First Place in Oscar Experience College Search
State University of New York at Potsdam student ChaRon Brabham has was named the first place winner in the national “Oscar Experience Talent Search,” sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and mtvU.  (Read More)

Bears Tame Mustangs in Season Opener
The SUNY Potsdam men's lacrosse team (1-0) scored eight unanswered goals in a 10-4 victory over Morrisville State (0-2) Saturday afternoon. Senior midfielder Derek Frost led the Bears with three goals and two assists and freshman midfielder Pat Bonafede added two goals in his first collegiate appearance. (Read More)

The Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam Presents ‘Unconventional Narrative: The Triumph of the Witch’
The Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam will showcase challenging contemporary works in an exhibit curated by an alumnus, called “Unconventional Narrative: The Triumph of the Witch.” The exhibition is open in the Roland Gibson Gallery and will remain up until Saturday, April 6. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Mexico Trip Uncovers Mathematics of Ancient Cultures
Under the instruction of Dr. Blair Madore and Dr. Cheryl Miller from SUNY Potsdam and Dr. Jeanna Matthews from Clarkson, eight students traveled to Mexico to participate in hands-on learning experiences involving Meso-American culture and mathematics.
(Read More)

First Mr/Ms UNIVERSE-ity Named

Students from 11 groups on campus competed in the first Mr/Ms University Contest on March 15. Senior Jeffrey Kerr, representing the Potsdam Pointercounts, was award the title of MR Universe-ity, showing their best in the categories of Potsdam Pride, Academic/General Questions and Talent.  Paul Halley, a freshman, representing the Student Activists for Gender Equality was second runner up and Victoria Kavatt, a senior music education major representing Crane Student Association was first runner up. Romeyn Prescott, '92 joined Dr. Walt Conley, Biology, and Brian Pickering, PACES in judging the contest, with more than 150 in attendance who were also given a chance to vote for their favorite. The contest was sponsored by the Emerging Leaders, raising almost $700 for the Student Gift, which was voted on by the students in the fall to support The Annual Fund for Potsdam, which supports the College's greatest opportunities and needs. The group hopes this will become an annual event.

Potsdam Pride

Did You Know that the Racquette is Available Online?
Keep up with College even more by going online to view the Racquette, SUNY Potsdam’s student-run Newspaper since 1927!

Do You Receive Potsdam People, Our Alumni Magazine?
If not, your alumni records are not up to day. Click here to update your records today so you don’t miss out on our next issue.  You can receive it either electronically or by hard copy. 

Even 1 Percent Matters!
To learn how you can support Potsdam and not affect your current income, click here.

Buzzing into April
Our "Buzz" callers (student Phonathon callers) will continue to reach out to alumni, friends and family during April, asking for your support for The Annual Fund for Potsdam, to bolster the area that is most special to you – Arts & Sciences, Crane, Education & Professional Studies, Libraries, Student Affairs, or Athletics. Please think about where within Potsdam you want to make a difference; and, when you get a call from (315) 267-2000, answer the phone and enjoy chatting with one of today’s students! Of course, you may make a gift anytime online. Thank you to our many wonderful donors!

Considering Hiring a SUNY Potsdam Alum!
Employers can create a profile in BearTracker and post jobs/internships that can be viewed by students and alumni. This is a free service. Go online then click on “Employer Login”. If you need assistance, e-mail bainmm@potsdam.edu.

Need a Job? Then Check out BearTracker!
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. You can also search for jobs. Go online then click on "Alumni Job Search" to create a profile. If you need assistance, e-mail career@potsdam.edu.

Ties for Guys-Scarves for Gals
Do you have a tie or scarf that you just don't wear anymore, that could become a part of a college student's professional wardrobe? Drop it off, or send it to us by April 5, and we'll include it in the Emerging Leader's Ties for Guys-Scarves for Gals sale to be held April 8-10 in the Barrington Student Union. Emerging Leaders is also looking for jewelry, brief or laptop cases, suit jackets or blazers. Proceeds from the sale benefits the Student Gift to the College, which supports the College's Greatest Needs.

Auto and Home Insurance Your Way?
Protect your car and home with customized insurance from Liberty Mutual. They will help you select the right coverage and get the discounts you’re eligible for. They offer many ways to save based on important life events as well as Multi-Policy and Multi-Car Discounts. And as a SUNY Potsdam alum, you could receive exclusive savings for even greater value. Call 888-981-6408 or go online  for a free quote. (Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.)

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Visit the College Bookstore online for a variety of SUNY Potsdam clothing and items.
Do You Have The SUNY Potsdam Visa Signature Card?
Benefits have been enhanced and include Fraud Protection, Travel Insurance and no Pre-Set Spending Limits, just to name a few. To learn more about the SUNY Potsdam Visa Signature Card, Apply online or call (800) 853-5576 ext. 8723. Show yours off today!
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Upcoming Events

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

April 3, 2013
SUNY Potsdam Spring 2013 Job Expo
4 - 6:30 p.m.
Student Union MPR
Alumni can participate as job seekers or employers.
For employer registration, please go online.
For more information, please contact Meg Bain at (315) 267-2700 or via e-mail at bainmm@potsdam.edu.

April 10 – 13
The Academic Festival
The theme for the Festival is “Making the Future,” and will feature lectures, panel discussions, workshops, seminars, displays and performances open to the public.  Go online for the schedule of events.

April 13, 2013
Rock & Fossil Fair
9 a.m. - Noon
Geology Museum, Timerman Hall
SUNY Potsdam

April 26 - May 4, 2013
Lougheed Festival of the Arts
The Festival is an annual week-long campus event that will celebrate all artistic expressions through performances, lectures, and exhibits. Learn More
SUNY Potsdam

April 27, 2013
Men’s Soccer Reunion
4 p.m.
SUNY Potsdam

May 4, 2013
Women’s Soccer Reunion
3 p.m.
SUNY Potsdam

May 4, 2013
The Crane School of Music Performance with Pre-Concert Alumni & Friends Reception
SUNY Potsdam

  • 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Alumni & Friends Pre-Concert Reception will be held in the Crane Commons in honor of Britten’s centennial year. Advance registration is required to attend the reception by April 26, 2013. To register, go online.

  • 6:30 - 7 p.m.: Pre-concert lecture will be given by Dr. Vicki Stroeher in Wakefield Hall.

  • 7:30 p.m.: The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra performance of Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem, in Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam

May 17-19, 2013
Commencement Weekend

July 11-14, 2013
Reunion Weekend

August 2, 2013
Day at the Saratoga Race Track
Time TBA

September 12, 2013
Scholarship Golf Classic
Potsdam Town & Country Club
Potsdam, NY

September 28, 2013
Double Axel at the Dinosaur BBQ
Syracuse, NY

November 2, 2013
Dedication of the newly renovated Maxcy Hall Ice Arena  
SUNY Potsdam

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 10th of each month.

Mondays and Wednesdays
Helen Miller Dick ’70
Zumba Instructor
St. James Church
Clinton, NY
$5 per class
For more information, e-mail sbd11him24@aol.com

April 7, 2013
Velocity Horns, which includes Catherine Hill ’08 and Kathy Svatek ’06
Masterclass and Recital
10 a.m. – Noon
Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam

April 7, 2013
Martin Banner ’73
First All-Eastern Women's Choir performance of Martin Banner's edition of Johann Michael Haydn's "Dixit"
Hartford, CT

April 13, 2013
Larinda Meade ’73
Art Exhibit
Sanford Gallery
Florence, MA
http://www.LarindaMeade.com or

April 20, 2013
Kathy (Baxter) Beckmann ’75
Director of Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra
5 p.m.
Cuneen-Hackett Center
Poughkeepsie, NY
For ticket information, go online.

April 20 and 21, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Lewis County Historical Society Concert
7:30 p.m. (Saturday) and 2 p.m. (Sunday)
Historical Society Blue Room
Lowville, NY
For tickets, call (315) 376-8957

April 23, 2013
Anne Cavolo Tedesco ’73
Piano Concert at St. John’s University
Jamaica, NY
For tickets call (718) 990-6250

April 26 and 27, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
In Concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
“Sondheim and Bernstein on Broadway”
7:30 p.m.
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Rochester, NY
Learn More

April 28, 2013
Frances Coan Roberts ’64
Recital with Kelley Nassief, soprano – Music’s Most Famous Love Triangle – the art songs of Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms
4 p.m.
Old First Church, Main Street
Huntington, NY
For tickets and information, go online.

May 3, 2013
June (Barnett) Simons ’71
Treble Choraliers’ Spring Concert
7:30 p.m.
United Methodist Church
Catskill, NY
Donation at the door or sponsorship

May 5, 2013
Kim (Mietus) Collazo ’92
Alle Shea’s 5th Annual Walk-N-Wheel
Fundraiser walk/raffle
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Webster, NY
Learn More

June 2, 2013
Debbie Russell ’83
Conducting the Averill Park Community Orchestra Spring Concert
4 p.m.
Algonquin Middle School
Averill Park, NY
For more information, contact apcorchestra@gmail.com

June 8, 2013
Eric Trumpowsky
Conducting the Irondequoit Chorale – Songs for a Summer Night
7:30 p.m.
Irondequoit United Church of Christ
Rochester, NY
For more information and tickets, call (585) 266-5018

July 19-21, 2013
Rosemary Callard-Szulgit ’68
Presenting at the SENG Conference
“Perfectionism and Gifted Children”
Orlando World Center Marriott
Orlando, FL
Learn More

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