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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings From Your Alma Mater!

Registration Form for Reunion Weekend 2014 is Now Available!
The Registration form for Reunion Weekend 2014 (July 10 – 13) is now available online along with the schedule of events, and will also be included in the spring issue of Potsdam People which will soon be arriving in your mailboxes. We have several new and exciting offerings this year, including the Potsdam Academy Day, the Student Affairs Symposium and the Theatre and Dance Alumni performance reunion.  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!

The New SUNY Potsdam Online Alumni Directory is Now Available!
The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the launch of its new online Alumni Directory via BearPaws.  To access the directory, alumni must have a potsdam.edu email account. You can request an email account here or by calling the Alumni Office at (315) 267-2120. Once you have your potsdam.edu email address, go to www.bearpaws.potsdam.edu and select “Alumni Services.” Tab through the various options to update your profile, find a classmate, make a gift or explore career opportunities. Questions about the directory may be directed to alumni@potsdam.edu or by calling (315) 267-2120.

Join Us: Performing Arts Center Grand Opening & Lougheed Festival of the Arts Kick Off
Join us on Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. for the Grand Opening Reception of the Performing Arts Center (PAC), and the kick-off of the third annual Lougheed Festival of the Arts. The opening event will take place in the PAC lobby and will feature refreshments, live music, art and dancing. Visit the Lougheed website and learn more about the visiting artists and 60+ arts-related events free and open to the public during this year’s Festival (April 25 – May 4th).  Visit the Facebook page for more info and event photos. 

The Lougheed Festival of the Arts is possible through the generosity and artistic vision of Kathryn (Kofoed) '54 and Donald Lougheed (Hon. ’54).

Bicentennial Committee Seeks Proposals from Alumni
Would you like to be a guest speaker, lecturer or performer during SUNY Potsdam’s Bicentennial Celebration in 2015-2016?  Or do you have a suggestion for an event, program or visiting VIP?  Visit the Bicentennial webpage and submit a proposal! 

Employment Opportunity: SUNY Potsdam Development Officer Position
As a Development Officer, you can help the Office of Development & Alumni Relations build support for SUNY Potsdam students and programs. Alumni are encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply, go online.

Thank You from the Annual Fund!
Thank you to all our generous alumni who have responded to a phone call from (315) 267-3054 over the past month. Potsdam students will be continuing to try to reach you for most of April and we hope you will take a moment to speak with a student caller. Help support transformative experiences for students!  You can go online now to make your gift! 

Have you joined the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Group on LinkedIn?
Join the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Group and reconnect with your Potsdam friends online.

Like” the SUNY Potsdam Facebook Page and Our Chapter Pages!

Video of the Month
Author T.C. Boyle ’68 talk about discovering a love for writing during his undergraduate years at SUNY Potsdam

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Alumna Alexa Basile’s ’13 Essay Recently Selected as Part of Michelle Obama's 'Why study abroad?' Series (Read More)

PACES Introduces New Chef and a Facelift at Lehman Dining Center at SUNY Potsdam
John VanKennen has joined Potsdam Auxiliary College and Educational Services as the new chef at SUNY Potsdam's Lehman Dining Center. Lehman is PACES' all-you-care-to-eat facility, open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as offering brunch and dinner on the weekends. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Students Organize County’s First Gay Pride Parade
A class of SUNY Potsdam students is organizing St. Lawrence County’s first gay pride parade. John D. Youngblood teaches a course on gay and lesbian issues. He tasked his class with coming up with a collaborative project, and together they decided to hold a parade. (Read More)

An Interview with Stephanie Blythe ’92
The San Diego Reader interviews Stephanie Blythe, a Potsdam alumnus. The conversation touches on her career, performances, the weather, travel and art. (Read More)

Chmiel earns Goalie of the Week Honors
SUNY Potsdam women's lacrosse player Jen Chmiel (Rochester, NY/Eastridge) has been named the State University of New York Athletic Conference's Goalie of the Week for her strong play in the Bears two games during the first week of March. (Read More)

Potsdam Pride
Your Gift to the Arts Supports our Students...and the Campaign!

Whether you are making a gift to music or dance, theater or creative writing, you are ensuring experiences for students that are infused with creativity and critical thinking.  And you’re playing a big role in the success of the Take the Lead Campaign! Did you know that 40% of all gifts to the Campaign are in support of the arts! To learn more about all of our Campaign priorities and how you can make a difference, visit the Campaign website!
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Did You Know that the Racquette Newspaper is Available Online?
Keep up with College even more by viewing the Racquette, SUNY Potsdam’s student-run Newspaper since 1927!

Need a Job? Then Check out BearTracker Today!
SUNY Potsdam graduates can take advantage of BearTracker – for FREE! Our Career Planning Office will connect your resume with employers who are seeking your 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, email career@potsdam.edu.

Consider Hiring a 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, email career@potsdam.edu.

Do You Have a Potsdam Email Account? Sign Up Today to Now Access the Online Alumni Directory
FREE Lifetime Potsdam email accounts are available to SUNY Potsdam alumni and will be required to login on our new online alumni directory which is now available at:  Contact the office at (315) 267-2120, email alumni@potsdam.edu or go online to request an account today!

Liberty Mutual Announces its New FuelIQ App! Liberty Mutual is proud to partner with SUNY Potsdam to provide you with relevant auto and home safety tips for the way you live today.  Their new mobile app helps you determine how fuel efficient your driving habits are.  FuelIQTM, scores the fuel efficiency of your trips and provides you with tips to help improve it. For more information , click here (PDF)  or go online.  To learn more about Liberty Mutual Auto and Home Insurance or get a free, no-obligation quote, call 855-948-6267 or visit the website.
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 college store image College Bookstore Special April Offer to Alumni!
25% OFF 12' Potsdam Gnome for the month of April. At check out use Coupon Code Alum04.
Visit the College Bookstore website and search item CS917.
Looking for a new Visa Card with Benefits? Sign up for the SUNY Potsdam Visa Signature Card Today!
Apply online or call 1-800-853-5576 ext. 8723 to learn more. Show your Potsdam Pride with your new credit card!
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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 9, 2014
SUNY Potsdam Job Expo 2014
Barrington Student Union MPR
4 - 6:30 p.m.
Alumni can participate as job seekers or employers
For employer registration, please visit the Job Expo website .
No registration necessary for job seekers.
April 19, 2014
Alumni Volleyball Game
SUNY Potsdam
Game: 10 a.m. in Maxcy Hall
Dinner: 6:15 p.m. in Thatcher Hall.
Learn More

April 25 through May 4, 2014
Lougheed Festival of the Arts
SUNY Potsdam Campus
Learn More

May 3, 2014
Men's Alumni Soccer Game
SUNY Potsdam
Time: TBD
Learn More

May 4, 2014
Women's Alumni Softball Game
SUNY Potsdam
1 - 2 p.m.
Learn More

May 8, 2014
Rochester Regional Alumni Event, featuring the Morgan Twins ’07
Rohrbach’s Brew Pub
Rochester, NY
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Register online and view details

May 22, 2014
New York City Area Alumni Event
Tour of the American Museum of Natural History
Reception at the Citrus Bar & Grill
320 Amsterdam Ave. at 75th Street
New York, NY
Learn More

July 10-13, 2014
Reunion Weekend
SUNY Potsdam
Learn More

July 10, 2014
Re-live your student days at
Potsdam Academy

SUNY Potsdam
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August 10, 2014
Day at the Races Alumni Event
Saratoga Race Track
Saratoga Springs, NY

September 27, 2014
Double Axel at the Dinosaur BBQ Alumni Event
Syracuse, NY

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.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Anne Cavolo Tedesco ’73
Performing in Piano concert
Marillac Hall, St. John's University
Jamaica, NY
8 - 9:30 p.m.
$20, general admission, students donate
View Flyer (PDF)

April 10 - 20, 2014
Kristian Truelsen '76
“Floyd Collins” (musical)
Mady Centre for the Performing Arts
Barrie, Ontario
Learn More

April 13, 2014
Deborah Andrus ’91
Around the World in Trio (Performance), part of the Second Sunday Concert Series at the UUCLV
Bethlehem, PA
3 p.m.
Learn More

Various dates in April and May, 2014
Dimitri Pittas ’99
L’elisir d’Amore and Deutsch Oper Berlin
Learn More

May 10, 2014
Rhian and Cara Morgan ’07
Performing at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar
Syracuse, NY
9:00 pm
Learn more

May 17 - June 1
Sandra A. Vigliotti '84
Musical Director - Fiddler on the Roof
Star Playhouse
Commack, NY
Learn More

May 18, 2014
Kathleen Keenan-Takagi '65
Concert: Rivers of Song: A European Journey
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
Orchard Park, NY
7 p.m.
Learn More

May 30 - June 1, 2014
Dimitri Pittas ’99
Verdi’s Requiem
Kansas City Symphony
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June 5, 7 and 8, 2014
Dimitri Pittas ’99
Beethoven No. 9
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Learn More

June 7, 2014
Michael Benedict ’79
The Michael Benedict Trio: Baritone Madness
Albany, NY
7:30 p.m.
Learn More

Various Dates through July 2014
Christine Rua ’77
Cirque du Soleil's Varekai
U.S. and Canadian Tour 2014
Learn More

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