Alma Matters - August 2012

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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings from Your Alma Mater!

Reunion Weekend A Huge Success! 
Many thanks to all our alumni and friends who returned for Reunion Weekend 2012 last month.  With close to 600 registrations and beautiful Potsdam summer weather, what a wonderful weekend it was!  From celebrating our Alumni Award recipients, Hall of Fame Inductees, an Honorary Doctorate recipient, to past and present members of student activity groups, we were reminded of the liberal arts diversity that makes SUNY Potsdam great!  A heartfelt "thank you" to all of our volunteers who helped keep everything running smoothly all weekend.  A very special thank you to all of our class volunteers, who together raised an incredible $2,666,199 class giving.  A special shout out to the 50-Year Club (all classes from 1962 and earlier) who raised a whopping $1,731,862!  SUNY Potsdam has the best alumni ever!

Reunion Feedback?
We welcome your Reunion feedback!  What did you like?  What did you not like?  What suggestions do you have for future Reunion celebrations?  Please e-mail the Alumni Office at

It's Not Too Soon to Plan For 2013
The 2013 Reunion Weekend will be held July 11 – 14.  Mark your calendars now.  To check out Reunion dates through 2018, please see Future Reunion Dates.

Alumni Discount for Online Bookstore Purchases!
Alumni can get a 10% discount on the College Bookstore's online site through August 31, 2012.  Use code: "alum" at

Event Photos Available Online
Photos from various events are available for viewing and purchase through SUNY Potsdam's new Flickr account.  (Flickr is an online photo sharing site.  We are hoping to use Flickr for future events, so let us know what you think!) 

Video of the Month
SUNY Potsdam students go outside the box! You can also view this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos on our YouTube Channel.

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Classes & Operations Resume Following Storm
SUNY Potsdam resumed classes and brought its operations back to normal, after a sudden severe thunderstorm led to a power outage and isolated damage to campus on July 17th.The village and town of Potsdam declared a state of emergency following the strong storm.  Fortunately, there were no serious injuries as a result of the storm, and SUNY Potsdam faculty, staff, students and guests were all safe.
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SUNY Potsdam Grad Programs give Student Teachers more Time in Classroom, in Region and Abroad
SUNY Potsdam's Graduate Studies Program is unique in its emphasis on hands-on learning for master's candidates in the education programs. All graduate students working toward the Master of Science in Teaching are required to complete 100 hours of observation and participation in school classrooms.
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SUNY Potsdam Couple Endows Fund for Greek Life Internship
Jane Morale, a 1980 music education graduate, and her husband Glen Zagorski, a 1987 computer science graduate, are endowing the Morale-Zagorski Greek Life Internship Scholarship at SUNY Potsdam. To be hosted by the Department of Campus Life, the Morale-Zagorski Intern will work to promote a positive Greek experience for students at SUNY Potsdam.
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The Crane School of Music Hosts Piano Pedagogy Conference Sept. 22
SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will host an exciting day of free workshops and masterclasses focusing on elementary and intermediate piano students this fall. The Crane Piano Pedagogy Conference is open to all piano teachers. This energizing day of professional enrichment and networking will draw upon the expertise of Crane faculty and visiting lecturers.
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SUNY Potsdam Leads in Fundraising Again, Far Surpassing 2012 Goal
SUNY Potsdam raised more than $2.6 million in fiscal year 2011-12. Many groups of supporters rallied to help achieve this success. Strong leadership from the College administration and the Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees were instrumental in reaching this year's goal.
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Potsdam Pride

Sign Up for a Free Potsdam E-mail Account!
Lifetime Potsdam e-mail accounts are available to SUNY Potsdam Alumni.
Contact the office at (315) 267-2120, e-mail or go online to request an account today!

Are Your Alumni Records Up To Date?
Let us know if you have moved, changed jobs, gotten married or had a baby.  Click here to update your alumni record today!

Become a Mentor to a Current SUNY Potsdam Student…We Need You!
Your professional experience is in high demand and it will help our students.  Become a BearTracker Mentor to our students!  Go online to sign up or e-mail

Set Up Your Automatic Monthly Gift Now!
Did you know that you can now set up an installment plan for automatic monthly gifts on your credit card?  Just go online to use this new convenient feature. 

Would you like to Save Some Money
Liberty Mutual is offering our alumni special discounted insurance rates.  Find out more and get a free quote by calling (800) 524-9400 or go online.(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.)

 college store image Get Your SUNY Potsdam Gear Today
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.

August 17, 2012
SUNY Potsdam Alumni Event @ SPAC
Philadelphia Orchestra's performance of "The Best is Yet to Come: Sinatra and Beyond"
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
Concert and Pre-Concert Alumni Dinner
For more information and to register, visit SPAC Event
September 6, 2012
Scholarship Golf Classic
Potsdam Town & Country Club
Potsdam, NY
Learn More

September 29, 2012
SUNY Potsdam Alumni Event at the Turning Stone Casino
5:30 p.m. Pre-Concert Alumni Reception
8 p.m. The Todd Hobin Band and Double Axel in Concert
Turning Stone Casino
Verona, NY
Special concert/hotel packages are still available exclusively to Potsdam alumni.
For more information and to register, visit Todd Hobin Event

November 30, 2012
Crane Alumni Reception at NYSSMA
Rochester, NY

July 11-14, 2013
Reunion Weekend

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.

Various Dates in July and August
Anne Baldwin Sutherland '67

Sketching Tours of Nantucket and Summer Oil Painting Workshops

Nantucket, MA
For reservations: (508) 325-5220

July to August 2012
June Tyler '77

Papermaking Workshops
Pondside Pulp and Paper
Norwich, NY
Learn More

August 1, 2012
Michael Benedict '79

BOPITUDE Quintet New England Tour
94 New Salem Road
Laconia, NH
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Learn More

August 2, 2012
Michael Benedict '79

BOPITUDE Quintet New England Tour
Brandon Music
82 Country Club Road
Brandon, VT
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Learn More

August 3, 2012
Michael Benedict '79

BOPITUDE Quintet New England Tour
NH Jazz at Studio 99
Nashua, NH
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Learn More

August 9, 2012
Jonathan Geffner '81

Solo Acoustic performance
Gizzi's Café
16 W. 18th St.
New York City
7:00-8:00 p.m.

August 10-11, 2012
Glen Anderson '74

Performing at the "Mega Potsdam High School Reunion"
Friday night at Maxfields
Saturday night on the SUNY Potsdam campus
Potsdam, NY

August 13, 2012
Peter Peluso '69 and Maryjane Lisi-Peluso '70

Concert: Piano and Accordion
Plainville Public Library
Plainville, CT
7:00 p.m.

August 16, 2012
Kathleen Keenan-Takagi '65

Summer Sing: Faure Requiem
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
Orchard Park, NY
For more information call (716) 832-2226

Various dates in August and September
Rich Johns '72

"Meeting Your Needs" Presentations to teachers, coaches, parents, and students.
For more information: www.ActWithRespectAlways.comor email

September 15, 2012
Dawn Palmer Mark '81

Conducting the choir for the "Blue Grass Mass" accompanied by "Creek Bank"
Attica Road
Darien Center, NY5:00-9:00 p.m.
Free admission. Church Development Singers and blue grass musicians please e-mail to register.

October 26, 2012
Michael Benedict '79

"A Place for Jazz"
1221 Wendall Avenue
Schenectady, NY
8:00 p.m.
Learn More

November 10, 2012
Michael Benedict '79

BOPITUDE at Greenville High School
4976 State Route 81
Greenville, NY
7:30 p.m.
Learn More

November 30-December 1, 2012
Jonathan Babcock '91

Conducting the New York All-State Women's Choir at NYSSMA
Rochester, NY

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