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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 the 2011 Reunion Weekend in July.  With more than 644 registrations, we exceeded last year’s numbers, making it the largest Reunion in many years.  And what a phenomenal time it was!  From celebrating Crane’s 125th Anniversary, to the official resolutions recognizing our Men’s Basketball NCAA Championships in the 1980’s, 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.  And a very special thank you to the Class of 1961, celebrating their 50th Golden Reunion, for their astounding, record-breaking class gift of $820,000. 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 2012
  The 2012 Reunion Weekend will be held July 12 – 15.  Mark your calendars now.  To check out Reunion dates through 2018, please see  Future Reunion Dates.

Video of the Month:
  School And the Great Outdoors…Doesn’t Get Any Better Than That!
  View this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos on our YouTube Channel.

College Headlines

Three inducted into Bears Hall of Fame in 2011
Three former SUNY Potsdam student-athletes were inducted into the Bears Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place during the annual Reunion Weekend  during which Kregg Bruno, Renee (Hatter) Hook ’86 and Jodie (Schoppmann) Robertson ’06 became the 31st class inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1979.  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Class of 1961 Sets New Record for 50th Reunion
  Members of the Class of 1961 set a new class giving record at the College, giving $820,000 to benefit students and programs at their alma mater. The 50-year class’s gifts include both outright donations and the establishment of funds for planned and estate gifts.  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Alumni & Friends Take the Lead Once Again, Raising more than $3 Million for the College in 2010-11
  Thanks to the leadership of alumni and friends, SUNY Potsdam exceeded its 2010-11 fundraising goal, raising $3,076,976 to support student scholarships and the College’s educational mission. Several groups of supporters rallied to help achieve this success. Strong leadership from the College administration and the Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees was instrumental in reaching this year’s goal.  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Honors 1981 & 1986 Bears Basketball Achievements
In recognition of the 25th and 30th anniversaries of the 1981 and 1986 Bears basketball teams’ winning NCAA Division III National Championship titles under Coach Jerry Welsh, the Village of Potsdam, Town of Potsdam and St. Lawrence County declared the dates of July 14 to July 17, 2011 SUNY Potsdam Men’s Basketball Recognition Days. On July 16, there was an official unveiling of the SUNY Potsdam Men’s Basketball Photo Gallery in the Maxcy Hall Commons, which is located on the second floor of the College’s athletic complex. This gallery, made possible by a generous gift from Coach Welsh, commemorates every Bears basketball team from 1948 to the present.  (Read More

Potsdam Pride

Secure Our Future - Join the President’s Club
We invite all alumni and friends to join the President’s Club, the College’s gift society that recognizes donors giving $1,000 or more during a school year (July 1 – June 30).  Just visit the online giving form to make a one-time gift or to set up a convenient automatic monthly gift on your credit card.  And you can decide how you want your donation used!   

Have You Recently Gotten Married, Had A Baby or Changed Jobs?
  If so, we want to know!  Click here to update your alumni records.
  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.  Click here then click on "Alumni Job Search" to create a profile.  If you need assistance, e-mail

Insurance Program for SUNY Potsdam Alumni
What are you paying for your insurance?  Liberty Mutual is offering our alumni special discounted rates.   Learn more online or call 1-800-524-9400. 
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Get your SUNY Potsdam Gear Today
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Apply online or call (800) 853-5576 ext. 8723 to learn more about the SUNY Potsdam Visa card. 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 5, 2011
  Day at the Saratoga Race Track - Sold Out!
  Saratoga Springs, NY
  Call the Alumni Office at (315) 267-2120 if you have any questions.

September 8, 2011
  SUNY Potsdam Scholarship Golf Classic
  Potsdam Town & Country Club
  Potsdam, NY
  Learn More

September 24, 2011
  Double Axel at the Dinosaur BBQ
  Syracuse, NY
  Register online or call the Alumni Office at (315) 267-2120

Watch for more information regarding the following  events:

Fall 2011
  Technology & Math Alumni Round Table

  (including discussion and reception)
  Poughkeepsie, NY

December 2, 2011
  NYSSMA Alumni Reception
  Rochester, 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.

August 9 -12, 2011
  Roger Ames ’67
  “Music! Words! Opera!” Teachers Workshop at Boston Lyric Opera: a workshop that teaches teachers how to write music theater and opera pieces with their students.
  Boston Lyric Opera
  Boston, MA
  For more information call or e-mail Julie at (617) 542-4912 x242 or

September 11, 2011
  Frances Coan Roberts ’64
  Conducting The Long Island Masterworks in a Mozart’s Requiem Sing-In, in remembrance of 9/11.
  3 p.m., Free Admission
  Congregational Church of Manhasset
  1845 Northern Boulevard
  Manhasset, NY
Learn More

September 25, 2011
  Dr. Dana M. Barry ’71, ’72
  Giving a keynote address on the topic of Education.
  7 p.m.
  Xiamen International Conference Center
  Xiamen City, China

September 8 – October 2, 2011
  Dale Zurbrick ’68
  Directing/ Musical-Directing, ELEGIES, A Song Cycle
O'Connell & Company Productions, Inc.
  Gleasner Hall
  Erie Community College North Campus
  6205 Main St.
  Williamsville, NY  14221
Learn more

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