December 2011 Alma Matters

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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings from Your Alma Mater! 

Nominate an Alum for The St. Lawrence Academy Medal or The Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Teaching Awards
  The deadline for the School of Education St. Lawrence Academy Medal and the Crane School of Music Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Teaching Award is February 1st.  Nominations forms are located at the following respective websites:

Alumni Association Scholarship
Incoming or current students can apply for an Alumni Association Scholarship.  Students must be the child or grandchild of a Potsdam Alum.  The deadline for the Alumni Scholarship is March 1st.  For more information, please see scholarship eligibility.

Reunion Weekend 2012 – July 12-15, 2012 - Save The Date!
  Last call for anyone wishing to help with the 2012 Class Reunion Committees! The Committees will be having conference calls over the next few weeks, and committee members will be reaching out to classmates in the beginning of the year for the Milestone years including 1962 (50th), 1987 (25th) and 2002 (10th). We will also be reaching out to classes from the years 1967, 1977, 1982 and 1992. If you are interested in serving on your Reunion Committee please contact Ellen Nesbitt, Assistant Director of the Fund for Potsdam (, (315) 267-3403).  Please remember, anyone and everyone is invited to come back for reunion. You don't need to be celebrating a specific year.

Alumni Volunteers Needed!
Over the next several months, we will be reorganizing and redesigning our regional chapters in the areas of Boston, Rochester and Syracuse.  Volunteers are needed in these regions so we can start with a core group of alumni to help develop these chapters. The Albany region has a solid group of volunteers, but more are always welcome! If you are interested in chapter development, e-mail

The Legacy of Julia Crane Now available!
"Messengers of Music: The Legacy of Julia E Crane" by Dr. Caron L. Collins of the Crane School of Music, has been recently published.  The book includes research conducted with nearly 50 Crane music education alumni and shares stories of influential music teachers from schools in the United States and around the world, coupled with the life history of Julia Ettie Crane. This book is available  online at our SUNY Campus Bookstore website.

Crane 125th Events
In celebration of Crane’s 125th Anniversary, many alumni will be returning to campus to perform and participate in events scheduled throughout the year.  For more information,  view the list of events  online.  In addition, many upcoming concerts at Crane are being audio streamed live. Learn More.

Video of the Month
  See how our students and faculty bond in the Composition class in the Adirondack Studies program!
View this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos on our YouTube Channel.

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Volunteers Join in to Clean Up Stone Valley Trails
  Volunteers from the SUNY Potsdam Wilderness Education Program recently joined members of other community groups to conduct critical maintenance in the Stone Valley Cooperative Recreation Area.  (Read More)

The Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam Features Students in Art Attack
  The annual SUNY Potsdam juried student art show “Art Attack” was the latest exhibition featured by The Art Museum at Potsdam. Works by 36 talented visual arts students were on display in the Gibson Gallery exhibition space. (Read More)

Arnold scores twice as Bears rally past Bengals, 3-2
  The SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team scored three unanswered goals to defeat Buffalo State on the road Friday night. Sophomore forward Mike Arnold scored twice for the Bears. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Welcomes Back Alumnus for Greek Life Discussion
  SUNY Potsdam Greek students welcomed back alumnus, Michael Paestella, a 1995 SUNY Potsdam graduate and an alumnus of Theta Omega Phi fraternity (Prometheus).  According to Donnalyn Eaton Shuster ’78, president of the Greek Alumni Council and Omega Delta Phi’s alumni association, this presentation was “the first in a series of alumni-driven workshops that would benefit not only the students, but allow our vast talent pool to be showcased by the College in a teaching capacity. The presentations can showcase the success levels of Potsdam graduates, as they take the time to ‘give back’ to the college. Future presentation topics can include wellness, stress management, financial management and more.”  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Red Band Program Teaches 'Every Second Counts'
  “Every Second Counts” was the theme for SUNY Potsdam’s Red Band program, which teaches students to be vigilant to prevent drinking deaths. The mission of the Red Watch Band is to provide students of the college/high school community with the knowledge, awareness and skills to prevent toxic drinking deaths and to promote a student culture of kindness, responsibility, compassion and respect.  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Displayed Memorial Quilt Panels for World AIDS Day
  For the 2011 World AIDS Day, SUNY Potsdam’s AIDS Education Group (PAEG) brought nine panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, to campus. This was the fourth time that SUNY Potsdam has hosted or co-hosted the quilt. Started in 1987 as a remembrance and tribute to loved ones who died from AIDS-related illnesses, the quilt now contains more than 91,000 panels and names, and is more than 1 million square feet, too large to be shown in its entirety.  (Read More)

Band Concert Included Crane Composers' Works & World Premiere
  The concert was opened with a world premiere of “Fanfare and Jubilation,” a 2011 piece composed by Crane alumnus Mark D. Slater, Class of 1979, in honor of the 125th anniversary. The composer returned to his alma mater to rehearse with the band and conduct the work in concert. (Read More)

SUNY Students Seek Timbucto Secrets
How many miles to Timbucto?  It's a question SUNY Potsdam's anthropology department has been trying to answer for years.  (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

Show Off Your Potsdam Pride On Your Computer at Work or Home!
Potsdam Pride Desktops are available for download online.

Thank You From The Fund for Potsdam!
Thank you to all alumni who took time to speak with one of our student callers from The Buzz (formerly the Fund for Potsdam Phonathon) this fall.  If you made a pledge over the phone, or have received a Fund for Potsdam mailing, thank you for taking the time to send in your gift.  You can also go online to make a single gift or create a convenient, automatic monthly gift plan that can continue to support the College for years to come.

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
    Are you tired of paying too much money for insurance?  Liberty Mutual is offering our alumni special discounted rates. Learn more online or call 1-800-524-9400. 
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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.

December 4, 2011
Candlelight Concert

3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Hosmer Hall
SUNY Potsdam


And Various Dates in December 2011.

  Watch past performance on your local WPBS station or online:
December Wonderland
(2010 Concert) dates:
  Tuesday, December 6th, at 8 p.m.
  Saturday, December 17th, at 3 p.m.
  Sunday, December 18th, at 1:30 p.m.
  Home and Hearth(2009 Concert)
  Monday, December 12th, at 10 p.m.
  Family Traditions(2008 Concert)
  Monday, December 5th, at 10 p.m.

December 2, 2011
  Alumni Reception at the NYSSMA Conference
  HYATT Regency Rochester
  Rochester, NY

January 20-21, 2012
  Student Leadership Conference
  SUNY Potsdam
  Students and alumni will come together to share their leadership experiences.

January 28, 2012
  Albany Alumni Chapter Event
  Dinosaur BBQ in Troy, NY & Clarkson vs. RPI Hockey @ RPI
  Learn More

February 3, 2012
  Bear Pride Night
  Maxcy Hall, SUNY Potsdam

February 4, 2012
Men's Alumni Basketball Game
11 a.m.
Maxcy Hall, SUNY Potsdam

February 4, 2012
Men's Alumni Hockey Game
12:30 p.m.
Maxcy Hall Ice Arena, SUNY Potsdam

March 30-April 1, 2012
  “Return To Potsdam Weekend”
  Come back to Potsdam for a Weekend Full of Activities!
  This weekend is targeted to our Alumni from the classes of 2001-2011, but all are welcome!
  Learn More (PDF)

Watch for more information regarding the following events:

May 1, 2012
New York City Alumni Reception
Prior to the Crane Chorus & Orchestra Performance of the Verdi Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall
Location: The Lobby Bar in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, 5 - 7 p.m.

Reunion Weekend 2012

July 12-15

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.

December 2, 2011
  Joseph Bernier ’11
  LGBAC Band Presents, “The Great American Songbook Concert”
  8 p.m.
  Peter Norton Symphony Space
  2537 Broadway at 95th St.
  Upper West Side, NYC

December 2, 2011
  Lisa Hashimoto Payne ’82
  Performing in the Ithaca Concert Band at the 2011 NYSSMA Conference
  7:15 p.m.
  Rochester, NY

December 5-6, 2011
  Anne Sutherland ’69
  Fall Art Classes: “Flowers and Grass”
  67 Milestone Road Studio
  Nantucket, MA
  For more information visit or

December 11, 2011
  Marilyn Obermeyer ’68
  Schlicker Pipe Organ 50th Anniversary
  3 p.m.
  Kenmore United Methodist Church
  Kenmore, NY

December 15-18, 2011
  Kristian Truelsen ’76
  “A Christmas Carol” Musical
  The Rose Theatre Brampton
  Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Learn More

December 16, 2011
Michael Benedict ’79
Jazz Vibes at 9 Maple Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY

Through December 16, 2011
  Leona Seufert ’75
  Solo Art Exhibit celebrating 25 years in Roselle Park
  Roselle Park, NJ

Various Dates in December 2011
  Dimitri Pittas ’99
  Performs as “Rodolfo” in La Bohème at The Metropolitan Opera
  Learn More

January 22, 2012
  Derek Stannard ’08
  Sacred Choral Music Performance
  2 p.m.
  Carnegie Hall -   Stern Auditorium
  New York, NY
  Learn More

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