december alma matters header

   dots SUNY Potsdam    dots Alumni Relations    dots Archives

 View videos on the SUNY Potsdam YouTube Channel   Join us on Facebook   Join us on linkedin   View Photos on our Flickr account  

A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings From Your Alma Mater!

President Schwaller To Leave; Says College Is Well Positioned For The Future
SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller announced on Nov. 27 that he would be stepping down from his position in July 2013. His tenure has seen increased undergraduate enrollment, expanded experiential learning opportunities for students and the strengthening of the "handcrafted education." Read more about his decision to move on, his achievements and some of the exciting opportunities in the College's future.

Are You Prepared For 2013 Tax Law Changes?
If you are presently without or have not updated your estate plan in years, upcoming federal tax law changes may move you to action. Go online for the information you need to be better prepared for tomorrow.

Nominations Are Being Accepted 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 scholarship eligibility, go online.

Reunion Weekend 2013 - July 11-14 - Save The Date!
Last call for anyone wishing to help with the 2013 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 2013 for the Milestone years including 1963 (50th), 1988 (25th) and 2003 (10th). We will also be reaching out to classes from the years 1968, 1973 and 1993. If you are interested in serving on your Reunion Committee, please contact Ellen Nesbitt, Assistant Director of the Fund for Potsdam, or (315) 267-3403. And remember, anyone and everyone is invited to come back for reunion. You don't need to be celebrating a specific year!

All SUNY Potsdam Athletic Home Games Can Now Be Watched Live Via Webcast!
Beginning this season, you can watch all home volleyball, soccer, basketball, hockey, swimming, lacrosse and softball games live via an online webcast.  To watch games and to view individual team schedules, go online.

Video Of The Month
Steve Girko, a clarinetist with the Austin Symphony, talks about his years as a student at The Crane School of Music.  You can also view this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos on our YouTube Channel.

College Headlines

Crane Candlelight Concerts Broadcast on Public TV, Starting December 4, 2012
Audiences across the U.S. and Canada will be able to enjoy traditional holiday concerts from The Crane School of Music stage, in the comfort of their homes again this year. WPBS Digital Television has again syndicated four Crane Candlelight Concerts to present throughout the holiday season. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Provost Appointed by Regents to NYS Teaching Standards & Practices Board
SUNY Potsdam Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Margaret E. Madden has been appointed by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to the state Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching. (Read More)

Bears Basketball Expands Community Outreach
The SUNY Potsdam men's and women's basketball teams will expand their involvement in community outreach programs during the 2012-13 school year. This season the Bears will team with various organizations, including Sport for Cancer, the Holiday Fund, the Potsdam Neighborhood Center, and the Rotary Club to support local people in need. (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

Shop Online For The Holiday And Benefit Potsdam – All At The SameTime!
Now there is a way that you can support SUNY Potsdam while you are shopping online and surfing the web. is an easy and free shopping portal that links to more than 1,000 stores and businesses, which then donate back a percentage of  your purchase to Potsdam. Even using their search engine (powered by Google) generates a donation. Sign up now, and choose “Potsdam College Foundation” as your charity.  The College will immediately get a $5 signing bonus, and another $5 bonus when you make your first purchase. 

Is It Time To Update Your Alumni Record?
Let us know if you have moved, changed jobs, gotten married or had a baby.  Click here to update your alumni record today!

Don’t Miss A Year-End Write Off
Did you know that you can set up an installment plan for automatic monthly gifts on your credit card?  Just go online to use this convenient feature, or to make a one-time gift before year-end.

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

Are You Tired of Spending Too Much On Insurance Rates?
Liberty Mutual is offering our alumni special discounted insurance rates.  Find out more and get a free quote by calling 1-800-524-9400 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 Finish Your Holiday Shopping Now At The College Bookstore
Visit the College Bookstore online for a variety of SUNY Potsdam clothing and items and receive 10% off any purchase over $25. Valid now through 12/20/12.  Use promotion code HLDY.
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.  Apply online or call (800) 853-5576 ext. 8723 to learn more about the SUNY Potsdam Visa Signature Card.  Show yours off today!
 credit card image

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.

February 8, 2013
Bear Pride Night & Alumni Reception

Maxcy Hall, Jerry Welsh Gymnasium
Women's basketball at 6 p.m.
Men's basketball at 8 p.m.
Both games vs. Geneseo
Special Reception for Alumni and Donors

February 27-28, 2013
Crane Symphony Orchestra Tour with Alumni Receptions
Feb.27: Herrick’s High School, Long Island, NY
Feb.28: South Colonie High School, Albany, NY
Alumni receptions will be held in conjunction with each of these concerts.

March 2013
Florida Alumni Events
March 7: The Villages, location and time TBD
March 9: Luncheon at the Treviso Restaurant, located in the John M. McKay Visitors Pavilion at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
For more information, please contact the Alumni Relations office at (315) 267-2120.

April 3, 2013
SUNY Potsdam Spring 2013 Job Expo
Student Union MPR
4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Alumni can participate as job seekers or employers.
For employer registration, please visit Job Expo.
For more information, please contact Meg Bain at (315) 267-2700 or via e-mail at

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.  Activity schedule pending - watch for additional information.

May 4, 2013
Crane School of Music Performance with Pre-Concert Reception
The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra will perform Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem.
Hosmer Hall
7:30 p.m.
Alumni & Friends Pre-Concert Reception will be held in honor of Britten’s centennial year, location and time TBD.

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.

December 1 and 2, 2012
Hal Sheeler ’60

Bel Canto Chamber Singers Concerts
Dec. 1: 3 p.m., Lebanon, NH, First Congregational Church
Dec. 2: 3 p.m., Woodstock Vermont Universalist Church
Learn More

December 1, 2, and 9, 2012
Leigh Trifari ’84
Performing in “Charis Chamber Voices Holiday Concerts”
Dec. 1: 4 p.m., Kisco, NY
Dec. 2: 4 p.m., Bedford, NY
Dec. 9: 2 p.m., Caramoor International Music Festival, Katonah, NY
Tickets for the December 9th concert are available through Ticketmaster or
Learn More

December 6, 7, and 8, 2012
Hal Sheeler ’60
Musical Director for the theatre production “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Dec. 6 and 7: 7:30 p.m., Hartford High School, VT
Dec. 8: 3 p.m., Hartford VT High School, VT
For tickets and more information, go online.

December 8, 2012
Lisa Vroman '79
"Candlelight" with the National Children's Chorus
The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
New York NY
Learn More 

December 9, 2012
Debbie Russell ’83
Co-Directing the Averill Park Community Orchestra Concert
2 p.m.
Algonquin Middle School
Averill Park, NY
For more information, e-mail

December 10, 2012
T.C. Boyle ’68
Lecture, as part of the 2012-13 Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series
Crouse-Hinds Theater, Mulroy Civic Center
Syracuse, NY
For tickets, go online.
Learn More

December 13 – 18, 2012
Kristian Truelsen ’76
Performing in “A Christmas Carol The Musical”
The Rose Theatre
Brampton, Ontario
Learn More

December 15, 2012
Ron Tancredi ’66
Seaford Jazz and Concert Band Concert
8 p.m.
Seaford High School
Seaford, LI
For information, call (516) 249-6109

December 16, 2012
Eric Trumpowsky ’90
Conducting the Irondequoit Chorale - “The Wondrous Story” by Don Besig and Nancy Price
Irondequoit United Church of Christ
Rochester, NY
Learn More

December 16, 2012
Kathleen Keenan-Takagi ’61
Christmas Brass and Carols
4 p.m.
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
Orchard Park, NY
Learn More

January 13, 2013
Scott Verity ’74
Conducting the 2013 NMEA Division 1 West Chorus
Tilles Center, CW Post College
Greenvale, NY

January 27, 2013
Frances Coan Roberts ’64
Two Pianos Across a Century, performing music of Copland, Brahms and Rachmaninoff
3:00 p.m.
Hillwood Recital Hall, Tilles Center
Brookville, NY
Learn More

January 27, 2013
Christine Coon Barron ’90
Faculty Recital, Clarinet
3 p.m.
Rollins College, Tiedtke Concert Hall
Winter Park, FL
Learn More

February 16, 2013
Martin Banner ’73
Texas All-State Women's Choir performance of Martin Banner's edition of Nicola Porpora's "Lauda Jerusalem”
Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

March 9, 2013
Martin Banner '73
Alabama All-State Women's Choir performance of Martin Banner's edition of Johann Michael Haydn's "Dixit"
Samford University
Birmingham, AL

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

   dots Reunion Weekend    dots Information Update Form    dots Giving to Potsdam    dots Contact Us