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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings From Your Alma Mater!

Attention Members of the Class of 1964!
Do you realize that Reunion 2014 is your 50th year reunion?  Mark your calendars now to plan to return to Potsdam to attend your golden anniversary Reunion Weekend, which is July 10-13, 2014.  Plans are already underway to ensure you will have a memorable weekend, so start digging out your yearbooks and old photos from your days at Potsdam!

Hurry Before it's too Late!
If you are 70 or older, you can use your IRA to make a tax-free gift to Potsdam. The Federal Government will allow you to do so until December 31, 2013. To learn more, go online.

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: Hosmer or Academy.

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 Association Scholarship is March 1st.  For scholarship eligibility and to apply, go online.  

Alumni Magazine “Potsdam People” Now Available Online
View the Fall 2013 edition of “Potsdam People,” as well as older archived issues, online now.  

Do You Have a LinkedIn or Facebook Account? 
If so, be sure to “Like” the new SUNY Potsdam Alumni Facebook Page and join the LinkedIn Alumni Group to receive notices from the College, updates and alumni event details.

Event Photos Available Online
NEW photos from Reunion Weekend 2013 are now available for viewing and purchase through SUNY Potsdam's Flickr account. (Flickr is an online photo sharing site.) 

Seeking Help from SUNY Potsdam Alumni (Re: Elliot Del Borgo '60)
Nancy Del Borgo ’68 seeks help from SUNY Potsdam alumni across New York State and around the country who may be involved with or aware of performances of musical works by her late husband, Elliot Del Borgo ’60. As Nancy manages Elliot’s compositions following his passing this year, she is grateful for any information you can share with her about works performed, performers involved and the locations and dates of such performances. This information assists in gaining due credit from the ASCAP licensing agency to Elliot’s estate (and would not result in any additional charges to the performers or venue). If you are aware of any Elliot Del Borgo performances, please send the information to; Elliot’s legacy will be honored and Nancy will be very grateful. Thank you.

Video of the Month
Students from The Crane School of Music’s Music Business program have had an incredible opportunity to work at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, CA, each January for the last several years.  Check out our students and alumni at the 2012 show and be sure to look for some special guests in the video! Watch the Video on our SUNY Potsdam 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 Celebrates Grand Opening of Maxcy Hall Ice Arena, Following Major Renovations
SUNY Potsdam celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly renovated Maxcy Hall Ice Arena with a series of events on Saturday, November 2. In addition to the men's and women's home-opening games, SUNY Potsdam inducted its 1995-96 SUNYAC Champion men's ice hockey team in to the Bears Hall of Fame. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Graduate Student and Alum Creates Gaming App
You might say Trevor Dugan ’11 of Madrid, NY, thinks outside the gamer box or in, this case, puzzle.
The SUNY Potsdam graduate student has put his knowledge and creative talents to use developing a gaming app called Puzzletopple for Apple, Google and iPhones. (Read More)

Crane School of Music Becomes First in SUNY to Offer Live Video Streaming of Concerts from the SUNY Potsdam Stage
Thanks to a gift from Gail Haynes Stradling ’64, a SUNY Potsdam alumna, and Richard F. Stradling, Jr., Crane can now broadcast performances by major ensembles, faculty recitals, and guest artist concerts live on the college’s website. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Graduate Students Design Literacy Kits for North Country Elementary Students & Parents
Graduate students in Dr. Lynn A. Hall’s course, “Literacy: Family, School, Community Collaborations,” recently got some hands-on experience helping local elementary students and their parents. The associate professor of literacy education worked with the students in her class to design and implement a Family Literacy Event as part of a Curriculum Night held at Jefferson Elementary School in Massena. (Read More)

Author of “50 Jobs in 50 States” Tells His Tale at SUNY Potsdam 
SUNY Potsdam hosted Daniel Seddiqui, the author of the bestselling autobiographical book, “50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man’s Journey of Discovery Across America,” for an engaging and enlightening talk. (Read More)

2013-14 Men’s Basketball Preview
The SUNY Potsdam men’s basketball team will look to continue its building process and add on to the advances made by last year’s group. (Read More)

Equestrian: Three riders move up a level after opening competition at SUNY Geneseo
The SUNY Potsdam equestrian team saw substantial success over the weekend of October 26-27 at the SUNY Geneseo competition in Rochester, NY. (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

campaign logoSupport the Campaign...and Your Favorite Department at SUNY Potsdam!
Was there a particular department on campus that helped shape who you are or provide the foundation for your career? By making a gift to your favorite department, you will help ensure the very best learning environment for today's students. With a goal of $8 million, Academic Excellence is a top priority in the Take the Lead Campaign. To learn more, visit the Campaign website today! 

Put to work for SUNY Potsdam!
Remember when doing your online shopping for the holidays, the portal at will give a percentage toward The Potsdam College Foundation if you name us as your charity. Every little bit helps. As of the publication date of the newsletter, has donated $190.66 to the College. And for every web search you do, money is also donated. Put to work for SUNY Potsdam.

Need a Job? Post your resume today!  Check out BearTracker NOW!
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 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, e-mail

Check out the New BFR Newsletter on Estate and Planned Giving
To read the inaugural issue, go online.

Do You Have a Potsdam E-mail Account?
FREE Lifetime Potsdam e-mail accounts are available to SUNY Potsdam Alumni and will be required to login once our new online alumni directory becomes live later this fall. Contact the office at (315) 267-2120, e-mail or go online to request an account today!

Are you Ready for Winter Driving?
Click here (PDF) to view important and life-saving tips from Liberty Mutual today.

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Start Your Holiday Shopping Now with FREE Shipping from The College Bookstore!
Buy $75.00 or more in clothing or spirit items from The College Store, and we will ship it to you for free. Orders can be placed online from November 27 - December 17. At check-out, please use promo code: freeship13. The College Store is a reat place to shop for all of your Potsdam gear.

Credit Card Shopping? Sign up for the SUNY Potsdam Visa Signature Card Today!
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 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.

December 6, 2013
NYSSMA – Alumni Reception
Hyatt Regency
Rochester, NY

January 31, 2014
BEAR Pride Night
Maxcy Hall
SUNY Potsdam

March 6, 2014
Alumni Luncheon at The Villages
The Villages, FL

March 8, 2014
Florida Chapter Annual Alumni Luncheon
The Polo Grill and Bar
Lakewood Ranch, FL

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

July 10-13, 2014
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 2013
Bob Christianson ’72
PBS premiere of Bob’s orchestral work, “A Christmas Carol – The Concert”
Airing nationwide starting December 14
Learn More

December 1, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Holiday Pops with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Hall
Phoenix, AZ
Learn More

December 1, 2013
Ben Rudnick ’84
Ben Rudnick & Friends Hanukkah Concert
2 p.m.
The Jewish Museum
New York, NY
For more information and tickets, go online.

December 2013 – January 2014
Stephanie Blythe ’92
Appearing as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff with the Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
Learn More

December 6, 2013
Donnalyn Eaton Shuster ’78
Arkell Museum Annual Juried Art Show featuring New York State Artists
5 -7 p.m.
Arkell Museum at the Canajoharie Library
Canajorharie, NY
Learn More

December 6 and 7, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Home for the Holidays with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Clay Center for the Arts
Charleston, WV
Learn More

December 7-15, 2013
Col. Thomas Palmatier ’75
American Holiday Festival
Brucker Hall
Fort Myer, VA
Learn More

December 8, 2013
Eric Divito ’04
CD Release Show
4:30 p.m.
Smalls Jazz Club
New York, NY
For more information: visit here

December 13, 2013
Jeff Vredenburg ’72
Mendelssohn Club of Albany Winter Concert
7:30 p.m.
The Egg
Albany, NY
Learn More

December 14, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Holiday Candlelight with the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra
All Saints Church
Pasadena, CA
Learn More

December 15, 2013
Kathleen Keenan-Takagi ’65
Christmas Cheer and Carols
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
4 p.m.
For more information, go online or call (716) 832-2226.

December 17, 2012
Lisa Vroman ’79
Holiday Organ Spectacular with organist Todd Wilson and Members of the Pacific Symphony
Segerstrom Concert Hall
Costa Mesa, CA
Learn More

December 22, 2013
Eric Trumpowsky ’90
Conducting the Irondequoit Chorale performing Glenn McClure’s Caribbean Christmas Mass
Asbury First United Methodist Church
3 p.m.
Rochester, NY
Learn More

December 22-24, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
’Twas the Night with members of the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus
Davies Symphony Hall
San Francisco, CA
Learn More

February 11, 2014
Janet Brown ’79 and Frank Karpoff
Crane School of Music Distinguished Alumni Recital
Snell Music Theatre
7:30 p.m.
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY

February 2-22, 2014
Dimitri Pittas ’99
Un Ballo in Maschera
Canadian Opera Company
Four Seasons Centre
Toronto, Ontario
Learn More

March 11-30, 2014
Kristian Truelsen ’76
Floyd Collins (musical)
The York Theatre
Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Learn More

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