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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings From Your Alma Mater!

Nominations Are Being Accepted For The St. Lawrence Academy Medal And The Helen M. Hosmer Excellence In Music Teaching Awards
The deadline for the School of Education St. Lawrence Academy Medal and The Crane School of Music Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award is February 1st. Nomination forms are located at the following respective websites:

Note: All supporting documentation must be received by the February 1st deadline.

Alumni Association Scholarship Application Deadline Is March 1st!
Incoming or current students may 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.  Note: All supporting documentation must be received by the March 1st deadline.

SUNY Potsdam Alumni Superintendents And Principals Return To Campus To Advise On "Entering The Teaching Job Market"
SUNY Potsdam alumni who are school superintendents or principals are invited to serve as panelists in a session hosted by the Teacher Education Student Association (TESA) on campus on Saturday, March 9th at 10 a.m. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Mark Davey '84, School of Education Alumni Board President and Superintendent of the Gates-Chili School District near Rochester, NY. For more information on the session and to participate, please contact Nancy Griffin in the College Advancement Office at griffine@potsdam.edu.

Reunion Weekend 2013, July 11-14, 2013
In addition to our milestone class year reunions, Reunion 2013 has many “mini” reunions that will also be taking place:

  • Phi Kappa Pi Celebrating 107 years of Sisterhood
  • Men’s Wrestling Team’s 50th Anniversary of 1st Season, 40th of SUNYAC 1972-73 Championship
  • Prometheus Fraternity’s 45th Anniversary
  • Crane Youth Music’s (CYM) 40th Anniversary
  • Men’s Swim Team’s 30th Anniversary of the SUNYAC 1982 & 1983 Championship Teams
  • Omega Delta Phi’s Alumni Association’s 30th Anniversary
  • General Education Program’s 25th Anniversary
  • Louise Tyo’s 10th Anniversary with the Summer Orientation Leader Program

This will be a weekend you surely will not want to miss, so mark your calendars now!  Registration materials will be included in the spring issue of the Alumni Magazine, Potsdam People, and will be on the alumni website soon.

What You Should Know About The “American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012” For 2013
On January 1, 2013, Congress passed the bi-partisan, 157-page American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. This new legislation impacts each and every taxpayer. Click here to learn how it impacts.

The IRA Charitable Rollover Is Back For 2013!
As part of the American Tax Relief Act of 2012, the charitable IRA rollover is back allowing individuals 70 1/2 years of age or older to make a gift directly to the Potsdam College Foundation from their IRA. Visit charitable IRA rollover for more information.

Video of the Month
Check out what the Crane Youth Music (CYM) experience is like at SUNY Potsdam.  CYM will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary this summer!


College Headlines

Stargazers Welcome For Planetarium Shows At SUNY Potsdam This Semester
SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Geology welcomes stargazers of all ages to attend free planetarium shows at the College’s planetarium this semester. Presented by Professor Emeritus Dr. Frank Revetta, all shows will be offered on Thursdays at 4 p.m.  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Education Students Inspired By Best Practices In Teaching Seminar
Twelve SUNY Potsdam students majoring in education recently participated in the Best Practices in Teaching Seminar, “Keys to Effective Teaching.”   (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Named To 2013 List Of Military-Friendly Colleges
The State University of New York at Potsdam was recently named to the 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education magazine. This is the second time that SUNY Potsdam has been honored by the publication.  (Read More)

Bears Down Purple Knights For DoubleTree Classic Title; Komsa Named MVP
Four different players scored for the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (5-8-1) as the Bears downed host Saint Michael's (1-10-1) 4-1 to capture the DoubleTree Ice Hockey Classic Title. Potsdam has now won three straight contests and is 4-1-1 in its last six.  (Read More)


Potsdam Pride

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

Donate Your Business Attire To Students!
Emerging Leaders, a student group which works promote philanthropy among students, is hosting the annual Ties for Guys, Scarves for Gals fundraising sale on April 8-10. Please donate your business attire, as well as accessories including ties, belts, scarves, jewelry, handbags and briefcases. Items can be dropped off at Raymond Hall 505 between 8 am and 4:30 p.m. until March 26.  For more information, contact Ellen Nesbitt at (315) 267-3403, or via e-mail at nesbitem@potsdam.edu.

The Annual Fund For Potsdam – Respond Now!
You can help improve programs and services for today’s students!  Please respond to the Annual Fund For Potsdam mailing you have recently received. You can also give online.

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. Go online, then click on "Alumni Job Search" to create a profile.  If you need assistance, e-mail career@potsdam.edu.

Shop Online And Benefit Potsdam – All At The Same Time!
Now there is a way that you can support SUNY Potsdam while you are shopping online and surfing the web. iGive.com 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. 

Free Potsdam E-mail Account Available To All Alumni!
Lifetime Potsdam e-mail accounts are available to all SUNY Potsdam Alumni.
Contact the office at (315) 267-2120, e-mail alumni@potsdam.edu or go online to request an account today.  Remember:  If you had a SUNY Potsdam e-mail account as a student or have already requested an e-mail account, your e-mail account will stay active for your lifetime.  If you do not remember your password, contact the Registrar’s Office at thompssl@potsdam.edu.

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 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.

February 8, 2013
Bear Pride Night & Alumni Reception
Maxcy Hall, Jerry Welsh Gymnasium
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY
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 12, 2013
Matt Dunne ’82 (on guitar) and Mike Meidenbauer ’87 (trombone)
Performing in the Crane School of Music Alumni Concert Series
7:30 p.m.
Snell Hall
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY

February 27, 2013
Crane Symphony Orchestra Tour with Post Concert Alumni Reception
Concert is at 7 p.m., with reception immediately following.
Herrick’s Middle School*
7 Hilldale Drive
Albertson, NY
*Please note, the location of the concert and reception has changed from the High School to the Middle School.
For more information and to register, go online.

February 28, 2013
Crane Symphony Orchestra Tour with Pre-Concert Alumni Reception
Pre-Concert Alumni Reception is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Wolf's 1-11
111 Wolf Rd.
Albany, NY
Attendees must RSVP for the reception by February 25, 2013 for catering purposes.
Learn More

The Concert is at 7 p.m. at the South Colonie High School
1 Raider Blvd.
Albany, NY
Learn More

March 7, 2013
Florida Alumni Event
Luncheon at The Villages
Palmer Legends Country Club
Register online

March 9, 2013
Florida Alumni Event
Luncheon at the Treviso Restaurant, located in the John M. McKay Visitors Pavilion at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
Sarasota, FL
Register online

April 3, 2013
SUNY Potsdam Spring 2013 Job Expo
Student Union MPR
4:30 - 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 bainmm@potsdam.edu.

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 Alumni & Friends Reception
The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra will perform Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem.
Hosmer Hall
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY
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

September 28, 2013
Double Axel at the Dinosaur BBQ
Syracuse, 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.

January 27, 2013 
Frances Coan Roberts ’64

Two Pianos Across a Century, performing music of Copland, Brahms and Rachmaninoff
Hillwood Recital Hall
Tilles Center
Brookville, NY
3 p.m.
Learn More

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

February 2, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Recital at Fickling Hall
Mercer University
Macon, GA
Learn More

February 8, 2013
Michael Benedict ’79 and Bopitude
Van Dyck Lounge
Schenectady, NY
7 & 9:30 p.m.
For tickets, go online.

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 1-3, 2013
Dimitri Pittas ’99
Verdi’s Requiem, The Colorado Symphony
Denver, CO
Learn More

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

March 14-April 13 2013
Larinda Meade ’73
Art Exhibit
Sanford Gallery
Florence MA
http://www.LarindaMeade.com or
http://www.zeamaysprintmaking.com

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


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