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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings From Your Alma Mater!

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.

Don’t miss Potsdam Academy on July 10! (NEW for Reunion 2014)
Relive the student experience at Potsdam Academy during a full day of exciting, hands-on arts and sciences classes taught by SUNY Potsdam professors. Learn about art and its relation to Quantum Theory, make a photogram in the darkroom during the camera-less photography class, or delve into the history of “Bakistry,” the fascinating combination of chemistry and baking – just to name a few classes. (You need not be attending the full 2014 Reunion to register for Potsdam Academy!) Learn More

SUNY Potsdam Alumni Superintendents And Principals Will Return To Campus To Advise And Inspire Future Teachers
SUNY Potsdam alumni who are school superintendents or principals are invited to serve as panelists in a session during the annual conference of the Teacher Education Student Association (TESA) on campus on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The session is sponsored by the School of Education Alumni Association. For more information and to participate, please contact Nancy Griffin in the College Advancement Office at griffine@potsdam.edu.

Nominations due Feb. 1st for the St. Lawrence Academy Medal and 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.  Nomination forms are located at the following respective websites: Hosmer or Academy

Attention Members of the Class of 1954!
Do you realize that Reunion 2014 is your 60th year reunion?  Mark your calendars now to plan to return to Potsdam to attend your diamond anniversary Reunion Weekend, July 10-13, 2014.  Classmates are already making plans to visit Potsdam this summer to reconnect with you!  Stay tuned for more information, but start making your travel plans now!

Calling Alumni from Classes of 1965, 1990 and 2005
We invite you to represent your class on your 2015 Reunion Committee. The classes of 1965, 1990 and 2005 will celebrate your 50th, 25th and 10th milestone reunions, respectively. We welcome your help in preparation for celebrating in July of 2015 -- invite your classmates back to campus by reaching out by mail, phone, email and social media. For more information, please contact Ellen Nesbitt at nesbitem@potsdam.edu, or call (315) 267-3403.

Recruit Fellow SUNY Potsdam Grads!

If you are an employer looking for talent, create a profile in BearTracker and post jobs/internships that can be viewed by students and alumni. This is a free service. Information For Employers

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.

Video of the Month
Go online to hear world renowned vocal artist Lisa Vroman ’79 describe the spirit of SUNY Potsdam.

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Take the Lead Campaign Hits $20.3 Million
Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam has already reached 75 percent of its goal, as SUNY Potsdam enters its first full year in the public phase of the fundraising effort. 
(Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Raises the Curtain on its New Performing Arts Center
Theatre and Dance students at SUNY Potsdam will return to a new Performing Arts Center later this month. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Professor Honored with U.S. Department of Defense Patriot Award
The U.S. Department of Defense has recognized a SUNY Potsdam faculty member with the Patriot Award, and honored the College as a military-friendly employer. (Read More)

Crane School of Music Students Intern at the 2014 NAMM Show
SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music is the only College to Offer Ongoing Internship Opportunities at World's Largest Music Industry Convention.  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam & Onondaga Community College Announce 2+2 Partnership Agreement
Onondaga Community College and SUNY Potsdam today announced a "2+2" partnership agreement. The seamless transfer agreement allows students who earn their associate degree at Onondaga to transfer to SUNY Potsdam with junior status, where they can complete their baccalaureate degree.  (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

campaign logoBe Part of the Take the Lead Campaign!
The Take the Lead Campaign is well on its way to raising $27 million by the College's bicentennial in 2016.  As we close the books on December 2013, $20.3 million has already been raised!  Thank you to each of you who have taken the lead with your generosity and support for our students and programs.  We are humbled by and truly grateful for your commitment to Potsdam. Don't forget to visit the Campaign website for updates or to make your next gift! 

Plan Your Future in 2014!
Visit our newly redesigned Estate Planning and Planned Giving Website. Get all you need to plan your estate and legacy. Go online to begin planning today.

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, email career@potsdam.edu.

Does Your Company Have Vacancies to Fill?  If so Consider Hiring a Potsdam Alum!
Employers can create a profile in BearTracker and post jobs/internships that can be viewed by students and alumni.  This is a free service.  Go online then click on “Employer Login”.  If you need assistance email career@potsdam.edu

Do You Have a Potsdam Email Account?
Free Lifetime Potsdam email 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, email alumni@potsdam.edu or go online to request an account today!

Liberty Mutual Supports SUNY Potsdam and the 2014 Olympic Games!
Did you know Liberty Mutual is a proud sponsor of Team USA and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games? It’s true! And we’re supporting our athletes all the way!
Liberty Mutual is also proud to partner with SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association.  As an alum, you could save hundreds on quality auto and home insurance from Liberty Mutual(1). Learn more about the multiple discounts we offer, 24-Hour Claim Assistance, and the latest information to keep you and your family safe.  Learn more about Team USA and get your free quote on Liberty Mutual auto and home insurance now. Or call 1-855-948-6267 for a quote.

Would you like to talk to A Liberty Mutual representative in person?  Be sure to stop by the Liberty Mutual table and visit Rose during Bear Pride night on January 31, 2014, at Maxcy Hall! Visit her table and register for a tablet give-away!

(1)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.

Coverage provided and underwritten by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliates, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA. ©2014 Liberty Mutual Insurance 36 USC 220506.

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Get Your SUNY Potsdam Gear Today!
Visit the College Bookstore online for a variety of SUNY Potsdam clothing and items.


Looking for a new Visa Card? 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.

January 31, 2014
BEAR Pride Night with Alumni & Friends Hospitality Room
Maxcy Hall
SUNY Potsdam
Women’s Basketball vs. New Paltz - 6 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. New Paltz - 8 p.m.
Hospitality Room is located in Rm 220, across from the Jerry Welsh Gymnasium, and doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Be sure to stop by the Alumni Table for free tickets and goodies!
Unable to make the game? Watch our Live Streaming video at www.PotsdamBears.com and click “BearsLive” on the left hand menu

February 11, 2014
Janet Brown ’79, soprano, with Fred Karpoff on piano
The Crane School of Music Alumni Recital Series
7:30 p.m.
Snell Hall
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY
*Janet will be giving a Masterclass at 1p.m. in Snell Hall

March 6, 2014
Alumni Luncheon at the Palmer Legends Country Club
The Villages, FL
For more information and to register, go online

March 8, 2014
Florida Chapter Annual Alumni Luncheon
The Polo Grill and Bar
Lakewood Ranch, FL
For more information and to register, go online

April 9, 2014
SUNY Potsdam Job Expo 2014
Barrington Student Union MPR
4 - 6:30 p.m.
Alumni can participate as job seekers or employers
For employer registration, please visit the Job Expo website
No registration necessary for job seekers

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

July 10-13, 2014
Reunion Weekend
SUNY Potsdam

September 27, 2014
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 2014
Stephanie Blythe ’92
Appearing as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff with the Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
Learn More

January 14 - February 14, 2014
Larinda Meade ’73
Solid, Liquid, Vapor-Sustainability on Printmaking Exhibit
Mercy Gallery, Loomis and Chaffee
Windsor, CT
Learn More

January 18, 2014
Michael Benedict ’79 (Jazz Vibes)
The Bar at 74 State
Albany, NY
8 p.m.
Learn More

January 30-February 2, 2014
Lisa Vroman ’79
Performing in MASTERCLASS with Lyric Opera Virginia
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Manassas, VA
Learn More

February 1, 2014
Michael Benedict ’79 & Bopitude
Drum Battle at the Egg
Albany, NY
Learn More

February 3-9, 2014
Jessie Thoman ’97
Mirari Brass Quintet Tour
Learn More

February 8, 2014
Lisa Vroman ’79
A Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic
Pikes Peak Center
Colorado Springs, CO
Learn More

February 11, 2014
Janet Brown ’79 and Frank Karpoff
Crane School of Music Distinguished Alumni Recital
Snell Music Theater
7:30 pm
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

February 14-16, 2014
Lisa Vroman ’79
Valentine Romance with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Milwaukee, WI
Learn More

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

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