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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings from Your Alma Mater! 

Register Now for Reunion Weekend 2011 (July 14-17)! 
To view the schedule of events, registration information and online registration, please see the Reunion Weekend webpage.  You can also view who has registered already!

While there is no Registration Fee this year, Everyone Must Register!

Here are a few of the weekend’s highlights:

  • Recognition of Coach Jerry Welsh and the 25th and 30th Anniversary of the Potsdam Men’s Basketball NCAA Championships
    Come to the Welcome Reception at the Knowles MPR on Friday, July 15 at 4:30 p.m. to see Coach Welsh and celebrate the 25th and 30th Anniversaries of the men’s basketball teams’ NCAA Championships. During this reception, we will acknowledge team members and Coach Welsh for this incredible time in SUNY Potsdam’s basketball history!

  • Crane’s 125th Anniversary: Music Faculty & Alumni Concert
    Join us in Hosmer Hall on Friday night at 8 p.m., as we celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Crane School of Music. You won’t want to miss this great performance!

  • Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon
    Celebrate the careers of the 2011 Hall of Fame Class on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the Knowles MPR.  This year’s inductees include: Renee Hatter Hook ’86 (Swimming), Jodie Schoppmann ’06 (Cross Country) and Kregg Bruno (Wrestling). Come celebrate and share your Potsdam Pride!

  • New This Year - Gala Reception, Award Presentation and Silent Auction!
    Join us Saturday evening in the Student Union MPR at 5 p.m. to celebrate with Potsdam alumni, faculty and friends of the College. This is our biggest event of the weekend and there will be a cash bar with hors d’oeuvres provided by PACES. Come celebrate, reconnect, talk and have a great time at this new and exciting Reunion Weekend event!

Annual Association Meeting Notice
The annual Alumni Association business will be conducted on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 9 a.m., including the approval of the 2011-12 trustees and proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws.

Video of the Month:
Allen Schoer ’71, Keynote Commencement Address on May 22, 2011.  View this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos on the SUNY Potsdam YouTube Channel.

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Alumna Elected President of SUNY Student Assembly
  SUNY Potsdam alumna Kaitlyn Beachner has been elected as SUNY Student Assembly President, and was sworn in as the newest member of the SUNY Board of Trustees on June 1st. Beachner got her start in student government at SUNY Potsdam, where she served as Student Government Association President in 2007-08, before earning bachelor’s degrees in history and anthropology.   (Read More)

Four SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association Scholarships Awarded
  SUNY Potsdam’s Alumni Association has named four outstanding students as recipients of its highly competitive scholarship. In order to be considered for the scholarship, an individual must be the child, grandchild or parent of a SUNY Potsdam graduate and be nominated by an alumnus or alumna of the College. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Unveils First BFA in Creative Writing in SUNY System
  Offered through the College’s Department of English & Communication, the bachelor’s of fine arts program will offer students a concentrated experience in all aspects of creative writing, from intermediate and advanced courses in poetry, fiction, screenwriting, creative non-fiction and playwriting, to courses in professional writing. Students will be required to read extensively in literature and register for a pre-professional internship, as well as completing a senior thesis.  (Read More)

Crane School of Music Honors Anniversary of Founder's Death
The Crane School of Music honored the 88th anniversary of the death of its founder, Julia Etta Crane.  The memorial service was held on Saturday, June 11, in the Bayside Cemetery, Potsdam, beside Julia’s grave. There were readings and a wreath laid, and participants sang Julia’s favorite song, “Annie Laurie.” (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

Have You Recently Gotten Married, Had a Baby or Changed Jobs? 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, contact career@potsdam.edu.

Set Up Your Automatic Monthly Gift Now!
Did you know that you can now set up an installment plan for automatic monthly gifts on your credit card?  Visit the online giving form to use this new convenient feature.

Insurance Program for SUNY Potsdam Alumni
What are you paying for your insurance?  Liberty Mutual is offering our alumni special discounted rates.   Learn more online or call 1-800-524-9400. 
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Apply online or call (800) 853-5576 ext. 8723 to learn more about the SUNY Potsdam Visa card. 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. 

July 14 – 17, 2011
  Reunion Weekend!
  Potsdam, NY
Register Online or call the Alumni Office
at (315) 267-2120

August 5, 2011
  Day at the Saratoga Race Track
  Saratoga Springs, NY
Learn More
  *Tickets are Sold Out for this Event

September 8, 2011
  SUNY Potsdam Scholarship Golf Classic
  Potsdam Town & Country Club
  Potsdam, NY
Learn More

September 24, 2011
  Double Axel at the Dinosaur BBQ
  Syracuse, NY
  Register Online or call the Alumni Office
at (315) 267-2120

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 5th of each month.

June 2 – August 7, 2011
  Joe Liotta ’61
  Outdoor Concert Series, Free
  Norwood Village Green
Norwood, NY
  Learn More

July 6, 2011
  Pete Maliverni ’79
  SUNY Purchase Summer Piano Concert
  7 p.m.
SUNY Purchase
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
  For information, call (914) 251-6700

July 17, 2011
  Faye Cohen Jeser ’66, guest soloist with
the nationally known klezmer-fusion group
Congregation Beth El
81 Market St.
Potsdam, NY
  The concert will be in Celebration of the Crane School of Music’s 125th Anniversary

July 26, 2011
  Lisa Vroman ’79
  Concert with Pianist Michael Langham
  Reno Art Town 2011
  Trinity Episcopal Church
Reno, NV
  For tickets and information, click here.

July 31, 2011
  Lisa Vroman ’79
  “Broadway Classics” with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival
  Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  For tickets and information, click here.

June – August, 2011
  Kristian Truelsen ’76
  Performing in: “Anne of Green Gables-The Musical” and “The Full Monty”
  Charlottetown Festival
Charlottetown, PEI
  For tickets and information, click here.

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