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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings from Your Alma Mater!

Reunion Weekend 2012
The weekend schedule, registration information and a list of registered alumni and friends can be found online. Printed materials can be found in the spring issue of the alumni magazine, Potsdam People. Remember, registration for Reunion is Free through June 30th!
We look forward to seeing you in July! All attendees MUST Register!

Here are a few of the weekend’s highlights: 

  • Recital with Lisa Vroman ’79 and Dean of The Crane School of Music, Dr. Michael Sitton
    The recital takes place in Snell Hall, 8:15 p.m., Saturday, July 14. Tickets are $15.00 (benefiting The Crane School of Music) and available by contacting the Alumni Relations Office at (315) 267-2120. During this event, Lisa will receive an Honorary Degree from SUNY.

  • Student Activities Gathering
    Join Emeritus Dean of Students Dan Hurley ’54 with alumni and students from SGA, SES, the Racquette and more! This event will take place on Friday, July 13, 2 - 4 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union.

  • CSTEP’s 25th Anniversary
    Come to the CSTEP Office (Sisson 216) for their open house on Friday afternoon, July 13, from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

  • Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon
    Celebrate the careers of the 2012 Hall of Fame Class on Saturday, July 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the Knowles MPR. This year’s inductees include Kelly O’Donnell Warren ’93 (swimming), Nathan Sunday ’01 (hockey) and Howie Vandermast ’88 (hockey). Come celebrate and share your Potsdam Pride!

  • Gala Reception & Alumni Award Presentations
    Join us in congratulating the 2012 Alumni Award winners on Saturday, July 14, at 5 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union Lobby. Minerva Award: Lynne Boles ’74; Distinguished Service Award: Gary Jaquay ’67; Honorary Lifetime Membership: Col. Michael Colburn, Michael Lewis; Rising Star Award: Melissa Wegner ’03; Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award: Scott P. LaVine ’71; St. Lawrence Academy Medal: Kathy White Finnerty ’75

Annual Association Meeting Notice
The Annual Alumni Association business will be conducted on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 9 a.m., including the approval of the 2012-13 trustees and proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws.

Event Photos Available Online
Photos from various events, such as 2012 Commencement and the May 1 performance of Verdi’s Requiem in NYC, are available for viewing and purchase through SUNY Potsdam’s new Flickr account. (Flickr is an online photo sharing site.) This is the first time we have used this service and we’re hoping to use it for future events, so let us know what you think!

Video of the Month
Potsdam students show their Bear Pride….Go Bears!
You can view this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos on our YouTube Channel.

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam to Award Lisa Vroman Honorary Doctorate
SUNY Potsdam alumna Lisa Vroman ’79 has sung on stages across the globe, from Abu Dhabi to Broadway, not to mention the Hollywood Bowl, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas and Paris. But this summer, the famed soprano will return to the stage where her performing career began at The Crane School of Music. And this time, she will add another degree from her alma mater to her long list of accolades—the Honorary Doctorate in Music.
(Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Honors CSTEP and Teacher Opportunity Corps Graduates
The SUNY Potsdam Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program and the Teacher Opportunity Corps recently honored more than 30 graduates at a reception at the home of Christine and John Lancaster. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam President Quizzed on Radio for Piano Puzzler
SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller was featured on American Public Media’s “Performance Today” program on May 23, in its “Piano Puzzler” segment. Dr. Schwaller was chosen as a contestant for the “Piano Puzzler” segment, which challenges listeners to figure out what tune pianist Bruce Adolphe is playing, and in the style of which composer. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam & SUNY Canton Hire Joint Veteran's Affairs Officer
As the Veteran’s Affairs Officer, Patrick Massaro will be the primary point of contact for military families and serve as an advisor to the veteran’s organizations on each campus. This is the first joint hire to result from the ongoing shared services discussions between SUNY Potsdam’s and SUNY Canton’s Campus Alliance Network.
(Read More)

The Crane School of Music to Welcome Conductor Gunther Schuller
Crane will host a distinguished musical guest this fall—one of the world’s greatest conductors and composers. The innovative musician Gunther Schuller will work with Crane students over the course of a week as a visiting guest artist-in-residence in November. Schuller, one of the most influential Americans in music history, will visit campus from Nov. 10 to Nov. 15. (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

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

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

Become a Mentor to a Current SUNY Potsdam Student…We Need You!
Your professional experience is in high demand and it will help our students.  Become a BearTracker Mentor to our students!  Go online to sign up or e-mail alumni@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?  Just go online to use this new convenient feature. 

Would You like To Save Some Money
Liberty Mutual is offering our alumni special discounted insurance rates.  Find out more and get a free quote by calling (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 Limit, just to name a few.  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 12-15, 2012
Reunion Weekend

Potsdam, NY
For more information and to register, visit Reunion 2012

August 17, 2012
SUNY Potsdam Alumni Event @ SPAC
Philadelphia Orchestra's performance of "The Best is Yet to Come: Sinatra and Beyond"
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
Concert and Pre-Concert Alumni Dinner
For more information and to register, visit SPAC Event
September 6, 2012
Scholarship Golf Classic
Potsdam Town & Country Club
Potsdam, NY
Learn More

September 29, 2012
SUNY Potsdam Alumni Event at the Turning Stone Casino
5:30 p.m. Pre-Concert Alumni Reception
8 p.m. The Todd Hobin Band and Double Axel in Concert
Turning Stone Casino
Verona, NY
Special concert/hotel packages available exclusively to Potsdam alumni until July 18th.
For more information and to register, visit Todd Hobin Event

November 30, 2012
Crane Alumni Reception at NYSSMA
Rochester, 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.

Various Dates in July and August
Anne Baldwin Sutherland ’67
Sketching Tours of Nantucket and Summer Oil Painting Workshops
Nantucket, MA
For reservations, call (508) 325-5220
View Workshop schedules online

July 12-13, 2012
Colonel Thomas Palmatier ’75
Sunsets with a Soundtrack Concert
U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C.
8 p.m.
Learn More

July 18-20, 2012
Evelyn Dickie Riehl ’42
Sunday Rock: The Folk Musical - revival  
Colton-Pierrepont School
Colton, NY
Learn More

July 19, 2012
Pete Malinverni ’79
Performing with Jodi Sandhous and the Pete Malinverni Trio
Norwood Village Green Concert Series
Norwood, NY
7 p.m.
Learn More at Norwood Village Green Concert Series or www.petmalinverni.com

July 22-27, 2012
Susan Smykla Udell ’57
Hands-on Handbells Workshop
University of Wisconsin
Rhinelander, WI
Learn More (PDF)

July 25, 2012
Dimitri Pittas ’99
Recitalist, The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series
July 25th
Central Park Summer Stage, NYC
8 p.m.
Learn More

July 27, 2012
Dimitri Pittas ’99
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn, NY
7 p.m.
Learn More

July 27, 2012
Anne Baldwin Sutherland ’67
Opening Show, East End Gallery
Nantucket, MA
5 - 7 p.m.
Learn More

July to August, 2012
June Tyler ’77
Papermaking Workshops
Pondside Pulp and Paper
Norwich, NY
Learn More

August 1, 2012
Michael Benedict ’79
Bopitude Quintet New England Tour
94 New Salem Road
Laconia, NH
8 p.m.
Learn More

August 3, 2012
Michael Benedict ’79
Bopitude Quintet New England Tour
82 Country Club Road
Brandon, VT
8 p.m.
Learn More

August 6-10, 2012
Roger Ames ’67
“Teaching Music! Words! Opera!” a Summer Professional Development Course for credit (college or professional development)
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY
For more information, contact The Crane School of Music at (315) 267-2775

August 10-11, 2012
Glen Anderson ’74
Performing at the “Mega Potsdam High School Reunion”
Friday night at Maxfields
Saturday night on the SUNY Potsdam campus
Potsdam, NY

Various dates in August and September
Rich Johns ’72
“Meeting Your Needs” Presentations to teachers, coaches, parents, and students.
Learn more online or e-mail acejohns@aol.com

October 26, 2012
Michael Benedict ’79
“A Place for Jazz”
1221 Wendall Avenue
Schenectady, NY
8 p.m.
Learn More

November 10, 2012
Michael Benedict ’79
Bopitude at Greenville High School
4976 State Route 81
Greenville, NY
7:30 p.m.
Learn More

November 30-December 1, 2012
Jonathan Babcock ’91
Conducting the New York All-State Women's Choir at NYSSMA
Rochester, NY

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