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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings From Your Alma Mater!

Special Welcome to Dr. Dennis L. Hefner, SUNY Potsdam Interim President
We would like to welcome Dr. Dennis L. Hefner and his wife Jan, who joined the SUNY Potsdam family in June.  They will be helping lead our campus over the next year.  Those of you attending Reunion Weekend will have the opportunity to meet them. Read More

Reunion Weekend - July 11-14, 2013: 
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. We look forward to seeing you in July! All Attendees MUST Register! 

Here are a few of the weekend’s highlights:

  • Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon
    Celebrate the careers of the 2013 Hall of Fame Class on Saturday, July 13, at 11:30 a.m. in the Knowles MPR.  This year’s inductees include: Edane Barton ’05 (basketball), 1972-73 Men’s Wrestling Team, Christopher Lee ’04 (hockey), Christopher Mele ’87 (lacrosse), and the 1995-96 Men’s Hockey Team.

  • Gala Reception & Alumni Award Presentations
    Join us in congratulating the 2013 Alumni Award winners on Saturday, July 13, at 6:00 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union MPR.  Minerva Award:  Mary Helander ’83; Distinguished Service Award:  George Arnold ’92; Honorary Lifetime Membership:  Donald Lougheed; Rising Star Award:  Jarrett Felton ’04 and Sandra Bosher Thornton ’03; Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award:  Melinde Mospaw Poupore ’79; St. Lawrence Academy Medal:  Donnalyn Eaton Shuster ’78.

Annual Association Meeting Notice
The Annual Alumni Association business will be conducted on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 9:15 a.m., including the approval of the 2013-14 trustees and proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws.

Will You Donate to the Reunion Weekend Silent Auction?
The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board is seeking donated items for the Reunion Weekend Silent Auction.  Funds raised at the auction will be used to support Alumni Association initiatives.  Items donated are tax deductible (as allowable by law).  To donate an item, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@potsdam.edu.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013, Our Newest Alumni!       
The Class of 2013 were welcomed into the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association on Friday, May 17, 2013, at Party in the Plaza.  Their class photo can be seen here

We hope that the Class of 2013 will stay connected to the College for many years to come.  Remember to keep your records and e-mail updated with the College here so you will receive updates and notices that you won’t want to miss!

WANTED!  Alumni that Were Education Majors to Serve As Mentors
Education Alumni from the School of Education and Crane School of Music are wanted to become mentors for current education students.  Sign up here via Bear Tracker to become one today.  We will be working on a program in the near future to have our education students connect with our SUNY Potsdam Education Alumni.

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.

Your Legal Essentials
It's never too early or too late to ensure you have the information to plan your future and legacy. Click here for the information you'll need to get started.

Video of the Month
A special thank you to Don and Kathy Kofoed Lougheed ’54 for making the  Lougheed Festival of the Arts possible!  Watch Here


College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam student has work on display at Gov. Cuomo's
Maggie Maroney’s art work is part of a display of SUNY student artwork in the Governor’s office.  Maggie (class of 2015) is the Alumni Relations student worker and Reunion assistant.  (Read More)

Potsdam Education Students Inspired by Best Practices in Teaching Seminar
Twelve SUNY Potsdam students recently participated in the College’s Best Practices in Teaching Seminar, “Looking at the New Teacher Evaluation,” sponsored by the College’s Teacher Opportunity Corps and The School of Education and Professional Studies.
(Read More)

Community Performance Series Announces 2013 Summer Musicals
CPS, a program in residence at SUNY Potsdam, will be expanding its summer theatre offerings to include two productions in July and August – “Hairspray” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam to Enhance STEM Education with New Arts Curricula
The State University of New York at Potsdam has received a grant from a unit of the Lockheed Martin Corporation that will help the College explore development of new curricula to enrich STEM education with arts components.  (Read More)

Crane School of Music Mourns Passing of Professor Emeritus Elliot Del Borgo
SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music is mourning the passing of Professor Emeritus Dr. Elliot A. Del Borgo ’60, whose compositions and dedication to music education leave a long legacy.  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Student Support Services Honors Caitlin Scavone with 2013 Shining Star Award
SUNY Potsdam’s Student Support Services recently honored graduating senior Caitlin Scavone of Long Beach, NY, with its most prestigious accolade, the 2013 Shining Star Award.  (Read more)


Potsdam Pride

campaign logoHear what Honorary Campaign Co-Chair Stephanie Blythe ’92 has to say about Potsdam
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Show Your Potsdam Pride with a Free Potsdam E-mail Account!
Lifetime Potsdam email 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 You an Employer Looking for Talent to Fill Vacant Positions or Internships?
If so, we can help fill them!  Create a profile in BearTracker and post jobs/internships that can be viewed by SUNY Potsdam students and alumni.  This is a free service that is provided to you.  Click here to find BearTracker:  Information For Employers 

Golf Ball Drop Winner to Receive Trip!
At the 25th Annual SUNY Potsdam Scholarship Golf Classic, September 12, the Fox 101.5 Ball Drop prize this year is a four-night stay for 2 people with airfare and breakfast included. Where to? Just about any place you want to go. Participating Fairmont Resorts are listed on our website. There are only 1,000 tickets being sold! If the ball corresponding to your ticket number is the first in the hole, you win the trip! Tickets will be on sale during Reunion Weekend, as well as available from Roberta Greene at the College. Get your ticket before they are all gone!

Are You Interested In Saving Some Money 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 going 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.)

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Have You Seen the SUNY Potsdam Gnome?
He is available in the College Bookstore!  Visit the College Bookstore’s online site for a variety of SUNY Potsdam 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.  Apply online or call 1-800-853-5576 ext. 8723 to learn more about the SUNY Potsdam Visa Signature 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 11-14, 2013
Reunion Weekend

Learn More

August 2, 2013
Saratoga Day at the Races
Saratoga Springs, NY
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September 12, 2013
Scholarship Golf Classic
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September 28, 2013
Double Axel at the Dinosaur BBQ
Syracuse, NY
Learn More and RSVP

October 19, 2013
Re-opening of the New Maxcy Ice Arena for Campus & Community
Maxcy Hall
SUNY Potsdam
Learn More

November 1 - 3, 2013
Dedication & Grand Opening of the New Maxcy Ice Arena
Including Alumni games & Hall of Fame induction of 1995-96 Men’s Hockey Team
Maxcy Hall
SUNY Potsdam
Learn More

December 6, 2013
NYSSMA – Alumni Reception
Rochester, NY
More information to follow


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.

July-August 4, 2013
Joseph M. Liotta ’61
Directing the 40th Anniversary Season – Norwood Village Green Concert Series
7 p.m.
Norwood Village Green Bandshell
Norwood, NY
Learn More

July-November 2013
Christine Rua ’77
Performing in Cirque du Soleil – Varekai
South and Central American Tour
Learn More

July 2-12, 2013
Roger Ames ’67
Teacher Opera Workshops
Colorado University at Boulder
Graduate credit, teacher advancement available

July 6, 2013
Todd Hobin ’72
Made in New York Festival
Todd Hobin Band performs at 4 p.m.
Madison Barracks
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685

July 6, 2013
Michael Benedict ‘79
Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes Trio
8:30-11:30 p.m.
74 State St.
Albany, NY
Learn More

July 11, 2013
Todd Hobin ’72
Sharkapalooza 2013
Sharkey’s
7240 Oswego Road
Liverpool, NY
Learn More

July 27, 2013
Michael Benedict ’79
Michael Benedict BOPITUDE Organ Trio
6:30 p.m.
Palmer House Cafe
Rensselaerville, NY
Learn More

July 11, 2013
Sandra A. Vigliotti ’84
Conducting the Freeport Community Band
7:30 p.m.
Esplanade on the Nautical Mile
Freeport, NY
Learn More

July 19-21, 2013
Rosemary Callard-Szulgit, Ed.D ’68
Presenting at the SENG Conference
“Perfectionism and Gifted Children”
Orlando World Center Marriott
Orlando, FL
Learn More

July 22, 2013
Curtis Finney ’57
Lecture: “Classical Music of the Black Diaspora”
10:30 a.m.
OASIS
Syracuse, NY
Learn More
Additional Information

August 11, 2013
Joan Brennan Molinaro ’74
Mountainside Master Chorale Concert
3:30 p.m.
Garrison Theater
Claremont, California
Learn More

September 6, 2013
Dr. Dana M. Barry, B.A. ’71 & M.S. ’72
Successful Entrepreneurship Presentation
Osaka University
Osaka, Japan
Learn More

September 7, 2013
Dr. Dana M. Barry, B.A. ’71 & M.S. ’72
Creative Chemistry Lecture
Mikunigaoka High School
Osaka, Japan
Learn More

September 10, 2013
Dr. Dana M. Barry, B.A. ’71 & M.S. ’72
US Students Carry Out Nuclear Safety Project in a Virtual Environment Lecture
International KES Conference
Kitakyushu, Japan
Learn More

September 13, 2013
Dr. Dana M. Barry, B.A. ’71 & M.S. ’72
Core Model Curriculum for Engineering Education Lecture
Suzuka National College of Technology
Suzuka, Japan
Learn More

September 15, 2013
Faye Cohen Jeser ’66 & Paul Jeser ’67
Sponsoring a recital performance of Crane faculty and students celebrating Faye & Paul’s 50th Anniversary of when they met at The Crane School of Music
2 p.m.
Wakefield Hall
The Crane School of Music
SUNY Potsdam
This concert is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

October 4, 2013
Todd Hobin ’72
Elder Gift of Age Cabaret
Hilton Double Tree Ballroom
6301 Route 298
East Syracuse, NY
Learn More

October 11-13, 2013
Frances Coan Roberts ’64
Verdi Requiem
Long Island Choral Festival
Hauppauge High School
Hauppauge, NY
You are the Chorus!
Register Here


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