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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings from Your Alma Mater! 

Reunion Weekend 2011 (July 14-17)...Register Now! 
Printed materials can be found in the centerfold of the spring 2011 issue of Potsdam People.  The weekend schedule, registration information (including the online registration form) and a list of who has registered can be found at http://www.potsdam.edu/alumni/connecting/reunion/index.cfm.

Remember, there is No Registration Fee this year.  Don’t miss this special weekend which will include many complimentary alumni events.  See you in July!

Early Registration Deadline Extended to June 15th for the August 5th Saratoga Springs Day at the Races Event!
Register by June 15th to receive a $5.00 discount on registration.  Join us on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. to spend a lovely day at the beautiful Saratoga Springs Race Track!  This year our group will be at The Rail Pavilion, inside the Clubhouse, close by to our Clarkson friends.  To register online, visit https://secure.potsdam.edu/alumni/races8-11.html or call the Alumni Relations Offices at (315) 267-2120.

Attention Graduates of the SUNY Potsdam School of Education!
The SUNY Potsdam School of Education invites you to complete a brief online Alumni Survey by June 15, 2011.  As an incentive, once you submit the survey, you will be prompted to complete a Drawing Form to win one of two $50 VISA gift-certificates. Your candid responses to this survey will provide valuable information to help determine both the strengths and weaknesses of the Major Education Program you completed.  All responses will remain strictly confidential and will only be used for preparing summary data.  You can complete the survey by clicking on the following link or by copying and pasting it into your web browser: http://iesurveys.potsdam.edu/soe_alumni_survey2011.htm

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please feel free to contact Dr. Bruce Brydges, Director of Institutional Research, at brydgebc@potsdam.edu or by phone at (315) 267-2881.

Alumni Concert Series part of The Crane School of Music's 125th Celebration
The Crane School of Music is pleased to announce that a series of alumni concerts will be held during the 2011-2012 academic year as part of its 125th celebration.  The first concert will be held on September 13, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Snell Theater and will feature Michelle Shoemaker '95 on clarinet and Vanessa Mulvey '90 on flute.  The "Revelia Duo" will perform a recital that includes some of their favorite pieces along with works that celebrate their connection to the Crane School of Music. 

Future Alumni Concert Series dates are as follows: September 27 & October 18, 2011 and January 31 & February 21, 2012.  All concerts are on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Snell Theater.  Additional information will be made available when we are able to confirm the calendars of our scheduled alumni performers.

SUNY Potsdam Yearbooks Are Now Digitized
We are pleased to announce that the full run of the College yearbooks have now been digitized and are available for use online at http://history.nnyln.org/nc-sunypotsdam.php.  The online yearbooks are also keyword searchable.  The first edition of the yearbook dates back to 1897; between 1898 and 1904 there were two yearbooks issued - one in February and another in June.  The run of yearbooks was printed continuously through 1996, followed by a yearbook in 1998, and its final edition in 2002.  Thus, yearbooks were not published for 1997 and 1999-2001, and ceased entirely after 2002.  Although many are familiar with the yearbook name of "Pioneer", there were also other names used for older years.  Some of these are:  "Souvenir of the Graduating Class", "Senior Class Book", "The Annual" and similar name variations.  The College Archives and Special Collections and the College Libraries are very grateful to the Northern New York Library Network, whose assistance both with a NNYLN Technology Grant and with providing staff to accomplish the work, was significant in the accomplishment of the project.  The run of the Racquette student newspaper from its beginning in 1927 through May 2009 was already previously digitized and is also keyword searchable. 

Annual Association Meeting Notice
The annual Alumni Association business will be conducted on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 9:00 a.m., including the approval of the 2011-12 trustees and proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws.

Please note the following correct Class Note from an error printed in the spring 2011 Class Notes Section of Potsdam People:
Carol Bryant ’80 recently opened Bluebird Music Together, a licensed center of Music Together LLC, an internationally recognized early childhood music education program.  Bluebird Music Together serves the western suburbs of Syracuse and the city of Auburn with family music and movement classes for infants through kindergartners, together with the adults who love them.

Video of the Month:
1 Student...2 Famous Jazz Musicians...1 Amazing Experience!
View this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSUNYPotsdam#p/u/37/puui0-4xUfk (From this same page, subscribe to TheSUNYPotsdam Channel!)

College Headlines

Former SUNY Potsdam President William C. Merwin Dies at 71
It is with great sadness that SUNY Potsdam received word of the passing of former College President William C. Merwin. President Merwin left a strong and enduring legacy following his tenure at SUNY Potsdam from 1989 to 1996.  (Read More)  

SUNY Potsdam’s 2011 Commencement Ceremonies
The State University of New York at Potsdam awarded 187 graduate degrees at its sixth annual Master’s Commencement Ceremony, held in Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at The Crane School of Music, on Saturday, May 21. (Read More)

The State University of New York at Potsdam celebrated 195 years of educational excellence as it awarded 658 degrees at the 2011 Bachelor’s Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 22 in the Academic Quad. (Read More)

Bears Hall of Famer Johnson to receive SUNYAC Distinguished Service Award    
  Dr. Neil Johnson, a retired SUNY Potsdam athletic administrator and coach, will receive the State University of New York Athletic Conference Dr. Patrick Damore Distinguished Service Award for his numerous years of commitment and contributions to the growth of the conference.     (Read More)  

Frear, MacLellan Headline Athletic Awards at SUNY Potsdam Year-End Banquet  
SUNY Potsdam senior student-athletes Kathleen Frear and Kevin MacLellan each received a prestigious Maxcy Molnar Award on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at the athletic department’s annual Athletic Banquet and Senior Athletes Reception.   (Read More)  

Talented Student Composers Present 'An Evening of Premieres'    
  Crane School of Music student composers Andy Van Ness, John Yao and John Misciagno presented a concert of original works entitled “An Evening of Premieres,” on May 5 in the Snell Theater. The program consisted of four premiere performances of the student composers’ works for a variety of instruments.    (Read More)        

Tyler 'Do-Good' Kellogg Honored with Inaugural Susan Mallon Ross Mass Communication Award
  In the summer of 2009, Tyler “Do-Good” Kellogg drove 1,600 miles from New York to Florida, completing random acts of kindness and assisting 115 strangers. His trip to “do good” was recognized nationwide, including interviews from several news organizations, a letter from Michelle Obama and a phone call from rap artist Lil Wayne. Tyler Kellogg, a speech communication major at SUNY Potsdam, was awarded the inaugural Susan Mallon Ross Mass Communication Award in an honors ceremony. (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

New Address?  New Job?  New Spouse?  New Baby? 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.  Visit www.potsdam.edu/offices/career/beartracker.cfm then click on "Alumni Job Search" to create a profile.  If you need assistance contact career@potsdam.edu.

Become a Mentor to a Current SUNY Potsdam StudentWe Need You!
Your experience will help our students.  Become a BearTracker Mentor to our students!  Visit https://www.myinterfase.com/potsdam/mentor/home.aspx to sign up or e-mail alumni@potsdam.edu

No Gift is Too Small
Did you know that 100% of any gift you make goes directly to the program of your choice?  Every gift counts, large or small.  Go to https://secure.potsdam.edu/giving/ to help support the SUNY Potsdam experience for today’s students.

Insurance Program for SUNY Potsdam Alumni
What are you paying for your insurance?  Liberty Mutual is offering our alumni special discounted rates.  Find out more at http://www.libertymutual.com/potsdam or call 1-800-524-9400. 
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Get your SUNY Potsdam Gear Today
SUNY Potsdam Gear can be ordered online at http://bookstore.potsdam.edu/
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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 www.potsdam.edu/newsandevents to
see a full listing of athletic events, concerts,

June 16, 2011
  Rochester Area Alumni Informal
Gathering at Abilene’s during the Jazz

  6 p.m.  Abilene’s Bar and Lounge
  153 Liberty Pole Way, Downtown Rochester
  To register, call (315) 267-2120, register
  or e-mail alumni@potsdam.edu

July 14-17, 2011
  Reunion Weekend!!!
  Potsdam, NY
  Register online at https://secure.potsdam.edu/alumni/

August 5, 2011
  Day at the Saratoga Race Track
  Saratoga Springs, NY
  Register online at https://secure.potsdam.edu
or call the Alumni Office at (315) 267-2120

September 8, 2011
  Scholarship Golf Classic
  Potsdam Town & Country Club
  Potsdam, NY
  For more information, visit http://www.potsdam.edu/alumni/golfclassic

September 24, 2011
  Double Axel at the Dinosaur BBQ
  Syracuse, NY
  Register online at
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.

  Jon Geffner ’81
  Newly released CD “Departures and Arrivals”
is now available on CD Baby and iTunes.

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, visit

June 10, 2011
  Michael Benedict ’79
  CD Release Party
  8 p.m.
THE LINDA -  WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio
333 Central Avenue
Albany, NY
  Admission: $15
  For tickets and information, visit 
 or www.michaelbenedict.com

June 27-July 3, 2011
  Lisa Vroman ’79
  “Kiss Me Kate”
St. Louis, MO
  For tickets and information, visit
  or www.lisavroman.com

July 17, 2011
  Faye Cohen Jeser ’66, guest soloist with “ZETZ”,
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

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