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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings From Your Alma Mater!

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 updates, alumni event details and notices from the College.

Reunion Weekend 2013:  Register Now for NO Fee!
Register by June 28th to receive free registration!  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 July 11-14!

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 may be considered tax deductible (as allowable by law).  To donate an item, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@potsdam.edu.

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.

Attention Women’s & Men’s Hockey Team Alumni and Fans!
Mark your calendars now for the re-opening and dedication of the newly renovated Maxcy Hall Ice Arena, scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2013.  The 1995-96 Men’s Hockey Team will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday too.  Keep watch for future details on a weekend you will not want to miss at Maxcy Hall!

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.

A Message from the Dean of The Crane School of Music
As many of you know, unfortunately the live audio stream of the Britten War Requiem performance on May 4th  failed due to technical issues and many who had hoped to hear the performance of the concert this way were unable to do so.  We have received permission from our visiting conductor, soloists and the American Boychoir to make the recorded concert available for a limited time on the internet.  It will be posted to the Crane streaming page (http://www.potsdam.edu/academics/Crane/streaming/index.cfm) on June 1 and will be available through June 15It is available only for listening (not download).  If you have friends or family who had hoped to hear the concert on May 4 and were unable, please feel free to let them know. Congratulations again to all who contributed to this marvelous and memorable performance!

Your Future Today
Want to learn more about the estate, financial and gift planning topics that matter to you? Go online to select your age group to get started.

Video of the Month
Click hereto see what Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has to say about the Take the Lead Campaign at SUNY Potsdam!


College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Awards 753 Bachelor's Degrees at Commencement
The State University of New York at Potsdam marked a day of new beginnings at the 2013 Bachelor’s Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19. SUNY Potsdam awarded 753 baccalaureate degrees, and bade farewell to outgoing President Dr. John F. Schwaller, who is leaving the College after seven years of service. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Awards Master's Degrees to 138 Graduate Students
The State University of New York at Potsdam conferred master’s degrees upon 138 graduate students during the College’s eighth annual Master’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18. (Read More)

Congratulations to our Distinguished Alumni that Received Awards during Commencement Weekend.

  • Deborah Diefendorf Hind '75 was awarded the 2013 Roger B. Linden Distinguished Service Award (Read More)
  • Commander Colonel Thomas Palmatier ’75 was the Bachelor’s Degree Commencement speaker and was awarded with an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree.  (Read More)
  • Dr. Edward Marschilok '74 was the Master’s Degree Commencement speaker and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.  (Read More)
  • Sandra Maine '78  was awarded with the Leadership Through Service Award (Read More)

Gem of a Find: Amazing Rock Collection Found in Basement Donated to SUNY Potsdam's Geology Department
From time to time, local residents will donate rock collections to SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Geology.  “Everything finds a good home here,” Associate Professor Dr. Christopher Kelson said.  But a recent donation was unlike any other the College has ever received. (Read More)

Swimmers Taylor and Ringer claim 2012-13 Maxcy/Molnar Awards
SUNY Potsdam senior swimmers Alexander Taylor and Liz Ringer were named the Maxcy/Molnar Award winners for the 2012-13 season at the annual Maxcy Awards Banquet.  All seniors, most valuable players and coaches award winners from each of the Bears' 16 varsity programs were also honored during the event. (Read More)

Weigel Earns All-Conference Honor
The State University of New York Athletic Conference announced the SUNY Potsdam sophomore lacrosse player Bailey Weigel has been named to its all-conference second team. (Read More)


Potsdam Pride

Did You Receive the Spring Issue of our Alumni Magazine, Potsdam People?
If not, your records are not up to date with the College.  Go online to update your alumni records today and to ensure you don’t miss another copy!

Free Potsdam E-mail Accounts!
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!

Is Your Place of Business Hiring?  If so, considering Hiring a SUNY 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, e-mail bainmm@potsdam.edu.

The 25th Annual Scholarship Golf Classic!
Mark your calendars now for the 25th anniversary of the SUNY Potsdam Scholarship Golf Classic, September 12, at the Potsdam Town and Country Club.  Coach Jerry Welsh will be in attendance to help us celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this wonderful event in support of our student scholarships.  Contact Ellen Nesbitt regarding sponsorship, auction items or registration.  You can also go online.

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Is it Time to Get a New SUNY Potsdam Shirt or Sweatshirt? 
Visit the College Bookstore online for a variety of SUNY Potsdam clothing and items.

Is Your Credit Card Working Hard For You?
Make the SUNY Potsdam Signature® Card your card of choice and reap the benefits. Right now, apply and get a 0% Intro APR1 on purchases and balance transfers for nine billing cycles, and after that, a variable APR, currently 9.99%-21.99%.  Plus, get a $50 Statement Credit with first purchase!  With every purchase you make using this Visa Signature Card, U.S. Bank will make a contribution to SUNY Potsdam! Offer ends 6/30/13 – Apply today! Go online for terms and conditions. (The creditor and issuer of the SUNY Potsdam Card is U.S. Bank National Association ND, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. © 2013 U.S. Bank National Association ND)
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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

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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

November 2, 2013
Re-opening and Dedication of the New Maxcy Ice Arena
Maxcy Hall
SUNY Potsdam

December 6, 2013
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.

June - August 4, 2013
Joseph M. Liotta ’61

Directing the 40th Anniversary Season – Norwood Village Green Concert Series
7 p.m.
Norwood Village Green Band Shell
Norwood, NY
Learn More

June - November 2013
Christine Rua ’77
Performing in Cirque du Soleil – Varekai
South and Central American Tour
For more information & tickets, go online

June 1 & 29, 2013
Michael Benedict ’79
Michael Benedict & Bopitude Jazz Vibes
Albany, NY
Learn More

June 2, 2013 
Debbie Russell ’83
Conducting the Averill Park Community Orchestra Spring Concert
4 p.m.
Algonquin Middle School
Averill Park, NY
For more information, contact apcorchestra@gmail.com

June 2, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Performing with the Bay Area Cabaret in an All-Star Birthday Tribute to Marvin Hamlish
7:30 p.m.
The Venetian Room, Fairmont, San Francisco
For more tickets and information, go online

June 8, 2013
Eric Trumpowsky ’90
Conducting the Irondequoit Chorale – Songs for a Summer Night
7:30 p.m.
Irondequoit United Church of Christ
Rochester, NY
For more information and tickets, call (585) 266-5018

June 9, 2013
Christine Coon Barron ’90
Klezmer Concert Performance
7:30 p.m.
Timucua White House
Orlando, FL
Learn More

June 9, 2013
Rebecca Cormier Jeffreys ’89
Performing with the Open Aire Ensemble
1:30 p.m.
Arlington Street Church
Boston, MA
Learn More

June 14, 2013
Sandra A. Vigliotti ’84
Conducting the Freeport Community Band
8:15 p.m.
John Philip Sousa Memorial Band Shell
Port Washington, NY
Learn More

June 17, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Performing with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Fran Symphony
8 p.m.
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Learn More

June 21, 2013
Michael Benedict ’79
Performing with the Bruce Barth/Steve Nelson Quartet
7:30 p.m.
The Van Dyck
Schenectady, NY

June - July 2013
Roger Ames ’67
Teacher Opera Workshops
June 10-14: Opera Memphis
June 17-20: St. Louis Opera Theater
July 2-12: Colorado University at Boulder
Graduate credit, teacher advancement available

July 4, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Santa Rosa Symphony
7:30 p.m.
Weill Hall and Lawn, Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA
Learn More

July 6, 2013
Todd Hobin ’72
Made in New York Festival
Todd Hobin Band performs at 4:00 pm
Madison Barracks
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
Learn More

July 11, 2013
Todd Hobin ’72
Sharkapalooza 2013
Sharkey’s
Liverpool, 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

October 4, 2013
Todd Hobin ’72
Elder Gift of Age Cabaret
Hilton Double Tree Ballroom
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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