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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings from Your Alma Mater!! 

Calling All Crane Alumni to Help Write Updated History
Dr. Robyn Hosley is currently researching and writing Part V to Ralph Wakefield’s “A Brief History of the Crane School of Music”.  Dr. Hosley is looking for information and assistance in identifying significant events during the last 25 years of Crane’s History. If you can help, e-mail Dr. Hosley at or call (315) 267-2665.

Ring Ring…It’s a Phon-a-thon Student Calling!
When you see (315) 267-2000 appear on your phone this spring, we hope you answer to talk to a student caller to see what Potsdam students are doing these days and how you can help out, http://www/alumni/giving/fund.

Helen Hosmer: The Spirit of Crane Now Available
  Written by Dr. Nelly Maude Case (author of Brock McElheran's bio, Worry Early), Helen's life story, complete with reminiscences from more than 100 former students, appears in print just in time for Crane's 125th anniversary, with all proceeds of the sale benefiting the Crane School of Music. To purchase the book, along with additional books/CD’s from faculty/alumni, visit the College Store at

YouTube Fans - Don’t Miss This! 
  SUNY Potsdam is now on YouTube at,
Check out our videos and some of the amazing experiences of our students,

Don't Miss The Party - Save the Date for Reunion 2011!
  Mark your calendars: Reunion 2011 is July 14-17.  Registration materials will be in the spring issue of the alumni magazine, Potsdam People.

College Headlines

Alumni Gift of $1.6 Million Ensures Legacy of World-Class Performances at Crane
The Potsdam College Foundation is the beneficiary of more than $1.6 million from the estate of N. Brock and Jane McElheran, which will ensure funding in perpetuity for the College and arts programs that were so special to them. (Read More)

Men’s Basketball Team Wins Overtime Thriller During Bear Pride Night
  With alumni in the stands cheering them on, the SUNY Potsdam men’s basketball team pulled out a 62-60 overtime victory over SUNY Cortland in a SUNYAC contest at Maxcy Hall’s Jerry Welsh Gymnasium.  Alumni received free tickets to the game.
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Grammy Award-Winning Pianist Emanuel Ax Performs in Potsdam
Community Performance Series was pleased to present the internationally acclaimed seven-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax as the 2010-2011 McElheran Visiting Artist.
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Business Professor Honored with International Award
Dr. Edwin J. Portugal, professor of strategic and global management at SUNY Potsdam, was presented with a Distinguished Paper Award at the 6th Annual International Conference of e-CASE that was held in Tokyo, Japan in January 2011.
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Bears Hockey Season-Best Win
The SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team scored a season-best eight goals to complete a season sweep of SUNY Morrisville with an 8-5 SUNYAC road victory.
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Pianist Hannah Gruber Presented two World Premieres at Recital
The Crane School of Music presented solo pianist Hannah Gruber in a faculty recital on Feb. 20 that featured two world premieres; one composed by Crane faculty member Dr. Tim Sullivan and the other by Crane alumnus Brian Vlasak.
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Potsdam Pride

Now You Can Use Your IRA Account for Tax-Free Gifts!
If you’re age 70½ or older, through 2011 you can now use your IRA to make charitable contributions to SUNY Potsdam without your withdrawals being counted as taxable income! For more information, please see Gift of IRA.

Are You Job Searching or Would You Like To Be A Mentor?  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 then click on "Alumni Job Search"  to create a profile.  If you need assistance, please contact

Experience is what makes us evolve.  Become a BearTracker Mentor to our students!  Visit to sign up or e-mail

Have you recently moved, changed jobs, got married or have a new addition to your family?  We want to know!  Update your alumni records.

Are you carrying a SUNY Potsdam Visa?
Apply online or call 1-800-853-5576 ext. 8723 to learn more about the SUNY Potsdam Visa card.  Show yours off today!
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Insurance Program for SUNY Potsdam Alumni
Did you know you can save money on your auto and home insurance through Liberty Mutual just by being a Potsdam graduate?  Apply online or call 1-800-524-9400
Upcoming Events

Visiting campus?  Check out the complete campus calendar to see what’s happening.  Visit to see a full listing of athletic events, concerts, etc. 

March 12, 2011
  Florida Alumni Lunch
  12 Noon at the Laurel Oak Country Club
  2700 Gary Player Blvd
  Sarasota, FL
  Register online or call the Alumni Office at (315) 267-2120

March 14, 2011
  Florida Alumni Lunch
  12 Noon – 2 p.m. Informal lunch at Boston’s on the Beach
  40 S. Ocean Blvd (A1A)
  Delray Beach, FL
  Register online or call the Alumni Office at (315) 267-2120

March 24, 2011
  Legendary Guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli & Friends
  7:30 p.m. Hosmer Hall
  Potsdam, NY
  For tickets and information, visit
or call CPS at (315) 267-2277.

April 30, 2011
  Crane School of Music Spring Festival Performance with Guest Conductor Helmuth Rilling
  7:30 p.m. Hosmer Hall
  Potsdam, NY
  Admission is Free, but tickets are required!  For tickets and information, visit

May 21, 2010 AND May 22, 2011
  SUNY Potsdam Commencement Weekend
Potsdam, NY
  July 14-17, 2011
  Reunion Weekend
  Potsdam, NY 
  August 5, 2011
  Day at the Saratoga Race Track
  Saratoga Springs, NY

September 8, 2011
  Scholarship Golf Classic
  Potsdam Town & Country Club
  Potsdam, NY
  For more information, visit:

September 24, 2011
  Double Axel at the Dinosaur BBQ
  Syracuse, 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 5th of each month.

  Don Egry ’59
  Performing with a Jazz Trio.
  Thursday evenings
Mojo Grill
Wappingers Falls, NY

February-May 2011
  Larry Ham’82
  Various performances.
Visit for dates and locations.

March 1, 2011
  Vanessa Breault Mulvey ’90
  Noon Music Series: “Poetic Inspirations for Two Flutes”
  12:15 p.m., King’s Chapel
Boston, MA

March 20, 2011
  Vanessa Breault Mulvey ’90
  Body Mapping Workshop
  2 p.m. - 5 p.m., New School of Music
25 Lowell St.
Cambridge, MA

April-May 2011
  Colonel Thomas Palmatier ’75
  U.S. Army Field Band West Coast Concert Tour
  Various Concerts in AZ, CA, NV, UT, WA for concert information

April 1-2, 2011
  Lisa Vroman ’79 with the Fort Wayne Symphony
  “A Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration”
  Embassy Theater - Fort Wayne, IN
  For tickets and information visit

April 10, 2011
  Lisa Vroman ’79 with the Fort Wayne Symphony
  “Lerner and Loewe’s Greatest Hits”
  Embassy Theater - Fort Wayne, IN
  For tickets and information visit

May 15, 2011
  Roger Ames ’67
  His opera-torio, “Remember Warsaw” will be premiered by the Oratorio Society of Minnesota & the Nautilus Music Theater
  2 p.m., Temple Israel
Minneapolis, MN

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