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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings from Your Alma Mater! 

Passing of Faculty Emerita Annette Plante
  It is with great sadness that we report the passing of faculty emerita, Annette Plante.  Mme. Plante taught in the French department for many years at SUNY Potsdam and remained active in the Potsdam community.  There will be no calling hours.  Her obituary can be viewed online.

Happy 196th Birthday SUNY Potsdam!
  The College will be celebrating its 196th Birthday on March 26, 2012 at Noon in the Barrington Student Union.  All are invited to this Charter Day celebration.  The first book signing of the Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History series photographic book on SUNY Potsdam will be held from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union Lobby after the Charter Day celebration.  Authored by SUNY Potsdam alumnae Jane Gatta Subramanian ’72 and Virginia Rose Cayey ’60, the book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.  The book is available for purchase through the SUNY Potsdam Bookstore and through Amazon. (Read More)

Calling all Classes of 2001 - 2011!
  SUNY Potsdam is holding its first ever “Return To Potsdam Weekend” March 30 - April 1, 2012.  Come back to Potsdam for a weekend full of activities.  This weekend is targeted to our Alumni from the classes of 2001- 2011, but ALL are welcome! For more information, view our list of activities (PDF).

We Hope That You Are Planning to Attend Reunion Weekend 2012, July 12 - 15, 2012
  Registration materials will be included in the spring issue of Potsdam People.  Make your plans now to join friends to return to your Alma Mater for a fun filled weekend with an activity for everyone!

Crane 125th Events – in Potsdam AND New York City!
In celebration of Crane’s 125th Anniversary, many alumni will be returning to campus to perform and participate in events scheduled throughout the year.  This includes both a Potsdam and New York City performance by The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra of Verdi’s monumental Messa da Requiem under the baton of Ann Howard Jones, the 2012 Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor. For more information, view details about  this and other events  online.

In addition, many upcoming concerts at Crane are being audio streamed live. Learn more  

Note: A bus from Albany, NY is being organized by Ann Bullock, wife of alumnus Robert Bullock '78 and parent of a current Crane student, to attend the May 1st concert in New York City.   Price for the concert and transportation will be approximately $50 per person.  Please note that this Does Not include the cost of the alumni reception prior to the concert.  If you are interested in transportation from Albany for this event, please contact Ann directly at

Video of the Month
Learn why students, faculty and staff believe Diversity is important at SUNY Potsdam.
  You can also view this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos on our YouTube Channel.

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Locates 'Lost' Norman Rockwell Cover from University's 1919 Alumni Magazine
  SUNY Potsdam recently unearthed a forgotten gem hidden in the stacks of the College Archives and Special Collections at Frederick W. Crumb Memorial Library.   A 93-year-old College alumni magazine cover with original art by famed American illustrator Norman Rockwell was recently discovered by the SUNY Potsdam archivist, Matt Francis. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam 'Black History Leap Year' Events Focus on Diversity
As part of its ongoing campus discussion about diversity, SUNY Potsdam plans to “lengthen” Black History Month with a series of important on-campus events that will stretch into the beginning of March to continue the conversation about how and why matters of racial and ethnic difference affect both campus and community. (Read More)

Dean Peter Brouwer Gives Talk About Intellectual Development
Dr. Peter Brouwer, Dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies opened the spring semester of the College’s Disciplined Inquiry in Education Series with a seminar. The presentation considered the influential work of William Perry, who developed the Perry Model of student intellectual development. His model provides a framework for understanding how students’ conception of knowledge develops over time, particularly during the college years. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam's Nearly 200-Year History Documented with Photographs
  Nearly 200 years of SUNY Potsdam history are documented in photographs in an Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History series. Authored by SUNY Potsdam alumnae Jane M. Subramanian ’72 and Virginia Rose Cayey ’60, the book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.  The book is available for purchase through the SUNY Potsdam Bookstore and through Amazon. (Read More)

CPS Announces Disney's 'Beauty & the Beast' as 2012 Summer Musical
  Community Performance Series is proud to announce its 2012 summer musical: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” one of Broadway’s modern classics, inspired by the Oscar-winning animated version of the age-old fairy tale.  “Beauty and the Beast” will be presented from Tuesday, July 31 to Saturday, Aug. 4 in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

Show Off Your Potsdam Pride With A Potsdam E-mail Address!
Lifetime Potsdam e-mail accounts are available to SUNY Potsdam Alumni. Contact the office at (315) 267-2120, e-mail or go online to request an account today!

Have You Recently Gotten Married, Had A Baby Or Changed Jobs?
If so, 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.  Go online then click on "Alumni Job Search" to create a profile.  If you need assistance, e-mail

SUNY Potsdam Alumni Deserve A Better Rate
    Did you know your alumni benefits include a special discounted rate on insurance from a trusted company with close to 100 years of service?  Get details and a free rate quote on Car & Home Insurance by calling  (800) 524-9400 or by 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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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.

March 6, 2012
  Roger Ames ’67, David Dies ’00, Bill Ryan ’90, Rob Smith ’90, Brian Vlasak ’03, Paul Riker ’02, & Doug Van Nort ’00
  Crane Alumni Composition Recital
  7:30 p.m.
Snell Theater
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY 13676

March 10, 2012
SUNY Potsdam Alumni Florida Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Polo Grill and Bar
0670 Boardwalk Loop
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
(at the corner of Lakewood Ranch Blvd. & Lakewood Ranch Main St.)
(941) 782-0899
Cost: $27 (includes salad, lunch, dessert, coffee, ice tea).
Cash Bar
RSVP by March 1, 2012 by contacting the Alumni Relations Office at (315) 267-2120, via  e-mail at or by registering online.

March 26, 2012
  SUNY Potsdam Charter Day 196th Celebration
  Barrington Student Union
  SUNY Potsdam
  Potsdam, NY 13676

March 26, 2012
  Book Signing for the Photographic History Book of SUNY Potsdam
  1 -3  p.m.
  College Bookstore
  Barrington Student Union
  SUNY Potsdam
  Potsdam, NY 13676

March 30-April 1, 2012
  “Return to Potsdam Weekend”
  Come back to Potsdam for a Weekend Full of Activities!
  This weekend is targeted to our Alumni from the classes of 2001-2011, but ALL are welcome!
  Learn More (PDF)

April 14, 2012
  Outstanding Alumni Concert Series featuring:
  Christopher Still ’93, Trumpet Soloist, with the Orchestra of Northern New York
  7:30 p.m.
Hosmer Hall
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY 13676

April 28, 2012,
  Women's Soccer Alumni Game
  10  a.m.
  SUNY Potsdam Soccer Field
Potsdam, NY 13676

For more information, contact Coach Mark Misiak at (315) 267-3133 or via e-mail.

April 28, 2012
The Crane Chorus And Crane Symphony Orchestra
performance of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem under the baton of Ann Howard Jones, the 2012 Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor. 
7:30 p.m.
Hosmer Hall
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY 13673
Call (315) 267-2277 to reserve free tickets.
Learn More

April 28, 2012
  Rock & Fossil Fair
  9  a.m. -  Noon
  Timerman Hall
  SUNY Potsdam
  Potsdam, NY 13676

May 1, 2012
  The Crane Chorus And Crane Symphony Orchestra performance of   Verdi’s Messa da Requiem under the baton of Ann Howard Jones, the 2012 Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor.
  7:30 p.m.
  Avery Fisher Hall
  Lincoln Center
  Concert tickets ($35 General, $30 Senior, $15 Student) can be purchased online or by calling (212) 721-6500.
  SUNY Potsdam Alumni Reception prior to the performance
  5 p.m.
  The Lobby Bar
  Avery Fisher Hall
  Lincoln Center
  Advance registration is required. Register online or call (315) 267-2120.
$25 per person

May 5, 2012
  The 19th Annual A Cappella Jam
  Annual Pointercounts Invitational
  7:30 p.m.
  Hosmer Hall
  SUNY Potsdam
  Potsdam, NY 13676  
Learn More

May 19 & 20, 2012
  SUNY Potsdam Commencement Weekend
Potsdam, NY 13676
  Learn More  
  July 12-15, 2012
  Reunion Weekend
  Potsdam, NY 13676
  September 6, 2012
  Scholarship Golf Classic
  Potsdam Town & Country Club
Potsdam, NY 13676

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 February & March
  Donna Moschek ’08, Brandon Patterson ’08, Sean B. Johnson ’11, Shaneah Daise ’12 and Aaron Moore ’14
  To Kill A Mockingbird
Pendragon Theatre Tour
Saranac Lake, NY
Learn More

Various Dates in March & April
  Dimitri Pittas ’99
  Starring as “Macduff” in Macbeth
  The Metropolitan Opera
New York City
  Learn More

March 1, 2012
  Donnalyn Eaton Shuster ’78
  Presenting the workshop “Cakes for a Cause”
  National Art Education Association Conference
  New York, NY

March 3, 2012
  Gary France ’79
  Performing in Drumming Spectacular
  Llewelyn Hall
  Canberra, Australia
  Learn More
  March 10, 2012
  Richard Campbell '80    
    Featured in the Center City Opera Theater's Art Song for the 21st Century Concert
    Ethical Society of Philadelphia
  Philadelphia, PA
Learn More
March 22, 2012
  Gary France ’79 and DRUMatiX Percussion Group Concert
  Australian National University
  Canberra, Australia
Learn More

March 25, 2012
  Gary France ’79 in concert with E Varisto Agulair
  Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas
  Tampico, Mexico
  Learn More
  April 6, 2012
  Michael Benedict ’79
  Bopitude CD Release Party
  7:30 p.m.
  Greenville HS Auditorium
  Greenville, NY
  Call (518) 966-5070 ext. 439 for tickets
  Learn More

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