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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 join the SUNY Potsdam Alumni groups for both of these social media platforms to receive notices from the College, updates and alumni event details.

Join Us For Potsdam’s 1st Mr./Ms. UNIVERSity Contest
Want to see some pumped up pride at SUNY Potsdam? Save the date for Friday, March 15, and join us at 7 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room when 12 campus groups will sponsor a candidate for the Mr./Ms. UNIVERSity Contest. Each contestant will compete in three categories: Showing Potsdam Pride, Academic/General Questions and Talent. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to vote, along with three official judges, for their favorite candidate. Admission is $3 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Student Gift, which was voted on by the students in the fall to support The Annual Fund for Potsdam, which supports the College's greatest opportunities and needs.

Spring Means The "Buzz" Of New Life
Beginning in early March, our "Buzz" callers (student Phonathon callers) wish to speak with alumni to ask for your support for The Annual Fund for Potsdam, to bolster the area that is most special to you – Arts & Sciences, Crane, Education & Professional Studies, Libraries, Student Affairs, or Athletics. Please think about where within Potsdam you want to make a difference; and, when you hear a student calling from (315) 267-2000, answer the phone and enjoy chatting with one of today’s students!  Of course, you may make a gift anytime online. Thank you to our many wonderful donors!

Happy 197th Birthday SUNY Potsdam!
Come and join us for cake as the College will be celebrating its 197th Birthday on April 2, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union Lobby.  All are invited to this Charter Day celebration.

Reunion Weekend 2013, July 11-14, 2013
We hope you are making plans to attend Reunion 2013!  Registration materials will be included in the spring issue of the Alumni Magazine, Potsdam People. A tentative Schedule of Events can be viewed here.

Video of the Month
Check Out why SUNY Potsdam’s dining experience is number one in all of SUNY!

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Student ChaRon Brabham Honored On Stage At Oscars
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Bears Defeat Geneseo on Bear Pride Night
The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team hosted SUNY Geneseo for Bear Pride Night on February 8th. Four Bears reached double digits in the 75-61 victory over the Knights.
(Read More)

SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University Host Acclaimed Violinist
SUNY Potsdam, in collaboration with Clarkson University, was pleased to present acclaimed violinist Adrian Anantawan when he performed at The Crane School of Music on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Introduces North Country's first Little Free Library
SUNY Potsdam is now home to the North Country’s first Little Free Library. Located in the lobby of the Frederick W. Crumb Memorial Library, the tiny shelf contains selections of leisure reading for students, faculty, staff, and community members to borrow and share. (Read More)

Fall Bears Student-Athletes Recognized for Academics
A total of 42 SUNY Potsdam student-athletes were named to the All-Academic List by the SUNY Athletic Conference for their academic success by maintaining a minimum 3.3 grade point average for the fall 2012 semester.  (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

Have You Kept Your Records Up To Date With The Alumni Office?
Let us know if you have moved, changed jobs, gotten married or had a baby. Click here to update your alumni record today! 

The Charitable IRA Rollover Is Back!
Good news! If you're age 70 1/2 or older, you can use your IRA to make a charitable gift to SUNY Potsdam. For more information, go online.

Spring Is The Time To Clean Out Your Closets. Please Donate Your Business Attire To Our Students!
Emerging Leaders, a student group which works to promote philanthropy among students, is hosting the annual Ties for Guys, Scarves for Gals fundraising sale on April 8-10. Please donate your business attire, as well as accessories including ties, belts, scarves, jewelry, handbags and briefcases. Items can be dropped off at Raymond Hall 505 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. until March 26. For more information, contact Ellen Nesbitt at (315) 267-3403 or e-mail

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

The Annual Fund For Potsdam – Respond Now!
You can help bolster programs and experiences for today’s students! Please respond to The Annual Fund For Potsdam mailing you have recently received. You can have a tremendous impact! You can also give online now!

Would You Like To Save Some Money?
Did you know that your alumni benefits include a special discounted rate on Car Insurance and Home Insurance from Liberty Mutual? Find out more and get a free quote on Auto & Home Insurance by calling 1-800-524-9400 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.)

 college store image 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 Limits, just to name a few. To learn more about the SUNY Potsdam Visa Signature Card, Apply online or call (800) 853-5576 ext. 8723. 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 2013
Florida Alumni Events

March 7: Luncheon at The Villages
Palmer Legends Country Club
To register, go online.

March 9: Luncheon at the Treviso Restaurant
John M. McKay Visitors Pavilion at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Sarasota, FL
To register, go online.

March 10, 2013
Matt Dunne ’82 (on guitar)
Performing with the Guitar Ensemble
Snell Theater
SUNY Potsdam
7:30 p.m.
*Note: Matt was unable to perform in the Alumni Concert Series on February 12th.

April 3, 2013
SUNY Potsdam Spring 2013 Job Expo
Student Union MPR
4 - 6:30 p.m.
Alumni can participate as job seekers or employers.
For employer registration, please visit Job Expo.
For more information, please contact Meg Bain at (315) 267-2700 or via e-mail at

April 26 - May 4, 2013
Lougheed Festival of the Arts
The Festival is an annual week-long campus event that will celebrate all artistic expressions through performances, lectures, and exhibits. Activity schedule pending - watch for additional information.
Learn More

May 4, 2013
The Crane School of Music Performance with Pre-Concert Alumni & Friends Reception
The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra will perform Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem.
Hosmer Hall
SUNY Potsdam
7:30 p.m.
Alumni & Friends Pre-Concert Reception will be held in honor of Britten’s centennial year.
Pre-Concert Alumni & Friends Reception
Crane Commons
5 - 6:30 p.m. with lecture to follow

May 17-19, 2013
Commencement Weekend
Learn More

July 11-14, 2013
Reunion Weekend
Learn More

August 2013
Saratoga Day at the Races
Date TBA

September 12, 2013
Scholarship Golf Classic
Learn More

September 28, 2013
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 10th of each month.

March 1-3, 2013
Dimitri Pittas ’99

Verdi’s “Requiem,” The Colorado Symphony
Denver, CO
For more information, go online.

March 3, 2013
Jim Evans ’64
“O Love, How Deep” choir anthem
9 a.m.
Lansing United Methodist Church
Lansing, NY

March 9, 2013
Martin Banner ’73
Alabama All-State Women's Choir performance of Martin Banner's edition of Johann Michael Haydn's "Dixit"
Samford University
Birmingham, AL

March 9, 2013
Holly (Herron) Schmitt ’95
Lead Vocalist, Change it up Charlie Jazz Band
Free performance at the Dolphin Lounge
Gahanna, OH
For more information and additional performances, go online.

March 9, 2013
Michael Benedict ’79
9 Maple Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY
9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
For more information, go online.

March 14-April 13, 2013
Larinda Meade ’73
Art Exhibit
Sanford Gallery
Florence, MA or

March 16, 2013
Phil Preddice ’73
Conducting the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Concert
Carnegie Hall
New York City
For tickets and more information, go online.

March 17, 2013
Jim Evans ’64
“Christ Beside Me” anthem arrangement
9 a.m.
Lansing United Church
Lansing, NY

March 23, 2013
Michael Benedict ’79
7 p.m.
Performing at the Palmer House Café
Rensselaerville, NY
Learn More

March 30, 2013
Michael Benedict ’79 and Bopitude
7 & 9:30 p.m.
Van Dyck Lounge
Schenectady, NY
Learn More

April 7, 2013
Martin Banner ’73
First All-Eastern Women's Choir performance of Martin Banner's edition of Johann Michael Haydn's "Dixit"
Hartford, CT

April 20 and 21, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Lewis County Historical Society Concert
7:30 p.m.
Historical Society Blue Room
Lowville, NY
For tickets, call (315) 376-8957

April 23, 2013
Anne Cavolo Tedesco ’73
Piano Concert at St. John’s University
Jamaica, NY
For tickets, call (718) 990-6250

April 26 & 27, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
In Concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
“Sondheim and Bernstein on Broadway”
7:30 p.m.
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Rochester, NY
For tickets and information, go online.

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