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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings from Your Alma Mater!!  

Watch Helmuth Rilling* Concert via Live Video Streaming April 30th at 7:30 p.m.
Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) will be broadcast live via the internet at on Saturday, April 30th.
(*The Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor)

SUNY Potsdam Yearbooks are now Online
View your lost yearbook or look to see how the campus looked years ago by viewing yearbooks that span from 1897-2002!  A few years are missing during this time, but there are many to view at Many thanks to the Northern New York Library Network for providing this service to us free of charge via their North Country Digital History site.

Attention Psychology Alumni and Facebook Users    
The Psychology department has a new Facebook page and hopes to reconnect with many alumni via their site at  

Calling all Capital District Area Alumni
Join us for Happy Hour at Wolff’s Biergarten on Broadway in Albany…Potsdam style!  Although we’ll be in Albany, we will truly be reminded of our days at Potsdam!  Join us on May 16th at 5:30 p.m. $10 cover that includes light fare.  Cash bar will be provided.  To register, e-mail  Amy Kellogg ’99 at

Attention Alumni from the Classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006! 
Make plans now to attend your Reunion celebration this summer!!  Reunion Weekend is just a few months away!  Make plans to join us this summer during July 14-17, 2011!  You can now register online at  Remember, there is no registration fee this year!   More information will be in the spring issue of Potsdam People, which you will be receiving in your mailbox very soon!

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.

Potsdam Alum on SNL!
  Alumnus Rich Campbell ’80, was on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live!  If you missed the show, you can see Rich playing the piano at

Video of the Month:
Wow…do YOU remember being this busy and involved as a student?
View this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos on YouTube at

College Headlines

Crane School of Music Marks 125 Years with Spring Festival Featuring World-Renowned Conductor Helmuth Rilling
  Internationally acclaimed conductor Maestro Helmuth Rilling (The Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor) will spend a week at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music for the 2011 Spring Festival, in celebration of Crane’s 125th anniversary. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Breaking Ground on $41M Performing Arts Building
  The State University of New York at Potsdam celebrates the groundbreaking for its $41 million Performing Arts Building in a ceremony with members of the College community and elected officials. This is the first new academic building to be constructed on the SUNY Potsdam campus since 1973. The Performing Arts Building will feature 97,000 square feet of theater and dance space, supporting the College’s acclaimed Department of Theatre and Dance. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Learning & Research Fair Celebrates Scholarly Achievements and Creative Efforts
SUNY Potsdam’s annual Learning and Research Fair provided opportunities to share the results of research projects completed by students and faculty. The event celebrated innovations in educational practices, creative efforts, scholarly achievements and developments in instructional and research support. The fair has been a tradition at SUNY Potsdam for more than 20 years. (Read More)

Perry Sets NCAA Division III Softball Record
SUNY Potsdam sophomore Amanda Perry rewrote the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III earlier this month, hitting home runs in four consecutive games over a two-day span at the Gene Cusic Classic in Ft. Myers, FL. (Read More)

Congressman Bill Owens Hosted Town Hall at SUNY Potsdam
Rep. Owens delivered a brief opening remark about job creation and economic development, and then answered direct questions from constituents in attendance. SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller served as moderator for the session.  (Read More)

Student Leader Accepted to Summer Medical Program at Yale
After successfully navigating the highly competitive application process , Kingston St. Louis, a first-year biology major, will be spending his summer at Yale University as part of the 2011 Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. (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 then click on "Alumni Job Search" to create a profile.  If you need assistance contact

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 to sign up or e-mail

Every Penny Counts
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 to help support the SUNY Potsdam experience for today’s students.

Are you carrying a SUNY Potsdam Visa?
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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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 (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. 
  April 30, 2011
  Crane School of Music Spring Festival
with conductor Helmuth
(The Dorothy Albrecht Gregory
Visiting Conductor)

  7:30 p.m., Hosmer Hall
  Potsdam, NY
  Admission is free but tickets are required! 
For tickets and information, visit

May 16, 2011
  Albany Chapter Alumni Happy Hour
  Wolff’s Biergarten
  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  895 Broadway
  Albany, NY 12203
  To register, e-mail Amy Kellogg ’99 at

May 21-22, 2011
  SUNY Potsdam Commencement Weekend
Potsdam, NY
  For more information, visit

  May 24, 2011
  MISCAST: All fached up!
  This off-Broadway show is produced by
a current Potsdam student!
  Duplex Cabaret Theatre
  New York, NY
  For more information, visit

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

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

July 14-17, 2011                 
  Reunion Weekend!!
  Potsdam, NY
  Register online at

August 5, 2011
  Day at the Saratoga Race Track
  Saratoga Springs, NY
  Register online at
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

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.

May 8, 2011
  Lynn McGrath ’93, ’00
  Classical Guitar Recital featuring “Platero y yo” by Mario Castelnvovo-Tedesco
  4 p.m., Roger Smith Hotel
  New York City
  Tickets: $15, cash only at the door.
  For tickets & reservations: (212) 755-1400 or e-mail

May 10, 2011
  Lynn McGrath ’93, ’00
  Classical Guitar Recital featuring “Platero y yo” by Mario Castelnvovo-Tedesco
  12 p.m., Troy Savings Bank Hall
  Troy, NY
  Free Concert, Music at Noon Series

May 15, 2011
  Roger Ames ’67
“Remember Warsaw” World Premiere, with the Oratorio Society of Minnesota and Nautilus Music-Theater
  3 p.m., Temple Israel
  St. Paul, Minnesota

May 21, 2011
  Sylane Roberts Mack ’80
  Unfailing Love: Uncovered—A Concert and Conversation with Cheri Keaggy and Sylane Mack
  7 p.m., Grace Point
  592 Washington Crossing Road
  Newton, PA 18940

May 21, 2011
  Francis Coan Roberts ’64
  The Choral Music of Robert Schumann
  8 p.m., Mandracchia—Saw Mills School
  Commack, NY
  Tickets: $20, (631) 262-0200 or

May 22-29 & June 12-19, 2011
  Anne Sutherland ’69
  Training Your Own Sketching Tour Business
  Nantucket, MA
  (508) 325-5220 or

June 6, 2011
  Vanessa Breault Mulvey ’90
  Body Mapping Workshop
  Evening, Trevor Wye’s 2011 Boston Master Class

June 11, 2011
  Susan Wood Lance ’63
  Long Beach Camerata Singers: Camerata Goes Broadway!
  7:30 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall -   CSU
  Long Beach, CA
Tickets: $25

July 1-8, 2011
  Lisa Hollenbeck ’01
  Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
  Halifax Metro Center
  Halifax, Canada

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