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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings From Your Alma Mater!

Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam
To live, you must learn and to learn you must be given an opportunity to experience.

SUNY Potsdam recently announced its third and most ambitious campaign to-date to raise $27M by the College’s bicentennial in 2016.  With generous alumni and friends already committing more than $17.4M, we are well on our way to ensuring a continued legacy of tradition, innovation and creativity for a 3rd century.  Experience the excitement!

Congratulations to the 2013 Alumni Award Recipients!
We hope that you can join us during Reunion Weekend as we formally recognize this year’s winners:
Minerva Award - Mary Helander ’83
Distinguished Service Award - George Arnold ’92
Honorary Lifetime Membership - Donald Lougheed (Hon ’54)
Rising Star Award - Jarrett Felton ’04 and Sandra Bosher Thornton ’03
Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award - Melinde Mospaw Poupore ’79
St. Lawrence Academy Medal - Donnalyn Eaton Shuster ’78

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees:
Edane Barton ’05, Men’s Basketball
Christopher Lee ’04, Men’s Hockey
Christopher Mele ’87, Men’s Lacrosse
1972-73 Men’s Wrestling Team
1995-96 Men’s Hockey Team (The team will formally be inducted on November 2, 2013, during the Maxcy Hall Ice Arena grand opening)

Have You Made Plans to Attend Reunion Weekend 2013?
If not, contact your classmates now to gather during July 11-14, 2013! The Registration form is available online, along with the complete Schedule of Events.  Registration materials were also included in the spring issue of Potsdam People which you should have received in your mailboxes.  Call your classmates now to make plans to attend a great fun-filled weekend.  Remember that summer in Potsdam is a great time of year to be in town, so make your reservations now!

Silent Auction Donations Wanted!
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

Just A Reminder…SUNY Potsdam Yearbooks are now Online
View your lost yearbook or take a peek at 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

“Like” the New SUNY Potsdam Facebook Page!
We encourage all of our Facebook friends to “like” the new SUNY Potsdam Alumni Facebook Fan Page.  While we will temporarily continue to host the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Group on Facebook (the Group that everyone currently belongs to), we will eventually take it down and replace it with the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Fan Page.  A Fan Page allows us to connect with our alumni in more ways than a group page – we’ll now be able to provide you with photo galleries, YouTube videos and much more!  "Like" us online.

Video of the Month
Do You Remember Why You Love Potsdam? 
Check Out some of the reasons our current students LOVE Potsdam today!

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Launches “Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam”
Founded in 1816 as the St. Lawrence Academy, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest in the SUNY system. Now, as SUNY Potsdam approaches its bicentennial year, the College is ready to mark another milestone.  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Leads the Pack for Alumni Participation in Giving
For the first time, SUNY Potsdam recently was ranked No. 1 among SUNY comprehensive colleges for the percentage of all alumni who donate to their alma mater in the fiscal year 2011-12 Voluntary Support of Education Report. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Alumna Stephanie Blythe Presents Kate Smith Tribute Concert on PBS, then on Campus for the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar
SUNY Potsdam alumna Stephanie Blythe ’92 will be featured in her acclaimed Kate Smith tribute concert on PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center” this month.  Then, she’ll bring her performance from the Lincoln Center stage to The Crane School of Music in May, with a special benefit concert to support the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Students Receive Valuable Lessons at Akwesasne Conference
Sixteen SUNY Potsdam education majors recently attended the Akwesasne Conference. The mission of the event was to learn more about the special aspects of teaching in a district with a rich Native American heritage.  (Read More)

Eight SUNY Potsdam Women’s Hockey Players Named to ECAC West All-Academic Team
In recognition of their academic and athletic achievements, eight members of the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team have been named to the ECAC Women's West All-Academic team for the 2012-2013 season. (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

Is It Time to Update Your Records with the Alumni Office?
Let us know if you have moved, changed jobs, got married, or had a baby. Click here to update your alumni record today! 

4 Steps to Your First Will
Protect your family and your assets. Ensure your wishes are fulfilled. To learn how to create your first will, click here.

Thank You from the Annual Fund for Potsdam!
Thank you to all our generous alumni who responded to a phone call from (315) 267-2000 over the past couple of months! We appreciate you taking the time to talk to today's Potsdam students. If we weren't able to reach you, we still want you to be a part of the successes and traditions that make SUNY Potsdam stronger than ever! Key areas on campus, and the students in those areas, will be grateful for your support. Please make your gift before the close of the fiscal year (June 30) online.

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

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. You can also search for jobs. Go online then click on "Alumni Job Search" to create a profile. If you need assistance, e-mail

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 800-524-9400 or visiting Liberty Mutual 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.

April 26 - May 4, 2013
Lougheed Festival of the Arts
SUNY Potsdam
The Festival is an annual week-long campus event that celebrates all artistic expressions through performances, lectures, and exhibits. For more information and the schedule of events, go online.

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 in honor of Britten’s centennial year.
Hosmer Hall
SUNY Potsdam
7:30 p.m.
Free, but ticket required. Go online for more details

May 4, 2013
Alumni & Friends Pre-Concert Reception
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Crane Commons
SUNY Potsdam
There is no cost, but you must RSVP as space is limited.
Register online

May 4, 2013
Pre-Concert Lecture
Visiting scholar Dr. Vicki Stroeher will discuss the historical significance of Britten’s War Requiem.
6:30 – 7 p.m.
Wakefield Recital Hall
SUNY Potsdam

May 4, 2013
Women’s Soccer Team Reunion
3 p.m.
Learn More

May 17-19, 2013
Commencement Weekend
Learn More

May 21, 2013
Stephanie Blythe '92
Performing "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith"
7:30 p.m.
Sara M. Snell Music Theater
SUNY Potsdam
For tickets, visit the CPS website

July 11-14, 2013
Reunion Weekend
Learn More

August 2, 2013
Saratoga Day at the Races

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.

May-November 2013
Christine Rua ’77
Performing in Cirque du Soleil – Varekai
South and Central American Tour
Learn More

May 3, 2013
June Barnett Simons ’71
Treble Choraliers’ Spring Concert
7:30 p.m.
United Methodist Church
Catskill, NY

May 4, 2013
Michael Benedict ’79
Michael Benedict & Bopitude Jazz Vibes
Saratoga Springs, NY
Learn More

May 5, 2013
Kim Mietus Collazo ’92
Alle Shea’s 5th Annual Walk-N-Wheel
Fundraiser walk/raffle
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Webster, NY
Learn More

May 4-19, 2013
Ann Rhody ’79
Performing in Funny Girl
Thursdays 7 p.m., Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
JCC Centerstage
Rochester, NY
Learn More

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

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

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

July 19-21, 2013
Rosemary Callard-Szulgit ’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.
Syracuse, NY
For more information, visit here or here

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