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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings From Your Alma Mater!

SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Kristin Esterberg as President of SUNY Potsdam
The State University of New York Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg as president of SUNY Potsdam. Dr. Esterberg is currently the provost and academic vice president at Salem State University in Massachusetts.  She will assume her role at Potsdam on or about July 1, 2014.  Read More.

Are Your Plans Confirmed to Attend Reunion Weekend 2014?
If not, contact your classmates now to gather during July 10-13, 2014! 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!  

Potsdam Academy – Register Now!
Register now for Potsdam Academy Day which will be held in conjunction with Reunion Weekend on July 10th!  Relive some of your Potsdam memories by returning to the classroom on campus to take fun, hands-on classes!  Go online to view the full schedule.

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

Congratulations to the 2014 Alumni Award Recipients!
We hope that you can return to Potsdam and join us during Reunion Weekend as we formally recognize this year’s winners:
- Minerva Award:  Linda Pape ’65
- Distinguished Service Award: David Johnson ’77
- Honorary Lifetime Membership:  Rob Zolner and Alex Vangellow of “Double Axel” and
  Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca
- Rising Star Awards: Kaitlyn Beachner ’08 and Zachariah Galatais ’08
- Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award:  Anne Gatta Beaucage ’64 and
  Linda Beaupré ’74
- St. Lawrence Academy Medal:  William Flynn ’70

2014 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees:
- Ryan Hanretty ’05, Men’s Lacrosse
- Thomas Hutchinson ’77, Men’s Basketball
- Jodi Ziemba ’07, Women’s Soccer

The New SUNY Potsdam Online Alumni Directory is Now Available!
The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the launch of its new online Alumni Directory via BearPaws.  To access the directory, alumni must have a email account. You can request an email account online or by calling the Alumni Office at (315) 267-2120. Once you have your email address, login to BearPaws and select “Alumni Services.” Tab through the various options to update your profile, find a classmate, make a gift or explore career opportunities. Questions about the directory may be directed to or by calling (315) 267-2120.

Lougheed Festival of the Arts
The third annual Lougheed Festival of the Arts continues through May 4th. Visit the Lougheed website and learn more about the visiting artists and 60+ arts-related events free and open to the public during this year’s Festival (April 25 – May 4).  Visit the Facebook page for more info and event photos. 
The Lougheed Festival of the Arts is possible through the generosity and artistic vision of Kathryn (Kofoed) '54 and Donald Lougheed (Honorary ’54).

Notice to Alumni Enrolled in Student Health Insurance Underwritten by Markel from 2007-2009
From 2007 to 2009 SUNY Potsdam offered students health insurance underwritten  by Markel. Pursuant to a settlement with the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York (the "NYAG"), and the NYS Dept of Financial Services (the "DFS"), the Markel Insurance Company is required to contact these current and former students regarding health  insurance premium refunds of over $10 that may be owed.

Pursuant to the Settlement, the NYAG and DFS require SUNY Potsdam to post a public notice of the availability of premium refunds.  The claim form for obtaining a refund can be obtained directly by contacting Dana Zheng or Carol DePuy by calling 1-855-872-5008 or available online.

Video of the Month
View our newly renovated science labs and learning environments that our students now get to experience, and listen to what chemistry instructor John Proetta ’09 has to say about the current science programs on campus.

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Start-Up NY Plan Approved; College Works to Attract Businesses to the North Country
SUNY Potsdam is the first campus in the North Country to have its Start-Up NY plan approved. Governor Andrew Cuomo's groundbreaking new initiative provides major incentives for eligible businesses to relocate, start-up or significantly expand in New York State.  (Read more)

SUNY Potsdam Celebrates Grand Opening of $55M Performing Arts Center
SUNY Potsdam celebrated the grand opening of the College's $55 million Performing Arts Center with a ceremony and an array of performances for both campus and community, on Friday, April 25. The grand opening celebration also served as the kick-off to the 2014 Lougheed Festival of the Arts. (Read More) 

Potsdam’s Jordan Ott’s Outstanding Season; Ott Named USCHO Division III Women's Hockey Rookie of the Year
Under the far-reaching shadow of both Plattsburgh and Elmira, postseason accolades are a tough go in the competitive ECAC West. For Potsdam’s Jordan Ott, however, a season of high-level consistency, coupled with a cadre of impressive offensive numbers, made her selection as USCHO D-III rookie of the year a cogent choice.  (Read more)

Women's Soccer Player, Clauss, Receives Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence
Women's soccer player Kate Clauss ’15 (Bloomfield, NY) has been named a 2014 recipient of the Chancellor Award for Student Excellence.  (Read more)

Brittany Lucky Named Second Team All-USCHO
SUNY Potsdam senior women's hockey player Brittany Lucky ’14 Kanata, Ontario/Ottawa Senators) has been named second team All-USCHO by U.S. College Hockey Online. Lucky joins teammate Jordan Ott ’17 the website's rookie of the year, who claimed a spot on the all-rookie team.  (Read more)

Potsdam Pride
Celebrate Your Reunion with a Gift to the Campaign!

Did you know that your reunion class gift counts in SUNY Potsdam’s Take the Lead Campaign?  All gifts from each class, regardless of designation, are counted in each class' Reunion total, as well as the overall Campaign total.  So, whether you’re planning to attend Reunion Weekend or not, be a part of the celebration by contributing to your class gift!  To learn more about how your gift can make a difference, visit the Campaign website!
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Essentials for You and Your Family as You Plan Your Future
SUNY Potsdam provides a suite of estate and future planning resources on our website. Designed to assist you as you plan and navigate your financial future and that of your loved ones, our website holds the essential information you'll need whether you are a first time planner or simply just want to ensure your current plan is best for you and your family. Go online or bookmark this page for this helpful information.

Need a Job? Then Check out BearTracker Today!
SUNY Potsdam graduates can take advantage of BearTracker – for FREE! Our Career Planning Office will connect your resume with employers who are seeking your 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, email

Alumni, Have You Considered Working at Your Alma Mater?
SUNY Potsdam is not only a great place to learn, but it is also a great place to work!  Please consider employment at your alma mater.  View current job vacancies online.

Is Your Place of Employment Hiring?  Consider 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, email

Apartment Hunting in the Big City!
Moving is stressful enough, but when you want to find available rentals in an urban location, sometimes just the thought of looking seems daunting.  But with a little research, a lot of determination to inspect each property thoroughly, and thoughtful consideration about location, transportation, space, amenities and insurance, you just might find the apartment of your dreams. (Read More)

For more information about Liberty Mutual renters insurance, call 1-844-653-9688 or go online.
Coverage underwritten and provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliates, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116. ©2014 Liberty Mutual Group. All rights reserved.

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SUNY Potsdam Red Wine Glass (item # 70519915435), Crane Red Wine Glass (item # 70519915722 ) or a SUNY Potsdam Alumni Window decal (item # 60652420852). Get
25% off  by using coupon Code Alum05 at checkout.  Visit  The College Store to purchase these and other items from your Alma Mater.
Looking for a new Visa Card with Benefits? Sign up for the SUNY Potsdam Visa Signature Card Today!
Apply online or call 1-800-853-5576 ext. 8723 to learn more. Show your Potsdam Pride with your new credit card!
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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 25 - May 4, 2014
Lougheed Festival of the Arts
SUNY Potsdam Campus
Learn More

May 3, 2014
Men's Alumni Soccer Game
SUNY Potsdam
Time: TBD
Learn More

May 4, 2014
Women's Alumni Softball Game
SUNY Potsdam
1- 2 p.m.
Learn More

May 8, 2014
Rochester Regional Alumni Event, featuring the Morgan Twins ’07
Rohrbach’s Brew Pub
Rochester, NY
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Register online and view details

May 10, 2014
Women's Alumnae Soccer Game
SUNY Potsdam
Kickoff at 3 p.m.

May 22, 2014
New York City Area Alumni Event
Behind the Scenes Tour of the American Museum of Natural History
and Reception at Citrus Bar & Grill
320 Amsterdam Ave. at 75th Street
New York, NY
Register online and view details

July 10, 2014
Re-live your student days at
Potsdam Academy
SUNY Potsdam
Learn More

July 10-13, 2014
Reunion Weekend
SUNY Potsdam
Learn More

August 10, 2014
Day at the Races Alumni Event
Saratoga Race Track
Saratoga Springs, NY
Time: TBD
Learn More

September 27, 2014
Double Axel at the Dinosaur BBQ Alumni Event
Syracuse, NY
Time: TBD
Learn More

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 May 2014
Dimitri Pittas ’99
L’elisir d’Amore and Deutsch Oper Berlin
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May 5-15, 2014
Jessie Thoman ’97
Conservatório Pernambucano de Música , Brazil

May 8, 2014
Justin John Moniz ’11
Masterclass at Sachem Schools
Sachem East High School Auditorium
Farmingville, NY
2 - 3:30 p.m.

May 9, 2014
Justin John Moniz ’11 &
Ronny Michael Greenberg ’10
Long Island Recital
Sachem East High School Auditorium
Farmingville, NY
7:30 p.m.

May 10, 2014
Rhian and Cara Morgan ’07
Performing at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar
Syracuse, NY
9 p.m.
Learn More

May 18, 2014
Kathleen Keenan-Takagi '65
Concert: Rivers of Song: A European Journey
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
Orchard Park, NY
7 p.m.
Learn More

May 18, 2014
Jessie Thoman ’97
Performance with the Mirari Brass Quintet
Fredericksburg Friends of Music Concert Series
Fredericksburg, TX
2 p.m.
Learn More

May 23, 2014
Jessie Thoman ’97
Jacobs School of Music
Bloomington, IN
10 a.m.
Learn More

May 30, 2014
Jonathan Geffner '81
Mugz and Lamr
(Acoustic duo with Jim Mulligan)
Desmond's Tavern
New York, NY
9 p.m.

May 30 - June 1, 2014
Dimitri Pittas ’99
Verdi’s Requiem
Kansas City Symphony
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June 5, 7 and 8, 2014
Dimitri Pittas ’99
Beethoven No. 9
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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June 7, 2014
Michael Benedict ’79
The Michael Benedict Trio: Baritone Madness
Albany, NY
7:30 p.m.
Learn More

Various Dates through July 2014
Christine Rua ’77
Cirque du Soleil's Varekai
U.S. and Canadian Tour 2014
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Various dates in July and August, 2014
Justin John Moniz ’11
Detlef in The Student Prince
Utah Festival Opera - Ellen Eccles Theatre
Logan, Utah
Learn More

Various Dates May 3-August 15, 2014
Michael Benedict ’79
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