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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings from Your Alma Mater! 

Save The Date For Reunion Weekend 2012!
Mark your calendar now and plan to join us for Reunion 2012, which will be held July 12-15, 2012!

Any members of the class of 1967 (45 Years), 1972 (40 Years), 1977 (35 Years), 1982 (30 Years), 1992 (20 Years), 1997 (15 Years), or 2007 (5 Years) who are interested in creating a Facebook presence for your upcoming Reunion in 2012, please contact Ellen Nesbitt in the Fund for Potsdam office at We would like to help you to reach out to your class and get them excited about returning to campus and checking out all the great changes, as well as those familiar places and faces.

Do You Know An Alum Who Deserves To Be Recognized?
  If so, the deadline for nominations for the Alumni Association Awards is December 1st.  If you know of someone deserving of one of the four Alumni Association Awards, nominate them now online, where you can also view past award recipients.

Note: The deadline for the School of Education St. Lawrence Academy Medal and the Crane School of Music Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Teaching Award is still February 1st. Nomination forms are located at the following respective websites:

Outstanding Alumni Performance Series
  In celebration of Crane’s 125th Anniversary, many alumni will be returning to campus to perform and participate in events scheduled throughout the year.  For more information, view the list of events online.

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

Video of the Month
  Check out our “Musical Instrument Digital Interface” Music Laboratory!
  View this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos on our YouTube Channel.

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Golf Classic Nets $93,000 for Scholarship Fund
  Sponsors and players at the 23rd Annual SUNY Potsdam Scholarship Golf Classic on Sept. 8 broke last year’s record for proceeds to the scholarship fund.  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Reception Celebrates Greek Academic Achievement
  SUNY Potsdam’s All Greek Council celebrated the academic success of recognized fraternity and sorority members recently by hosting a reception in honor of the students who made the President’s or Dean’s List in the Spring 2011 semester.  (Read More)

Violinist Performed World Premiere at Alumni Recital
  Violinist Linda Nagy Johnston performed at an alumni recital at Crane to celebrate the School’s 125th anniversary. Johnston is currently principal second violinist of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and also performs with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, where she has been a member of the Canton Symphony String Quartet. (Read More)

Sharlow Joins Men's Basketball Staff
SUNY Potsdam Men’s Basketball Coach Sherry Dobbs has announced the appointment of Josh Sharlow as an assistant coach for the 2011-12 season. Sharlow had an exceptional career as a player with the St. Lawrence Saints, being named Liberty League Rookie of the Year as a freshman and Player of the Year as a senior, as well as multiple all-conference selections. He guided St. Lawrence to three NCAA Tournament appearances. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Invited Community to First-Ever Chemtoberfest
The College’s first annual Chemtoberfest was offered all day on Friday, Oct. 21, with a ceremony at noon. Part fall festival, part science fair, the event had a variety of activities to usher in autumn and spread a passion for chemistry to young and old. Chemtoberfest 2011 featured science demonstrations, crafts, giveaways, a chemistry magic show, and food provided by PACES.  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Students Report on 20-Day Hiking Expedition
  As part of the Leadership Two course through the College’s Wilderness Education Program, six students and two guides completed a 20-day expedition through the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana this summer. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Area in Montana is one of the largest and most remote wilderness areas in the United States. “The Bob,” as it is known, is home to wolves and elk, as well as the iconic grizzly bear.  (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

Thank You From The Annual Fund!
Thank you to all donors who already have spoken to one of our student callers from The Buzz (the Fund for Potsdam Phonathon) thus far this fall. Students are still trying to reach everyone this month as well. Please learn what's new about the College and find out how you can help support The Fund for Potsdam (the College's greatest needs and opportunities) when you see (315) 267 -2000 on your caller ID. Thank you!

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.  Click here then click on "Alumni Job Search" to create a profile.  If you need assistance, e-mail

Insurance Program for SUNY Potsdam Alumni
    Are you tired of paying too much money for insurance?  Liberty Mutual is offering our alumni special discounted rates. Learn more online or call 1-800-524-9400. 
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Get your SUNY Potsdam Gear Today
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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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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.

November 5, 2011
  Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
  7:30 p.m., Hosmer Hall
  Learn More
  For more information, call (315) 267-2277

November 13, 2011
  NY Philharmonic Brass Quintet
  7:30-9:30 p.m., Hosmer Hall
Learn More
For more information call (315) 267-2277

December 4, 2011
  Candlelight Concert
  3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Hosmer Hall
  SUNY Potsdam

Watch for more information regarding the following events:

December 2, 2011
  NYSSMA Alumni Reception
  Rochester, NY

May 1, 2012
  New York City Alumni Reception
  Prior to the Crane Chorus & Orchestra Performance of the Verdi Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall
  Location: TBA

July 12-15, 2012
  Reunion Weekend 2012

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.

November 1-2, 2011
  Anne Sutherland ’69
  Fall Art Classes: “Abstract Painting”
  67 Milestone Road Studio
  Nantucket, MA
  For more information, visit or

November 4-6, 2011
  Stephen Squires ’77
  Conducting the Elgin Symphony Orchestra
  Hemmens Theatre
  45 Symphony Way
  Elgin, IL
  Learn More

November 6, 2011
  Anne Sutherland ’69
  Fall Art Classes: “Sunday Afternoon Painting a Big Sky”
  67 Milestone Road Studio
  Nantucket, MA
  For more information, visit or

November 10, 2011
  Jonathan Geffner ’81
  Solo acoustic performance
  7 p.m.
  Gissi’s Café/Lounge
  16 W. 8th Street
  New York, NY
Learn More

November 13, 2011
  Lisa Vroman ’79
  3 p.m. performance at St. Martha’s Church
  Miami Shores, Florida
  Learn More

November 15, 2011
  Vanessa Breault Mulvey ’90
  Concert of Flute Duos with flutist, Jill Dreeben, performing music by Muczynski, DuBois, and Telemann
  12:15 p.m.,
  King’s Chapel
  Boston, MA
  Learn More

November 15, 2011
  Diane Pfadenhauer, Esq. ’85
  Keynote speaker—Human Resources and Employer Compliance Summit
  San Diego, CA
  Learn More

November 18, 2011
  Larry Ham ’82
  Houston Community College
  Concert-The Larry Ham Trio + Woody Witt
8 p.m.

November 21, 2011
  Larry Ham ’82
  University of Texas at San Antonio
  Performing with Houston Personand Utah Hamrick-Bass
  Learn More

November 20, 2011
  Vanessa Breault Mulvey ’90
  Concert of Flute Duos sponsored by the Chromatic Club of Boston
  3 p.m.
The College Club Boston
  Learn More

November 28-29, 2011
  Anne Sutherland ’69
  Fall Art Classes: “Little Landscapes”
  67 Milestone Road Studio
  Nantucket, MA
  For more information, visit or

Various Dates in November & December 2011
  Dimitri Pittas ’99
  Performs as “Rodolfo” in La Bohème at The Metropolitan Opera
  Learn More

December 2, 2011
  Joseph Bernier ’11
  LGBAC Band Presents, “The Great American Songbook Concert”
  8 p.m.
Peter Norton Symphony Space
  2537 Broadway at 95th St.
  Upper West Side, NYC

December 5-6, 2011
  Anne Sutherland ’69
  Fall Art Classes: “Flowers and Grass”
  67 Milestone Road Studio
  Nantucket, MA
  For more information, visit or

December 11, 2011
  Marilyn Obermeyer ’68
  Schlicker Pipe Organ 50th Anniversary
  3 p.m.
  Kenmore United Methodist Church
  Kenmore, NY

December 15-18, 2011
  Kristian Truelsen ’76
  “A Christmas Carol” Musical
  The Rose Theatre
Brampton, Ontario
  Learn More

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