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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings From Your Alma Mater!

Do You Know An Alum Who Deserves To Be Recognized by the Alumni Association?
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:

Are You A 2004 Graduate?  We Need Your Help To Plan For Your Milestone 10th Reunion
We are looking for people to serve on the 2004, 10th Reunion Committee for Reunion 2014.  If you are interested in reaching out to your fellow classmates and helping make a few special plans for your 10th reunion, please e-mail Ellen Nesbitt or call (315) 267-3403.  Planning for milestone reunions begins two years in advance and will not take much of your time.

All SUNY Potsdam Athletic Home Games Can Now Be Watched Live Via Webcast
Beginning this season, you can watch all home volleyball, soccer, basketball, hockey, swimming, lacrosse and softball games live via an online webcast.  To watch games and to view individual team schedules, go online.

It’s Not To Soon Too Plan For 2013

Reunion Weekend 2013 will be held July 11-14.  Mark your calendars now.  To check out Reunion dates through 2018, please see Future Reunion Dates.

Video Of The Month

Why Potsdam?  Students discuss why they chose to attend SUNY Potsdam.
You can also view this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos on our YouTube Channel.

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Professor Exhibits Work At NYC Gallery In Chelsea
SUNY Potsdam Professor of Art Marc Leuthold is exhibiting sculptures in New York City in an ongoing exhibition at the George Billis Gallery.
(Read More)

Bears Return For Women's Lacrosse Alumnae Game
Former SUNY Potsdam women's lacrosse players returned for the team's annual alumnae game on Sept. 29. The Bears alums overcame former Clarkson Golden Knights late for an 8-7 victory at Maxcy Hall Turf Field.  Potsdam had representatives from teams dating back to 2007, including standouts from last year's graduating class.  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam & SUNY Canton Hold First Simultaneous Civility Sit-In
SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam are joining together for a unique show of solidarity—the first-ever simultaneous Civility Sit-In. Students, faculty and staff from both campuses will sit down to demonstrate their commitment to civility, by protesting intolerance, ignorance and disrespect. Then, participants at both colleges will stand up together, in a display of common cause and purpose.  (Read More)

Figueroa Sets Bears All-Time Scoring Mark In Tie With Brockport
Sophomore forward Eduardo Figueroa scored both goals for the SUNY Potsdam men's soccer team (3-8-4, 1-3-4 SUNYAC) as the Bears fought to a 2-2 draw with first place Brockport (8-6-1, 6-1-1). Figueroa's four-point day pushes him past Chris Herdic '87 for the programs' all-time scoring record with 39 points (16g-7a-39pts). The forward also broke his tie with Herdic at the top of Potsdam's goal scored list.  (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

Are Your Alumni Records Up To Date?
Let us know if you have moved, changed jobs, got married, or had a baby.  Click here to update your alumni record today!

It’s Phonathon Time Of Year Again!
Student Phonathon callers began reaching out to friends and alumni in October, to raise  money for the Annual Fund for Potsdam which helps meet the College’s greatest needs and opportunities.  Answer your phone when you see (315) 267-2000 to visit with some of today’s great students!  Or you can make your gift now online!

Set Up Your Automatic Monthly Gift Now!
Did you know that you can set up an installment plan for automatic monthly gifts on your credit card?  Just go online to use this convenient feature.

Searching For A Job Or Internship? Two Free Services Offered Through Career Planning!
Resume Referral Service and Searchable Job/Internship Databases:
For more information, go online.

SUNY Potsdam Students Need You! Sign-Up To Become A SUNY Potsdam Mentor Today!
Our SUNY Potsdam students need every advantage they can get in today’s job market. SUNY Potsdam alumni can help our students by becoming a Mentor on our BearTracker database. It is quick and easy to sign-up to become a Mentor and our students can search our alumni on the BearTracker database. Informational Interviews are an excellent way to learn about a career field and our SUNY Potsdam students can locate a “Mentor” in their field of study/career field and learn from a professional! Our SUNY Potsdam students are eager to meet our alumni, so sign-up today! Go online and click on the BearTracker “Mentor Log-In” links.

Sign Up For A Free Potsdam E-mail Account!
Lifetime Potsdam e-mail accounts are available to SUNY Potsdam Alumni.  Contact the office at (315) 267-2120, e-mail or go online to request an account today.

Your Estate Planning Guide
It is never too late or too soon to plan for your future or that of loved ones.  Click here for the information you need to be better prepared for tomorrow.

Are You Tired of Spending Too Much On Insurance Rates?
Liberty Mutual is offering our alumni special discounted insurance rates.  Find out more and get a free quote by calling 1-800-524-9400 or go 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 Start Your Holiday Shopping Now At The College Bookstore
Visit the College Bookstore online for a variety of SUNY Potsdam clothing and items and receive 10% off any purchase over $25. Valid now through 12/20/12.  Use promotion code HLDY.
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.  Apply online or call (800) 853-5576 ext. 8723 to learn more about the SUNY Potsdam Visa Signature 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 8, 2012
SUNY Potsdam Alumni Networking Reception with Special Guest Dean of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Steven Marqusee
Post 390 (Restaurant)
406 Stuart St.
Boston, MA
5 -7 p.m.
For more information and to register, go online.

November 30, 2012
Crane Alumni Reception at NYSSMA
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Rochester, NY
For more information, please contact the Alumni Relations office at (315) 267-2120.

December 2, 2012
The Crane School of Music Candlelight Concert
Hosmer Hall
SUNY Potsdam
3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

February 8, 2013
Bear Pride Night
Maxcy Hall
Jerry Welsh Gymnasium
Women's basketball at 6 p.m.
Men's basketball at 8 p.m.
Both games vs. Geneseo
Special Reception for Alumni and Donors

February 27-28, 2013
Crane Symphony Orchestra Tour
Feb.27: Herrick’s High School, Long Island, NY
Feb.28: South Colonie High School, Albany, NY
Alumni receptions will be held in conjunction with each of these concerts.

March 2013
Florida Alumni Events
March 7: The Villages, location and time TBD
March 9: Sarasota, location and time TBD
For more information, please contact the Alumni Relations office at (315) 267-2120.

April 2, 2013
SUNY Potsdam Spring 2013 Job Expo
Student Union MPR
4:30 - 7 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.

May 4, 2013
Crane School of Music Performance
The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra will perform Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem.
Hosmer Hall
7:30 p.m.
Alumni & Friends Pre-Concert Reception will be held in honor of Britten’s centennial year, location and time TBD.

July 11-14, 2013
Reunion Weekend

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.

October 23 - December 14, 2012
Leona Seufert ’75
Photography Exhibit
Casano Community Center Art Gallery
Roselle Park, NJ
Reception November 28, 6:30 p.m.
For more information, e-mail or call (908) 241-5874.

November 8-10, 2012
Michael Whitton ’89
Directing “Fear Factory”, presented by the Herkimer Footlighters Drama Boosters
7:30 p.m.
Herkimer High School Auditorium
Herkimer, NY

November 10, 2012
Michael Benedict ’79
Bopitude Big Band
7:30 p.m.
Greenville HS Auditorium
Greenville, NY
Learn More

November 17, 2012
Lisa Vroman ’79, in concert
8 p.m.
The Coral Springs Center For The Art
Coral Springs, FL
Learn More

November 18, 2012
Anne Cavolo Tedesco ’73
Solo piano concert
" A Musical Journey, with a special Tribute to Debussy"
3 p.m.
Rogers Memorial Library
Southampton, NY
For reservations and additional information, please call (631) 283-0774 ext. 523

November 29, 2012
Lisa Vroman ’79
Candlelight concert with the National Children’s Chorus
Santa Monica, CA
Learn More

November 29, 2012
Paul Geer ’91
Conducting World Premiere of “The Christmas Rose” Choir starring Jane Seymour
6:30 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, NYC
For tickets and more information, go online.

November 30 – December 1, 2012
Jonathan Babcock ’91
Conducting the New York All-State Women's Choir at NYSSMA
Rochester, NY

December 1, 2012
Frances Coan Roberts ’64
Conducting “BECKET”, The Story of the Martyrdom of Thomas Becket , an operatic event.
Madison Theater
Molly College
Rockville Centre, NY
Learn More

December 1, 2, and 9, 2012
Leigh Trifari ’84
Performing in “Charis Chamber Voices Holiday Concerts”
Dec. 1:
4 p.m.
Kisco, NY
Dec. 2:
4 p.m.
Bedford, NY
Dec. 9:
2 p.m.
Caramoor International Music Festival
Katonah, NY
Tickets for the December 9th concert are available through Ticketmaster or online.
Learn More

December 9, 2012
Debbie Russell ’83
Conducting the Averill Park Community Orchestra Concert
2 p.m.
Algonquin Middle School
Averill Park, NY
For more information, e-mail

December 10, 2012
T.C. Boyle ’68
Lecture, as part of the 2012-13 Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series
Crouse-Hinds Theater, Mulroy Civic Center
Syracuse, NY
For tickets, go online.
Learn More

December 13 – 18, 2012
Kristian Truelsen ’76
Performing in “A Christmas Carol-the Musical”
The Rose Theatre
Brampton, Ontario
Learn More

December 16, 2012
Eric Trumpowsky ’90
Conducting the Irondequoit Chorale – “The Wondrous Story” by Don Besig and Nancy Price
Irondequoit United Church of Christ
Rochester, NY
Learn More

December 16, 2012
Kathleen Keenan-Takagi ’61
Christmas Brass and Carols
4 p.m.
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
Orchard Park, NY
For more information, go online.

January 13, 2013
Scott Verity ’74
Conducting the 2013 NMEA Division 1 West Chorus
Tilles Center
CW Post College
Greenvale, NY

January 27, 2013
Christine Coon Barron ’90
Faculty Recital, Clarinet
3 p.m.
Rollins College
Tiedtke Concert Hall
Winter Park, FL
Learn More

February 16, 2013
Martin Banner ’73
Texas All-State Women's Choir performance of Martin Banner's edition of Nicola Porpora's "Lauda Jerusalem”
Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

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

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

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