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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Attention Members of the Class of 1964!
Do you realize that Reunion 2014 is your 50th year reunion?  Mark your calendars now to plan to return to Potsdam to attend your golden anniversary reunion weekend, which is July 10-13, 2014.  Plans are already underway to ensure you will have a memorable weekend, so start digging out your year books and old photos from your days at Potsdam!

Event Photos Available Online
NEW photos from Reunion Weekend 2013 are now available for viewing and purchase through SUNY Potsdam's Flickr account. (Flickr is an online photo sharing site.) 

Notice to Crane School of Music Alumni
A new Crane School of Music Alumni “closed group” has been created on FaceBook.  Use this  link and click on “Join Group.” 

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 at 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 for all awards and complete descriptions can be found online.

Attention Computer Science Alumni!
The CS Board of Advisors asks you to please keep the College updated on your employment information, which will be helpful in the group’s efforts to help showcase Potsdam’s many successful Computer Science alumni. Submit your updates at online.  Thank you!

Recruit Fellow SUNY Potsdam Grads!

If you are an employer looking for talent, create a profile in BearTracker and post jobs/internships that can be viewed by students and alumni.  This is a free service.  View Information For Employers to find BearTracker.

Do You Have a LinkedIn or Facebook Account? 
If so, be sure to “Like” the new SUNY Potsdam Alumni Facebook Page and join the LinkedIn Alumni Group to receive notices from the College, updates and alumni event details.

Alumni Magazine “Potsdam People” Now Available Online
View the Fall 2013 edition of Potsdam People , as well as older archived issues, online now.  

Video of the Month
Go online to watch just how important and transformational scholarships are to our students and their Potsdam experience.

College Headlines

Maxcy Ice Arena Grand Re-Opening events schedule and ticket information
SUNY Potsdam will celebrate the grand re-opening of its newly renovated Maxcy Ice Arena with a series of events on Saturday, Nov. 2. In addition to the men's and women's home-opening games, Potsdam will induct its 1995-96 SUNYAC Champion men's ice hockey team in to the Bears Hall of Fame.  (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Awards Scholarships to Undergraduates & Graduate Students
Potsdam has awarded scholarships, grants and awards to 1,047 students for the 2013-14 academic year. Visit SUNY Potsdam's new "Merit" website to learn more about each of these students.

Governor Announces Research Funding for SUNY Potsdam Distinguished Professor Dr. Maria Hepel
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that a research project involving an esteemed SUNY Potsdam faculty member would receive up to $100,000 in grant funding from the SUNY Research Collaboration Fund, which supports research collaborations among campuses as part of the SUNY system’s strategic plan, The Power of SUNY. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam’s College Store Recognizes Students for Volunteerism Efforts
The College Store at SUNY Potsdam joined hundreds of other college stores across North America on Thursday, October 3, to celebrate and promote social responsibility during the third annual National Student Day. (Read More)

Crane Wind Ensemble Presents ‘Musical Tapestries’ Concert
The Crane Wind Ensemble presented a fall concert weaving together works by modern composers on Thursday, October 10, in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. (Read More)

It Takes Two, Baby! Volleyball Team Wins Twice; Coach Stokes’ Wife Gives Birth to Baby Girl!
The SUNY Potsdam volleyball team continued their winning ways by picking up two more victories in Newbury, Mass., while head coach Josh Stokes was absent to support his wife, who gave birth to a baby girl. (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

campaign logoCampaign Donors Support Students Through Scholarships
Given that 8 out of 10 students must borrow money to pay for their education, scholarship support has never been more urgent. Our donors have taken the lead for our students by giving to scholarships in a big way.  Since the start of the Campaign, 62 new scholarship funds have been created and more than $5 million has been raised for scholarships alone. Thank you for believing in our students! To learn more, visit the Campaign website today! 

Scholarship Silent Auction
The Scholarship Silent Auction will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge located in the Barrington Student Union. This auction is the rain-date from the Scholarship Golf Classic auction that was not able to be held in September. A list of items can be viewed online.  Bidding can be done by e-mailing, or by calling (315) 267-3403. Final bids will be accepted until 1:30 p.m. on the day of the auction. Items can be picked up at 2 p.m. for those on campus, or will be mailed to winning bidders not on campus.

Need a Job? Post your resume today!  Check out BearTracker NOW!
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 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

Hurry Before it's too Late!
If you are 70 or older, you can use your IRA to make a tax-free gift to Potsdam. The Federal Government will allow you to do so until December 31, 2013. To learn more, go online.

What is a Living Will? How is it Different from a Regular Will? Do I Need One?
Learn more about living wills and other estate planning tools.

Do You Have a Potsdam E-mail Account?
FREE Lifetime Potsdam e-mail accounts are available to SUNY Potsdam Alumni and will be required to login once our new online alumni directory becomes live later this fall. Contact the office at (315) 267-2120, e-mail or go online to request an account today!

Help Our Students Enjoy the Advantages of a SUNY Potsdam Education!
As a SUNY Potsdam alum, you know the value of a good education. Now you can help support other students’ goals through Liberty Mutual’s partnership with your alma mater. Simply get a free quote on Liberty Mutual auto, home, or renters insurance between September 1st and November 30th.* For each individual quote, Liberty Mutual will donate $5 directly into the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Through this partnership you could also receive exclusive savings on quality coverage and exceptional service.** Visit Liberty Mutual online or call 1-855-323-2150 for a free no obligation quote.

(*No purchase of a policy is required. Limit one quote per policy type per person. Not available to residents in CT, FL, IA, MA, ME, MO, ND, NM, PA or to existing Liberty Mutual Insurance customers. **Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. Certain discounts apply to specific coverages only. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify. SUNY Potsdam receives financial support for allowing Liberty Mutual to offer this auto and home insurance program. Coverage provided and underwritten by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliates, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116. © 2012 Liberty Mutual Insurance)
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Get Your SUNY Potsdam Gear Today
FREE shipping from The College Store. Buy $75.00 or more in Clothing or Spirit items from The College Store and we will ship it to you for free. Orders can be placed online from November 27 - December 17. At check out, please use promo code: freeship13. The College Store is a great place to shop for all of your Potsdam gear.

Looking for a new Visa Card? Sign up for the SUNY Potsdam Visa Signature Card Today!
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 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.

November 1-3, 2013
Dedication & Grand Opening of the New Maxcy Ice Arena
Including Alumni games & Hall of Fame induction of 1995-96 Men’s Hockey Team
Maxcy Hall
SUNY Potsdam
Learn More

December 6, 2013
NYSSMA – Alumni Reception
Hyatt Regency
Rochester, NY

January 31, 2014
BEAR Pride Night
Maxcy Hall
SUNY Potsdam

March 6, 2014
Alumni Luncheon at the Villages, FL

March 8, 2014
Florida Chapter Annual Alumni Luncheon
The Polo Grill and Bar
Lakewood Ranch, FL

April 25 through May 4, 2014
Lougheed Festival of the Arts

SUNY Potsdam Campus
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July 10-13, 2014
Reunion Weekend
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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 2013
Christine Rua ’77
Performing in Cirque du Soleil – Varekai
South and Central American Tour
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October 31 – November 3, 2013
George Hurlburt ’89
AMATYC Annual Conference
Anaheim Marriot
Anaheim, CA
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Various Performance Dates during November in Florida
Lisa Hertzner Casalino ’94
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November 3, 2013
Richard Lucchesi ’99
Selected as one of 50 YouTube Channels to attend the YouTube Music Awards
Seoul, Korea

November 8 – 9, 2013
Stephanie Blythe ’92
Mozart Requiem with the New York Philharmonic
Avery Fisher Hall
New York, NY
Learn More

November 16, 2013
Paul Greer ’91
Conducting the Master Choir in a benefit concert for Kate Winslet’s The Golden Hat Foundation
Carnegie Hall at 8 p.m.
New York, NY
Learn More

November 22, 2013
Donnalyn Eaton Shuster ’78
Workshop/Training Session
12:00 – 12:50pm
Albany Hilton NYSATA Conference
Albany, NY
Learn More

November 23, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Symphonic Sondheim with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Mortensen Hall
Hartford, CT
Learn More

November 29 – December 1, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Holiday Pops with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Hall
Phoenix, AZ
Learn More

December 2013 – January 2014
Stephanie Blythe ’92
Appearing as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff with the Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
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December 6 and 7, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Home for the Holidays with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Clay Center for the Arts
Charleston, WV
Learn More

December 7-15, 2013
Col. Thomas Palmatier ’75
American Holiday Festival
Brucker Hall
Fort Myer, VA
Learn More

December 14, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Holiday Candlelight with the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra
All Saints Church
Pasadena, CA
Learn More

December 15, 2013
Kathleen Keenan-Takagi ’65
Christmas Cheer and Carols
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church at 4pm
For more information, go online or call (716) 832-2226

December 17, 2012
Lisa Vroman ’79
Holiday Organ Spectacular with organist Todd Wilson and Members of the Pacific Symphony
Segerstrom Concert Hall
Costa Mesa, CA
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December 22, 2013
Eric Trumpowsky ’90
Conducting the Irondequoit Chorale performing Glenn McClure’s Caribbean Christmas Mass
Asbury First United Methodist Church at 3pm
Rochester, NY
Learn More

December 22-24, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
’Twas the Night with members of the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus
Davies Symphony Hall
San Francisco, CA
Learn More

February 11, 2014
Janet Brown ’79 and Frank Karpoff
Crane School of Music Distinguished Alumni Recital
Snell Music Theatre
7:30 p.m.
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY

February 2-22, 2014
Dimitri Pittas ’99
Un Ballo in Maschera
Canadian Opera Company
Four Seasons Centre
Toronto, Ontario
For more information and tickets, go online.

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