October 2011 Alma Matters

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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings from Your Alma Mater! 

Alumni Association Awards
  The deadline for nominations for the Alumni Association Awards is December 1st.  If you know someone deserving of one of the four Alumni Association Awards, nominate them now online.  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:

Alumni Scholarship
  The deadline for the Alumni Association Scholarship is March 1st.  Learn more about scholarship eligibility here.

Celebrating a Reunion in 2012?
  If your class year ends in a 2 or a 7, you are!   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 nesbitem@potsdam.edu. 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.

Thank you to Alumni from Author & Assistant Professor of Music Education, Dr. Caron L. Collins
Dr. Caron Collins, Crane School of Music faculty, would like to thank all of the Music Education Alumni who assisted in her research for the book: Messengers of Music: the Legacy of Julia E. Crane. The book is now available for purchase by the IAP Publishing Company online, or by calling (704) 752-9125. Many of the alumni who assisted Dr. Collins in her research will be joining her during her presentation and book signing on campus on October 22, 2011 as part of the Music Education Symposium.  Learn more about the Symposium here.

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.

Please note that many upcoming concerts at Crane are being audio streamed live.   Learn more. 

Video of the Month
  English Literature Major “Fits It All In!”
  View this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos on our YouTube Channel.


College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Ranked in Top Tier of Regional Universities in North
For the thirteenth consecutive year, SUNY Potsdam has once again been named one of the best regional universities in the Northern United States by U.S. News & World Report in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Prof Edits Book with German Potsdam Colleague
  Two Potsdam professors have come together to publish a book, but instead of across campus, their collaboration is across the ocean. One faculty member is from SUNY Potsdam, and the other is from the University of Potsdam in Germany, located in the Prussian city that the New York community—and the college—are named for. (Read More)

World Renowned Guitarist Johannes Möller to Perform at Crane
Möller has captivated audiences throughout the world with his charismatic and soulful performances, recently winning first prize in the 2010 Guitar Foundation of America Concert Artist Competition (considered by many to be the most prestigious guitar competition in the world) which resulted in a 50-concert tour of which the Crane performance is one venue. (Read More)

Annual Music Business Roundtable Includes Crane Education Alums
  Four accomplished Crane School of Music education alumni who have gone on to great success in the field of music business returned to their alma mater for a special interactive forum. All four panelists were Crane graduates with degrees in music education who have been involved in the music business throughout their careers. The panelists include John O’Rielly ’62, Wally Siebel ’69, Jay Blumenthal ’70 and Ed Marschilok ’74.  (Read More)       

Bears down D'Youville 3-1, advance to meet Elmira in Cup Championship  
  The SUNY Potsdam men’s soccer team defeated D’Youville 3-1 in the first game of the first SUNY Potsdam Men’s Soccer College Cup. Freshman midfielder Alessio Vitale assisted on all three goals for the Bears.   (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

It’s Phonathon Time of Year Again!
The Fund for Potsdam Phonathon is becoming The Buzz – literally. Student Phonathon callers will be reaching out to friends and alumni during The Buzz, October 3 through November 21, to raise money for The Fund for Potsdam, which helps cover the College’s greatest needs.  Alumni should watch their mail and e-mail for an opportunity to give. If alumni would like to give their gift to a student caller, just wait for The Buzz!  Gifts are always tax-deductible, and this year donors can spread their gift over time. Installments can be made by check or The Buzz can charge a Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card in equal monthly payments through June 2012.

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 career@potsdam.edu.

Insurance Program for SUNY Potsdam Alumni
What are you paying for your insurance?  Liberty Mutual is offering our alumni special discounted rates.   Learn more online or call 1-800-524-9400. 
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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.

October 14, 2011
  Festival of the Bands with Timothy Topoleski, Anthony Maiello and others – Crane 125th Event
  Learn More

October 15, 2011
  Northern Symphonic Winds Celebrates Crane’s 125th
  Scott LaVine ’71 and Brian Doyle, conductors
  With Timothy Topolewski and Anthony Maiello, as guest conductors
  7:30 p.m. Hosmer Hall
  SUNY Potsdam

October 16, 2011
  The U.S. Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet in Concert – Crane 125th Event
  featuring Adam Williamson ’01
7:30 p.m. Snell Hall
SUNY Potsdam

October 18, 2011
  Outstanding Alumni Performance Series Crane 125th Event
  Mario Gaetano ’77 (Percussion) & Ruth Bennett ’02 (Harp)
7:30 p.m. Snell Hall
SUNY Potsdam

October 20-22, 2011
  Music Education Symposium, featuring several alumni – Crane 125 Event
  SUNY Potsdam
  Learn More

October 30, 2011
  The U.S. Army Field Band with Colonel Tom Palmatier ’75, Conductor - Crane 125th Event
  7:30 p.m., Hosmer Hall
SUNY Potsdam

November 1, 2011
  Technology & Math Alumni Panel Discussion - Cancelled
November 16, 2011
Mark Slader, '79
Debuting his latest composition "Fanfare and Jubilation" with Dr. Schaff's Concert Band
7:30 p.m., Hosmer Hall
SUNY Potsdam

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
  Hyatt Regency Hotel
  Rochester, NY

May 1, 2011
  New York City Reception

Reunion Weekend 2012
  July 12-15

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.

September 8 – October 2, 2011
  Dale Zurbrick ’68
  Directing/ Musical-Directing, ELEGIES, A Song Cycle
  O'Connell & Company Productions, Inc.
Gleasner Hall
Erie Community College North Campus
6205 Main St.
  Williamsville, NY  14221
  Learn More

September 17 – October 9, 2011
  Andrew Frey ’10
  Musical Director of Shout! The Mod Musical
  CM Performing Arts Center
Oakdale, NY
  Learn More

September 29 – October 22, 2011
  Dimitri Pittas ’99
  Performs as “Duca” in Rigoletto, at the Canadian Opera Company,
  Toronto Ontario
  Learn More

October 2, 2011
  Kevin Moore ’71
  Piano Recital—Brahms & Lizst
  2 p.m.
  Storer Auditorium -   Onondaga Community College
  Syracuse, NY
  Free Admission. For more information, call (315) 498-2210

Through October 8, 2011
  Steve Bach’76
  Musical Director/featured performer at Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana
  Radio City Music Hall
  New York City
  Learn More

October 20, 2011
Vanessa Breault Mulvey ’90

Body Mapping Workshop
3:30 p.m.
NHMEA Fall Festival
Manchester, NH

October 28, 2011
  Dave Gleason ’01, Tim Williams ’01, and Pete Giroux ’87
  “Sensemaya” Concert and CD release party, “A Place for Jazz”
  8 p.m.
First Unitarian Society
1221 Wendell Ave.
Schenectady, NY
  For more information call (518) 393-4011 or visit http://sensemaya.net or www.aplaceforjazz.org/concertsched.htm
Tickets: $15 for adults, $7 for students and children under twelve are free

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

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

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

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