September 2011 Alma matters

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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings from Your Alma Mater! 

Welcome to our freshman class of 2011, comprised of approximately 920 incoming freshmen, as well as the 523 new transfer students who will join the SUNY Potsdam student body.  A special “congratulations” to all of the multi-generation SUNY Potsdam Alumni families represented by these incoming students.  Don’t forget to share your photos with us, particularly those representing multi-generations of alumni.  We’ll use them on our website and link them in future Alma Matters as space allows.   Just e-mail them to the Alumni Office at

Attention All Bears Athletics Alumni!
  The SUNY Potsdam athletic department is proud to announce the launch of a new athletics website. The new site will feature information on the Bears' 15 varsity athletic programs and one club sport, as well as intramurals and other general information.  Check it out at

Outstanding Alumni Performance Series
  In celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Crane, there will be several on-campus performances featuring prominent alumni throughout the year.  All will be at 7:30 p.m. in Snell Hall.  The September performances include Vanessa Mulvey ’90 (Flute) on September 13th and Michelle Shoemaker ’95 (Clarinet) on September 27th.  For other special Crane 125th events occurring in September, go to

Mark Your Calendar for Reunion 2012
  The 2012 Reunion Weekend will be held July 12 – 15.  Mark your calendars now.  To check out future Reunion dates through 2018, please see  Future Reunion Dates.

Video of the Month:   
  Honors Students Lead And Have Fun
  View this and other great SUNY Potsdam videos on our  YouTube Channel.

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam to Welcome Students Back to Energized Campus
  Read more about the exciting construction, renovations and program expansions happening on the campus, as well as the special events planned to help celebrate Crane’s 125th anniversary. (Read More)

Chancellor Zimpher Announces Creation of SUNY Campus Alliance Networks
  State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced on August 4, 2011 that SUNY campus presidents and System Administration will collaboratively develop and implement regional SUNY Campus Alliance Networks, which will expand academic resources and course availability for students while increasing efficiency within the SUNY system. (Read More)

Congregation Beth El Presents Artwork in Honor of Crane 125th
In recognition of the 125th anniversary of SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, Congregation Beth El of Potsdam has presented a special artwork to the College. 
(Read More)

Crane Opera Ensemble Receives National Award for Performance
The Crane Opera Ensemble's spring 2010 production of "L'Enfant et les Sortilèges" was awarded First Place in the American Prize in Operatic Performance competition for 2011.  With music by Maurice Ravel and libretto by Collette, the opera was produced by student singers, instrumentalists and stage crew from SUNY Potsdam and its Crane School of Music. (Read More)  

2011-12 CPS Season Showcases New & Electrifying Artists
Community Performance Series is pleased to announce its upcoming season, featuring renowned guest musicians, dance and programs for the whole family. The 2011-12 CPS season will begin this September and continue through May 2012. (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Chosen to Host one of 30 New York 9/11 Exhibitions
  In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, SUNY Potsdam was chosen to serve as one of 30 host sites throughout the state for a “New York Remembers” exhibition.  Many of the artifacts being exhibited have never been seen by the public. The exhibition will be open during the week of Aug. 29 and continue until the end of September.     (Read More)

SUNY Potsdam Deepens Commitment to Sustainability
  SUNY Potsdam is now a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and sustainable world.   (Read More)

Potsdam Pride

Are you in the PClub? 
We invite all alumni and friends to join the President’s Club, the College’s gift society that recognizes donors giving $1,000 or more during a school year (July 1 – June 30).  Just go to online giving to make a one-time gift or to set up a convenient automatic monthly gift on your credit card. 

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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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.

September 8, 2011
SUNY Potsdam Scholarship Golf Classic

Potsdam Town & Country Club
Potsdam, NY
Learn More

September 22, 2011
Crane Faculty Performance at Steinway Hall
The event is free and open to all, however reservations are required.
7:30 p.m.
Steinway Hall
109 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019-2268
To make a reservation, e-mail Heidi Walker or call the Crane Office at (315) 267-2812.
Learn More

September 24, 2011
  Double Axel at the Dinosaur BBQ
Syracuse, NY
There is limited space, so register now!
  Register online or call the Alumni Office at (315) 267-2120

September 24, 2011
Men's Lacrosse Alumni Game
4 p.m. at SUNY Potsdam
Contact Head Coach Rick Berkman for more information.

Watch for more information regarding the following events:

November 1, 2011
  Technology & Math Alumni Round Table
  (Including discussion and reception)
4 - 6:30 p.m.
  Rolling Greens at Dutchess County Country Club
  2628 South Rd
  Poughkeepsie, NY

December 2, 2011
  NYSSMA Alumni Reception
  Rochester, NY

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.

Saturday, September 10
  Michael Benedict ’79

Bopitude will be playing the Albany Riverview Jazz Festival
Learn More

September 11, 2011
  Frances Coan Roberts ’64
  Conducting The Long Island Masterworks in a Mozart’s Requiem Sing-In, in remembrance of 9/11.
  3 p.m., Free Admission
  Congregational Church of Manhasset
  1845 Northern Boulevard
  Manhasset, NY
  Learn More

September 13, 2011
  Vanessa Mulvey ’90 (Flute)
  Michelle Shoemaker ’95 (Clarinet)
  Outstanding Alumni Performance Series
  7:30 p.m at Snell Hall, Crane
  Potsdam, NY 13676

September 16-18, 2011
  Classical & Jazz concerts in honor of Peter De Luke ’55
  Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
  Learn More

September 23, 2011
  Jon Geffner ’81
  Acoustic performance at Thalia Café at Symphony Space
  2537 Broadway @95th St.
  New York, NY
  (212) 864-5400
  Learn More

September 25, 2011
Dr. Dana M. Barry ’71, ’72

Giving a keynote address on the topic of Education.
7 p.m.
Xiamen International Conference Center
Xiamen City, China

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

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

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