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A Message from the Alumni Relations Office

Greetings From Your Alma Mater!

It’s Not Too Soon to Plan For Reunion 2014
The 2014 Reunion Weekend will be held July 10 - 13. Mark your calendars now.  To check out Reunion dates through 2018, please see Future Reunion Dates.

Event Photos Available Online

Photos from Reunion Weekend 2013 are available for viewing and purchase through SUNY Potsdam's Flickr account. More photos will be added, so check back on occasion. (Flickr is an on-line photo sharing site.) 

Reunion Weekend 2013 Feedback

We welcome your Reunion Weekend feedback!  What did you like?  What did you not like?  What suggestions do you have for future Reunion celebrations? Feel free to complete our survey online or e-mail the Alumni Office.

Attention SAI Alumni

Mark your calendars for October 18-19, 2013, to return to Potsdam for the SAI Alumni Weekend! For information and details on the weekend events, contact President Amelia O’Hara at

Attention Graduate Studies Alumni!
You may have left the SUNY Potsdam campus, but you’ll always be an integral part of our Potsdam community. As one of nearly 10,000 alumni of a Master’s degree program from Potsdam, your collective accomplishments are a great source of pride for our school. Your shared experiences continue to play an important role in promoting personal and professional growth and lifelong learning at your Alma Mater. The Office of Graduate Studies would love to help support your desire to give back and stay engaged! Share with us what you’ve been up to since graduation, and let us know the ways you are interested in getting involved to help our current students online. Thank you for your time!

Wanted: Your Memories of Life on Campus
In preparation for the 2016 bicentennial celebrations, students in a fall 2013 oral history course will collect stories on how clubs, organizations, or athletics shaped experiences at SUNY Potsdam. If you are interested (and live close enough for students to meet you for two interviews), contact Dr. M. J. Heisey, Department of History, at or at (315) 267-2558.

Attention A Sharp Arrangement Alumni, Friends, Supporters and Classmates
The A Sharp Arrangement is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this fall! An Anniversary show is planned for October 26, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Snell Music Theater on the SUNY Potsdam campus. All are welcome; tickets will be available in advance and at the door. We’re still looking for alumni of the group to be part of the show and sing with us on stage, so if you are an alumnus or know of any others, please contact the group at We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon!

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.

Quiz Yourself
Test your know-how on a variety of financial planning and planned giving topics.  Go online to get started.

Video of the Month
Hear the feedback about a Non-Traditional Student Experience at SUNY Potsdam.  View Here

College Headlines

SUNY Potsdam Biology Professor Wins Distance Education Award
Dr. Jason F. Schreer, a professor in SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Biology, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Thomas L. and Jane D. Russell Distance Education Faculty Excellence Award. Dr. Schreer received the $1,000 award for his human biology course at the College’s annual employee recognition program.  (Read more)

New Performing Arts Center under construction at SUNY Potsdam
A new building complex being built at SUNY Potsdam promises to put the school on the map as one of the leading performing arts schools in the state. YNN’s Barry Wygel recently got a tour of the building and takes a look at what it has to offer.  (Read More)

KeyBank Contributes to 'Branching Out With Books' Program
KeyBank’s Key Foundation has awarded a $9,000 grant to “Branching Out With Books,” a collaborative literacy program between SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University. The “Branching Out with Books” program provides college students with an important hands-on learning experience working with approximately 400 high-need children throughout the school year, at Massena’s Jefferson Elementary School, Herman-DeKalb Central School, Madrid-Waddington Central School and the Akwesasne St. Regis Mohawk Reservation.  (Read more)

Potsdam Pride

campaign logoTake the Lead Campaign at $18.4M!
Thanks to our generous alumni, there are currently 117 leadership donors (people pledging $20,000 or more to the Campaign); 5 of these gifts are in excess of $1 million! To learn more about the Campaign and how YOU can impact students and programs, visit the Campaign website.

Do You Have a Free Potsdam E-mail Account?
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!

Become a Mentor to a Current SUNY Potsdam Student…We Need You Now!
Your professional experience is in high demand and it will help our students.  Become a BearTracker Mentor to a current student! Visit here to sign up or e-mail

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.

Help Our Students Enjoy the Advantage 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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Alumni Discount at the College Store.
In honor of College Colors Day on August 31st, the College Store is offering alumni a 20% discount on all web orders using the Promo Code (alum). This promotion is good September 1 through September 20 at midnight. Shop now to receive your discount! 

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 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.

September 12, 2013
Scholarship Golf Classic
Learn More

September 26, 2013
SUNY System-Wide Alumni Day in NYC
NY Mets vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Pre-game gathering at McFadden's Restaurant
$28 includes gathering with refreshments and game tickets
For more information and to register, go online.

September 28, 2013
Double Axel at the Dinosaur BBQ
Syracuse, NY
Learn More

October 3, 2013
Crane Faculty Concert at Steinway Hall
7:30 p.m. with reception to follow
$25/person or $40/couple
Space is limited
For tickets contact Heidi Walker
(315) 267-2812 or
New York City

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


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-November 2013
Christine Rua ’77
Performing in Cirque du Soleil – Varekai
South and Central American Tour
For more information & tickets, go online.

September 9, 2013
Dr. Susan Perkins ’93
Distinguished Speaker Series:
Guest Lecturer in the Biology Department
SUNY Potsdam Campus
Potsdam, NY 

September 10, 2013
Dr. Dana M. Barry, B.A. ’71 & M.S. ’72
US Students Carry Out Nuclear Safety Project in a Virtual Environment Lecture
International KES Conference
Kitakyushu, Japan
Learn More

September 13, 2013
Dr. Dana M. Barry, B.A. ’71 & M.S. ’72
Core Model Curriculum for Engineering Education Lecture
Suzuka National College of Technology
Suzuka, Japan
Learn More

September 15, 2013
Faye Cohen Jeser ’66 & Paul Jeser ’67
Sponsoring a recital by Crane faculty and students celebrating Faye and Paul’s 50th Anniversary of when they met at Crane
2 p.m.
Wakefield Hall
SUNY Potsdam Campus
This concert is free and open to the public with a reception to follow

September 20, 2013
Jonathan Geffner '81
Solo acoustic performance
9:00 pm
Desmond's Tavern
433 Park Avenue South
New York, NY
Learn More

September 22, 2013
Rebecca Cormier Jeffreys ’89
Jongen Project Music Concert
Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston, MA
Learn More

September 22, 2013
Anne Cavolo Tedesco ’73
Piano concert
Montauk Library
Montauk, NY
Learn More

October 4, 2013
Todd Hobin ’72
Elder Gift of Age Cabaret
Hilton Double Tree Ballroom
East Syracuse, NY
Learn More

October 4-5, 2013
Lisa Vroman ’79
Performing with the Vancouver Symphony
Orpheum Theatre
Vancouver, BC
Learn More

October 11-13, 2013
Frances Coan Roberts ’64
Verdi Requiem
Long Island Choral Festival
Hauppauge High School
Hauppauge, NY
YOU are the CHORUS! Register Online

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