Potsdam Academy

Relive the student experience at the Potsdam Academy during a full day of exciting, hands-on arts and sciences classes taught by SUNY Potsdam professors. The second annual Potsdam Academy happens on Thursday, July 9. Alumni, friends, staff and community members are welcome to attend.

Registration Fee: $30
The fee includes breakfast, a full day of classes, lunch, materials and lunch. The day will end at Becky's Place with live music, appetizers and a cash bar.


Potsdam Academy Schedule

Thursday, July 9, 2015

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Check-in at Becky's Place in Raymond Hall

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
(Choose one class)

What is Sustainable Agriculture...Exactly?

Most people have heard about sustainability and sustainable agriculture but how is it defined by scholars? We will discuss sustainability and how you can incorporate sustainable practices in your own life by starting to grow your own food from window sills to backyard gardens.

- Raymond Bowdish, Biology Department

Making Music Mobile: Exploring APPS for Phone and Tablets

Discover fun and useful apps that turn your mobile device into a music production studio. Examine a variety of software for music notation, sequencing, sharing and inspiration.

- Peter McCoy, Crane School of Music


10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
(Choose one class)

Chemistry Hacks In and Around the Kitchen

Would you like to enrich your life with chemistry? Learn about the science within your kitchen and around the household to master some clever daily "life hacks." 

- John Proetta, Chemistry Department

Watercolor Painting

Explore the fun of painting during this tutorial. Paint outside (weather permitting) and create your own watercolor landscape painting to take home. All supplies provided.  

- Joe Hildreth, Art Department


Noon – 1:00 p.m.  

Lunch on Campus (included with registration) or lunch on your own.  

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
(Choose one class)

The Origin of Life

Living organisms existed on Earth at least 3.55 billion years ago. Although scant fossil evidence survives from these early life forms, much scientific work has been dedicated to understanding how life may have arisen on our planet. Explore how life may have arisen from non-life.

- Dr. Gordon Plague, Biology Department

On Stage: Acting in a Short Play

The course will introduce basic principles of acting for the stage. Using a simple script, participants will be paired and will create characters and a scene that will be performed at the end of the session. No prior experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in.

- Kimberley Bouchard, Theatre and Dance Department

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
(Choose one class)

Yoga: It's not just about pretzels!

Yoga has a rich and ancient history rooted in Eastern philosophies leading to multiple philosophical approaches and physical practices. We may be familiar with the physical practice, or "what" of hatha yoga, but don't necessarily hear about the "why" or "wherefore" of the practice. Learn a little about these aspects and through a little guided practice, relax at the end of the day. Yoga mats provided.

- Donald Borsh, Theatre and Dance

What is the world really like?

Join a discussion about sensation and perception.  How many senses do we have? Is there overlap among what appear to be separate sensory capabilities? Determine whether you are a supertaster, whether your perception of taste may be altered, and we will discuss visual sensory memory as well as some disorders that allow us to reexamine our abilities we may not realize we possess.

- Heather Beauchamp, Psychology Department

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Graduation and Happy Hour in Becky's Place
Live music, appetizers and cash bar
This is also the Reunion Weekend "Early Bird" gathering.