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The Reporter - December 19

REPORTERNo. 982 12/19/08


Coat Drive

Presidential Scholars would like to thank all those who generously contributed coats to the coat drive. These donations were given to the Helping Hands of Potsdam, which has shared them with migrant workers in the area unaccustomed to our cold climate. Helping Hands is grateful for your support and was glad to distribute the 14 bags of coats that were collected.

Message From Human Resources Regarding W2s

W-2s (Wage and Tax Statement) will be mailed directly from Albany to employee home addresses prior to February 1. W-2s for the 2008 calendar year will include earnings paid on checks dated January 9 ? December 24, 2008. Employees should retain their last check stub of 2008 (12/24) for a record of the Non-Taxable Health Insurance paid in 2008. This information does not appear on the W-2. An employee who has worked for more than one state agency during the year, in most circumstances, will receive only one W-2.

BJ?s Membership

A representative from BJ?s Wholesale Club in Massena will be visiting the campus on Tuesday, Jan. 6, to give the campus an opportunity to join or renew their membership. The price is $37.45 for 15 months.

If you are interested in joining or renewing your membership, please visit Becky?s Place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or the Barrington Student Union from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Questions can be directed to the Office of Purchasing & Payables at x2140.

New Programs Announced by The Center for Undergraduate Research

The Center for Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce several new programs to encourage and support undergraduate research at SUNY Potsdam. Please see the descriptions of the programs below. Contact Bethany Usher with any questions and Julie Ellingsen for application forms.

Office: 102 MacVicar Hall (by January 15), 267-2942 or online

Administrative Assistant: Julie Ellingsen (104A Morey Hall or e-mail, 267-2942).

Director: Bethany M. Usher (118A MacVicar Hall or e-mail, 267-2051).

Undergraduate research at SUNY Potsdam is a professional student-faculty collaboration that advances the understanding of a discipline through the examination, creation and communication of new knowledge.

Funding Programs
Curriculum Development Programs (department and individual faculty) are designed to integrate undergraduate research and inquiry-based learning into program curricula and are funded through the Title III grant. There are two Curriculum Development programs. Department Curriculum Development Grants require a team of four faculty working together to revise a program curriculum. Three departments can be funded each year for the next five years. Individual Faculty Curriculum Development Grants require an individual faculty to revise a portion of their curriculum. Twelve faculty members can be funded each year for the next five years.

Goals: Projects support by this grant should meet one or more of the following goals:

? Integrates undergraduate research into the program?s curricular plan for a substantial number of students.
? Integrates undergraduate research in capstone course.
? Develops undergraduate research opportunities in sophomore level courses.
? Develops individual student and faculty research courses for credit.
? Increases the number of faculty engaged in undergraduate research.

Funding: Each faculty member will be paid $2,586 in summer salary. Department applications can include up to $5,000 for equipment for the department in support of the curricular changes.

Requirements: Application, Participation in Faculty Development workshops, Progress Report, Final Report

Application Procedure: Application form from Center for Undergraduate Research due by January 30, 2009, for Department Grants and February 20, 2009, for Individual Faculty Grants. Decision within two weeks.

Undergraduate Research Travel Programs (student and faculty) support student and faculty travel to regional and national conferences to present research or attend workshops and are funded by the Title III grant.

Goal: The goal of the program is to increase the number of students involved in undergraduate research and presenting research at regional and national conferences.

Funding: For students, there is $20,000 available annually for the next five year. Students can apply for up to $1,000 for national travel and $500 for regional travel. A total of $9,000 is available for faculty travel, with a maximum award of $500 for national travel and $250 for regional travel.

Requirements: Travel form with abstract, workshop description, or other documentation.

Application Procedure: Travel awards will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but half of the funds will be available each semester. Applications will be funded as available to those applications that meet the criteria.

Kilmer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships are designed to support student and faculty collaboration on independent research projects. Students will enroll in a research course (or INTD499) with a faculty member, and together, they will apply for support through a Kilmer Apprenticeship. The Kilmer Fund was endowed by a generous donation from an anonymous donor.

Goal: The goal of the Kilmer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship is to increase the number of students and faculty involved in collaborative research projects and presenting their research in academic forums.

Funding: Professional development funds for faculty and student - $50 per credit, student maximum of 6 credits per semester, 12 credits per student over college career.

Requirements: Application, 2.0 minimum grade in course, presentation of results in academic forum (Research and Learning Fair posters are encouraged, as well as professional conferences and journals).

Application Procedure: Application form from Center for Undergraduate Research due by first Wednesday of fall and spring semesters. Decision by following Friday.

SUNY Potsdam in the News

The following are selected headlines from local newspapers featuring SUNY Potsdam and its people.

Friday, December 12
Nutcracker Alive Again on Potsdam Stage

Saturday, December 13
SUNY Potsdam Students Wrap Up Holiday MAGIC

Sunday, December 14
Advance News:
SUNY Potsdam Students Donate Cases of Food
SUNY Potsdam Helps Holiday Fund
SUNY Potsdam Student Wrap Up Holiday MAGIC

Monday, December 15
Watertown Daily Times:
Rene Fleming in Met?s Live Broadcast of ?Thas? Opera Saturday at Potsdam Roxy
SUNY Potsdam to Donate Canned Goods to Pantries

Tuesday, December 16
Six SUNY Students Attend Orlando AECT Conference
Musical Mentor (photo)

Wednesday, November 26
North Country This Week:
Suicide Prevention Being Taught
Holiday Fund Help (photo)
Next ?Met: Live in HD? Event Set for Dec. 20

Blackboard Courses for Winterim and Spring 2009

Now is time to start thinking about which of your courses you would like on Blackboard for both Winterim and next spring.

If you have not already done so, please e-mail with your request for both Winterim and spring courses. In your e-mail, please be as specific as you can regarding your courses. Include the CRN and course identifying information for each Blackboard course that you are requesting.

For example: 83151 PSYC 100 section 001 Introduction to Psychology.

If you are teaching more than one section of the same course, please indicate if you like to have sections grouped together.

If you have taught the course before, it will be copied unless you indicate the desire for another semester.

It is now possible to copy specific content areas for your courses. All areas except announcements. If you want to retain your announcements, or you only want specific areas, please indicate that information in your e-mail.

Foundation Accounts

There will be no check requests processed the week of December 29. If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Arno at x2147.

CTS Holiday Hours

Some units within CTS will officially be closed beginning December 24 through January 2.

CLOSED units include:

? Administrative Information Systems (AIS)
? Host & Network Services (HNS)
? Network Infrastructure & Media (NIM)
? User Services

? Computer Labs
? Email & Directory Services
? Kellas Helpdesk
? Instructional Technology Center (ITC)

Exceptions include:

? Administration & Operations ? x2089

Closed on December 25, December 26 and January 1
Open hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 24, December 29 through December 31 and January 2.

? TelCom ? x3000

Closed on December 25, December 26, January 1 and January 2.
Open hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 24, and December 29 through December 31.

Happy Holidays and best wishes in the New Year!

Health Insurance Reminder

This is a reminder for enrollees in the NYS Empire Plan that have dependent children graduating from college this December 2008. Graduating students are eligible for three months of extended coverage starting the first day of the month in which course work required for graduation is completed. There is no extra cost for the three-month extension, but the employee must remain enrolled in family coverage. After the three-month extension, the graduating dependent student will be eligible for the full 36 months of COBRA coverage. Dependents must apply directly to Civil Service, in writing, for COBRA coverage and must do so within 60 days of the date coverage ends.

This extended coverage is not automatic. To apply for the extended coverage, contact the Office of Human Resources for a PS404, Health Insurance Transaction form. You must provide us with the date of graduation. Forms may also be downloaded from the HR Web site at, then select forms, health insurance form, PS 404.

Please feel free to direct questions to Sheila H. Scott at x2096.

Employee Assistance Program

The SUNY Potsdam Employee Assistance Program has one EAP Coordinator, Ada Santaferra, at x2229. She is available to discuss personal concerns and make appropriate referrals. You may contact her at the number listed above, or you may call the Statewide EAP in Albany at 1-800-822-0244. EAP is a confidential referral service available to all campus employees, retirees and their families.



THE MET LIVE in HD - Massenet "Thais" @ Roxy Theater, noon

Final Grades Due

First day of Hanukka





Late Night Holiday Breakfast Thank You
Thank you to the volunteers who participated in the PACES annual late night breakfast. Over 950 students were served from 10 p.m. until midnight. Over 900 exam goody bags were distributed to students. The bags were filled with goods from The College Store, Lakeside Office Products, Renzi Brothers, Pepsi Bottlers of Ogdensburg and Sysco foods.

PACES Break Operating Hours

Becky's Place
Closes Wednesday, Dec. 24, 3 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 5 to Jan. 16, 7 a.m.
Service Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Winterim Dining Specials

Breakfast- All specials $2.95
2 eggs, toast, small juice, coffee
2 pancakes or french toast, small juice, coffee

Lunch ? Get free medium soda
Buy 2 slices pizza, a sandwich or panini and
get a free medium soda.

Dinner - All specials $5.95
Baked ziti served with breadsticks and medium soda.
Half Chicken, potato or rice, vegetable, roll and medium soda.

PACES Catering Order System

Dining services has implemented a new online catering order system called CATERTRAX. Please be aware that all catering events scheduled on or after Jan. 1, 2009, must be placed through the new site. Catering requests for dates through the remainder of this year, 2008, can still be placed by contacting the Catering Office with an order form, or by calling Lori Smith, catering manager, at x2668.

To help us launch this new program, please log on to the new catering Web site, create your account by inputting the required information, then place your 2009 catering order.

The CATERTRAX Web site is as follows:

Creating an account is free and easy. Your log in will be your last name and e-mail address. If you are responsible for more than one department that may be paying for events, you will need to create an account for each department. This can be done by altering your last name; i.e. smith-athletics, smith-volleyball, smith-mens lacrosse, etc.

If you need assistance, you can contact Susan Randall in the Dining Services Office at x2657 or Lori Smith in the Catering Office, x2668.

Please note: We are not using the new CATERTRAX system for any events dated in 2008. The new CATERTRAX system is to be used to schedule events after January 1 only.

Durables Available at Becky?s Place for Dinner for Limited Service
In response to student comments, Becky?s Place is trying durable plates and silverware for certain items at dinner only. PACES Dining Service will evaluate the success of the program by gauging loss, use and customer?s response.

Bear Express Merchant List
Bear Express can be used at the following merchants this holiday season:

Angelo's Fresh Seafood & Takeout, 43 Maple St, (315) 265-9227
Arby's, 172 Market St, (315) 265-1240
The Bagelry, 9 Market St, (315) 265-9378 ??
Burger King, 178 Market St, (315) 265-8863
Domino's Pizza, 177 Market St, (315) 265-7500??
First Crush Bistro, 32 Market St, (315) 265-9463
??The Fields Coffee House (Jack & Weezie's), 2 Main St, (315) 265-1300??
Josie's Pizzeria, 13 Market St., (315) 265-9484
??Little Italy, 30 Market St, (315) 265-5500??
McDonald's, 171 Market St, (315) 265-6890
Ponderosa Steak House, 185 Market St, (315) 265-8080?? Sandstone Grill, 145 Market Street, (315) 265-7623
Subway, 180 Market St, (315) 265-7827??

Big M Grocery, 27 Elm St, (315) 268-0442??
The Computer Guys (Textbooks/Computing Supplies), 4 Clarkson Ave, (315) 265-3866??
Great Northern Printing, 6 Main Street, (custom t-shirt printing, clothing) (315) 265-6211??
Misty Hollow (Art/Craft Supplies), 22 Market St, (315) 265-1660
??Northern Ice & Dance, 47 Market St, (315) 265-0009?? Northern Music & Video, 29 Market St, (315) 265-8100 Strawberry Fields, 8 Market Street, (CD's new and used, musical equipment)?(315) 265-7700?
?St. Lawrence Chocolates, 4 Main St, (315) 274-9029 ?Videorama (Movie Rental), 12 Main St, (315) 265-7000 ??Wear on Earth (Sporting goods, Ski/Snowboard Sales), 19 Market St, (315) 265-3178?
The UPS Store, 200 Market St Ste 5, (315) 265-4565,
Save-A-Lot, 200 Market St, (315) 265-3659

Bear Express/Faculty Flex Online Information
Faculty/Staff can view their current Bear Express and Flex Accounts online. Simply log onto BearPAWS, enter user name and PIN, click on College Life and Auxiliary Services, click on review Meal Plan and Bear Express Balance. Any faculty and staff participating in the plan will receive a 20 percent discount on the entry price to Lehman and save 7 percent (NYS sales tax) on all food purchases at all units. To enroll in the plan, set up a flex account with a minimum $50 balance at the PACES Business Office.

PACES Business Office

Closing at noon on December 24
Closed December 25 through January 5

PACES Services Closing Schedule

Lehman Dining Center
Closes Thursday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m.
Opens Saturday, Jan. 17, 8 a.m.


Crane Snack Bar
Closes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 19, 7:15 a.m.

Dexter's Café  
Closes Friday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m.

Minerva?s Café  
Closes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 19, 7:45 a.m.

Becky's Place
Closes Wednesday, Dec. 24, 3 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 5, 7 a.m.
Open Monday through Thursday, Jan. 5 to Jan. 16, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Becky's Café  
Closes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 9 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 19, 7 a.m.

Student Union Dining Court

Cookies, Cream & Co.
Closes Tuesday, Dec. 16, 10 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 19, 12 noon

Fifth World Grill
Closes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.
Opens Sunday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m.

Chips Old Time Deli
Closes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m.
Opens Sunday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m.

Blue Plate Diner
Closes Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Opens Monday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m.

Saguaro Burrito
Closes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m.

Opens Sunday, Jan. 18, 4:30 p.m.

Firehouse Grill
Late Night Service
Closes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1 a.m.

College Store & Union Market
Closed Friday, Dec. 19
Open Dec. 22 & Dec. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to noon
Closed Dec. 25 & Dec. 26
Open Dec. 29 & Dec. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open Dec. 31, 9 a.m. to noon
Closed Thursday, Jan. 1
Open Jan. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (UM closed)
Open Jan. 5 to Jan. 16, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The College Store will be open until 5 p.m. on January 5

Menus can be found online at


Institutional Review Board

The SUNY Potsdam Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews and approves all research activity involving the use of human subjects or activities involving data collection from, or related to, human subjects.State and federal laws require that all projects involving human subjects be reviewed.

Please allow adequate time for your proposal to be reviewed prior to the intended start date of the project. The board requires sufficient time to review the proposal and to suggest any revisions prior to project approval by the institutional official. Please use the following as a guide for submission of proposals:

Application materials, sample consent/assent forms and instructions on how to apply are available online at under the Institutional Review Board. *NOTE ? the most current revision date of application materials is 9/22/08. Researchers are asked to verify the revision date on their application materials with the on line version to make sure you are using the most current version prior to submission. If you have any problems opening any of the forms please contact Kathy LaMay in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at x3121 or by e-mail at

An electronic copy of the application should be submitted to the chair, Maureen McCarthy, at In addition, the signed cover page with original signature(s) should be mailed to Maureen McCarthy, Dunn Hall 100C.

If you are unsure whether the research you plan to conduct should be submitted for IRB review or if have any questions about the IRB process, please contact McCarthy at x2919 or by e-mail at

The research proposal, ?Pedagogical Research 2008,? submitted by Dr. William E. Herman, Department of Psychology, has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board. It has been determined that the use of human subjects in that research meets the criteria of exempt research on December 8, 2008. This exemption is applicable for a period of one year.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Meetings

The SUNY Potsdam IACUC reviews any use of live animals in research, teaching, service or display by faculty, staff or students affiliated with SUNY Potsdam, regardless of where the activity occurs and of the activities funding source.

Please allow adequate time for your proposal to be reviewed prior to the intended start date of the project. The committee requires sufficient time to review the proposal and to suggest any revisions prior to project approval by the institutional official.

If you are unsure whether the project you plan to conduct should be submitted to the IACUC or have questions about the approval process, please contact Steve Marqusee, chair of the IACUC, at x3186 or by e-mail at

Researchers are reminded that state and federal laws require that all projects involving animal subjects be reviewed. Application forms are available in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Researchers may contact Kathy LaMay at x3121 or by e-mail at for application materials.

Spencer Foundation

Major Research Grants
The foundation has as its primary mission, by the intent of its founder, ?to investigate ways in which education can be improved, around the world.? The foundation funds widely-varied research projects, ranging from medium-sized studies that can be completed in a year by an individual researcher to more extensive collaborative studies that last several years.

Small Research Grants

This program supports short-term research projects (one year or less) that require no more than $40,000 to complete. The program is appropriate for modest-sized research projects, exploratory studies, specific phases of larger investigations and projects, which arise in response to unusual opportunities.

Deadline: Open.

For more information contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 267-2131.

Faculty-Undergraduate Summer Research Program 2009

This program supports faculty-student projects during the summer months. It is designed to support an outstanding student, (cumulative GPA ? 3.25 and demonstrated scholarly potential) who will be returning for at least one full semester as an undergraduate. This experience should first and foremost provide an outstanding opportunity for the student to learn the procedures and techniques used in such endeavors, and to make an original contribution to that particular field of endeavor. This is primarily a student-oriented program and is not meant to merely provide a ?free technician? for a faculty member?s research or creative project. Students will receive a stipend of $3,200 for 10weeks of full-time work on the proposed research project. In addition, a double occupancy room will be provided free of charge. The research team will receive an award of up to $500 for expenses related to the proposed research.

DEADLINE: February 4, 2009

Research and Creative Endeavors Program for 2008-2009

The Research and Creative Endeavors Program is designed to provide faculty with seed money to pursue a research or scholarly project and eventually seek and attract external funding for their work. As in the past, in making awards, the Committee will especially emphasize projects that have the potential to encourage new faculty, women and minorities; to support research and creative endeavors across the disciplines; and to attract external resources. The maximum award per project is $1,000. Generally, this program does not provide funding for conference travel, computer equipment and general office expenses.

DEADLINES: April 1, 2009

Grant Development Program 2008-2009

This program will provide awards of up to $1,500 to full-time faculty or professional staff to pursue the development of new proposals for submission to external funding agencies. All successful applicants will be required to submit a full proposal (with a budget of at least $50,000/yr.) to an external sponsor within one year from the time of award. It is expected that those interested will have identified a potential sponsor and contacted that sponsor to discuss funding possibilities. The application form requires a description of the proposed project and a project time line that incorporates the applicant?s plans for meeting the grant submission deadline. Allowable budget items include travel, supplies, books, duplicating, telephone, etc.


Curriculum Development Program 2008-2009

The Curriculum Development Program is designed to provide teaching faculty with seed money to engage in projects that lead to curricular innovation. Three types of projects are encouraged in this program:

(1) creation of/or significant redesign of courses that emphasize new teaching technologies;
(2) the creation of courses for new majors or minors and
(3) thecreation of new interdisciplinary courses and learning communities.

The maximum award is $1,000.

This program does not provide funding for conference travel, computer equipment or general office expenses.

DEADLINES: April 15, 2009

Research and Sponsored Programs Travel Program 2008-2009

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has travel funds available to help support faculty scholarship. Funding will only be considered for faculty and professional staff who are chairing a panel or either presenting a paper or poster. This supplemental funding source does not preclude your applying to already established avenues, i.e., your department chair and the dean of the school.

Funding will take place throughout the year. The maximum for domestic travel is $200. The maximum amount for international travel is $300. No more than one travel award will be made per individual per academic year. To apply, use the state travel requisition form available in your department. Submit the requisition to your chair and the dean first, then if you are in need of additional funding submit the requisition with confirmation of your participation at the conference to Kathy Chapman, 5th Floor, Raymond Hall.

Grant Writing Initiative (GWI)

The Research and Sponsored Programs Office will make up to six awards of $250 each to faculty and professional staff who develop and submit viable proposals to external funding agencies during 2008-2009. All grant proposals submitted through the Research and Sponsored Programs Office (excluding continuation and fellowship applications) will automatically be eligible.

Awards will be made based on the following considerations:
?quality of proposal
?match between proposal and sponsor (likelihood of success)
?institutional support of proposal

Up to three awards will be made in November 2008 for proposals submitted up to October 31, 2008.

Up to three awards will be made in June 2009 for proposals submitted up to May 31, 2009.

In affirming its commitment to equal opportunity for all individuals, SUNY Potsdam actively seeks faculty, staff and students without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or veteran status.