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The Reporter - February 6

REPORTERNo. 987 2/6/09


Faculty Senate Meeting Agenda

There will be a meeting of the Faculty Senate on February 12, at 4 p.m. in Raymond Hall 8th floor dining room.

The agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting is as follows:

1. Approval of the agenda as sent to the faculty by e-mail, published in The Reporter of February 6, and posted on the Faculty Senate Web page

2. Approval of the minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of 2008 as sent to the faculty by e-mail, published in The Reporter of 2008 and posted on the Faculty Senate Web page

3. Report from the Faculty Senate Chair ? Walter Conley, Vice-Chair
4. Report from the SGA President ? Matthew Cotty
5. Report from the University Faculty Senator ? Joe Hildreth
6. Action Items:

? B.S. Program Proposal ? Computer Science

7. Standing Committee Reports

? Academic Policies, Standards and Advising (APSA) ? Harold Ellingsen, chair
? Academic Programs and Curriculum (APCC) ? Marianne Hebert, chair
? Admissions Committee ? Susan Haller, chair
? Business Affairs Committee ? Christopher Lanz, chair
? Goals and Planning Committee ? Kathryn Jeror and Krista LaVack, co-chairs
? Graduate Affairs Committee ? Lisa Wilson, chair
? Nominating Committee ? Melissa Evans and Elvira Sanatullova-Allison, co-chairs
? Student Affairs Committee ? Alan Hersker, chair

8. Report from TLTR ? David Gingrich and Derek Habermas.

9. Report from General Education ? Caroline Downing

10. Report from the President ? John F. Schwaller

11. Report from the Provost ? Margaret Madden

12. New Business


Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

There was a meeting of the Faculty Senate on November 20, 2008, at 4 p.m. in Raymond Hall, 8th floor dining room. The meeting was called to order by Jan Trybula, chair pro-tem, at 4:11 p.m.

Approval of the agenda as sent to the faculty by e-mail, published in The Reporter of November 14, 2008, and posted on the Faculty Senate Web page

Approval of the minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of October 16, 2008 as sent to the faculty by e-mail, published in The Reporter of November 14, 2008, and posted on the Faculty Senate Web page,

Report from the Faculty Senate Chair ? Jan Trybula, vice-chair,
offered thanks to the Senate for their support in helping out two new officers this term.

Report from the SGA President ? Matthew Cotty, expressed extreme pride in SGA accomplishments for this year. Extension of library hours is a success. SGA go green initiative also a success, including using Blackboard for documents and exploring reusable water bottle campaign.

Registered, mailed ballots and drove students to polling place for election. Several hundred students were served in total.

Tuition Increases: SGA has endorsed the Rational Tuition Plan, based on HEPI, echoing the position taken by the SUNY Student Assembly. Cotty has communicated this to local legistators and student body.

Working toward increased student awareness and involvement, including fairs, tables in the Union and more Assembly participation.

Question: Increased library hours is equivalent to increased Crane hours; has this come up with the SGA. Answer: No, not in Cotty?s tenure. Discussion ensued of the need for Crane students to communicate with SGA representatives to advocate the same change for Crane hours.

Report from the University Faculty Senator ? Joe Hildreth
Interim chancellor has resigned. In his resignation, he said he had originally agreed to serve for 6-8 months, and after 18 months, he chose to step down. No interim chancellor has yet been named. Announcement from Chancellor?s Search Committee expected in mid-December.

SUNY Board has recommended tuition increase. $300 this year and $600 next year. How much will be given to SUNY to spend remains to be seen, but could potentially be a help in the current budget climate. Board of Trustees has also adopted the Rational Tuition Policy in their own discussions. Board has also requested increase in operating budget, in excess of $6 billion.

College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has essentially been separated from the University of Albany. New vice president reports directly to the SUNY Chancellor with independent budget authority.

January 1, 2009 will see the implementation of new transfer policy. Colleges will be given guidelines in December 2008.

Question: Talk more about transfer? Answer: 1st and 2nd year courses within the major will transfer. Higher level classes will go to a transfer review committee for consideration for transfer credit. Committee will use course descriptions and syllabi to decide whether a course will transfer or not. Or, individual student appeal track will be put in place so that they can appeal decisions against course transfers that they feel are in opposition to the posted goals and procedures of the transfer system.

Discussion ensued on how courses will be declared equivalent ? SUNYwide? No, faculty will make the decision, but it will be system-wide faculty. Current articulation agreements will be honored; only those courses which are outside of those articulation agreements will be covered by this process. It is the hope of the University Faculty Senate that the faculty on individual campuses will see no change in their processes. Problem arose not here but at some schools that are accepting courses as credit hours, but not as requirements for majors, and those are the decisions that will be reviewed in this process.

Question: Seems unlikely there will be a chancellor by January 1; what plans are in the works? Answer: Rumor is that there may be an officer-in-charge until there is a chancellor. Some say there will be an announcement by mid-December, but others say that that announcement won?t be the name of a new chancellor, so an officer-in-charge seems most likely.

Action Items:
Posthumous Graduate Degree Policy
Discussion: Strike ?we recommend that? from the last sentence. Question re: ?procedural aspects? in last sentence; what is the intention of the sentence? Intention is similar to intent of undergraduate policy, in that Commencement Committee needs a policy for how to issue such documents, at the behest of the Commencement Committee, which is concerned by such procedures.

Policy approved as amended.

Nominating Committee
Four names to present: Insook Nam, Jamie Hoos, Elvira Sanatullova-Allison and Debbie Anderson.
No other nominees presented; secretary cast one ballot in favor of slate.
Nominees approved.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Policies, Standards and Advising (APSA)
? Harold Ellingsen, Chair
Draft statements created for ?college sponsored activity? question, and gathering more information about the role of Athletic Academic Coordinators and their access to academic records.

Academic Programs and Curriculum (APCC) ? Marianne Hebert, Chair
One new proposal received for a BS in Computer Science. Committee will discuss with department on December 5. Continuing to discuss Business Administration minor. Both will come forward early in spring semester.

Admissions Committee ? Susan Haller, Chair
Committee has met to organize for work of coming year. Did not implement the SAT-optional policy approved last year on campus, due to rejection by SUNY administration. Therefore 07-08 standards are being used. Admissions looks strong for coming year, and committee will begin reviewing applications soon.

Business Affairs Committee ? Christopher Lanz, Chair
Considering proposal for Computer Science BS degree and its impact statements.

Commentary from the Chair: The necessary duties of administrators and bosses often create mistrust among constituents. The Business Affairs Committee is supposed to be setting up the Web site started by the Resource Transparency Committee, moving it from presentation of information to communication of information. The definition of ?communication? varies by the position of the constituent in the organization, and therefore is also dependent upon the level of cynicism of the constituent about the budget and planning process.

Therefore, Lanz asks that if you have such cynicism or concern about communication, please write it down in such a way that the committee can address the problem. We seem to have broad campus bad feeling about communication, cynicism and mistrust, but the Committee cannot implement practical solutions if these issues are not laid out plainly and specifically. If we knew what the specific concerns were, the committee could facilitate creation of ?Frequently Asked Budget Cynicism Questions? and generally better address and mediate the concerns of campus constituents about budget issues.

Also, RTC Web site appears to be missing on new campus Web site. Lanz will follow up.

Goals and Planning Committee ? Kathryn Jeror and Krista LaVack, co-Chairs

Reminder: First meeting of next semester will request feedback for new goals document. Be expecting e-mail in late January with more details.

Graduate Affairs Committee
? Lisa Wilson, Chair
Discussed Academic Master Plan with Provost. Evaluating TOEFL and other scores used as basic admission standards for graduate programs.

Nominating Committee ? Melissa Evans, Chair
Four new members, but now a resignation from Arts and Sciences. One-year appointment is open.
Met with Provost to discuss Academic Master Plan
Committee, will be co-chaired by Evans and Elvira Sanatullova-Alison.

Student Affairs Committee ? Alan Hersker, chair
Met with Provost to discuss Academic Master Plan. Would like to thank Jan on behalf of the Executive Committee for his service this fall.

Report from the TLTR ? David Gingrich and Derek Habermas
Two meetings this semester so far, three subcommittees.
Planning committee is working on projection classrooms as part of an overall planning document, in conjunction with Goals and Planning.

Communication Committee is doing a survey to assess TLTR services and aid in planning. Access and Training Committee is planning TLT Day (January 16, 2009), between Winterim and Spring Semester. Looking for ideas to incorporate into the day regarding technology and teaching; please contact Nancy Alzo with any suggestions.

Gateway maintenance and warranties will be a challenge; please keep CTS informed of any issues.

SCAP funding will not be available this year. The College will fill in the gaps as best it is able.

Report from the President ? John Schwaller
Budget: ?I feel like Charles Dickens,? in that it is the best of times and worst of times. Dr. Schwaller anticipates that tomorrow we will all receive a long e-mail which he will attempt to summarize now. We have gone through three budget reductions since April 1, which seems to be a record. We have been asked to cut $2.5 from our operating budget as well as our financial plan. The Cabinet has worked very hard to do this with a modicum of grace and as small an impact on the academic enterprise and our relationship with students as is humanly possible. However, that $2.5 million will become a permanent cut as of the new budget April 1, in addition to whatever cuts are enacted for that budget year. These might take the form of base budget cuts, or in the form of state refusal to fund union-mandated pay raises (on this campus, that would be a $1.3 million dollar cost), or in removal of some types of funding (like SCAP).

We know for sure that our budget will be $2.5 million less next year, though it may be as much as $4 to $6 million less. We are all trying to do the best we can, but the unfortunate truth is that 82 percent of state and tuition funding is tied up in personnel, and if we have to find $2.5 to $6 million dollars, employees will be unavoidably affected. Once the scope of cuts are known, ?I will go back out on the road? and start communicating with all relevant bodies about the decisions made. A hiring freeze is the obvious first step, but must be implemented with flexibility, as some positions are key to the success of the institution and must be filled. Deans and cabinet officers will have discretion in this.

In regards to OTPS funding, we simply must be good stewards of the funding we have available. Any unexpended funds will be rolled over into next year, and next year will be more austere than this year, so these funds may be needed. We are all in this together, and ?I am extremely proud to be president of this institution? at which we are all striving to do the best for the institution. ?I call upon you to be partners in this very difficult time so that we can minimize the effects of this budget.?

Tuition. The Board of Trustees are empowered to set the tuition for the SUNY system. They may also direct campus presidents to begin collecting the tuition they set. However, the governor includes the tuition amount in his budget to the legislature, but has no authority over the budget. The legislature will then act, developing a budget for SUNY, which may or may not include the tuition passed by the trustees returning to the SUNY campuses. If the legislature does not give the campuses authority to spend the tuition collected, the campuses see no benefit from the increase. If that occurs, it becomes a political issue to be debated between the trustees, the governor and the legislature.

Much of this is blurry, but that is intentional, because Dr. Schwaller is loathe to communicate that which he is not certain of. One upside of this crisis is that the presidents of the comprehensive campuses have gotten much closer, and are talking much more often with each other in an attempt to provide leadership.

Question: What kind of partnership are you looking for with FS, and what do you need from us? Answer: As much of a partnership as possible, but it?s hard to be definitive because we are in such a nebulous state. Without a sense of the scope of the cuts, we do not know the degree to which we will have to ask.

Question: What is your sense of the future? Where?s the light at the end of the tunnel? Answer: We do not know, as New York?s situation is exacerbated by the situation on Wall Street. Until the financial industries recover, the State of New York will continue to be unhealthy. With the decline in the financial services industry, we?re also seeing decentralization, which will mean less industry in New York. Past history tells us that this kind of decline goes on a 2-3 year cycle, and we can only hope that it?s shorter rather than longer.

Question: Will Financial Aid help students with the $300? Answer: It can help. Students who receive TAP may get more if TAP is increased, but will need to look elsewhere if it is not. Other aid sources can be re-packaged each semester, so that should be possible. However, some sources of student loans have disappeared, and so students will have to be more dedicated and wise consumers as they look for other sources of aid.

Report from the Provost ? Margaret Madden
Most of Provost?s time has been spent on the things you?ve just heard about. However, the Academic Master Plan conversations continue ? 20 pages of single-spaced notes, e-mails, blog comments, etc. Faculty Senate committees have been very useful in that they provide discussion opportunities with small groups of relatively representative faculty which are otherwise unavailable. However, the timetable is now a bit behind schedule, but work proceeds and in the beginning of the spring semester the narrative draft will be available for discussion and feedback from the campus community.

New Business ? none.

Meeting adjourned at 5:21.

Message from the President

In action taken on Tuesday, Feb. 2, the State Legislature voted to authorize the increase of undergraduate tuition by $310 a semester, but at the same time voted to allow SUNY campuses to only use 10 percent of that increase. The bulk of the tuition increase will, instead, be used to help fill the state?s budget shortfall.

As president of SUNY Potsdam, I am disheartened and saddened by this action. While we all realize the challenges the state is facing, the measures taken by the legislature are nothing short of a tax directly on the students and families of students who attend SUNY campuses. It is unfair and improper. This action disregards the fact that tuition was increased precisely because the SUNY system has already had to confront a budget reduction now approaching a quarter of a billion dollars.

Now that the legislature has passed the Deficit Reduction Plan to cover the current fiscal year, the members will turn to the budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. It is imperative that all citizens inform themselves about these issues and then contact their senator and assemblyperson. For additional information about SUNY?s position on these and other issues, please see

Open Office Hours for President

The next series of open office hours for members of the campus community to meet with President Schwaller have been scheduled for the spring 2009 semester. To make a 15-minute appointment during one of the following times, please contact Diane Brown by phone at x2100 or by e-mail at browndr:

Thursday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to noon.
Tuesday, March 3, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Thursday, April 2, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Attendance at Commencement and Regalia Rental

Commencement is a significant milestone in students? lives and a time to celebrate their accomplishments with them. Faculty and professional staff participation in the Commencement Ceremonies means a great deal to our graduates and their families. In recognition of your important role in the students? educational experience, the SUNY Potsdam Commencement Committee encourages you to be a participant in the one or both of the Commencement processions this year.

The Master?s Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. The Bachelor?s Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, in the Academic Quad. Both ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. However, faculty and professional staff who are processing are asked to please line up no later than 9:30 a.m. in room C123 of the Crane Complex for the Master?s Ceremony or between Crumb Library and Merritt Hall (on the walkway leading from the library to the area of Stowell Hall) for the Bachelor?s Ceremony.

If you plan to process at either ceremony, we ask that you indicate your intention to Carlie Harper at The College Store either by e-mail at or by telephone at x3274. This is critical so the Commencement Committee can plan for the appropriate number of seats. If you need academic regalia, please access the regalia order form on the Web at You may fill out this form online and electronically submit it to The College Store, or you may print this form and return it to Carlie Harper as soon as possible. After March 16, additional shipping costs will be charged.

You are invited to have breakfast with the Stage Party and special guests on Sunday, May 17, at 7:30 a.m. in Thatcher Hall. The breakfast is provided by the Commencement Committee as our way of thanking you for participating in these important events. If you plan to attend the breakfast, please RSVP by Monday, May 4, by contacting Deidre Kelly at x2918 or All questions regarding Commencement may be directed to Joseph Sarnoff at

Important Blackboard Announcement

Effective Monday, Feb. 2, Michael Phillips has assumed the role of SUNY Potsdam Blackboard Administrator. Requests for Blackboard assistance should be directed to Phillips at or to the CTS Help Desk at

Extended Education and Computing & Technology Services are collaborating on new and exciting changes (to be announced over the coming months) to Blackboard in an effort to continue to meet the growing service and support needs of our faculty and students.

For questions please contact Phillips at x3220 or Tom Fuhr at x3089.

Major Federal Funding Grant Development Program

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the continuation of the Major Federal Funding Grant Development Program. This program is designed for faculty members who have a strong record of publication and conference presentations in the proposed grant area and a track record of successful grant writing, and the potential to write successful grant proposals for substantial funding from federal agencies.

The grant proposal should have a budget of at least $150,000 with a significant portion salary and wages. Recipients will be given one course release per semester for up to six semesters or until funding is awarded. For a more detailed description and application form contact Gloria Sullivan in the Provost?s Office (, x2127).

Random Acts of Kindness

Pass it on . . . random acts of kindness is a great way to put a smile on your face and warm another's heart.

Take a minute during the week of Feb. 9 to Feb. 15 to perform a kind act and then pass it on. Brought to you by the Office of Experiential Education and the random acts of kindness foundation at

Black History Month

Informational posters about Africa and African-American Leaders will be on display in the foyer of Crumb Library for the month of February. See the events calendar section for dates and times.

For further information contact Susan Stebbins at

Important Message from Computing & Technology Services

All areas of CTS will be closed on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 in observance of President?s Day.

? Administration & Operations, Stillman Hall
? Administrative Information Systems (AIS) , Stillman Hall
? Host & Network Services (HNS) , Kellas Hall
? Network Infrastructure & Media (NIM), Kellas Hall
? TelCom, Bowman Hall West

? Computer Labs, Kellas Hall
? E-mail & Directory Services, Kellas Hall
? HelpDesk, Kellas Hall
? Instructional Technology Center (ITC), Stillman Hall

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Irene M. Haverstock at x2089.

SUNY Potsdam in the News

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

Thursday, January 29
Watertown Daily Times:
Sign Up by Friday for Gourmet Dinner (photo)

Friday, January 30
Potsdam Relay on April 3
See ?Lucia di Lammeroor? Live in HD from the Met
Award-Winning Guitarist Plays Wednesday Night in Potsdam
Chamber Music Recital
Concert Funds Ovarian Cancer Research

Sunday, February 1
Advance News:
Madden Elected to APA Board
SUNY Potsdam Students Concert Feb. 20
SUNY Potsdam Redesigns Its Internet Web Site
Metropolitan Opera in HD at Roxcy Theater
Bear Pride Night at SUNY Potsdam on Feb. 6th

Tuesday, February 3
Madden on Board

Watertown Daily Times:
Potsdam Colleges Celebrate Darwin

Wednesday, February 4
North Country This Week:
Donizetti Opera Featured Feb. 7
?Merchant of Venice? Plays in Potsdam Feb. 7
Clarinet and Percussion Recital at Crane Feb. 9
?Gourmet Guys and a Gal? to put on a Fabulous Feed Feb. 7 to Benefit CPS

SUNY Potsdam Student Support Services Awards $8,000 in Grant Aid

SUNY Potsdam?s Student Support Services (SSS) program awarded a total of $8,000 in grant aid to seven students this year. The award recipients are Lauren Cummings of Cobleskill, April Failing of Cape Vincent, Latesha Fussell of Brooklyn, Lauren Grim of Hamlin, Jessica McFaul of Malone, Nickola Reddick of Gouverneur and Sharita Yates of New York City.

These freshmen and sophomore students were selected for the SSS Grant Aid Award based on their participation in the SSS program, academic achievement for fall semester 2008 and need for financial support.

Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO program designed to enhance academic skills and increase retention and graduation rates of eligible students. It was introduced at SUNY Potsdam in 1984.

To learn more about the SUNY Potsdam SSS program, visit the Web site at

Alternative Spring Break Opportunity

The AmeriCorps VISTA Nicole Nephew and the Office of Experiential Education are putting together an Alternative Spring Break trip to Punta Gorda, FL. This trip is being offered to SUNY Potsdam students/faculty/staff to help with Habitat for Humanity's effort to build homes.

We are going to be staying in cheap dormitory housing, and we'll be taking two SUNY Potsdam vans down.
We have a growing number of students who wish to go down, but we need additional willing drivers from the faculty and staff.

This will be an inexpensive, fun and a great experience for all. What better way to encourage students to do service than to be their role models and do service yourself.

If you are willing to help and would like more information, please contact Nicole Nephew at x2685 or e-mail at

Trio Day

Since 1965, more than 15 million Americans have benefited from the services of the U.S. Education Department?s TRIO pre-college and college programs. There are two TRIO programs in existence at SUNY Potsdam: Potsdam Akwesasne Talent Search (PATS) and Student Support Services (SSS).

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, the PATS and SSS programs at SUNY Potsdam will co-sponsor the sixth annual TRIO Student/Mentor Day. This local event is part of a national celebration of the long and successful history of TRIO programs.

In an effort to ease the transition from high school to college, approximately 18 PATS high school seniors will spend the day with SUNY Potsdam SSS participants. These PATS seniors, all from local high schools, will be attending classes, meeting with faculty, and otherwise participating in activities that comprise the daily lives of college students.

SSS mentors and PATS students have been paired according to the declared interests or intended majors of the seniors. Upon their arrival in the morning, PATS seniors will meet their SSS mentors in the first floor Sisson Conference Room. Representatives from SSS, CSTEP, EOP and the Student Success Center will also be present to answer any questions the PATS students have about services and programs at SUNY Potsdam. SSS mentors and PATS students will be attending classes throughout the day.

The PATS program at SUNY Potsdam serves 750 students in grades 6-12 in 9 area schools. Director Shannon Hall and her staff provide counseling, mentoring, career exploration, tutoring, information about college admission requirements, scholarships and various study skills and financial aid workshops. This early intervention program helps young people who might otherwise never consider college better understand and take advantage of their educational opportunities and options.

The SSS program at SUNY Potsdam serves 200 students each year. Director Diana Fisher and her staff provide academic skill instruction, tutoring, counseling, mentoring, assistance with financial aid, access to cultural events and other retention services. These services are designed to help students stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the PATS and/or SSS office with any questions they may have about either of these programs.

Design Lab

The Office of Public Affairs is offering assistance to faculty, staff and students via a recently developed design lab. The design lab is staffed by interns and can be used for questions concerning design software, composition, layout and finishing needs. The lab will be open on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon in Stillman Hall, room 105 (ITC lab). No appointments are necessary.

If you have questions, please contact the Director of Publications Jessica Rood at x3348 or by e-mail to

NYS ERS Representative

Information representatives from the NYS Employees Retirement System (ERS), will be on campus on Friday, March 13, to conduct individual appointments. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Annette Kelley at x2709.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation National Graduate Scholarship competition is accepting nominations for its Graduate Scholarship Program, one of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the country. College seniors and alumni who have graduated since Spring 2004 may compete for scholarships, which can total as much as $300,000 ($50,000 per year for up to six years). Last year, the Foundation awarded 35 graduate scholarships nationally.

The private and independent foundation was established in 2000 to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. It focuses in particular on individuals with financial need. Candidates must complete the application process on the foundation?s Web site at by Feb. 10, and must then be nominated by the Student Fellowship Program at SUNY Potsdam.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to alert exceptional students to this opportunity. Please have them contact Rebecca Gerber at x3228 or For more information about the Student Fellowship Program, you can find us on the Web at

President?s Awards

Nominations are now being accepted by the Academic Awards Committee for the SUNY Potsdam President's Awards for 2009. Nominations for the President's Awards are accepted in the following 10 categories: 1) Academic Advising, 2) Clerical Service, 3) College Service, 4) Community Service, 5) Improving Campus Climate and Promoting Community Outreach, 6) Maintenance, Police or Food Service, 7) Professional Service, 8) Research and Creative Activities, 9) Scholarship and Teaching Relating to Cultural Pluralism and 10) Teaching. These are SUNY Potsdam campus awards, as distinguished from the Chancellor?s Awards and Distinguished Professorships, which were advertised in the fall. Recipients of a President?s Award will receive a certificate and a check to be presented at the Employee Recognition Program.

Anyone may nominate a candidate by filling out the brief nomination form, but self-nominations are not acceptable. Nominations are due to Kathryn Perry, Office of Human Resources, by Friday, March 6. Nominees will be requested to suggest the names of three people from whom they would like letters of reference requested. The Academic Awards Committee will make recommendations to the president. Nomination forms may be obtained from the Office of Human Resources or by visiting our Web site at Please call Kathryn Perry at x2086 with any questions.

NYS Empire Health Insurance Plan

Claims Deadline: Reminder to all New York State Health Insurance Plan enrollees that all United HealthCare claims for basic major medical and non-network mental health and substance abuse services provided in calendar year 2008 must be submitted by March 31, 2009. Call x2096 or stop by the Office of Human Resources, second floor, Raymond Hall, for claim forms and answers to questions regarding the submission of claims.

Claims need to be sent to United HealthCare for the Empire Plan Basic Medical Program and for non-network physical medicine services, ValueOptions for non-network mental health and substance abuse services (for enrollees with out-of-network mental health/substance abuse benefits), Medco for prescriptions filled in 2008 at non-participating pharmacies or without using your Employee Benefit Card and to Empire Blue Cross & Blue Shield for hospital charges not sent to them.

If the Empire Plan is your secondary insurer, you must submit claims by March 31, 2009, or within 90 days after your primary health insurance plan processes your claim, whichever is later.

If you have any questions or need claim forms, please contact the Office of Human Resources at x2096.

Optional Retirement Reps on Campus

Rick Wolf, a representative from AIG-Valic, will be on campus on the following dates: February 5, February 19, March 19, April 2, April 16, April 30, May 14 and May 28. If anyone would like to meet with him, please call Annette in the Office of Human Resources at x2709.

Employee Assistance Program

The SUNY Potsdam Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has two EAP Coordinators, Toby White, at x3434 and Ada Santaferra, at x2229. Both are available to discuss personal concerns and make appropriate referrals. You may contact Toby or Ada at the numbers 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.


Writing and Maximizing Content for Use on the Web

The SUNY CPD is pleased to offer Writing and Maximizing Content for Use on the Web with Suzanne Wayne, coordinator of college relations at Penn State College of Education.

Location: Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Date: Monday, March 9, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.)

This is an introductory level workshop for anyone interested in communicating their Web site message more effectively. Participants will leave with strategies to help produce appropriate Web content themselves or support communications staff in this endeavor.

Topics to be covered include:
Writing in a concise style for the Web, with a review of standard grammatical issues
Cutting content while retaining meaning
Organizing your site for ease of management
Labeling your information and writing clear links
Knowing your audience and your purpose
Fitting your site into a larger communications plan
Converting printed content to the Web
Knowing what to avoid
Writing for search engine placement
Finding already existing content that can be repurposed for the Web

Cost: $210 CPD Members / $250 Non-CPD Members
CPD and ITEC Training Points can be used for payment.

Registration is open. For complete details and to register, link to this event from our home page or calendar at

If you have any questions, send an e-mail to, or phone 315-233-3052 x112.

TLT Cooperative Webinars Series

The following non-credit course Webinars are offered to SUNY faculty and staff this semester. Instructors are SUNY faculty and staff, or invited guests, from beyond the system who will help you think strategically about teaching and learning with technology. Non-SUNY participants are welcome on a space available basis. CPD points can be used to cover the Webinar fees for participants from CPD member campuses. See your campus CPD liaison for information about how to request points.

The Adjunct Advocate: Bringing Part Time Faculty into the Mainstream

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar ? Online

Strategies for Using Blogs - Why Use Them?

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Time: 1:30 p.m. ? 2:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar ? Online

If you have any question, contact SUNY Center for Professional Development at (315) 233-3052 of by e-mail at



6 CPS Meets the Arts, DuffleBag Theatre Romeo and Juliet @ Snell Theater
10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m.
Bear Pride Night
Women's Basketball vs. Plattsburgh 6 p.m.
Men's Hockey vs. Geneseo 7 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Plattsburgh 8 p.m.
7 THE MET LIVE in HD - Donizetti "Lucia di Lammermoor" @ Roxy Theater 1 p.m.
Women's Hockey vs. Neumann
3 p.m.
Men's Hockey vs. Brockport 7 p.m.
Orchestra of Northern New York @ TBA 7:30 p.m.
Pendragon Theatre presents: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
7:30 p.m.
8 Pendragon Theatre presents: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare 2 p.m.
Woman's Hockey vs. Neumann
2 p.m.
THE MET in HD - Gluck, "Orfeo ed Euridice" @ Roxy Theater 7 p.m.
9 Guest Artist, Chad Burrow, clarinet @ Snell Theater
7:30 p.m.
10 QPR Suicide Prevention Training in LTEC Classroom
3:30 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs. Morrisville State
6 p.m.
Faculty Composition Recital, David Heinick
7:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Morrisville State
8 p.m.
11 Faculty Recital, Deborah Massell, Voice
7:30 p.m.
12 Faculty Chamber Recital, Kathryn Koscho, Piano
7:30 p.m.
13 Lincoln's Birthday
Women's Hockey vs. Plattsburgh State
7 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare 7:30 p.m.
Winter Recess Begins
10 p.m.
14 Valentine's Day
14-17 Recess
15 Scholarship Deadline & FAFSA Form Due
16 President's Day - no classes
17 Men's Basketball vs. Cortland
8 p.m.
18 Classes Resume
Women's Hockey vs. Utica College
7 p.m.
20 Benefit Concert
7:30 p.m.


SUNY Press has accepted for publication a collection of essays on Maurice Kenny?s (English and communication) life and work titled, ?Strawberries in Brooklyn: Maurice Kenny, Mohawk Poet,? edited by Penelope Kelsey of Western Illinois University. Included in the collection is Alan Steinberg?s (English and communication) verse play adaptation of the Molly Brant poems, ?Molly Brant: A Play in Voices,? along with an introductory essay and Karen Gibson?s (English and communication) essay titled, ?Teaching Maurice Kenny?s Fiction: Dislocated Characters, Narrators and Readers.?


Becky?s Place Takes Meal Allowances
After 4 p.m., Becky?s Place at Pratt Commons will accept meal plan allowances for food purchases.

The College Store has been awarded the Connect2One 2009 Connection Award for outstanding participation and savings achieved through membership. Jo Ellen Bero, purchaser, will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon in Anaheim on March 12, 2009. The award congratulates Bero for ?setting the example for others and that by working closely with vendor partners makes a positive impact for both your store and the customers you serve.?

College Store to carry Bregman Book Discussion Series

The Honors Council of Phi Kappa Phi is holding a series of book discussions. The texts will be available at The College Store.

College Store has Jason Emerson Title

In conjunction with the History Department, the store will carry Jason Emerson?s, Lincoln the Inventor, as part of the new Research on Lincoln at the Bicentennial, Madness and Invention.

College Store Start New Hours, February 9
The College Store will be closing at 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday nights.

Sales and Promotions

Feb. 9, Check out the Union Market for specials Valentine gifts. 20 percent off all Valentine gifts at The College Store.

Feb. 18, Presidential Trivia at The College Store, answer the questions correctly and get 20 percent off from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Feb. 18 ? Feb. 21, Bear Express Week - Get 20 percent off all purchases made with Bear Express.

Feb. 23 ? Feb. 28, 20 percent off all "Crane School of Music" clothing at The College Store.

BEAR EXPRESS Off-Campus Merchant Program Expands Scoopucinnos, 167 Market Street, is the latest business to join the PACES off campus merchant program.

Scoopuccinnos accepts the campus debit card at the restaurant and ice cream shop. Scoops serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, sweets and ice cream, as well as gourmet coffees. Available for purchase at the restaurant is locally raised beef from Windy Point Angus Farm.

Scoops is owned and operated by Jim and Michelle Sheehan, of Potsdam. Sheehan Contracting built the town house dorms and oversaw the construction of Becky?s Place on campus.

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.

Business Office Closed on Monday, Feb. 16.

The College Store
Closes Friday, Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m.

The Union Market
Closes Friday, Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m.
Opens Tuesday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m.

Lehman Dining Center
Open during break as follows:
7 a.m. ? 8 p.m.

Student Union Dining Court

Fifth World Grill

Closes Friday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Opens Tuesday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.

Chips Old Time Deli

Closes Friday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
Opens Tuesday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.

Saguaro Burrito/Tomassito?s/Firehouse Grill

Closes Thursday, Feb. 12, after late night (1 a.m.)
Opens Tuesday, Feb. 17, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Plate Diner/Meds
Closes Friday, Feb. 13, 2:30 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.

Cookies, Cream & Co.
Closes Friday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, Feb. 18, noon

Snack Bars & Cafs
Crane Snack Bar
Closes Friday, Feb. 13, 3 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7:15 a.m.

Dexter's Café  
Closes Friday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.

Minerva?s Caf
Closes Friday, Feb. 13, 3 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7:45 a.m.

Becky's Place
Closes Friday, Feb. 13, 3 p.m.
Opens Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7 a.m.

Becky's Café  
Closes Friday, Feb. 13, 5 p.m.
Opens Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7 a.m.

Menus can be found online at


Supply Assistant

ID Number TBD
Full-Time Permanent
Salary Grade 4
Salary: $23,408

Supply Assistants perform routine manual and clerical activities. They pick up and deliver mail, packages and other supplies and materials and perform manual activities as directed. They may assist in such tasks as sorting of mail and messages, operating standard office and duplicating machines, unpacking boxes and stocking shelves.

Minimum Qualifications:

? Basic workplace skills, such as reliability, willingness to do the work assigned, receptiveness to supervision and functional literacy.
? Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
? Basic keyboarding skills.

Supervisor: John Cote
Department: Campus Mail Services
Shift: Days, Monday - Friday

Persons who are interested and who qualify for this position may apply at by February 10, 2009.

SUNY Potsdam is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. This College provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Keyboard Specialist 1

ID No. 00208
Contingent-Permanent Full-Time
Salary Grade 6
Salary: $25,900

Keyboard Specialists 1 incumbent format and type correspondence, reports, forms, charts and other material to produce final copy that is accurate and grammatically correct. This work is carried out under varying conditions of direction and availability of guidelines and by the skilled use of various kinds of equipment, such as microcomputers with a variety of software packages, other automated systems and equipment, and typewriters. Keyboard Specialists 1 typically spend the majority of their work time operating equipment which requires the skilled manipulation of an alphanumeric keyboard in accordance with standards of acceptable levels of production to prepare correspondence, reports, charts and other material.

The basic duties of Keyboard Specialist 1 include:

1. Using a typewriter or other machine requiring the manipulation of a standard alphanumeric keyboard, type correspondence, documents, etc. in final or draft form using handwritten, rough drafts, marked copy, oral recordings or data from various equipment as source material.
2. Perform routine equipment maintenance tasks and refer problems to appropriate person.

3. Proofread and correct work producing accurate, clean, complete type copy.

4. Perform routine clerical and secretarial tasks as required.

5. Use printers and printing software to produce final documents.

Keyboard Specialist 1 may work in a group or pool setting or carry out typing and clerical support tasks for one or several higher-level employees.

There are no minimum requirements of education or experience, however, to be eligible for appointment, applicants must be reachable from an appropriate Civil Service list or be eligible for a transfer.

Supervisor: Tamara Durant
Location: Student Success Center
Shift: Days, Monday through Friday

Persons who are interested and who qualify for this position may apply at by February 9, 2009.

SUNY Potsdam is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. This College provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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:

Spring 2009 Meeting Schedule

Meeting Date
Proposal Due Date Deadline
Wed., Feb. 18
11 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 6 5 p.m
Satterlee 113
Wed., March 18
11 a.m.
Friday, March 6
5 p.m Satterlee 113
Wed., April 15 11 a.m.
Friday, April 3 5 p.m Satterlee 113
Wed., May 13 * 11 a.m. Friday, May 1 5 p.m Satterlee 113
* Meeting time is tentative on this date

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, ?Verbal Tasks,? submitted by Dr. Arlene Stillwell and Jacob Bockus, Department of Psychology, has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board and by the provost of the College. The researcher and the use of human subjects in that research have been approved as of January 23, 2009.

The Institutional Review Board has extended the approval of the project, ?The Challenge of Recognizing Privilege: Experiences of Teacher Candidates at One Rural Campus,? submitted by Dr. Dennis Conrad and Michele Pinard, Department of Special Education. This approval has been extended through February 5, 2010.

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.

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

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.