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The Reporter - April 10

REPORTERNo. 996 4/10/09


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:

Tuesday, April 14, 1:30 pm. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 23, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Final Exam Policy

It is time for the semesterly reminder about final exams. Please remember that the hours scheduled for final exams are included in the total semester hours necessary to be in compliance with the state regulations regarding hours in class and course credits. Therefore, classes MUST be held during final exam time. If you do not choose to give a final examination, you may use this time for other course activities.

In addition, the Faculty Final Examination Policy states that, "No test of any kind may be given during the last week of classes unless a final examination is also scheduled during the regular examination period." (See page 53 of the 2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog for additional policies regarding final exams.)

Each semester, faculty members complain about colleagues who are not complying with this policy, whose students are then resentful of faculty members who do follow appropriate procedures. If you have concerns or questions, please contact your dean.

2009 Summer Orientation Dates

Monday/Tuesday - June 29, June 30
Monday/Tuesday - July 6, July 7
Wednesday/Thursday - July 15, July 16
Monday/Tuesday - July 20, July 21
Thursday/Friday - July 23, July 24
Wednesday/Thursday ? July 29, July 30

New Student Convocation
August 28, 4 p.m. at Hosmer Hall

Transitions Conference
August 29

Bear Patrol Wants Your Cookies

Bear Patrol, a student organization that supports those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, is sponsoring a challenge to all Greeks, Clubs/Organizations, faculty and staff to bake the most cookies by April 14 for a $100 cash prize. All the cookies received will be sent to troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

? Only three types of cookies will be accepted: chocolate chip, peanut butter and sugar
? A $5 buy in is required. It will go toward increasing the prize money and a wounded veterans foundation
? Cookies must be placed in Ziplocs with 10 per bag.
? Only one type of cookie per bag, and the bag must be labeled with type of cookie and the group name
? Groups can include letters with their cookies saying who you are and what you do

On Tuesday, April 14, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Bear Patrol will have a table set up in the union for groups to turn in their cookies. The $5 entry fee will be accepted at that time. If faculty would like to request Bear Patrol members to pick up their cookies, or if anyone has any questions, e-mail Lorin at

SUNY Potsdam Annual Learning and Research Fair

SUNY Potsdam will host its 2009 Learning and Research Fair on Thursday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union. The fair will highlight innovations in teaching/learning practices, results of collaborative research among students and faculty, creative efforts, developments in instructional/research support and scholarly achievements. There will be poster sessions and demonstrations. Further information can be obtained through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at x2131.

Center for Undergraduate Research Open House

The Open House at the new Center for Undergraduate Research at 102 MacVicar Hall was a great success. More than 100 students, faculty and staff helped us celebrate our student and faculty research collaborations. Many thanks to all who came. Please feel free to stop in, see the new space, and find out about the new opportunities for faculty and student research. A list of recent awardees and updates about undergraduate research opportunities are available under News and Events on the Center for Undergraduate Research Web page

Title III Undergraduate Research Travel Support
Applications for travel to present research with undergraduate students (for both faculty and students) are due by noon on April 24 for the final review of the semester. For more information and applications, please see the Title III Travel Funding Web page (

CSEA Local 613 Scholarship Available

Applications for the CSEA Local 613 Scholarship are now available. Applicants must be a CSEA Local 613 member, or son, daughter or legal dependent of a Local 613 member and must be a full-time student attending an institution of higher learning such as a two-year or four-year college, university, trade school, etc.

The scholarship is a one-time award of $500 ($250 per semester). Recipient will receive award only upon proof of enrollment at an institution of higher learning. A lottery system will be used to select one award winner. An alternate name will also be drawn in the event that the winner is unable to accept the award.

Applications are available from Bonnie Lawrence, Dunn Hall, x2900 or e-mail Application deadline is Friday, May 1.

CSEA 2009 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship Program

Applications for the CSEA 2009 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship are now available. High School Seniors who apply for the Flaumenbaum Scholarship are automatically in the running for the Pearl Carroll and MetLife Insurance Company Scholarships.

In total, $23,000 in scholarship money is available to CSEA members' children. High School Seniors are eligible to apply. Applications are available from Bonnie Lawrence in 309 Dunn Hall or at x2900 or e-mail Please mail completed application to the Scholarship Committee, CSEA, 143 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12210. Application deadline is April 17. Winners will be notified in June and announced in ?The Work Force.?

This application can also be downloaded from our Web site at

PLEASE NOTE: Old applications could disqualify potential candidates. Applications were revised January, 07. Please check the back, lower right corner for that date.

The Irving Flaumenbaum Award will provide 18 $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors; three in each region.

The Pearl Carroll and MetLife Insurance Company Scholarships will provide two awards of $2,500 each. The top 2 percent of scholastic achievers, based on high school average, class rank and SAT scores, will be selected to create the eligibility pool for this scholarship.

AFSCME Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship

AFSCME recently announced the 2009 Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship Program. The scholarship will be awarded to two students who are currently sophomores majoring in the social sciences. The winners will each receive $5,000 per year for their junior and senior years of study, as well as an opportunity to intern with the International Union's Political Action Department.

Applicants must be a child or financially dependent grandchild of an AFSCME/CSEA member, have a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better, be in his/her sophomore year of study, be a social science (i.e., political science, sociology, ethnic studies, communications, etc.) major at an accredited college or university, and must demonstrate a commitment to social justice and political activism.

Applications can be obtained by writing, e-mailing or downloading, as follows: Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship, c/o AFSCME Education Department, 1625 L Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20036; e-mail; download Completed applications must be postmarked NO LATER THAN April 30, 2009. The winners will be announced by August 1.

Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon

All clerical staff are invited to attend the Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon being held on April 22, from 11:30 a.m. ? 1 p.m. upstairs in Thatcher Hall.

Tickets are $8.45 per person (tax included) and are available at Dexter's and Becky's Place. Tickets must be purchased by April 15.

SUNY Potsdam in the News

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

Thursday, April 2
Women?s and Gender Studies Connections Made
Brennan Honored

Friday, April 3
Brass Quintet Playing April 7
Australian Students Performing at Crane

Saturday, April 4
Jenica Rogers-Urbank
SUNY Students Earn Recognition
Scouten Shinning Star Award Winner
Learning and Research Fair Features Work by Students

Watertown Daily Times:
SUNY Homecoming for Author (photo)
SUNY Potsdam Helped Out at Spring Fling (photo)

Sunday, April 5
Advance News:
Australians Perform
Seussical Musical at SUNY Potsdam
Schwaller Takes the Pulpit April 19

Tuesday, April 7
Schwaller Focuses on Aztec Religious Thought April 19

Wednesday, April 8
SUNY Students Honored for Achievement
Student Art: StASh
Relay for Life (photo)

North Country This Week:
Song Recital
Gender Studies Brunch
Dance Concert in Dunn Apr. 9-11
Crane Piano Competition on TV
Piano Concert
?Seussical? Apr. 24-25 at SUNY P

Watertown Daily Times:
County Hires Potsdam Grad to Take Over IT Department

Optional Retirement Reps on Campus

Dave Howe, a representative from TIAA-CREF, will be on campus on April 22, May 20 and June 24. If anyone would like to meet with him, please call the Rochester office at 1-877-209-3144.

Courtenay Tresco, a representative from ING, will be on campus on April 21. You can make an appointment to see her by sending her an e-mail at

Rick Wolf, a representative from AIG-Valic, will be on campus on 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.


Stephanie Coyne DeGhett, (English and communication), has a poem, "Summoning," appearing in the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Iodine Poetry Journal.

Maria Hepel (chemistry) and her student Erica Sharpe attended the 19th Annual Great Lakes Research Consortium Conference in Syracuse, NY, on March 13 and March 14. Sharpe presented a paper at this meeting on "Self-Assembled Polypeptide Film Piezosensors for the Detection of Trace Concentrations of Toxic Heavy Metal Ions,? in the session on Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology.

John F. Schwaller (president) published "Conversion, Engagement, and Extirpation: Three Phases of the Evangelization of New Spain, 1524-1650," in Conversion to Christianity from Late Antiquity to the Modern Age: Considering the Process in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, edited by Calvin B, Kendall, Oliver Nicholson, William D. Phillips, Jr., and Marguerite Ragnow (Minneapolis: Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota, 2009), pp. 259-292.

Alan Steinberg (English and communication) has been informed that his play, The Revision, is one of the finalists in Drury University's National One-Act Playwriting Competition.

Gerald Lee Ratliff (academic affairs) was a guest speaker at a recent meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Baltimore on February 26 ? February 28, and led participants through a workshop session of planning strategies designed to promote first-year student retention. He also published an article titled, "'Now Let's Pretend': Classroom Performance Approaches to the Interpretation of Literary Texts" for the U.S. Department of Education's best practices in instructional pedagogy digital library of education-related literature.

Patricia Whelehan (anthropology) and Anne Bolin (sociology and anthropology-Elon University) co-chaired an invited session titled, "Sex, Beauty, and Surgeries" at the annual Society for Applied Anthropology meetings held in Santa Fe, NM, March 17 - March 22.


Improving The Teaching and Learning of Statistics

The SUNY Center for Professional Development is pleased to support Buffalo State College and Pacific Crest in the following:

Improving the Teaching and Learning of Statistics
Date: May 27-29, 2009
Place: Buffalo State University
Issues that will be addressed:

* Why do students fail this course?
* How can you make statistics more relevant to the learner?
* What is essential to teach in introductory statistics?
* What math skills are prerequisite for effective learning of statistics?
* What is the role of technology/software packages within a statistics course?
* What are the key misconceptions around probability and statistics that cause the construction of incorrect knowledge?
* What are the guidelines in which we want students to practice statistics after the course is over?

Dr. Daniel K. Apple is the president of Pacific Crest, an educational consultancy that has provided development workshops for more than 12,000 educators.

Dr. Kathleen Burke is an assistant professor of economics at SUNY Cortland and is engaged in programs focused on improving student performance in mathematics.

Participants can attend this institute individually or as a group of three or more. Register as a group of three or more and receive a discounted rate.

SUNY CPD Member: Individual - $500 per person/ Group - $425 per person (Use your campus' training points for payment.)
SUNY Non-CPD Member: Individual - $600 per person/ Group - $500 per person.

Registration & Details:
If you are from Buffalo State College, contact Dewayne Beery at

All others: Register through the SUNY CPD Online at

Other Links:
SUNY CPD Online Calendar at,J5,11ada406-1b21-48cd-86fd-f52a5aa28edc.

SUNY CPD Web site is

Grant Writing Techniques Workshop

The SUNY Center for Professional Development is pleased to offer the following event at the SUNY CPD in East Syracuse:

Grant Writing Techniques

When: April 13-14, 2009

Time: 9 a.m. ? 4 p.m.

Objectives: During this two-day workshop we will learn, from the beginning, the fundamental techniques for preparing a grant proposal. Topics will include:

What does a grant proposal look like;

Types of funding and where to locate funding;

How to conduct your grant/project activities;


How to avoid mistakes;

And much more.

Target Audience: Anyone needing to secure funding for their research project and/or a needs-based project would benefit by attending this workshop.

Prerequisites: No prior grant writing experience is required.

Facilitator: Daniel McCormack, Ph.D., Binghamton University, has been successfully writing grants for more than 30 years. He currently teaches graduate courses in grant writing at Binghamton University and presents grant writing seminars and workshops on and off campus. He has written grants for the New York State Education Department, for colleges, universities, school districts, local governments, and various human services agencies.


CPD Member - $145

Non-CPD Member - $180

CPD Points can be used for payment of this event.

To find out if your campus is a CPD member, view our List of Member Campuses online.
For details and to register visit the Grant Writing Techniques Workshop Web site at,M3,f9f09eb9-9db8-43f3-82d6-26e32bf296d3.

Or, go to the SUNY CPD CALENDAR at Select the event you are interested in for complete details and a link to our new registration system.

If you have any questions, contact the SUNY Center for Professional Development by phone at 315-233-3052 x-112 or by e-mail at

Conference on Instructional Technologies

CIT 2009 is at SUNY Oswego, May 19 to May 22. The end of the semester is coming fast and it?s time to register, visit Registration fees go up after May 3.



10 Women's Softball vs. Oneonta
3 p.m.
Student Choreographers' Concert in Dunn Dance
8 p.m.
11 Women?s Softball vs. New Paltz
1 p.m.
Men?s Lacrosse vs. Morrisville 1 p.m.
Student Choreographers' Concert at Dunn Dance Theater 2 p.m.
Women?s Lacrosse vs. Geneseo
4 p.m.
14 Women?s Softball vs. SUNYIT
3:30 p.m.
Career Planning at Sisson 2nd floor lounge
5:30 p.m.
16 Multicultural Weekend
9 a.m.
18 Women's Lacrosse vs. Fredonia
11 a.m.
Men's Lacrosse vs. Brockport
1:30 p.m.
19 Opera Production at Snell Theater
2 p.m.
Crane Saxophone Ensemble at Hosmer Hall 7:30 p.m.
20 Faculty Recital, Kathleen Miller, voice and David Rodriguez de la Pena, Piano @ SnellTheater 7:30 p.m.
21 Fall Registration Begins
Copyright in a Digital Age @ Crumb 107
3:30 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse vs. Morrisville
4 p.m.
23 Crane Guitar Ensemble @ Snell Theater
7:30 p.m.
24 Jazz Festival at Crane School of Music
Crane Student Composers' Forum @ Wakefield Recital Hall
3 p.m.
CPS Event, John Pizzarelli & CPS Studio Orchestra @ Hosmer Hall 7:30 p.m.
25 ?Rock & Fossil Fair and Road Show? sponsored by the Geology Department @ Timerman Museum
9 a.m. - noon
Men's Lacrosse vs. Geneseo 1 p.m.
Women's Softball vs. Cortland
1 p.m.
Orchestra of Northern New York @ Hosmer Hall 7:30 p.m.


The College Store ?Grad Finale

The 3rd annual Grad Finale sponsored by The College Store is scheduled for April 15 in the lobby of the Student Union from 9:30 a.m. ? 6:30 p.m. Caps, gown and graduation accessories are available online at

Lehman Easter Festival Brunch, Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m. ? 3 p.m.

Menu includes: Fresh fruit bar, assorted yogurt parfaits, omelet bar, pizza bites,egg rolls, anti pasta salad, taco salad, smoked baked ham, marinated flank steak, pasta rosso, stuffed baby bella's, fresh mango salsa with citrus chicken, bacon sausage, pancakes, maple syrup, home style cinnamon rolls, cheesecakes plus more decadent dessert bar.

Susan Randall and Sally Sullivan attended the 7th Annual North Country Symposium "Opportunities for Sustainable Growth in Today's Economy,? held at St. Lawrence University April 1- April 2, 2009. The host speaker for the conference was Jeff Yost, president of the Nebraska Community Foundation which has invested over $60 million in rural Nebraska communities to enhance and vitalize their sustainability. He provided information about ways in which the NCF programs can inform our own work here in the North Country, and he worked with the research teams to develop on-going and new initiatives to support our own vitality.

Randall and Sullivan are members of the Symposium's Food and Agricultural Action-Research Team which will meet each month to work on initiatives towards food and Agricultural growth and sustainability in Northern New York.

PACES and AmeriCorp Team up for Donation of Flex Credits

AmeriCiorps volunteers will be tabeling the Student Union Lobby or Dining Court, April 27 - May 1 to seek donations of unused Flex Credits. Any student can donate credits by completing a form. Donated items will be delivered to the Hopkinton Food Pantry and Helping Hands in Hannawa Falls. The last day to donate will be May 1.

PACES Donates Chest Freezer

PACES Dining Services recently donated a chest freezer to the Hopkinton Food Pantry. The pantry is located at the town hall in Hopkinton where they set up once a month to distribute goods to the community. Georgia Macy, director, and Mary Converse, co-director, of the pantry graciously accepted the freezer donation to help with their limited storage challenges.

Milton DeGraw, retired director of Dining Services for PACES referred them to George Arnold, current director of Dining Services, to see if there were any unused equipment available to help them. "Neighbors Helping Neighbors, It's the North Country Way" is the Hopkinton Food Pantry's motto.

Flex Specials

Every Friday until Graduation
Becky?s Pizza Flex Deal every night get any whole pizza and four large fountain soda's for $12.
Use a $1 from Flex for salmon or prime rib or roast, SUDC.
Tomassitos - Whole one toppings pizza for only $9
Deli - 1/2 sub and get free bag of chips
C&C - Soft serve or hard ice cream cone, pay for small get large.

New Meal Plans Announced for 2009-10
For a complete listing and description of meal plans, visit

PACES Summer Services 2009
Becky's Place will be open from 7:15 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Friday (with the exception of Memorial Day May 25).

Lehman Dining Center is expected to open June 28. Other than when Lehman Dining Center is open for conferences and camps, there will be no weekend service.

A Summer FLEX meal plan is available but not required. Students will be able to purchase individual meals and snack items using cash or Bear Express.

To open a Bear Express account, or a Summer Flex account contact the SUNY Card office in Merritt Hall at x2658.

Summer Flex
1. Must be a registered student.
2. $50 minimum to open an account.
3. You may add additional funds at the SUNY Card office.
4. 20 percent discount on all purchases at Becky's Place.
5. All accounts close after August 5. Any unused balance will be forfeited.

Please contact the Dining Services Office in Thatcher Hall at x2657 for additional information on dining service options and the summer FLEX meal plan. If you need to make dining arrangements for a group, please contact either Susan Randall at x2657 or Lori Smith at x2668 for catering services.

Paces Student Awards 08-09

PACES student awards were given out at the annual PACES student award luncheon held on Friday, April 3. Award and winners are as follows:

PACES Student Employee Award - Courtnie Toms
Given to a graduating PACES senior student employee who has demonstrated a strong work history and academic success while employed by PACES.

PACES 2009-2010 Scholarships
Given to PACES student workers or children of PACES employee who apply and demonstrate notable achievement in academics and co-curricular activities while enrolled at SUNY Potsdam.
Scott Arno, The Union Market
Jaclyn Daley, Lehman
Rachel McKinney, Becky?s Place
Stephen Trefethen, Catering
Montana Rodriguez, Crane Snack Bar

PACES Student Awards
Given in recognition of a graduating senior who has excelled academically while providing exceptional service to the college and student life activities while maintaining a 3.0 minimum grade point average.
Richard Mattimore $500
Alvin Dike $200
Corrine Spencer $200

Dining Service Events

April 15

PACES Tax Day Buffet, 5 p.m. ? 8 p.m., Lehman
April 20 ? April 25

PACES Strawberry Festival, SUDC, Minerva?s, and Crane.
April 22

PACES Celebrates Earth Day, Table in Union Lobby 11 a.m. ? 1 p.m.
May 5

Fiesta Event at Lehman, 5 p.m. ? 8 p.m.

College Store Union Market

April 13 ? April 18

The College Store Bear Express Week

Union Market Bulk Candy Sale

lb. - 25 off

lb. - 50 off

1 lb. - $1 off
April 20

The College Store Celebrate Earth Day
April 20 ? April 27

20 percent off Earth Friendly Products

Union Market 10 percent off Organic Foods

Recycle your old ink cartridges, cell phones & batteries (anytime)

April 27 ? May 2

Union Market Spring has sprung. 20 percent off t-shirts,

shorts & flip-flops.

Special pricing on Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream/pints

"Deal or No Deal" Movie rental late fee amnesty deal

May 4 - The College Store Celebrate National Teachers day.

May 4 ? May 9

20 percent off all teacher related items at The College Store. Get a free bubble sheet with every purchase.

Union Market, small coffee or cappuccino - 25 cents

May 7 ? May 15

The College Store Used Book Buy Back

May 11 ? May 15

BOGO/Buy one sweatshirt get one free from special selection at The College Store.

Summer Reading, Relax and take home a good book. 20 percent off all general reading books.

Union Market Small Slushie/25 cents

May 16, The College Store & Union Market open 8:30 a.m. ? 3 p.m.

May 17, The College Store & Union Market open 8:30 a.m. ? 1 p.m.


One-Year Appointment for a Full-Time Faculty Position

The Office of Academic Affairs is currently soliciting expressions of interest from full-time faculty who may have an interest in a one-year appointment to serve as Director of the Learning and Teaching Excellence Center (LTEC) while the current director is on sabbatical leave for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Primary duties will include campus programming, budget monitoring, supervision of faculty grant award programs, maintaining existing database, coordinating program newsletter and working with an advisory board to sustain campus visibility. Expressions of interest or informational inquiries should be directed to Gerald Lee Ratliff at or call x2107 no later than April 20. Compensation is release time.

Nine-Month Position Nurse Practitioner or Physician?s Assistant Position

SUNY Potsdam invites applications for a full-time, nine-month position as a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant. Successful applicant will provide primary and psychiatric care to the students of SUNY Potsdam.

Required Qualifications: New York State licensed or eligible certified Physician's Assistant or New York State licensed or eligible certified Family, Adult, or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

Preferred Qualifications: Extensive experience in management and prescribing medications for simple to moderately complex psychiatric patients. For further details and to apply, go to

Secondary English Clinical Faculty Instructor Position

SUNY Potsdam invites applicants for a secondary English clinical faculty instructor to provide leadership for the field-based component of its programs. This includes placement and supervision of pre-service teacher candidates. The successful candidate will also teach at least two secondary English education methods courses per semester, participate in Web-based performance assessments, support curriculum development, serve on committees, and advise students.

Required Qualifications: Master's degree from an accredited institution, knowledge of current theory, research, and practice in teaching secondary ELA, hold a teaching certificate in Secondary English and at least five years of teaching English full-time at the middle/junior high and/or high school level(s).

Preferred qualifications: Experience teaching secondary English education courses at the college level and/or worked with pre-service secondary English teacher candidates. For details and to apply visit

Full-Time Temporary Site Representative

SUNY Potsdam invites applications for a full-time, temporary Site Representative.

Duties: Provide oversight to campus construction projects. Act as liaison between contractors, architects and/or SUCF on questions and clarifications of contract documents. Provide needed feedback to contractors on college concerns or questions relating to project schedule or any item which might affect college functions.

Required qualifications: Ability to lift approximately 25 lbs, climb ladders, 5 years experience as a supervisor in the construction field, computer knowledge of Microsoft Office, excellent verbal/written skills and ability to communicate with all types of individuals.

Preferred qualification: Associates in Construction Management. Salary 40-50K. Position is OUF, projected start: May 15, 2009. Go to to apply (0600055).


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



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 . 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 Institutional Review Board has extended the approval of the project ?Classroom Project: Environmental Anthropology Class Interviews,? submitted by Dr. John Omohundro, Department of Anthropology. This approval has been extended through March 17, 2010.

The research proposal ?Conceptual Implicit Memory,? submitted by Dr. Heather Beauchamp and Erin Abbott, 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 April 1, 2009.

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.

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 Closed

Please Note: A $5,000 spending cap was placed on this program for the 2008-2009 academic year and the cap has been reached. The program will be reinstated on September 1, 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.