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The Reporter - April 2, 2010

Reporter No.1043 4/2/10

There will not be an updated issue of The Reporter for the week of April 12. Please submit your requests accordingly. The next issue will be on April 23.


Open Office Hours for the 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 2010 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:

Wednesday, April 7, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 15, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Monday, April 19, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27, 11 a.m. to noon
Friday, May 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 13, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Approval of Academic Revisions

The following revisions were approved by the Faculty Senate at their March 18 meeting and are hereby endorsed by President Schwaller:

? Revision to the B.A. in Art History
? Revision to the B.A. in Criminal Justice, including a name change to B.A. in Criminal Justice Studies
? Revision to the Criminal Justice Minor, including a name change to Criminal Justice Studies Minor
? Revision to the B.A. in Philosophy
? Revision to the Philosophy Minor

Please call Ramona Ralston x3090 or the president's office at x2100 if you have any questions.

Call for 2010-2011 Events

The Office of Student Involvement & Leadership is currently collecting event information for the 2010-2011 academic year to be included in publications designed to increase student awareness of and participation in campus events.

This information will be included in our day planner, semesterly wall calendar and weekly publications such as the tabletents and fliers. The planner will include event information listed on specific dates throughout and will be provided free to all residential students and made available for purchase in the College Store for the rest of the campus community. The wall calendar of events which will be produced each semester and posted across campus. In addition, any information that is submitted for these publications will be included in our weekly pieces (table tents, Channel 6, Web site, digital signage) throughout the year.

The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. on Friday, April 30. Our goal is to include as many events as possible and we would greatly appreciate your submission. Please forward any submissions including event title, date, time and location via e-mail to

In an effort to maximize the number of listings on our publication, we are looking for concise entries. The format for submissions should be as follows: Date; Sponsor (optional); Title; Location; Time. Ex: Friday, December 10, 2010; Crane Student Association sponsors Holiday Convocation; Hosmer Hall; 3pm.

These publications provide an outstanding venue to inform students about campus events: we hope all offices will contribute!

Contact Julie Dold at or x2947 should you have any questions.

Spring 2010 Center for Undergraduate Research Workshop Series

The final workshop in our Spring 2010 series will be:

Delivering a Compelling Research Presentation
Sharing your findings in a professional & engaging manner? Thursday, April 15, 3:30 p.m., C224 Bishop Hall (Crane Complex).

For more information contact the Center for Undergraduate Research at x2051 or visit our Web page at

Syracuse Professor to Speak on Tolerance

R. Gustav Niebuhr, associate professor in Religion and the Media at Syracuse University, will speak on his book ?Beyond Tolerance? at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, in room 105 of Kellas Hall at SUNY Potsdam.
Niebuhr is the grandson and great-nephew, respectively, of the legendary theologians H. Richard Niebuhr and Reinhold Niebuhr. At the time of the September 11 attacks he was the religion editor for the New York Times. His book explores the importance of religious tolerance in a post September 11 world. By surveying many examples of interfaith action across the country, he argues that it is not enough to speak about being tolerant; we must actually be tolerant of those different from ourselves.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Ministerial Association of Potsdam. For additional information, contact Benjamin Pykles at

SUNY Potsdam in the News

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

Wednesday, March 24
North Country This Week
?Students Rally in Albany?
?Mumps Precautions at SUNY P?
?Choral Extravaganza?
?A Cappella Jam March 28 at SUNY?
??Green Zone? Actor to Give Talk?

Friday, March 26
Watertown Daily Times
?SUNY Potsdam Adds Theater Education Major?

Ogdensburg Journal
?SUNY Potsdam?s Leuthold Exhibits Work in Missouri?
?Clarinet Performance Saturday?
??Lord of the Flies? Adapted for Stage at SUNY Potsdam?
?Watch ?Hamlet? in HD at Roxy?
?Wind Ensemble Plays?

Sunday, March 28
Advance News
?SUNY Potsdam Web site Wins Award?
?Crane Concert Tonight at Snell Theater?
?SUNY Potsdam Recruiting for SUNY Medical School?

Monday, March 29
Watertown Daily Times
?Potsdam Singers Put on a Show?

Call for Commencement Volunteers

The Commencement Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with the Master?s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 22, and the Bachelor?s Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 23. Duties include distributing Commencement programs, ushering individuals to appropriate locations, answering basic questions for campus visitors and assisting with crowd control. A large number of volunteers is needed to make the ceremonies go smoothly and your help is genuinely appreciated.

All volunteers are invited to breakfast on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. in Lehman Dining Hall. The Commencement Ceremonies will begin at 10:15 a.m. The Master?s Commencement Ceremony volunteer check-in is at 8:45 a.m. in Bishop Hall C123 to pick up last minute instructions and a nametag. Bachelor?s Ceremony volunteers are asked to arrive for check-in by 8:15 a.m. in Dexter?s Caf to pick up last minute instructions and a nametag.

Please note that, should the Bachelor?s Ceremony be moved indoors, faculty and staff who do not process will not be able to observe the ceremony unless they have a ticket (given to them by a student ? no extras are available), or they serve as a volunteer.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carol Rourke at x2128 or A meeting will be held in the coming weeks to review the procedures. If you are a perennial volunteer, please don?t assume that we will know that and be certain to contact Carol to express your willingness to volunteer again this year.

Design Lab

The SUNY Potsdam 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 Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Office of Public Affairs at 604 Raymond Hall.

Appointments are preferred.

If you have questions, please contact the Director of Publications, Jessica Rood at x3348 or


The Editors of Blueline: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks cordially invite the community to an evening of fine food and entertainment at La Casbah Restaurant on Elm Street in Potsdam, on Friday, April 9. Colleagues and students from SUNY Potsdam and the Associated Colleges, friends of the magazine, contributors, and members of the region's arts communities are all welcome to join us in supporting and celebrating Blueline, the nationally-distributed literary journal published by Potsdam's Department of English and Communication.

The editors also wish to showcase our latest book-length anthology, ?Inside the Blue Line: Essays on Adirondack Environments? (Potsdam College Press 2010), edited by Anthony O. Tyler and Michael Wilson.

Enjoy the buffet dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the restaurant's upstairs hall. Dinner price is $18 per person (including donation to Blueline). For a complete description of the menu and an invitation form, please visit or contact Donald McNutt at or 267-2044.

Please purchase your dinner tickets in advance. If you plan to attend, please let Dr. McNutt know by April 5. The John McNutt Band will provide the evening's entertainment after 9:30 p.m. to close in La Casbah's downstairs lounge. Requested $3 donation at the door for the band. John McNutt is a passionate rock guitarist and singer with nearly twenty-five years experience in live entertainment in the United States and Europe. Please come out and join us. Twenty-one and older for the show.

Computer Science Leadership and Practice Scholarship Program

SUNY Potsdam's Department of Computer Science has been awarded a $573,370 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a scholarship program to help community college students complete their bachelor's degrees at the College.

The Computer Science Leadership and Practice Scholarship Program will provide 30 students who have already completed their associate's degrees in the field with full scholarships to finish their Bachelor of Science at SUNY Potsdam. Dr. Timothy V. Fossum, chair and professor of the Computer Science department, is the principal investigator for the four-year CS-LEAP project.

Summer 2010 Faculty Curriculum Development Workshop

The Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant is hosting a Summer 2010 Faculty Curriculum Development Workshop on August 2 to August 3 for eligible tenure-track and tenured faculty to explore strategies that integrate a significant component of undergraduate research into an individual sophomore level or above course. Participating faculty will receive a stipend of $500 to attend the two-day session and work with an invited consultant in curriculum design and development. It is an expectation that participating faculty will also submit a more detailed curriculum development grant application of $2500 based on the summer workshop experience during the Fall 2010 academic term.

Application forms for the summer workshop are now available from Julie Ellingsen, Title III Administrative Assistant, in the Title III Grant Office at 105 Morey Hall or e-mail ellingmj. There are a limited number of seats available for the workshop and early applications are encouraged.

The workshop format will include an interactive half-day presentation on strategies to incorporate undergraduate research into curricular design and a series of individual meetings with consultant Jo B. Paoletti, Director of the American Cultures Program at The University of Maryland at College Park and a nationally recognized scholar in instructional methodology related to undergraduate research and new directions in humanities teaching and learning.

Completed summer workshop applications should be submitted on or before Tuesday, June 1, to Gerald L. Ratliff, Title III project director, in the office of Academic Affairs at 712 Raymond Hall. Late applications will not be considered. For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Project Director at ratlifgl or call x2107.

CSEA 2010 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship Program Available

Applications for the CSEA 2010 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, 309 Dunn Hall, x2900 or e-mail Please mail completed application to: Scholarship Committee, CSEA, 143 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12210. Application deadline is April 23. Winners will be notified in June and announced in The Work Force.

This application can also be downloaded from our Web site

PLEASE NOTE: Old applications could disqualify potential candidates. Applications were revised January 2010. Please check the back, lower right corner for that date.

The Irving Flaumenbaum Award will provide eighteen $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 2010 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, 2010. The winners will be announced by August 1.

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 Monday, May 3.

Spring 2010 Faculty Curriculum Development Awards Application Deadline

The Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant final application deadline for Spring 2010 Faculty Curriculum Development awards is Friday, April 2. Faculty interested in submitting an application should visit the Title III Web site at for additional information, including application forms and funding levels, or contact Gerald L. Ratliff, Title III project director, at x2107.

Optional Retirement Reps on Campus

Rick Wolf, a representative from Valic, will be on campus on the following dates: April 15, April 29, May 13 and May 27. If anyone would like to meet with him, please call him directly at 315-729-9627 or send him an e-mail at

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.



2 Good Friday
Recess begins at 10 p.m.
3 Men's Lacrosse vs. Oneonta, 1 p.m.
Women's Softball vs. SLU, 1 p.m.
4 Easter Sunday
6 CPS Meets the Arts, National Players @ Snell Theater, 10 a.m.
7 Classes Resume
Faculty and Guest Artist Recital, Anna Hendrickson, oboe, Paige Morgan, oboe, John Ellis, trumpet and Kathryn Koscho, piano @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
8 Planetarium Show: Constellations from Around the World, 4 p.m.
Faculty Recital, Raphael Sanders, clarinet @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
9 Houghton College Touring Choir @ Snell Theater, noon
Brass Area Recital, C107, 3 p.m.
Woodwind Area Recital, C119, 3 p.m.
Masterclass with Martha Arapis, WRH, 4 p.m.
CPS Event, Rockapella @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
11 Faculty Duo Piano Recital, H. Gruber, K. Koscho @ Hosmer Hall, 3 p.m.

Chamber Music Competition Winner's Performance @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
13 Women's Softball vs. SUNY IT, 3 p.m.
Potsdam Woodwind Quintet @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
14 Faculty Recital, Ioan Harea, violin and Eugenia Tsarov, piano @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
15 Multicultural Weekend, 9:30 a.m.
Opera Production, "L'Enfant et les Sortileges" @ Snell Theater, 10 a.m.
Crane Academic Forum, Lyn Burkett - Music in Seventeen Magazine, 1944-1981 @ Wakefield Recital Hall, 5 p.m.
Crane Jazz Ensemble @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
16 Women's Softball vs. Oneonta, 3 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse vs. Geneseo, 4 p.m.
16 & 17
Opera Production, "L'Enfant et les Sortileges" @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
17 Women's Softball vs. New Paltz, 2 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse vs. Cortland
Women's Lacrosse vs. Brockport
18 Potsdam String Chamber Players @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
19 Community Chorus rehearsal @ Hosmer Hall, 7 p.m.
Faculty Recital, Christopher Creviston, Saxophone @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
20 Women's Softball vs. SLU, 3 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse vs. Oswego, 4 p.m.
Crane Contemporary Music Ensemble @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
21 - 24
Campus Festival
21 Guest Artist, Paul Winter @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
22 Campus Festival Keynote Speaker, Mary Louise Pratt, 10 a.m.
Campus Festival keynote speaker, and NEH scholar, Phil Terrie, 1 p.m.
Planetarium Show: The Planets and Constellations of the Zodiac, 4 p.m.
One Hundred Years of Musical Footprints From Crane @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
22-24 ?The Lunge Campaign? @ The College Theater in Satterlee Hall, 7:30 p.m.
23 Campus Festival keynote speaker, Andrew Chaikin, 2 p.m.
Student String Quartets @ Wakefield Recital Hall, 3 p.m.
Women's Softball vs. Geneseo, 3 p.m.
24 Women's Softball vs. Brockport, 1 p.m.
25 Potsdam Community Chorus @ Hosmer Hall, 3 p.m.
26 A Celebration of Joe Sarnoff @ Barrington Student Union, 4 p.m.
Women's Softball vs. Canton, 4 p.m.
27 Crane Symphonic Band @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
28 Men's Lacrosse vs. Plattsburgh, 4 p.m.
Crane Concert Band @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
29 Crane Guitar and Harp Ensemble @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
30-May 1
NYSSMA Solo Festival @ The Crane School of Music
30 Voice Area Recital @ Wakefield Recital Hall, 1 p.m.
Crane Saxophone Quartets @ Snell Theater, 3 p.m.
Crane Latin Band @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.


Fadi Bou-Abdallah (chemistry) published a review article titled ?The Iron Redox and Hydrolysis Chemistry of the Ferritins? in the journal of Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. The paper is an account for research data obtained in recent years including results from Bou-Abdallah?s own research program at SUNY Potsdam.

Michael Rygel (geology) was elected to the Board of Directors for the New York State Council of Professional Geologists. This is the first year that a representative from academia has been elected to the council.

Patricia Whelehan (
anthropology) attended the 70th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico from March 24 to March 28, where she co-chaired a roundable session titled "Issues in Teaching Human Sexuality: Sexual Orientations," and was an invited panelist on the panel titled, "The First 400 Days: Assessing the Obama Administration's HIV/AIDS Policy."


PACES Scholarships
The 2010-2011 PACES Scholarships were presented by Carlie Harper, director of The College Store. The scholarships are given to children of PACES employees who are attending or plan on attending SUNY Potsdam. They are also given to students who work for PACES. Scholarships awards are based on demonstrated notable achievement, co-curricular activities and need. This year?s recipients include Alexander Allen, Ryan Arno, Allison Johnson and Kevin McFarland.

PACES Student Awards
Presentation of PACES Student Awards were made by Jan Trybula, a member of the PACES Board of Directors. Awards were 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. This year?s awards went to Joshua Rich $500, Violeta Ayala $200 and Rachel Graf $200.

National Poetry Month Starts in April

Employee Incentive Fun Days
PACES employees will be allowed to participate in a series of ?fun days? during the spring semester. The next activity is April 20, which is favorite team jersey day. Campus members are encouraged to join in the fun.

PACES Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

On May 7, at the annual spring luncheon, PACES will be recognized by the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce for its milestone 60th anniversary.

Dining Service Break Hours

Lehman Dining Center
Open during break as follows:
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Monday, 8:30 a.m. ? 3 p.m., 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. ? 3 p.m., 4 p.m. ? 8 p.m.

Student Union Dining Court

Fifth World Grill
Closes Friday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Opens Tuesday, April 6, 11 a.m.

Chips Old Time Deli
Closes Friday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Opens Tuesday, April 6, 11 a.m.

Tomassito?s/Firehouse Grill/ Saguaro Burrito
Closes Thursday, April 1, after late night
Opens Tuesday, April 6, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Plate Diner/Meds
Closes Friday, April 2, 2:30 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, April 7, 11 a.m.

Cookies, Cream & Co.
Closes Thursday, April 1, 10 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, April 7, noon

Snack Bars & Cafs

Crane Snack Bar
Closes Friday, April 2, 2 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, April 7, 7:15 a.m.

Dexter's Café  

Closes Friday, April 2, 2 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, April 7, 11 a.m.

Minerva?s Caf
Closes Friday, April 2, 2 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, April 7, 7:45 a.m.

Becky's Place

Closes Friday, April 2, 3 p.m.
Open Tuesday, April 6, 7:30 a.m. ? 3 p.m.

Becky's Caf
Open Monday, April 5, 7:30 a.m. ? 3 p.m.
Open Tuesday, April 6, 7:30 a.m. ? 2 p.m.


Interim Associate Dean

The School of Arts and Sciences seeks a faculty member of strong academic accomplishment to serve as Interim Associate Dean. As a member of the School of Arts and Sciences Council, the Associate Dean reports directly to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and carries responsibility for academic programs, assessment, and faculty achievement. This is a two-year, half time appointment including a 1 month obligation each summer. The Interim Associate Dean remains a member of UUP.

Required Qualifications: The candidate will have attained continuing appointment at the rank of associate professor or professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Potsdam. Preferred Qualifications: In addition to having attained continuing appointment at the rank of associate professor or professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Potsdam, the ideal candidate will possess an outstanding record of teaching, scholarship, and service; effective organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; a commitment to interdisciplinary education; and dedication to the ideals of liberal learning.

Successful academic administrative experience is desirable. Go to and apply to Posting No. 0600134.

Migrant Education ESL Tutor/Home Visitor for the North Country Migrant Education Program

The Research Foundation of SUNY, a not-for-profit corporation, is seeking a part-time, hourly Migrant Education ESL Tutor/Home Visitor for the North Country Migrant Education Program. The Tutor will assess English Language skills, provide instruction on local dairy farms and visit eligible migrant youth regularly. Flexible hours (possible week-ends and/or early evenings), ability to speak Spanish fluently, telephone w/answering machine, dependable car and valid driver?s license required. BA in education or human services preferred. $14 per hour, 20 to 30 hours per week, includes comprehensive benefit package and possibility of additional hours with joint program.

Send letter of application, resume and reference letters to Dorothy Mallam, NCMEP, SUNY Potsdam, 282 Van Housen Hall Extension, Potsdam, NY 13676 or e-mail Application review begins immediately and continues until position is filled. The Research Foundation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Arts Administration Resident for the Community Performance Series

SUNY Potsdam invites applications for a two-year position as Arts Administration Resident for the Community Performance Series (CPS).

Responsibility: Programming the Meet the Arts education outreach program and implementation of the marketing plans for all CPS presentations including writing copy for publications. Work closely with the box office to promote audience development and assist in all areas of presenting including production and fundraising. Work with artists, audiences, managements, educators and other presenters to further CPS goals.

Required qualifications: Some evening and weekend hours. Bachelor?s degree, excellent verbal and written communications skills, evidence of creative problem solving, ability to work as part of a team, and proficiency in Microsoft office suite.

Anticipated start date of July 1, 2010. Application review begins immediately and continues until position is filled. For further details and/or to apply, go to Posting No. 0600128.


Conflict of Interest Requirements

In accordance with Federal regulations, SUNY Potsdam requires that a researcher disclose any potential conflict of interest due to a significant financial interest in a sponsored activity to the Research and Sponsored Programs Office before a proposal for that activity may be submitted to a sponsoring agency.

In order to provide assurance that any potential conflict is disclosed all investigators must read the Conflict of Interest Policy and then complete and submit the Annual Disclosure of Financial Interests and Obligations Statement on or before October 1, but no later than:

? Submission of an application to an external sponsor, or

? Acceptance of award where there was no prior disclosure submitted for that work

The Policy and forms can be found on The Research and Sponsored Programs web site at:

Responsible Conduct of Research Requirements

Effective January 4, 2010, the State University of New York at Potsdam will require that all researchers receiving NSF or NIH funding, whether a new application or renewal, complete training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training program to meet the RCR requirements. The modules contain information about responsible conduct in research, case studies and quizzes related to each of the areas.

The policy and procedures for completing the training can be found on The Research and Sponsored Programs Web site at

Please note that these RCR courses are not substitute training courses for individuals who conduct research utilizing human participants or animals. If you plan to conduct research utilizing human participants or animals you must also complete the required basic training courses in those areas.

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 2010 Meeting Schedule

Meeting Date Time Room
Proposal Due Date
Wednesday, April 28 2 p.m.
Raymond Hall, 8th floor lounge
Friday, April 16
5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19 2 p.m.
Satterlee 113
Friday, May 7
5 p.m.

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 April 22, 2009. 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 ?Standardized Test Statistical Validation Study? submitted by Glenn Simonelli , Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 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 March 15, 2010. This exemption is applicable for a period of one year.

The research proposal, ?An Examination of Rural Health Disparities? submitted by Dr. Kelly Bonnar-Kidd and Maureen McCarthy, Department of Community Health, 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 March 30, 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.

Title III Undergraduate Research Programs for 2009-2010

SUNY Potsdam is the recipient of a five-year, $1.6 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant Award from the U.S. Department of Education to promote undergraduate research across-the-curriculum, enhance faculty professional development related to undergraduate research and support student/faculty participation at regional and national conferences. For additional information, please contact Gerald L. Ratliff, Title III project director at, or Julie Ellingsen at, Title III administrative assistant. The following campus award program applications are available at

Faculty Curriculum Development

The goal of the faculty curriculum development program is to integrate undergraduate research into an individual course that will have significant impact on a substantial number of students. The curricular proposal may focus on plans to revise an existing course or design a new course that introduces and promotes active research opportunities for undergraduate students.

Application deadline: April 2.

Research and Creative Endeavors Program for 2009-2010

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.

DEADLINE: April 7, 2010

Grant Development Program 2009-2010

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.


Grant Writing Initiative (GWI)

The Research and Sponsored Programs Office will make up to 6 awards of $250 each to faculty and professional staff who develop and submit viable proposals to external funding agencies during 2009-2010. 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 June 2010 for proposals submitted up to May 31, 2010.

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