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The Reporter - February 19, 2010

Reporter No.1037 2/19/10


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:

Thursday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The School of Education and Professional Studies Seminar

"Disciplined Inquiry in Education"
The seminar will be held on February 24, from noon to 1 p.m., in 300 Satterlee Hall. The presentation will be given by Dr. Gerald Lee Ratliff, associate vice president for Academic Affairs.

"Undergraduate Research at SUNY Potsdam: An Overview"
Gerald Lee Ratliff, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and project director of the campus $1.6 million dollar Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant, is an active scholar in the humanities with a focus on literary text interpretation and performance studies. He is the author of eighteen textbooks, numerous articles and juried conference presentations across a wide spectrum of professional associations as varied as administrative leadership, instructional pedagogy, dramatic criticism and curriculum design. At the seminar, Ratliff will share how his scholarly experience informs the supervision of undergraduate research on campus that Title III Grant supports.


On Wednesday, Feb. 24, you may see some unfamiliar faces in your classrooms. Some of your students are serving as TRIO Day Mentors to local high school seniors.

Since 1965, over 10.5 million Americans have benefited from the services of the U.S. Education Department?s TRIO pre-college and college programs. There are 2 TRIO programs in existence at SUNY Potsdam: Potsdam Akwesasne Talent Search (PATS) and Student Support Services (SSS).

On February 24, the PATS and SSS programs at SUNY Potsdam will co-sponsor the 7th 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 14 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. SSS mentors and PATS students will be attending classes and participating in co-curricular activities throughout the day, from 10 a.m-4 p.m.

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.

NYS Employees Retirement System

New York State Employees Retirement System (ERS) representatives will be on campus on March 17 for individual consultations.

If you would like an appointment, please call Human Resources at 315-267-2094. If you are within 5-10 years of retirement, this is an excellent opportunity to review your profile.

Student Support Services and Teacher Opportunity Corps Student Awards Ceremony

The Student Support Services (SSS) and Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) programs will hold their Student Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Thatcher Hall. SSS and TOC participants will be honored for their academic achievements during the Fall 2009 semester. One hundred eleven program participants earned over a 2.7 GPA fall semester; nineteen of these made the president?s list and eighteen made the dean?s list.

Dean William Amoriell and Dean Galen Pletcher will also be honored for their many years of support for the student participants in the SSS and TOC programs.

In addition, the following faculty and staff, nominated by SSS participants for their significant and positive contributions to student success, will be recognized with a SSS Students? Choice Award Certificate: Dr. Daniel Aruscavage, assistant professor of biology, Mr. Donald Borsh, associate professor of theater and dance, Ms. Nancy Brown, counselor for EOP, Mr. William Brown, adjunct instructor of biology and environmental studies, Dr. Walter Conley, professor of biology, Dr. Alan Hersker, assistant professor of anthropology, Dr. Hadley Kruczek-Aaron, assistant professor of anthropology, Dr. Blair Madore, associate professor of mathematics, Dr. Maureen McCarthy, associate professor of community health, Dr. Celine Philibert, associate professor of modern languages, Dr. Oscar Sarmiento, associate professor of modern languages, and Dr. Susanne Zwingel, assistant professor of politics.

The event will begin with a reception followed by the awards program. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend. To RSVP, please call the SSS & TOC Office at 267-2347 by March 19.

SUNY Potsdam in the News

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

Wednesday, February 10
Pendragon Presents Moby Dick Rehearsed in Potsdam

Daily Courier-Observer
Support Equal Rights

Friday, February 12
The Journal
Faculty Recital

Tuesday, February 16
Daily Courier-Observer
Promotional Videos Coming Soon Showing Potsdam Life

North Country This Week
Symphonic Winds Perform

President?s Awards

President?s Awards Nominations are now being accepted by the Academic Awards Committee for the SUNY Potsdam President's Awards for 2010. 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 to be submitted electronically to, by Friday, March 5. 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 by visiting our Web site at Please call Kathryn Perry at x4816 with any questions.

Invitation to Contribute to the Student Success Center Student Award Fund

The Student Success Center Student Award Committee invites faculty and staff to contribute to the Student Success Center Student Award: Success through Achievement and Commitment. This award is presented annually to an undergraduate student to provide financial support to encourage the student?s persistence and continuing success. The student must have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA, have an economic need, have shown perseverance amidst personal and/or academic hardship, and must have used the services of at least two (or more) offices in the SSC. The award is funded through donations from SSC staff and other interested faculty and staff at the College.

To contribute online, access the SUNY Potsdam home page; under the heading Potsdam, click on Giving to Potsdam; on that page under Giving, choose Ways to Give and on that page, choose the Online Giving Form or the Fund for Potsdam for payroll deduction. On either of these forms, check specific program for your deduction, and type in Student Success Center Student Award Fund. A College Foundation account is set up for the SSC Student Award. If you choose not to complete the form online, print it, complete, and send the payroll deduction form to Donna Burgoyne, Human Resources, Raymond Hall 219 or the Online Giving form to Lisa Murphy, College Advancement Services, Raymond Hall 502.

Last year?s contributions made possible a Student Success Center Student Award of $500 to a very deserving student. This year, the SSC Student Award Committee seeks to raise funds for two $500 Student Success Center Student Awards. Your donations would be greatly appreciated.

Ties for Guys, Scarves for Gals Event

Ties for Guys, Scarves for Gals is an annual event held by Emerging Leaders to benefit the student gift to the College, which is a gift to the College?s greatest needs. At this event, we will be offering formal business attire and accessories for both men and women to purchase at a low cost. This event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 22, March 23, March 24 and March 26.

As you are cleaning out your closets this spring, please donate unused quality business wear and accessories for students to purchase at this event. Donations can be brought to 505 Raymond Hall until March 15, or call x3403 and we will be happy to pick up your items.

Appropriate items for this event include ties, shoes, belts, jewelry, skirts, scarves, pants, suits, shirts and coats. This is a great opportunity for students to begin or enhance their career or student-teaching wardrobes at a relatively low cost, so please consider supporting this effort.
For more information contact Taylor Harper at or x3403.

Emerging Leaders is a student group that focuses on volunteerism and philanthropy. The group represents the up-and-coming leaders of today?s campus and tomorrow?s alumni and workforce.

Title III Guest Speaker Workshop Series

The campus community is cordially invited to attend the first Spring 2010 Title III Guest Speaker Workshop Series on "Promoting Undergraduate Research: Principles and Practices," featuring Mary L. Crowe from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, on Friday, Feb. 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Learning and Teaching Excellence Center (LTEC) in Crumb Library.

Dr. Crowe, professor of Biology and director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is an active researcher, member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), co-recipient of a $1.3 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health and frequent workshop presenter at national research conferences. Her special focus is on promoting and sustaining research-rich and research-supportive curriculum design. The workshop series of invited guest speakers is sponsored by a campus $1.6 million dollar U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Grant.

The guest speaker is also available for a limited number of individual or small group meetings prior to the interactive workshop. To schedule a meeting, or to request additional information, please contact Gerald L. Ratliff, Title III project director, at ratlifgl or x2107.

Title III Coffee Club Sessions at Becky?s Cafe

As part of the campus Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant Program, the project director will host a series of complimentary "coffee club" sessions at Becky's Cafe throughout the spring 2010 semester.

The informal sessions provide an opportunity for faculty to learn more about federal funding and eligibility guidelines related to the campus grant as well as to explore potential approaches to undergraduate research in curriculum design, professional development and collaborate faculty/student travel before submitting a Title III internal grant application.

Interested faculty who wish to participate should contact Gerald L. Ratliff, Title III project director at ratlifgl or x2107 to request a schedule of available coffee club days and times.

Faculty Professional Development Awards

The Title III Strengthening Institutions grant application for Spring 2010 Faculty Professional Development awards is Friday, Feb. 26. Faculty interested in submitting a proposal should visit the Title III Web site at for additional information, including applications forms and funding levels, or contact Gerald L. Ratliff, Title III project director, at x2107.

Paces Student Award 2010

The PACES Student Award Committee is accepting nominations for the annual PACES student awards. These awards recognize graduating seniors who have excelled academically while providing exceptional service in college and student life activities. Nominees must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated noteworthy, productive participation in college and student life activities. Nomination packets must include a letter of nomination, two additional letters of support and the resume of the nominee.

The PACES Award winner will receive a certificate and a $500 award. Two runners-up will receive certificates and awards of $100 each. These awards will be presented at an award ceremony in March. Recipients will be recognized at Honors Convocation on the Saturday before Commencement.

Please send complete nomination packets to PACES Student Award Committee, PACES Executive Office, 129 Merritt Hall. As adequate time is needed to evaluate and interview final candidates, no nominations will be accepted after March 19, 2010.

Relay for Life on Campus

?I relay because cancer has effected so many people in my life in so many ways. From a friend in the office whose mother passed away, to my relatives, to some of my best friends parents and siblings. Cancer is pervasive and indiscriminating. Relay for life is a fun and easy way to help fight cancer and help support all those who have overcome the many struggles it presents.?

Jessica Rood
Director of Publications, Public Affairs

The 4th Annual Relay for Life will happen on Friday, March 26 with our opening ceremony beginning at 8 p.m. There are many ways for the campus to be involved: join a team, make a donation to the event, join us as a survivor or volunteer the night of the event.

For more information, visit our Web site at or contact

Extended Education Office Evening Office Hours for Spring 2010 Semester

The Extended Education Office is pleased to announce the introduction of new evening hours for the spring 2010 semester, beginning the week of January 25, and ending the week of May 17. Tom Fuhr, the Director of Extended Education, will be available in the Crumb Library Reference Area to meet with students, answer general questions and provide assistance and information as requested.

His regular schedule will be as follows:
? 1st and 3rd weeks of each month, Monday and Wednesday, 4 p.m. ? 6 p.m.
? 2nd and 4th weeks of each month, Tuesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. ? 6 p.m.
No evening office hours will be scheduled during spring break, week of March 8 to March 12 and April Recess, April 5 to April 6.

For questions, please contact Tom Fuhr via telephone at 267-3089 or e-mail

Optional Retirement Reps on Campus

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

Rick Wolf, a representative from Valic, will be on campus on the following dates: March 4, March 18, April 1, 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.

Health and Wellness Fair

EAP is sponsoring a Health and Wellness Fair for all SUNY Potsdam employees and their families on March 30, in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information on the event will be sent out as it becomes available.


Center for Teaching Excellence

The 2nd Annual Teaching and Learning Conference hosted by SUNY Plattsburgh will be held on Saturday, April 10, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

?Pull the Plug and Light the Fire? is the theme for our teaching and learning conference, also hosted by the SUNY Plattsburgh Center for Teaching Excellence.

For content information, contact Dr. Becky Kasper, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence at 518-564-3043 or e-mail

For conference registration information, contact Kate Chilton, Conference Auxiliary Services at 518-564-3054 or e-mail



19 Jazz Festival @ The Crane School of Music
Women's Basketball vs. Brockport, 6 p.m.
Men's Hockey vs. Plattsburgh State, 7 p.m.
CPS Presents: The World Famous Count Basie Orchestra @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
20 Women's Basketball vs. Geneseo, 2 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Geneseo, 4 p.m.
Women's Hockey vs. Utica College, 4 p.m.
Men's Hockey vs. Plattsburgh, 7 p.m.
Crane Saxophone Chamber Music Festival
21 Met Encore "Der Rosenkavalier" @ Roxy Theater,1 p.m.
22 Washington?s Birthday
Faculty Recital, Kirk Severtson, piano @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
23 Men's Basketball - SUNYAC Quarterfinal, 7 p.m.
Women's Basketball - SUNYAC Quarterfinal, 7 p.m.
Men's Hockey - SUNYAC Play-in, 7 p.m.
Potsdam String Chamber Players @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
24 Crane Wind Ensemble @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
25 Planetarium Show: Winter Constellations, 4 p.m.
Crane Jazz Ensemble @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
26 Men's Basketball - SUNYAC Semifinal @ Maxcy Hall, TBA
Women's Basketball - SUNYAC Semifinal, TBA
Voice Area Recital @ Snell Theater, 1 p.m.
Brass Area Recital, Wakefield, 3 p.m.
Woodwind Area Recital, Snell, 3 p.m.
Faculty Showcase Recital @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
Moby Dick Rehearsed @ College Theater, 7:30 p.m.
27 Men's Basketball - SUNYAC Championship @ Maxcy Hall, 4 p.m.
Women's Basketball - SUNYAC Championship,TBA
Men's Hockey ? Semifinal, TBA
Women's Hockey - ECAC West First Round, TBA
Crane Symphony Orchestra @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
28 Crane Presents The Met: Live in HD, Encore of "Carmen" @ Roxy Theater, 1 p.m.


1 Faculty Recital, Carol Lowe, Bassoon @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
2 Potsdam Baroque Chamber Players @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
3 Faculty & Student Piano Recital, Music of Chopin, Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
4 Crane Symphonic and Concert Bands @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
5 Early Alerts Due
Spring Recess begins at 10 p.m.
6 Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break
Men?s Hockey Championship, TBA
Women's Hockey - ECAC West Semi-Finals, TBA
6-14 Recess
7 Women's Hockey - ECAC West Championship, TBA
14 Daylight savings time begins
15 Classes Resume
Masterclass with Guest Artist, Snell Theater, 10 a.m.
Guest Artist, Nicholas Phillips, piano @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
17 St. Patrick?s Day
18 Crane Jazz Ensemble @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
19 Voice Area Recital @ Hosmer Hall, 1 p.m.
Woodwind Area Recital, Hosmer, 3 p.m.


Kevin D. Smith (history), recently published "Breaking Faith: Religion, Americanism, and Civil Rights in Postwar Milwaukee," Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 20 (2010): 57-92.

Susan Stebbins (anthropology, U.S. global studies) has had the panel she organized, "Images of Native Americans in a Post-Colonial America" accepted by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Conference to be held in Tucson, AZ in May. Her paper is titled "Everybody is Talking About Akwesasne, but Nobody is Talking to Akwesasne."


College Store & Union Market
The College Store is running a ?Where?s your Logo Go? contest on its new facebook page. (College Store at SUNY Potsdam). Submit photos of you or a friend wearing the SUNY Potsdam logo in an interesting location. A $50 gift card for The College Store will be given to the winning photographer from each of these categories: funniest/silliest, most creative and most unusual.

Submissions are accepted by e-mail only at and must be received by March 5 to be considered for the contest. All submissions must include your full name, phone number and the full name of the individual(s) in the photograph. All individuals must be 18 years or older to submit photos.

Vote for your favorite photo by clicking the "like" button. Photos will be uploaded as they are received. Voting ends on March 19. Contest winners will be announced on March 22.

PACES reserves the right to reject any submission deemed inappropriate or malicious. PACES does not assume responsibility or liability for posting photographs taken without the expressed consent or permission of the subject(s).

College Store
February 22 to February 27
20 percent off Crane School Clothing

Union Market
Early Bird Special, breakfast and small coffee, before 11 a.m., $2.75

Dexter?s Caf is featuring a new special, the Wee sandwich. The sandwich is made on a small french roll, is accompanied by your choice of soup or salad and is priced at $3.95.

Becky?s Place
February 15 to February 26
Celebrate the Olympic at Becky's with these specials.

The Alpine Breakfast
French toast with bacon and homefries and small juice or coffee, $3.50
Two scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, homefries and toast w/small juice or coffee, $3.50

The Ski Jump Lunch
Grilled cheese and pepperoni and bowl of soup or 2 hot dogs with side salad and chips, $3.95

Free Style Pizza
Any whole pizza for only $9
Curling flat iron steak dinner, $5.95

PACES announces 2010-11 Student Meal Plans

Plan Cost Flex Meals Guest Student Eligibility
Flex 19
$2,185 50 300 5 All
Flex 14
$2,030 100 225 3 All
Flex 9
$1,900 250 150 3 Returning
Flex 5
$1,585 450 90 3 Returning
All Flex
$1,050 1,000 3 After Residency Req Met

*Average meals per semester

Note: All Flex plan not eligible for 20 percent additional funds premium.

Commuter Plans
Additional meal plan options for non-resident students 2010-11 (includes student living in the townhouses)

$100. All Flex. May be used in any dining location. Save the 7 percent NYS sales tax and receive a 10 percent discount off the Lehman Dining Center cash entry price.

$300. All Flex. May be used in any dining location. Save the 7 percent NYS sales tax and receive a 10 percent discount off the Lehman Dining Center cash entry price, plus two guest passes to Lehman.

$500 All Flex. May be used in any dining location. Save the 7 percent NYS sales tax and receive a 10 percent discount off the Lehman Dining Center cash entry price plus three guest passes to Lehman.

Note: These are off-campus meal plans and not part of the 20 percent Flex premium program.

PACES Employee Incentive Fun Days
PACES employees will be allowed to participate in a series of ?fun days? during the spring semester. On February 23 PACES workers have been granted permission to wear bluejeans to work.


Senior Assistant Librarian

SUNY Potsdam is seeking applications for an innovative, technically skilled, and service-oriented Senior Assistant Librarian to coordinate and manage the College Libraries' on-line presence. This is a tenure-track academic faculty position with primary responsibility for Web services.

Required qualifications include: American Library Association - accredited Master's degree, comfort developing Web sites in a Unix environment using major open source tools, and familiarity with a variety of standards, including PHP, XML, XHTML, CSS, SQL, XSLT or Javascript. Anticipated start date is between May 1 and July 1, 2010. Application review begins February 22, 2010 and continues until position is filled.

For further job details and/or to apply please visit


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.

A potential conflict of interest exists when the personal or private interests of an individual, their spouse or child might lead an independent observer to reasonably question whether the individual?s professional actions or decisions are influenced by considerations of significant personal interest, financial, or otherwise, particularly if those interests or commitments are not disclosed.

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

Because of new regulations in federal agencies, all National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposal submissions must include an institutional assurance that the University has provided training in Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) to all researchers, including student researchers, who participate in NSF- or NIH-funded research.

Effective January 4, 2010, the College will require all researchers involved in applications to NSF or NIH to have completed our training program, described below, before proposals may be submitted to those agencies. The NSF and NIH requirement applies to renewal applications, as well as new proposals.

The State University of New York at Potsdam will require that all researchers receiving NSF or NIH funding complete training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training program to meet the RCR requirements. The CITI online courses are designed for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students who have an interest or focus in the research areas targeted by federal support and serve to satisfy federal regulations that require RCR training as a part of grant and contract terms and conditions. The modules contain information about responsible conduct in research, case studies and quizzes related to each of the areas.

Faculty and staff who receive federal funding to conduct research or to supervise student researchers are responsible for ensuring all work is done in compliance with University, Federal and other applicable policies. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has been charged with overseeing compliance with RCR training requirements and will assist researchers in identifying and completing appropriate RCR training, instruction, and guidance. New users of the CITI Program must register to create their own username and password and gain access to the site by selecting "New Users Register Here" and selecting SUNY College at Potsdam in the "Participating Institutions" drop down box.

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. Information about the training requirements is available through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSPO) will monitor records for completion of the required on-line RCR training components. Failure to comply with these requirements could make both individual researchers and the College ineligible to received funds from either of these funding agencies.

Thank you for your cooperation in assuring that the College meets its compliance obligations with federal agencies.

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, Feb. 24
2 p.m.
Raymond Hall 7th floor boardroom
Friday, Feb. 12
5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 31 2 p.m.
Dunn 102
Friday, March 19
5 p.m.
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 ?"Boen Again": Charismatic Christian Lives in St. Lawrence County? submitted by Dr. Alan Hersker and Valerie Paige, Department of Anthropology, 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 February 11, 2010.

The research proposal ?Use of Genealogy Project Increases Critical Reading and Problem Solving Skills in 9th Grade Students? submitted by Jaclyn A. teRiele and Deanna M. Ibey, Center for Diversity, 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 February 11, 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 Professional Development

The goal of the faculty development travel program is to provide professional enrichment opportunities for faculty to attend regional/national association meetings or conferences to cultivate instructional skills or teaching techniques related to undergraduate research.

Application deadline: February 26.

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.

Student/Faculty Travel

The goal of the student/faculty undergraduate travel program is to increase the current number of students/faculty engaged in collaborative projects of high quality whose preliminary research results are competitively presented at regional or national conferences.

Application deadline: March 29.

Department Curriculum Development

The goal of the department curriculum development program is to permanently incorporate additional or new undergraduate research opportunities in at least three required or elective courses in the academic and/or minor degree-granting curricula. The curricular proposal may focus on plans to revise existing programs and courses or design new courses that promote active research opportunities for undergraduate students.

Application deadline: March 22.

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.

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.