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The Reporter - February 20

REPORTERNo. 989 2/20/09


Message from the President

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

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

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

Open Office Hours for President

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

Friday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to noon.
Tuesday, March 3, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Thursday, April 2, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Campus Web Site

Have any questions, comments, feedback, ideas for the campus Web site? Contact the Web team at

Notice of Postal Rate Changes

On May 11, 2009, the following postal rates go into effect. Please contact John Cote at x2730 with any questions you may have about the new rates.

First-Class Mail:

Letters ? first ounce, $ .44
Large envelopes ? first ounce, $ .88
Parcels ? first ounce, $1.22
Additional ounces, $ .17
Postcard, $ .28
Stamped Card, $ .31
Stamped Envelope, $ .54

Wanted: Commencement Volunteers

The Commencement Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with the Master?s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 16, and the Bachelor?s Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 17. 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 needed.

All volunteers are invited to breakfast on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. in Thatcher Hall. The Commencement Ceremonies will begin at 10 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 faculty 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 are volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Deidre Kelly at x2918 or A meeting will be held in the coming weeks to review the procedures.

Announcing the Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation (CLEAR)

Provost Madden is pleased to announce that the offices of Non-Credit, Conferences and Summer Programs will now operate under the name Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation (CLEAR), formerly known as the Center for Regional Research and Community Education. CLEAR is the designated department on campus for organizing all conferences, workshops, summer camps, non-credit programs and trainings. Center staff members include:

Michelle Carr - x2369
Sarah Carr - x2172
Nancy Hess - x2168
Katheryn (Katie) Logan - x2538
Kevin Neely - x2397
Deborah Rust - x2400
Beth AG Todd - x2169

The main office number is x2167 and the fax number is x3350. Inquiries about CLEAR, or any programs affiliated with the center, may be directed to

Goals & Planning Committee Announcement

During the next 10 weeks, the Goals and Planning Committee will be drafting its 2009-2011 Goals Report for use by the president and his cabinet. The committee asks for your response to an electronic survey, to gather the needs and visions of the faculty. Contained in the survey, you will find links to important documents that will help you inform your comments and suggestions.

An e-mail with a link to the survey will be sent to all faculty and staff during the week of February 15. All responses are anonymous unless you choose to include your name and e-mail in your survey submission. Your responses will be sent to Krista LaVack, co-chairperson of the Goals and Planning Committee. Please respond by Friday, Feb. 27.

NOTE: If you would prefer to meet personally with a member of the Goals and Planning Committee, open meetings have been scheduled for Monday, Feb. 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the small meeting lounge adjacent to Becky?s Place.

SUNY Potsdam in the News

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

Thursday, February 12
SUNY Earns Recognition

Friday, February 13
Suicide Prevention Benefit Concert Set

Sunday, February 15
Advance News:
SUNY Potsdam Planning for Relay for Life on April 3
Shakespeare in Potsdam
Women?s Concert Planned March 1
Classical Guitar on Feb. 26th
Children and the Arts Mardi Gras Gala March 8
SUNY Presidents Upset Over Shift of Tuition Funds
SUNY Potsdam Groups Offering Concert on Feb. 20

Tuesday, February 17
SUNY Potsdam Honoring Lorre for TV, Health Work

Wednesday, February 11
Kite Runner (photo)

North Country This Week:
?Roseanne? Exec Returns to Potsdam
SUNY Financial Aid Day Feb. 21 in Canton
?Slave Ship? at UU Church
Ensembles? Benefit Concert
Classical Guitar Feb. 21
Pittman-Jennings Sings

Watertown Daily Times:
Flu, Colds Taking Toll on Canton College Students

Pratt Colloquium

Dr. David Bugg, Department of Sociology, will be presenting, "Women's Reproductive Issues in Correctional Settings," Wednesday, Feb. 25, at noon in Dunn Hall 102.

Mardi Gras Gala to Support Children and the Arts

SUNY Potsdam is encouraging everyone to don their shiny beads and baubles as the College brings the flair and fun of Mardi Gras to Potsdam in support of bringing the arts to children throughout the North Country region. Join SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller and his wife, Anne, in celebrating at the Children and the Arts Mardi Gras Gala on Sunday, March 8, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Maxfields Restaurant in downtown Potsdam.

The event will raise funds for the Community Performances Series Meet the Arts Program and SUNY Potsdam?s Department of Theatre and Dance outreach programs for children. The gala will offer patrons an opportunity to enjoy wine, gourmet hors d?oeuvres and desserts throughout the evening while being entertained with the sounds of jazz and blues music.

Tickets for this ?fun dress? benefit are offered to faculty and staff at a reduced rate of $50 per person or $75 per couple and may be purchased by calling (315) 267-2120 before February 27.

The event is sponsored by the following North Country Patrons of the Arts: Dr. G. Michael and Barbara Maresca, Sysco Food Service of Albany, Lawrence and Pam Hazen, President John and Anne Schwaller, Dr. Terence M. Reed and Nancy Reed ?84, Dr. Jim Petercsak and Patty Bailey, Dr. Robert and Beverly Washburn, Dr. Maureen Daye and Ali Shahidi and A. Cappione Inc.

Paces Student Award 2009

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 April. 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 20, 2009.

Academic Progress Reports

The provost and the directors and staff of Athletics, Bridges, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), Student Support Services (SSS), and the Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) extend a thank you to faculty and staff instructors who completed the Academic Progress Reports (APRs) for fall semester 2008 for the student participants in these programs. Since many of these students are first-generation college students or are from low-income families, they may lack the academic preparation of their counterparts and have greater risk of not succeeding in college.

Your comments on the APRs contributed to the academic success and retention of these students. Directors and faculty and staff advisers of these programs used your information to provide academic counseling, advising and support services for these students. Knowing students? academic progress early in the semester allows successful interventions. At the conclusion of the fall semester, the overall group retention for the 800 student participants in these programs was 94.6 percent; 81 percent of these students were in acceptable academic standing. These percentages compare favorable with the general student population rates of 95.3 percent of students retained and 84 percent in acceptable academic standing.

We appreciate your assistance with this effort to help students achieve academic success.

2010-2011 Academic Calendar

The 2010-2011 Academic Calendar has been approved by Administrative Cabinet and is now posted on SUNY Potsdam?s Web site. If you have any questions regarding this calendar, please call Ramona Ralston at the Registrar?s Office at x2154, or the President?s Office at x2100.

SSS and TOC Student Awards Ceremony

The Student Support Services (SSS) and Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) programs will hold their Student Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 11, in the upstairs dining room of Thatcher Hall. The event will begin with a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by the awards program, which will honor SSS and TOC participants for their academic achievements during the fall 2008 semester. One hundred twenty-eight program participants earned over a 2.7 GPA fall semester; 28 of these made the President?s List and 26 made the Dean?s List.

Toby White, director of Experiential Education in the Student Success Center, will be the keynote speaker. 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; Nancy Brown, counselor for EOP; Dr. Alan Hersher, assistant professor of anthropology; Dr. Deborah Massell, assistant professor of voice; Michele Pinard, instructional support specialist of curriculum and instruction; Carolyn Stone, adjunct instructor of literacy education; Dr. Timothy Sullivan, adjunct instructor of music theory; and Karen Wilson, adjunct instructor of English and communication.

All faculty and staff are welcome to attend. To RSVP, please call the SSS & TOC Office at 267-2347 by March 4.

Winterim 2010 Travel Courses

It is not too early to begin planning for your 2010 Winterim travel courses. Since the travel courses are considered to be part of the fall 2009 semester for our students? financial aid calculations and course loads, it is important to submit your course Banner form request as soon as possible, but no later than March 20, 2009. This will ensure that there is sufficient time for your course to be advertised properly to interested students and so that it will be accessible in BearPaws as they begin their advising process and pre-register for fall 2009 semester courses in mid-April. For questions, please contact Lee Ghostlaw by e-mail at or call x2166.

Black History Month

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

For further information contact Susan Stebbins at

Alternative Spring Break Opportunity

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

We are going to be staying in cheap dormitory housing, and we'll be taking two SUNY Potsdam vans down.

We have a growing number of students who wish to go down, but we need additional willing drivers from the faculty and staff.

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

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

Trio Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NYS ERS Representative

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

President?s Awards

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

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

Optional Retirement Reps on Campus

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

Employee Assistance Program

The SUNY Potsdam Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has two EAP Coordinators, Toby White, at x3434 and Ada Santaferra, at x2229. Both are available to discuss personal concerns and make appropriate referrals. You may contact Toby or Ada at the numbers listed above, or you may call the Statewide EAP in Albany at 1-800-822-0244. EAP is a confidential referral service available to all campus employees, retirees and their families.


Research Grant Writing Workshop

The SUNY CPD is pleased to offer the following event at SUNY System Administration in Albany.

Research Grant Writing
When: Friday, Feb. 27
Time: 9 a.m. ? 4 p.m.

Limited Seating Available ? Register soon.

During this one-day workshop we will look into both research grants and needs-based project grants.

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

No prior grant writing experience is required.

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.

CPD Member - $80
Non-CPD Member - $100

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.

Registration & Details:

Visit the Research Grant Writing 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 x112 or e-mail


Daniel Aruscavage (biology), Benjamin Pykles (anthropology), Laura Rhodes (biology), and Bethany Usher (anthropology), all attended NSF Day (National Science Foundation) in Binghamton, NY in January.

Jim Donahue (English and communication) has recently been invited to be a reviewer for American Literature submissions to the journal, ANQ.

Eileen Raymond (School of Education and Professional Studies) recently served as an invited panelist at a session titled, ?After the NCATE Visit: Are You Better Off Now?? at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in Chicago. She and her co-panelists described the varied substantive changes that have occurred on each of their campuses as an outcome of the accreditation/assessment process. They also addressed the challenges their campuses still face as well as ways to make the cost-benefit ratio more positive in terms of benefit by developing more efficient, valid performance assessments.

Bethany Usher (anthropology) attended the Society for Historical Archaeology annual meeting in Toronto in January presenting a talk on ?Identity and Burial Location: Amish and Mennonite Cemetery Survey.? Hadley Kruczek-Aaron (anthropology) also presented her research on Finding the Farmers of ?Timbucto:? The archaeology of land reform in the Adirondacks.



20 Benefit Concert
7:30 p.m.
21 Guest Artist, Angelo Favis, guitar
7:30 p.m.
22 Washington?s Birthday
The Met in HD ? Donizetti ?Lucia di
1 p.m.
23 Wedding Ceremonies in Swahili Culture at Fireside Lounge
1 p.m.

Politics Alumni Reception in Albany at Yono?s
6 p.m.
Faculty Recital, Kathleen Miller and Kirk
Severtson at Snell Theater
7:30 p.m.
24 A Slave Writes to Thomas Jefferson at Fireside Lounge
Music of the Black Church, location TBA
2 p.m.

Masterclass with Lydia busler-Blais, Horn on
Hosmer stage
7 p.m.
SUNYAC Quarterfinal
25 Ash Wednesday
The video Mardi Gras Indians, Flagg Hall Room 234
2 p.m.
Faculty Recital, Paul Wyse, piano, at Snell
7:30 p.m.
26 Faculty Recital, Douglas Rubio, guitar, at Snell
7:30 p.m.
Creating Posters for Professional Meetings (New
Date), Crumb 107
3 p.m.
27 Early Alerts Due
Crane Jazz Ensemble at Snell Theater
7:30 p.m.
28 SUNYAC Semifinals
7 p.m.
Pointercounts Invitational, Hosmer Hall 7:30 p.m.


1 Women?s Composers Concert
7:30 p.m.
2 Academic Advising 102 Beginning Academic
Advising II: Making the Advising Connection, LTEC Classroom, Crumb 107
3 p.m.
3 "The Many Masculinities: & "Undoing Macho", 8th floor lounge Raymond Hall
4 p.m.
4 Potsdam Baroque Chamber Players, Snell Theater 7:30 p.m.
5 Crane Symphonic and Concert Bands, Hosmer Hall 7:30 p.m.
6 Crane Latin Band, Hosmer Hall 7:30 p.m.
A midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare, College Theater in Satterlee Hall 7:30 p.m.
ArtPartnership 2009, Gibson Gallery 8 p.m.


Union Market Clearance Specials/Sales
Clearance special on selected lighting, 25 percent off fragrances, 30 percent off sunglasses and 50 percent off Valentines Items.

Arnold to Cook at Mardi Gras Fete at la Casbah

Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a three-culture Carnival buffet served at La Casbah, prepared by chefs Alex Bennani and George Arnold, with Moroccan, Brazilian and Cajun culinary delights associated with the Carnival holiday.

Among the dishes in the buffet will be Feijoda (a Brazilian pork and bean stew, and a vegetarian version); churrasco de gato (Brazilan-style kabobs); Mardi Gras gumbo with chicken and smoked Cajun sausage; farofa (Brazilian seasoned toasted manioc flour); shrimp etouffe; couve a Mineira (a kale dish specific to Minais Gerais in Brazil); Creole tomatoes; green rice; and Brazillian banana cobbler. Advance reservations are preferred, but not required, for the buffet. Tickets are $12, beverage not included.

College Store Staff Attends Buying Shows
Kathy Johnson, Carlie Harper and Jo Ellen Bero will attend the March 2 to March 5 Super Regional Buying Store in Connecticut. Attending the show will be members of the College Store Association of New York, New England and the Mid Atlantic States.

Harper and Bero will then attend CAMEX - the national collegiate buying show in Anaheim, sponsored by National Association of College Stores. Bero then will attend the Hudson Valley Clothing Show March 31 to April 1 in Schenectady.

Buying inventory for next year is a vital part of the retail cycle of the store. If you have suggestions for inventory, please e-mail Carlie Harper at

Harper Adds Credits to CCR Status
Carlie Harper of The College Store is a Certified Collegiate Retailer. This accreditation is based on a rigorous set of exams, courses and continuing education. Currently Harper is enrolled in the course, Mastering Open to Buy, offered by NACS.

PACES HRB System Upgrade
Nancy White and Gloria Arno attended the ADP HR/Benefits Solutions training in Liverpool, NY. The new system will start at the end of February throughout PACES.

College Store to Carry Bregman Book Discussion Series
The Honors Council of Phi Kappa Phi is holding a series of book discussions. The texts will be available at The College Store.

College Store has Jason Emerson Title
In conjunction with the History Department, the store will carry Jason Emerson?s, Lincoln the Inventor. Emerson will be on campus March 12, as part of Lincoln Bicentennial events.

Connect2One 2009 Connection Award

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

Sales and Promotions

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

Feb. 24, PACES Dining celebrates Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras, 4 p.m. ? 8 p.m.

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

Menus can be found online at


Institutional Review Board

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

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

Spring 2009 Meeting Schedule

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

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

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

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

The research proposal ?Classroom Project: COMP401 Technical Writing? submitted by Dr. Jennifer Mitchell, Department of English and Communication, 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 10, 2009.

The research proposal ?Using Choice to Motivate Art Students? submitted by Dr. Kathleen Valentine, Alexandra Benton, Jennifer Doboze, Kristina Martin and Vicky Matheson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 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 10, 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.

Spencer Foundation

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

Small Research Grants

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

Deadline: Open.

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

Research and Creative Endeavors Program for 2008-2009

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

DEADLINES: April 1, 2009

Grant Development Program 2008-2009

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


Curriculum Development Program 2008-2009

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

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

The maximum award is $1,000.

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

DEADLINES: April 15, 2009

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.