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The Reporter - May 8

1000th Issue of the Reporter


Revision Announcement from Faculty Senate Meeting

The following program revision was approved by the Faculty Senate at their April 9, meeting, and is hereby endorsed by President Schwaller:

Revision to the MST Program

  • Revision to the MST Adolescence Education: Biology
  • Revision to the MST Adolescence Education: Chemistry
  • Revision to the MST Adolescence Education: Earth Science

Revision to the MST Adolescence Education: Physics

Hear Winning Poems

The winning students in the 7th Annual North Country Schools Peace Poetry Contest will read their poems on Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Dunn Hall Theater. The wining works appear in the contest?s annual Calendar Book ? ?North Country Schools Peace Poetry ? 2009.? These students and their teachers will receive free copies of the Calendar Book, and any other copies will be sold for $8 each on the night of the reading.

The event is sponsored by SUNY Potsdam?s Department of English and Communication, Office of the Dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Provost.

Party in the Plaza

The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association is proud to once again host this year's Party in the Plaza. Join us, Friday, May 15, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Minerva Plaza for this fun, informal event welcoming our newest class of alumni. There will be live music, food and drinks. Faculty and staff are invited to be a part of this celebration for the Class of 2009.

If you are interested in joining us or volunteering to help, please contact Kris Sherburne in the Office of Alumni Relations at x2659 or e-mail

Honors Convocation and President?s Reception

The College-wide Honors Convocation will take place on Saturday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. The convocation is a celebration of the notable contributions of our students. The President's Reception for graduating seniors and their parents will follow the convocation ceremony at approximately 2:45 p.m. in the lobby of Snell Music Theater.

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend to honor Potsdam's outstanding students.

Important Message from Computing & Technology Services

All areas of CTS will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

  • Administration & Operations, Stillman Hall

  • Administrative Information Systems (AIS), Stillman Hall

  • Host & Network Services (HNS), Kellas Hall

  • Network Infrastructure & Media (NIM), Kellas Hall

  • TelCom, Bowman Hall West


  • Computer Labs, Kellas Hall
  • E-mail & Directory Services, Kellas Hall
  • Help Desk, Kellas Hall
  • Instructional Technology Center (ITC), Stillman Hall

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

Grade Change Policy

Grades submitted to the Registrar's Office are final. The only permissible reasons for changing grades are:

1. to correct an error in recording computation;

2. to remove a grade of "Incomplete";

3. to reflect the judgement of a department acting in accordance with established College procedures concerning grade appeal.

Changes in grades already recorded in the Registrar's Office can be made only:
1. by the instructor who awarded the grade;

2. by the department chair in cases where the instructor is unable to do so (because of leave, resignation, etc.);

3. by the department chair acting in accordance with established College procedures concerning grade appeal.

All grade changes for a given semester must be submitted by the end of the next regular fall or spring semester. Any grade changes submitted after the stated deadline require the additional approval of the dean of the appropriate school.

Summer Programs Offered by CLEAR

The Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation (CLEAR) is offering a great line-up of summer programs for both children and adults. This year, four new day camps for children will be featured, including Robotics Day Camp and Princess Day Camp. In addition to overnight and day camps, a few Non-Credit fitness programs will also be offered. Some highlights for this summer include Gym Class Heroes and workshops about hiking and rock climbing.

For complete details of all our summer programs please visit, call x2167 or e-mail to request a summer program brochure.

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

The Office of International Education & Programs (IEP) would like to remind you that on June 1, 2009, the U.S. government will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). The proposed rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have a passport, passport card or other travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security.

Be sure to have your passport or passport card the next time you intend to enter or re-enter the U.S. by car, boat or plane, or possibly risk a lengthy delay at the border when returning home. For information on applying or renewing for a U.S. passport or passport card, please visit the U.S. Department of State's Web site at More information about the WHTI can be found at the U.S. Department of State's Web site as well. Safe travels.

SUNY Potsdam in the News

Friday, May 1
See ?La Cenerentola? Live in HD from the Met May 9
Schwallers to Each Earn Grinnell Degrees May 18
Omicron-Psi Welcomes Latest Inductees
TOC/CSTEP Honors Grads for Their Achievements
Potsdam Residents, Students Show Pride

Watertown Daily Times:
I?m Open (photo)

Sunday, May 3
Advance News:
Universities Monitoring Potential Outbreak
Ballet Company to Perform July 17 in Potsdam
SOAR Meets, Hears Tale from Greek Member
PACES Donates to Holiday Fund
SUNY Potsdam Honor Students Recognized for Their Hard Work
SUNY Potsdam?s Bear Patrol Rallies Campus to Help Soldiers Overseas
Special Screening of ?The Audition? Monday

Watertown Daily Times:
Alma Mater to Honor SUNY Potsdam President

Tuesday, May 5
Honors Program Students at SUNY Potsdam Lauded

Wednesday, May 6
Bear Patrol Gets Baking for Soldiers Overseas
Maple Tree Donation (photo)

North Country This Week:
Clarkson and SUNY P Get Research Funds
Peace Poetry Contest
Kelly Ballet Camp July 13-17
?La Cenerentola? is Final Live Met Show May 9
NYSARC?s Arts Showcase at SUNY Potsdam May 9

Instructional Evaluation Form Available

The SUNY Potsdam instructional evaluation form for student evaluation of teaching is available on the usual paper forms or through Blackboard.

In either venue, it is possible to add several questions of your choosing. If you are interested in sample optional questions, please indicate that when requesting the type of evaluation you are choosing. Responses to the Blackboard form are functionally equivalent to the paper forms: they will be made available to faculty members after grades are turned in to the Registrar's Office, are the property of the faculty member, and cannot be accessed by administrators without the faculty member's permission. They may be used as evidence of teaching effectiveness in reappointment and other personnel decisions.

To request paper forms, you may use the following link or contact Patty Stone in the Provost?s Office at x2108, by e-mail at

To set up the Blackboard version, you may request evaluations at or contact Patty Stone at x2108. Please indicate the course reference number (CRN #), course number and section number for each course you want on Blackboard.

Final Exam Policy

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

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

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

2009 Summer Orientation Dates

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

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

Transitions Conference
August 29

Center for Undergraduate Research News

Kilmer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships
During advising, please remember that Kilmer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships will be available again in the Spring semester. Kilmer Apprenticeships encourage faculty-student research collaboration, and are awarded competitively. Applications will be accepted through the end of this semester, and will also be accepted through Tuesday, September 1. Students who are accepted will enroll in one - six credits of Kilmer Apprenticeship, either through a department's independent study course or INTD499. Students, and the faculty who work with them, are each awarded $50 per credit for research support or professional development. For more information and applications, please visit the Kilmer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Web page

Please contact Bethany Usher at or Julie Ellingsen at with any questions about the Center for Undergraduate Research.

Dunn Theater Closed for Renovations

Dunn Theater will be closed for renovations from graduation day through the start of fall semester 2009.

Optional Retirement Reps on Campus

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

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

Potsdam Personalities

Fadi Bou-Abdallah (chemistry) organized the 1st Northern New York Local Section of the American Chemical Society Undergraduate and Graduate Chemistry Research Symposium. The event was held on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at SUNY Potsdam. A total of 60 people attended the symposium including 32 students from Clarkson, St. Lawrence University and SUNY Potsdam. The students presented their research work in the form of oral and/or poster presentations. Prizes were awarded to students with the best oral and poster presentations. Three students working in Bou-Abdallah?s lab presented their research at the symposium and one of them, Banu Kandemir won one of the best poster presentation awards.

Maria Hepel (chemistry) has her paper, Large Cation Model of Dissociative Reduction of Electrochromic WO3 films just recently published in the Central European Journal of Chemistry, 7 (2) 2009 pp.234-245. This issue contains selection of papers presented at the 8th International Conference on Solid State Chemistry held in Bratislava, Slovakia from July 6 to July 11, 2008. The paper has been coauthored with a chemistry student Haley Redmond, class of 2008.

Currently Redmond is a graduate student at the Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.

Maurice Kenny (English & communication), will be a guest speaker at the United Nations in New York City. Kenny will be joined by the Native American poet, Joy Harjo. The two poets will discuss the publishing world in reference to Native American Writers. This event will occur May 28.

Linda Moerschell (English & communication) has recently had her article titled, ?Resistance to Technological Change in Academia,? accepted for publication in Current Issues in Education, an online research journal devoted to advancing scholarly thoughts in the field of education. This journal is published at Arizona State University and is available from the SUNY Potsdam Library Web site or through for viewing in the spring 2009 edition.

Gerald Lee Ratliff (academic affairs) was a guest speaker at the recent Lilly Foundation meeting hosted by the University of Delaware from April 16 to April 18, and conducted a workshop titled Exploding the 'Millennial Myth': [Un] Conventional Strategies to Address Institutional Retention Initiatives. He also completed a new textbook titled, The Theatre Audition Handbook 2 to be published in fall 2009 by Meriwether Publishing, Ltd.

Jan Trybula (biology) gave an invited talk at the annual meeting of the New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey at The Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, NY, on May 2 & 3. His talk was titled Natural History of Larval Odonata. He also co-led with Erin White of the New York Natural Heritage Program, a field workshop on collection and identification of larval dragonflies in the upper Hudson River near Warrensburg, NY.


Leadership Tools for Women: Women Leading Sustainability

This is the fifth annual Leadership Tools for Women, an Institute for Community College Development ( conference designed specifically for women working in higher education who wish to heighten their understanding of the contemporary issues facing women as they move to assume leadership roles in their institutions. This day-long program will help women gain greater knowledge and understanding about how women lead. ??Leadership Tools for Women is co-sponsored by the SUNY Center for Professional Development.

The SUNY Center for Professional Development is pleased to co-sponsor this conference on June 12, ?from 8:30 a.m. ? 4 p.m. ?at the Onondaga Community College in ?Syracuse, NY.

Registration is online at the ICCD Web site at Cost of the conference is $125.



8 Last Day of Classes
Employee Recognition and Awards Ceremony 10 a.m.
Crane Honors Convocation @ Snell Theater 3 p.m.
9 THE MET LIVE in HD - Rossini "La Cenerentola" @ Roxy Theater 12:30 p.m.
11 Final Examinations
15 Party in the Plaza, Minerva Plaza
4 p.m.
16 SUNY Potsdam Graduate Commencement Ceremony @ Hosmer Hall 10 a.m.
College Honors Convocation @ Snell Theater 1:30 p.m.
17 Bachelor's Commencement
10:00 a.m.


Bear Express Adds New Merchants

A&W, Quizno?s Subs, Mongolian Grille, and A1 Chinese Food are now all participating in the Bear Express program. For a complete listing of participating merchants, visit

Graduation, Mother?s Day, Survival Baskets

The College Store has a variety of gift baskets available for purchase. Visit the Web site at

Customer Appreciation Specials at the Student Union Dining Court

Starts Monday, April 27 and continues through the end of semester.

Mondays, FWG, 11 a.m. ? 4 p.m., Buy today?s lunch special and get free medium soda.

Tuesdays and Thursdays ? 7:30 a.m. ? 11 a.m., Any size coffee or cappuccino 75

Wednesdays, FHG, 11 a.m. ? 4 p.m., Buy any burger and get regular size fries for 50

Fridays, C&C, Noon ? 4 p.m., Buy large sundae and get 1 free cookie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faculty Staff Flex Program Changes
Starting June 1, PACES will offer faculty and staff a 20 percent discount on all dining services on all food purchases at all units. To enroll in a plan, set up a flex account with a minimum $50 balance at the PACES Business Office.

College Store & Union Market

Open Weekdays during the summer from 9 a.m. ? 4 p.m . The College Store will stay open until 5 p.m. on the first day of classes at the start of each summer session. Both stores will be closed Monday, May 25 and July 3. The College Store will have extended hours for alumni weekend.

PACES Calendar

May 11 ? May 15
The College Store Used Book Buy Back
BOGO/Buy one sweatshirt get one FREE/from special selection @ The College Store
Summer Reading, Relax and take home a good book.
Twenty percent off all general reading books.
Union Market Small Slushie/25 cents.

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

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

PACES Operational Hours Commencement and Summer

College Store & Union Market
Open Saturday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. ? 3 p.m.
Open Sunday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. ? 1 p.m.
Open May 18 ? May 21, 9 a.m. ? 4 p.m.

Lehman Dining Center
Open Friday, May 15, 7 a.m. ? 8 p.m.
Open Saturday, May 16, 7 a.m. ? 2 p.m. Brunch
Open Sunday, May 17, 7 a.m. ? 10 a.m. Brunch

Fifth World Grill
Open Friday, May 15, 7:30 a.m. ? 6 p.m.
Open Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m. ? 6 p.m.
Open Sunday, May 17, 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Chips Deli

Open Friday, May 15, 10:45 a.m. ? 7 p.m.
Open Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m. ? 7 p.m.

Saguaro Burrito, Tomassito?s & Firehouse Grill
Closes Friday, May 14, 1 a.m.

Blue Plate Diner/Meds
Closes Thursday, May 14, 2:30 p.m.

Cookies, Cream & Co.
Closes Friday, May 15, 6 p.m.

Crane Snack Bar
Closes Thursday, May 14, 2 p.m.

Dexter's Café  
Closes Friday, May 8, 2 p.m.

Minerva's Café  
Closes Thursday, May 14, 2 p.m.

Becky's Caf
Closes Friday, May 15, 5 p.m.

Becky's Place
Closes Friday, May 15, 3 p.m.

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


Education Counselor

The Research Foundation of SUNY, a private, not for profit educational corporation invites applications for two (2) Educational Counselor positions for the Potsdam Akwesasne Talent Search (PATS) Program. One position will serve the following school districts: Salmon River, Brushton-Moira & St. Lawrence Central. The second position will serve the following school districts: Parishville-Hopkinton, Madrid-Waddington, Hermon-Dekalb & Lisbon Central School. PATS is a federally funded program aimed at helping youths to continue in and complete secondary education or its equivalent and to enroll in or reenter a postsecondary institution.

Responsibilities: To provide educational and career guidance to eligible students who reside in St. Lawrence County; Franklin County; Salmon River School District or the Akwesasne, St. Regis Mohawk Territory.

Services include: Recruitment and retention of participants; preparation and presentation of group workshops; providing academic support; postsecondary familiarization; assistance with career guidance information resources and developing and maintaining affiliations with participating schools, community groups and service agencies within the target area. Also, the coordination of College/Career Visits as well as providing transportation.

Qualifications: Bachelor?s degree with relevant experience and comprehensive knowledge of higher education required. Candidates for this position should relate well to the population served-low income/first generation college students, as well as have an appreciation and understanding of the history and culture of the Mohawk people of Akwesasne. Knowledge of personal, career and academic counseling techniques; student development; and financial aid counseling preferred. The successful candidate should possess good communication skills, good professional judgment and the ability to work independently and within a team. Ability to travel daily and work some evening and weekend hours. Dependable car and valid driver?s license required.

Submit letter of application, resume and three references to: Director, PATS, Sisson Hall, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY 13676 by May 22, 2009. The Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.


Institutional Review Board

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

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

Spring 2009 Meeting Schedule

Meeting Date


Proposal Due Date



Wed., 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 March 27, 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 ?Karen Refugees and the Biomedical System,? submitted by Dr. Alan Hersker and Alyssa Petroski, 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 April 21, 2009.

The research proposal ?Remaking Christian and Indigeneous Identities in Northern Australia,? submitted by Dr. Carolyn Schwarz, 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 April 21, 2009.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Meetings

The SUNY Potsdam IACUC reviews any use of live animals in research, teaching, service or display by faculty, staff or students affiliated with SUNY Potsdam, regardless of where the activity occurs and of the activities funding source.

Please allow adequate time for your proposal to be reviewed prior to the intended start date of the project. The committee requires sufficient time to review the proposal and to suggest any revisions prior to project approval by the institutional official.

If you are unsure whether the project you plan to conduct should be submitted to the IACUC or have questions about the approval process, please contact Steve Marqusee, chair of the IACUC, at x3186 or by e-mail at

Researchers are reminded that state and federal laws require that all projects involving animal subjects be reviewed. Application forms are available in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Researchers may contact Kathy LaMay at x3121 or by e-mail at for application materials.

Grant Development Program 2008-2009

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


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.