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The Reporter - November 21

REPORTERNo. 979 11/21/08


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 fall 2008 semester. To make a 15-minute appointment during one of the following times, please contact Diane Brown by phone at x2100 or by e-mail at browndr:

Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Important Message from Computing & Technology Services

All areas of CTS will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Administration Office, 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

HelpDesk, Kellas Hall

Instructional Technology Center (ITC), Stillman Hall

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

Still Time To Submit Your 2009 Summer Session Banner Forms

For anyone who has not submitted their Banner forms, please do so as soon as possible. As soon as the Banner forms are approved and received in the Office of Extended Education, Lee Ghostlaw will add them to the Preliminary Summer Session Course Schedule that is found on our Web site. If you have any questions, please call Lee at x2166 or Tom Fuhr at x3089 for assistance.

CTS Recommends New Smart Power Strip

In our effort to seek alternative ways to conserve energy and save resources, CTS conducted a test on the new Smart Power Strip product and recommends its use for desktop computers. Please not that this product does not work well for notebooks.


Automatically switches peripherals on and off

Saves money on utility bills

Protects equipment against power surges

How It Works

Computer peripherals, like printers, monitors, speakersand scanners continue to use energy even after they have been turned off. This is referred to as ?idle? current and whether or not your peripherals are being used,you continue to pay to power them. When the Smart Strip senses that your computer has been turned off, it automatically shuts down your peripherals preventing them from drawing an idle current.

For additional information on this product or to order, go to:

Keep in mind when ordering that the cost and the model will depend on the number of devices that will connect to the power strip.

Smart Strip Power Strip - SCG3, 4 switched outlets ($30)

Smart Strip Power Strip ? LCG4, 6 switched outlets ($40)

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.

If you are interested in using either of these forms in your classes this semester, please contact the Provost's Office at x2108, or Patty Stone at If you are using the paper form, we need to know the total number of evaluations needed and the total number of sections in which you plan to use them. For the Blackboard version, we need to know the name and section of the course(s).

Health and Substance Abuse vendor for The Empire Plan for 2009

Effective January 1, 2009, OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions (OptumHealth) will be the Mental Health and Substance Abuse vendor for The Empire Plan.

Effective November 10, 2008, enrollees and covered dependents may verify the network status of their MHSA providers in OptumHealth's network by calling the NYSHIP's Empire Plan toll free number at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447), selecting Option 3, and then selecting the 2009 MHSA option for OptumHealth. Also, Empire Plan enrollees and covered dependents will be able to check the status of their providers in OptumHealth's network online at

Sheard Literacy Center Book Fair

Monday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

All proceeds to benefit Sheard Literacy Center Outreach Program.

SEFA Campaign Update

As of Monday, Nov. 17, 46 employees have donated towards SUNY Potsdam?s SEFA campaign, and $7,340 has been raised. The deadline to contribute for calendar year 2009 is November 21. Melanie Nichols was the winner of the Party Lite gift donated by Dr. Michael Schaff, Tammy Durant was the winner of the handmade jewelry donated by Heather O?Hara and Tom MacGregor was the winner of the Sandstone Grill gift certificate. If you have any questions on the SEFA campaign or need a donation form, please call Diane at x2100.

SUNY Potsdam in the News

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

Friday, November 14


SUNY Theater and Dance Present ?Eyes Will Roll?

SUNY Potsdam Teaches QPR Method to Prevent Suicides

?Tito to Timba? Recital at Crane

Hear Janacek?s Song Cycle Recital at Crane

?The Met: Live in HD? Series Continues at Roxy Nov. 22

Crane Wind Ensemble Plays Composition by Puckett

Play Fest Nov. 20-22

SUNY Potsdam Ranks High in NSSE Conducted Survey

Saturday, November 15


AIDS Group Hosting Lecture by Infectious Disease Expert

Walker Research Fellowship 2009 Competition Opened

Sunday, November 16

Advance News:

10-Minute Plays

SUNY Potsdam Announces Degree Recipients

Christmas Candlelight Concerts Dec. 7

Janacek Recital Today at Crane

Wind Ensemble to Perform

Live in High Definition: The Met Coming to Potsdam

AAUW Honors Dr. Maria Hepel

Tuesday, November 18


AAUW Honors Dr. Maria Hepel

Watertown Daily Times:

The Circle K Difference

Wednesday, November 19

North Country This Week:

Potsdam Community Chorus to Perform at Crane

on Nov. 23

Annual Crane Christmas Candlelight Concert, a

Holiday Staple, Returns

Tito to Timba

SUNY Potsdam Presents 7 Plays

AAUW Scholarship Winner (photo)

Relay for Life Teams

Orchestra and Choir

Live ?Met? Broadcast at Roxy

World AIDS Day Speaker

The SUNY Potsdam AIDS Education Group (SUNY-PAEG) is recognizing its 20th year on campus and the 20th official observation of World AIDS Day with a lecture by infectious disease specialist Dr. Marylene Duah on Monday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Dunn Hall Dance Theater.

Dr. Duah headed the HIV clinic in Gouverneur between 1997 and 2005 and has been chair of the infection control clinic and HIV clinic at Samaritan Health Center in Watertown since 2005. She has devoted much of her medical career to addressing the needs of people who are HIV-positive.

She completed residencies and fellowships in infectious diseases and internal medicine at the University of Rochester and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, respectively. These two areas ? New York City and Rochester ? are epicenters of HIV infection in New York State and New York City is one of the 12 epicenters of HIV in the country.

Dr. Duahprovides primary care to people with HIV in the North Country so that they do not have to travel to Syracuse, Burlington or Albany for basic HIV medical services.

World AIDS Day is recognized each December 1 as the day when individuals and organizations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.

Retirement Party for Barry McDermott

We would like to invite the campus community to join us as we celebrate Barry McDermott's retirement. Barry retired this past August after serving as the Chief of our University Police Department since 2000. The celebration will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Becky's Place in Pratt Commons. Refreshments will be provided. Please stop in and wish Barry the best during his retirement years.

Coat Drive

The Presidential Scholars will hold a coat drive on Tuesday, Dec. 2, and Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Student Union. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to donate their unwanted coatsto charityafter the Thanksgiving break.

Holiday Art Auction

A holiday art auction will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, in the lobby of Brainerd Hall. Preview is from noon to 2 p.m. and the auction is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

All artists are invited to donate items; every donating artist will be listed in the program. Artworks are due to the secretary's office in Brainerd 218, by Monday, Dec. 1.

All proceeds will be used to fund student art supplies and field trips.

Support ?Nothing But Nets? Project

The SUNY Potsdam Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, is participating with the United Nations on their "Nothing But Nets" project to provide malaria nets to people in Africa. Malaria nets have been found to be an inexpensive way of controlling the spread of this serious disease. For each $10 donated, a malaria net will be sent to Africa. If you'd like to contribute, please drop off your donations to Joe Sarnoff, Faculty Secretary/Treasurer of ODK, room 203 Raymond Hall. If you've got a change jar or cup at home or in your office, that would be an easy way to help. Please don't send cash through the mail. Checks may be made payable to PACES 2700. Donations will be accepted through the end of the fall semester. If you have any questions, contact Sarnoff

Optional Retirement Reps on Campus

Dave Howe, a representative from TIAA-CREF, will be on campus on December 17. 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 the following dates: December 4 and December 18. 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 has one EAP Coordinator, Ada Santaferra, at x2229. She is available to discuss personal concerns and make appropriate referrals. You may contact her at the number 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.


Webinar Online Workshop

The SUNY Center for Professional Development through theTeaching, Learning,Technology Cooperative(TLT CoOp) supports campus professional development efforts by offeringvarious one-hour webinars throughout the academic year, facilitated by SUNY Professionals for SUNY Professionals.

The TLT Cooperative is a program with the goal of sharing SUNY expertise on a particular topic related to teaching, learning, and/or technology with others throughout the system, so that each campus can learn from one another without having to "reinvent the wheel," the programor the research on eachcampus. The TLT CoOp acts as a catalystfor communication throughout the System, offering abig picture view ofthe interests, talents,successes and challenges, with the purpose of learning from one another.

The SUNY CPD through the TLT CoOp is seeking to develop newone-hour webinars to be offered during the spring 2009 semester. CPD Staff will provide design consultation, webinarset-up and instruction. Webinars canhave multiple presenters.

You are invited to submit proposalsforpresenting during the Spring 2009 Semester. We will notify peopleof acceptanceby December 1 or you can contact the Assistant Director, Lisa Miles Raposo.



21 Voice Area Recital @ Wakefiels Recital Hall, 1pm

Repertoire Percussion Ensemble @ Recital @ Snell Theater, 3pm

Brass Area Recital @ Wakefield Recital Hall, 3pm

Crane Latin Band @ Snell Theater, 7:30pm

NYSSMA Area All-State @ The Crane School of Music
22 THE MET LIVE in HD- Berlioz, La Dammation de Daust @ Roxy Theater, 1 pm
23 Crane String Orchestra and Community Choir @ Hosmer Hall, 3pm
24 Crane Trombone Ensemble @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30pm
Fall recess begins at 10pm
26-30 Recess
27 Thanksgiving


1 Classes Resume at 8am
4 Harp/Guitar Area Recital @ Wakefield Hall, 6pm
5 CSA Sponsored Holiday Conocation @ Snell Theater, 3pm


Fadi Bou-Abdallah (Chemistry) has published the article, ?Facilitated Diffusion of Iron and Dioxygen Substrates into Human H-Chain Ferritin: A Fluorescence and Absorbance Study Employing the Ferroxidase Center Mutation Y34W,? in the Journal of the American Chemical Society(JACS). The paper describes the mechanism of iron and oxygen diffusion and deposition into human ferritin, the major iron storage proteins in animals. Bou-Abdallah was recently awarded $36,925 from Research Corporation to study the relationship between iron, hydrogen peroxide, free radical formation and oxidative damage in ferritin. On Saturday, Nov. 15, Bou-Abdallah performed a Chemistry Magic Show in front of some 250 high school students and teachers.

Eileen Raymond (School of Education/Professional Studies) has been elected as a trustee-at-large to the governing Board of Directors of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). CEC is the largest international professional organization with interests related to special and gifted education. CEC's mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with exceptionalities and their families through professional excellence and advocacy. CEC?s Board of Directors is the organization?s administrative, general legislative and policy making body, establishing strategic direction for CEC, addressing issues of concern and setting CEC policy.

Michael Rygel (Geology) published a paper titled, ?The Lower Permian Wasp Head Formation, Sydney Basin: high-latitude, shallow marine sedimentation following the late Asselian to early Sakmarian glacial event in eastern Australia? in the October volume of Sedimentology (volume 55, p. 1517-1540). The paper was co-authored by Chris Fielding and Tracy Frank (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Kerrie Bann (Ichnofacies Analysis Inc.), Lauren Birgenheier (University of Utah) and Stuart Tye (Husky Energy).


The College Store Pre-Black Friday Event

On November 24 and November 25, the store will offer faculty and staff 25 percent off purchases.

Discount Exceptions include: Chemical fees, CDs & DVDs, video games, snacks, previously discounted items, special orders, postage stamps and class rings, electronics, cigarettes, computers & accessories, clearance and items on consignment.

PACES Events

December 1 - December 6

The College Store Annual Clearance Sale. Prizes, drawings and give-ways all week long.

Union Market, "Deal or No Deal" movie rental late fee amnesty deal.

December 3, PACES annual Holiday Buffet, 11:30 a.m. ? 1:30 p.m.

December 12, PACES late night breakfast, 10 p.m. - midnight

December 8 ? December 12, Used book buy back

December 8 ? December 13

Union Market Holiday Movie Special - $6 gets you: 2 bags of popcorn, 1 liter soda and 3 movie rentals

The College Store & Union Market gear up for winter ? 20 percent off winter hats, gloves, mittens and scarves

20 percent off holiday & children's books

December 15 ? December 17

The College Store used book buy back

Union Market small slushies, 25 cents

Faculty Book Requisitions

Faculty Book requisitions spring of 2009 were due at The College Store in October. To date we have received about 40 percent of requisitions from faculty for the spring semester. If we do not receive faculty orders in a timely fashion, we cannot insure that student?s will receive the best price at buyback. If requisitions are not received it creates great confusion for students, because textbooks are not on the shelves when classes start. If we have faculty requisitions in, we will be able to purchase back books from students for next semester student use.

Faculty and StaffFlex Plan

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.

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. If you have trouble logging on to BearPAWS, contact the Registrar's Office at x2154.

Becky?s Place Specials

Come in and try our newest breakfast treat- L.A. Cinnamon Bread or one of our daily breakfast specials.


Monday- Grilled cheese & tomato soup

Tuesday- Chicken leg quarter, Montreal style, potatoe or rice, vegetable & roll

Wednesday- Reuben, cole slaw & roasted red potatoes

Thursday ? Philly cheese steak sandwich and side salad

Friday - Chef?s Choice


Monday ? Baked meatball sandwich & Dexter?s side salad

Tuesday - Sausage sandwich with onions and peppers and Dexter?s side salad

Wednesday & Thursday - Slice of pizza & 6 baked chicken wings

Friday - Chef?s choice


Buy any sandwich or Panini and get a Dexter side salad

for a Dollar

Weekly coffee drink specials in Becky?s Caf

Call our new extension to order pizza, x2651

Tickets on Sale for Holiday Buffet

Tickets are now on sale for the PACES Holiday buffet at Becky?s Place and Dexter?s Caf. The Buffet is December 3 in Thatcher Hall. Tickets are limited to 200 and are sold in advance only. Dexter?s Caf will be closed that day. Prices are: Flex $6.75 or Bear Cash $8 inclusive of tax.


New England Lobster Chowder



Wheatberry & Wild Rice Salad

Citrus Endive Salad w/ Yogurt Dressing


Carved Tenderloin of Beef w/ Wild Mushrooms

Roast Turkey w/ Pancetta Gravy

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms


Fingerling Potatoes w/ Caramelized Shallots

Roasted Asparagus w/ Balsamic Reduction

Baby Carrots w/ NYS Maple Syrup


Marvelously Mouthwatering, Entirely Essential


PACES Thanksgiving Break Schedule

Lehman Dining Center

Closes Tuesday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m.

Opens Sunday, Nov. 30, 8 a.m.

Student Union Dining Court

Fifth World Grill

Closes Tuesday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m.

Opens Sunday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m.

Chips Old Time Deli

Closes Tuesday, Nov. 25, 9 p.m.

Opens Sunday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m.

Saguaro Burrito/Tomassito?s/Firehouse Grill

Closes Monday, Nov. 24, after late night

Opens Sunday, Nov. 30, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Plate Diner/Meds

Closes Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2:30 p.m.

Opens Monday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.

Cookies, Cream & Co.

Closes Monday, Nov. 24, 10 p.m.

Opens Monday, Dec. 1, noon


Crane Snack Bar

Closes Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2 p.m.

Opens Monday, Dec. 1, 7:15 a.m.

Dexter's Caf

Closes Friday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m.

Opens Monday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.

Minerva?s Caf

Closes Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2 p.m.

Opens Monday, Dec. 1, 7:45 a.m.

Becky's Place

Closes Wednesday, Nov. 26, 3 p.m.

Opens Monday, Dec. 1, 7 a.m.

Becky's Caf

Closes Wednesday, Nov. 26, 5 p.m.

Opens Monday, Dec. 1, 7 a.m.


Voice Assistant Professor

SUNY Potsdam?s Crane School of Music invites applications for a full time tenure-track assistant professor (Artist/Teacher of Voice) to teach applied voice to music majors, a weekly performance class for studio, recruit and retain a studio of high-quality voice students and possibly teach other courses which may include vocal methods, diction, vocal pedagogy, and voice-class for non-majors. The successful candidate will have a master's degree with significant professional performance experience and demonstrated success as a studio voice teacher. All voice types considered, male voice preferred. Applications will be accepted through close of business on February 1, 2009. To apply go to

Assistant Provost

The Office of the Provost is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Provost to assist the Provost with administrative initiatives associated with the management of the academic program. It will be a half-time position reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Responsibilities include:

Assisting faculty in preparing applications for revised and new programs to SUNY System Administration and the NY State Department of Education and assuring that final submissions are complete and consistent with SUNY and SED guidelines;

Serving as the Provost?s Office representative to the Faculty Senate Academic Programs and Curriculum Committee;

Preparing the Undergraduate Catalog;

Coordinating the College senior Honors Convocation;

Organizing the New Faculty Seminar Series; and

Other special projects as time permits.

This position is a replacement for a faculty member who has been reassigned to coordinate a college grant-funded project and will begin in January 2009. It is expected to be filled by a current member of the faculty or professional staff of the college and will be compensated by release time and a stipend. The initial appointment will be for a term of two and a half years with the possibility of extending the term for two years by mutual agreement.

Qualifications: A graduate degree in an appropriate field is required, along with either significant teaching experience or substantial experience in administration in academic affairs. Excellent writing and editorial skills, from critical content review to proofreading, and ability to organize, implement, and coordinate programs with others are required.

Submit a letter of interest and current curriculum vitae with the names of three references whocan address experiences and skills related to the position responsibilities to Dr. Margaret Madden, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Review of applications will begin on December 8, 2008.

Director of College Libraries

The State University of New York College at Potsdam invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of College Libraries. The Director of the College Libraries is the chief administrator of the Crumb and Crane Libraries, including planning, fiscal management, supervision and assignment of personnel, and representation of the library to outside constituencies, both internal and external. SUNY Potsdam seeks an energetic, dynamic individual to lead the faculty and staff of the College Libraries and participate in advancing the mission of the entire College as it approaches its 2016 bicentennial anniversary.


SUNY Potsdam is a four-year liberal arts college in the St. Lawrence River Valley on the outskirts of the Adirondack Park. The oldest institution among the 64 units of The State University of New York system, SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students. All three of its schools, Arts and Sciences, The Crane School of Music and Education and Professional Studies, have academically challenging, liberal arts based programs. SUNY Potsdam is primarily a teaching institution, but there is an expectation that academic faculty will engage in creative or scholarly activity. The College is well known for its faculty and student interaction inside and outside the classroom. Students responding to the National Study of Student Engagement consistently report extremely high levels of student engagement and participation in high impact learning experiences. The institution also ranks at or near the top of student satisfaction surveys conducted within SUNY on most dimensions.

SUNY Potsdam has two college libraries. Located in the center of the academic quadrangle, the Crumb Library serves the entire campus community. Crane Library is located in the Crane School of Music and its collections relating to music and music education include books, scores, sound recordings, periodicals and video recordings. In addition to the director, current staff includes 13.5 FTE librarians and professional staff, 10 FTE clerical staff, and approximately 52 student workers.

The Libraries? mission is ?Supporting learning for the college community through information resources and services.? The Libraries have a proud history of service orientation, with emphasis on providing resources appropriate to a College with a primary emphasis on excellent teaching in undergraduate and selected master?s degree programs. Both internal management and external relations are highly collaborative and innovative. A recent focus has been on promoting the integration of information literacy throughout the curriculum.

The libraries utilize Ex Libris? Aleph library management system. The college participates in SUNYConnectand the Northern New York Library Network?s consortia arrangements for the acquisition of resources and access systems. Crumb Library is a selective depository for federal and New York State documents and for maps from the U.S. Geological Survey. Working in collaboration with academic departments, librarians select a wide range of traditional and non-traditional information sources in support of the College?s academic programs. The Library also includes the College?s Archives and Special Collections, which collects and provides access to materials from the college?s nearly 200-year history. Student interns in the archives frequently have the opportunity to learn and work with the archival collections. The libraries of the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence Valley collaborate for borrowing and professional development purposes.

The candidate for the Director of the College Libraries must have an ALA-accredited master?s degree in library science or information studies and a record of significant experience in college or university library service and administration, including supervision of library personnel.

Other desirable qualities include an open, collaborative leadership style and commitment to consensus-building and participatory governance; experience in college libraries focusing on undergraduate teaching; broad knowledge of library functional areas, ability to manage complex resources, familiarity with consortia arrangements; commitment to assisting students and faculty develop and realize learning outcomes initiatives; demonstrated ability and vision to lead strategic planning and program review processes; demonstrated ability to lead innovative initiatives; a record of successful interactions with diverse constituents, including students, faculty and staff, and alumni and donors; involvement in fundraising activities; participation in the broader campus community and local community-oriented activities; great personal integrity; and ability to work with colleagues and staff in a positive and collegial manner.

Information for Applicants:

Dr. William Amoriell, Dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies, chairs the search committee. The committee will make its recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President of the College. Review of candidates will begin on December 5th and will continue until the position is filled, with an expected starting date of July 1, 2009.

Application materials should include: A letter describing the candidate?s interest in and qualifications for the position; a curriculum vitae; a statement of administrative philosophy, and the names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers for at least five professional references. Interested applicants should visit SUNY Potsdam's employment site at to apply for this position.

All nominations and applications shall be confidential. Applications from women and minority candidates are especially welcome.

For more information on SUNY Potsdam College Libraries, please refer to the website

Building Supervisor

SUNY Potsdam invites applications for a weekend and evening Building Supervisor position for Crumb Library beginning early January 2009. For full announcement and online application we invite you to visit Consideration of applications starts December 3, 2008.


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:

Fall 2008 Meeting Schedule

Meeting Date


Proposal Due Date



Wednesday, Dec. 10

11 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 30

5 p.m.

Satterlee 113

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 Sept. 22, 2008. Researchers are asked to verify the revision date on their application materials with the online 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, ?Comp 598 Tutorial,? submitted by Jennifer Mitchell and Janea Brachfeld, Department of English and Communication, has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board. It has been determined that the use of human subjects in that research meets the criteria of exempt research on November 5, 2008. This exemption is applicable for a period of one year.

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.

Faculty-Undergraduate Summer Research Program 2009

This program supports faculty-student projects during the summer months. It is designed to support an outstanding student, (cumulative GPA ?3.25 and demonstrated scholarly potential) who will be returning for at least one full semester as an undergraduate. This experience should first and foremost provide an outstanding opportunity for the student to learn the procedures and techniques used in such endeavors, and to make an original contribution to that particular field of endeavor. This is primarily a student-oriented program and is not meant to merely provide a ?free technician? for a faculty member?s research or creative project. Students will receive a stipend of $3,200 for 10weeks of full-time work on the proposed research project. In addition, a double occupancy room will be provided free of charge. The research team will receive an award of up to $500 for expenses related to the proposed research.

DEADLINE: February 4, 2009

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 2008-2009

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has travel funds available to help support faculty scholarship. Funding will only be considered for faculty and professional staff who are chairing a panel or either presenting a paper or poster. This supplemental funding source does not preclude your applying to already established avenues, i.e., your department chair and the dean of the school.

Funding will take place throughout the year. The maximum for domestic travel is $200. The maximum amount for international travel is $300. No more than one travel award will be made per individual per academic year. To apply, use the state travel requisition form available in your department. Submit the requisition to your chair and the dean first, then if you are in need of additional funding submit the requisition with confirmation of your participation at the conference to Kathy Chapman, 5th Floor, Raymond Hall.

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.