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The Reporter - October 1

Reporter No.1021 10/1/09


Open Office Hours for the President

The next series of open office hours for members of the campus community to meet with President Schwaller have been scheduled. 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, Oct. 7, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Folklore & Frost

WPBS-TV is gearing up for Folklore & Frost: The Big County & Beyond, which features several locations on the SUNY Potsdam campus. The free kick-off party will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at TAUNY, 53 Main Street, Canton. The production will be screened and those who were involved with the production will be present. Snacks will be provided. Tickets for the tour will be available for purchase.

Title III Grant Application Deadline

The Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant application deadline for Fall 2009 conference travel related to faculty professional development is October 19. Faculty interested in submitting a proposal should visit the Title III Web site at for additional information, including application forms and funding limits or contact Gerald L. Ratliff, Title III project director, at x2107.

Search for Bicycle

The Crane Opera Ensemble is searching for a Gay 90's or WWI era bicycle to use in their November production. We prefer the bike be usable if only for a short ride across the stage during each performance. If you or someone you know owns such a bike, we are happy to negotiate a rental fee or provide you with two free tickets to a performance. Please contact Carleen Graham or Jeff Reeder

SEFA Campaign for 2010

SUNY Potsdam's State Employees Federated Appeal campaign for calendar year 2010 has begun. This campaign presents a wonderful opportunity for state employees to work together to demonstrate the power of the state workforce. As a community, we have achieved extraordinary things even as the number of state employees has dwindled and community needs have risen. Departmental mailings will be sent shortly.

Contact Diane Brown at x2100 for questions and pledge forms and booklets. Our campaign will run from to December 4.

Message from Human Resources

You may have recently received a letter from Express Scripts regarding a security breach. The NYS Dept. of Civil Service Employee Benefit Division and Express Scripts have identified the letter as legitimate. Please note: this only applies to those enrolled in health insurance between 1999-2005. Employees are encouraged to follow the guidance in the letter with their concerns. Below is the announcement from NYS:

Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) security breach:
ESI recently notified Empire Plan enrollees of an incident that resulted in unauthorized access to Empire Plan enrollee information including name, social security number, date of birth and possibly prescription information for the time period ESI managed the Empire Plan Prescription Drug program from 1999 through 2005. ESI is unaware at this time of any actual misuse of Empire Plan information, and is continuing to work with the FBI to investigate. ESI has set up a Web site,, which contains helpful information and resources for affected Empire Plan enrollees.

ESI has contracted with Kroll Inc., the world's leading risk-consulting company, to provide expert assistance to members who believe their data may have been misused because of this incident. If an enrollee does experience identity theft resulting from this incident, he or she will be assigned a licensed investigator at Kroll who will work to validate and address all concerns. ESI will provide identity restoration services from Kroll for all legitimate and approved cases of identity theft caused by this incident.

If you received a letter from ESI advising you of the security breach, and you have concerns about your personal information, you may contact Kroll, at no charge to you, at 866-795-9350, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (central time), to discuss your concerns with a U.S.-based customer care representative specially trained in handling privacy breach events, fraud and identity theft issues.

Designated Employee Contacts

The following employees have been designated as contacts for the areas listed:

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
Dr. Susan Stebbins and Calvin Smith
Freedom of Information
Deidre Kelly and Kathryn Perry
HIPAA Policy Official
Kathryn Perry
Personal Privacy Protection Law
Kathryn Perry
Right to Know/Hazardous Communication
Calvin Smith

Design Lab

The Office of Public Affairs is offering assistance to faculty, staff and students via a recently developed design lab. The design lab is staffed by interns and can be used for questions concerning design software, composition, layout and finishing needs. The lab will be open on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon in the Office of Public Affairs, 6th floor Raymond Hall. No appointments are necessary.

If you have questions, please contact Director of Publications Jessica Rood at x3348 or by e-mail at

Important Message from CTS

All areas within CTS will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of the Columbus 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
? HelpDesk, Kellas Hall
? Instructional Technology Center (ITC), Stillman Hall

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

NYS Law Extending Dependent Child Eligibility

Recently enacted New York State Law Extending Dependent Child Eligibility through age 29.

Coverage for young adult dependents will be 'COBRA-like' coverage in that it will be at the Full Share Individual rate (approx $450 a month), and each dependent will enroll in their own individual policy. This benefit will be implemented for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2010.

Coverage for young adults applies only to medical benefits. Enrollment in the NYS Dental and Vision Plans is not available through this benefit. There will be an initial 12-month open enrollment period (January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010), followed by an Annual Open Enrollment Period to be determined.

Enrollments will be processed directly through the Employee Benefits Division, similar to the existing process for COBRA enrollees. Information regarding this benefit will be sent to all enrollees and agencies by November 1, 2009. We will continue to advise you as more details become available.

Individual Development Awards

The Individual Development Awards Committee is accepting applications for Individual Development Awards. More information can be found at

The deadline for submittal of applications is November 6. Please visit the UUP or the Office of Human Resources Web site for details.

Skills for Success Courses

The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training has announced the Skills for Success courses for fall 2009 and spring 2010.

Skills for Success courses provide CSEA-represented employees with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to accomplish job assignments more effectively.

The Skills for Success catalog and application may be found at
A copy of the catalog is also available in the Office of Human Resources.

Courses begin on October 13, and conclude on June 16, 2010.

Classes may fill up quickly, so if you are interested, you should register soon. All participants must receive supervisory approval to attend courses.

For further information, contact the Partnership at 800-253-4332 or e-mail

NYS Flex Spending Account Program - 2010 Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the 2010 NYS Flex Spending Account Program is currently taking place and closes at midnight on November 16.

The Flex spending account program includes two important benefits for employees: the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) and the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) and employees are allowed to enroll in either or both accounts. State employees may contribute up to $4,000 per year on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction to the HCSA and up to $5,000 per year for the DCAA. For more information and for paperless enrollments, call 1-800-358-7202 or visit

The employer contribution for employees who enroll in the DCAA is again available for the 2010 year up to $800 based on your salary.

Inaugural Guest Speaker Workshop Series

The campus community is cordially invited to attend the inaugural campus Guest Speaker Workshop Series on "Promoting Undergraduate Research: Principles and Practices," featuring Jo B. Paoletti on Friday, Oct. 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Learning and Teaching Excellence Center (LTEC) in Crumb Library.

Professor Paoletti is director of the American Cultures Program at the University of Maryland and her workshop topic, "Undergraduate Research: Off to a Good Start!," will explore basic strategies used to infuse undergraduate research principles into the curriculum. Professor Paoletti's own research focuses on gender differences, ethnic diversity and popular culture as well as service learning, curriculum design and instructional application of technologies in humanities teaching and learning. She is also available for individual or small group meetings with faculty interested in exploring curriculum design.

To schedule an individual session please contact Gerald L. Ratliff, Title III Project director, at or x2107. The workshop series is funded as part of the College's five-year, $1.6 million dollar Strengthening Institutions Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to promote undergraduate research across-the-curriculum.

Preliminary Call for Summer Session 2010 Courses

It is time once again to begin building our preliminary summer session schedule for 2010. All course proposals should be received in our office by Friday, Oct. 9, to have the tentative schedule available on the Office of Extended Education Web site to advisers and students on October 19, when spring 2010 advising begins. Once again, we do not plan on printing a preliminary summer schedule.

Preliminary 2010 summer session dates:
Session I (5-week): May 27?July 2, 2010
Session I-A (3-Week): May 27?June 15, 2010
Session I-B (3-Week): June 16?July 2, 2010
Session II (5-Week): July 6?August 10, 2010
Session II-C (3-Week): July 6?July 22, 2010
Session II-D (3-Week): July 26?August 11, 2010

No classes will be scheduled to meet on Monday, May 31, 2010 (Memorial Day Weekend) and Monday, July 5, 2010 (July 4th weekend).

Detailed information regarding session dates, course schedule templates, etc. is available in a mailing that was sent out to all faculty the week of September 14.

For further information or assistance, please contact Lee Ghostlaw at or 267-2166 in the Office of Extended Education.

SUNY Potsdam in the News

Friday, September 25
Athletes Can Help
Award Recipient (photo)
Alumnus Delivers Keynote

Saturday, September 26
Janice Westerling
Stewart?s Donation
NSF Grant Goes to SUNY?s Bou-Abdallah for His Work

Watertown Daily Times:
$1,000 for SUNY Potsdam Scholarship

Sunday, September 27
Advance News:
Dr. Willis to Speak at Gender Studies Lecture
Award Recipient (photo)
Trauma & Disorder Workshop Oct. 13 at SUNY Potsdam
SUNY Potsdam Promotes Undergrad Research

Tuesday, September 29
Moerschell Pens Leadership Book

Wednesday, September 30
North Country This Week:
Leaf Raking Help
?Meet the Arts? Oct. 7 at Snell
Music of Schnittke
Bus Stop
Police Auction
Guest Pianist at Crane

Watertown Daily Times:
Dreary Day (photo)

Optional Retirement Reps on Campus

Dave Howe, a representative from TIAA-CREF, will be on campus on October 14, November 18 and December 16. If anyone would like to meet with him, please call the Rochester office at 1-877-209-3144.

Rick Wolf, a representative from VALIC, will be on campus on October 15 and 29, November 12 and December 10. If you would like to meet with him, please send him an e-mail

Employee Assistance Program

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



2 Men's Soccer vs. Cortland, 4 p.m.
?Bus Stop? @ Dunn Dance Theater, 7:30 p.m.
3 Men's Soccer vs. Oswego, 3 p.m.
John William Gordon Trio and The Max Howard Band, 7:30 p.m.
4 Crane Symphony Orchestra @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
6 Guest Artist , Victoria Mushkatkol, piano @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
7 Meets the Arts presents Panloco Steel Band @ Snell Theater, 10 a.m. & 7 pm.
Faculty Recital, Mark Hartman, trombone @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
8 Crane Symphonic and Concert Band @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
9 Women's Soccer vs. New Paltz, 4 p.m.
Early Alerts Due
Fall Recess Begins, 10 p.m.
10-13 Recess
14 Classes Resume
Quantico Marine Band @ Hosmer Hall, 1 p.m.
15 Faculty Recital, Christopher Creviston @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
16 Men?s Soccer vs. Fredonia, 6 p.m.
Crane Latin Band Ensemble @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
17 Men?s Soccer vs. Buffalo State, 2 p.m.
Guest Artist, Stanley Yates, Classical Guitar @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
18 The Met: Live in HD, Encore of Tosca @ Roxy Theater, 1 p.m.
20 Men's Hockey vs. Canton (Exhibition), 7 p.m.
Potsdam String Chamber Players @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
21 Crane Wind Ensemble @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
22 Crane Jazz Band @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
23 A# Arrangement Invitational @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty and Staff Excellence

Fadi Bou-Abdallah (chemistry) has published the article ?A loop in the N-lobe of human serum transferrin is critical for binding to the transferrin receptor as revealed by mutagenesis, isothermal titration calorimetry and epitope mapping? in the Journal of Molecular Recognition.

The paper was a collaborative project with Prof. Ann Mason at the School of Medicine, University of Vermont, and was co-authored with Banu Kandemir, a SUNY Potsdam sophomore student. In addition, Bou-Abdallah and Kandemir attended the 238th American Chemical Society National meeting that was held in Washington, D.C., August 16 to August 20, 2009, where they presented a poster of their research work this summer titled ?Isothermal Titration Calorimetry of Human Serum Transferrin Interaction with the Soluble Portion of the Receptor.?


October College Store and Union Market Sales

October 5 through October 10
Teacher Aids

Bulletin board boarders $3.59, regular price $4.49; grade book $7.98, regular price $9.98; hoodies: MV Sport Hoodie $31.96, regular price $39.95; calculator: TI30Xa Texas Instruments Scientific Calculator $14.39, regular price $17.99; dorm supplies: PUR Water Filtration System $15.19, regular price $18.99; Health & Fitness book: ?Yoga, The Iyengar Way? $19.16, regular price $23.95.

October 14 to October 17
Last chance to buy textbooks, unsold textbooks will be returned to the publishers.

October 19 to October 24
Make a donation to the Susan G. Koleman Foundation

"Breast Cancer, The Complete Guide," sale price $13.80, regular $17.
iHome pink laser mouse (proceeds to Susan G. Koleman Foundation), sale price $39.99, regular price $49.99.
iHome 4 port hub (proceeds to Susan G. Koleman Foundation), sale price $15.99, regular price $19.99.

The College Store will no longer give out plastic bags. If you need one, please ask. Better yet, bring your own bag in and help save the planet. Between 500 billon and a trillion bags are consumed worldwide each year. Plastic bags do not de-compose, they eventually end up in the ocean. Make your own difference.

Schedule for Fall Break

Lehman Dining Center
Closes Friday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m.
Opens Tuesday, Oct. 13, 4 p.m.

Student Union Dining Court

Fifth World Grill/Chips Old Time Deli
Open Friday, Oct. 9, until 7 p.m.
Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 9 a.m. ? 7 p.m.
Open Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. ? 10 p.m.

Tomassito?s/Firehouse Grill
Closes Friday, Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m.

Saguaro Burrito
Opens Tuesday, Oct. 13, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Plate Diner/Meds
Closes Friday, Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.

Cookies, Cream & Co.
Closes Friday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m.
Opens Monday, Oct. 12, noon ? 7 p.m.

Crane Snack Bar
Closes Friday, Oct. 9, 3:30 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7:15 a.m.

Dexter's Café  
Closes Friday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.

Minerva?s Café  
Closes Friday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7:45 a.m.

Becky's Place
Closes Friday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m.
Opens Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7:30 a.m. ? 3 p.m.

Becky's Café  
Closes Friday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m.
Opens Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7:30 a.m.

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


Attention Researchers

Prior to completing an application for IRB review of research involving human subjects, researchers should verify that they are using the most current version of the application and applicable forms.

The most current versions of all IRB forms are available on the Web at

Only the most current version will be accepted for review.
Thank you for your cooperation.

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 2009 Meeting Schedule

Meeting Date Time Proposal Date
Deadline Room
Tuesday, Oct. 20
4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 9
5 p.m.
Satterlee 113
Tuesday, Nov. 17
4 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 6
5 p.m.
Satterlee 113
Tuesday, Dec. 15
4 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 4
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 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

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.

The research proposal ?Distribution of Wetland, Dependent Amphibians and Reptiles of Greatest Conservation Need in Northern New York, An Application of the New York Herp Atlas,? submitted by Dr. Glenn Johnson, Department of Biology, has been reviewed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and by the provost of the College. The researcher and the use of animal subjects in that research have been approved for renewal as of Sept. 3, 2009.

Title III Undergraduate Research Programs for 2009-2010

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

Faculty Professional Development

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

Application deadlines: October 19 and February 26.

Faculty Curriculum Development

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

Application deadlines: December 7 and April 2.

Student/Faculty Travel

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

Application deadlines: October 5, November 9, February 15 and March 29.

Department Curriculum Development

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

Application deadlines: November 2 and March 22.

Research and Creative Endeavors Program for 2009-2010

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

DEADLINES: October 7, 2009 and April 7, 2010

Grant Development Program 2009-2010

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


Grant Writing Initiative (GWI)

The Research and Sponsored Programs Office will make up to 6 awards of $250 each to faculty and professional staff who develop and submit viable proposals to external funding agencies during 2009-2010. All grant proposals submitted through the Research and Sponsored Programs Office (excluding continuation and fellowship applications) will automatically be eligible.

Awards will be made based on the following considerations:

?quality of proposal

?match between proposal and sponsor (likelihood of success)

?institutional support of proposal

Up to three awards will be made in November 2009 for proposals submitted up to October 31, 2009.

Up to three awards will be made in June 2010 for proposals submitted up to May 31, 2010.

In affirming its commitment to equal opportunity for all individuals, SUNY Potsdam actively seeks faculty, staff and students without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or veteran status.