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The Reporter - October 16

Reporter No.1023 10/16/09


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:

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

First-Ever Bone Marrow Registry Drive

A few minutes of your time and a swab of your cheek will put you on the National Bone Marrow Donor Program?s Be The Match Registry, which can save lives all around the country. SUNY Potsdam is holding its first-ever Bone Marrow Registry Drive in conjunction with the National Bone Marrow Donor Program on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union Fireside Lounge.

Members of the College?s Pre-Health Club are coordinating the event. Those interested in being listed on the registry will fill out paperwork and have their cheek swabbed by representatives from the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. The whole process will take less than 10 minutes. Potential donors must be between the ages of 18 and 60 who meet health guidelines and are willing to donate to any patient in need.

Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the program?s Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their lives. Patients need donors who are a genetic match. Even with a registry of millions, many patients cannot find a match. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed.

Once people are on the registry, they will be contacted if they are found to be a match for someone in need of a bone marrow transplant. Donating is always voluntary. Those who are a match can be asked to donate in one of two ways. Peripheral blood cell donation involves removing a donor?s blood through a sterile needle in one arm. The blood is passed through a machine that separates out the cells used in transplants. The remaining blood is returned through the other arm. The other way is to withdraw liquid marrow from the back of the donor's pelvic bones using special, hollow needles. General or regional anesthesia is always used for this procedure, so donors feel no needle injections and no pain during marrow donation. Most donors feel some pain in their lower back for a few days afterwards.

An information session about donation will take place Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., both in the Fireside Lounge. Both the information sessions and the registry sign up are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit

Career Fair Style Program to Select Major

We need your help with encouraging students to attend "A Major Affair.? The event is scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union, MPR and sponsored by Career Planning, Center for Campus Life and Alumni Offices.

This event is a career fair style program geared toward freshmen, sophomores and undeclared students. At this event students will have the opportunity to speak informally with faculty representatives from all undergraduate academic departments, alumni, and student services staff.

If you have questions or need more information, feel free to call Career Planning at x2344. We thank you for your help.

New Exhibition in Dunn Theater Lobby

A new exhibition, "Juliana Seraphim & the Nobel Laureates," has opened in the Dunn Hall Theater Lobby and will remain in place until the end of the semester. In 1971, the artist, Juliana Seraphim, was commissioned to produce a limited edition set of etchings honoring nine Nobel Laureates in Literature. The Gibson Gallery has six etchings honoring three Nobel Laureates. They will be displayed through December in the Dunn Lobby exhibit cases, along with the story of the etchings and biographies of the artist and the Laureates.

State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) Update

After our first week of the SEFA campaign, we have raised more than $2,500 for deserving organizations in St. Lawrence County and nationwide. Thank you to everyone who has contributed thus far. If you would like to contribute, please call Diane at x2100 or e-mail her at for a SEFA form. Our campaign runs through December 4.

Emerging Leaders Hosts Potsdam Appreciation Week

Emerging Leaders will be holding the Inaugural Potsdam Appreciation Week (PAW) in the lobby of Barrington Student Union October 26 through October 30. The event will be held daily between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Throughout the event, Emerging Leaders will offer games, prizes, voting and other activities to show appreciation to a different component of SUNY Potsdam every day of the week.

Throughout the week, Emerging Leaders will also accept contributions to the 09/10 Student Gift, which will be a donation to Students? Greatest Needs, as voted on by the student body during Welcome Weekend and other student events earlier this year. All proceeds of PAW will go toward the student gift.

Each day of the event the College Store will be offering a 20 percent discount on your purchase (exceptions: textbooks, special orders, postage stamps, computer software and electronics) for the following groups: Faculty, Staff, Students, members of Student Organizations (must wear a student organization shirt).

Schedule of Events:
Monday ? Appreciating Faculty
In the Union, you will be able to send thank you notes and coupons for coffee to your favorite professor. You will also have the opportunity to vote for professors for different categories. You may even have an opportunity to see one of your professors in our ?lock-up.?

Tuesday ? Appreciating Students
Come on down and send your friends a balloon message, personally delivered by an Emerging Leader. Vote for the student with the most school spirit.

Wednesday ? Appreciating Student Groups
Show your school spirit and support your favorite student organization during our ?Coin Carnival.? The group with the most money in their jar at the end of the day will win most spirited student group (a $50 prize). You can also send thank you notes to your fellow student group members.

Thursday ? Appreciating Staff
Swing by the Union to check out our service auction offered by SUNY Potsdam staff. Some services include 30-minute tarot reading, manicure and resume workshops. You can also vote for your favorite staff person.

Friday ? Closing Ceremony (Noon ? 1 p.m.)
Attend the closing ceremony and see who won the most votes for all of the votes throughout the week, such as:

? Most Spirited
? Faculy Superlatives
? Favorite Staff Categories
? Student Group Jar Wars
? And much more

For more information about the event, contact Taylor Harper at or Ruth Policella at

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

Support Available for Service-Learning Courses & Activities

Thanks to the generosity of the Institute for Ethical Behavior an endowment has been established in honor of Dr. Harold Hughes to provide service-learning opportunities and experiences for SUNY Potsdam students related to the promotion of ethical behavior. Preference shall be given to those programs that address North Country at-risk-youth and criminal justice-related programs.

Faculty may apply for funding for activities that may include, but are not limited to, transportation to community site(s), support materials for projects, and project activities such as learning games for an after-school tutoring program.

Send a one-page description of the project with budget to Toby White, director, Office of Experiential Education, Sisson S116. There is a maximum award up to $250 per course. Grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Service-Learning Course Development

Faculty interested in developing service-learning courses should contact the campus faculty liaison for service-learning, Heather Sullivan-Catlin in the Department of Sociology, at x2570 or e-mail Sullivan-Catlin has a variety of resources on service-learning curriculum development for many disciplines and is available for one-on-one consultations with individual faculty or for presentations to whole departments/programs. For more information on the campus criteria for designating courses as SL (service-learning) see the Office of Experiential Education Web site at

Title III Information Series

A campus-wide Title III Information Series is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Women's and Gender Studies Conference Room at 107 Morey Hall.

Interested faculty who plan to submit a grant application during the 2009-2010 academic year for one of the internal Title III award programs in professional development, individual or department curriculum development and faculty/student conference travel are encouraged to attend and review application guidelines, procedures and available funding limits.

For additional information, please visit the Title III Web site at or contact Gerald L. Ratliff at ratlifgl or x2107.

Guest Speaker Workshop Series

The campus community is cordially invited to attend the second Guest Speaker Workshop Series on "Promoting Undergraduate Research: Principles and Practices," featuring Janet Stocks from Baldwin-Wallace College, on Friday, Oct. 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Learning and Teaching Excellence Center (LTEC) in Crumb Library.

The title of her workshop presentation is "Undergraduate Research Across the Disciplines." The workshop series of invited guest speakers is sponsored by a $1.6 million, U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Grant.

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

SUNY Press Executive Director Gary Dunham on Campus

The LTEC and the Center for Undergraduate Research are happy to announce that Dr. Gary Dunham, executive director of SUNY Press, visiting at SUNY Potsdam on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Dunham will be giving a presentation for interested faculty in the LTEC from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. about publishing and SUNY Press. A reception will follow. He will be available for appointments from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact Bethany Usher at

SUNY Potsdam in the News

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

Thursday, October 8

Watertown Daily Times:
Researcher Honored (photo)

Friday, October 9
Wind Ensemble Chooses Works
Quantico Marine Corps Jazz Ensemble Plans Free Concert
Crane Faculty Present Broad Program on Thursday Evening
Acclaimed Classical Guitarist Stanley Yates Plays at Crane
Special Dining Deals Offered for Fans of The Met: Live in HD

Saturday, October 10
SUNY Potsdam Supports CPH (photo)

Sunday, October 11
Advance News:
Crane Concert Oct. 26 with Cellist
SUNY Potsdam Showcases Archives
Dr. Arthur Frackenpohl Concert Broadcast Oct. 18
SUNY Potsdam Student Tales of Making a Difference

Monday, October 12
Watertown Daily Times:
SUNY Potsdam Student, Magician Tries Being Blind for a Week

Tuesday, October 13
Kellogg Recounts Travels
SUNY Potsdam Purchases Calorimeter with Stimulus

Watertown Daily Times:
Potsdam Given Grant to Buy Instrument

Wednesday, October 7
North Country This Week:
Bone Marrow List Test Oct. 21
Old Shoes Can Get New Homes
Salsa Swirl
Crane Wind Ensemble
Frackenpohl Concert
Renaissance Manuscripts
Classical Guitarist to Play Oct. 17

Renaissance Music Forum Offered Thursday

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.

Optional Retirement Reps on Campus

Dave Howe, a representative from TIAA-CREF, will be on campus on 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 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.



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.
24 Open House
Women?s Soccer vs. Morrisville, 1 p.m.
The Orchestra of Northern New York @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
24-25 The Met: Live in HD, ?Aida? @ Roxy Theater, 1 p.m.
26 Winterim Registration Begins
Faculty Recital, Julianne Kirk, clarinet and Julie Miller, piano with Guest Artist Rebecca Hartka, Cello @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
27 Last day to withdraw and/or elect S/U
Women's Volleyball vs. Clarkson @ Maxcy Gym, 7 p.m.
Potsdam Brass Quintet @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
28 Crane Percussion Ensemble @ Snell Theater, 7:30 p.m.
29 Women's Soccer vs. Clarkson, 6 p.m.
CPS Event, Christine Brewer @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
29-31 American Muse @ College Theater, 8 p.m.
30 CPS Event, Masterclass with Christine Brewer @ Snell Stage, noon
Men's Hockey @ Maxcy, 7 p.m.
Crane Choral Extravaganza @ Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.
31 Halloween
Women?s Hockey @ Maxcy, 3 p.m.
Faculty and Guest Artist Chamber Recital, Francesca Arnone, Guest Artist, Flute, Shelly Tramposh, Viola and Jessica Suchy-Pilalis, Harp @ Hosmer Hall, 3 p.m.
Men's Hockey @ Maxcy, 7 p.m.

Faculty and Staff Excellence

Fadi Bou-Abdallah (chemistry) has been awarded $126,525 from the National Science Foundation for a project titled ?MRI: Acquisition of an Isothermal Titration Calorimeter.? This grant award will focus on several main objectives: 1) enhance existing undergraduate research programs at the chemistry and biology departments at SUNY Potsdam, 2) help ongoing efforts to incorporate advanced technologies into the science curriculum, 3) expose students to state-of-the-art techniques and allow them to learn cutting-edge experimental methods that are commonly used in the studies of many chemical and biochemical reactions and finally 4) improve the quality of education by bridging existing gaps between coursework and laboratory. Faculty from SUNY Potsdam, Maria R. Hepel (chemistry) and Robert G. Ewy (biology); Clarkson University, E. Silvana Andreescu and St. Lawrence University, Samantha Glazier, are collaborators on this grant and will use the instrument with their students in teaching and research.


PACES Fall Harvest Buffet
The annual buffet will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Thatcher Dining Hall. Tickets are on sale at Dexter?s, Becky?s Place and Cookies and Cream. Cost for tickets are as follows: Bear, Cash or Flex $9.25. If you have a faculty staff flex account, the ticket will actually cost $7.65. If you are student and have a residential meal plan, then you may use a meal allowance to buy a ticket.

Dexter?s fall buffet 2009 menu is as follows: pumpkin soup, wild rice & wheatberry salad, green salad w/ pomegranate vinaigrette, honey-brined turkey, sage stuffing, mashed potatoes w/ NYS cheddar & chives, salmon w/ balsamic tomatoes, mushroom ravioli w/arugula pesto, roasted fall vegetables w/maple ginger butter and assorted yummy desserts.

October College Store

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.

Textbook Purchase and Usage Experiences Online Survey
October 19 ? October 30
SUNY Potsdam students will be invited to complete an online survey about textbook purchase and usage experiences. The College Store is one of a number of institutions collecting survey responses for a national research initiative. The survey is a part of Student Watch, a national research project sponsored by the National Association of College Stores.

If a sufficient number of students participate the store will receive a report of summary data which will help The College Store better serve students. This survey was last conducted in 2007 at other campuses. We were pleased that PACES was invited to participate this year so that your opinions can be heard at a national level.

Union Market
Local Pumpkins available for purchase.
Ethnic beauty products, 20 percent off selected hair and cosmetic items.

October 26 ? October 31
SCARY MOVIE DEAL, $6 liter of soda, popcorn and selected scary movie titles, Union Market.
20 percent off CDR?s, DVD?s and CD?s, Union Market.

GEEK WEEK,The College Store, sale specials.

Make a Difference Week

Make a difference day coupons will be distributed to people interested in making a donation during Make a Difference Week. Visit a table at the Student Union to receive one good on purchases made at the College Store or Union Market.


Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant

The Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant application deadline for fall 2009 Department Curriculum Development Program awards is November 2. The deadline for Faculty/Student Travel Program awards to conferences is November 9. Faculty interested in submitting a proposal should visit the Title III Web site at for additional information, including application forms and funding levels or contact Gerald L. Ratliff, Title III Project Director, at x2107.

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.

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

The research proposal ?Music Teachers Investigate Their Work: Collaborative Inquiry as Curriculum Making and Professional Development,? submitted by Mark Campbell and Melissa Natale-Abramo, Department of Music Education, 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 Oct. 8, 2009.

The research proposal ?Evaluating the Availability and Accessibility of HIV/AIDS Services in Northern New York,? submitted by Dr. Alan Hersker and Jasmine Johnson, 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 Oct. 8, 2009.

The research proposal ?The Arts in Elementary Classrooms,? submitted by Dr. Kathleen Valentine and Erin E. Bartenstein, 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 Oct. 7, 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.

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: 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: 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.