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The Reporter - October 9

Reporter No.1022 10/9/09

Faculty Senate: Meeting Agenda

There will be a meeting of the Faculty Senate on October 15 at 4 p.m. in Kellas 106.

The agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting is as follows:

1. Approval of the agenda as sent to the faculty by e-mail, published in The Reporter of October 9, and posted on the Faculty Senate Web page

2. Approval of the minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of September 24, as sent to the faculty by e-mail, published in The Reporter of October 9, and posted on the Faculty Senate Web page

3. Report from the Faculty Senate Chair ? Chris Lanz

4. Report from the SGA President ? Danielle McMullen

5. Report from the University Faculty Senator ? Joe Hildreth

6. Action Items:

? Resolution regarding Faculty Governance Hour
? Approval of committee appointments

7. Standing Committee Reports

Academic Policies, Standards and Advising (APSA) ?
Harold Ellingsen, chair
Academic Programs and Curriculum (APCC) ? Michael
Yeomans, chair
Admissions Committee ? Susan Haller, chair
Business Affairs Committee ? Louise Tyo convener
Goals and Planning Committee ? Krista LaVack & Rob Ewy, chair
Graduate Affairs Committee ? Lisa Wilson, co-chair
Student Affairs Committee ? Jessica Rood, chair
Nominating Committee ? Jamey Hoose, chair

8. TLTR Report ? David Gingrich

9. Report from the President ? John F. Schwaller

10. Report from the Provost ? Maggie Madden

11. New Business


Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

There was a meeting of the Faculty Senate on September 24. The meeting was called to order at 4:05 p.m. in Kellas 106.

1. The agenda, sent to the faculty by e-mail, and published in The Reporter of September 18, and posted on the Faculty Senate Web page at was approved.

2. The minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of May 20, as sent to the faculty by e-mail, published in The Reporter of September 18, and posted on the Faculty Senate Web page were approved.

3. Report from the Faculty Senate Chair ? Chris Lanz

Lanz reported on his meetings with Standing Committee Chairs and others over the summer. Meetings were very informative and he gained alot of useful information.

Lanz has set his office hours for Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. ? 9 a.m. in Becky?s Place.

Goals for this year include:
1) Faculty Governance hour: Ensure that classes are not scheduled on Thursdays between 4 p.m. ? 5 p.m. The provost is willing to accept a resolution from the Faculty Senate FS.
2) Writing procedures manuals ? To reduce the learning curve for new committee chairs.
3) Discuss/change term for senate chair.
4) Reduce and prioritize goals list report from the Goals and Planning Committee. Focus on a few things.

There are still a few vacancies on standing committees. Lanz is attending UUP meetings and is looking for UUP representatives to attend Faculty Senate Meetings.

4. Report from the SGA President - Danielle McMullen

The first SGA Assembly was held last week. Elections were held on September 14, and were very successful. There are 30 members representing diverse areas of campus.

As president of the SGA, McMullen?s goals are to involve faculty members, have a large fundraising campaign and Adopt-a-Family campaign. McMullen reported that she is here to help faculty get in touch with students and connect in a meaningful way. She is willing to serve as conduit. She plans to have student representatives appointed to Faculty Senate Standing Committees by next week.

5. Report from the University Faculty Senator ? Joseph Hildreth
? Hildreth attended a news conference held by the new Chancellor Zimpher. Her 64 campus tour was phase I of a strategic planning process. Her theme is the role SUNY plays in economic revitalize and enhancing life in NY State.
? The second phase of her strategic plan is to appoint a 200-person committee (including 50 faculty statewide, 3 from each campus). Meeting will be held at different locations throughout the state.
? New Hires: Trustees appointed Johanna Duncan-Poitier as the Chancellor's deputy for the education pipeline, Mitch Leventhal as vice chancellor for global affairs, and David K. Lavallee as interim provost of the SUNY System.
? SUNY Central is planning to discontinue campus self-assessments. They plan to rely on self-study reports for accreditation agencies such as Middle.
? Budget difficulties are expected to continue.

There was some discussion as to the selection of candidates for the 3 campus slots for faculty on Zimpher?s 200-member Committee. Several campus offices and individuals have been contacted to submit nominees to serve on the committee. Consensus was that names could be forwarded from any office or individual that was contacted.

6. Action Items:
Elections of Candidates for the Nominations Committee:

J. Hoose submitted the slate of candidates:
? Michael Sovay (E&PS)
? Chris Bernard (Athletics)
? Josh Bartel (Administration)
? Brian Huss (A&H)

Susan Haller moved to approve the slate of candidates, Louise Tyo seconded. The motion was approved unanimously.

7. Standing Committee Reports
Academic Policies, Standards and Advising (APSA) ? Harold Ellingsen, chair

APSA has met once. They are continuing discussions on the academic progress report system that was started last spring. New members are coming up to speed. APSA is scheduled to meet next week.

Academic Programs and Curriculum (APCC) ? chair, Michael Yeomans

APCC has met once and is struggling to find a common meeting time. They have not yet received any program proposals to discuss. Recent activities include discussions on streamlining the curriculum change process to make it easier and more efficient.

Admissions Committee ? Susan Haller, chair
No report. First meeting will be held on Friday, Oct. 1.

Business Affairs Committee ? Louise Tyo, convener

Louise convened the first meeting. BAC has not yet elected a chair. Currently, there are seven members, they need another member. They are working on the charge from C. Lanz to continue resource transparency.

Goals and Planning Committee ? Krista LaVack & Rob Ewy Chair
G&P has met once. Its charge is to review the 2007-2009 report to see what has been implemented. They are creating sub-committees to facilitate the review process. Faculty Senate members may be contacted by G&P subcommittee members for a brief interview/survey.

Graduate Affairs Committee ? Lisa Wilson (convener)

GAC will have its first meeting tomorrow at 2 p.m. They have a full slate of members including a student representative. They do not have specific charge from Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Admissions enrollment numbers as of August 21: 186 graduate students, 17 applications in process.

Student Affairs Committee ? Jessica Rood, chair

SAC met last week to review its charge. They are looking for two student reps.

Nominating Committee ? Jamey Hoose, chair
No report.

8. TLTR Report ? David Gingrich
The TLTR report was inadvertently skipped during discussions. TLTR will report next meeting.

9. Report from the provost ? Margaret Madden
Provost Madden distributed a handout outlining the goals for Academic Affairs, based on the College Goals: Most of the goals should be familiar to everyone who has been following the process. These goals will be difficult in this budget climate. Even though funding may not be available now or in the near future, our goals need to be on list for when we do have resources.

? Provost Madden is looking for faculty input to articulate criteria for how we plan to make budget decisions.
? The provost intends to spend time this year to identify action items from the Academic Master Plan.
? Middle States Assessment needs to be done for 2011-2012. A 20-member steering committee will be appointed. Jim German and Chip Morris have agreed to be co-chairs. Invitations for other members will be going out. There will be other sub-committee opportunities.

10. Report from the president ? John F. Schwaller
Dr. Schwaller gave an update on enrollment numbers: Currently there are 4,316 students, about 30 fewer compared to the last two years. Overall enrollments are down. There are 4,380 FTEs, which is on par with the last three years. Dramatic changes are: undergraduate enrollment is surging. We have had very large first year classes the past three years. Retention is improving slightly: We currently have a 78 percent return rate. We need to get retention more than 80 percent. Graduate enrollments are down 160 students in the past two years. This is extremely difficult to absorb. Graduate students pay more tuition.

Schwaller reported on his latest e-mail sent yesterday, announcing the new test optional admissions policy that was approved by the Faculty Senate in 2007. SUNY Central has asked that it be considered a trial run for a three-year period. Our academic profile needs to stay where it is, or be slightly more selective. If not, we will be asked to revert to our earlier admissions policy. Geneseo is participating in a similar test optional admissions policy, but only for early decision students.

The budget situation continues to absorb time for the Leadership Cabinet and deans. A $6 million deficit is anticipated for this year. Current strategies are one-time only remedies. We need to make decisions for more permanent fixes. The state predicts more reductions for next year: $100 hundred to $200 hundred million reduction to SUNY would translate to another $1 to $2 million dollar cut for Potsdam. We need to be ready to accommodate more reductions and to build a budget for next year.

Strategies planned include:
1) Suspension of faculty teaching load reduction for next year.
2) Current reduction in Temp Services in Academic Affairs will continue next year.
3) Vacant positions will continue to be held vacant (dollar amounts, not positions. Vacant positions can be filled as long as total dollars are withheld).
4) OTPS general expense funding will be held at a reduced levels.
5) Computer lifecycle and equipment will be funded at some level.
6) Outside Academic Affairs, reductions will remain in place.
7) Need to find additional reductions.

Schwaller then fielded questions from the floor:
Q: Lanz ? When I last met with you and the cabinet, you were coming close to a mixture to realize budget rescue actions. Is that still the case? A: Yes, on the mix.

Q: Lanz - Looking at next year, what percent of budget will be taken care of by the first four items? A: About 1/3.

Q: Will a plan be presented to the faculty? A: Yes, short of program reductions.

Q: Do you have a timeline for making decisions public? A: Yes, pending SUNY Central approval. SUNY Central is not happy about how we record our accounting, e.g. our practice of keeping vacant positions on the books.

Q. Is there a union component to change in a vacant position? A: No. It is a philosophical issue. To us, the position is still there, waiting for funding. Once it is off the books, it is off the books forever.

Q. Are program cuts in the works? A: I will not take them off the table. I am continuing discussions on OPTS.

Q: What is the most positive thing you can say? A: Enthusiasm of the student enrollment picture despite the balance between undergraduate and graduate numbers. We have a very good admissions office. They can bring enough student numbers for economic stability. Faculty play a central role. Other good news is we have tremendously loyal alumni who gave $2 million, of which 90 percent was $1,000 or less. Faculty members are critical components in cultivating friendships with alumni.

Q: Are other four-year colleges in the same boat? A: Yes, cuts are identical, percent wise.

Q: Why are our graduate enrollments so low? A: Many of our graduate students are Canadian students. Graduate programs are more expensive, and the Canadian dollar is less strong. We are taking a very active roll in pursuing graduate enrollments.

Q: Are our grad enrollment expectations out of line? A: Yes, for the last two years at least. There is no single answer. We have to look at expectations program-by-program.

Q: Faculty know our programs best, so why aren?t we being engaged in programmatic change discussions? A: I will be more than happy to bring faculty in on discussions. There are certain topics that are forbidden by contract and SUNY Central. We are caught in a painful dilemma. Faculty are not prohibited from having discussions with deans. Faculty can talk to me or send me suggestions. I am forbidden to reply. I have open office hours.

11. New Business (none).

Meeting Adjourned at 5:08 pm.


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:

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.

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

Pratt Colloquium

The Pratt Colloquium will present "Bring Your Tent and Your Moral Superiority: European Travel Guides to Equatorial Africa During the Colonial Period," by Dr. Libbie Freed, history, Wednesday, Oct. 14, at noon in Dunn Hall 102. This will be the first Pratt Colloquium for the 2009-2010 academic year. All are welcome.

Title III Information Series

A campus-wide Title III Information Series is scheduled for Tuesday, October 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, October 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Learning and Teaching Excellence Center (LTEC) in Crumb Library.

Dr. Stocks is a professor of sociology and former director of undergraduate research at Carnegie Mellon University. She currently serves as associate academic dean at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH. Professor Stocks has served as chair of the board of governors of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and chair of the Undergraduate Research Program Directors (URPD) Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Her academic areas of interest include education, family, religion and qualitative methods.

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, October 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

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.

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.

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)

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

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.


Negotiations Learning Forum: Getting What You Need For the Best Deal

Successful negotiating calls for a highly complex set of knowledge, experience and skills. Successful negotiators are effective communicators and relationship builders. They understand the interests and challenges of all parties involved and are innovative, creative thinkers. By attending this forum you will be taught the basic principles necessary to become a successful negotiator.

Dave Powalyk (SUNY CTO and member of the SUNY IT Contracts negotiations team) and Joe Kerr (AVP- UB) whom together bring 20+ years of SUNY IT related negotiations experience to the forum.

Date: October 22
Location: SUNY CPD Syracuse, NY
Time: Session will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. and end around 4 p.m.
Cost: $50 which includes breakfast, lunch and break

To register, click on the following link,



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.
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.

Faculty and Staff Excellence

Trafo Wissenschaftsverlag, a well-respected German publisher of scholarly literature, has published Axel Fair-Schulz?s (history) Loyal Subversion: East Germany and its Bildungsbrgerlich Marxist Intellectuals.

This book grew out of his Ph.D. dissertation, defended under the direction of Prof. Georg Iggers at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Its aim is to explore the impact of a specific generation of critical Marxist intellectuals of bildungsbrgerlich extraction (upper-middle class families who were deeply steeped in the classics of German literature and philosophy).

Fair-Schulz analyzes why and how these intellectuals shaped the society and culture of the former German Democratic Republic, and in return were shaped by it. Fair-Schulz addresses three case studies, the economic historian Jrgen Kuczynski, the writer Stephan Hermlin and the journalist Hermann Budzislawski.

Sheila McIntyre (history) published a book this year. University of Virginia Press published, The Corresponendence of John Cotton Jr., which Dr. Sheila McIntyre and Dr. Len Travers co-edited. You can see a description of the book at

The book also received press coverage on C-Span Video Library. You can watch the video without buying it by clicking on the big red F circle.


PACES Fall Harvest Buffet
The annual buffet will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Thatcher Dining Hall. Tickets will be on sale at Dexter?s and Becky?s Place after break. 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.

SUNY Counsel speaks at SASA Conference

PACES hosted the fall meeting of SASA (SUNY Auxiliary Services Association) on September 24 & September 25. Members from Alfred, Binghamton, Brockport, Buffalo, Cobleskill, Delhi, Downstate, Finger Lakes Community College, Canton, Fredonia, Geneseo, Morrisville, New Paltz, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam and Purchase attended. The conference broke into groups representing the Executive Directors, Human Resources, Marketing, Dining Services, SUNY Card Services and Bookstore Operations.

Osei Kingsley from SUNY Counsel was the speaker on Thursday. Topics of discussion included Textbook Access Act, Sweatshop Policy and Red Flag Rules as they apply to the college market place. Michael Flaherty, SUNY Oswego initiated some discussion on leveling the playing field of college stores by including in the licensing contracts that all vendors selling licensed product be bound by the sweatshop policy.

October College Store and Union Market Sales

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


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

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: 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.