SUNY Potsdam Recognizes CSTEP and TOC Graduates at Reception


SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller and his wife Anne pose with the honored graduates from the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program and Teacher Opportunity Corps programs.

The SUNY Potsdam Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and the Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) recently honored more than 50 graduates at a reception held at the home of Christine and John Lancaster.

Graduating CSTEP seniors recognized for completion of their degree programs included: Andrew Alvez of Albany, Brittany James of Saratoga Springs, Taina Johnson of Brooklyn, Beverly Santos of Manhattan, Valerie Paige of Potsdam, Ashley Matrisciano of Valley Stream, and Emily Stephan of Seneca Falls. The rest of the CSTEP graduating Class of 2010—one of the largest in the program’s 23-year history—was recognized as well.

Attending TOC graduates included: Gretta Doud of Massena, Tracy Jeror of Saratoga, and Jeannie Tarbell, all honored for completing the Master of Science in Education degree, and Nicole Feml of Cairo and Willie McKnight of Potsdam, each honored for completing the Master of Science in Teaching degree.

Each CSTEP and TOC graduate invited a faculty or staff member who had been significant to their academic success to share in the celebration. SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller and his wife, Anne participated in the event along with Dr. Margaret Madden, provost and vice president of academic affairs; Dr. Galen Pletcher, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Christine Strong, vice president of student affairs, as well as the students’ invited guests. 

Dr. Schwaller congratulated the graduates and thanked the professors, staff and guests for their encouragement and support of the graduates. TOC program Director Diana Fisher and CSTEP program Director Sean Partridge expressed their appreciation to the Lancasters for hosting the graduate reception for the twelfth year and for their many contributions to the College. All wished the graduates continued success in their future graduate studies and professional careers.

SUNY Potsdam and the New York State Department of Education’s Office of Higher Education K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs Collegiate and Pre-Professional Programs Unit and Teacher Development Programs Unit sponsor the CSTEP and TOC programs.

Founded in 1816, SUNY Potsdam is a four-year liberal arts college nestled on the outskirts of the Adirondack Park. Among the 64 units of The State University of New York system, SUNY Potsdam has the longest history and currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. It is well known for its academically challenging liberal arts and sciences and teacher education programs, as well as its world-renowned Crane School of Music.