SUNY Potsdam's 2010 Reunion Weekend Set to be Fun for All

06.17.10

Preparations for SUNY Potsdam’s annual Reunion Weekend are in high gear and the celebration, scheduled from July 8 to July 11, promises to be the best, most well attended yet. All SUNY Potsdam alumni and friends are invited to join in the festivities.

This year marks four milestones for the College. The Department of Athletics Hall of Fame will celebrate its 30th reunion. The College’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) will be celebrating its 40th reunion. Delta Lambda Nu Sorority will also recognize 40 years. The first ever Crane Alumni Trombone Ensemble Reunion will occur, celebrating Dr. Mark Hartman’s 25th year of teaching at the Crane School of Music. In honor of those milestones, a concert will be offered at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 10 in Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. The performance will be free and open to the public.

With a complete daily line-up of events, concerts, faculty-led seminars and delicious dining opportunities, the 2010 Reunion Weekend will have something to suit everyone’s tastes.

The weekend will kick off on Thursday, July 8, with an early bird gathering at 4 p.m. in Becky’s Place at Pratt Commons.

The highlights of the events planned for Friday, July 9, include a planetarium show at 11:30 a.m. in Stowell Hall presented by Distinguished Service Professor of Geology Dr. Frank Revetta, Hon. ’05. Dr. Revetta will also present a seminar entitled “The Potsdam Seismic Network and Earthquakes in New York State” at 2 p.m. in Timerman Hall. Also at 2 p.m., PACES Dining Services Executive Chef Steve Maiocco will lead a Chocolate and Wine Experience seminar. At 6:30 p.m., the Family Barbecue and Ice Cream Social will be held in the Townhouse courtyard.

On Saturday, July 10, reunion attendees won’t want to miss outdoor activities such as the Bear Walk/Run at 8:30 a.m. or kayaking and canoeing at Lehman Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also on July 10, alumni and friends will be on hand for the Sports Hall of Fame Inductions at noon in the Knowles Hall Multi-Purpose Room. This year’s inductees are Daryn McLean ’96 (Men’s Hockey) André Peterson ’04 (Men’s Basketball), Jason Lang ’01 (Men’s Basketball) and Karen Burns Dandrow ’90 (Women’s Basketball).

Later in the evening, the class dinner and award presentations will be held in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room beginning at 5 p.m. This year’s award recipients are Col. Thomas Palmatier ’75, who will receive the Minerva Award; William E. Fisher, who will receive an Honorary Lifetime Membership Award; Marc Schonbrun ’00, who will receive the Rising Star Award; Janie Davies Fitzgerald ’88, who will receive the St. Lawrence Academy Medal; Guy C. Lamson ’81, who will receive the Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award, and Victoria O’Neill Hayes ’90 and Guy Henry ’75, who will both receive Distinguished Service Awards. Al and Kathryn Davino will also receive Honorary Lifetime Membership Awards, as will their daughter, Cassie, posthumously. A Crane School of Music student, Cassie passed away in a car accident in January 2008.

SUNY Potsdam’s Reunion Weekend will also feature many other receptions, seminars and walking tours, as well as guided art visits to the Gibson Gallery. SUNY Potsdam coordinates its reunion to be held in conjunction with Clarkson University’s Reunion Weekend and the Potsdam Summer Festival.

The public is invited to attend Reunion Weekend events. For more information or to register for the weekend, please call Laura Stevenson at (315) 267-2120 or visit www.potsdam.edu/alumni. Registration will also be available in person in Becky’s Place at Pratt Commons adjacent to the Raymond Hall Lobby throughout the weekend for walk-in service.  

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.