SUNY Potsdam Honored as Military-Friendly By Two Publications

12.06.13

The State University of New York at Potsdam has been honored as a military-friendly institution by two different publications this year.

SUNY Potsdam was selected as a 2014 Military-Friendly School by Victory Media, which publishes G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

In addition, SUNY Potsdam is featured in the 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and University by Military Advanced Education magazine. The seventh annual guide included SUNY Potsdam among only 20 percent of institutions of higher education nationwide to be selected. The designation recognizes colleges, universities and trade schools throughout the United States that embrace America's military service members, veterans and their families as students. Military Advanced Education is a journal of higher learning for American service members, and is published by KMI Media Group.

"We make it our mission to serve those who serve our country here at SUNY Potsdam. We are honored to be recognized as a campus that works hard to offer the best educational experience possible for our growing population of military students, veterans and military families—who so enrich our community and distinguish us with their service," said SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dr. Dennis L. Hefner.

After forming a college-wide Veteran and Military Task Force four years ago, SUNY Potsdam has worked hard to enhance a variety of services and implement procedures to meet the specific needs of military members and their families.

Those efforts have been significantly enhanced since the College and SUNY Canton jointly hired Patrick Massaro as the shared veterans and military services coordinator. A graduate of both institutions, and a Captain in the U.S. Marine Reserves, Massaro serves students on both campuses.

More than 150 active-duty service members, veterans and their families members are currently enrolled as SUNY Potsdam students, either on the Potsdam main campus or through the College's Extension Center in Watertown, located on the campus of Jefferson Community College in close proximity to Fort Drum.

Soldiers, veterans and their families are enrolled in a number of undergraduate and graduate programs at SUNY Potsdam, with one of the more popular majors being teacher education.

Programs offered in Watertown that particularly benefit military members and their families include a business administration bachelor's degree program and a graduate program in organizational leadership. For more information, please contact the SUNY Potsdam Extended Education Office at (800) 458-1142 (ext. 2) or (315) 267-2166, or e-mail exted@potsdam.edu.

To learn more about veteran and military services at SUNY Potsdam, visit www.potsdam.edu/studentlife/services/military.

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently launched Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which aims to raise $27 million by the College's bicentennial in 2016.