SUNY Potsdam Honors Three Students with Success Center Awards


SUNY Potsdam freshmen, Tiarah Brown of Syracuse, Christopher Martinez of New York City, and James Doran of Norwood are presented the Success Through Achievement and Commitment Award by Tamara Durant, director of the Student Success Center.

SUNY Potsdam is proud to recognize three first year students for their hard work, through the 2012 Success Through Achievement and Commitment Awards.

The College’s Student Success Center established the awards to provide financial support to encourage persistence and continuing success among the recipients. They were presented by Tamara Durant, director of the Student Success Center. SSC staff members and other College faculty and staff members made the three $500 awards possible through their donations.

This year’s recipients included Tiarah Brown, a freshman from Syracuse, N.Y., majoring in English and communication. She was selected to receive this award based upon her academic achievement in the Fall 2011 semester and her participation in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Student Support Services (SSS). She received the EOP Academic Achievement Award and the SSS Academic Achievement Award. In addition, she participated in the EOP Women’s Group.

James Doran, a freshman from Norwood, N.Y., who is undeclared in choosing a major field of study, was selected to receive the award based upon his selection for the Dean’s List in Fall 2011, his involvement in EOP, selection for the EOP Academic Achievement Award and his participation in the EOP Men’s Group and the First Year Success Seminar.

Christopher Martinez, a freshman from New York City, majoring in speech communication with a minor in literature, was also selected for the award because of his academic achievement and his participation in EOP and SSS. He received the EOP Academic Achievement Award and the SSS Academic Achievement Award and was commended for his leadership in initiating the formation of a new student-run organization called Latinos Unidos, which supports Latino students whose cultural heritage is Central or South American.

For more information, contact the Student Success Center at, call (315) 267-2580, or visit

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 4,350 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.