Two SUNY Potsdam Students Honored with Success Through Achievement & Commitment Awards


Two SUNY Potsdam students were recently recognized with the 2013 Success through Achievement and Commitment Awards, by the College’s Student Success Center.

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

The award recipients included Donald Patrick Leisure, a freshman from Potsdam, N.Y., and Shianne Washington, a sophomore from the Bronx, N.Y.

Donald Patrick Leisure, whose major is geology, was selected to receive this award based upon his outstanding academic achievement in the Fall 2012 semester, his participation in Student Support Services and the Non-Traditional Student Organization. He was also honored for the initiative he displayed in arranging a six-credit academic summer internship at the Independence Mine State Historical Park in Alaska, working with the College’s Experiential Education Office and the Department of Geology.

Shianne Washington, whose major is childhood/early childhood education, received the award because of her academic achievement, her leadership and involvement in the Educational Opportunity Program and with Student Support Services as a mentor and tutor, as well as her participation in the Teacher Opportunity Corps program. Washington also serves on the Multicultural Weekend Committee and the College’s Student Advisory Board.

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.