The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees recently awarded David A. Dik of Glen Ridge, NJ, a member of the Class of 1982, the 2009 Minerva Award during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.
The prestigious Minerva Award is presented to an alum who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement. The Alumni Board recognized Dik for his stellar work as the managing director of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and his unwavering commitment to music education and to SUNY Potsdam.
Beginning his career as a music teacher in New York, Dik has dedicated his life to supporting and furthering the world of music and music education.
Under his professional leadership, the guild has continued to develop and offer educational resources to schools, families and communities nationwide. As a presenter, panelist, clinician, guest conductor and expert consultant, Dik has personally taken the message of arts education to a worldwide audience.
“His commitment to education is evident as he continually provides experiences for students that cannot be duplicated. Students, who would otherwise have not had the opportunity, have been able to write and produce their own opera or meet a performer backstage at the Met. He has fostered a love of opera in countless children, many who now teach music themselves,” read the citation presented to Dik.
His dedication to his alma mater has also led to generous occasions during which Potsdam alumni have enjoyed private rehearsals, backstage meetings or even simply tickets to a performance when there were seemingly none available.