SUNY Potsdam Class of 1961 Sets New Record for 50th Reunion


The SUNY Potsdam Class of 1961, which is celebrating its 50th year at the College’s upcoming Reunion, will have another milestone to celebrate this weekend as well. Members of the Class of 1961 set a new class giving record at the College, giving more than $800,000 to benefit students and programs at their alma mater.

The 50-year class’s gifts include both outright donations and the establishment of funds for planned and estate gifts. The Class of 1961 far exceeded its original goal of $250,000, bringing more than triple that amount in time for Reunion Weekend, with a total of $809,826 raised, to date.

The class’s notable gifts include:
• The Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor Fund, which the 1961 alumna established to bring distinguished conductors to The Crane School of Music for festival performances by the Crane Chorus and Orchestra
• The Alan E. Adams ’61 Scholarship, which will benefit vocal performance students attending The Crane School of Music
• The Dr. Fobert S. and Carol D. Menchel Endowed Scholarship established by Carol Dethlefs Menchel to benefit Crane students, particularly those studying brass instruments
• Faculty Emeritus Bill Kirchgasser established a scholarship in memory of his partner, Betsy Burgan Northrop ’61, a long-time North Country educator

Preparations for SUNY Potsdam’s annual Reunion Weekend, which takes place this weekend, from Thursday, July 14 to Sunday, July 17, are in high gear. Although registration is required for all events, this year there will be no general registration fee. All SUNY Potsdam alumni and friends are invited to join in the festivities.

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. Registration headquarters will be located in Becky’s Place at Pratt Commons throughout the weekend for walk-ins.

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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.