SUNY Potsdam Alumni & Friends Take the Lead Once Again, Raising more than $3 Million for the College in 2010-11


Thanks to the leadership of alumni and friends, SUNY Potsdam exceeded its 2010-11 fundraising goal, raising more than $3 million to support student scholarships and the College’s educational mission.

“I am exceedingly proud to say that we have not only met but once again surpassed our goal for charitable giving this year. This achievement is even more exceptional when we consider the tight financial times which we all face,” SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller said. “Our alumni, friends, faculty and staff continue to set an example of dedication and generosity that leaves me awestruck with gratitude.”

SUNY Potsdam raised a total of $3,076,976 in fiscal year 2010-11. Several groups of supporters rallied to help achieve this success. Strong leadership from the College administration and the Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees was instrumental in reaching this year’s goal.

Alumni and friends created several notable endowments that helped the College exceed its goal this year.

The Potsdam College Foundation was the beneficiary of more than $1.6 million from the estate of Professor Emeritus N. Brock McElheran and his wife Jane Munro McElheran. The McElherans’ gifts will ensure funding in perpetuity for SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, and programs that were special to them. A portion of this gift was raised this year, and helped the College exceed its fundraising goal.

In addition, a number of notable endowments were created by alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College this year. Endowments are created at a level of $20,000 and above, to provide ongoing support for specific scholarships or programs.

The endowments created this year include:
• The Joseph C. Sarnoff Endowment established by Tom Nesbitt and others, to support student projects
• The Dorothy Gregory Albrecht Visiting Conductor Fund established by Dorothy Gregory ’61, to bring world-class conductors to visit Crane
• The Brock and Jane McElheran Endowment, for Crane’s greatest needs
• The Michael R. Sitton Endowment established by Michael Sitton and Mark Martin, also for Crane
• The Adeline Maltzan Crane Chorus Performance Tour Fund established by Gary Jaquay ’67, to provide funds for the Crane Chorus to perform under world-class conductors in venues outside Potsdam
• The Crane School of Music Orchestra Endowment established by Brock and Jane McElheran, to support the Crane Orchestra
• The Community Performance Series Guest Artist Endowment established by Michael and Barbara Maresca, to support bringing world-class artists to Potsdam
• The D’Addario Family Scholarship for Music Education established by John D’Addario, to support music education students
• The James M. and Charlene Tyler Endowed Scholarship established by Northland Associates, to support students who have demonstrated academic growth since high school
• The Elizabeth “Betsy” Burgan Northrop ’61 Scholarship established by Bill Kirchgasser, to support early childhood education students
• The Lloyd DeShawn Osborne Memorial Scholarship established by Darrel and Nancy Johnson, to support Education Opportunity Program students
• The Chuck and Claudia Thomas Ayer ’75 Scholarship, to support students from Crane and The School of Arts and Sciences
• The Anna Ashwood Collins ’67 and Susan L. Morrison Scholarship in support of students with financial need
• The Marion Lee Frazier ’40 and Lulu M. Lee Scholarship established by Christina Frazier, to support early childhood, music education or music majors
• The Kathleen Friery and Bill Ritter Scholarship
• The Katya Greer Memorial Scholarship, to support art education students
• The Rita Itkin Schwartz ’58 Crane School of Music Scholarship, to support music students
• The Claire Freedman ’56 and Marty Koshar Writing Internship Scholarship, to support a writing internship for a SUNY Potsdam student to create a writing club for North Country fourth- to sixth-graders

In addition, the immense generosity of the Class of 1961 also helped SUNY Potsdam surpass its goal. In celebration of its 50th reunion, the SUNY Potsdam Class of 1961 set a new class giving record, donating more than $800,000 to benefit students and programs.

Among all 13 State University of New York master’s degree-granting institutions, SUNY Potsdam ranks No. 1 in the percentage of undergraduate alumni who make charitable donations to the College each year. Generous giving by alumni shows the great value they place on their education at SUNY Potsdam and the College’s important role in preparing them for success in life.

“President Schwaller’s active participation in fundraising efforts and his personal engagement with alumni and friends has been instrumental in the College reaching its fundraising goal for the year,” said Vice President for College Advancement Vicki Templeton-Cornell, who is also executive director of the Potsdam College Foundation. “Despite his many competing responsibilities and the state budgetary challenges faced by the College, SUNY Potsdam is incredibly fortunate to have a president who places a priority on alumni and development activities as a way to help ensure the long-term financial stability of the College.”

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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.