SUNY Potsdam Leads in Fundraising Again, Far Surpassing 2012 Goal


SUNY Potsdam exceeded its fundraising goal once again in 2011-12, raising more than $2.6 million for scholarships and support for the College’s educational mission.

“I am so deeply touched by the generosity of our alumni and friends, and their profound and abiding commitment to making sure today’s students have all of the opportunities necessary for success in higher education and in life,” said College President Dr. John F. Schwaller.

SUNY Potsdam raised more than $2.6 million in fiscal year 2011-12. Many groups of supporters rallied to help achieve this success. Strong leadership from the College administration and the Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees were instrumental in reaching this year’s goal.

The College will celebrate its 2012 Reunion Weekend from July 12 to 15. In honor of the milestone year for many classes, there were many notable gifts.

The 50-Year Club, which is made up of all classes from 1962 and earlier, has made more than $1.7 million in class gifts this past year to benefit students and programs at SUNY Potsdam. This giving includes both outright gifts and the establishment of funds through planned or estate giving.

The following classes have all exceeded their class giving goals:
• The Class of 1987, celebrating their 25th Reunion
• The Class of 1982, celebrating their 30th Reunion
• The Class of 1977, celebrating their 35th Reunion
• The Class of 1967, celebrating their 45th Reunion, and
• The Class of 1962, celebrating their 50th Reunion

Many of the other milestone classes have also made remarkable progress toward their goals—with some very close to reaching the goal in time for Reunion Weekend.

Following are just a few examples of these extraordinary gifts:
• In honor of her 50th Reunion, Shirley McNally ’62 and her husband Jim pledged an estate gift in support of the Annual Fund for Potsdam, to help meet the College’s greatest needs and opportunities.
• In honor of his 45th Reunion, Dr. Gary C. Jaquay ’67 established the Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize, to provide financial support for the solicitation of new operatic compositions, as well as the production of the winning compositions at The Crane School of Music.
• In honor of her 25th Reunion, Diane Nole ’87 pledged a major gift in support of the Mathematics and Science Center in the College’s School of Education and Professional Studies.
• In honor of his 25th Reunion, Glen Zagorski ’87 and Jane Morale ’80 established the Morale-Zagorski Greek Life Internship Scholarship to support an annual student internship with the Greek Life office.

According to the fiscal year 2010 Voluntary Support of Education Report, SUNY Potsdam ranks No. 15 in the nation in alumni participation in giving for public master’s universities.

Although Potsdam is one of the smallest comprehensive colleges within SUNY, among its 13 master’s-granting peers, SUNY Potsdam ranks:
• #1 in the total amount given by alumni
• #1 in the percentage of undergraduate alumni who give
• #2 in total funds raised per student

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.

“The overwhelming support of SUNY Potsdam’s alumni and friends speaks to the hard work that our faculty and staff put in every day to ensure that the student experience at the College remains rigorous and engaging. We couldn’t accomplish all that we have achieved without the support of our President and our volunteer boards, which provide the vital leadership needed to steward the institution and the gifts that support its mission,” said Vice President for College Advancement Vicki Templeton-Cornell, who is also executive director of the Potsdam College Foundation.

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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.