SUNY Potsdam Welcomes New, Returning Students with Flurry of Events


The Freshman Funnel will welcome approximately 900 first-year students to SUNY Potsdam at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24.

SUNY Potsdam will greet new and returning students to campus with a whirlwind of events in the next few days, as the 2012-13 academic year kicks off. The College’s Welcome Weekend will be offered from Aug. 24 to Aug. 26.

New incoming students from the Class of 2016 will arrive on campus during the high-energy move-in day on Friday, Aug. 24, beginning at 10 a.m. Approximately 920 freshmen and their families will be buzzing around campus and the village getting acquainted with the area and university life.

President John F. Schwaller and a number of campus community members will lend a hand on Friday morning to help move new students into residence halls. The SUNY Potsdam faculty and staff will give the newest additions to campus a rousing welcome during the traditional Freshman Funnel. The College community will cheer on and high-five the long line of first-year students as they walk across campus at 3:45 p.m.

The Class of 2016 will then plant a tree in the Academic Quad at 4:15 p.m. following the Freshman Funnel on Friday. The New Student Convocation and Campus Welcome will welcome new first-year students at 4:45 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at The Crane School of Music. Comedian Michael Dean Ester, will speak to freshmen about campus life.

Several welcome back activities, including recreation events, will be offered during the New Student Activity Day on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Lehman Park. The event features a giant “slip ’n slide,” cooperative games, canoeing and kayaking.

Also returning this year is the Crane New Student Ensemble Concert, showcasing the talents of incoming Crane orchestral students as they perform a piece all together—with little to no practice beforehand. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 in Hosmer Hall. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The College’s residence halls will be full again in 2012-13, with more than 2,500 of Potsdam’s approximately 4,460 students moving in this year. The Fall 2012 semester begins on Monday, with classes commencing on Aug. 27.

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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.