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SUNY Potsdam's orientation program earns two prestigious awards


SUNY Potsdam’s Orientation Program earned two first-place awards in the Media Showcase Awards at the National Orientation Directors Association Conference (NODAC) in Boston.

Louise Tyo, director of first year transitions, was recognized for SUNY Potsdam’s Summer 2008 Orientation Guide in the Outstanding Orientation Handbook for Three or More Colors category and nylon string bag students received at orientation in the Outstanding Novelty Item category.

475 SUNY Potsdam Students "Make a Difference" with 850 Volunteer Hours


When SUNY Potsdam and its students say they are committed to making a difference locally, regionally and nationally, they don’t mess around. Approximately 475 students contributed more than 850 hours – the equivalent of more than 35 days – of volunteer work during the College’s “Make a Difference Week.”

SUNY Potsdam's Circle K Club: Making efforts that last


The Circle K Club at SUNY Potsdam was busy volunteering during the College’s “Make a Difference Week” right along side many other SUNY Potsdam students and organizations, but for Circle K, volunteering and making a difference is more than a week-long event. The members have committed to actively make a lasting impact in the community.

Circle K is a community-service organization focused on leadership, fellowship and service. The projects in which they participate help others on a local, national and international level.

Dress up your drinks with koozies created by SUNY Potsdam entrepreneurship class


SUNY Potsdam students enrolled in the entrepreneurship course are selling seasonal, personalized and Potsdam designed koozies to keep beverages hot or cold in the College's Barrington Student Union through Monday, Dec. 1.

Mindy Tyler, a junior from Tupper Lake, came up with the idea to sell the koozies with the help of seniors Charles Murray of Syracuse, Jason Salter of Brooklyn, Zachary Straub of Pittsford and Ryan Williams of Utica.

SUNY Potsdam students study environmental impact through action


Have you ever thought about becoming a vegetarian to help the environment? What about measuring your water consumption in an effort to reduce it or carrying around your trash so you can track your impact?

SUNY Potsdam students in Dr. Heather Sullivan-Catlin’s “Environment and Society” course were charged with developing both a personal and community action project that would bring about an environmentally positive social change and/or a beneficial contribution to the natural environment.

SUNY Potsdam students & profs find rare dragonflies on trail


SUNY Potsdam Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jan Trybula (l) reviews the new trail sign describing the two rare dragonflies that he and his students found on Sugar Island. SUNY Potsdam Distinguished Teaching Professor of Anthropology Dr. John Omohundro, coordinator of the Red Sandstone Trail, prepares to post the sign. The Horned Clubtail dragonfly had not been found in New York before, and the Skillet Clubtail hadn’t been seen since 1928. Photo by Susan Omohundro.

SUNY Potsdam honor society donates new boat to Myanmar fisherman


In response to the widespread destruction left by a cyclone that hit Myanmar in June, the SUNY Potsdam Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, donated funds to replace one of the many fishing boats that was destroyed. In September, that boat – named Potsdam ODK – was delivered to a fisherman and his family in the Irrawady delta village of Khaw Ma Gyi, as seen here.

By popular demand additional wine appreciation course offered at SUNY Potsdam


Due to the popularity of SUNY Potsdam’s non-credit Wine Appreciation courses, an additional section has been added to accommodate those who would like to learn more about the intricacies of wine.

Wine connoisseur Jim Gerber will offer a course on Friday evenings beginning November 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Alcoa and Corning donate scanning electron microscopes to SUNY Potsdam


Alcoa and Corning International Company have each donated a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to SUNY Potsdam for use in the College’s science departments.

The combined worth of the equipment is more than $125,000.

Peggy Barlow, instrument technician at SUNY Potsdam, said the donated SEMs offer capabilities that the College’s current one does not. The units expand the facilities used in the teaching and research of undergraduate majors in anthropology, archaeology, biology, chemistry, geology and physics in up-to-date methods of material analysis.

SUNY Potsdam students selected for the prestigious Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet


After a competitive audition process, five SUNY Potsdam students have been selected to be part of the inaugural Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet that will provide financial and experiential support to the undergraduate brass majors.


Media contact:

Alexandra Jacobs Wilke
College Communications
(315) 267-2114