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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.

SUNY Potsdam students learn valuable lessons at Ahkwesasne Conference


A total of 20 SUNY Potsdam education majors who will be completing field experiences and/or student teaching and have an interest in the Salmon River Central School District recently attended the “Ahkwesahsne and New York State Teaching and Learning Standards Orientation Conference” to learn more about the special aspects of teaching in a district with such a rich Native American heritage.

Sponsored by SUNY Potsdam’s Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) and Teacher/Leader Quality Partnerships Program (TLQP), the conference was held at the Kanatakon School in Ahkwesahsne.

SUNY Potsdam Alum offers encouragement to students working this year's Phonathon


Potsdam College Foundation Board Member Robert Hill (far back), Class of 1977, attended the SUNY Potsdam Phonathon effort recently to motivate and inspire the students. At the end of three weeks of reaching out to alumni, the Phonathon team has raised more than $43,000 toward their $151,000 goal. Hill is a very generous donor to the College, contributing to several efforts and establishing the Robert J. Hill ’77 Endowment for Environmental Science.


Media contact:

Alexandra Jacobs Wilke
College Communications
(315) 267-2114