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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.

Sanders presented national $2,000 Scholarship in Washington, D.C.


SUNY Potsdam student and Clarkson Army ROTC Cadet James Sanders was presented the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Memorial Fund Scholarship at the Annual Association of the United States Army Convention held in Washington, D.C., in October.

The $2,000 scholarship was established in honor of the highest-ranking officer killed in the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon. It is awarded each year to two Green to Gold Cadets nationally and is presented at the Annual ROTC Luncheon. General Maude’s widow, Teri, and daughter, Karen, presented Sanders with the award at the luncheon.

Photos inspired by musical works featured in Hosmer Gallery


The works of photographer Jane Lammers, a member of several art councils, is currently installed at SUNY Potsdam’s Hosmer Gallery. Lammer’s exhibition primarily consists of photography inspired by musical works of SUNY Potsdam professors.

Her work includes “Instruments of the Mass,” inspired by “Mass,” a 1990 composition of Professor Emeritus Dr. Arthur Frackenpohl and “Bouquet for a New Child,” an exhibit based on a lullaby composed by the late SUNY Potsdam Professor Dr. Harold Hughes.

Entrepreneurs offer T-shirts about the SUNY Potsdam experience


Student in SUNY Potsdam’s entrepreneur class have developed two new T-shirt designs that are now available to the public until Monday, Dec. 1.

Business administration major Travis Mayne, Leanne Beshaw, Pat Wilkins, all of Massena; Kyle Marshall of Amsterdam; and Luke Beck of Prince Edward Island, Canada, collaborated to start their own business through the course. The five brainstormed different ideas and background and did research about what other students would be interested in purchasing.

Becky's Place at Pratt Commons is unveiled


As part of the official dedication of SUNY Potsdam’s Becky’s Place at Pratt Commons, a portrait of Rebecca R. Pratt, a 1997 graduate who passed away in 2001, was unveiled. Pictured are (l to r) portrait painter Deborah Sapienza of Farmington, SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller, Becky’s father Gene Pratt of Victor, Becky’s Grandmother Grace Parker of Fulton, Becky’s Brother Greg Pratt of Victor and Becky’s Mother Nancy Pratt of Victor.

Annual University Faculty Senate Plenary held at SUNY Potsdam


SUNY Potsdam Student Government Association President Matthew Cotty (left), a senior from Cortland, and College President Dr. John F. Schwaller (right) recently took a few moments to chat with State University of New York Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark while he attended the annual University Faculty Senate Plenary that was held on the Potsdam campus this year.

SUNY Potsdam voter registration drives net 300 forms


The efforts of several SUNY Potsdam groups in supporting the voter registration and education programs have led to approximately 300 voter registration forms and 350 absentee ballot applications, which totals 15 percent of the campus.

Through the collaboration of the Student Government Association, several resident assistants and mentors, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership and the Faculty Senate Student Affairs Committee several voter registration and voter education programs have been offered over the last month.

SUNY Potsdam receives the environmental stewardship award from Hill & Markes


Hill & Markes Inc., Amsterdam-based wholesale distributors, recently announced that SUNY Potsdam received its Environmental Stewardship Award.

The award recognizes the responsible decisions that SUNY Potsdam has made regarding the products they select (Green Seal® Certified, EPA Registered, LEED Recognized, EcoLogo™, etc.) and the methods they employ to clean that contribute to a sustainable future.

Some of the steps that SUNY Potsdam has taken to use environmentally preferable products include:


Media contact:

Alexandra Jacobs Wilke
College Communications
(315) 267-2114