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Volleyball Wins Two on Second Day of SUNYAC Pool Play


(POTSDAM, NY)- The volleyball team continued its impressive play in winning both of their matches on the second day of SUNYAC Pool Play held at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium.

In the first match, the Lady Bears defeated Oneonta 23-25, 25-9, 25-16, 25-22. Sammie Pickering (Tupper Lake/Tupper Lake) had 21 kills to lead the team. Courtney Falconer (Bay Shore/Bay Shore) had 42 assists while Kim Plummer (Horseheads/Horseheads) had 16 digs.

In the second match, Potsdam defeated Plattsburgh 25-19, 25-23, 25-12. Pickering had 12 kills and Falconer had 25 assists.

Volleyball Loses In Five Games


The volleyball team lost a tough five game match to cross-town rival St. Lawrence on Tuesday night 20-25, 25-13, 17-25, 25-15, 13-15.

The Lady Bears were led by Sammie Pickering who had 20 kills and 20 digs. Courtney Falconer had 39 assists and Diana Murphy had 27 digs to lead the team.

Potsdam (10-7) will play next in the Hartwick Invitational this weekend (10/4 and 10/5). They will go against Old Westbury at 6:30 pm and then play SUNYIT at 8:30 on Saturday with matches then continuing on Sunday.

Men Soccer Team Lose to Geneseo


(POTSDAM, NY)- The men’s soccer team lost to Geneseo 6-1 in SUNYAC play on Saturday. Potsdam’s lone goal came from Matt Rudd (Rodman/South Jefferson) at 51:32 off of a corner kick by John McCloskey (Tully/Tully).

Joey Mort (Rochester/McQuaid) had two goals to lead the Blue Knights. Sean Bardenett (Syracuse/Westhill), Judah Manetta (Rochester/Greece Arcadia), and Ryan Stansfield (Wantagh/MacArthur) all had one goal each. One of Geneseo’s goals was an own goal from Potsdam. Geneseo held a 15-4 advantage in shots.

Sept. 21: Sharpen your skates: Fall ice hockey clinics set at SUNY Potsdam


The SUNY Potsdam Center for Regional Research and Community Education is again set to offer four youth ice hockey clinics and one adult clinic during September and October at the Maxcy Hall Ice Arena.

The Skater's Clinic with Tom Broderick is an intense clinic for skaters of all ages and ability levels. It focuses on improving skating techniques to include balance, agility, stride, use of edges and understanding of the game. The clinic is sure to improve the performance of all skaters, whether they are just learning ice hockey or they have played for a number of years.

Potsdam chemistry professor garners $550K Department of Defense Grant


Research studies proposed by SUNY Potsdam Chemistry Professor Maria Hepel about the “Development and Characterization of Nanosensors and Sensor Arrays for Biomarkers Related to Autism” have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense under the program “Idea,” with a three-year grant of $550,000.


John D’Addario, Jr., the eighth generation of the D’Addario family involved in the musical instrument string business and president of The D’Addario Music Foundation, recently was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from SUNY Potsdam, on behalf of the State University of New York.

D’Addario received the award at a music education fundraising gala at Steinway Hall in New York City, featuring performances by Crane School of Music faculty members.

Potsdam's Baker awarded fellowship at Center for Jefferson Studies


SUNY Potsdam Associate Professor of History Dr. Thomas N. Baker recently was awarded a month-long fellowship at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, the former home of third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.

During SUNY Potsdam’s semester break, Dr. Baker will work in the Jefferson Library and the library at University of Virginia, reading anonymous letters to Jefferson and delivering a lecture about his research at the center.

Potsdam's Washburn honored with NYSSMA's 2008 Distinguished Service Award


The New York State School Music Association has named SUNY Potsdam Professor and Dean Emeritus Dr. Robert Washburn, Class of 1949, its 2008 Distinguished Service Award winner.

This NYSSMA award gives recognition for exceptional support and outstanding accomplishments by one or more members in the advancement of music education in the schools of New York, public or private, through service to NYSSMA.

The Distinguished Service Award will be presented at NYSSMA’s Winter Conference in Rochester in December.

Potsdam's Snee wins prestigious political communications research award


SUNY Potsdam Associate Professor of English and Communication Dr. Brian J. Snee recently was awarded the 2008 Bruce E. Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award from The Carl Couch Center for his work with co-editor Thomas W. Benson on the book “The Rhetoric of the New Political Documentary.”

Dr. Snee and Dr. Benson, the Edwin Erle Sparks professor of rhetoric at Pennsylvania State University, will have their names engraved on the Bruce E. Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award Plaque at the University of Iowa.

Potsdam grad commissioned by ROTC


SUNY Potsdam graduate Danny A. Cunningham of Potsdam was recently commissioned by the Army ROTC program at Clarkson University, known as the Golden Knight Battalion.

Cunningham completed his degree requirements over the summer, earning him a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY Potsdam. His commissioning ceremony was conducted at the ROTC house in Potsdam.


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Alexandra Jacobs Wilke
College Communications
(315) 267-2114