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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. Participants will explore tasting technique, what makes wines good or bad, what labels tell you, wine-food matching and the wine making process. Several wines are tasted during each class to demonstrate differences due to grape variety, region, climate, style and age.

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. Senior Benjamin Firer of Massapequa Park; junior Matthew Gatti of Esperance; senior Emma Keller of Sheldon, VT; sophomore Brian Masterson of Hicksville; and sophomore Emily Piller of Manchester, NH, received a scholarship and will travel, perform and visit guest artists, teachers and performers and interact with them through clinics and master classes.

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.


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Alexandra Jacobs Wilke
College Communications
(315) 267-2114