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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.

SUNY Potsdam employee is given special thanks for helping students


SUNY Potsdam (l to r) Assistant Facilities Program Coordinator Karen M. O'Brien, President Dr. John F. Schwaller and Head Janitor Theresa M. Green thank Lehman Hall Cleaner Robin Harper (second from left) for the selflessness she displayed in helping families involved in a car accident near campus. Harper happened upon the accident just after it occurred as she was on her way home after her shift at the College. She stopped, called 911 and rendered assistance. After she realized two SUNY Potsdam students were involved, she stayed on scene to assist the families.

Professor of religious understanding tells story of interfaith collaboration at leprosy settlement


Dr. Fred Woods, Richard L. Evans chair and professor of religious understanding at Brigham Young University, will present “Kalaupapa: Uncommon Service on Common Ground,” detailing interfaith collaboration at the leprosy settlement known as Kalaupapa, on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in SUNY Potsdam’s Kellas Hall, room 104.

SUNY Potsdam moves to online management for recruiting employees


In an effort to be more efficient and effective in the employee recruitment process, SUNY Potsdam has implemented a new Web-based applicant-tracking module to enable online management of the recruitment process.

The system, powered by PeopleAdmin, also will improve SUNY Potsdam’s employment services to job applicants. The overall goals are to shorten the time frame for filling positions with the best candidates and eliminate extra paperwork at all steps of the process for both hiring committees and applicants.

Guest artists present The Sounds of Trombone and Piano at SUNY Potsdam


Trombonist Mark Kellogg and pianist Joseph Werner will present a guest artist recital on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at SUNY Potsdam Sara M. Snell Music Theater. They will be assisted by SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music faculty member Dr. Mark Hartman on trombone.

Three SUNY Potsdam students explore marine biology in the Mississippi Gulf Coast


Marine biology may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of SUNY Potsdam, but thanks to the College’s partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi, biology students have the opportunity to spend their summers in the field at its Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS.

SUNY Potsdam Provost awarded Psychology Distinguished Service Award


Dr. Margaret E. Madden, provost, vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology at SUNY Potsdam, recently was awarded the Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award for Distinguished Service to the Society for the Psychology of Women, which is a division of the American Psychological Association, in recognition of “significant, substantial and longstanding contributions” to the society.


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Alexandra Jacobs Wilke
College Communications
(315) 267-2114