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The Potsdam College Foundation is celebrating its 40th year, and SUNY Potsdam is looking back on the organization that has supported its mission and objectives for four decades. In 1968, the forethought and conviction of a group of friends, eight men and two women, inspired the birth of the Potsdam College Foundation. Dependence on state funding in a fluctuating economy stirred these leaders into action. With a vision toward the College’s future, they laid the groundwork for what is now recognized as the foundation.
SUNY Potsdam recently was awarded a $1.6 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Development Grant from the United States Department of Education to enhance its undergraduate research initiatives. The funds will be utilized over the course of five years with the goal of increasing the number of seniors who participate in research with a faculty member from 24 percent to as much as 50 percent in some areas.
Six SUNY Potsdam geology students spent their summer interning at gold mines in Alaska and Nevada and getting a first-hand look at the rewards and challenges of working in the mining industry. Douglas Eck of Attica, Dan Ingersoll of Buffalo, Jake Seller of Saranac and Josh Sovie of Ogdensburg spent three months in Nevada working for Barrick Gold Corp., the largest gold mining company in the world. Garrett Lee of Hopewell Junction and Nathan Peirce of Heuvelton were on duty in Alaska with Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company.
The women’s soccer team got off to an early 1-0 lead in Friday's home conference game with Oswego before a late second period Laker goal forced the Bears to settle for a tie. Potsdam now moves to 7-2-2 overall (0-2-1 SUNYAC). Dedra Palmer (Whitesboro/Whitesboro)put the Lady Bears ahead in the first half at 20:53 on an assist from Lacey Malbeuf (Harrisville/Harrisville). Potsdam held the Lakers to one shot in the first half before a second half Laker goal by Laura Ambron (Fishkill/John Jay) tied the game at 74:55. Julie McCloskey (Hopewell Junction/John Jay) had the assist.
The men’s soccer team lost to SUNY Oswego 4-0 on the road to drop to 4-6-2 on the season. They are 0-3 in SUNYAC play. Felipe Cavalcanti scored for Oswego just over five minutes into the game. Mike Roorda, Chris Carra and Ben Peters all scored for the Lakers. German Colazzo and Ben Nix each contributed an assist. Evan Smith started in goal for the Bears and made seven saves. Matt Wopperer had one save for Oswego. The Bears stay on the road and play Cortland at 1pm on Saturday
The men’s soccer team lost to SUNY Cortland 3-0 on the road to drop to 4-7-2 on the season. They are now 0-4 in SUNYAC play. The Red Dragons got on the board quickly almost 90 seconds into the game when Andrew Schwert scored on a loose ball after a corner kick. Kyle Stepannovsky later sent a long shot into the goal following another corner kick. He was assisted by E.J. Reutmann. Mark Gunsch scored the final goal of the game at 54:33 off an assist from Schwert.
The volleyball team picked up two wins at the Hartwick Tournament. In the first match they defeated Old Westbury 25-8, 25-8, 25-14. In the second match against SUNYIT, the Lady Bears won 25-19, 25-18, 25-23. Their overall record is now 12-7 for the season. It was an all around team effort in both matches. Lisa Wenninger, Meg Welcher, and Sammie Pickering all had four kills against Old Westbury. Courtney Falconer had 24 assists and Diana Murphy had 17 digs.
(POTSDAM, NY)- Despite an outstanding effort by the Lady Bears which held the Red Dragons of Cortland to a single tally, the Bears were denied 1-0 in Saturday's home conference contest. Potsdam’s record now goes to 7-3-2 overall (0-3-1 SUNYAC) for the season. Ashley Mewhorter (Clifton Park/Shenendowa) scored Cortland's only goal at the 16:14 mark in the first half on an assist by Kelsey Allen (Clifton Park/Shenendowa). An opportunity for the the Bears to knot the game failed when Lacey Malbeuf's (Harrisville/Harrisville) late second period connection was ruled offsides.
The volleyball team went a perfect 4-0 for the weekend and won the Hartwick Tournament. It is their first tournament win of the year. In addition, outside hitter Sammie Pickering (Tupper Lake/Tupper Lake) and libero/setter Kim Plummer (Horseheads/Horseheads) were named to the All-Tournament team. In their first match on Sunday, the Lady Bears defeated Alfred 25-17, 25-22, 25-22. Pickering had 14 kills to lead the team while Plummer had 14. Courtney Falconer (Bayshore/Bayshore) had 31 assists and Diana Murphy (Warwick/Warwick) had 15 digs.
Alexandra Jacobs Wilke