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Potsdam International Organization (PIO)
The mission of the Potsdam International Organization is to expose students to world cultures through interaction, insight and dialogue.
The Potsdam International Organization exists to encourage cultural exploration, support multicultural diversity, and enrich local and global unity. Our mission at the PIO is to make the rich array of world cultures here at SUNY Potsdam an exciting and fully engaged part of student life. We hope to foster strong bonds between the international body and local community by capitalizing on the many advantages SUNY Potsdam's vibrant intercontinental atmosphere has to offer. The PIO is one of the largest student groups here on campus, representing the enthusiasm for diversity and difference that's synonymous with SUNY Potsdam.
As well as its international credentials, the PIO also hosts a luminous array of creative talent, thanks to SUNY Potsdam's world class Crane School of Music. Crane international students regularly give performances from their home cultures, representing a great opportunity to enjoy arts from all across the world.
Some of the events the PIO has been involved with this year include:
- An international potluck supper attended by students from several local universities
- An on-campus bonfire to help mark the UK celebration of "bonfire night"
- Fundraising for the UNICEF Philippine disaster fund
- A poster-making evening to help raise awareness of the group
- Participating in exercises to help local ESL students with their English
We're looking forward to a busy and exciting new semester, where we will be hosting an international banquet, enjoying regular international movie nights, and lots more.
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The PIO is run by an Executive Board of current students, and presently consists of:
- President: Caitlin Jones
Phone: (716) 352-1726
Campus Mail: 1396 Barrington
- Vice President: Thupten Thupten
Phone: (917) 573-5342
Campus Mail: 1777 Barrington
- Treasurer: Yonie Montes
Phone: (631) 377-9029
Campus Mail: 2380 Barrington
- Secretary: Lyra Harada
Phone: (914) 426-6722
Campus Mail: 3560 Barrington
- Comptroller: Kat Farnam
Phone: (315) 262-6664
Campus Mail: 3205 Barrington
- Public Relations: Tiara Butler
Campus Mail: 2524 Barrington
- Faculty Advisor
Dr. Shakuntala Das
Phone: (315) 267-2949
Dunn Hall, 229
Mascot: Platypus the Platypus (from Australia)
We also have members from Mexico, Korea, the Philippines, Tibet, and Saudi Arabia, to name but a few. So, wherever you're from and whatever you're into, you'll be sure to find a warm welcome / wilkommen! here at the Potsdam International Organization.