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Transitions Conference

The Transitions Conference is a three and a half hour long orientation session for all NEW STUDENTS that takes place the Saturday before Monday classes begin. ALL NEW STUDENTS are expected to attend this informational program.

  • This orientation provides a look at the Academic Resources provided on campus.
  • You will have the opportunity to speak to a Financial Aid representative and our Director of Student Accounts and participate in a State mandated Title IX Sexual Consent presentation.
  • Finally, time is allowed for transfer students to engage in an interactive Q and A session with the orientation team before picking up SUNY Potsdam I.D. cards, parking decals, textbooks and taking a campus tour.

The Transitions Conference Agenda

Check-in for the January 21, 2017 Transitions Conference will be at 9:30 a.m. in Thatcher Dining Hall.


9:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Campus Welcome

  Annette Robbins, Director, Student and Family Transitions

  Dr. Rick Miller, Executive Vice President, SUNY Potsdam

10:30 a.m.

Student Accounts and Financial Aid

  Alicia Flynn, Interim Director, Student Accounts

  Susan Godreau, Director, Financial Aid

10:45 a.m.

University Police and Title IX

  Tim Ashley, Acting Chief, University Police

  Stacey Basford, Title IX Coordinator

11:15 a.m.

Student Health

  Dr. Richard Moose, Student Health Services

11:45 a.m.

Academic Resources

  Sean Partridge, Interim Director, Student Success Center


Transfer Credits and Information

  Terry Francis, Associate Director, Admissions, Transfer Coordinator

1 p.m.
Q&A 1:15 p.m.














Transfer and new students will be able to check in to their Residence Halls on Friday, January 20, 2017. This will give you an opportunity to visit PACES and pick up your campus ID card, visit other offices on campus such as Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Health Services, etc… as well as create your academic schedule if need be!

Other Important Notes

  • SUNY Potsdam I.D. Cards - YOU MUST SEND IN YOUR PHOTO ID.  It will be available for pick up at Transitions Conference.
  • Books - The College Store will be open all weekend from 10 am. - 5 p.m.
  • Mailbox Keys - Don't forget you are assigned a P.O. Box here at SUNY Potsdam! You may pick up your mailbox key at the Mailroom located in Barrington Student Union!