SSC Student Award Winners

2009-2010 SSC Award Winners

Two SUNY Potsdam students were recently recognized with Success Through Achievement and Commitment awards by the College’s Student Success Center. Tamara Durant, Director of the Student Success Center, presented the awards, which were established to provide financial support to encourage the recipient’s persistence and continuing success. SSC staff members and other College faculty and employees made the $500 awards possible through their donations.

Elizabeth Pulsifer, a junior from Chazy, N.Y., who is majoring in English and Creative Writing, was selected to receive the award based on her academic achievement; her outstanding service as a tutor for Student Support Services, the Academic Support Lab and the College Writing Center; her involvement in the Student Support Services/Educational Opportunity Program Women’s Group; her role as a teaching assistant for a First Year 100-level class and her active participation in SSS and EOP services. Pulsifer’s career goals are to pursue an advanced degree in English, teach at the college level and become a published writer.

 Elizabeth Pulsifer
From left to right are Tamara Durant, Elizabeth Pulsifer, SSC Award winner, and Dr. Victoria Levitt, English and Communications.      

Caitlin Scavone, a freshman from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., who is majoring in Early Childhood Education, was also selected to receive the award, based upon her academic achievement; her outstanding service as a SSS peer mentor for TRIO Day; her involvement in the SSS/EOP Women’s Group; her active participation in the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program and her volunteer work for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program. Scavone’s professional goals are to complete a Master of Science in Education degree and teach at the elementary school level.

 Caitlin Scavone
Caitlin Scavone, center, is presented the SSC Student Award by Tamara Durant, left, accompanied by (left to right) Nola Davey, EOP Counselor, friends Samantha Larson and Sarah Mulcahy, and Dr. Walter Conley, Professor of Biology.

For more information, contact the Student Success Center at, call (315) 267-2580, or visit 

Founded in 1816, SUNY Potsdam is a four-year liberal arts college nestled on the outskirts of the Adirondack Park. Among the 64 units of The State University of New York system, SUNY Potsdam has the longest history and currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. It is well known for its academically challenging liberal arts and sciences and teacher education programs, as well as its world-renowned Crane School of Music.