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Protecting the Endangered

Traveling up and down the east coast, and through the Gulf of Mexico, Brogin Van Skoik ’11 puts his degree from SUNY Potsdam to the test. Working as an endangered species observer on a large dredging vessel, he carefully monitors the human impact on a precious assortment of turtles, fish, and whales—halting dredging operations at a moment’s notice if too many species are harmed by the shipping operations.

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Adversity Yields Opportunity

After sustaining a season-ending ankle injury his sophomore year, followed by a concussion his junior year, Adam Kelley ’20 was told that he could no longer play competitive soccer. Despite the devastating news, his connection with soccer remained strong, and he remained on the sidelines to coach his peers. Now two years after graduation, he’s working as an assistant soccer coach at Clarkson University, and continuing to build on his years of experience as an athlete and leader on the field.

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The American Dream

In just four years, Miryam Veliz Calderon ’20 & ’21 graduated from SUNY Potsdam with an undergraduate degree in math and Spanish, followed by a master’s degree in secondary math education. With a unique combination of language, math, and teaching skills, Veliz Calderon quickly landed a job back home on Long Island after commencement. At just 22 years of age, she’s already a leader in the classroom, working as a bilingual math teacher with immigrants who have recently arrived in the U.S.

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Path of the Professional

After landing her dream job as the executive director for the St. Regis Tribal Gaming Commission in Akwesasne, Jill Benedict ’01 & ’24 was still looking for ways to challenge herself. Twenty years after receiving her undergraduate degree from SUNY Potsdam, she has returned to her alma mater to pursue a graduate degree in management—allowing her to parlay her educational experiences into transferrable leadership skills for the Mohawk government.

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Changing Course

As the director of healthy communities for the Special Olympics, Onolee Stephan ’06 has dedicated her life to helping others, and it all started at SUNY Potsdam. After completing the College’s community program, and getting her MPH at Boston University, she landed a job as the director of healthy communities for the Special Olympics—overseeing the funding for health programs in six U.S. states, and 50 international chapters, while leaning on the skills she acquired at SUNY Potsdam years earlier.

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Small Steps

Taylor Post ’22 has been dancing her entire life. Guided by her grandmother’s passion for dance, she continued to refine her dance and choreographic techniques as a student at SUNY Potsdam, while working closely with supportive faculty in the Department of Theatre & Dance. After receiving her degree in May, she returned to her hometown of Hopewell, N.Y., where she is helping to run the family business,  a dance studio her grandmother opened more than half a century ago.

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From a high-altitude forest in Guatemala to a biological corridor in Costa Rica, Dr. Kate Cleary brings years of experience, steeped in hands-on international research, into the classroom. As an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, she has been working closely with students to study bats in St. Lawrence County, collecting data about their population numbers that will be shared with the U.S. Geological Survey’s North American Bat Monitoring Program.

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Coming Full Circle

Ever since graduating from SUNY Potsdam with a degree in community health, Missi Wooldridge ’08 has continued to make a positive impact on the world around her—focusing her career on drug policy reform and harm reduction. This fall, she will be giving back to her alma mater, and returning as an adjunct professor in the College’s fully online master’s degree program in community health.

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Mentor for the Next Generation

After transferring to SUNY Potsdam in 2019, Noah White '22 has thrived in the College's BA/MST program in secondary science education. Completing several hands-on student teaching placements in local middle and high school classrooms, he has been paving the way to a bright future as a STEM educator.

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Driven to Excellence

At just twenty years old, Victoria Sekyere ’23 has already published a book, started a non-profit organization, and is in the process of applying to law school as she wraps up her degree in criminal justice with a minor in pre-law at SUNY Potsdam.

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A Mover and Shaker

Unlike the slowly developing rock formations that she studies with her students, Dr. Page Quinton has moved mountains since she started at SUNY Potsdam—infusing the campus with her passion for teaching as she launches new applied learning initiatives in and out of the classroom.

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Becoming a Literacy Leader

After graduating with a degree in early childhood / childhood education in 2020, Karina Antonio ’20 & ’22 spent a year working as a pre-school teacher, before returning to SUNY Potsdam in the fall of 2021 to pursue a master’s degree in literacy. A first-generation college student, and the first person in her family to receive a master’s degree, Antonio’s passion for education is fueled by her desire to see her students succeed, in the same way that she did in her youth.

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Foundations for Success

Not far from their childhood homes, Emily Vierno ’22 and Kristen Parker ’22 realized that SUNY Potsdam was the perfect fit to launch their careers in health care. The North Country natives are now in the final semester at the College, wrapping up their degrees in exercise science as they prepare for graduate school. Both students were recently accepted into the graduate programs of their choice as they pursue their passions for physical therapy and sports nutrition.

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The Stars Aligning

Jaylen Kawenninon Francis-Herne ’23, who is pursuing a degree in community health with a minor in human services, first enrolled at SUNY Potsdam in 2012. Fresh out of high school, she wasn’t prepared for the road ahead, and withdrew during her first year. Eight years later, she has returned to the College—this time with an unwavering determination and focus driven by the responsibilities of motherhood and a commitment to serve the Mohawk people within her community.

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Arts Management in the Real World

Business savvy students pursuing a degree in arts management are gaining valuable hands-on experience this semester at organizations around the North Country—impactful capstone internships that allow them to take what they’ve learned in the classroom out into the real world. Led by Arts Management Coordinator Joshua Vink, students are completing internships at organizations like the St. Lawrence Arts Council, Brick & Mortar Music and the Community Performance Box Office.

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What started in 2017 as a GIS mapping project for Dr. Jessica Rogers and her environmental studies students to locate purple loosestrife throughout the North Country, has expanded to include a solution for eliminating the invasive plants by inserting beetles into the equation. In May, two of her students joined forces to dig up purple loosestrife plants in local wetlands, collected beetles, and combined them in the artificial wetland (beetle hatchery) behind the WISER Greenhouse to grow the next batch of insects in the fight against the purple loosestrife.

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Only one more week of an empty campus...who are you most excited to reunite with? Tag them below! ☀️ #SUNYPotsdam #PotsdamProud #PeopleOfPotsdam

Only one more week of an empty campus...who are you most excited to reunite with? Tag them below! ☀️ #SUNYPotsdam #PotsdamProud #PeopleOfPotsdam

Move in is TWO weeks away! Drop all your must-have essentials below for our future Bears! ⬇️🏘🧳 #PotsdamProud #SUNYPotsdam #PeopleOfPotsdam
In just four years, Miryam Veliz Calderon ’20 & ’21 graduated from SUNY Potsdam with an undergraduate degree in math and Spanish, followed by a master’s degree in secondary math education. With a unique combination of language, math, and teaching skills, Veliz Calderon quickly landed a job back home on Long Island after commencement. At just 22 years of age, she’s already a leader in the classroom—a bilingual math teacher working with immigrants who have recently arrived in the U.S. Pictured here is Miryam celebrating after receiving her master's degree with Dr. Liliana Trevizán. 📚 #PeopleOfPotsdam #PotsdamProud
For the past two weeks, SUNY Potsdam students and faculty have been busy leading a creative arts camp for local K-12 students! 🎭 With four tracks—creative arts, drama, creative writing, and dance—the K-12 students have been creating scripts, memorizing lines, and rehearsing dance moves in preparation for the final showcase that will take place in the College's Performing Arts Center this Saturday! 💃 🎨 #PeopleOfPotsdam #PotsdamProud #SUNYPotsdam
What does Max C. Bear do in the summer, you ask? 🐻

#SUNYPotsdam #PeopleOfPotsdam
There is still time to attend one of our summer visit days! ☀️ Come see #SUNYPotsdam for yourself and take a tour of our beautiful campus. You will even get a chance to talk with current students and hear first-hand what it’s like to be a part of the Potsdam family!

🗓 : August 4 & August 16 (Both morning & afternoon sessions available)

Visit our Linktree to register!
Hands-on learning continues year-round in the @wisersuny greenhouse! 🌱 Just ask Preston Santimaw '23, an environmental studies major who is in the middle of a 160-hour internship. His work currently focuses on eradicating mealy bugs from the greenhouse plants! 🌿🌵🌸PeopleOfPotsdam #SUNYPotsdam
A little throw-back Thursday to beat the heat out there! 🥵😎❄️ #SUNYPotsdam #PeopleOfPotsdam #TBT
Nearly 600 alumni reconnected last weekend during Reunion 2022 at SUNY Potsdam! The weekend consisted of a 5K, on campus tours, musical performances, nostalgic Potsdam food, alumni association awards, laughs, a whole lot of memories and more! A huge thanks to @sunypotsdam.alumni for this fun weekend! 🐻 #SUNYPotsdamAlum #PeopleOfPotsdam #PotsdamProud
It is so nice to see our alumni reconnecting in person again! Reunion 2022 has officially kicked off and our campus is buzzing! Have a great weekend, everyone! #SUNYPotsdamAlum #PeopleOfPotsdam #PotsdamProud

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