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Immerse yourself in a campus culture that's as eclectic as you are.

Excelling On and Off the Court

Dyamon Hunter ’23—who recently scored her 1000th point to become the seventh player in SUNY Potsdam women's basketball history to hit that mark—talks about life, academics, athletics, and the family dynamic on her team.

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Lights, Camera, Action

During her final semester at Crane, Erika Murata ’22 lined up the internship of a lifetime, working on the set of the Late Show with Seth Meyers in New York City. Leaning on skills from her music business degree, she has been assisting audio engineers and the house band as they prepare the music for the show.

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Fertile Ground for Exploration

A double major in anthropology and international studies, Simisola Macaulay ’23 has taken on leadership roles as the president of the anthropology club, a student ambassador for Admissions and Advancement, and a peer study abroad counselor in the Lougheed Center for Applied Learning. Whether giving a TEDx Talk on gender expression within the Yoruba community in Nigeria, or conducting research on maternal practices of women in the Maasai tribe in Tanzania, she has continued to personalize her educational experiences by connecting them to her family and African heritage.

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Choreography in Motion

The Fall 2022 Student Choreographers’ Concert, which was just staged at the Performing Arts Center Dance Theater from Dec. 1 to 4,  showcased SUNY Potsdam creativity with five individual choreographic works that included an aerial performance for the first time in the history of the Department of Theatre and Dance. Titled “Frames in Motion,” students had been rehearsing their pieces since early in the fall semester in preparation for the live performance.

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Protecting the Majestic Grey Crowned Crane

Taking flight like the endangered birds she studies, Bridget Amulike has launched an inspiring career as a conservation biologist, educator, and researcher. Born and raised in Tanzania, Amulike is now in the middle of a prestigious two-year SUNY PRODiG Fellowship at SUNY Potsdam, teaching her students about wildlife conservation with real world examples from her research in Africa on grey crowned cranes.

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United for Ukraine

Dr. Gregory A. Gardner has been many things to many people throughout his varied career: Military intelligence officer. Visiting professor. Business expert. Colleague. Friend. No matter his role, he has always focused his efforts on advancing democracy and promoting free commerce—first with the U.S. Air Force, and later as a SUNY Potsdam faculty member and Fulbright Scholar.

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A Personal Connection

As a parent of a son with autism, Autumn Frazee Brown ’23 has always valued the importance of great educators. A longtime advocate for her son, she has seen the positive impact teachers have had on his life—ultimately influencing her own decision to pursue a master’s degree in education at SUNY Potsdam.

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Smile for the Camera

Imagine a game camera with reading glasses. That’s one of the creative ways that four faculty members have been capturing photos of an unsuspecting assortment of small mammals through the modified lens of a wildlife camera. Funded by a grant through the Lougheed Center for Applied Learning, Dr. Glenn Johnson, Dr. Kate Cleary, Dr. Jessica Rogers, and Dr. Bridget Amulike launched a pilot project this summer to determine the most effective ways to collect data on a variety of critters ranging from deer mice and shrews to chipmunks and weasels—research that will inform future projects looking at tick abundance in the region.

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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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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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Batwoman

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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We loved seeing the sun shining and smiling faces on campus today. It's the last day of January, which means that spring is fast approaching! 🌞 #PeopleOfPotsdam #SUNYPotsdam

We loved seeing the sun shining and smiling faces on campus today. It's the last day of January, which means that spring is fast approaching! 🌞 #PeopleOfPotsdam #SUNYPotsdam

Dyamon Hunter—who recently scored her 1000th point to become the seventh player in SUNY Potsdam women's basketball history to hit that mark—talks about life, academics, athletics, and the family dynamic on her team. 🏀 #SUNYPotsdam #PeopleOfPotsdam #PotsdamProud
Charlie Patterson '22, who is completing the rigorous BFA in visual arts along with a degree in art history, discusses how he has used printmaking to explore new viewpoints and elevate other voices. ✍️ #SUNYPotsdam #PeopleOfPotsdam #PotsdamProud
Welcome back! We hope everyone is having a great first day of the Spring semester! 🧑‍💻📚 #SUNYPotsdam #PotsdamProud #PeopleOfPotsdam
A great week of hockey comes to a close at Maxcy Hall! Korea 🇰🇷 defeated Great Britain 🇬🇧 8-4 this afternoon during the final World University Games @lakeplacid2023 hockey game being held at SUNY Potsdam! The games continue through the weekend in Lake Placid. 🏒🥅 #SUNYPotsdam
Last week, athletes from around the world planted 463 red oak acorns right before the opening ceremony for the FISU @lakeplacid2023 World University Games 2023 in Lake Placid!

Today, those planted acorns—with personal messages from the athletes—were delivered to the WISER Greenhouse by SUNY Potsdam Professor Heather Sullivan-Catlin. Over the next few months, they will take root in seed trays under the careful watch of SUNY Potsdam students working with Ray Bowdish in the WISER Center. 

When the red oaks are ready to be planted outside this summer, they will be donated to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in Akwesasne!

These Games are the first in FISU history to make sustainability a major emphasis and provide a model for future FISU Games through the Save Winter campaign. #SUNYPotsdam #PeopleOfPotsdam #PotsdamProud 🌱
The USA women's hockey team faced off against Japan today during the 3rd of 17 games being held at Maxcy Hall over the next week as part of the FISU @lakeplacid2023 World University Games! We hope you can join us for a game! 🇯🇵🇺🇸

For more information, and a list of all the games being held at Maxcy Hall, visit Potsdam.edu/news 🏒🥅
Congratulations to all the hard-working students who made the SUNY Potsdam President's and Dean's Lists for the Fall 2022 semester! Well done, everyone! 📝🥳 

🔗 See our Link Tree for the full lists!

#PotsdamProud #PeopleOfPotsdam #SUNYPotsdam
Just dreaming of summer days over here... ☀️😎

#FlashbackFriday #FBF #SUNYPotsdam #PeopleOfPotsdam #PotsdamProud
Years of detective work by SUNY Potsdam archaeologist Dr. Hadley Kruczek-Aaron and her search for a forgotten African American settlement in the Adirondacks are highlighted in "Searching for Timbuctoo," a new film by Paul Miller. The examination of pre-Civil War social justice and roots of abolitionism in the North Country has been screened and discussed across central and northern New York. ⚒️ 

#PeopleOfPotsdam #PotsdamProud #SUNYPotsdam

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