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Potsdam Prepared: Spring 2022 Updates

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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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Healing Through Dance

Intertwining her academic interests in dance and psychology, Maribel Flores ’20 graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a singular vision for her future—to help people dealing with trauma through dance movement therapy. She’s now pursuing a master’s degree in dance movement therapy at the Pratt Institute in New York City, and gaining valuable real-world experience working with dementia patients.

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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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Caring for Others

Always encouraged by her mother to help those in need, Kristy Coyle ’22 has harnessed those values as she pursues a degree in community health at SUNY Potsdam. Her internships and faculty mentorship opportunities have reinforced her educational experiences—as she looks ahead to a career focused on assisting the less fortunate and educating the community about health disparities.

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Finding Mentors for Success

Marking the culmination of her success as a musical studies major at Crane, Christina Morris ’21 recently staged A Concert for Equity and Equality at Hosmer Hall. Pouring her heart and soul into the concert, she organized the event, secured a grant to pay her musicians and composers, and then conducted the concert from start to finish. She leaves Crane with unrivaled experiences—working one-on-one with Crane professors, touring Asia with the National Youth Orchestra, and attending Tanglewood’s prestigious conducting program—as she embarks on a career in conducting.

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Examining Humanity Through an Anthropological Lens

From nightly performances on a Royal Caribbean cruise line, to acting gigs all over the world, Charlie Sarkioglu ’22 has had a fruitful career embracing his passion for the arts. Now he’s shifting gears as he completes his undergraduate degree in anthropology at SUNY Potsdam—something that he believes will positively impact his future theatrical projects.

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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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Applied Learning, Close to Home

Graduating at the top of her class in high school, Anah Bogdan ’24 was looking for a college experience close to home where she could pursue her passion for mathematics. Now a sophomore, she has made the President’s List the past two semesters, and has added a second major in geology. She was recently asked to join a research team to examine rock formations in Texas’ Guadalupe Mountains National Park with Dr. Page Quinton and Dr. Mike Rygel. Leading up to that trip, Bogdan will be working as a field assistant in Montana to measure and describe 300 million-year-old rocks, valuable field that she will inform her research project in Texas.

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Finding Peace in Potsdam

Born and raised in New York City, Laneise Goggans ’15 & ’22 found a new home when she enrolled at SUNY Potsdam. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she returned to the city and immediately launched a career as a dance teacher at a charter school in Brooklyn. Now she’s back in Potsdam, pursuing a master’s degree in education while raising her twin boys, in a community that has always felt like home.

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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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Chords of Success

For more than a decade Shannon Boyle ’20 & ’22 has been mastering the harp at The Crane School of Music, first in middle school and high school through the National String Project, then as an undergraduate student, and now while pursuing her master’s degree in music performance. Through an outpouring of scholarships, she will be graduating in May without any debt as she looks ahead to the future as a musician and educator.

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Taylor Post ’22 has been dancing her entire life. Guided by her grandmother’s passion for dance, she spent the past 4 years refining her dance and choreographic techniques within SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre & Dance. 💃 After graduating last month, she returned home to help her grandmother run her dance studio, which has been in operation for more than half a century. 

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Taylor Post ’22 has been dancing her entire life. Guided by her grandmother’s passion for dance, she spent the past 4 years refining her dance and choreographic techniques within SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre & Dance. 💃 After graduating last month, she returned home to help her grandmother run her dance studio, which has been in operation for more than half a century. Read more: #SUNYPotsdamAlum #PeopleOfPotsdam

Are you a deposited first-year or transfer student for the fall 2022 semester? Are you wondering what to do next? Our Admissions staff is here to help walk you through completing your enrollment by offering virtual ‘Next Step Tutorials’ this summer! 
📧 Set up your Potsdam email account
📚 Register for classes
🍎 Choose a meal plan
🏠 Confirm your housing
🙋 Answer any questions you may have!
🗓 June 30 & July 13 at 6:30 p.m.
➡️ Register at the "Next Steps Tutorial" link in our Linktree
#PdamBound #SUNYPotsdam
Our friendly Admissions staff is pleased to offer 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!

🗓 : July 6, July 18, August 4 & August 16 (Both morning & afternoon sessions available)

Visit our Linktree to register!
During finals week, the environmental club hosted Free Cycle, an event to help reduce waste as students moved out of their dorms at the end of the semester. Focused on sustainability, 18 student volunteers oversaw the week-long event, collecting clothing (221 pounds), food (345 pounds), and toiletry/cleaning supplies (90 pounds) that were given to the campus Food Pantry and the Center for Diversity to help students in need this fall. ♻️ 🌎 #SUNYPotsdam #PotsdamProud #PeopleOfPotsdam
This weekend we are celebrating the 157th anniversary of #Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates the official announcement made in Texas abolishing slavery and marking the freeing of a quarter-million Black Americans. We invite you join the Potsdam community for a local celebration today from 4 to 9 p.m. in Ives Park to recognize the momentous historic event. ✊🏾 #PeopleOfPotsdam #PotsdamProud
Summer brings out the best in us! 😍🌸☀️ #SUNYPotsdam
Congrats to the 1,022 students named to the President's and Dean's Lists for the Spring 2022 semester! 📚 Give a shout-out below to all the students that worked so hard this semester! ⭐️

See the link in our Linktree for the full list of outstanding students! 

#SUNYPotsdam #PeopleOfPotsdam #PotsdamProud
Nicole Terminalli ’05 & ’07, a sixth-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary, talks about her love for teaching, and her time at SUNY Potsdam that prepared her for a career as an educator. 🍎 #SUNYPotsdam #PotsdamProud #PeopleOfPotsdam
Happy #NationalBestFriendDay! Did you meet your besties at #SUNYPotsdam!? Tag them below! ♥️
Missing the walk to class already? 🤚

We hope everyone is enjoying the well-deserved summer break! 🏖

#SUNYPotsdam #PeopleOfPotsdam

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