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Alumni Spotlight

Our graduates have gone on to some pretty special careers.

They have the tales to tell and the wisdom to share about what makes this institution of higher learning so remarkable in so many ways. There are thousands of teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers and artists who call SUNY Potsdam their alma mater.

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Jeffrey Milroy '11

Alumnus Dr. Jeffrey Milroy ’02 has built his career around promoting physical activity and safety in collegiate sports. After being recruited from Canada to play hockey at SUNY Potsdam in 1999, he went on to graduate with a degree in community health—the stepping stone for a successful career in public health.​.. read more.


Jessica Petersen '11

Shortly after graduating from SUNY Potsdam, Jessica Petersen '11 landed a job as a musician on Carnival cruise ships. Over the course of seven years she worked on 19 different ships and traveled all over the world—from South America to Singapore and from Bermuda to Hawaii... read more.

Megan Bowdish '88

Despite graduating with a double major in elementary education and English literature, Megan Bowdish ’88 stumbled onto a completely different career path. After meeting Ray Bowdish ’87 as an undergraduate, she got married and ended up leaving teaching behind to run Never Tire Farm. She now grows vegetables and plants in eight greenhouses during the harsh North Country winters and sells them to more than a dozen businesses throughout the more.

Emma Simon '12

Emma Simon ’12 recently returned to campus as an actor in the Pendragon Theatre’s touring production of “Pride & Prejudice.” She didn’t stop there, staying on for several more days to lead a clowning techniques workshop for current students speak with current students about her work as an actor in New York City and …read more.

Claudia (Kaufmann) Mengel ’76

Claudia (Kaufmann) Mengel has always had a passion for art. Shortly after graduating from SUNY Potsdam in 1976, she established a career in the world of finance and moved to New York City. Through it all, she continued to work on art, exploring the world around her through an abstract expressionist lens. She now lives in Connecticut and works on her artwork full-time... read more.

Logan Running'17

After transferring to SUNY Potsdam his junior year, Logan Running ’17 quickly found his path working on cutting-edge nanoparticle research in the chemistry department—research with the potential to treat cancer more effectively, and with less harmful side effects... read more.


Genevieve Ruhland '18

Before Genevieve Ruhland ’18 wrapped up her double major in music education and math this year, she directed a 70-minute experimental percussion performance in the Academic Quad—a project that allowed her to explore less mainstream percussion music as part of her Presidential Scholars research... read more.


David Vroman '83 & '91

When he’s not running up and down the basketball court as a referee, SUNY Potsdam alumnus David Vroman ’91 is busy teaching his sixth-grade earth science students about everything from the plate tectonics to astronomy... read more.


James Dornemann '99
James Dornemann '99

James W. Dornemann ’99 thinks of himself as a problem solver at heart. As a light board operator for film and television, he is constantly tinkering and must keep up with the latest in technology to make sure that directors can get the shot they are looking for... read more.


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Katelyn Legacy '16

In high school, Katelyn Legacy ’16 wanted nothing to do with history, but that all changed when she arrived at SUNY Potsdam her freshman year... read more.