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Campus Life Events

The Campus Life office hosts a variety of events throughout the academic year. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Welcome Weekend: Move-in weekend is packed with fun activities and events! We kick-off the weekend with Convocation, where guest speakers present and welcome new students to campus. Throughout the weekend we host a variety of events, including but not limited to a variety of entertainers, a welcome picnic, fireworks and an outdoor movie, karaoke and game nights, comedy shows, and open mics!
  • Welcome Weekend Carnival: Move-in weekend concludes with our Welcome Weekend Carnival, hosted in the Maxcy Hall Fieldhouse. This event is open to students, faculty/staff, and their families! Students have a chance to play games, enjoy some free food, meet different student clubs and organizations, win prizes, participate in free activities such as t-shirt tie-dying, indoor rock climbing, make your own stuffed animal, and much more!
  • Find the Bear: At the beginning of the academic year, we host the Find the Bear challenge! All students are invited to keep up with the clues, posted daily on both Facebook and in the Student Union Dining Court, in order to find a plaque with Max C. Bear on it, which is hidden somewhere around campus. The winner of the challenge receives $300 toward Spring textbooks and school supplies from the College Store!
  • First Saturday: Over 80 businesses downtown open their doors and offer fabulous deals and giveaways for both SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University students during First Saturday, an event that is hosted on the first Saturday of the semester. Downtown Market Street is turned into a block party, where student a cappella, dance, and music groups perform, and club and organizations host various games. Students who go to eight or more businesses have a chance to win up to $100!
  • Student Organization & Involvement Fair: Clubs and organizations take over the Student Union and academic quad in order to promote their groups! Students are able to meet different student groups at this event and learn more about the clubs and organizations they are interested in.
  • Friday Night Entertainment: We host movie nights on Fridays in the Student Union Dining Court throughout the year. From comedies to horror to action, there is a movie for everyone! Along with the film, we give away a free themed snack and DIY activity!
  • Vegas Night: Each Fall, we collaborate with Student Entertainment Services and the Men’s Hockey team to put on a night full of casino-style games, live music, free appetizers and mocktails, and prizes!
  • Winterfest: Departments and student clubs across campus help to kick off the Spring semester by hosting two weeks full of fun events! These events include but are not limited to Bear Pride Night/Student Organization Spirit Night, which is a chance to demonstrate your school spirit at one of the scheduled sports games, skiing/snowshoeing trips with Venture Outdoors, a variety of entertainers, the Canoe Swamp, the Glow Ball Dance & VIP Reception, and many more activities!
  • Glow Ball Dance & VIP Reception: SUNY Potsdam’s biggest dance event of the year is NYC nightclub themed, complete with a DJ, dance performances, and more!
  • Bus Trips to Destiny USA: Once a semester, we take 1-2 buses of students to Destiny USA in Syracuse, NY for a fun day of shopping!

Be sure to check out the SPW listings each week to see the complete schedule of events, and follow Campus Life on social media to see our upcoming events!