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Potsdam Prepared: COVID-19 Updates

Donor Impact

Resilient. Committed. Together.

Though faced with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, SUNY Potsdam has endured because of the inspiring commitment of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors. This commitment is evident in the good times, but it has become even more apparent as we watched our community jump into action to ensure our students’ education amidst a global health crisis.

Thank you for investing in SUNY Potsdam through your giving. We are humbled by all that you do to keep the SUNY Potsdam family together.

Scholarship Support

Paying It Forward Together

Receiving support through the Pay It Forward Scholarship Program has enabled Myriam Butikima ’23 to discover her path to success at SUNY Potsdam. She shared, “The scholarship helped me want to stay at Potsdam even more because it was like, ‘Here is a start-up for you. We hope you have a great four years.’" Read More

The Value of Connections

Emily Morse ’21 is primed for success in the computer science industry because of the many SUNY Potsdam alumni who dedicate time and resources to the computer science department. This summer, Emily took part in a remote internship with the Griffiss Institute and the Air Force Research Laboratory, made possible by her connections with alumni and support from a generous scholarship established by Haden Land ’84. Read More


Tabitha Brown ’20

It’s never too late to go back to school. Just ask Tabitha Brown ’20, who is back in college after a 25-year hiatus. Read More

Shavon Lloyd '19

Shavon Lloyd ’19 is proud to be a part of “the Crane lineage,” which began for him when he was a grade-school student in Middletown, New York. Read More

Miryam Veliz Calderon ’20

There is no doubt that Miryam Veliz Calderon ’20 is going places. A double-major in mathematics and Spanish, Veliz Calderon does not shy away from opportunities to grow as both a leader and a scholar. Read More

Leanne Greene ’18

Leanne Greene ’18 has had more than her share of setbacks on her way toward achieving her dream of being a teacher. Read More

"Receiving this scholarship means everything to me. I can't really work during the semester, and it's not super safe to work anyway because of COVID-19. Having this extra money that I don't have to spend on credits is really huge for me."

Emily Morse '21 Haden Land Endowed Scholarship Recipient
The Gift of Technology

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, people across the world became increasingly reliant on livestreaming to interact with the communities they cherish. SUNY Potsdam students, parents and alumni have stayed connected to the College through livestreamed recitals, concerts and encores of past performances due to the generosity of Gail ’64 and Richard Stradling (Hon. ’19). Read More

An Afternoon with Jacob Collier

Though many Crane students have become accustomed to Zoom calls, not many of their video chats featured a Grammy award-winning musician. Last spring, however, our students had the chance to participate in a virtual workshop with English singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, made possible in part by the Band Guest Artist Fund established by Colonel Thomas Palmatier ’75. Read More

Generations of Success

On a blustery winter day in New York City, two successful women (Christine Haile ’74 and Kadiatou Balde '19) pose for a photo in front of the Hudson River. On the surface, they may not seem to have much in common. One is a retired Chief Information Officer with over 38 years of experience in higher education. The other is a young scholar and entrepreneur who graduated from college less than a year ago. The pair’s connection stems from SUNY Potsdam, their shared alma mater. Read More

Student Experience Snapshot

The Adirondack Experience

Adirondack Experience ImageSUNY Potsdam’s unique Adirondack Experience program allows students to work with the same group of classmates as they take English, Adirondack ecology and environmental studies courses throughout the semester. The students then apply what they learn in the classroom during a series of field trips in the Adirondack mountains, where they explore fascinating educational sites like the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Teaching Down Under

Natalia Anapolis PhotoAs the culmination of her hard work in the childhood/early childhood education program, Natalia Anapolis ’20 student-taught both close to home and across the globe. Natalia’s 13-week applied learning opportunity in Australia allowed her to teach second-grade students everything from math to geography, while also gaining new perspectives herself.


PENdemic Art ImageWhen Assistant Professor Nathaniel Infante learned that his art studio classes were switching to remote instruction in the spring, he developed a unique way for students to maintain creativity: a daily drawing challenge on Instagram called “PENdemic.” For sixty days, students created art based on daily prompts from Infante, such as “illuminate” and “toilet paper,” allowing them to practice their skills and build their portfolios.

Community Activism

Waldy Perez PhotoWhen the pandemic took hold in the spring, Waldy Perez ’20 & ’22 was in the middle of an internship with the American Red Cross. His work for the non-profit changed as social distancing became the new normal. Instead of installing smoke detectors at residents’ homes and educating them about fire safety, he switched gears and started working at blood drives throughout St. Lawrence County.

Their Essential Nature

Photo of Biology student and turtleThough campus remained mostly empty during the first few months of the pandemic, a pair of students were deemed essential in order to care for the animals who call Stowell Hall home. Amber Rudolph ’20 and Morgan Gregg ’20 fed and gave companionship to a mottled cadre of turtles, aquarium fish, geckos, bearded dragons and snakes who seem to need socialization just as much as humans.




Giving by the Numbers

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Why I Give

Ron Fishbeck '80

My wife, Teresa Fishbeck (Hon. ’19), and I give to Potsdam because we feel that, since our education played a major part in our success...

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Bob Wagner '75

Potsdam was one of the greatest times of my life. I had wonderful professors and met people who became great friends. I owe most of my success to my Potsdam education and will never forget how it shaped the rest of my life and career.

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Sally Farrell Partner ’78

My Potsdam experience has made a tremendous difference in my life. I would not be the person I am today without my time in Potsdam and the friendships (many of which I still have) and experiences I had there.

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Henrique Schembry ’12

Giving is my way of "paying it forward" – “it" being the financial support I received from faculty and friends when I found myself in hardship.

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