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February 9, 2021

‘One Community, Working Together to Stop the Spread’ Banners Installed Throughout Downtown Potsdam

Special banners were raised in downtown Potsdam today, designed to show appreciation and bring awareness to continuing efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Clarkson President Tony Collins and SUNY Potsdam President Kristin Esterberg hailed the initiative as an important part of the ongoing community efforts to manage the pandemic.

The “One Community, Working Together to Stop the Spread” banners show both universities’ logos and are hung throughout the downtown Potsdam area as a show of appreciation for the community’s support of the colleges, and a reminder that we still need to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. Potsdam’s new banners celebrate “One Community, Working Together to Stop the Spread,” with images of the two campus mascots, Max C. Bear and the Golden Knight, with reminders to wear masks, wash hands and socially distance. 

“We are fortunate to have a strong relationship with all of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley and this pandemic has not only strengthened that, but allowed us to form new ones across the community as well. Both institutions are striving to keep our entire community safe during these unprecedented times, not only while our students are on campus, but when they go out into the community as well. These banners are a good reminder for us all to make sure we are wearing our masks properly and observing social distancing no matter where we go in the area,” said Clarkson President Tony Collins.

“In times of trouble and moments of celebration, it becomes more clear than ever just how much our colleges and our community thrive when we work together. Just as much, we can see how our individual actions affect those around us. As we continue to fight this pandemic together, we are counting on every student, faculty and staff member—and all of our neighbors and friends—to mask up and continue to take the safety precautions needed to protect our campuses and our community. We hope that these banners help to serve as a daily reminder that the Potsdam Bears, the Golden Knights and the entire North Country community are pulling together to stop the spread,” said SUNY Potsdam President Kristin G. Esterberg.

The colleges are particularly grateful for the leadership and support that they continue to receive from the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, County Board of Health and St. Lawrence Health Systems, as well as from its “town/gown” partners, the Village and Town of Potsdam and the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce.

The presidents extended their special thanks to Village of Potsdam Department of Public Works Superintendent Jim Corbett and staff members Dustin Bradley and Lee Cota, for installing the new banners despite the snowy weather.

About Clarkson University:
As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation.   We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, N.Y., and New York City, Clarkson educates 4,300 students across 95 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions. Our alumni earn salaries that are among the top 2% in the nation and realize accelerated career growth.  One in five already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company. For more information, go to

About SUNY Potsdam:
Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit

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