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MORE THAN 6,000 JOIN CRANE IN HONORING WYNTON MARSALIS More than 6,000 people joined SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music in honoring jazz legend Wynton Marsalis with an honorary degree on December 10, 2010 through live streaming of the ceremony. With an intimate crowd of 80 people in attendance at the Yamaha Piano Salon on Fifth Avenue in New York City, it is a testament to the respect that the composer and bandleader garners that thousands more tuned in on the Web to watch the event. Four hundred Crane students also watched from Snell Theater as five of Crane’s Jazz Studies students played several selections with the master himself. The students included Drew Coles and Taylor Clay on saxophone, Max Howard on piano, Joseph Goehle on bass and Kevin Urvalek on percussion. The event was made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Maresca (inset photo) along with the Yamaha Corporation of America.
“This is actually my Christmas present. It’s not to receive an honorary degree, it’s the fact that you all would come down here for me—to confer a degree on me, and it’s difficult in words to express the depth of that honor.” Wynton Marsalis Dec. 10, 2010
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The preparation of exceptional
Dorothy Albrecht Gregory & Dr. Gary Jaquay Transforming the Crane experience together.
Bears Paddling Team Paddling their way to life-long skills.
EOP 40th Anniversary A program, a family and a community.
music educators through an unwavering commitment to excellence in performance is at the heart of The Crane School of Musicâ€™s legacy. Students representing Crane in performance attire include (from l to r) Mikaela Davis, Music Education
Departments News & Notes Class Notes In Their Own Words Alumni Opportunities Reunion Special
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Major, class of 2014, Nathan Hoke, Music Education Major, class of 2013, Kelsey Munz, Music Education Major, class of 2014, Alana DeStefano, Music Education Major, class of 2013,
Melisa Baena, Music Education Major, class of 2014.
Reunion Celebrate the joy of learning.
14 Celebrating 125 years of The Crane School of Music A tradition of innovation.
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s a historian, I enjoy looking back in history and considering what was innovative in previous ages and in different cultures.
I must confess that it is not always easy to envision the era when flicking a light switch was a revelation, or when flying was still an upstart idea. That is perhaps especially true now, when technology has advanced exponentially even over the course of just a decade, when every year brings with it a new marvel, and where the ever-expanding Internet has fostered the spread of unedited ideas at lightning-speed, on every topic imaginable. What we take for granted today was once considered a major advancement either just a short or a very long time ago. This is surely true of Julia E. Crane and her innovative ideas concerning music education 125 years ago. As a trained teacher and graduate of what was then known as Potsdam Normal School, Julia Crane was also a gifted singer. Following her studies here, she spent time performing and teaching in Pennsylvania and New York City before returning to Potsdam. In her travels, she saw that although conservatories were producing excellent musicians, they were not very good at preparing music teachers. Similarly, normal schools were developing good teachers, but did not train musicians. It was her desire to create a school dedicated to excellence in music education and performance. Through her diligence, her alma mater fostered this undertaking. It may be hard to imagine now, but this model was unprecedented at the time, and continues to inspire music educators around the country today. At SUNY Potsdam, our pride and joy is rooted in all of our alumni, emeriti, faculty, staff and students who continue that tradition of innovation. Their legacy lives on throughout the College. It may be in the area of teaching, where Assistant Professor of Geology Dr. Michael C. Rygel was recently honored with the 2010 Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching from the Geological Society of America for his work in earth science education. It also shows in the way Dr. Carleen Graham, director of the Opera Ensemble and Center for Undergraduate Research, along with Opera Ensemble students incorporate social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to demystify the art of opera for a diverse group of majors in an introductory music course. We congratulate alumni like Marc Schonbrun ’00, who was a member of the development team for the iPad at Apple while he continues to publish and explore his talents in classical jazz guitar, or Mary Helander ’83, who has the distinguished title of Master Inventor for the work that she and her team do for IBM. This barely scratches the surface of the creativity and productivity of our community. So as Crane embarks upon its 125th anniversary celebration, it is with great enthusiasm that we toast all of the creativity and imagination rooted in the SUNY Potsdam tradition—a tradition of innovation.
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POTS DAM P E O P L E STA F F A N D CO NTR I B UTO RS E D ITO R S Deborah Dudley, Director of Marketing and Communications Mona Ouimet Vroman ’85, Director of Alumni Relations WR ITE R Alex Jacobs, Communications/Government Relations Associate WE B M A N AG E R Mindy Thompson, Director of Web Communications CO NTR I B UTO R S Christa Carroll, Director of The Fund for Potsdam Nancy Griffin, Hon. ’08, Development Officer Emily Hutchison, Director of Development Jason Ladouceur ’94, Director of Planned Giving Donna Planty, Publications Associate Sherry Allen Paradis ’00, Director of Donor Relations Laura Stevenson, Hon. ’07, Alumni & Donor Relations Vicki Templeton-Cornell, Vice President for College Advancement D E S I G N & A RT D I R E CTI O N Jessica Rood, Director of Publications P H OTO G R A P HY K athryn Deuel, Principal Photographer
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Rilling to Kick-off Crane’s 125th Celebration SPRING FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS www.potsdam.edu/crane/125years Monday, April 25 7:30-8:45 p.m. | Workshop: Helmuth Rilling & Potsdam Community Chorus (BWV 243)
Tuesday, April 26 12:30-1:45 p.m. | Conducting Masterclass: Hosmer Singers (BWV 147)
Wednesday, April 27 2:00-3:00 p.m. | Conducting Masterclass: Potsdam Community Chorus (BWV 10) 3:00-4:00 p.m. | Lecture for students: Helmuth Rilling
Thursday, April 28 12:30-1:45 p.m. | Lecture-Recital: “Singet dem Herrn” (BWV 225) by Heather Eyerly & Jeffrey Francom 4:15-5:30 p.m. | Lecture and Recordings: Bach’s Mass in B Minor by Gary Galo & Edward Komara
Friday, April 29
Rilling, Blackstone and Jones to lead discussions, seminars and workshops World-renowned conductor Helmuth Rilling, the 2011 Dorothy Albrecht Gregory visiting conductor,* conducts a week of masterclasses and lectures culminating in a performance of J. S. Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” with the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra, April 25-30, 2011. Jerry Blackstone presents a symposium on August 8-13, 2011 on conducting and rehearsal technique. Participants conduct their peers and to be coached by Dr. Blackstone. Advance registration is required. Ann Howard Jones, the 2012 Gregory visiting conductor,* leads a music education symposium with seminars, workshops and lectures featuring distinguished scholars, artists and music educators, October 11-13, 2011. More info at www.potsdam.edu/Crane/125years *profile pg.7
10:00-11:30 a.m. | Lecture: Bach papers presented by Crane Graduate students 1:00-2:00 p.m. | Forum: Student Q&A with Guest Soloists 3:00-4:30 p.m. | Lecture: Bach’s Mass in B Minor by Helmuth Rilling
Saturday, April 30 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Lecture: Effects of Rilling on Generations of Choral Conductors by Ann Howard Jones & Doreen Rao 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Lecture: The History of Crane Chorus by Jane Subramanian 2:45-4:00 p.m. | Lecture: Performance Practice of Bach’s Mass in B Minor by Timothy Mount 6:30-7:00 p.m. | Pre-Concert Lecture: Bach’s Mass in B Minor by Nelly Case 7:30-10:00 p.m. | Performance: Bach’s Mass in B Minor (BWV 232)
SUNY Potsdam Student Finds Rare Fossil In summer of 2010, senior geology major Owen Brown traveled to Utah and Nevada gaining valuable field experience as an undergraduate in his “Geology of the Great Basin” class with assistant professor Dr. Christopher Kelson. The Beekmantown, NY, native unearthed an extremely rare fossil at the Utah site of a 500-million-year-old invertebrate, a Cambrian Anomalocaris, a
long-extinct marine species that fed on tiny trilobites. “This is definitely something we couldn’t do in the classroom. Having the opportunity to be hands-on right there was an awesome experience,” Brown said. Kelson led the group of seven students to see geologic formations, caves and mining operations confirmed, “It’s like finding a T-Rex tooth. It’s that kind of rare.” w w w. p o t s d a m . e d u /p e o p l e
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DEVELOPMENT & AWARDS
SUNY Potsdam Welcomes Record Number of Freshmen
Chemistry Awarded NSF Grant for Raman Scattering Microscope
Even though admission to the College is becoming increasingly selective, SUNY Potsdam welcomed its largest first-year class in 28 years to the campus in Fall 2010. Approximately 930 freshmen entered Potsdam—the biggest first-year class since 1982, and an 11.4 percent increase over last year’s incoming freshman class. The average GPA of incoming freshmen was three points higher, and the College had to turn away more students this year as more have made SUNY Potsdam their first-choice institution.
SUNY Potsdam science students will soon have another resource for conducting undergraduate research, since the College has been awarded a $199,733 National Science Foundation grant to purchase a Raman Scattering Microscope.
SUNY Potsdam Focuses on Green Chemistry Chemistry major, John C. Proetta ’10, with the assistance of Associate Professor Martin Walker, has developed a green chemistry lab manual for high school students. The manual will include nine experiments, each drawing from a few of the 12 principles of green chemistry developed by the Environmental Protection Agency which will cut down on hazardous substances, saving high schools money on materials and disposal costs. It was presented at the 37th Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in June of 2010 hosted by SUNY Potsdam, which included scholars and chemists from around the world to discuss “Chemistry for a Sustainable World.” DEVELOPMENT & AWARDS
Three Alumni Named to Potsdam College Foundation Board The Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees recently appointed three new members to the Board: David Dik ’82 of Glen Ridge, NJ, executive director of Young Audiences, Inc. – Arts for Learning; Christine Haile ’74 of Albany, NY, chief information officer for the University at Albany; and Haden Land ’84 of Bowie, MD, vice president and chief technology officer for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services – Civil Product Line. COLLEGE NEWS
More Success for Scholars At the recent 22nd annual Scholarship Golf Classic, SUNY Potsdam President John F. Schwaller celebrated yet another year of record-breaking tournament proceeds to benefit Potsdam scholarship students. $85,000 was raised at the 2010 tournament held at the Potsdam Town & Country Club. The tournament was successful thanks to dozens of sponsors, many sponsoring for several consecutive years with over 200 golfers turning out for SUNY Potsdam students.
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Dr. Maria R. Hepel, chair of SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Chemistry, was awarded the grant to use in partnership with faculty and students from other programs in the College’s School of Arts and Sciences, including the biology and anthropology departments. This also brings the Department of Chemistry’s total amount of grants and awards to $1.3 million over the last five years. COLLEGE NEWS
NYPA Grants Go to Four Agencies SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, and Save the River in Clayton, NY will share $40,000 in grants from the New York Power Authority for environmental research and education projects related to the St. Lawrence River. The grants will pay for habitat research, sampling and training programs that focus on the river’s watershed. $6,400 was given to SUNY Potsdam and will go toward a turtle conservation research program, expanding its efforts to put turtle-crossing signs on area roads. DEVELOPMENT & AWARDS
Amoriells Honored as Campus Volunteer Fund Raisers Each year, the Potsdam College Foundation recognizes individuals whose initiative and commitment have gone above and beyond to benefit the College in meaningful ways. On November 30, 2010, Dr. Bill Amoriell ’68 and his wife, Molly (Hershman) Amoriell ’71, were honored for their outstanding volunteer service by raising funds for the Potsdam College Foundation. DEVELOPMENT & AWARDS
Scholarship Donors Honored at Annual Luncheon In 2009-2010, the Potsdam College Foundation was able to provide scholarships to more than 400 students. On November 6, 2010, SUNY Potsdam honored its many scholarship donors for their generosity. The event provided an opportunity for donors to meet the recipients of their scholarships, and for the students to express their appreciation in person. Kathleen Baker Champney ’58 contributed to the newly established “Mr. C” Theatre Education Scholarship in honor of her late husband and faculty emeritus, William J. Champney. She was joined for lunch by their first recipient, Rachel Bender.
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Newly Published “New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State,” Cornell University Press by Department of Anthropology Chair Dr. Karen M. JohnsonWeiner, highlights the daily existence and diversity of Amish communities in New York State. Dr. Johnson-Weiner draws on 25 years of experience observing, participating, interviewing and conducting archival research to emphasize the contributions of New York’s Amish to the state’s rich cultural heritage. Assistant Professor of history Dr. Shiho Imai’s “Creating the Nisei Market: Race and Citizenship in Hawaii’s Japanese American Consumer Culture,” University of Hawaii Press is a fascinating glimpse into an often-overlooked aspect of U.S. history by exploring how different groups within Japanese American society (in particular the press and merchants) staked a claim to whiteness on the basis of hue and culture. Dr. Imai is the 2010 recipient of the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women Research Award. “The Appeal of Insurance,” University of Toronto Press, edited in part by Dr. Geoffrey W. Clark, a professor of history, is a collection of essays for those interested in history and economics. The essays examine the history of insurance as a process of negotiation between the embedded social, legal and cultural norms out of which the practice grew. This book measures how far the industry’s influence has reached, as it became an agent of discipline and control over public and private matters. Nancy C. Eldblom, a former SUNY Potsdam librarian, along with Anne M. Johnson, published their first book “Plants of St. Lawrence County, NY: An Annotated Checklist of Vascular Flora.” Mark Campbell, associate professor of Music Education at SUNY Potsdam along with Linda K. Thompson, former assistant professor at The Crane School of Music, have released “Issues of Identity in Music Education: Narrative and Practices,” the third book in a series edited by Thompson.
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Geology Professor Wins National Award for Earth Science Teaching Dr. Michael C. Rygel, an assistant professor of geology at SUNY Potsdam, was recently honored with the 2010 Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching from The Geological Society of America. This national award is given to one professor in the nation annually to recognize innovative work in earth science education. STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
SUNY Potsdam Students Look Toward a Greener Future Four students and two advisers from SUNY Potsdam attended the second annual Adirondack Youth Climate Summit at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. The summit hosted 23 high schools and seven colleges from around the Adirondack North Country. Representing SUNY Potsdam were students Adrianne Traub, Kyle Rizzo, Krystal White and Zachary Gioia, along with Resident Director R.J. Mattimore and Assistant Professor Dr. Stacy Rosenberg. COLLEGE NEWS
CPS Welcomes Amy Flack as New Executive Director The performing arts organization in residence at SUNY Potsdam, Community Performance Series, announces Amy Flack as its new executive director beginning February 2011. “We look forward to Amy’s leadership as CPS continues its vital role in bringing outstanding artists and outreach opportunities to our area and seeks to broaden its offerings and extend its reach,”
said Crane School of Music Dean Michael Sitton. Flack is the former executive director of the Thousand Island Performing Arts Fund at the Clayton Opera House. DEVELOPMENT & AWARDS
Two Professors Earn National Endowment for the Arts Funding Two SUNY Potsdam faculty members were recently recognized for their work by being awarded funding through the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. James Allen Hall, an assistant professor in the Department of English and Communication, has been named a 2011 Creative Writing Fellow by the NEA. He was one of only 42 poets chosen out of 1,063 applicants nationwide, and will receive a $25,000 grant to support his work. Dr. Gregory Wanamaker, a professor of composition at Crane, was awarded a 2011 NEA Access to Artistic Excellence Grant. The $10,000 award will go to the Syracusebased Society for New Music, which will commission the composer to write a new work in collaboration with visual artist Carrie Mae Weems. w w w. p o t s d a m . e d u /p e o p l e
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Emerging Leaders Host Potsdam Appreciation Week
Medical, IKON, LaValley Real Estate, McDuff ’s and Julian’s, Nicholville/SLIC, North Country Savings Bank, Larry Reece CPA, PACES, Rose & Kiernan, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, Usherwood Office Technology, Walmart and XpedX Paper & Packaging. AWARDS
SGA 2010, HP and Michael Galane ’74 Classroom Dedicated
Online Excellence Award Kelly K. Bonnar-Kidd, professor of community health, has been named the recipient of the 2010 Thomas L. and Jane D. Russell Distance Education Faculty Excellence Award. She received the award for her course titled “Navigating the American Diet,” which she taught online in Summer 2009. ATHLETICS
Four Alumni Inducted into Hall of Fame Fall 2010 marked the 2nd Annual Potsdam Appreciation Week (PAW), an on-campus celebration. Students from the Emerging Leaders program, a group that focuses on philanthropy and a love for Potsdam, planned and coordinated the week-long event held in the Barrington Student Union. Each day is dedicated to students; faculty; staff; and student groups, organizations and teams. The culminating day of the event is Potsdam Pride Day. Students, faculty, staff and members of the Alumni Board and the Foundation Board of Trustees on campus for the day had a chance to show their school spirit. This year the event raised over $1,000 for the 2011 student gift, which by vote of the student body, will go to the College’s Greatest Needs. COLLEGE NEWS
Potsdam Expresses Appreciation to Business Supporters SUNY Potsdam is extremely grateful to its many business partners that contribute each year. On November 18, 2010, President and Mrs. Schwaller invited business donors to their home to personally thank them for their support. The following businesses were represented: Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Community Bank, Frenchie’s Chevrolet, Harris 6
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On November 5, 2010, the Potsdam community celebrated the partnership of the 2010 Student Government Association, Hewlett-Packard and Foundation Board Trustee Michael Galane. Potsdam students will benefit from four additional projection classrooms on campus as a result of the partnership. Pictured are Michael Galane ’74, Josh Rich ’10 (former SGA vice president), SGA President Leanne Merrill ’11 and SGA Secretary Alice Sorensen ’11. COLLEGE NEWS
Fulbright Awarded to Professor Edwin J. Portugal, professor of strategic and global management in SUNY Potsdam’s Business Administration Department, has been granted a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The grant award is for a five-year period in which Dr. Portugal can spend from two to six weeks in up to three different host institutions overseas.
Karen Burns Dandrow ’90, Jason Lang ’01, Daryn McLean ’96 and Andre Peterson ’04 became the 30th class inducted into the Bears Hall of Fame since it began in 1979. During her three-year career with the Bears women’s basketball team, Dandrow was a two-time honorable mention All-American and All-SUNYAC performer. Lang was named all-region once and All-SUNYAC three times during his four-year basketball career. McLean was the captain of the men’s hockey team for two years and captured All-SUNYAC honors. During his four-year basketball career, Peterson received all-regional recognition as a senior and was a three-time All-SUNYAC honoree.
McCullough Drafted to Pro Lacrosse Team Ben McCullough, a fouryear member of the SUNY Potsdam men’s lacrosse team, was selected 13th overall by the Buffalo Bandits in the second round of the 2010 National
Lacrosse League Entry Draft on Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Toronto. McCullough, a midfielder from Brampton, Ontario, was a threetime All-State University of New York Athletic Conference performer during his standout career at Potsdam. He started all 15 games for the Bears last season, finishing among team leaders in points, goals and assists, and was named first-team All-SUNYAC.
Bears Ciampa garners academic honor SUNY Potsdam senior Tim Ciampa has been named to the 2010 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District I Men’s Soccer second team. A Castleton, NY, native, Ciampa currently maintains a stellar 3.95 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in mathematics and education.
Romaniello named all-conference SUNY Potsdam senior Erica Romaniello received second team All-State University of New York Athletic Conference East Division Volleyball Recognition. Romaniello, from Selden, NY, was second in the SUNYAC in digs in conference play only with 5.21 per set, and third in the league overall with 4.54 per set. She led the 2010 Bears with 499 total digs and tallied 29 service aces, serving as the team’s lone senior and one of its two captains.
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D o ro t h y Albrecht Gregory
Dr. Gary C. Jaquay
TRANSFORMING THE CRANE EXPERIENCE TOGETHER
The Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor Fund partners with the Adeline Maltzan Crane Chorus Performance Tour Fund to support Crane Chorus by providing transformational experiences forever. The endowments established by Dorothy Albrecht Gregory ’61 and Dr. Gary C. Jaquay ’67 will once again enable SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music to bring world-renowned visiting conductors to the school and make possible student travel to major performances in venues outside of Potsdam, broadening the horizons of students, faculty and new audiences.
“It really is a partnership. And it doesn’t work without one or the other,” comments Jaquay. “When I talk to Dorothy on the phone I sense the same excitement that I had about providing students the types of experiences that influenced us when we were at Crane.” Gregory tells, “what strikes me most is the vividness of my experience with visiting conductors after all these years.” For Dorothy Albrecht Gregory ’61 and Dr. Gary C. Jaquay ’67, the Crane Chorus experience of world-renowned visiting conductors and student performances in major venues across the state was the source of life altering moments that shaped their careers and life-long passion for music. Unaware of each other’s path at Crane, fifty years later, they found themselves together as they dreamed about how they could provide similar experiences for both present and future Crane students. In the fall of 2009, their individual hopes of supporting Crane Chorus came together in the most exciting way. “This idea has been brewing for a number of years, and I had been searching for someone to partner with,” says Jaquay. In the spring of 2010, a unique partnership formed through their work with the College’s director of planned giving, Jason Ladouceur ’94, who, for Gregory was a, “steadfast advisor.” The result was the creation of two extraordinary endowments: a visiting conductor fund from Gregory and a travel fund from Dr. Jaquay.
Dr. Jaquay also remembers his experience working with Robert Shaw and having the opportunity to travel and perform a world premiere composition for Lukas Foss in Buffalo, NY. “What I took, what I gleaned, borrowed from not only the faculty at Crane but the visiting artists that came to us. What we experienced in those years of travel transformed me as a musician. You cannot discount the impact this has on a young musician, profound, transformative, permanent. It helps them go further.” Dr. Jaquay notes that, “now things are different and it is not as easy or affordable to travel or to get these types of artists to campus.” That is where the two gifts work in tandem to provide the next generation of Crane graduates exposure to the best the world has to offer.
“We can claim our national reputation as the first institution to prepare music teachers and we can reclaim our national performance identity getting students out to other major cities while hosting the greatest composers and conductors at home.” Gregory shares, “It’s been more than 50 years since those early days in Crane Chorus. Over the years, life takes us far and wide in various pursuits, but the bond remains, the feelings endure. The shared experience forms a place holder, an anchor, in my life.” As Jaquay concludes, “I think Helen Hosmer is applauding and smiling greatly.” On April 30, 2011, world-renowned German conductor, Helmuth Rilling will lead the Crane Chorus and Orchestra in a performance of the Bach Mass in B Minor. Rilling will serve as the inaugural Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor. On April 28, 2012, Ann Howard Jones of Boston University, who served as assistant conductor for Robert Shaw, will lead Crane Chorus and Orchestra in the Verdi Requiem. The Adeline Maltzan Crane Chorus Performance Tour Fund will then take the chorus and orchestra to New York City for an encore performance of the Verdi Requiem in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center on May 1, 2012.
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Bears Pa d d l i n g Te am “It took determination and skill for the team to win that day,” Beauchamp said. The weather was “brutal” with fast winds that the students had to paddle into. Plus, the race included a buoy turn, in which the paddlers had to maneuver their 23-foot-long boat in a difficult 360° turn. “We had practiced buoy turns over and over. I said, ‘You’ve got to learn to turn this thing on a dime.’ And it paid off, because they nailed it and pulled ahead of everybody else. The plan was to get out front and stay there, and they did it,” Beauchamp said. “They had their communication down.” Just two weeks earlier, Gesel had partnered with Collyer to take third in the Adirondack Canoe Classic C-2 Stock Mixed Open, a three-day, twoperson, 90-mile race from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Brink and his partner, Colleen Fitzgerald, finished fifth. by Alexandra Jacobs
hen you’re in the exhausting middle stretch of a canoe race—whether it’s a threeday odyssey across multiple rivers and lakes, or a furious flat-water sprint to the finish— Bill Beauchamp has learned that it’s not your aching arms that get to you the most. It’s your nagging mind. “There’s a huge mental component that you need to stay focused, especially if you’re in the back of the boat steering,” he said. “I call it the ANT: Automatic Negative Thought.You’ve got to stop that.Your partner didn’t run into the bank because they wanted to; it’s because we as a team didn’t communicate.” It’s life lessons like these that Beauchamp, the director of intramurals and recreation at SUNY Potsdam, passes on to students, in addition to coaching them through paddling strokes and training sessions. Under Beauchamp’s leadership, the College created an intramural canoe-racing team in spring 2009, and within a year, students had earned a state championship title. Adam Wheeler, an instructor in the wilderness education program, also helps coach the team. 8
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“It’s hard to conceive paddling for hours and miles at a time. I was really sore afterwards. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before,” said SUNY Potsdam senior Kaitlyn Gesel. “But it’s addicting.” On Sept. 25, 2010, Gesel and her teammates, Ryan Brink, Mike Collyer and Emily Stephan, won the Long Lake Long Boat Regatta’s New York State Collegiate C-4 championships, a 10-mile race in Long Lake, NY, with a time of one hour, 33 minutes and 22 seconds. The SUNY Potsdam Bears team took home the trophy over competitors from Hamilton College and Paul Smith’s College.
The “90-miler,” as it is commonly referred to in the Adirondack region, features over 500 canoe and kayak paddlers in 250 boats in 14 classes.
Now that the intramurals director is recruiting members for the 2011 team, Beauchamp has two recruitment tools: a championship trophy and a brand-new paddling machine that was recently installed “These are lifein the Fitness Center at Maxcy Hall. The long skills we’re machine was funded through a gift from SUNY Potsdam teaching. You can do Alumni Board President Jeffery Washburn ’79. a lot of things with a
boat.” Bill Beauchamp, director of intramurals and recreation
“These are lifelong skills we’re teaching,” Beauchamp said, smiling. “You can do a lot of things with a boat.”
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It was in memory of their friend and classmate that two SUNY Potsdam EOP graduates, Nancy (Castro) Johnson ’02 and Darrell Johnson ‘02 established the Lloyd DeShawn Osborne Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to an EOP student for the first time this semester. “It is pretty cool that these people are not even his family, but good friends and recent graduates, who wanted to honor Shawn’s memory,” said Singh.
by Suprena Levy ’10 SUNY Potsdam’s Educational Opportunity Program recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with the creation of the Lloyd DeShawn Osborne Memorial Scholarship in memory of an EOP graduate who dedicated his life to helping others. Educational Opportunity Programs vary from campus to campus, but within SUNY offer financial assistance, academic advising, college orientation and personal counseling. However, there are a few aspects that set SUNY Potsdam’s EOP apart. As Shailindar Singh, director of special programs at SUNY Potsdam, puts it, “the biggest piece is that we emphasize community. EOP is small and Potsdam is small. The smallness creates the opportunity to form a close community and we pounce on that. There is no question that our program is a family.” According to EOP junior Latesha Fussell, “Coming into a new environment, EOP orientation remedied any possible culture shock. They introduced me to a new community and made SUNY Potsdam feel like home.” During 2010 orientation, students were immersed in the SUNY Potsdam campus, familiarizing them with college life and the academic demands of the program.
“We get to know students really well. Students feel like there is at least one person on the SUNY Potsdam campus who they can trust, and it’s usually an EOP counselor,” Singh said.
A native of Brooklyn, Osborne graduated from the Art and Design High School in New York City. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology at SUNY Potsdam in 2000, Osborne became a social services professional, working with kids at a summer camp, helping teen mothers at a YWCA, assisting adjudicated men in North Carolina and helping troubled children enrolled in an alternative school. Sadly, he passed away in 2009 at the age of 31.
Recognizing that EOP Potsdam’s prowas a key to Osborne’s “Coming into a new gram is also one success, the donors chose of the only EOPs to designate the scholarenvironment, EOP that require freshship for an outstanding men to participate EOP student. The scholarorientation remedied any in the College’s ship will be awarded for a First-Year Interest special opportunity outside possible culture shock. Groups (FIGs), of the classroom, whether which include an internship, study abroad, They introduced me to supplemental research project, cominstruction, but a new community and munity service or creative more importantly endeavor. create an academmade SUNY Potsdam ic environment Singh believes strongly feel like home.” that supports stuthat SUNY Potsdam’s dents to take risks, EOP program has made a Latesha Fussell ’12 try new things lasting impact on Potsdam or experience students and New York opportunities that State for 40 years—changpreviously seemed out of reach. ing lives and helping contribute to our highly educated state workforce. Through The Potsdam EOP also encourages the support of donors like the Johnsons, participation in transformative student exSUNY Potsdam’s EOP makes individualperiences such as travel courses, internships, ized learning experiences possible, which undergraduate research and individualized in turn inspire each generation of college creative projects. Specific financial support, students to find a future that is uniquely such as that provided by the Lloyd Detheir own. shawn Osborne Memorial Scholarship, can make these opportunities a reality for EOP students.
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Omega Delta Phi Sorority is celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2011 and are proud to
mark this milestone year with several events that are in the planning stage. If you are not receiving email updates, please send your contact information immediately to Suzanne Wietecha Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact Alumni Association president, Donnalyn Eaton Shuster ’78 at email@example.com with any questions. To celebrate the 25th and 30th anniversary’s of the Men’s Basketball team’s two national championships at Friday night’s welcome reception, there will be an acknowledgement by & Coach Jerry Welsh and team members to mark this incredible time in our basketball history. The rock climbing wall & swimming pool in Maxcy Hall will be open periodically during Reunion Weekend. Check the registration table for hours of operation.
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125th anniversary of The Crane School of Music 50th a nniversary of Omega Delta Phi Sorority 25th anniversary of the 1986 Men’s Basketball NCAA Division III Championship 30th anniversary of the 1981 Men’s Basketball NCAA Division III Championship 60th anniversary of PACES 40th anniversary of Double Axel
Book Signings at the College Book Store DR. KAREN JOHNSON-WEINER, professor of Anthropology, will be signing her new book “New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State.” The book is $50 in hardcover and is available online at www.utppublishing.com/The-Appeal-of-Insurance.html.
DR. NELLY MAUDE CASE, Music History Professor at The Crane School of Music, has recently
written “Helen Hosmer the Spirit of Crane” as a thank you to “Helen Hosmer (who) now lives in my imagination as the embodiment of all that is good about music, about Crane and about life itself.” The cost of the book is $45 including tax and is available at the College Store, in person or online at http://bookstore. potsdam.edu/Merchandise.aspx. All proceeds will be donated to Crane.
MASON E. SMITH ’66, will be signing his book “Towards Polaris.”
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Schedule of Events Thursday, July 14 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. “Early Bird” Gathering
Friday, July 15 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Shane T. Shaul Fitness Center open to all Reunion guests 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Outdoor Tea Party and Tour of President’s Gardens Come and view the lovely presidential grounds while enjoying light refreshments. Our gracious hostess, Mrs. Anne Schwaller, will guide you through a tour of the grounds and her renowned gardens.
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception (Knowles Lobby) At this time we will recognize the 25th & 30th anniversaries of the Men’s Basketball team’s NCAA Championships and Coach Jerry Welsh Hon.’79 from this incredible time in our basketball history! 5:00 p.m. Class of 1961 Dinner Come and gather for great food, spirits and most especially…great company! 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. BBQ & Ice Cream Social This will seem like old times, friends, beverages, food & music! BBQ will be served from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hike up Mt. Arab, Piercefield, NY Led by Jeffery Washburn ’79, President of the Alumni Association.
8:00 p.m. Crane School of Music Faculty & Alumni Concert Celebrating Crane’s 125th Anniversary.
10:00 a.m. - noon Campus Walking Tour
8:00 p.m. Class of 2001 Informal gathering at McDuff’s.
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Mary English Commons Tour Join fellow classmates, alumni and friends on a guided tour at the Mary English Commons to enjoy all the pictures and displays from the past. 11:00 a.m. “New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State” Presented and book signing by Dr. Karen JohnsonWeiner from the Anthropology Department. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Planetarium Show Presented by Professor of Geology Dr. Frank Revetta, Hon. ’05. Noon – 2:00 p.m. Emeriti Picnic Emeriti faculty, alumni and friends are invited to start the weekend with a picnic at the home of President John and Anne Schwaller overlooking the scenic Racquette River. Food will be served until 1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Potsdam Seismic Network and Earthquakes in New York State Seminar Presented by Professor of Geology Dr. Frank Revetta, Hon. ’05. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Crane Chorus: Historic Performances by the Class of 1961 Presented by Gary Galo ’73.
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Class of 1961 Informal Gathering Please bring your memorabilia.
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9:00 p.m. Class of 1991 & 1996 Informal gatherings at Maxfields. 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Double Axel Join us in celebrating Double Axel’s 40th anniversary! Maxfields, downtown Potsdam.
Saturday, July 16 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Shane T. Shaul Fitness Center open to all Reunion guests 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Bear Walk/Run Start off the day with our annual alumni 5K walk/run and children 1 mile run. Great family event! 9:00 a.m. School of Education Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Continental Breakfast Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Estate and Will Planning Seminar and Continental Breakfast Learn helpful tips for estate planning, how to best plan for the future and how to create a better will during this morning breakfast. Presented by Roger Linden Esq. ’74, College Council Chair and Michelle Ladouceur ’95.
10:15 a.m. “Meet at Minnie” The Class of 1961 Meet at Minerva Plaza for the class photo. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Planetarium Show Presented by Professor of Geology Dr. Frank Revetta, Hon. ’05. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Bayside Cemetery Tour Dale Zurbrick ’68 will lead us down memory lane at this local historical site. 10:00 a.m. - noon Campus Walking Tour 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 50-Year Club Reception All alumni from 1961 and earlier are invited. The Class of 1961 will be officially inducted into the 50-Year Club during a diploma ceremony led by President John F. Schwaller. 11:45 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. 50-Year Club Luncheon All members of the 50-Year Club are invited to a luncheon hosted by the Golden Year Class. 11:00 a.m. Class of 1986 Brunch at Julian’s Restaurant 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lehman Park Family Outing and Picnic Activities for all ages. Come enjoy the great outdoors! Complimentary kayaks, canoes, frisbees, badminton, volleyball nets, etc. will be provided for all to enjoy! Bring a blanket for your picnic and don’t forget sun-block! Shuttle service will be available from Becky’s Place. First come, first served with kayaks and canoes. Box Lunches are available for advance purchase. The Class of 2006 will meet for lunch at Lehman Park. 11:30 a.m. Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon Celebrate the careers of the 2011 Hall of Fame Class. Open to all alumni and friends. Noon Class of 1966 Informal Lunch Join your classmates at Becky’s Place for lunch. Class of 1971 Informal Lunch Join your classmates at Becky’s Place for lunch. Class of 1976 Informal Lunch Join your classmates at Becky’s Place for lunch. Class of 1981 Informal Lunch Join your classmates at Becky’s Place for lunch. GREEK Alumni Informal Lunch Join your fraternity & sorority brothers and sisters at Becky’s Place for lunch. 1:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m. Army ROTC Open House Stop over for light refreshments and see the Army ROTC Headquarters – located at 49 Elm Street. There will be scrapbooks and schools and camp yearbooks available to give you a chance to reflect back on your ROTC years.
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Choral Reading Conducted by Ann Gatta Beaucage ’64. Music will be from selections that the Class of ’61 performed during her four years at Potsdam. 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Celebration of the newly established Elizabeth “Betsy” Burgan Northrop ‘61 Scholarship and gift presentation to the Literacy Center By Betsy’s longtime partner, Professor Emeritus William T. Kirchgasser. 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. President’s Club and Benjamin F. Raymond Society Reception (Invitation Only) The College wishes to thank members of the President’s Club and the Benjamin F. Raymond Society for their generosity. 5:00 p.m. Gala Reception, Award Presentations and Silent Auction Our biggest event of the weekend where alumni, faculty and friends of the College come together to celebrate Potsdam. 7:00 p.m. Class Dinners at two locations: Surf & Turf Class Dinner, Thatcher Hall Casual Class Dinner, Knowles, MPR You must register in advance for the location you prefer. Each location has a different menu and seating is limited. Class groups will need to specify preferred location for their class dinner. 9:00 p.m. Todd Hobin performs at Clarkson University Cheel Arena. Tickets may be purchased at the door. 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Double Axel Join us in celebrating Double Axel’s 40th anniversary! Maxfields, downtown Potsdam.
Sunday, July 17 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Farewell Breakfast 9:15 a.m. Annual Alumni Association Meeting Business will be conducted, including approval of 2010-2011 trustees and proposed amendments to the Constitution and bylaws. “On-Your-Own”activities You must provide your own transportation. Information will be made available on several regional attractions for you to take advantage of during the afternoon. 1:00 p.m. Stone Valley Hike, Colton, NY led by George ’92 & Michele Arnold. Bring along your swim suit too! Meet at Becky’s Place 2:00 p.m. Tour of the Béla Bartók Cabin in Saranac Lake, NY This event requires advance registration and has limited space.
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BY ALEXANDRA JACOBS
THE CRANE SCHOOL OF MUSIC BEGAN WITH A REJECTED JOB OFFER— AND AN IDEA AHEAD OF ITS TIME. THE YOUNG JULIA ETTA CRANE WAS NOT CONTENT TO TAKE THE VOCAL PROFESSOR POSITION SHE WAS INITIALLY OFFERED AT HER ALMA MATER, THE POTSDAM NORMAL SCHOOL. INSTEAD, THE TALENTED SINGER AND UP-AND-COMING EDUCATOR WANTED TO TRANSFORM THE
CREATE THE FIRST COLLEGE PROGRAM FOR TRAINING PUBLIC SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHERS IN THE COUNTRY.
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“The thought had often been in my mind that with proper training, Normal graduates might be as well fitted to teach the music of the grades as they were to teach reading or history,” Julia wrote. Only 10 years after graduating in 1874, Julia had taught in Pennsylvania and New York City and studied voice, only to return to her hometown to start her own vocal school, when soon thereafter the Potsdam president came knocking to offer her a job. Rather than happily accepting the comfy position, which entailed teaching one course daily, conducting singing in the college chapel and helping with the music for special occasions, Julia gave a pointed counter-offer. “I finally told Mr. Watkins that one class period per day was not sufficient time in which to do the work in music that ought to be done in a Normal School, that the only thing that would tempt me to take the position would be the privilege of working out a plan which had been in my mind from the time I completed my Normal course,” Julia wrote later.
After writing to the state superintendent of education about her idea, Julia got permission to create such a new program in 1886—The Crane Normal Institute for Music. “I started
a piece of work, the results of which, as seen in the school today, I did not foresee even in my dreams,” she wrote.
Now, 125 years after Julia’s dream was realized, the tradition of innovation that she embodied continues to flourish at her namesake institution, The Crane School of Music. “Crane continues to carry forward what I like to call its ‘tradition of innovation,’ one that looks back to the core principles upon which the School was built, and constantly seeks new and creative ways to bring them to new generations of students,” Dean Michael Sitton said. “Crane combines this commitment to music education with an unwavering commitment to high achievement in creativity in performance.”
THE CRANE MUSIC EDUCATION LEGACY TODAY Julia Crane’s writings are required reading in many graduate music education programs across the United States. It was her legacy in particular that first attracted Dr. Mark Campbell, an associate professor of music education, to Crane.
HELEN M. HOSMER AND EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE In 1926, following yea rs of hard work, the New York State Legisla ture finally approved the purchase of the Cra ne Institute. It became the Crane Department of Music at the Potsdam Normal School, with tuition set at $100 an nually. Just two ye
ars later, applicants to Crane the number of had doubled.
One of Julia’s students following in her footsteps brought the Crane legacy to an international stage, wit h a focus on excelle nce in performance and co llaboration with music ians from around the wo rld. Helen M. Hosmer is rem embered for overseeing Crane through a period of remarkab le growth, in her 36 yea rs of tenure from 193 0 to 1966. Her direction of the Cra ne Chorus created an internationally recog nized choir that went on to perform with such wo rld-renowned artists as Nadia Boulanger and co mposer Norman Dello Joio. “We had an outstand ing faculty at Crane but in addition to tha t there were so many performers or conduc tors that contributed to the experience,” rem embers Crane alumn us Dr. Gary Jaquay ’67. 16
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“She was reading the most current educational theorists of her time, but also pulling up historical teachings in her writing,” he said. “Her background resonates with my thinking that we should have a progressive outlook on music education. Part of that is understanding the history of our background, but also looking toward the future.” Dr. Campbell takes that ethos to heart, using today’s technology to connect students with creative educators across the state—who also happen to be Crane alumni. Using an Internet 4 video connection, Crane students can spend a class period speaking about curriculum with a teacher in Brooklyn or interacting with children in Long Island. The whole purpose is to show the future educators how to creatively teach every child, no matter their learning style or musical background. That has resulted in projects in which elementary girls analyzed the music their favorite figure skater used in Olympic routines, and an on-campus session where North Country high school students switched roles, giving Crane’s future teachers a guitar lesson. “I’ve tried to build connections to our graduates who exemplify those values that Julia Crane espoused. Part of that is seizing the moment in technology,” Dr. Campbell said. “I teach students to create curricula that empower others in their own music-making. It’s about helping students to see that every kid has potential and that teachers do make a difference.”
“I remember when Ro bert Shaw was conducting and came to Potsdam so many times. “I remember how He len Hosmer knew so many leading art ists and she would ca ll and say, ‘we are do ing this and need you to come’ and I don’ t th
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Every Crane student was required to sing in the Crane Chorus and according to on e of her successors, Ra lph Wakefield, “A ‘Cr ane Meeting’ preceded each rehearsal period . Through these regula rly scheduled times, Ms. Hosmer was able to build a remarkab ly high level of enthusia sm, pride, and esprit de corps.” In 1936, Helen create d and led a study abroad program for Crane students in Eur ope which The New York Times claimed was the first time in the histor y of teacher training in the U.S. that such a sem ester abroad had be en created. Helen’s hard work an d connections to wo renowned artists burnis rldhed Crane’s reputa tion, and emphasized mu sicianship for every stu dent—whether they were destined for the Met stage, or the classro om.
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Dr. Carleen Graham, whose work at Crane has led her to redefine how she thinks about creation and education, directs the Crane Opera Ensemble and is director of undergraduate research for the College.
“The word ‘creating’ itself has evolved for me. It’s not just about creating new and original work, but creating materials and the knowledge that we feel is important to understand it,” Dr. Graham said. “We try to give a variety of students opportunities so they all have a chance. We are training students to become more aware and appreciative of the art forms.”
“Ultimately, it’s our responsibility as performing artists to also be advocates for the artform. We don’t really know that
the effects of our interactions with any student will be,” Dr. Graham said.
For instance, she recently oversaw two Crane students in investigating interactive ways to teach opera, with an emphasis on familiarity, simplicity and comprehensiveness. They used social networking as well as classroom work to prepare introductory music students (who come from all majors at SUNY Potsdam) to see a performance of the comic opera “Albert Herring.”
Based on a plotline that their peers created through a series of Facebook comments, the music education majors created a short operetta that integrated the same musical themes from the show, as well as teaching them about the plot and musical elements of the production. Dr. Marsha Baxter, associate professor of music education, takes a different tact emphasizing global awareness and collaboration in her work with the Crane Latin Ensemble. The ensemble’s concerts include performances in Mexico, collaborating with veteran musicians in New York City from the Tito Peunte Band or here at home inviting visual artist Amy Swartelé to paint large canvases onstage for an audience while being inspired by their music.
The Crane Latin Ensemble is run with democratic principles, with musical decisions decided on by all of the members and student directors who share leadership duties with Dr. Baxter. “I work to cultivate an environment where students feel comfortable contributing their musical ideas and suggestions,” said Dr. Baxter. She believes this philosophy teaches students about social justice as well as music and leaves the door open for multiple points of engagement.
“It’s important for us as an institution to think about all the multiple ways that people engage with music and begin to think about all the informal ways that people engage as well,” said Dr. Baxter.
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1930s Gladys Riley ’30 celebrated her 101st birthday in June 2010.
1940s Esther Clark Scott ’42 celebrated her 90th birthday with family, friends, many former students and alumni at a party in Hannawa Falls, NY, in November 2010. Esther resides in Potsdam, NY, and is still very active in the College community.
1950s Adele Porth Brown ’51 has spent hours arranging music for her new musical instrument, the vibraharp. She has joined her church’s handbell choir, too. When in Florida, she sings in an ecumenical chorus and in 2010 had the joy of performing Dvorak’s “Requiem.” Raymond Charette ’51 and Claire are moving from their Ormond Beach, FL, house to live full-time at their Massena home.
Thomas Culhane ’51 lost his wife, Mary, in May 2010. Last fall he returned to the North Country after a 30-year hiatus to do genealogical research with his two sons. Norma Vescovi Disinger ’51 was the organizer of the conference at the Chautauqua Institute of the Northeast district of the National Federation of Music Clubs in July 2010. She expects to attend the 60th class reunion. Beatrice Lockley Follette ’51 and Ken are very pleased to have two grandsons attending SUNY Potsdam. They look forward to Reunion Weekend. Jim and Eileen Belsito Gentilcore ’51 continue to travel and volunteer. Eileen has been deeply involved in Rotary International’s program for bringing foreign children to the U.S. for free open-heart surgery. Joyce Merrick Howitt ’51 and Wylan are “so happy to return to the quiet north” from their previous home in Charlotte, NC. They proudly boast a Potsdam student grandson. “He loves it,” they say.
Jean (Serkiz) Wooley ’60 and her husband Bob (Clarkson ’59) hosted an alumni gathering in their home in Wilmington, NC, in October. Also attending the gathering were SUNY Potsdam President John F. Schwaller and his wife Anne, Nancy (Serkiz) Palmer ’70, Susan (Gernold) Miller ’57, Antone Aquino ’50, Margaret (Curtis) Aquino ’50, and Jan (Duschenchuk) Hilbert ’57.
Alice Prosonic Keeler ’51 and Bill have moved to Cary, NC, to be near son, Jeff and family. They celebrated their 60th anniversary last year.
Shirley Fisher Pool ’51 had a good visit with classmate Nancy Spencer Harris ’51. Shirley also enjoyed a cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage.
Phil Klein ’51 has put out a CD of his song “Have a Good Day” in different musical styles, from ’60s to hip hop.
Norma Kunle Thomas ’51 anticipates attending the class reunion in July.
Ruth Palen Lord ’51 and Sly returned to “the old stomping ground” in the summer of 2010, vacationing in a cottage on the Raquette River, near Norwood, NY. Barbara Stearns McKnight ’51 keeps busy with church history research. She enjoys attending occasional Crane concerts with her granddaughter. Bette Maguire May’s ’51 husband, Arthur ’50, died in February 2010. She and son, Kevin, spent last August at her childhood home in Lake Placid, NY.
Dorothy Jones Gordanier ’31 celebrated her 100th birthday in November 2010. She was serenaded by The Crane School of Music’s male a cappella group, the Pointercounts. 18
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Sr. Laura (Lillian) Palka ’51 recently observed 60 years as a nun in the Ukrainian Rite Order of St. Basil Major. She has taught in their secondary schools and at their junior college near Philadelphia, PA.
Mildred Armet Wiedmann ’51 and Don love Caribbean cruises, enjoying one in 2010 and planning another in 2011. Jean Meacham Williams ’51 hopes to attend the 60th Reunion. She gained twin great-grandsons in 2010. George Cuppernull ’52 was in an August 2010 concert celebrating 75 years of continuous summer band concerts in the City Parks of Oswego, NY. The Musicians Union Concert Band performed a premiere work written by Crane’s emeritus composer Dr. Arthur Frackenpohl. Former Crane student teaching supervisor, Cuppernull, arranged for Dr. Frackenpohl’s work to be performed and soloed on clarinet. He currently resides in the Oswego area. Dottie Watkins Clark ’55 has been heavily involved in her church’s music pro-
gram, directing five groups. She and her husband, Bob, have three daughters and reside in Fayetteville, NY. Eugene “Woody” Widrick ’55 published an e-book “Life Wins! A Collection of Essays and Sermons.” Jewel Eisenstein Hirsch ’57 will travel to London, Paris and Amsterdam with two of her grandchildren and cousins. She was recently the cantorial soloist at Michaels bar mitzvah service. Jo Doran Ayers ’58 continues to work as a substitute teacher and member of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). She has served on boards of various art and education organizations, as well as organizing civic events.
1960s Roberta Reed Hamilton ’60 had a terrific Reunion 2010 at Potsdam. “We were all 18 again!” she said. Jolie Smithem Haug ’60 had a wonderful time at Reunion 2010, after which she and her husband, Peter, drove over 9,000 miles in 43 days to various states.
Bart McLean ’60, Potsdam music faculty member from 1960 to 1966, announces a new CD just released by Innova entitled “Soundworlds,” with support from NYFA, NYSCA, and the McKnight Foundation. Bart was invited to pick his best earlier works along with three brandnew compositions. Jackie Brown Lottermoser ’61 was named chair of the Oneida-Canastota Christian Women’s Club. She is a retired music and kindergarten teacher from Oneida where she resides with her husband, Ed. She has three children and 16 grandchildren. Rosemarie Benedykt Belcher ’62 and her husband, Fred, are happily retired in Charlotte, NC. They previously lived in Connecticut, where Fred worked for Pratt & Whitney and Rosemarie worked for the American Red Cross. Eleanor Bulles Coburn ’63 is a docent at two historical locations, East Bay Parks Black Diamond Mines and a one-room schoolhouse in Old Sacramento, providing an 1854 classroom experience to tourists.
Elaine Greenfield ’64 started the Cathedral Arts classical-music programming for the public at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington, VT, in the mid-1970s and has served as its artistic director since. She has also recorded three CDs. Dr. Michael B. McDade ’64 is the Accreditation Manager for the CBP Field Operations Academy located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA. Jackie Moore Lover ’65 and her husband, Reverend Bill Lover, have retired to Virginia after living in Connecticut. They have eight grandchildren: six boys and two girls. Barbara Maylott Miller ’65 moved to Naples, FL, in July 2010. Janice Rusche Ewing ’66, now retired from her optometry practice, has moved to New York City with her husband, John. They still own their home in Providence, RI, and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. Charlotte King ’66 & ’08 is an award-winning artist who recently had her first solo show, “In Finding
Myself.” She attended the Institute of American Indian Art, in Santa Fe, NM, to find inspiration. Ray Durkee ’67 has taken over direction of the Lake George Community Band. He taught at three New York schools, and under his direction the Lake George High School band marched in a parade at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. Nadine Eskoff Brown ’68 taught music in Long Island, OH, and Northwest IN, for 26 years, and moved into an assistant principal position 16 years ago. She also directs an Orthodox church choir. Thomas W. Perrin ’68 started an experimental blog, a tribute to SUNY Potsdam and its predecessors. It can be seen at: http://northcountrythen. blogspot.com/ Anne Boyle Rivecca ’68 is retiring from the Spring Lake District Library after 20 years as a youth services librarian. She plans to travel and spend time with family and friends. James Sadewhite ’68 has performed with various orchestras and chamber groups as clarinet soloist as well as teaching and conducting several orchestras and symphonies. Heidi Schneckenburger Hunt ’68 is the assistant editor at the thriving Mother Earth News Magazine. She has three grandchildren.
Bobbi Abramson Littman ’62 and Alpha Delta sorority sisters from the Class of 1962 got together at her home for a few days in May. They are, from left to right, Jean Howland Stafford (standing), Izy McClary Decirce, Sharon Maurer Royce, Bobbi Abramson Littman, Margie Reilly Silvern, Dottie Musgrave Pagliaro and Wilma Murphy Schmeler.
Marilyn Bean Barrett ’69 will travel to Costa Rica and El Salvador this summer. She continues teaching and enjoys dancing Rueda with her husband, a Latin dance instructor. Lorraine Farley Clarke ’69 has recently retired after a successful career in philanthropy.
sary in Australia attending the Australian Tennis Tournament.
Ralph Hastings ’70 will be included in the biographical publication “Leading Professionals of the World, 2010.” The International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England, has named him as a member of the center. Hastings also joins the SUNY Potsdam alumni board of trustees. John Mahoney ’70 is a professor and coordinator of jazz studies at Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. His band, The John Mahoney Big Band, released a new CD, “Christmas Joy,” on December 1, 2009. Peter W. Thomsen ’70 started the music lab program at Longmeadow High School in 1973, which has won numerous awards since its inception. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association. He and his wife, Abby, reside in Longmeadow, MA. Deke ’71 and Roberta Reynolds Dening ’72 celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. They reside in New Providence and both play the clarinet for Chatham Community Band. Sharon (Sult) Dimmig ’71 retired from Alden Central Schools after teaching French and Spanish for 23 years but continues to coach the girls and boys tennis teams. Her husband, Dennis (Clarkson ’71), will retire in May 2011. They look forward to traveling in the U.S. and visiting her European teacher friends. They hope to celebrate their 45th wedding anniver-
Kevin Moore ’71 is a professor of music at Onondaga Community College, where he has taught since 1975. He is also a studio associate in Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music where he teaches music industry law and ethics. Cynthia Bellinger Sajnovsky ’71 & ’72 retired from the University of Guam after more than 30 years of teaching in the music department. She taught 25 different courses with a total of 370 courses in her tenure. She will now co-host a weekly public radio arts show and play harp in the Guam Symphony Orchestra. Donald R. Meissner ’72, host of the PBS TV show “Rod and Reel Streamside,” has been appointed to market the North Country as the fishing capital of Northern New York through the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s FISHCAP Project. Scott ’72 and Sheri Greenberg Shevy ’73 are both enjoying retirement. Doreen Boone LaVine ’73 and husband Scott LaVine ’71, professor emeritus at The Crane School of Music, are wintering in Cocoa Beach, FL. Carla Packer Gilray ’73 started a successful psychology program at the Bolivar-Richburg School, where she taught from 1973 to 2007, and published two articles in a local newspaper, before retiring in 2007. Douglas A. Spooner ’73, after retiring from more than 30 years as a science teacher in the Watertown and Sackets Harbor school districts, has been running the gunsmithing facility for
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notes Ann Johnsey Newstead ’76 received her PhD in May 2010 from the University of Texas in Austin in Movement Science.
Welsh host gathering in NC
Karen (Kari) Tieger Brennan ’76 is in her second year of teaching at the French American School of Rhode Island (FASRI) and is in the studio, working on her fourth full-length CD. Kristian Truelsen ’76 is active in theater in Canada, where he resides with his wife, Katharine, and was cast at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for the 2010 season. Jerry Welsh (Hon. ’79) and Cathy (Zappia) Welsh ’57, pictured at right, hosted a gathering in their Raleigh, NC, home in October for a small group of alumni and friends of the College. They are pictured with SUNY Potsdam President John F. Schwaller and his wife, Anne.
Toni Grieco Zygadlo ’73 retired after 35 years as choral director of Indian River High School; served as district coordinator for 28 years; and received the Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award in 2009 from SUNY Potsdam. Peter Bittner ’74 met up with Bruce Rice ’73 at a U of B football game in Waco, TX. Marc W. Butler ’74 was reelcted for a ninth term in the New York State Assembly. He resides in Newport with his wife, Susan Stoklosa Butler ’75, and their two grandchildren Aydin and Emonnie. John Dolan-Heitlinger ’74 co-authored an entrepreneurial finance textbook, “Finance Without Fear.”
Cynthia Hall Lee ’74 spent six months on the road in her 32-foot motor home. Elizabeth Morrison ’74 retired from teaching on June 30, 2010, and will be moving from Connecticut to New York. Dennis Powell ’74 retired in June 2010 after 36 years of public school teaching, 29 in the Vestal Central School system as a high school vocal music teacher. Dennis Booth ’75, assistant dean for design and production at the North Carolina School for the Arts, was conference director for the school’s annual Entertainment Technology Conference featuring workshops presented by representatives of Cirque du Soleil and their business partners. Daniel ’75 and Diane Compeau Stromgren ’74 both retired in June 2010 after teaching 35 years. They enjoy spending more time with their four grandchildren, kayaking, and traveling.
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Jim Gower ’75 is the director of music ministries at the First Church of Christ, Congregational and United Church of Christ, in New Britain and taught music in public schools in New York for a number of years. Robin Phillips Hollstein ’75 is a web developer/business analyst at the Southwire Company in Georgia. She recently completed a Master of Science Degree in Applied Computer Science at the University of West Georgia.
Gander Mountain for the past three years. He plans to retire so he and wife, Karen, can spend time with their new granddaughter in Virginia.
Darlene Follette Sinclair ’77 sang the role of Anna in the summer 2010 production of “The King and I” at SUNY Potsdam.
Gary Hind ’77 (left) and his wife, Debbie Diefendorf Hind ’75, endowed two scholarships in honor of retiring deans Dr. Galen Pletcher (Hon. ’09), School of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. William Amoriell ’68, School of Education and Professional Studies.
Jay Wanamaker ’77 will be joining Fender in the newly created position, senior vice president of percussion. He will oversee the branding of all KMC percussion brands worldwide, including: Latin Percussion, Toca Percussion, Gretsch Drums, Gibraltar Hardware and Sabian Cymbals (U.S.), and will be relocating to KMC in Bloomfield, CT. Katharine Webster Ciarelli ’78 is an adjunct professor of piano at Onondaga Community College, teaching music appreciation, private piano, class piano and keyboard skills. She is also accompanist for the college choirs and maintains a private studio in her home, where she teaches students of all ages. Matthew Klare ’78 recently left Washington, D.C., after working in the area of educational assessment for about 20 years. He is now working with the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities in Clemson, SC.
Rev Earl Jones, Sr. ’75 recently celebrated his 25th pastoral anniversary. Barney L. Watson ’75 retired from Federal Civil Service at TRAC-White Sands Missile Range after more than 30 years of service. Wayne M. Williams ’75 has retired after 35 years teaching instrumental music at Schroon Lake, NY, Central School. He is also a diplomat of the American School of Piano Tuning.
Gail Vroman Gage ’79 celebrated her 80th birthday with a surprise party given by her family in September 2010 in Adams, NY. Shown are Potsdam alumni in attendance.
Barbara Levin Morrison ’78 has been named 2010 New Hampshire Art Educator of the Year. She founded the art department at Shaker Road School in Concord and sits on several boards of directors. Robert J. Ulrich ’78 has been an executive for the past 25 years at the Quiari Corporation. Along with his wife, Cynthia, and three children, he lived in Seoul, South Korea, for three years. Michael F. Astafan ’79 was appointed to the board of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District by former NY Gov. David A. Paterson. He has served on the village Board of Trustees in Carthage, NY, for 11 years. Michael Donnelly ’79 has lived outside of Houston, TX, since 1981. He is an outreach director, teaching wellness and coaching lacrosse at an Episcopal high school. He has been married since 1987 and has one daughter. Bob Margevich ’79 and his wife, Kay (Schwasnick) Margevich ’79, recently hosted SUNY Potsdam business administration major Keith Durbak of Niskayuna during Keith’s internship at Akzo Nobel Functional Chemicals in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where Bob is the company’s managing director. “Keith is doing a great job for us and making Potsdam proud at the same time,” said Bob. “He is well liked by all and providing excellent, value-added support to our human resources group.”
Barbara Everett McGrath ’79, Carey, and her mother, Ella Everett, attended Trey’s graduation from the Virginia Department of Corrections Academy for Staff Development in Goochland. The family then drove to Buies Creek, NC, to attend daughter, Rebecca’s, graduation from Campbell University.
Wayne L. Nicholson ’80 joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science at the University of Florida. His lab is located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where he continues his study of spore DNA damage and repair mechanisms in the context of astrobiology.
Marcia Weller Ten Eyck’s ’79 son Trevor married SUNY Potsdam student Tara Bruce. Her youngest daughter graduated in May from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, and her husband Rick recently retired after 30 years with the SUNY Potsdam University Police.
Scott Rutledge ’80 is the lead vocalist and trumpeter for the horn band “Classified.” He shared the stage with legendary performers, including The Temptations, Gap Mangione and Maynard Ferguson. In 2003, he co-founded the YMCA Center for the Creative Arts in Rome, the first of its kind in the nation, and has been involved in producing, writing and arranging with such artists as Jennifer Warnes, Bill Medley and Amanda Shaw. Rutledge has been the director of music at Holy Cross Academy for three years.
1980s Joe ’79 and Denise Demay Lamb ’80 are instrumental music teachers in the Niskayuna School District. Joe’s Middle School Wind Band was selected to perform at the 2011 New York State Band Directors Association Annual Symposium in Syracuse. Their twin daughters, Kelsey and Kendra, are both senior music education majors— Kelsey in percussion at SUNY Fredonia and Kendra in French horn at Crane. Debbie Douglas Alexander ’80, a former elementary school teacher, lives in Fort Meade with her husband, General Keith Alexander. They have four daughters and 12 grandchildren. Carol Bryant ’80 created Bluebird Music Together, an internationally-recognized program encouraging adults to make music with their young children. She taught music at Jordan-Elbridge and Westhill for 13 years before holding arts and non-profit management positions with the Syracuse Symphony, Syracuse Children’s Chorus, Skaneateles Festival and the Jowonio School.
Renée Fleming ’81 and Colonel Thomas Palmatier ’75 met up after the “Fourth of July at Ford’s Theater,” an ABC broadcast, in July 2010. Renée Fleming ’81 released a new album, “Dark Hope,” on June 8, 2010. Carol Rood Hibbard ’81 has been working for Hewlett Packard for 29 years. She and her husband, Rich, have two sons who started college in 2010.
Guy “Chip” Lamson ’81 has taught for 29 years in the Massena school district and plays keyboard in the Conrad Story Blues Band with Amalio Pratti ’92, who plays rhythm and is an instrumental music teacher in the Massena school district. Herbert Doerr ’82 started his own company providing workers compensation, disability and industrial physical therapy three years ago, after 14 years as a regional and national director for HealthSouth Corp. He recently launched a division called Stay at Home Services, providing services for baby boomers to age at home. Daniel M. Hopkins ’82 has been promoted to the rank of sergeant major in the U.S. Army. Charles E. House, Jr. ’82 recently completed his term as a St. Lawrence County Legislator. He served on the Legislature’s Highway Committee, the Cornell Cooperative Extension board and several subcommittees. John A. Kaplan ’82 has resigned as the Potsdam Village Police Chief after seven years of leadership, with 24 total years on the force, to take over as SUNY Potsdam’s Chief of Police. Gregory J. Kreis ’82 received a bilateral lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center on St. Patrick’s Day, 2010. In July, he started his 18th year as a building principal. Prior to that, he taught music for eight years. Randi Millman-Brown ’82 had her work displayed at the Corners Gallery in Ithaca, NY, in Fall 2010. Susanne Hewitt Murtha ’83 graduated from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda in June 2009, and is a yoga
teacher, Ayurveda specialist and wellness coach. Randy Richards ’83 was named superintendent of Lake Placid Central School. He and his wife, Lori, have two grown children and reside in Lake Placid, NY. David Treharne ’83 was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the field of music education and was inducted as an honorary member of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society. After teaching music for 20 years, David serves as an assistant high school principal in Auburn, NY. David’s son Dave, Jr. is also majoring in music education with a concentration in euphonium at Crane. Mark Davey ’84 is superintendent of the Gates-Chili Central School District in Rochester, NY. He serves as president of SUNY Potsdam’s School of Education Alumni Board. Jennifer S. Hayes ’84 and partner, David Doubilet, as principal photographers, were part of the 57-member team of explorers to embark on a 19-day expedition to Antarctica. The goal of the expedition was to record the flora and fauna of Antarctica and to produce a documentary and book in 2013 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Shackletons trans-Antarctic adventure.
Mary Ann Hastings Margrey ’78 was one of twelve teachers chosen nationally as 2009 NCEA Distinguished Catholic School Educator. The award was given in Anaheim, CA, in April 2009.
Haden A. Land ’84, vice president and chief technology officer for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services - Civil Product Line, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Capitol College, Laurel, MD. He served
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Andrew Sachs ’87 is the Vice President of Coates Field Service, Inc. He resides in Edmond, OK, with his wife, Kelly, and two sons, Eli and Jared.
as their commencement speaker in 2010. In 2009, he was awarded SUNY Potsdam’s Minerva Award for professional lifetime achievement. Lori Silliman Larson ’84 has directed numerous youth conservatory productions. She is active in Community Theater and professional theaters as a performer and choreographer. She is also the theater teacher and choral director at Ballston Spa High School. Amy Sloane-Garris ’84 of Kirkville, NY, has been named executive director of marketing and recruitment in Syracuse University’s Division of Enrollment Management. John J. Immerso ’85 retired as the coordinator of music and high school band director for the Sag Harbor School District after 21 years. He published music that is being performed all over the world and was commissioned to compose a chamber work for the U.S. Air Force Band Chamber Ensemble in Washington, DC, which was premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Arts. He and his family now reside in South Carolina. Diane Pfadenhauer ’85, president of Employment Practices Advisors, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Human Resources Association of New York. She will serve as vice president of marketing and promotion.
the United Church of Christ with campuses in Bangor and Portland, Maine, and Ralph is active with the investment committee of the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation. An avid gardener, Allison keeps busy with home and community gardening.
Dr. Cynthia C. Cahill ’86, an optometrist for Empire Vision Centers Inc., has been recognized by “Cambridge Who’s Who” for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in ocular therapeutics. Brett Clare ’86 of Encinitas, CA, won the USA Cycling Master National 45+ Kilometer time trial. Brett also placed fourth in the points race and second in the three-kilometer time trial. These placings secured the Best All-Round Rider competition for Brett as well. Angela Stefanowicz Robert ’86 was appointed the Salmon River secondary school principal. She and her husband, Robin, have three children, Adam, Nicole and Erin, who is currently a student at SUNY Potsdam.
Darren Tucci ’87 resides with his wife in Wheatfield, NY, where he is an optometrist and avid collector of “The Who” memorabilia. Lisa Carr’s ’88 son, Samuel, is a junior at SUNY Potsdam. Tom French ’88 is an English teacher at J.W. Leary Junior High School in Massena, NY, and a freelance videographer. His work producing public service announcements with his seventh grade students has appeared on local television stations and has been featured in the national computer magazine Mac|Life. Barbara Greenwood ’88 became program director for Save the Children’s Global Fund Program in Yangon, Myanmar, as of August 1, 2010.
Xanath Lane Bailey ’87, a music educator in the Saratoga Springs City School District, is running for the Hadley-Luzerne School Board. She and her husband have two children, Girard and Annamarie.
New York State Sen. David J. Valesky ’88 is vice president pro tempore, making him the highestranking upstate legislator in the chamber. He lives in Oneida, NY, with his wife and three sons.
Allison Armstrong Keef ’87 and her husband, Ralph, former trustee of the Potsdam College Foundation, have lived near Bangor, Maine, for 17 years. Allison is a trustee of Bangor Theological Seminary, an ecumenical seminary in the Congregational tradition of
Dee Caldwell ’89 has enjoyed playing music for two local churches for the past six years.
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Lester Castellana ’89 is an accomplished CCA piano instructor who has over 20
years of performance and teaching experience. After completing graduate school at Penn State, Chris “Chip” George ’89 has been teaching for 18 years, as well as coaching lacrosse and basketball. He and his wife, Laura, reside in Massena, NY, with their four children. Brian Learch ’89 is a manager with Grant Thornton LLP’s Global Public Sector practice and his wife is a vice president with Edge Research.
1990s Lisa McArthur ’90 will be the featured flutist at a concert in the Floyd United Methodist Church. She is an associate professor of music at Campbellsville University, KY, and is a published author. Kathleen Moore ’90 is the new principal at Morrisonville Elementary School. Kevin Rhodes ’90 received an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, in May 2009. Julie Moore Fay ’91 is a writer, teacher, singer, mom and wife. She recently wrote an article for “The Patriot Ledger” featuring Potsdam alum Ronald Vigue ’96. Vincent Green ’91 was recently promoted to director of fine and performing arts for Islip Schools. Alexander Herzog ’91 received a Doctor of Education degree in May 2010 from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Hilary Lopata-Nawoj ’91 is the director of the Clinton Elementary Beginner Band, which was named First Place Winner of the Fourth Grade Beginner Band Division, in a national competition.
Patricia A. Ritchie ’91, after many years of serving as St. Lawrence County Clerk, was recently elected and sworn in as a New York State senator. Carole M. Ross ’91 is trying to revive the Mohawk language on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation by teaching courses using translation books that she created and that are still in use at SUNY Potsdam today. Lucienne Diver ’92 published “ReVAMPED,” a sequel to her first novel “VAMPED,” in September 2010.
Kimberly Brown Cabrera ’92 was ordained on March 21 as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church USA. Shawn McKinstrie ’92 was appointed as managing partner for Lucas Group in its accounting and finance division at their Tampa, FL, location. Terese Forbes Prebish ’92 was awarded the Pioneer Valley 2010 Harold Grinspoon Excellence in Teaching Award. Alexander Scher ’92 works as a web programmer for the New York State Small Business Development Center’s central administration office in Albany, NY. Derek S. Swem ’92 and ’02 is a secondary mathematics instructor in the Fontana Unified School District. He has competed in triathlons, sprint, Olympic and half ironman distances for three years.
Richard Begel ’93 is principal trombonist with the Springfield Symphony, second trombonist with the Dayton Philharmonic and an instructor at Earlham College and Central State University. In October 2010, he was a clinician for the U.S. Air Force Band ensembles in Anchorage, Alaska, where another Potsdam alum (George Father ’03) is stationed. In January 2011, he was a soloist with the Sinclair Community College Band. Tom Czarnecki ’93 has been named the head coach of the Oswego varsity football team. He has been teaching seventhgrade social studies in the Mexico, NY, district for 22 years. Timothy Jacobs ’93 was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on December 1, 2009, in the U.S. Air Force. He is currently assigned to Joint Task Force Global Network Operations as the chief for the Global NetOps Center, and is responsible for operating and defending the Department of Defense’s worldwide communications networks. Kimberly Hires Smith ’93 has been named the new assistant principal at Cave Spring Elementary School, VA. Don M. Washington ’93, high school band director at Colton-Pierrepont Central School, organized a two-week music camp offering enrichment activities to students in 18 school districts.
He finished the California 70.3 Half Ironman for the second time.
Krista Fordham ’94 is a licensed real estate salesperson with Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty and a SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board trustee. She lives in East Setauket, NY. Lorie Seacord Gollhofer ’94 was appointed development assistant at the Lake George Association and resides in Bolton Landing, NY, with her family. Trevor Murphy ’94 served as a co-program chair for the 2010 annual Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group in University and College Computing Services fall conference. Stephen J. Todd ’94 will serve as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction with the St. LawrenceLewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Laura Matheny Atkinson ’95 taught piano and voice in Lowville, NY. She and her husband, Adam, reside in Harrisville, NY, and play in the Atkinson Family Band. John Carbone ’95 published his first book for drummers, entitled “The Sideways Quarter Note Triplet.” Jeff Doctor ’95 ran for U.S. Congress in 2010 in North Carolina. Kim Scharff-Snyder ’96 of Bruyere Chadwick Realty LLC received her real estate associate broker’s license. She resides in Ogdensburg, NY, with her husband, George, and their two sons.
James Schmidt ’96 was selected to represent Coastal College for this year’s North Carolina Community College System Excellence in Teaching Award. Ron Vigue ’96 has been named the new executive director of the Atlantic Symphony. Katie L. Taylor ’97 was honored by the Greater Watertown Jaycees for her leadership in business, volunteer work and the arts. Jessie Thoman ’97 became the instructor of horn at the University of Nevada, Reno. She founded the Mirari Brass Quintet, which is touring all over the United States performing recitals and masterclasses, and will soon release their first CD. Brian Shay ’98 of San Diego, CA, is a mathematics teacher at Canyon Crest Academy High School and an adjunct mathematics instructor at San Diego Mesa College and Grossmont Community College. Shay is a member of the California Teacher Advisory Council, Greater San Diego Math Council, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Mathematics Association of America. Rebecca A. Zehr ’98 received a state teaching certification for students with disabilities and is a first-grade teacher at Belleville Henderson Central School.
Owen Herne ’99 is an attorney with the Seneca Nation of Indians and a SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board trustee. He and his wife, Lisa Manchester ’99, reside in Buffalo, NY.
George W. Rollinson ’99 displays his SUNY Potsdam pennant in front of a B-1 plane that flies over Afghanistan every other day. Major Rollins returned home in September.
dress at the SUNY Potsdam fall leadership conference.
Jennifer Robinson Henry ’00 and ’03 is the school library systems director at Valley Educational Services and was recently elected president of the New York State Library Systems Association. She and her husband, Charles Henry ’04, have two children and reside in Plattsburgh, NY. Charles is a managing program coordinator I for the Northeastern Regional Information Center.
Mary Caruso ’03 has joined the staff at Canton Central School as a high school English teacher.
2000s Jason Lang ’01, foreign affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of State – U.S. Mission to the United Nations, received a meritorious award from United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for his service in the past year, including his work on the State Department’s relief efforts in Haiti. Scott M. Peterson ’01 became a partner in the firm Tully Rinckey LLC. Peterson will focus on civil litigation and personal injury. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, and serves on the board of directors for the Saratoga Springs Affordable Housing Group. Crane alumni vacationed together recently at the Jersey Shore, in Seaside Heights. Mia Chong ’03, Alison Henry ’03, and behind, Maureen (Colson) Stickney ’04, Thomas Stickney ’02, Kristin Henne ’02, Anthony Ravinksy ’03 and Andrew Janack ’02. Tesfa Alexander ’02 recently completed his PhD in Cross-Cultural Health Communication at the University of Memphis and delivered the keynote ad-
Ivonne Hoeger ’02 received her PhD in Economic and Consumer Psychology from Exeter University.
Stacie Cornwell ’03 is a kindergarten teacher at Knickerbocker Elementary School in the Watertown City School District. Maria Corse ’03 serves on the board of the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools and has been teaching at the Little River Community School in Canton, NY, for seven years alongside Desiree Holmes ’03, who has been teaching for three years. Gregory Hooper ’03 graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University with a master’s degree in social work. Greg is employed at the state Office of Mental Health and resides in Ogdensburg, NY, with his wife and three children. Tony Ravinsky ’03 has been a choral teacher and theater coach for the last seven years at Cornwall High School. He is also highly involved in Community Theater. Quy Thanh Ngol Vo ’03, a Utica resident and a native of Vietnam, was ordained into the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He worked as an organist at Annunciation Church in Ilion while he was studying music at The Crane School of Music. Alden Bashaw ’04 was recently appointed to the position of Western New York program organizer
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Sarah Benway Kijowski ’04 received a master’s degree in history and museum studies through the Cooperstown Graduate Program in 2007. She works at the Hyde Collection, an art museum in Glens Falls, NY. Matthew Pray ’04, a music teacher at Moira Central School, formed the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra in 2003. The band consists of 19 members and performs at many different venues in the North Country. Stephanie Tooke ’04 received her master’s in inclusion education from Utica College in 2008. She teaches social studies for grades 8 to 12 at the New York State School for the Deaf in Rome, NY. Richard Viglucci ’04 is pursuing a doctorate of musical arts in clarinet performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was previously the director of bands at Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff, AZ. Rachel E. Guiles ’05 is a Medicaid service coordinator at Cerebral Palsy of the North Country in Canton, NY. Justin Kahn ’05 is a licensed veterinary technician at the Bath Veterinary Hospital in Bath, NY. Nicholas R. Lee ’05 and ’06 holds a master captain’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard and is a seventhgrade science teacher at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School.
Michelle Roderick ’06 is a market research analyst at Knowledge Systems and Research in Syracuse, NY. José Rincón ’06 was promoted to Artistic Services Manager at OPERA America. He produces professional development and networking events for opera artists around the country. Xiaopo Wang ’06 was recently hired as the scenic designer and technical director at Salina Community Theatre. Heather M. LaForce ’07 is currently enrolled at the Museum School of the Fine Arts in Boston in pursuit of her MFA. Her portraiture will be displayed in the Lawrence Academy’s Conant Gallery. Caitlin Mary Levere ’07 is a fifth-grade teacher at M.M. Pierce Elementary School in Remington, VA. Cara Tromans ’07 accepted a position as a program operations analyst for Conservation Services Group in Albany, NY. Christopher C. Wheeler ’07 received his master’s degree from Clarkson University and is a management trainee at Hertz in Pittsfield, NY. Matthew D. Corey ’08 & Shawn M. VanBrocklin ’08 of the band Greene Reveal released their first fulllength album “(re)shape” on May 4, 2010. The band was profiled in Alternative Press Magazine.
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Emily (Brown) Hanley ’08 is now the dance coordinator for Community Arts Connection, an arts-based day habilitation site, and directs the dance troupe A Moving Experience. Kevin Irwin ’08 is a busy solo music performer and one of North Country Public Radio’s weekend announcers. Irwin also teaches guitar at St. Lawrence University. Sarah Lassor-Peccolo ’08 graduated from St. Lawrence University with a master’s degree in education and currently resides in Potsdam, NY. Tricia Livernois ’08 published three novels under the pen name T.J. Laverne. Gina Fazio ’09 has been named the head coach of the Mohawk Valley Community College women’s lacrosse team. She is also an instructor in the Center for Language and Learning Design there.
Heather Taylor ’09 recently released a new-age flute CD called “From Dream to Dream.” Ryan A. Wright ’09 was selected the 2009-10 recipient of the Frances Leitzell Award, given annually to the student of childhood education judged to be the best student teacher.
Bradford J. Novak ’05 published his first political fiction novel, “Appeal to a Higher Father.”
Joshua Rich ’10 is a SUNY Potsdam Alumni Board trustee and a graduate student at the University of Buffalo majoring in Higher Education Administration.
Kathryne Alfredson’s ’10 artwork was recently displayed at the Natural Bridge Gallery. Lauren V. Gilmour ’10 was hired as the new education specialist for the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, NY. Krista Rae Larock ’10 will graduate from Clarkson University in 2011 with an MBA. She is employed as a graduate assistant at Clarkson and by Fused Solutions, Potsdam.
for the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide LGBT civil rights and advocacy organization, to coordinate programs and campaigns in Rochester and Buffalo, NY.
Lydia Zervanos ’10 shows her Crane pride before a performance with the World Orchestra in Spain in December 2010
Kyle P. Hesse ’09, U.S. Air Force Airman First Class, graduated from basic military training. Andrew Kromholz ’09 is a string director at the Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri, Kenya. Previously he was a strings teacher at Bethlehem Elementary School in Delmar, NY. Jason Matteson ’09 will compete in the 2011 World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in the professional adult drum major category. He is a bagpiper with the Mohawk Valley Frasers. Mackenzie Reynolds ’09 is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working toward an MFA in art studio and photography.
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notes Leroy A. Madison, Director of Graphic Arts and Photography retiring in 1987 July 31, 2010.
Memoriam John (Jack) O’Neill Gerrish ’30, November 29, 2010 Mary Donahue Calnon ’31 , August 21, 2010 Helen Brunette Murray ’33 April 28, 2010 Lillian Scouten Burt Hogle ’38 June 12, 2010 Donald E. Frank ’39 December 30, 2009 Mildred Peebles Goutremout ’39 June 15, 2010 A. Marjorie Hosmer Dummond ’43 July 31, 2010 Helen Cleveland Carnes ’44 April 26, 2010 Gloria Gurley Halliday ’44 July 24, 2010 Mary Felton Safford ’45 August 23, 2010 Margaret Harris-Hanks McKenna ’48 January 6, 2010 Eleanor Clark Merkley ’49 February 24, 2010 Arthur Maguire ’50 February 2010 Shirley Cady Sutcliffe ’51 March 27, 2010 Arlene Haymond ’53 May 14, 2010
William Westcott ’64 July 13, 2010 Margaret Jones Kozlowski ’70 August 18, 2010 Constance Flick Streit ’70 June 7, 2010 John Thomas “Tom” Coyle ’72 August 7, 2010 Robert Jeschawitz ’84 July 17, 2010 Lisa Rivers ’87 July 16, 2010 Florence Raymond Tasetano ’88 January 1, 2010 Nicholas J. Egloff II ’89 July 26, 2010 Michael J. Wilt ’92 July 4, 2010 Tina Graveline McCormick ’94 August 20, 2010 Brad J. Bonaparte ’98 June 16, 2010 Special Friends and Faculty Emeriti: William S. Eldridge, former Professor of Education, retiring in 1990, January 2, 2011. Mabel Eschen, wife of Professor Emeritus Wilbur Eschen, February 24, 2008.
Roxie Wood Mitchell ’53 January 23, 2010
Dr. David Etheridge, professor of clarinet, July 21, 2010.
Salvatore Maida ’55 June 9, 2010
Sharon A. Gall, custodian for 27 years, May 21, 2010.
Rebecca Bowman ’58 June 27, 2010
Dr. Richard W. Hibler, former Professor of Education, January 7, 2011.
Gayle Hilfrank Shippey ’64 January 30, 2010
Clayton W. Horan, Professor Emeritus of Theater/ Drama, August 11, 2010.
Casey S. McHugh, was attending SUNY Potsdam at the time of his death, June 24, 2010. Darrell “Jack” Morgan, worked as an Electronics Technician for 20 years, retiring in May of 2001. Carrie Ruth Peterson, “Ruth” was an Executive Secretary for the SUNY Potsdam College President for about 37 years retiring in 1987, May 16, 2010. Robert W. Tyler, a refrigeration mechanic from 19611999, December 23, 2009. Albert Venier, former member of the College Council, August 25, 2010. Garnar V. Walsh, former Professor of Education, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs and assistant to the President for Institutional Research, June 20, 2010. Nicholas S. Zevos, former Professor of Chemistry for 32 years, January 1, 2011. POTSDAM PEOPLE
Anniversaries Shirley Secor Bush ’50 and husband, Phillip, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary October 7, 2010. Barbara Guepe Gray ’58 recently celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with husband, Scott. Joyce Horwath Berg ’59 and her husband, Art, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have crossed the U.S. by car three times, and visited Austria, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, the Virgin
Islands, Switzerland and Croatia over the years.
Stephanie Reed ’03 and Shaun Reardon were married August 21, 2010, and honeymooned in St. Lucia.
Judith Comstock Thompson Liscum ’62 and ’70 and husband, Reginald, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Deke ’71 and Roberta Reynolds Dening ’72 celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.
Trisha A. Wickwire ’03 married John D. McLean July 3, 2010, on the shore of Allen Falls Reservoir. The couple honeymooned at Kingdom Trails, VT, and resides in Saranac Lake, NY, with their dogs.
Carl A. Bingle ’74 and wife, Janna, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with their daughter and two sons.
Krystal M. Catapano ’05 married Jason B. Harrington ’06 at the Holy Family Catholic Church on July 24, 2010.
Roy (Faculty Emeritus) and Gail Schaberg ’74 celebrated their 50th anniversary on a Caribbean cruise with their family. Mr. Schaberg was a professor of French horn at The Crane School of Music for 31 years, retiring in 1999.
Michael Chambers ’05 and Daisy Zuniga-Newman were united in marriage on August 27, 2010. The couple resides in Buffalo, NY, with their son, Maverick.
Barbara Levin ’78 and Dave Morrison ’77 celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in spring 2010. Judy Jones and husband, Larry, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on June 6, 2010. Judy worked in the Student Health Center for 29 years before transferring to the School of Education and Field Experiences until her retirement in 1999. POTSDAM PEOPLE
Jason Giachetti ’00 married Amy Gagnon July 31, 2010, on Long Island. Maggie McKeown ’00 married Greg Jakubczak in the summer of 2010 and they now reside in Madison, WI.
Tomoko Takedani ’05 and James Sater ’05 were married on June 12, 2010. Theatre and dance alumni, along with two SUNY Potsdam faculty members attended the wedding. Pictured are: Rachel White ’05, Kim Bouchard, Robin Collen, Samuel Stein ’06, Tomoko Takedani Sater ’05, James Sater ’05, John Ososz ’05, and Meredith Haas Watts ’05. Tricia Day ’06 and Michael Pierce ’06 were married on July 10, 2010, in Albany, NY. Approximately 25 SUNY Potsdam students, faculty and staff were in attendance.
Jonathan Putney ’03 and Ashley Havens were wed at the Putney Ranch on June 30, 2010. They honeymooned at Canandaigua Lake and reside in Waddington, NY. w w w. p o t s d a m . e d u /p e o p l e
Eric Trumpowsky ’90 and his wife, Terry, announce the birth of their second child, Hannah, born on July 6, 2010. Hillary Carter Torres ’94 and her husband, Luis, welcomed their baby girl, Miquela Sophia, on June 2, 2009.
IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER IS BACK! If you’re age 70 1/2 or older, you can once again use your IRA to make charitable contributions to SUNY Potsdam. For information on estate planning or the Benjamin F. Raymond Society visit the College’s estate and gift planning website at www.pots-
Kirstin Shave Vivacqua ’96 and Michael (Clarkson ’97) welcomed their third child, Thomas Andrew, on July 8, 2009. Thomas joins his big sister Shana, 5, and big brother, Vincent, 3. Scott Schaefer ’97 and his wife, Glendy, welcomed their first daughter, Smith Bailey, born April 2010.
Jennifer L. Frary ’08 married Mikel Kelso on October 10, 2009, at St. Mary’s Church in Waddington, NY. They reside in Massena, NY.
Kristan Marie Bulger ’07 wed Gabriel Michael Laramay July 3, 2010. The coupled honeymooned in Las Vegas, NV. Megan L. Keddy ’07 married John R. Jarosz Jr. on August 21, 2009, at the St. James Catholic Church. The couple honeymooned in the Caribbean and resides in New Hartford, NY.
Angela K. Ross ’08 married Tyler J. Peters on August 15, 2009, at St. Peter’s Church.
Michele Feldman ’00 and Matthew Straight’s ’00 daughter, Makayla Ann, was born on May 20, 2010.
Brian Wood ’08 married Brittany Kelly ’08 on July 3, 2009, at the Belhurst Castle, Geneva, NY.
Jennifer Smith Greene ’04 and her husband, Bryan, were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Rebecca Ann, on September 19, 2009. She joins her older brothers Christopher, 3, and Ryan, 2.
Lauren M. Betrus ’09 married Raymond H. Vollmer July 17, 2010. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia. Heather L. Charlton ’09 and Kenneth LaLone were wed August 7, 2010, at the Adams United Methodist Church.
Beth A. Yancey ’07 married R. Daniel Faulknham on August 7, 2010. The couple traveled to Lake Placid, NY for their wedding trip.
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Katie Ann King ’06 and Christopher Geary were married May 15, 2010, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Ogdensburg. They honeymooned in New York City and reside in Ogdensburg, NY.
Jeremy P. Hopping ’99, wife, Leslie, and daughter, Grace, welcomed Nathaniel Paul into the family on March 27, 2010.
Jennifer Frary Kelso ’08 and her husband, Mikel, welcomed their first child, Stella Jane, on July 21, 2010.
dam.edu/advance/ giftplan or contact Jason Ladouceur, director of gift planning, directly at 315-267-2123 and email@example.com To learn how, visit www.potsdam.edu/advance/giftplan
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Jeff Washburn President of the Alumni Board In the fall of 1975, I was moved onto the fifth floor in Bowman South with the likes of Curtis, Waters, Boog, Clangman, Coach, Fuzzy, Borzen, Badger, Aunt Ray and Jimmy D. There were geology field trips with Dr. O’Brien, sitting next to Miss New York State Mary Hinterberger in an English literature class (she even asked to borrow my notes once), Friday night ski trips to Big Tupper (the college provided a bus), and Ruthie the Witch (there really was a girl named Ruthie who was said to be practicing witchcraft). In my one and only flag football game, we played Psi Phi Delta Fraternity and I got planted ten yards off the field on the opening kickoff by their two biggest players. I weighed maybe at the time. Who knew that two years later I would join Psi Phi Delta?
Sophomore year I made the varsity soccer team (although we never won a game that year), went to my first concert and saw the birth of Broomball (our team name was “Out of Control” for three years) which has become the largest intramural sport on campus. Classes were going great and I learned the Dr. Stephens philosophy of “go fast slowly” in Set Theory and Logic — a mathematics course.
(Blue Oyster Cult at Clarkson),
Junior year, Potsdam won its first soccer game in over three years over Oswego State. There was a huge celebration and our team thrived that year with the “no goal patrol” of Nasty, Buzzy, Boomer, Palumbo, Tubber, and Dix on defense and the likes of Hat Trick, Timmy K., the Treveiler brothers, D. Miller, T. Mulvey, J. Ring, and M. Addy on offense. With two games to go in the season I suffered a broken leg against Plattsburgh and was in a cast for six months. Not the best way to spend a winter in Potsdam, but I made the most of it. I fell down the stairs in Dunn Hall, and went head first down the hall in Lehman. I missed my advanced calculus midterm and ended up with a 1.0 for the course. This was not lost on my academic advisor, Dr. Kocan, who “advised” me that since this course was in my major, I should consider taking it over. I replied, “Doc, if I take it over I’ll fail, so let’s keep the 1.0.” I kept the 1.0 but decided that a second major might be in order just in case this Math thing didn’t work. What are some of your memories?
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS For a complete listing of events and registration information, visit www.potsdam.edu/alumni
POTSDAM COLLEGE FOUNDATION BOARD AND ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING 4.29.11-4.30.11 Potsdam, NY
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CRANE SCHOOL OF MUSIC SPRING FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE 4.30.11 Potsdam, NY
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COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND 5.21.10 & 5.22.11 Potsdam, NY
REUNION WEEKEND 7.14.11 -7.17.11 Potsdam, NY
DAY AT THE SARATOGA RACETRACK 8.5.11 Saratoga Springs, NY
SCHOLARSHIP GOLF CLASSIC
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DAY AT THE RACES IN SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
Alumni and friends enjoyed a beautiful day at the Saratoga Race Track in August, 2010 with a few winners in the group! Pictured are: Standing (L-R) Patrice DeLaus Scully ’81, Debby Catlin Copeletti ’76, Amy Kellogg ’99, Liz Utzig ’77, Laureen Clothier ’76, Steven Clothier, Bill Utzig, Seated: Barbara Hutchinson Campbell ’52 and Cathy O’Connor ’76.
DOUBLE AXEL AT THE DINOSAUR BBQ IN SYRACUSE, NY
Alumni & friends danced the night away to Double Axel in September 2010. The event was so popular Double Axel has agreed to do it again on September 24, 2011!
At the annual December 2010 NYSSMA conference in Rochester NY, Dean of the Crane School of Music, Dr. Michael Sitton, was able to catch up with many Alumni. Pictured are: Glen Zagorski ’87, Dean Sitton, Jane Morale ’80, Alumni Board President Jeffery Washburn ’79, Joi Washburn.
9.8.11 Potsdam Town & Country Club • Potsdam, NY
FAMILY WEEKEND 9.16-9.17.11 Potsdam, NY
DOUBLE AXEL 9.24.11 Dinosaur BBQ • Syracuse, NY
ARE YOU RECEIVING ALMA MATTERS? Alma Matters is SUNY Potsdam’s monthly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends. Visit www. potsdam.edu/alum/newsletter to check it out!
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special REUNION COMMITTEES Our reunion committees have been hard at work encouraging classmates
to attend Reunion weekend and raising awareness about honoring your class by supporting your Class Gift. Everyone’s gifts are a way of giving back to Pots-
“The richest heritage of an institution is its body of graduates – the expression
dam to celebrate cherished years of be-
of its ideals, the guardian of its reputation, the promoter of its development.
ing alumni. One of the weekend’s high
Their failure is its defect, their success its assurance…” Thomas B. Stowel, Principal of Potsdam Normal and Training School (SUNY Potsdam) SUNY Potsdam is proud to acknowledge the achievements, dedication and service of this year’s alumni awards recipients.
points is the announcement of each Class Gift. To see the list of volunteers and status of fund-raising progress, visit: www.potsdam.edu/alumni/ connecting/reunion.
St. Lawrence Academy Medal Kim Dadson O’Neil ’77
Bears Hall of Fame: Renee Halter Hook ’86 Jodie Schoppmann ’06
Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award
Rising Star Award Ruth Bennett ’02
Minerva Award F. Richard Ferraro ’82 Gary Hind ’77
Honorary Life Membership Joe Sarnoff – posthumously
Distinguished Service Award Dorothy Albrecht Gregory ’61
VISIT THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WEB SITE There are many ways you can get involved with the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association. Attend an alumni chapter event or mentor a current student - you can visit our web site and learn more today. We hope you like the new look!
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Published on May 13, 2011