Archive for February, 2010

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Tom Nesbitt, Director of Admissions

When I woke up this morning, I had to remind myself that it was only Tuesday.  With many schools closed yesterday for the holiday and some even closing for the week, this is traditionally a very busy week in the world of college admissions.

We have a sign outside our office to welcome families in for their visit… on a normal day, we can list visitors and their home towns… on a busy day, we just list the student’s names… during this week, we are reduced to a list that you need a magnifying glass to read!

It is exciting for the whole staff as we never know who we will interview next.  Some families use this week as a starting point for their search in the sophomore or junior year… some deadline challenged seniors have yet to apply and are just starting to think about where to go… many students are already accepted and are making their final decisions and some are here for the third or fourth time just to make sure.  No matter the status, we need to be prepared to give each student what they need to move to the next part of our process.

The best part of the week for us comes by way of the information families share with us.  Your stories make our day and your willingness to allow us to assist you reminds us all why we work in this profession.  And sometimes we even get to feel how small the world is when one staff member meets with a family who knows someone else on the staff.  I was reminded of that today and had a great chat/lunch with Todd, Paula and Jennifer.

Winter sports season is starting to wind down… last home games will be this weekend for the Bears.  We will get a chance to honor our seniors and make a final push for playoff seeding.  Speaking of sports, I love watching the Olympics… being on the West Coast this year, I’m a little sleep deprived but have enjoyed the coverage thus far.  It is also nice to live in this area as we get the Canadian coverage as well… at times, you can fine four channels of Olympic coverage.  What began as a sad reminder of just how fragile life is, the games have pressed on and honored the competitive spirit of those who push themselves to the edge every day.

I like to look for the athlete who had their defining moment at every Olympics… not that they won a medal but that they put in a performance the defined the character of all that athletes can and should be.  For me, Bill Demong put in that performance on Sunday during the Nordic Combined event.  Twenty Fourth after the jump, Bill had to start 1:20 after the leaders in the Cross Country portion of the event and he ended up in 6th place finishing with the lead pack.  While most will tell you that Jonny Spillane winning the silver medal, first ever for the USA in the Nordic Combined Olympic event, was the real story, I’d like to think that Bill’s leadership and perseverance gave Jonny a little extra boost on his way to winning the medal… after all, Bill did spend some time in the lead pack jockeying for position until the final sprint took place.

To place a local twist on my story, Bill is from the Saranac Lake area and his mom is a graduate of the Crane School of Music… she actually was my music teacher in Elementary school and was responsible for teaching me how to sing… but please don’t hold that against her!

Until next time…

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Tom Nesbitt, Director of Admissions

So much to do… So many possibilities!  I love being in Potsdam this time of year.  Over the next four nights there are over 20 scheduled events on campus.  From music to sports to a Texas Hold’em tournament to our annual Snow Ball, SUNY Potsdam is the place to be!

I’ll be spending much of my time Friday at Maxcy Hall participating in Bear Pride Night.  The basketball teams are hosting the Bengals from Buffalo State.  The Men’s Hockey team is hosting the Mustangs from Morrisville and there are countless chances to both show school spirit and win some pretty nice prizes.  In addition, Time Warner Sports is broadcasting the basketball games live across the entire state of NY.  So even if you can’t get up here, tune in if you have Time Warner and watch some good SUNYAC conference basketball.

On Saturday, I’ll be participating in the Athletic Open House on campus and then head over to Jerry Welsh gymnasium to watch the alumni game.  This is always a highlight for me as I get to chat with players, reminisce and hear about all of the great things they are doing.  You just never know who is going to show up and it is always great to see both the men and women who helped shape what our program is today.  After that, the hoop teams are back in action against the Blue Devils from Fredonia then I’ll head home to get set up for the Super Bowl the next day.

Given more time, there are quite a few events I’d like to attend.  The Snow Ball should be a great time and learning more about the music and life of Brahms will be both educational and enjoyable.  The Met is live in HD at the local movie theatre and the Intramural Card Board and Duct tape Boat race in the Maxcy Hall pool is a must make at least once while you are on campus.

People often ask me what there is to do during the winter in Potsdam.  I can say without hesitation that my wife and I are more active during the winter months than during the summer.  There is just something about the excitement of an active campus community that brings people together.  Until next time…