Archive for March, 2010

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

by
Brian, Class of 2012

The past couple of weeks marked some pretty exciting events and changes up here in Potsdam. The first day of spring officially came (although we didn’t seem to get that memo; we’ve been alternating between cold and rainy and warm and sunny for the past 2 weeks). Also, this past Friday night was our annual Relay for Life event. Relay is a huge program that is held throughout the U.S. and the world as a fundraising event to support cancer research and prevention. Participants are organized into fundraising teams, and then gather sponsors who support them with donations. Each team spends an entire night walking the track at the event (in our case, 8PM to 8AM) to represent their group.

Relay for Life is probably the biggest event on our campus. Last year, we filled the field house with participants and easily surpassed the goal of raising $50,000. Today when I was in the Union, I saw a sign showing total contributions so far, and the total is close to $37,000. I think there is a good chance that SUNY Potsdam could surpass its total from last year. Relay is a great event and I know that its organizers put forth a lot of effort in order to make it happen. They deserve a lot of thanks!

Last week was very busy for me; after getting back from the GSA conference in Baltimore (see previous blog) on Tuesday, I had Wednesday to catch up on what I had missed. Then after that I had a geology test on Thursday, followed by an anthropology test and another geology test on Friday. I spent a lot of time in the library, but once tests like that are behind you, it is a great feeling. We also had a very successful admissions open house on the 20th.

I’ll keep you posted on our Relay contributions!

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

by
Derek Pooley

When I was an undergraduate student at SUNY Potsdam, my favorite thing (and still is as I’m now working at SUNY Potsdam) is the first warm day of spring.  It was so great to see everyone walking around with just short sleeves, some even wearing shorts.  Why is it so cool?  The sun beating down on Satterlee Hall is just so BEAUIFUL! It’s just awesome!  I love it!   Another great thing, at Becky’s Place, (one of our places to get food on campus) they have patio furniture outside for students to sit at and chat!  It was great to see students sitting out there doing homework and just enjoying each other.  The attached picture is a great example of this.

The Spring weather is GREAT! It’s nice to be able to take the winter coat off and put those t-shirts on again.  I love taking nightly walks across campus and the arrival of a new season allows me to do just that.   Happy Spring everyone!

Blog Matt, Ashley & Sarah

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

by
Derek Pooley

The Receptions went GREAT! It was also so great to see Alumni of SUNY Potsdam.  I always love to hear the stories that the Alumni have to tell.

I saw Becky Fox a 2006 graduate of SUNY Potsdam.  She was a Music Education Major and now has a job in Buffalo as a Music Teacher!  She loves it! She was telling me that one of her favorite experiences at SUNY Potsdam was her last concert she played in.  She loved it! Becky said that it was by far the best concert she had ever played in, even to this day.  It was something that was really emotional for her and really meaningful to her.  I asked her why, and she said because that was the end of her 4 years at SUNY Potsdam, and that she saw it as the door closing to her college Career.

I see that as something totally different.  She saw it as an end to something, I see it as a beginning.  Becky told me that was the first time she felt like a real musician.  That feeling she had on that stage is something she feels everyday as a music teacher.  She loved music then, and she loves it now, and in my opinion, that moment is when that love was solidified.  SUNY Potsdam brought that feeling to her!

I really did enjoy my time in Buffalo and Rochester.  I WISH IT COULD HAVE BEEN LONGER!

GO BEARS!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

by
Brian, Class of 2012

I just returned from spring break and a geology conference.

GSA Conference

GSA Conference

The conference was the annual meeting of the Northeast and Southeast sections of the Geological Society of America and was held in Baltimore, MD.

The Potsdam geology department was able to bring around 22 students to the conference, along with 4 faculty members. This marks the biggest group that we’ve ever sent to the GSA conference. We brought three vans and on the way down stopped in central PA to see some very interesting outcrops along with the results of acid mine drainage on local stream ecosystems (imagine bright orange rivers and streams). We got into our hotel in Baltimore late Friday night and set out early Saturday morning to take field trips to some beaches along the Chesapeake Bay. Our main purpose for our beach visits was to go fossil hunting. I’m no paleontologist, and my collection of shells and shark teeth at the end of the day was far less impressive than those found by others in our group, but I still enjoyed our trips. The next three days of our trip consisted of attending poster presentations and topic-specific talks at the conference. Much of the content went straight over my head, but there was a great deal that I could understand and caught my attention greatly.

I was not greatly impressed by the city of Baltimore, but I suspect that has a great deal to do with the fact that it rained for nearly every minute that we were there! Regardless of the weather, my first GSA conference was a great experience and I am grateful for the opportunity to get to better know the older Potsdam geology majors, as well as my professors.

But now it’s time to play catch-up for the two days of classes that I missed.  I will be locked up studying for three tests in the next two days!

GSA Conference

GSA Conference

Monday, March 8th, 2010

by
Brian, Class of 2012

The first five weeks of the semester are already gone? I always seem to find myself saying that every year, but it feels as if the beginning of this semester has just flown. Not only that, but spring break is only a few days away now. The notion of going home for a few days is nice, but I’m also looking forward to coming back to Potsdam early on Thursday evening. I’m making an early return in order to leave early Friday morning for a geology conference in Baltimore. The geology department is taking over 20 students to Baltimore for a three day annual meeting of the Northeast section of the Geological Society of America. Some students in our group are presenting research or internship projects, but others (like me) are just going for the experience and the exposure to the wider geology community at large. I’m looking forward to the short field trips we’ll be taking to the Chesapeake Bay area, as well as spending time with classmates and faculty outside of the classroom environment. Also, while in Baltimore, I hope to get a chance to meet up with my older sister who lives in Washington DC.

Temperatures have been consistently above freezing this week, and we’ve had a noticeable increase in sunshine as well. This means that there is a great deal of slush and mud along the ground, but that’s a small price I’m willing to pay for longer days. Just wait until a week from this Sunday, Daylight Saving Time will start up again and we’ll be back to 7PM sunsets before you know it!

On another note, three friends and I had applied to live in a townhouse next year and we got an email two days ago indicating that we were successful. This is really exciting and gives me something to look forward to for my junior year. Townhouses are the premier form of on-campus housing. They are houses owned and maintained by the school, and they each contain four bedrooms (or five in some cases), two and a half bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. Best of all, I’ll be living with three good friends and we will have complete control of our own heat and air conditioning! Things are looking up.

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

by
Derek Pooley, Admissions Counselor

I am so PUMPED!!!!!

On Monday, I’m heading to Buffalo then on to Rochester on Tuesday for Regional Receptions!  I can’t wait to meet all the wonderful Western N.Y. folks.  Not to mention that the Anchor Bar is one of my favorite places to eat!  YUM!

As excited as I am, I don’t think my Cat, Gus, is excited for me to leave!  He’s crowding the keyboard and not allowing me to write.  Ahaha

It should be a great time.   There’s going to be a presentation, with a TON of pictures of the campus and events.  There will be lots of time for questions, comments, and time to just eat and relax with other future Potsdam Students! 😀

Besides Western N.Y. there are also Regional Receptions in: NYC, Long Island, and Westchester! I like this think of this as SUNY Potsdam going on tour!!!

Here’s how to sign up:

http://www.potsdam.edu/about/visit/regionalreceptions.cfm

See you then!

GO BEARS!

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

by
Brian, Class of 2012

This weekend marked a nice opportunity for those of us on the Ultimate Frisbee team. We participate in roughly 4 tournaments each semester, and most tournaments are held a long driving distance away from Potsdam (sometimes as close as Plattsburgh, sometimes as far away as Wilkes-Barre, PA). But this weekend Clarkson University was hosting a tournament. Seeing that Clarkson is just across the river from SUNY Potsdam, this gave us a nice change, as we were able to wake up in our own beds and make the five-minute trip across town. No sleeping on freezing basement floors! No six-hour van rides with 11 other sweaty people!

The tournament was spread over two days, where Saturday consists of pool games and Sunday makes up the tournament round (your record at the end of the first day determines your seeding for the second). We played very well the first day, going 3-1 and beating some very high-caliber teams. This gave us a pretty high seed for tournament play, but we unfortunately lost to a club team from Boston in the first round of the tournament. Regardless, we were all very pleased with our performance. To put it in perspective, our team has only been in existence for four semesters and I feel that we have come a very long way and made a lot of progress.