Archive for April, 2010

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Derek, Admissions Counselor

Wow!  What a fun couple of weeks!!  Multicultural Weekend was a HIT!!  The kids had such a great time, as well as the staff members working with them!  I went to see a comedian with them. What a funny, funny time it was!

The Goo Goo dolls were also in Potsdam!  Such a great night that was!  A TON of students from the area went to see them, and had so much fun!

The Crane Opera has come and gone, as upset as I was that I couldn’t go, I heard it was GREAT and that I missed an amazing performance.

Now we have moved onto “Footprints in the North Country: Pathways on the Planet.”  It’s an annual festival that we have on campus.  There’s so many different things going on.  Last night Anderson Cooper talked with our students via Tele-cast.  I also went to see the learning and research fair!  It’s always cool to see what the students are researching and how they went about doing it.

It’s such an exciting time on Campus!  So much to do, and so much to see!!!!!


Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Brian, Class of 2012

Sure is a busy time of year. Today is the beginning of a special event for us on the Potsdam campus. This is the first day of a triennial academic festival that draws people from all over the Northeast. I am told that this is the third such festival, and this year the title is “Footprints in the North Country: Pathways on the Planet.” The theme of the festival is one of re-evaluation of the human impact on our planet and motivating people to lead more sustainable lifestyles.

The program consists of performances, guest speakers, and input from students in the form of projects and interactive panels. Earlier today I participated in the Research and Learning Fair, where I presented a project from last semester where I created a map of a recreational trail system in a small town south of Potsdam. There were lots of other interesting posters displaying all sorts of student projects and research.

Later this afternoon the festival will officially begin with a keynote address by the college president and Jim Merkel, an expert in sustainable living. Tomorrow, the event continues with panels on varying topics and an interactive panel teleconference with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the eight students to interact and interview AC. The focus will be on his experiences covering the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January. And on Friday, there are multiple sessions with various themes, all of which sound interesting. But being a space nut, I will be attending “Footsteps to Outer Space.” Speaking at this session will be Andrew Chaikin, author of “A Passion for Mars” (a book I’ve read), my father (whose company made the reflective mirrors in numerous space telescopes, including Hubble), my academic advisor (who will be presenting a visiting collection of moon rocks), and a physicist from Syracuse University who will lecture on the Big Bang.

Then early Saturday morning I leave for a geology field trip to the Catskill Mountains. Going to be a crazy five days!

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Brian, Class of 2012

Today is our first day back from Easter break. We have really gotten spoiled over the past week with some truly gorgeous weather. Starting Thursday, Potsdam saw nothing but clear skies and high temps in the 70’s. I returned home on Friday night after a really pleasant drive and got to spend some time with my family. The next morning, I got up early to head to Rochester for a Frisbee tournament. Again, nothing but clear skies and heat (around 85) on Saturday. We didn’t win any games on the first day of the tournament, but I owe a lot of that to the skill of the teams we were playing. Teams like Hamilton and Union are very good and I think that we should be proud to have held them to a competitive score. I got very sunburned on Saturday and returned home exhausted.

I woke up early again Sunday and returned to Rochester for round 2 of the tourney. We fared better the second day (actually won a game!), despite having a lot less players than the day before. We got by with only one sub and had a good time.

As for this week, I’ve had to jump right back into the swing of things after break. I have an anthro test on Friday, followed by a presentation in my Geology of the Great Basin class. I’m also getting prepared for our big academic festival coming up at the end of this month. I’ll be presenting a project at the Research and Learning Fair, as well as sitting on a student panel for a tele-conference with Anderson Cooper. On top of that, it’s SGA budget time (spent 3 nights last week in 4+ hour meetings and will do the same tonight) and Ultimate Frisbee sectionals are this weekend in Ithaca!

It’s a busy time of year, but it’s also exciting. The Sabres clinched the Northeast division last night and are looking strong heading into the playoffs.

Ultimate Frisbee Team

Ultimate Frisbee Team

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Derek Pooley

One of my favorite spring songs is entitled, “First Spring Day” by Suburban Tribe.  Here’s the lyrics!

“Early morning’s bright sun shine
It seems a bit different today
Open the window
hear the seagulls
spring is finally here
Feel the warm breath of wind
caressing my face in the light
Fill my lungs and taste the air
spring is finally here
After the winter sleep
after the darkness so deep
people gathering to the streets
to welcome the first spring day
Welcome the first spring day
farewell to winter’s shades of grey
a toast with few words to say
to welcome the first spring day
Smell the ocean from a distance
I can picture the shimmering white sand
Ice and snow are barely melting
spring is finally here”

The students at SUNY Potsdam really enjoy spring!  Not only is it the sign of summer, it’s also the sign of suntans, boating, hiking, nightly walks, frisbee, intramurals, BBQs, outdoor concerts, and soo much more!  I love spring at SUNY Potsdam.  It’s great seeing that sun smiling at us with some warmth!

Don’t forget to check us out on YouTube!!!  (TheSUNYPotsdam)  There are some GREAT videos there, including a video of one of my favorite things on campus…the cardboard Duct Tape Boat Race!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Tom Nesbitt, Director of Admissions

Wow… time flies!  It seems like yesterday was the start of the spring semester and here we are just six weeks from finals and graduation!  Spring took on a whole new meaning this past weekend with an 86 degree high temperature on Saturday. The trees are budding and even the flowers are coming up!

On campus there are seemingly endless numbers of events to attend and the Admissions Office is getting ready for final decisions by hosting events on campus for students and school counselors.  Our students are busy winning awards, presenting at conferences with faculty, studying abroad, student teaching or working at an internship, getting ready for final projects and finals.

There is always so much life on a college campus… even more so during the late spring.  I can’t even imagine how our President keeps up as I know I even get double booked in April and May.

A few highlights at Potsdam have to include the Bearstock on April 10th, BSA’s Talent Show on April 16th, Crane Contemporary Music Ensemble on April 20th, Campus Festival: Footprints in the North Country, Pathways on the Planet between April 21st and 24th, and Sunburn Softball on April 24th.  Check out the events list on the web site to begin to get an idea of all we have going on here.

Congratulations to Nathan LaRowe, SUNY Potsdam diver, who recently won the National Championship in Men’s one meter competition!  He also finished 3rd in the three meter.  Congratulations to the Potsdam Pointercounts for making it to the regional a cappella competition… although they did not win, they did pick up the best vocal performance award and did us proud!  Senior Nathan Lewis was featured as an extra in the movie Green Zone with Matt Damon.  An Iraq war veteran, Nathan took time off from Potsdam to act in the film.  He is now doing his student teaching in Rochester to complete his degree.  Speaking of acting… congratulations to our Theatre department for gaining state approval for a new Theatre Education program… a first in New York!

So much going on… funny thing is, everything mentioned above has happened within the last three weeks or will happen within the next three weeks!  Keep up with our news and events at

Until next time…