Archive for May, 2010

Monday, May 24th, 2010

by
Derek, Admissions Counselor

Yesterday, I went to SUNY Potsdam’s 176th Commencement Ceremony.  What a beautiful day!!!!

The keynote speaker, Kathleen Friery ’84, spoke about a bumble bee.  She explained that if you look closely at a bumble bee, you would see that there is no way it should be able to fly.  It has a big, fat body and small, petite wings.  It just shouldn’t be possible!  But it does fly and so will the Graduates of 2010 from SUNY Potsdam.  It should be impossible to succeed in this job market, but it won’t be for our graduates!  With the education that students get at SUNY Potsdam, they will fly and fly high.  I am!  I’m flying right now.  I have a job, I’m a successful community member and live a life that is simply great!

As I think of the students that I have been in contact with this year, I am confident in their abilities to succeed.  I believe this not only because the majority of students at SUNY Potsdam are “go-getters” but also because they have just completed an outstanding educational experience.  This experience includes faculty connections, lifelong friends and the memories they have made that will forever be uniquely Potsdam.

SUNY Potsdam is a great place to become that bumble bee and fly into the future.

Again, congrats to the Class of 2010!  Check out some pictures from the 2010 Commencement!!

176th Commencement

176th Commencement

Stage in front of Satterlee Hall

Stage in front of Satterlee Hall

The Satterlee Clock Tower

The Satterlee Clock Tower

Monday, May 17th, 2010

by,
Derek, Admissions Counselor

The sun is out and the library’s full.  It can only mean one thing… IT’S FINALS WEEK!  It’s so funny, it never fails that when finals swing around, it’s the most beautiful weather out! But what an amazing time of the year with so much change.  Not only is another semester coming to an end, but for some, their college career is coming to an end.  I’ll never forget my finals week.  My gosh is was it memorable!  I had a final every day and kept experiencing so many things for the last time… it was crazy.  My last hangout on Wednesday night with the Wednesday crew.  My last student leadership award ceremony.  My last student appreciation dinner…and the list goes on.  When I was talking with my favorite professor, Dr. Youngblood, he said to me, “Enough with the lasts.  How about the firsts?!”  He was so right!  My first college graduation was coming that weekend, my first graduate class was coming that summer, my first day as a graduate assistant came that August, and my first professional job followed in February!  There are so many “lasts”, but there are so many more “firsts”!

SUNY Potsdam made those “last” and those” firsts” come to life for me.  While a student here, I had so many opportunities to be a leader, to be employed, and to have some of the best friends a guy could ask for.  Those experiences created professional opportunities for me, including a graduate assistantship that eventually turned into a full time position!  Without the experience of being at SUNY Potsdam, I wouldn’t have had these opportunities.  Nothing but lifelong learning at SUNY Potsdam! Nothing more, nothing less.

The picture is of my best friend, Jenn, and I after Graduation.

Congrats SUNY Potsdam Class of 2010!  Go Bears!

Jenn & Derek at Graduation, Class of 2009

Jenn & Derek at Graduation, Class of 2009

Friday, May 7th, 2010

by
Brian, Class of 2012

The last blog entry I wrote was during the middle of our triennial campus academic festival, right before the teleconference event with Anderson Cooper. I am happy to report that the festival was a great success and that I thoroughly enjoyed being given the opportunity to speak with Mr. Cooper. I would estimate that around 400-500 people packed into Hosmer Hall to hear about his experiences covering the earthquake that devastated Haiti early this year. Each of us on the student panel were introduced one by one and given a chance to ask him a question and then later allowed to approach the mic for a follow-up. He struck me as a very insightful person, someone who has been shaped by the events he has witnessed. Although the topic was generally centered on Haiti coverage, he branched out occasionally to discuss his experiences reporting in Somalia, Darfur, New Orleans, and many others.

The academic festival went from Wednesday all the way to Saturday, but I was busy on Saturday taking part in a geology field trip. Members of my Honors Historical Geology class and I, along with our professor Dr. Rygel, traveled south through the Adirondacks to make stops at sites with varying geologic significance. Everything we saw was sedimentary in nature (loose particles that settle and get cemented together to become rock), and each stop we made more or less represented moving forward in time. We stopped first at an outcrop of the Potsdam Sandstone near Lake George (Cambrian in age, think age of the trilobites), and made stops through the Albany and Saratoga areas, stopping in Catskill, NY for the night. The next day we drove through the Catskills, stopping at various outcrops and making measurements. It was a great experience to get out of the classroom and into the field. We had a great group and some nice weather, and that is always appreciated as well.

Fossil Hunting in Limestones near Utica

Fossil Hunting in Limestones near Utica

Honors Historical Class in Catskill, NY

Honors Historical Class in Catskill, NY

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

by
Derek, Admissions Counselor

It’s so important to leave time for the things you like to do!  And here in Potsdam, there are a lot of things that I like to do!

When the weather is nice and warm, I love walking around town!  The town and its people are just wonderful!  So friendly and fun, ya can’t go wrong!  Another of my favorite things to do is to go to events at The Crane School of Music.  There’s always something fun and entertaining going on.  Right now is my favorite time of the year… STUDENT RECITALS!  So much fun!  I love listening to and watching what the students have accomplished in a semester!  WOOT WOOT!

One of my passions is music and I aim to keep it alive and well in my life.  That’s why I am Drum Major for a competitive Drum and Bugle Corps. out of Dansville, N.Y. called the White Sabers!  This is so much fun for me.  Music has been a passion of mine since I was a little guy!  I couldn’t lose that when I went to college and started to work, so I joined this organization and have kept that passion alive and well.  It’s really important when leaving the home environment to not lose sight of your passions.  Always try to keep them going, in some aspect, no matter how busy you get with classes or work!  It’s too important not to.

Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion” –Georg Willhelm Fredrich Hegel