Archive for November, 2010

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

by
Becky, Class of 2014

The remainder of the week was no less busy than the beginning.  I’ve had rehearsals every day and literally haven’t had any free time since Sunday until now!  Wednesday I had the opportunity to take part in a marketing photo-shoot.  Myself and three other dancers from Potsdam were chosen as models to represent the Theatre and Dance Department, as well as the School of Arts and Sciences for the website and marketing.  Make sure you request information this spring…There’s a chance I’ll be on it!

In Performance Explorations on Thursday, we began working on our final projects.  It’s a group project where each group (of 5 or 6 students) is given about 15 stanzas from a difficult poem and we have to set it to choreography.  It’s supposed to encompass all that we have worked on through the course of the semester – vocal tone, range, qualities of movement, direction, facings, volume, etc. – and become one, cohesive performance piece.  It’s a difficult project, especially as we near the end of the semester and things start getting crazier, but it’s also a lot of fun!  I love my group because we’re all really creative so I think it’s going to work out just fine!

Keeping with the busy theme of the week, it was also the week to choose classes!  I – being a freshman and getting a late registration time – did not get all the class sessions that I had originally wanted.  I still got all classes I need though, and the way that it worked out may actually be better for me in the long run.  The only real unfortunate part is how spread out my classes are (I’m in classes from 9am-5:50pm on Monday with two HUGE breaks), but I asked a few professors to put me on the waiting list for their classes so that I could hopefully correct the problem.  All of the teachers here are always so willing to help that I’m not too concerned.  I know there is still plenty of time and I am sure it’ll work out.

Finally, Friday did come!  I spent my morning in the gym, then headed over to Satterlee for a cram session before my Modern Dance quiz.  YES, DANCERS TAKE TESTS TOO!  We have quizzes every couple of weeks or so on anatomy and physiology.  The department faculty here is very dedicated to making sure that not only do we hone our performance skills, but we also learn a great deal about our bodies and how to take care of them throughout a career…or just everyday life.  The cram session was well worth it because I got a 4.0 (my first on one of those quizzes)!  We danced afterwards and class seemed to be extra enjoyable, but it could have just been from my 4.0 powered good mood!

Scene Shop

After Modern, I went to the Scene Shop to do my production hours.  The Scene Shop is kind of like a tech/wood shop, but specifically for the Department of Theatre and Dance.  During production hours (which I am required to do for participation in the Student Choreography Concert), we paint, build sets, work on lighting…it could really be anything related to an upcoming production!  Since they are doing lighting this weekend and all of the sets and props for the choreography show are already built and painted, our job yesterday was to start cleaning out the shop for the new semester.  It sounds like a lot of boring work, but the people in the Scene Shop are so nice and funny that I always have fun there.  Plus, I also grew up spending a lot of time in my Dad’s shop back home, so it’s kind of a comforting place for me to spend my time.  And it helps when Jeff (he’s in charge of the Scene Shop) gives us free candy!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

by
Vincent, Class of 2013

This past Thursday I attended one of SUNY Potsdam’s many cultural events that are held on campus each week. The English department has a lot of talented writers and poets that showcase their work at our campus coffee house. For this showcase there was a graduating student who performed a few pieces from his final portfolio and two faculty members read as well. Being a poet myself it was interesting to hear from other writers on campus and to see the talented faculty share their mastery of spoken word. Poetry and spoken word are relatively the same concept when on stage. The main difference is with the presentation and form of either style. For instance spoken word is more lyrical and involves lots of energy to convey the artist’s message. I’ve found that spoken word is more about acting out a written work rather than just reading it. There were examples of either form that evening and it was so enlightening to know that Potsdam has such talented poets. Alongside this showcasing event there was another contest last week strictly devoted to spoken word. I couldn’t attend this event but heard the room was packed to see contestants belt out their lyric poems. Poetry readings here at Potsdam bring the best writers out of the woodwork and the wide variety of talented students who go here. In coming weeks I am going to attend more poetry events and hopefully someday I’ll be the one on stage.

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

by
Tom Nesbitt, Director of Admissions

For the last twenty years I have spent the better part of most autumns in my vehicle visiting high schools and attending college fairs.  I have always appreciated the work that my colleagues do day in and day out to spread the word about their respective colleges and universities.  Over the past two years, I have been able to see this process through a different lens as my nephew is presently going through his senior year and I have been working with the family to help him select where he wants to continue his education.

It turns out that going through the college visitation process is far more stressful for families than I initially thought.  Not having been blessed with children myself, my limited view was that of families making time to get together and take mini vacations in order to visit colleges.  Sure there was an occasional outburst or inappropriate sharing of information but, for the most part, everyone seemed to enjoy their time away.  Some families even took extra time to go camping or visit a city they had never been to.

Back to my nephew’s search… he started a year early looking at colleges which I was happy about.  I was able to get him to a college fair with his mother (my sister) during the fall of his junior year.  It was hard for me to let them ask all of the questions but I managed.  They did a great job and he was able to narrow his list down a bit.  He took the SAT’s and received a ton of mail… much to my surprise, he really only wanted to talk about six (to date) schools out of the over one hundred who had sent information to him and, in the end, only one wound up in his final four.  That figure might have been six but his mother made an early decision that he would be attending school in New York.

During the summer we had a family wedding in Buffalo so my wife and I used some extra time to do driving tours through four colleges in the area.  We returned home and I told him to figure out dates that he might like to visit his top four schools… a few months later his mother and I started giving him deadlines to look the information up…a few weeks later, I picked two weeks I could be out of the office for two days and scheduled the visits.  I guess this is normal but it was all new to me and certainly wasn’t in the training manual!

Visits were, in a word, exhausting.  While I enjoyed the time I had with my mother, sister, nephew (17) and nephew (7 months old), at times it seemed like we were working 10 times as hard as we needed to in order to get from one place to another.  The nice side trips I always heard about really slapped me upside the head when my sister decided it would be nice to go to Niagara Falls with our mother so she could see the falls and take pictures… did I mention we needed to do this BEFORE our morning/afternoon visit to a university?  So there we were…at one of the most photographed destinations in the world… we snapped a photo or two, which I am happy we did looking back, did the Chevy Chase thing and hurried back to the vehicle to get to the school on time.

Not being shy about my feelings that each college visit should be an event long enough to get a true feel about the campus, students, faculty, activities and food we set out to do four full day visits packed with whatever each college was willing to give us and in some cases what we were able to do ourselves.  We set up camp in student centers between appointments, were direct with tour guides about what we wanted to see… in one case a small private school had told us that we would not be able to speak with faculty unless we attended an Open House. My sister was able to convince the guide to take my nephew into the building of his intended major and, when inside, she found an open door and asked the professor if he wouldn’t mind talking about their program.  Not only did he spend 15 minutes with my nephew, he also took time to call another faculty member to tour their studios.  That half hour detour, along with a great tour and interview have, for the time being, placed that school at the top of his list.  Should he attend that institution, I’ll be sure to let their Director of Admissions know that my sister deserves at least partial credit for his enrollment there! … spoke with faculty on every campus, asked a ton of questions and really tried to make the process as fun as we could.

When all was said and done we drove over 1500 miles, visited four campuses ranging in size from 2,000 to 15,000, saw Niagara Falls, drove through the Southern Tier, had Dinosaur        B-B-Q in Rochester and then took in Lake Ontario on the way back to the North Country.  We also had a lot of laughs, talked a lot about what we have been through while making new memories we can talk about in the future.  In short they are two unforgettable trips that I will always cherish…

Until next time…

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

by
Becky, Class of 2014

Today was just an average day in Potsdam.  I woke up – a little later than normal because my first class was cancelled – and headed to Dexter’s.  My friends here always pick on me because I’d never been there before.  Dexter’s is one of the places you can eat on campus, and it’s only open for lunch.  With my class schedule, I never really got the chance.  I wasn’t willing to pass up the opportunity this time!  It’s worth all the hype – SOOO GOOD.  I definitely see the rest of my flex dollars being spent here over the next few weeks!

After Dexter’s, I walked into the academic quad to see what seemed to be a gorilla art project.  It was a design made out of water bottles on the lawn between Satterlee and Crumb Library.  You never know what you’ll see here!  There are so many artists, singers, dancers, actors, musicians…it’s such an artistic place.  That’s one of the main reasons I fell in love with Potsdam and chose not to go through with my plans to transfer out.  I’ve never been in another environment so filled with creativity!

Water Bottle Design

The rest of my day was pretty normal… Modern class, then Caribfunk.  Professor Carey came back from her trip to London for a dance conference and the first day with her back teaching Caribfunk was certainly a workout!  I left class completely exhausted and wishing I had hit the gym more during the 2 weeks she was gone.  Lesson learned!

This week is going to be really busy.  I have a ton of rehearsals for the Student Choreography Concert which is only 18 days away!  I’m starting to stress about that, on top of the ridiculous amount of papers and projects I have due as the semester gets closer and closer to the end.  I can’t wait for Thanksgiving break… it’ll be nice to finally have some downtime!  I still think I’ll spend a good portion of my car ride doing homework, but it’ll all be worth it when grades come in… I hope!  I’m just hoping the next 8 days go smoothly and quickly so I can get back home for a few stress-free days.  In the meantime, I’ve got essays to write!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

by
Vincent, Class of 2013

Getting involved in the Potsdam community is an enriching experience that is always presenting itself. There are a handful of clubs on campus devoted solely to community service. I stay actively involved with Circle K International. Like the many other community service clubs, Circle K has weekly meetings where we plan out service projects, interact with our sponsoring Kiwanis club, and mingle with other Potsdam students that are passionate about service. Last weekend a few members went to a conference in Glens Falls for all New York State Circle K clubs. On top of the leadership building and networking there were workshops, dances, and formal dinners. Although I did not attend there were plenty of good reviews and funny stories from all of the Circle K members who represented Potsdam.

However, this weekend was full of hands-on service in the town of Potsdam and with the open house for prospective students on Saturday. A few of us dedicated Circle K-ers woke up bright and early on Saturday and put plastic bags for canned food donations in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus. These bags will be collected on Monday for donations to the local food bank and homeless shelter. After placing countless bags on the door handles of many homes we all went straight to the open house and set a table up, marketing our club with many pictures from events we’ve done this year. I talked to plenty of prospective freshman about Circle K and it felt great to represent such an organization. All around us were other community service clubs, displaying the many strong leadership-building opportunities Potsdam has and our school’s unwavering dedication to community service.

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

by
Chelsey, Class of 2013

College isn’t just about getting a degree. It’s obtaining an education, and not just in terms of classes. It provides the opportunity to learn how to live your life and how you want to live it. Essentially, college is about learning about yourself and incorporating it into the world around you.

Some of you may not have any clue what you want to do in life; some may have it all mapped out. Regardless of which path you take, college is bound to provide you with some kind of rewarding experience. On the classes end of things, SUNY Potsdam has a plethora of different classes to choose from. From Arabic to Thermodynamics, there’s a class for everybody!  This is your chance to learn about how cancer cells form or how to do a perfect pliet; the options are endless! College is also the time when you dive into what interests you most in your studies, something that can be a very personal and awakening experience.

The next level of education you receive in college is what I like to call life. You learn how to eat by yourself, do your own laundry, and how to make your schedule work in order to get everything done. You learn what kind of leader you are and have the chance to become heavily involved. Whether it’s learning how to knit hats or playing hockey, there is a valuable experience you will take with you from college. In essence, you learn how you want to live the rest of your life and how to make these few years count. You earn self-confidence. You learn about respect. And you ascertain the value of balance.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you learn about yourself. College is the time when you discover. You learn your work ethic. You learn what is important to you. And you learn how to live outside the box. You might try some gray noodles in the dining center. You might go with friends on a ski trip. You might become the President of a club that you knew nothing about 2 years beforehand. This is the time to take advantage of opportunities and this is the time to learn what is important to you. Find a new hobby, exhibit a new talent, be yourself for all to see! More than that, become yourself.

College is the chance, the opportunity, to learn about the world from your own unique perspective and give the world a little something to take back of you. There’s nothing else like it – so give it a go!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

by
Gethmini, Class of 2012

After flying over 15000 miles away from home (Sri Lanka), and entering SUNY Potsdam, it was as if I entered a whole new world! It was not to just SUNY Potsdam, I was an alien even to the United States of America. A new dorm room with a new roommate, who is also an international student from China, and many other suitemates from different parts of the world, has taught me how important positive attitude towards various other cultures are!

One of My Favorite Spots on Campus

Instead of rice and curry that we frequently consumed back home, I got to know the various frequently consumed other kinds of food here at the dining centers, more of pizza, different kinds of meat, sandwiches and a whole lot of new experiences. All of SUNY Potsdam’s dining centers provide us with good quality and tasty food! Dining centers here are the most interesting part of my university life! Being a Biology major and Chemistry minor, I will be failing in my duties if I don’t talk about all my wonderful professors here. All my professors are very helpful and provide their kind guidance at all times, not just to me but to all students!

My Room in the Suite

Me and My Roommate

One of my most frequently visited places other than the dining centers and classes is the fitness center, as students here at SUNY Potsdam we are facilitated to use many school facilities, one of the main being access to the school’s sports complex.  Also SUNY Potsdam has over 100 clubs and organizations, and I am the current President of the Potsdam International Organization and also I am part of many other organizations. I believe students here at SUNY Potsdam are trained not just with the purpose of a good academic career but also, to make students all round individuals who will sharpen and build up a well managed society!!!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

by
Vincent, Class of 2013

Hello blog readers!

My name is Vincent Dubay and I’m from Rome, New York. I’m a recent transfer student from Mohawk Valley Community College and just started my sophomore year here at SUNY Potsdam. Currently, I’m an English Major with a minor in History and I hope to someday teach at a university level. After experiencing a year of Community College I decided to make the switch to Potsdam because of its excellent academic programs, gorgeous campus, and most of all how easy the college made my transferring process from another school. It can be very intimidating to be the new kid on campus, but with the two hundred plus transfers that SUNY Potsdam receives each year I wasn’t alone. Since I came here in the fall I’ve made plenty of new friends and after fours months I know this is where I belonged all along. This campus is always presenting new opportunities for intellectual growth as well as enlightening experiences. I am currently involved with Circle K International, tutoring Korean students who are learning the English language, modeling for an art studio, and working in the graduate studies department. Getting involved is a huge part of the Potsdam experience and there’s always something, whether it’s a club or job, to keep you busy. In my spare time I enjoy walking into downtown for pizza bagels or going to bookstores, catching a movie at the Roxy theatre, going for a run around the quiet surrounding neighborhoods, taking hiking trips, and just relaxing in the laid back environment of Potsdam. In my following blog posts over the next couple of weeks will be documenting my experiences here at SUNY Potsdam, which are becoming more interesting as the days press on.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

by
Chelsey, Class of 2013

While it may not be the healthiest thing in the world, all-nighters are unfortunately a part of the average college life. Luckily for me, I pulled my first all-nighter of the semester this past week. No one enjoys running on empty, but depending on how you do it, the night can either drag on or become manageable. Personally, I like to make a sleepless night as minutely gruesome as possible. Here are my rules for surviving the journey into vampire territory:

•    Make a List
Make a list of everything that you need to accomplish. Cross an item off every time you finish something. It makes you feel like you’re getting work done, which eliminates extra stress on an already stressful evening. Also, this ensures that you’ll complete everything necessary.

•    Eat and Stay Hydrated
While constant eating may hinder progress, a food break every few hours makes things
far more manageable. It gives you energy and also gives your brain much needed
down time for a few minutes.

•    Eliminate Distractions
While your best friend or favorite music may seem necessary to make it through, distractions like these are not going to help you concentrate or get your work done,
which is the entire reason for this misery in the first place.

Lastly, don’t do this often! Build up of lack of sleep can make your life miserable, trust me. It’s unhealthy and after a while, causes you to miss those morning classes. The occasional all-nighter is the must of a busy life, but is only the practice of a hard one.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

by
Chris Lindeke, SID

Welcome to the first edition of the Athletics Blog for SUNY Potsdam admissions. I hope to contribute on a more regular basis with news and views from the world of SUNY Potsdam athletics.

We’ve had an extremely busy fall season and start to the winter season over at Maxcy Hall. The fall season wrapped up last Saturday with the cross country teams competing at the NCAA Atlantic Regional at Oneonta. While each of the fall teams (volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, cross country and golf) experienced varying degrees of success, I’m happy to report that senior volleyball player Erica Romaniello received all-conference accolades, while senior men’s soccer player Tim Ciampa earned All-District 1 Academic team honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). These are both prestigious awards and the athletic department is very proud they’re student-athletes.

With the end of the fall season comes the bulk of the winter season. The men’s hockey team and the swimming & diving team each opened their regular seasons on the weekend of Oct. 29-30. Earlier this week, junior Ryan Wentz of the swimming & diving team and junior Trevor O’Neill were named State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) players of the week in their respective sports!

The women’s hockey team opened its season last Saturday, Nov. 13, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams started their 2010-11 campaigns on Monday. Sophomore Jen Conophy of the women’s hockey team was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Weekly Honor Roll for her performance over the weekend.

After a few weeks of covering Bears winter sports, I have to say I am very impressed with the fan support for each team! Even the men’s hockey exhibition game against SUNY Canton on Oct. 20 was packed with fans, to the point where we ran out of game programs! On Monday, the men’s basketball team rode the support of a loud, boisterous crowd to nearly complete a comeback from a double-digit deficit. Each of the other teams has received a lot of crowd support as well. A great job by the SUNY Potsdam community in that regard.

We have another exciting weekend coming up with the swimming & diving team’s North Country Invitational on Friday and Saturday as well as a pair of men’s hockey games at 7 p.m. at Maxcy Ice Arena. The women’s basketball team is also in action, hosting SUNY Canton on Friday night at Welsh Gymnasium at 6 p.m.

If you’re a user of social media and you’d like to follow SUNY Potsdam athletics, follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PotsdamBears, or become a fan of SUNY Potsdam Bears Athletics on Facebook. Also, check out www.potsdam.edu/athletics for the latest information.

Have a great rest of the week and a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!