Archive Notes - December 2011

As we near the end of the semester, I write to share the most recent news with the campus.

Bicentennial Plan and Biennial Goals

  The College Council has approved the Biennial Goals (2011-2013) and the revisions to the Bicentennial Plan. These documents were developed in collaboration with leaders of the Faculty Senate, presented to all the standing committees of the Senate, and then posted on the web for comments. I want to thank everyone who worked on these important documents, which will continue to provide us with guidance as we move forward toward the Bicentennial.

Middle States Visit

  The Self Study Steering Committee for the Middle States reaccreditation has now completed its work. Scores of faculty and staff devoted many hours to collect and analyze all the information necessary to demonstrate our compliance with the standards expected by the Middles States Commission on Higher Education.  The penultimate version of these findings is available on the web at  When all comments on this document have been collected and reviewed, Professor Jim German will prepare the final narrative to be sent to the Visiting Team in February.  

The Middle States visiting team will be on campus March 25 – 28.  Their work on campus will occur mostly on March 26 and 27.  Please mark your calendars for these dates.  Further details regarding the visit will be forthcoming as we approach those dates.

Faculty & Staff Donor Event

  On December 8, the generosity of faculty and staff was celebrated with a reception at Thatcher.  Over seventy faculty and staff donors to the College attended the reception which honored Mike Lewis and Tina Bush as Volunteers of the Year.  During the last fiscal year (2010-2011) 326 faculty and staff members donated to the College Foundation, a significant increase in the number of donors from the year before. 

Reunion Save-the-Date

  I would encourage the entire campus community to work with the Alumni Relations Department to get involved in the annual Reunion event.  Reunion 2012 will be held July 12 – 15, so mark your calendars!  Dates for future Reunion years have been set as well:


Reunion 2013

July 11 - 14

Reunion 2014

July 10 - 13

Reunion 2015

July 9 - 12

Reunion 2016

July 14 - 17

Reunion 2017

July 13 - 16

Reunion 2018

July 12 – 15

Reunion is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with alumni and renew friendships.  It also is a time when alumni can recall their years on campus and renew their ties to this very special place, and the people in it.

Recent Events

In light of recent events at Penn State and Syracuse University, I have ordered a complete analysis of our policies and procedures to protect minors and others on our campus.  Mary Dolan, Director of Human Resources, working with other directors, has provided me with a report with several action items, which the Presidents Council will discuss and implement.

Shared Services

  Much conflicting information has appeared in the press recently regarding the shared service alliances.  As usual, I have posted a monthly update detailing everything which is going on.

Holiday Wishes

  I hope that everyone has a very enjoyable, peaceful and restful holiday.  SUNY Potsdam is a remarkable institution, and I am confident that the future will bring great things for all of us.  May all the joy of the holiday season remain with you and your family throughout the coming year.