Monthly Archives: December 2014


Hi all! My name is Katie Binder, and I am currently a graduate student in the Masters of Science in Teaching in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) program at SUNY Potsdam.  I attended SUNY Potsdam for my undergraduate degree and graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Dance with concentrations in technique and composition with a minor in Pre-Creative Arts Therapy.

What brought me to becoming a graduate student at SUNY Potsdam is my passion for education and interest in teaching kinesthetic learning in the classroom. The MST in Childhood Education program has encouraged me to investigate becoming an innovative educator and inspires me every day to follow my dreams.

I am currently in a cohort of 13 other future educators from the US and Canada, which creates an exciting environment for all of us. The program includes wonderful faculty, whom care and value each student for who they are.

We focus on different learning theories, strategies, management, elementary subjects, as well as get first hand experience. The faculty encourages passion for education and for all of us to find our purpose in life. I look forward to updating you on my time in the MST Childhood Education program.







As the semester comes to an end no matter which way I turn I keep hearing the horrible F word… Finals, Finals, Finals. Luckily, there is an upside to this! One of our wonderful dining halls, Lehman, hosts a free late night breakfast where students and staff can go for some yummy comfort foods, see their friends or possibly professors and of course, try to forget about that dreadful F-word… at least for a little bit!

For a sneak peek check out the collage I made:

  • In the top left corner picture we have Professor Carol Rossi-Fries ( Part of the Curriculum & Instruction, Secondary Education, Social Studies Education, and Center for School Partnerships and Teacher Certification- Student Teaching Supervisors)  and Professor Laura Brown (English Education and Secondary Education)
  • Below that, on the left side as well, you can see two graduate students, Alyssa and one of our own ambassadors- Andrea,  from the Science department (MST and BA/MST program)
  • To the right of that, are all of the free goodies from PACES dining service (Fritos, Apple sauce, bubble sheet, water, cereal, granola bars, post its, candy cane, and a #2 pencil!)
  • And last but not least, Andrea (same one as lower left picture) with the special of the night comprised of eggs, sausage, bacon, hash-browns, and a waffle!

Needless to say, it was a great night!

Hope you all had a great finals week, or are surviving at the current moment.

Happy Holidays!

Hello There!

Hello everyone!

Thanks for visiting the SUNY Potsdam Graduate blog, I hope you’re enjoying it so far!

Well, first things first (I’m the realest… ha just kidding!), my name is Moriah but most people call me Mya. I am from lower New York, in Sullivan County from a small rural town called Liberty. I fell in love with the campus and decided to complete my undergrad here with a dual major in history and secondary social studies education! During my four years here I kept falling in love, this time with the faculty and friends I made along the way, and decided to continue my education here at Potsdam in the Curriculum and Instruction program concentrating in secondary social studies.

The program started in the summer, shortly after graduation, offering a flexible schedule for those who have jobs and/or obligations during the day time. Most of my classes take place in the evening, with a few exceptions, giving me plenty of time to pursue some of my own personal enjoyments such as Adopt-A-Bear Club (similar to big sister & big brother), volunteering at the Potsdam Humane Society, and of course, trying out new recipes in my new crock-pot for the holidays! So far, I can say it’s been a smooth and enjoyable journey!

It’s hard to pin-point just one reason why I decided to stay at Potsdam, but I can narrow it down to the opportunities that led to the best experiences I will probably ever have in my life! There are a variety of clubs, organizations, eateries (Yes, those are important, especially when PACES Dining Service was rated #1 of all the 27 colleges and universities of its size in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey!), and activities I could try out to discover what was right for me! I was able to uncover new hobbies and interests while meeting great people along the way.

Even in the graduate program these opportunities are still available; with a simple walk into the Student Union where the clubs and organizations I mentioned are usually tabling and waiting to introduce themselves to you through fun games and sign-up sheets. Or, you can find what you’re looking for on flyers and table-tents all over campus for events going on throughout the week! The options are plentiful and the best part is even in grad school I am able to try new things if I want to and have time to focus on my academics! Which I should be getting back to now since finals week is next week!

Thank you for visiting the blog and hope to see you soon!

Happy Holidays!

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Last night, the Crane School of Music hosted the Candlelight Holiday Concert. Held in Potsdam’s ever lovely Hosmer Hall, the Crane Symphony Orchestra and Crane Chorus collaborated to perform a selection of holiday music for the community. I had the benefit of attending the concert, and besides the music I really had a great view.


Wait, that’s not Hosmer Hall!

No, it isn’t. Its my ancient laptop accompanied by mountains of homework. Amongst the many lessons I’ve learned about graduate life, the biggest one is that life will often throw unexpected things at you. That night it took shape as a pretty gnarly cold. So as I continued my studies, using up tissue after tissue, I did get to utilize one of Crane’s latest and most convenient attributes: live stream! Many cameras have been installed in Crane’s performance halls so that those who cannot attend concerts physically can still watch and listen online. This is a great tool to use- a lot of students travel from far away to come to Potsdam, and so parents and friends are able to watch from miles away! Or…if you’re a grad student who isn’t feeling all too well and has one too many assignments to accomplish, the live stream comes in handy.  The picture quality is pretty good, and the sound comes out great.


(Here, the Crane Chorus sings the world premiere of Stella Nuova, composed by Crane’s own Dr. Gregory Wanamaker. )

Candlelight is a wonderful annual experience for community members and students alike. These performers spends hours of preparation for this day and for anyone that listens it can definitely be heard. What makes this concert so reminiscent and warming is the interaction between the performers and those in the audience. Throughout the concert, the audience participates in traditional Christmas carols. Below is a picture depicting everyone singing “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”.


As a Crane alumni, I can’t help but be proud at the sight and sound of these moments. There are so many opportunities to listen to world famous music right on campus. Crane will host concerts every night- concerts that will you didn’t realize you’d hold close to your memories after you graduate! Its truly a great benefit of being a Potsdam graduate student.


Graduate School?!

First off, welcome and many thanks for visiting this blog! This page is a collaboration of observations, comments, suggestions, and all over collection of happenings around the ever growing Graduate Studies at SUNY Potsdam.

My name is Pasqua, and I’m currently a graduate student here in Potsdam! However, this is not my first round with the school up north. I first came here in 2010 as an undergraduate student where I earned my degree in Music Education (K-12) through the Crane School of Music. This time around, I decided that I wanted to mix things up a bit and get my masters in Special Education. I hope that one day I can utilize both of my degrees to teach music to children with special needs!

A lot of people have been asking me what it was that made me want to stay in Potsdam another year, and I’ll be completely honest…this was not something that I was planning on!  As time passed and I began to think more I realized that a great plan of action was to get my masters and further in my professional life! I have to admit I’m very glad I’ve made the decision to revisit my alma mater Potsdam. Potsdam has this great community that I truly did become favorable of. Its a small community, but the people here are welcoming and aren’t afraid of striking a nice conversation with a stranger. If you ride a bike like me, this town is convenient for biking to the grocery store for a single thing and making it back home in ten minutes tops. There is a great number of “mom and pop” types of shops which means more a more personal touch…and they will recognize you. Easily. (Yes, Sir at Dunkin Donuts…the usual…medium coffee with light cream and sugar. Yep. Thanks.)

The student body of graduate students are really diverse with people coming from different stages in life. Some are recent undergrads, some have full time jobs with kids. Getting to know these different types of people allows you to understand different experiences in your own life. You also get the chance to get close to those who are in your program. In my program, the people are really friendly and we are able and ready to help each other. Its truly a great bond you make with your classmates. I’m very thankful to work with a really great group of people that are walking in the same shoes I have!

I do feel graduate school at Potsdam was a great choice. The workload is heavy, but each assignment, project, presentation, and journal allows me to learn more about why education is so important to me. I hope that you feel the same! Be sure to keep checking up on this page! We have a great line up of bloggers that love to share the experience of Potsdam’s Graduate Studies!