SUNY Potsdam Community Engagement

SUNY Potsdam Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at SUNY Potsdam

North Country Science and Technology Entry Program

The goal of NCSTEP is to increase the number of historically under-represented Native American and other minorities and economically disadvantaged 7th through 12th grade students in St. Lawrence County and the Salmon River Central School District. The NCSTEP program increases awareness of career opportunities and support student aspirations in NCSTEP-related careers by providing career information, exposure to professions and emphasizing retention. NCSTEP also supports participants' enrollment and persistence in courses related to the science, technical and health fields.

Campus contact:
Mary E. Stickney, Director
315 267-2584

Very Special Arts Festival

The Very Special Arts Festival has been an annual event since 1971. Each year hundreds of disabled public school age children and adults from area day treatment facilities and ARCs along with their teachers and supervisors come together for the day to showcase their abilities and their creativity in the arts. The event takes place in SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall. The Festival consists of a celebration of exhibits, hands-on workshops, music and dance. Participating schools may also choose to exhibit work they have done or bring a craft that they can teach others how to make. In addition to what the groups bring, the Festival also provides crafts with assistance from student volunteers from the Art Department and Special Education program.

Campus contact:
Helen Bush, Art Department
315 267-2251

Community Performance Series

Community Performance Series (CPS) is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in northern New York. Linking community, classroom and audiences of all ages, CPS preserves access to the performing arts for future generations. A unique relationship with SUNY Potsdam allows for mutual benefits that enhance the services offered to the public. CPS also presents events specifically designed to appeal to children and families through CPS Meet the Arts, established in 1995. Performances and audience services are augmented with outreach residencies in local libraries and schools, pre-concert talks, workshops, master classes, open rehearsals, group discounts, development of preparatory materials for teachers and collaborative ventures with other regional presenters. Our summer season includes musical theater performances and opportunities for both and adults and children to participate, as well as the continuance of the Rebecca Kelly Ballet camp, and opportunities for high school students to intern in theater production.

Campus contact:
Amy L. Flack, Executive Director
315 267-2412

SUNY Potsdam

44 Pierrepont Ave.
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 267-2000