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SUNY Potsdam is a small coeducational liberal arts college in Potsdam NY. This unit of the State University of New York is most widely noted for its teacher education programs and as the home of The Crane School of Music.

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Crossing Borders Festival at SUNY Potsdam
In the Crossing Borders Festival at SUNY Potsdam, world-class scholars, policymakers, journalists, artists and performers address globalization issues in over 100 events.
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The Mikado: Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra
The Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra presented the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Mikado, a spoof of all things imperial, in Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam. NCPR Morning host Todd Moe is beneath the great hat.
The North Country's traditional above-ground electrical grid is vulnerable in winter weather. Photo: Joanna Richards
The North Country's traditional above-ground electrical grid is vulnerable in winter weather. Photo: Joanna Richards

How to keep the power on during a weather disaster?

New York is partnering with Clarkson University, National Grid, General Electric, SUNY Potsdam and other local businesses to design what's called a "resilient microgrid" for the Village of Potsdam.

The region is particularly susceptible to power outages during winter storms and flooding. The new grid would provide electricity to essential services, including the two colleges, Canton-Potsdam Hospital and National Grid's Potsdam Service Center.

Tom Ortmeyer is professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clarkson, and is one of the researchers that will lead the Clarkson team.

Martha Foley reached him at the annual meeting of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, in Maryland. He said the problem of supporting local services during disasters was high on the conference's agenda, especially the idea of "resiliency."  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam students use trowels and brushes to gently excavate soil and peel through layers of history along the Raquette River in Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

SUNY Potsdam students dig into history along the Raquette River

Student archaeologists excavating a site along the Raquette River in Potsdam have unearthed pieces of prehistoric Native American pottery, stone tools and part of a spear tip that could be 5,000 years old.

The SUNY Potsdam Anthropology Department is overseeing the summer school program on college property along the river. It allows budding young scholars the chance to get their hands dirty while learning more about uncovering buried artifacts, mapping and field research.

Todd Moe stopped by the dig site recently to watch the students search for more clues to the North Country's ancient past.  Go to full article
Singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare will be the featured guest artist at the All Star Big Band performance Sunday night. Photo: courtesy Norwood Village Green Concert Series

All Star Big Band at Norwood Village Green Sunday

The Norwood Village Green Concert series continues this Sunday evening with the All Star Big Band under the direction of Wally Siebel. Next Wednesday, the Susquehanna String Band will be on stage in the bandshell.

Barb Heller talks with series director Joe Liotta about the performances and how these two groups are collaborating with the Crane Youth Music summer program at SUNY Potsdam.  Go to full article
Inside the tiny Potsdam mosque. Photo: Zach Hirsch

For North Country Muslims, NYPD surveillance ruling brings back memories

A recent federal ruling is bringing back memories of surveillance in Potsdam's Muslim community.

Since 9/11, the New York City Police Department has played an...  Go to full article
Natalie Higley, vice president for Business Affairs and Administration for SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam. Photo provided by SUNY Potsdam

SUNY VP pleads not guilty to theft charges

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Vice President for Business Affairs Natalie Higley is pleading not guilty to charges of theft. Higley's been accused of stealing from Bainbridge...  Go to full article
Natalie Higley, vice president for Business Affairs and Administration for SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam. Photo provided by SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Canton, Potsdam vice president accused of theft

The woman in charge of finances at both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam has been indicted on theft charges in Georgia. Natalie Higley is charged with stealing from the state...  Go to full article
Mikaela Davis in the NCPR Studio. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Watch: Mikaela Davis performs "River" live at NCPR

Harpist, singer and songwriter Mikaela Davis is making a big name for herself as an indie-pop harpist. She's just released her new EP Fortune Teller, completed a...  Go to full article
Mikaela Davis. Video still: Meghan Oretsky

Watch: Mikaela Davis performs "Lady Lavender" live at NCPR

Harpist, singer and songwriter Mikaela Davis is making a big name for herself as an indie-pop harpist. She's just released her new EP Fortune Teller, completed a...  Go to full article
Singer-songwriter Mikaela Davis in our Canton studio.

Music and conversation with Mikaela Davis

Harpist, singer and songwriter Mikaela Davis is not your average college student. She's making a big name for herself as an indie-pop harpist. She's just released her new EP...  Go to full article
Singer-songwriter Mikaela Davis in our Canton studio.

Listen: singer-songwriter-harpist

Yesterday, singer-songwriter Mikaela Davis came to our studios for a brief recording session. Davis has an unusual set up: instead of singing over the standard acoustic...  Go to full article

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