The State University of New York at Potsdam, also known as SUNY Potsdam, is a public university located in the Village of Potsdam in St. Lawrence County. This is a small liberal arts college (around 4,400 studens) with lots of individual attention (student to teacher ratio, 15:1) and a very supportive international education office. SUNY Potsdam offers 40 degree programs including Education, Visual and Performing Arts (including a great Music program), Language and many more. Honors section of classes are an option for exchange students.
The Crane School was founded in 1886 by Julia Crane (1855-1923) as the Crane Institute of Music andsic and was one of the first institutions in the country to have programs dedicated to preparing specialists in teaching music in the public schools. Throughout Crane’s history the school’s primary mission has been to educate music teachers with an emphasis on excellence in performance. At Crane, learning to be a teacher does not exclude or limit music performance, but uses excellence in performance as the foundation on which teaching is based.
The Potsdam Miracle refers to the unusual success of the Mathematics Department at SUNY Potsdam, USA, under the guidance of Dr. Clarence F. Stephens, in attracting large numbers of students to become successful mathematics majors. For example, in one year, about 25% of the degrees conferred by Potsdam were in mathematics and over 40% of the institution’s honor students were mathematics majors. The 184 majors in that year was the third largest number of colleges and universities in the United States.
Founded in 1806, Potsdam is situated on an abundant and wide band of world-renowned, reddish-orange Potsdam sandstone located north of the Adirondack foothills in central St. Lawrence County. It is located very closely to the U.S./Canada border and is about a 1.5-hour drive to Montreal in Quebec, Canada.
The Adirondack Park is a publicly protected area, it is the largest park and the largest state-level protected area, and the largest National Historic Landmark. The park covers some 6,100,000 acres (25,000 km2), a land area greater than Vermont, or than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks combined. Much of the land is directly controlled by the state’s Forest Preserve, but more than half the land within the Adirondack Park is privately owned, including several villages and hamlets. It contains the entire Adirondack Mountain range, as well as some surrounding areas, all within the state of New York.
The vast majority of the Adirondack Mountains are within the bounds of the traditional territory of the Mohawk First Nation until at least 1720. A sedentary agrarian democratic society before Contact, they controlled the eastern part of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy or Six Nations. Ongoing efforts have been made to reintroduce native fauna that had been lost in the park during earlier exploitation. Animals in various stages of reintroduction include the American beaver, the fisher, the American marten, the moose, the Canadian lynx, and the osprey. Not all of these restoration efforts have been successful yet. The Adirondack Mountains form the southernmost part of the Eastern forest-boreal transition ecoregion They are heavily forested, and contain the southermost distribution of the boreal forest, or taiga, in North America. The forests of the Adirondacks include spruce, pine and broad-leafed trees. Lumbering, once an important industry, has been much restricted since the establishment of the State Park in 1892.
Approximately 260 species of birds have been recorded, of which over 170 breed here. Because of its unique boreal forest habitat, the park has many breeding birds not found in most areas of New York and other mid-Atlantic states.
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