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SUNY Potsdam launches Canadian grad student initiative

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POTSDAM - The State University of New York at Potsdam has launched its new Graduate Canadian Initiative.

The program is a unique benefit designed exclusively for all graduate students enrolled at SUNY Potsdam who hold citizenship in Canada.

The program provides Canadian students in the college’s master’s programs with complimentary on-campus lodging in a standard residence hall double room, as well as a $500 credit toward a meal plan. The initiative is renewable for up to four semesters for full-time students who maintain grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.

“Potsdam has a strong tradition of welcoming students from Canada in pursuit of their graduate degree. In fact, more than 10 percent of our graduate degree alumni come from Canada,” Director of Graduate Studies Joshua LaFave said.

“ As a gesture of permanent commitment to providing opportunities for this population, we are delighted to offer the Canadian Graduate Initiative, exclusively designed to provide support to students, by way of housing and food expenses, while they pursue their graduate degree at Potsdam. Our goal is to eliminate the potential stressors with commuting, and assist in creating an environment for student success,” he added.

Due to Potsdam’s close proximity to Canada, SUNY Potsdam has one of the highest enrollments of Canadian students among the SUNY comprehensive colleges. SUNY Potsdam’s graduate offerings are all open to Canadians.

The Master of Science in Teaching programs in childhood education and adolescence education are particularly popular; New York State teacher certification is reciprocated in Ontario and acknowledged by the Ontario College of Teachers.

Information sessions offered:

SUNY Potsdam Graduate Studies will offer a series of upcoming information sessions in Canada. All sessions will begin at 7 p.m. on the following dates at these locations:

■ Brockville: April 1, at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 7815 Kent Boulevard.

■ Cornwall: March 31, May 5 and June 2, at the Best Western Parkway Inn and Conference Centre, located at 1515 Vincent Massey Drive.

■ Kingston: April 2 and May 7, at the Best Western Fireside Inn, located at 1217 Princess St.

■ Ottawa: April 3, April 24, May 8 and June 5, at the Ottawa Catholic School Board Boardroom, located at 570 West Hunt Club Road in Nepean.

■ Peterborough: March 20, at the Peterborough Waterfront Holiday Inn, located at 150 George St.

To register for the free information sessions, please visit potsdamgraduatestudies.eventbrite.com.

For more information about the Graduate Canadian Initiative, visit www.potsdam.edu/canada.

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