SUNY Potsdam alumni couple’s gift to create endowed scholarships
Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 7:30 am

POTSDAM -- Potsdam alumni couple Gary Hind, Class of ’77, and Deborah (Diefendorf) Hind, Class of ’75, have made a gift to their alma mater in honor of Deborah’s 35th class reunion, with most of it going to create endowed scholarships in honor of two of the college’s longtime deans who will retire in 2010.

Dr. Galen K. Pletcher, Dean of Arts and Sciences, who plans to retire in August, and Dr. William J. Amoriell, Dean of Education and Professional Studies, who will retire in December, will both be honored.

The Galen K. Pletcher Scholarship will be awarded annually to a junior majoring in an Arts and Sciences discipline at SUNY Potsdam who is involved in a collaborative discovery project with a faculty member, can demonstrate financial need and maintains a 3.0 grade point average.

The William J. Amoriell Scholarship will be awarded annually to a junior in the School of Education and Professional Studies who can demonstrate financial need and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Preference will be given to non-traditional adult learners.