Early 70s Homecoming Events

Homecoming Weekend each Fall at SUNY Potsdam used to be a big event for Greek Houses.  There was a an Organizational Sing competition, a King & Queen, parade with floats and a play.  From the yearbooks I checked it seemed that a different House was responsible for the play each year.

Here is some info and pictures from the 1971 Homecoming (scroll down for 1973):

Omega in the Organizational Sing

The tone of Homecoming Weekend this year was as warm and sunny as the beautiful weather we had. Thursday evening's activities focused on Merritt Hall where sororities, fraternities, and dorms participated in the Organizational Sing, presenting their own arrangements of traditional and original songs before their fellow students and a panel of judges. First prize was awarded to Phi Kappa Pi Sorority for their performance of "Rainy Girl", an original song by Val Schoeler.

Excitement prevailed as Bonnie McGee of Draime and Gary Dziok of Psi Phi were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. Crowds lined the streets of Potsdam Saturday to view the traditional Homecoming Parade. Prometheus Fraternity and Sisson Dormitory were awarded first prizes for their colorful floats.
Sig Tau's float
DK's float

Prometheus in the parade
Both Friday and Saturday nights a "very funny thing happened" in the College Theater ... Psi Phi's presentation of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" was exceptionally well done and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The weekend was brought to an end by a chicken barbeque on the banks of the Racquette River; and an intimate and warm concert Sunday evening featuring Mac Davis, the County Line, and Jam Factory. Homecoming 1971 certainly was a memorable success!
1973 Homecoming
It was certainly a "Far Away Place" when Potsdam was blessed with brilliant sun and cool breezes during Fall Weekend. Everyone seemed to march their hearts out with many different versions of floats accenting the landscape. Greeks and Independents all displayed tremendous amounts of creativity in their entries. Draime- VanHousen received first place with their version of "Childhood". Second was awarded to Knowles' "Heaven and Hell" and third was captured by Prometheus and Phi K's "Toyland". Honorable mention was awarded to Ago's "Land of Oz ". All in all, the parade was a fantastic success


  1. Fall 1973 Organizational Sing: First prize was awarded to Phi Kappa Pi Sorority for their performance of "To the Sun", an original song by Linda Jones.