Members of the news media are strongly encouraged to contact the Public Relations Office staff to assist them in their interactions with the SUNY Cortland campus community. We will provide news tips and suggest story ideas; coordinate requests for faculty and staff expertise/interviews; share background and historical information; assist with requests for photos and digital images; and disseminate information about upcoming events.
News Media on Campus
We encourage news media to visit SUNY Cortland. However, to ensure the privacy of our students, faculty, staff and guests, we request that all news media contact the public relations director or associate director prior to visiting campus. If we know you are coming, we can notify the University Police Department (UPD) and provide you with the most convenient parking to maximize your time. In almost all cases, student and faculty interviews and other taping/photography are possible. Most of the time, no escort is needed.
While SUNY Cortland faculty members are encouraged to respond to requests from the media regarding their research, scholarship and/or professional expertise, you may find it helpful to contact the public relations staff for additional background, current or more efficient contact information, and alternative experts if your first choice is unavailable. We can also assist in making arrangements for on-campus interviews and photographs.
If you are seeking SUNY Cortland statistical data or information on institutional policies, please contact the public relations staff. As a starting point, some general information can be found on the SUNY Cortland Facts/Figures link.
In the event of an emergency at SUNY Cortland, the news media should contact the Public Relations Office for information as access to portions of the campus and/or its employees may be restricted in order to provide a safe and secure environment. Public relations staff will serve as the official link between the College and the media to protect the privacy rights of our students, faculty, staff and guests; to meet the expectations of our students that their residence hall, dining and recreation areas are not available to the public; and to secure the right of students, faculty, staff and guests to provide or deny permission before being filmed or photographed.
The Bulletin, a bi-weekly e-newsletter produced by the Public Relations Office at SUNY Cortland, contains official College announcements, news reports and notices of campus events. The Bulletin is published every other Monday during the academic year, except during fall and spring breaks and winter session. Members of the media who wish to receive The Bulletin may contact Christina DiGiusto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All interviews with Cortland players and coaches must be arranged through the Sports Information Office. Requests for press and field/photography passes for Cortland home games should be made preferably within three days of a game. Credentials for Cortland road games must be obtained through the host sports information office.
To cover a particular sports, contact the following Cortland sports information staff members:
Fran Elia, Sports Information Director
Contact for the following sports: football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, cross country/track and field, gymnastics, tennis, golf, swimming/diving
Dan Surdam, Associate Sports Information Director
Contact for the following sports: lacrosse, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, wrestling
Information on Cortland’s 25 varsity athletic teams is available online at: http://www.cortlandreddragons.com