Faculty and Staff Activities

Mechthild Nagel,

Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy Department and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS), presented on Ubuntu Philosophy at a forum sponsored by the Critical Jurist Association of Frankfurt University, on June 11 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Tadayuki Suzuki

Tadayuki Suzuki, Literacy Department, will present “Promoting Social Justice and Reading Skills with Multicultural Informational Picture Books” at the International Literacy Association annual convention in July in St. Louis, Mo.

Fran Elia

Fran Elia, sports information director, was presented the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Warren Berg Award at the CoSIDA Convention on June 17 in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually by the 3,000-member organization to a CoSIDA College Division member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sports information, and who, by his or her activities, has brought dignity and prestige to the profession.

                  In February, the Metropolitan New York Football Writers and USA College Football presented Elia with the Bob Kenworthy Div. III Football Communications Award at the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Sports information director since 1992, Elia received the Fraser Stokes Award for dedication to Cortland athletics in 1996, the Eastern College Athletic Conference – Sports Information Directors Association’s Irving T. Marsh Service Bureau Award for excellence in the profession in 2009 and induction into the Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame as an honorary member in 2012.

Karen Downey and Matthew Ellis

Karen Downey, Chemistry Department, and senior student researcher Matthew Ellis, presented their work, “Density Functional Theory Modeling for Design of Group 10-based Metallo-organic Catalysts,” at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society on June 10 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Mark Dodds

Mark Dodds, Sport Management Department, recently was interviewed by the radio show “ESPN The Classroom” about the legal issues surrounding the FIFA corruption story. FIFA is the international federation for association football (soccer).

Erik Bitterbaum, Mary Schlarb, Daniela Baban Hurrle and Doug Langhans

SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum, International Programs Director Mary Schlarb, International Student Advisor Daniela Baban Hurrle, and Senior Admissions Advisor Doug Langhans attended the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference May 24-29 in Boston, Mass. They met with representatives from 13 of SUNY Cortland’s current and prospective international partner institutions.

John Suarez

John Suarez, Institute for Civic Engagement and coordinator for the Service-Learning Office, learned that the appendix of the SUNY Faculty Senate’s upcoming report on service-learning in the SUNY system will include a sample service-learning reflection assignment from SUNY Cortland’s Service-Learning Manual.  The manual, written by Suarez in 2014 for SUNY Cortland faculty, can be found online.

Brice Smith

Brice Smith, Physics Department, and his partner Melissa Kemp, won fourth place as a couple in the Individual category of the 2015 People’s Choice “Signs of Sustainability” poll for their work in promoting Tompkins County’s transition to clean renewable energy. Sustainable Tompkins conducted the online poll from March 23 to April 8. Community members were asked to nominate those they believe made a contribution in the past year toward making a more sustainable and just community. Nominees and the top vote getters were announced at the annual Earth Day Ithaca celebration on April 19.

Jennifer Olin

Jennifer Olin, University Police Department, was named a 2014 Recognition Award recipient by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving New York State (MADD). Olin is trained in traffic safety related courses to recognize the effects of alcohol and drugs on the human body and in operational procedures, including Drug Recognition Expert, Breath Analysis Operator and Standard Field Sobriety Test. Also, she is on the State of New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Program – Police Traffic Services. She was nominated as a dedicated officer who has had success in reducing impaired driving her community.

Christopher Gascón

Christopher Gascón, Modern Languages Department, has been invited by publisher Gale Cengage to produce an installment of their Drama Criticism series on the play “Fuenteovejuna (1619), by Spanish playwright Lope de Vega. “Fuenteovejuna” is currently the most performed, read and studied play of the Spanish baroque period. Drama Criticism is a resource for scholars; the entry will include a study of the author and the play, reprints of the most important research on the work, and an annotated bibliography of additional key criticism of the drama. 

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