Faculty and Staff Activities


Kathleen A. Lawrence

Kathleen A. Lawrence, Communication Studies Department, recently received word that two of her poems were accepted for publication in the upcoming anthology The Daily Abuse. Her poem “Too Many To Count"” is written in long free verse inspired by the #MeToo movement and her own recollections growing up female. Her second poem is a four-column abecedarian titled “A Sexual Assault in the Woods.” This poem was previously published in Crow Hollow Magazine 19.

Jean W. LeLoup

Jean W. LeLoup, professor emerita (Spanish), International Communications and Culture Department, and the U.S. Air Force Academy, along with colleague Haning Z. Hughes, had their article “Time and history in lyrics: A unique approach to teaching culture and civilization,” published in NECTFL Review 81, the journal of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. In addition, with colleague Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart, their article “El voseo: A call to action” in Visionary essays:  The future of Spanish and Portuguese” was published in the centenary issue of Hispania 100. Hispania is the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Kevin Pristash

Kevin Pristash, Campus Activities and Corey Union Office, attended the annual conference of the Association of College Unions International from March 22 to 25 in Anaheim, Calif., where he received, on behalf of SUNY Cortland, an award celebrating the College’s 50 years of membership. It was presented at the event’s honors luncheon. 

Lori Schlicht and Abby Thomas

Lori Schlicht and Abby Thomas, Advisement and Transition, presented a poster regarding Academic Alert and a concurrent session titled “Enhancing Faculty Engagement in Advising” at the first annual SUNY Academic Advising Conference held in February in Albany, N.Y.  

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, spoke on “Gun Policy and Schools After Parkland” at the SUNY Student Assembly Spring Conference held in Syracuse on April 7.

Bekeh Ukelina

Bekeh Ukelina, History Department, and three of his African history students, presented a digital history project titled, “Where do we come from? African Origins of Human Life and Migration” at the New York African Studies Association annual conference held April 13 and 14 at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. Also, Ukelina’s book, The Second Colonial Occupation: Development Planning, Agriculture, and the Legacies of British Rule in Nigeria, won the New York African Studies Association (NYASA) Book Award. The award was presented on April 14 at the NYASA conference at Seton Hall University. Also, Ukelina presented a paper at the same conference titled “The Miseducation of the African Child: Migration and the Legacies of the Colonial School System in Nigeria.”

Fran Elia

Fran Elia, Sports Information Office, received the Special Awards Salute: 25-Year Award from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recognizing members who have completed 25 years in the profession. Elia has worked at SUNY Cortland for 27 years, 26 of them as the full-time sports information director. Read more about Elia’s history with the College and with CoSIDA.

Emily Quinlan and Marinda Souva

Emily Quinlan and Marinda Souva, Advisement and Transition, facilitated a roundtable discussion on Excelsior Scholarship’s impact on advising and academic decision making at the first annual SUNY Academic Advising Conference held in February in Albany, N.Y.

Jeremy Jimenez

Jeremy Jimenez, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, recently co-presented his research about high school students taking the first LGBTQ class offered in a U.S. public school at the American Educational Research Association in New York City.

Julie Ficarra

Julie Ficarra, International Programs, presented research on the coloniality of images used in study abroad marketing materials, and the unequal relations of power that can be perpetuated in international programs, with a focus on program design strategies that promote equity, ethics, and social justice. She also presented on her recently published article, titled: ‘Curating Cartographies of Knowledge: Reading Institutional Study Abroad Portfolio as Text’. The Forum on Education Abroad conference was held from March 21 to 23 in Boston, Mass.