Faculty and Staff Activities

Christopher Tucker, Hugh Anderson, Michael Bersani and Ron Hulslander

Christopher Tucker, Purchasing Office, serves as captain of the SUNY Cortland J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge team that learned recently it will compete at the series’ international championship race in San Francisco on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The College’s four-person men’s team finished with the fastest total time at the 3.5-mile Syracuse race in June 2014. Tucker will be joined by Hugh Anderson, International Programs Office; Michael Bersani, Public Relations Office; and Ron Hulslander, Physical Plant.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, an original panelist on the WCNY public affairs program, “Ivory Tower,” program, recently learned from WCNY that the program has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of “Public/Current/Community Affairs.” Broadcast weekly since 2002, the “Ivory Tower” is the highest rated local television program in Central New York. Panelists from area universities discuss the news of the week, and conclude with A’s and F’s, during the half-hour show that airs Fridays at 8 p.m.

Mechthild Nagel

Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy and Africana Studies departments and Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, is serving as a visitor at the Max Planck Institute for Ethnic and Religious Diversity in Goettingen, Germany during the spring semester. 

Lynn Couturier MacDonald

Lynn Couturier MacDonald, Physical Education Department chair, announced that the department hosted its annual conference in collaboration with The New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYS AHPERD) Central North Zone on Jan. 30. More than 180 physical education and health teachers from the local area attended 29 different presentations. The conference was organized with the help of nearly 50 students in the Alliance for Physical Education Majors Club.

Melissa Morris

Melissa Morris, Physics Department, and coauthors, submitted their paper, “The Isheyevo Meteorite: the Solar System’s Oldest Layered Sedimentary Rock” to the journal, Geology.

James Hokanson

James Hokanson, Kinesiology Department, served as a mentor for kinesiology graduate student Lindsey Taylor, who presented her poster at the “Graduate Research: Making a Difference in New York Partnering with SUNY and CUNY” event held Feb. 11 in Albany, N.Y. Taylor’s poster is titled “Whole-Body High-Intensity Interval Training as an Alternative to Endurance Training.”

Laura Davies

Laura Davies, English Department, will facilitate a cross-generational career workshop at the Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC) convention in Tampa this March. The workshop is sponsored by the Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition. Also, Davies’ proposal, “Getting at the Root of the Problem: Preventing Plagiarism by Teaching Reading as a Process,” was accepted for the collection What Is College Reading? to be published in the Across the Disciplines series by the WAC Clearinghouse.

Philip Buckenmeyer

Philip Buckenmeyer, Kinesiology Department, led seven kinesiology students in a Healthy Now project that culminated with a Wellness Day event at the Barry School in Cortland on Feb. 12. SUNY Cortland students included Hannah Smith, Jeffrey Koch, Theodore Kopytowski, Michael Grieco, Lauren Guardino, Erin Kelly and Ayden Wilbur. The Barry School children learned about their flexibility and range of motion by practicing four different exercises that focused on the hips, neck, back and shoulders.

Alexandru Balas

Alexandru Balas, International Studies Program, presented a research paper titled “Central and Eastern Europe’s Contributions to Peace Operations” at the International Studies Association’s 56th annual convention in February.

Gregg Weatherby

Gregg Weatherby, English Department, will perform in the Ithaca Shakespeare Company’s production of “Richard II: The Death of Kings” from Friday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 15 and on Thursday, Feb. 19 through Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Hangar Theatre.