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Jonathon Alvarez

With his studies in criminology, involvement in the Criminology Club and membership in the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, Jon is a busy guy. So what’s one of the most valuable things he’s learned at SUNY Cortland: “Time management.”

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"When I came to Cortland for the first time, I could just tell that everyone enjoyed being here. It might sound like a small thing, but everyone had Cortland gear on. I just liked that about the atmosphere."


Jeremy and approximately 400 other Division III student-athletes at the College seek the appropriate work-life balance between athletics and academics. In fact, the ability to pursue excellence on both levels while maintaining a fulfilling social life won him over during the college selection process.

“When I came to Cortland for the first time, I could just tell that everyone enjoyed being here,” Jeremy says. “It might sound like a small thing, but everyone had Cortland gear on. I just liked that about the atmosphere.”
He felt comfortable from day one, as both a capable business economics major and a reliable shooting guard on the basketball squad. And the results certainly showed it. He appeared in every game during his career, emerging as one of the team’s leaders as a sophomore.

And just as Jeremy’s role on the hardwood ascended, so too did his appreciation for what he learned in the classroom. A Principles of Marketing class helped him develop foundational real-world skills and interest in a future job. He now finds himself able to articulate business ideas in a presentation as easily as he can knock down three pointers in crunch time.

His calm, business-like demeanor also helped Jeremy play a pivotal role in his team’s success and earn several individual honors along the way.

“I’ve learned a lot of things in school and in basketball because I got to meet a lot of good people,” says Jeremy, who wants to explore a marketing career in a warm-weather climate after graduation. “A lot of great memories came from those relationships.”