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2010 May Moments


May 2010


College to Honor Three Distinguished Alumni

Judith Rink ’65



The SUNY Cortland Alumni Association will present its highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, to graduates during the Alumni Reunion Weekend luncheon in Corey Union on Saturday, July 17. The honorees are: Judith Rink ’65, a professor of physical education at the University of South Carolina who has been nationally and internationally recognized in her field; and the late Kathleen O’Callaghan Maul ’72, who was nationally recognized for her leadership as the executive director for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Suffolk (UCPGSC). The Alumni Association will present its Distinguished Young Alumna Award to Amber Larkin Rice ’03, a North Carolina schoolteacher who joined 19 outstanding educators on the 2007 national All-USA Teacher Team.

All-American Restaurateurs

Rich Keefer ’88
 Chicago Original

Pat Lalley ’98
South Buffalo Tradition

Two former SUNY Cortland All-American football players, Rich Keefer ’88 and Pat Lalley ’98, are earning national recognition once again, this time as restaurant owners. Keefer launched one of the nation’s steak houses in the heart of downtown Chicago. Lalley operates The Blackthorn, a treasured icon in the South Buffalo Irish neighborhood featured on The Food Network. They share their stories, both of which speak to lessons learned at Cortland, the powerful influence of an older brother, and the commitment to do things the right way.
Kevin Rivoli ’83 Puts Stamp on Norman Rockwell’s America

It was a purely Norman Rockwell moment. Inside a quaint, one-room schoolhouse, energetic book author Kevin Rivoli ’83 gesticulates through his slide presentation. Rapt listeners, representing a cross section of small-town America, squirm in tiny, child-sized, school-desk seats or lounge in woven lawn chairs they had so astutely carried in from the deck overlooking the southernmost end of Skaneateles Lake...more

Red Dragon Ride to Support Local Scholarships

Alumni cycling enthusiasts will want to pedal to support their alma mater’s Red Dragon Ride on the weekend of Oct. 1-3. The inaugural, non-competitive event will feature three scenic rides of approximately 25, 55 and 83 miles on Saturday, Oct. 2, and two rides of 40 and 55 miles the next day. Between bike tours through Finger Lakes country, the cyclists and their families can sample the 15th annual Great Cortland Pumpkinfest, featuring a cornucopia of sights and activities in Courthouse Park...more

They’re Back…Jets Return to Cortland

The New York Jets Training Camp will be returning to SUNY Cortland for at least the next three summers with an option for additional years, Gov. David A. Paterson announced at an April 12 press conference in the Park Center Hall of Fame Room. The governor was joined by Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson, Congressman Michael Arcuri, SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum, as well as business leaders and state and local elected officials...more 

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Join us for an Alumni Reception at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham, N.J. on June 5, including  drinks, hors d'oeuvres and mingling with select NY Jets personnel...Register Now

Alumni Association Welcomes Newest Members

More than 350 seniors gathered in the Corey Union Function Room on May 10 to celebrate their last week of classes. The annual Senior Send Off, planned by the Student Alumni Association and funded by the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association, featured free food, entertainment and giveaways. This year’s theme was “Las Vegas.” 
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Recent grads, please remember to update your alumni profile
to receive information about Cortaca Jug tickets, reunions, NY Jets events and other important opportunities. Your Cortland email address expires a few months after you graduate.

Spotlight on Cortland Staff, Alumni and Students

Erin Boylan
Alumni Staffer
Goes 'Extra Mile'

Jim Henderson ’68

Voice of New Orleans Sports

Atlantis Scholars
Students Discover
Life Abroad





























Upcoming SUNY Cortland Alumni Events 

25 Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House Garden Workday  


4 Football Golf Outing, Walden Oaks Country Club, Cortland, N.Y. 
5 NY Jets Practice Facility Alumni Reception
6 Southern Tier at Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. 


Alumni Board of Directors Meeting, Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House

12 Chapter Leadership Symposium, Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House
12 Cortland Alumni Meetup, The International, St. James, N.Y. 
12-13 Women's Soccer Alumni Event, SUNY Cortland 


16-18 Alumni Reunion Weekend, SUNY Cortland
27 Hamilton Area Picnic, Hamilton, N.Y.


Annual Alumni Board of Directors Retreat, Raquette Lake, NY

1 Capitol District Chapter A Day at the Races, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Southern Tier Chapter Binghamton Mets Game and Picnic, NYSEG Stadium, Binghamton, N.Y.

15 WNY Chapter Golf WNY Scholarship Golf Tournament, East Amherst, N.Y.
12 Cortland Chapter Skaneatles Brunch Cruise, Skaneatles Lake, N.Y.
1-3 Red Dragon Ride, Cortland, N.Y.
2 Multicultural Alumni Reunion, SUNY Cortland
29-30 Hall of Fame Weekend, Cortland, N.Y.
3-7 Veterans Reunion, Branson. Mo. 
13 52nd Cortaca Jug Game, Cortland, N.Y.


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