Friends of Cortland Lacrosse
There has never been a better time to come together in support of Red Dragon lacrosse! The Friends of Cortland Lacrosse fundraising initiative will provide important annual support to help the men’s lacrosse coach in areas such as team travel, recruiting, equipment replacement, facility upgrades and enhanced training opportunities. The larger the fund grows, the larger the annual financial benefit will be to the program. More than $100,000 has already been raised with an ultimate goal of $500,000.
As you consider your participation in this initiative, know that this will be a first for a Cortland athletic program. It is hoped that this initiative will provide a model for other teams with the potential of adding millions of dollars in support of SUNY Cortland Athletics.
Oct. 12- 13, 2012
Despite the blustery day, 20 foursomes kicked off the weekend with a golf tournament at the local country club. Coach Steve Beville and the team thanked everyone for their support. Following a nice dinner at the club, the festivities continued at a casual downtown party at Central City Bar & Grill.
The current team won bragging rights by beating alumni at the Saturday morning scrimmage. Alumni were then treated to watching the Red Dragons defeat Brockport on the gridiron in style in the Stephen J. Hunt '72 VIP Lounge with President Erik J. Bitterbaum.
The weekend concluded with more than 90 people gathering in the Corey Union Function Room for the Saturday evening Celebration of Champions: Friends of Lacrosse banquet. Some of Cortland's best players joined coaches Jack Emmer '70, Chuck Winter and Jerry Casciani. Alumni enjoyed hearing from the President Erik J. Bitterbaum, Coach Beville, Jud Smith '76 and Jim Bonventura '79. A photo slideshow highlighted all eras.
Thanks to everyone who attended. If you weren't there, you missed an amazing weekend!
Thank you to Rich Cecconi '74 for sharing.
Celebration of Champions: Friends of Lacrosse Banquet Video
2012 Charlotte, NC Event
President Bitterbaum hosted a gathering of Cortland alumni at the Charlotte Renaissance hotel on June 12th, 2012. In attendance, L to R, Dick Sipperly 78, Harriet “Happy” Wizeman Gregson ’76, Mark Gregson ’77, Sonny Kilburn, Susan Kilburn ’97, Vicky Greenly Elliott ’73, Carol Radtke Lyke ’65, Jennifer Venn-Capron ’87, Ann Terwilliger Wenzl ’65, Susan Searle ’82, Erik Bitterbaum, Bill Gross ’74, Eileen Fitzgerald VanPopering ’78, Carreta Tucker Williams ’92, Joseph Barbarito ’98, Ed Dickson ’97.
2012 Durham, NC Event
Dr. Curtis Richardson ’66 and Carol Richardson hosted President Bitterbaum and a gathering of Cortland alumni at their home in Durham, NC. on June 13th, 2012. In attendance, L to R, President Bitterbaum, Dr. Curtis Richardson ’66, Dr. Keith Kocis ’83, Mariana Fiorentino ’70, Gilbert Brown ’51, Bob McMurray ’67, James Rogalski ’85, Dr. Morris Weinberger ’74, John Manns ’92, Shirley Haft Brown ’51, Thomas Coolbaugh ’95, Jane Weinberger, Dr. Erick Peterson ’88.
Charleston, SC Alumni Event
Gloria Spina Friedgen ’71 hosted President Bitterbaum and a gathering of Cortland alumni at her home in Charleston, SC. on June 11th, 2012. Charleston Photo: Front row: Bill Haase, Mary Alice Caitlin “Petey” Haase ’50. Back row: Karen Humphreys Denihan ’71, Suzanne Barnes Morton ’71, Laramie Monroe ’11, Brian Kennedy, Gloria Spina Friedgen ’71, Helen Sorensen, Ed Sorensen ’51, Tina Aversano ‘96, Erik Bitterbaum.
Raleigh, NC Alumni Event
George Weinbrenner ’62 hosted President Bitterbaum and a gathering of Cortland alumni at the Capital City Club in Raleigh, NC on June 13th, 2012. In attendance were President Bitterbaum, Betty Bilek Palo ’62, Kathy Lawless McClain ’71, Thomas Dunham ’86, Carol Perkins Steckbeck ’79, Barbara Nichols Holmes ’62, Dr. Ronald Coulson ’71, Connie Love Grant ’54, Mark Petermann ’72, Joyce Oatman Coleman ’59, David Kwiatkowski ’84, Marjorie Spencer Swart ’49, Rose Marie Baranowski Creasy ’84, George Weinbrenner ’62, Bob McMurray ’67, Hugo Uyttenhove ’74, Kris Conrad-Uyttenhove ’74, James Rose ’64, Megan Ditton.
2012 Senior Send Off
The Student Alumni Association and the Alumni Association hosted more than 450 seniors on May 1, 2012 at a party celebrating their last day of classes. The theme this year was "The End of the World as We Know It" and free food and giveaways were offered. Raffles were drawn every hour with the top prize of $250 gift certificates to buy professional attire. The Alumni Association wishes our newest grads good luck and welcomes them to the alumni family.