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Alumni Services

Alumni Admission Program: Alumni of SUNY Cortland may nominate potential incoming freshmen for admission to the college.  Nominees may not be a relative, however should have a direct relationship to you (boss, teacher, coach, etc.)  The applications of nominees not eligible for regular admission are reviewed by an alumni and student committee to determine whether they will be invited to campus in mid-March for an admission interview.  Some applicants may not need an interview for admission. 

  • Your written nomination must be sent to the Admissions Office no later than January 15, 2013. 
  • Include your year of graduation, and your specific relationship to the nominee in your nomination letter.
  • The nominee must submit a regular application for admission to SUNY Cortland. 
  • Students who have already been accepted or denied admission are not eligible for this program.

Four to five students per year will be offered admission to Cortland through this program. Please fill out the nomination form.

Alumni Lecture Series: This lecture series affords current students a broader picture of career options after graduation. Each semester alumni are invited to campus to meet with students and give lecture(s). 

Alumni Publications:
Published two times a year, Columns is an alumni newspaper mailed to all alumni.
Moments: The electronic alumni newsletter is e-mailed four times a year. 

Alumni Record Keeping: The office is responsible for helping maintain records for close to 59,000 alumni. Currently we have 43,000 addresses. Some of the ways the office assists are:

  • Alumni Reunions/Receptions: Sign-in books at these programs often provide updates and information on missing alumni.
  • New Graduates: When new graduates receive their diploma from the registrar, a biographical data form is included from the Alumni Affairs Office.
  • Publishing Alumni Missing List: Six months prior to Alumni Reunion Weekend, a missing alumni list is published in Columns.
  • Privacy Act Implementation: The Alumni Affairs Office is responsible for protecting the privacy of alumni. To this end, addresses may be released only with the prior approval from the graduate. In addition, a court order will allow the release of alumni information without prior approval.
  • Update Form: The update form is where alumni can enter or update their contact and personal information.  

Alumni Reunions: In addition to Alumni Reunion Weekend held annually in July, the Alumni Association sponsors regional reunions through its chapter structure. Reunions provide a unique opportunity for the College and its alumni to stay in contact. 

Awards and Scholarships: The Alumni Association, through its endowment, provides $40,000 annually in student scholarships. In addition to financial support, the association through its Scholarship and Awards Committee determines distinguished alumni recipient(s) annually. For the past award winners visit Distinguished Alumni Award. To nominated please use the Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination Form.

Chapter Structure: Regional alumni chapters assist with social, admissions and career programs. Chapters are located in the Adirondack area, Syracuse, Western New York, Albany, Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City, Rochester, the Southern Tier, Boston, Atlanta, the Mid-Atlantic, Raleigh-Durham, California and Florida.

Goofs and Goblets: Co-sponsored with Career Services, this program brings College staff, business leaders, alumni and SUNY Cortland students together in a dinner-interview setting. The event is hosted by Mark Westfield ’78, director of food and beverage operations at the Hempstead Country Club in Hempstead, NY. 

Auto, Home and Renters Insurance: The Alumni Association can help provide for your family's financial security through our sponsored Alumni Insurance Program. A variety of group term life insurance plans, long-term care insurance and an identity theft recovery service can provide protection, and whether you need basic coverage or want to supplement coverage you already have. For more information please call the administrator of The SUNY Cortland Alumni Insurance Program at (800) 922-1245. The association offers home and auto insurance through Liberty Mutual. Online information can be accessed at Auto, Home and Renters Insurance.

Library Databases: SUNY Cortland's Memorial Library has two databases available for SUNY Cortland alumni to use to make academic source searches and business source searches.

Alumni Receptions at Professional Conferences The Alumni Association annually sponsors alumni receptions at the following conferences: National and NYS AAHPERD, NYS Recreation/Park Association, NYS Reading Association, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and the Department of Recreation Parks and Leisure Studies Conference and more. We have many alumni who are active in these organizations.

Special Reunions: Each year, the Alumni Affairs Office assists in bringing people together who shared a special bond while at Cortland. Examples of special reunions include Masquers, residence life, athletics, past student body presidents, fraternities/sororities, College Singers, study abroad, post World War II classes (1942-51) and more.