Welcome Week at SUNY Cortland, which began Aug. 27, will continue through Tuesday, Sept. 7. The activities, free unless otherwise noted, will help new students connect with the campus community and assist them in their transition and adjustment to college life.
Welcome Week highlights for Aug. 30-Sept. 7 are as follows:
SUNY Cortland’s third annual Condom Casino, sponsored by the Hayes Hall staff, begins at 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30, in the Corey Union Function Room. Students are invited to come and play casino games for fun, meet new people and interact with health educators, who will be on hand to share information about sexual health and risks and raise awareness of college health. The $1 entry fee will benefit The American Foundation for AIDS Research.
On Tuesday, Aug. 31, the campus will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive beginning at noon in the Corey Union Exhibition Lounge. That evening in the Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, a coffeehouse featuring refreshments with classmates taking turns at an open mike will start at 8 p.m.
During welcome week, the women’s volleyball team will host the Red Dragon Classic. Home games also are scheduled in field hockey and women’s soccer. Tickets for the volleyball, field hockey and women’s soccer home events are $4 for adults, $3 for non-Cortland students, with free admission to SUNY Cortland students with college ID and children under 12.
On Wednesday, the Red Dragons volleyball team opens its season against Kean at 4 p.m. and St. John Fisher at 8 p.m. The Red Dragon Classic in Corey Gymnasium takes place on Friday, Sept. 3, beginning at 4 p.m. against Nazareth and Buffalo State at 6 p.m. It continues on Saturday, Sept. 4, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday’s teams and times will be announced.
The field hockey team faces Ithaca at the Stadium Complex at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, while women’s soccer competes against William Smith on Holloway Field at 7 p.m.
“A Non-Threatening Introduction to Yoga” will launch the College’s semester-long “Wellness Wednesday” series to the newest arrivals on campus at 7 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge. Louise Mahar, the College’s assistant director of recreational sports for fitness, will present a beginner-level yoga class. Participants should dress in loose, comfortable clothing and bring a towel.
The steps of Corey Union will showcase a “Student Involvement Fair” from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2. The event will feature many Student Government Association-recognized clubs, recreational sports clubs, Greek organizations and others. In the event of rain, the event moves to Neubig Hall.
Cortland Nites will offer a “Night on the Boardwalk” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, in the Corey Union Function Room. Students can try their hand at miniature golf, henna tattoos and caricature drawings while sampling popcorn and cotton candy, playing games, competing for prizes and more.
On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, students will get the chance to experience The Great New York State Fair. Buses will depart from campus at 2 p.m. for the fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., and return at 9 p.m. The $6 cost includes fair admission and bus transportation. Tickets may be purchased in Corey Union, Room 406.
On Tuesday, Sept. 7, the women’s tennis team takes on Le Moyne College at 4 p.m. at the tennis courts. Admission is free.
Later, students who attend the educational program “Know the Code” program at 8 p.m. in Corey Union Function Room will learn the ABCs of the College’s Code of Student Conduct in a relaxed atmosphere involving raffles for free prizes. Judicial Affairs Office staff members Nanette Pasquarello and Michael Pitaro will present this key seminar to help participants take their first steps along the path of a successful college career.
Welcome Week is sponsored annually for SUNY Cortland students by the Student Activities Board, Auxiliary Services Corporation, Campus Activities and Corey Union, Residence Life and Housing, Student Residence Hall Association, Advisement and Transition Office, Health Promotion Office, Vice President for Student Affairs Office and Cortland Nites.