Family Weekend Set for Oct. 8-10

Family Weekend Set for Oct. 8-10


Southern singer and songwriter Deidre McCalla will headline SUNY Cortland’s Family Weekend at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Corey Union Function Room.

Other Family Weekend events, from Oct. 8-10, include informational talks, athletic events, a planetarium show, a trip to Hollenbeck’s Cider Mill, an Alumni Parents’ Reception for alumni who are parents of current students, and educational and recreational activities for the entire family.

Participants who sign up and bring a towel and I.D. will have access to the Tomik Fitness Center from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday.

On Friday, the men’s soccer team plays Fredonia at the Stadium Complex; the women’s volleyball squad faces Stevens Institute in Park Center Corey Gymnasium; and a Family Shabbat Dinner will be held at Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge and the Temple Brith Sholom.

McCalla, a single parent residing in Georgia with her son, will discuss “Outside the Lines: Reflections on Race, Gender, Sexuality, Art, Parenting and Politics” at 4 p.m. in the Corey Union Exhibition Lounge. The lecture, presented by the Campus Artists and Lecture Series (CALS) and the Multicultural Life Office, is free and open to the public.

The Alumni Parents Reception at 6 p.m. will provide alumni an opportunity to socialize with their children and siblings at the Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House at 29 Tompkins St. Light hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages and pizza will be served. Representatives from the Alumni Association will be available to talk about the house, the association and about their own experiences with their children attending Cortland.

On Saturday, College administrators and staff will present “Help Your Student Be Successful” at 10 a.m. in the Corey Union Exhibition Lounge. The vice president for student affairs and representatives from Residence Life and Housing, Dining Services, Academic Affairs, the Multicultural Life Office, and Counseling Center will be available to answer questions and discuss student life over coffee and tea.

Other Saturday events include the annual President’s Brunch, hosted by SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum; morning and afternoon volleyball games against Geneseo and Hunter in the Park Center Corey Gymnasium; a football game with Brockport at the Stadium Complex; men’s soccer vs. Buffalo State at the Stadium Complex; a planetarium show in the Bowers Hall Planetarium; a bus trip from Corey Union to Hollenbeck’s Cider Mill; and Glow in the Dark Ice Skating at the Park Center Alumni Arena.

The weekend culminates that evening with Deidre McCalla as SUNY Cortland continues its tradition of bringing up-and-coming, vibrant performing artists to Family Weekend. Presented by the Campus Artists and Lecture Series, the event will feature an ongoing dessert reception.

On Sunday, Oct. 10, a Family Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at O’Heron Newman Catholic Chapel at 8 Calvert St.

A fee is charged for Family Weekend sporting events, the Family Shabbat Dinner, the Presidents’ Brunch, the Deidre McCalla concert and the Glow in the Dark Ice Skating events. Tickets may be purchased during registration in the Corey Union lobby from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. Deidre McCalla tickets may be obtained through the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office, Corey Union Room 406, or at the door one hour prior to the performance.

For a registration form or more information about Family Weekend, stop by Corey Union, Room 406, visit the Family Weekend website at