Family Weekend Set for Sept. 16-18

Family Weekend Set for Sept. 16-18


SUNY Cortland’s Family Weekend 2011, which will run from Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18, will be headlined with a talk by Story Musgrave, one of NASA’s most colorful, dedicated and passionate astronauts.

Musgrave, the only astronaut to have flown on all five space shuttles, will speak at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, in Old Main Brown Auditorium. Other Family Weekend events include informational talks, athletic competitions, a trip to Beak & Skiff Apple Farm, an open house at the Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House for families of current students, and educational and recreational activities for the entire family.

                  Highlights of the event schedule are as follows:

Friday, Sept. 16

• Families who want to work out together will have access to the Tomik Fitness Center in Van Hoesen Hall from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. A towel and identification is required.

• An art exhibition titled “Iron Sculpture” will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Dowd Gallery.

• Family Shabbat Dinner and Student Lead Service will be held at 6 p.m. at the Temple Brith Sholom on 117 Madison St. For transportation to the temple, meet at 5:45 p.m. outside the Corey Union Voice Office. Services will begin following dinner.

• At 8 p.m., SUNY Cortland students can sign up in the Recreational Sports Office to join in a recreational sport volleyball tournament in Lusk Field House. Families are welcome to come and watch.

Saturday, Sept. 17

• Family access to Tomik Fitness Center in Van Hoesen Hall will be offered from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• An Alumni Affairs Open House at the Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House at 29 Tompkins St. will provide an opportunity for all parents to socialize with their children from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coffee and cookies will be served. Alumni who are parents of students will receive a special gift.

• College administrators and staff will present “How is Your Student Doing in College?” 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 and Diversity Office, and Counseling Center will be available to answer questions and discuss student life over coffee and tea.

• The annual President’s Brunch, hosted by SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum, will welcome parents and students at 11:30 a.m. in the Corey Union Function Room.

• The SUNY Cortland football team plays against Kean College at 1 p.m. the Stadium Complex.                  

• Also at 1 p.m., the SUNY Cortland women’s tennis team will take on RIT at the campus tennis courts and the SUNY Cortland men’s rugby club will play on the rugby pitch near the Route 281 parking lot.

• A bus trip to Beak & Skiff Apple Farm will depart from Corey Student Union at 2:30 p.m.

• Astronaut and world traveler Story Musgrave, whose 30-year career spans from the Apollo era of the 1960s to the Space Shuttle program of the 1990s, will speak at 8 p.m. A pilot, surgeon, mechanic, poet and philosopher, he will share an unforgettable evening of space stories. The lecture is presented by the Campus Artists and Lecture Series.

• Families can play indoor blacklight Mini Golf at Shipwreck Mini Golf from 9 to 11 p.m. Bus transportation will be provided.

Sunday, Sept. 18

• A women’s club soccer tournament is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Stadium Complex.

A fee is charged for many Family Weekend sporting events, the Family Shabbat Dinner, the Presidents’ Brunch, the Story Musgrave talk and the family indoor mini golf events. Tickets may be purchased during registration in the Corey Union lobby from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Story Musgrave 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, or visit the Family Weekend website at