SUNY Cortland has some 300 non-traditional students enrolled, and each has a unique story to tell.
Ashley Dickson runs a Tompkins Cortland Community College program that helps students recover from substance abuse while earning a bachelor’s degree in human services.
U.S. military veteran Taylor Cookston is working toward a degree in fitness development.
Dominica Boston took just a few days off from classes last fall to give birth to her newest baby. With a growing family, she continues pursuing a community health degree.
Sonya Onyx is not your typical psychology major. This senior also is raising two children.
U.S. Army reservist James Tucker juggles a military commitment with a job, family responsibilities and taking courses in fitness development.
The College celebrated them all Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 with Non-Traditional Students Week (national Non-traditional Students Week is Nov. 5 to 9). In addition to an array of activities offered through Advisement and Transition that week, one inspiring non-traditional student was introduced daily to the SUNY Cortland community.
Read their stories:
Monday: Ashley Dickson
Tuesday: Taylor Cookston
Wednesday: James Tucker
Thursday: Dominica Boston
Friday: Sonya Onyx
The week continued with a host of events and activities that took place in the Non-Traditional Students’ Lounge, in Cornish Hall, Room 1221. They included:
Also in celebration of SUNY Cortland’s non-traditional students, nominations were being accepted through Monday, Nov. 4, for the “Celebrate-a-Non-Trad” campaign. Nomination forms were e-mailed to the campus community and are available electronically.
The campaign aims to recognize non-traditional students who often balance college with other commitments such as family, jobs and long commutes. SUNY Cortland will present nominated non-traditional students with a certificate and campus recognition. Nominations should include the student’s name, contact information, relationship to the student and comments about the non-traditional student. Comments will be listed on the certificate, unless otherwise noted.
For more information about Non-Traditional Students Week events or to recognize an outstanding non-traditional student, contact Non-Traditional Student Support Coordinator Cheryl Hines at 607-753-4726.