Cultivating Tomorrow's Thinkers

SUNY Cortland alumnus James T. Costa ’85 knows the power of student research.The Western Carolina University professor took his first steps toward a renowned career as a science author and researcher as a SUNY Cortland undergraduate.

A Presidential Scholarship recipient, James worked alongside Distinguished Professor of Biology Terrence Fitzgerald while he conducted groundbreaking studies on the social behavior of caterpillars. James discovered his calling and a professional mentor.

Today, James readily shares his Charles Darwin expertise with Harvard University students and directs a University of North Carolina Biological Field Station in the Appalachians. He identifies with the importance of one-on-one student-faculty research. It’s a lesson he learned at Cortland.

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Cortland, NY 13045 
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Peter Perkins
Vice President for
Institutional Advancement

Lisa Court
Associate Vice President for Development

Tina Aversano ’96
Manager of Scholarships and Donor Relations 

Richard Coyne ’07
Alumni and Advancement Officer

Doug DeRancy ’75
Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement Emeritus

Jennifer Janes
Director, The Cortland Fund

Jill Mirabito
Major and Planned Giving Officer