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Cortland College Foundation
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045 
607-753-2518
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Gradin Avery
Interim Vice President for
Institutional Advancement
gradin.avery@cortland.edu 

Tina Aversano ’96
Alumni and Advancement Officer
tina.aversano@cortland.edu 

Richard Coyne ’07
Alumni and Advancement Officer
richard.coyne@cortland.edu

Doug DeRancy ’75
Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement Emeritus
doug.derancy@cortland.edu

Jennifer Janes
Director, Alumni Engagement
jennifer.janes@cortland.edu

Jill Mirabito
Major and Planned Giving Officer
jill.mirabito@cortland.edu

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Cultivating Tomorrow's Thinkers

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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.