Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2017:  October 6 - 8

Every fall, Family Weekend provides a chance for families to visit students for a fun-filled weekend on the Cortland campus.  This is a great time to experience college through their student's eyes, and for students to show them why they love Cortland.

You'll have the opportunity to...

  • Enjoy brunch with College President Erik J. Bitterbaum
  • Meet faculty, staff and administrators

  • Take part in a variety of campus activities -- including athletic events, meals, lectures and entertainment

  • Attend lectures and on-campus performances
  • Explore campus and partake in local fall activities

The weekend is designed to help you discover what SUNY Cortland has to offer and learn about the organizations, people and places that have become home to your student.  

Information on lodging in the Cortland area can be found through the Restaurants and Lodging information page.

Registration has closed.

Friday
  • 6 a.m.  Student Life Center opens.Student Life Center. Free access to the fitness center includes classes, pool, track and equipment.
  • 8:30 a.m.  College Bookstore opens Neubig Hall.Get Cortland apparel, school supplies and more. Bookstore closes at 6 p.m.
  • 3 p.m.  Women's Soccer vs. Fredonia. Stadium Complex.
  • 3 p.m.  Tennis vs. Oswego. Tennis Courts.
  • 4 p.m.  President's List Reception (Invitation Only). Corey Union Function Room.
  • 4-8 p.m.  Check-In. Corey Union Lobby. Welcome! Pick up your Family Weekend packet containing your reserved tickets and updated event schedule.
  • 8 p.m.  Theatre Performance: Kindertransport. Dowd Fine Arts Theatre. The Kindertransport was a British rescue mission that took place at the beginning of WWII.  Over 10,000 Jewish children from various countries were placed in British foster homes  The play by Diane Samuels, examines the life, during World War II and afterwards, of a Kindertransport child. Though fictitious, it is based upon many real kindertransport stories. $19 General admission; $16 Faculty/Staff; $9 Students.
Saturday
  • 7 a.m.  Student Life Center opens.Student Life Center. Free access to the fitness center includes classes, pool, track and equipment.
  • 9-11 a.m.  Check-In. Corey Union Lobby. Pick up your Family Weekend packet containing your reserved tickets and updated event schedule. 
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  The Great Cortland Pumpkinfest. Courthouse Park, Cortland. Enjoy arts and craft exhibitors, food, entertainment, children's games and much more at Cortland's Annual Pumpkinfest.  Bus transportation provided every half hour from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. from the Neubig bus stop.
  • 10 a.m.  College Bookstore opens. Neubig Hall. Get Cortland apparel, school supplies and more.  Bookstore closes at 5:30 p.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.  Coffee and Conversation. Corey Union Exhibition Lounge  Start your day off with coffee or tea and an opportunity to speak with SUNY Cortland staff and other families prior to the President's Brunch.
  • 11:30 a.m.  President's Brunch. Corey Union Function Room. Join us for brunch, a popular tradition with families and students, with remarks by College President Erik J. Bitterbaum and Student Government Association President Aristotle Arkayasa as well as performances by student groups. $15 General admission (All adults, SUNY Cortland students, children six and up); $5 Children five and under. Advance registration required.
  • 1 p.m.   Women's Soccer vs. Buffalo State. Stadium Complex Main Field
  • 2:30-5 p.m.  Apple Picking. Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard, 2708 Lords Hill Road (Route 80), Lafayette, NY.  Bus departs from Corey Union. Free; advance registration is required for families wishing to ride the bus.  Families may also follow the bus in their own vehicles. Beak and Skiff is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. with the last wagon departing at 5 p.m.  
  • 3-6 p.m.  Planetarium Shows. Bowers Hall. Planetarium Director and Physics Lecturer, Sean Nolan, will present planetarium shows every 30 minutes from 3 - 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required.
  • 7 p.m.  CALS presents Mana Polynesia Polynesian Dancers.  Mana Polynesia performs and exciting array of traditional and contemporary South Pacific dances from Hawaii and other "paradise" islands of the Polynesian triangle, including Tonga, Tahiti, Fiji and the Samoas.  General Public $10; Senior Citizen (60+) $8; All Student and Pre-K Children Free.
  • 8 p.m.  Theatre Performance: Kindertransport. Dowd Fine Arts Theatre.  $19 General admission; $16 Faculty/Staff; $9 Students. 
  • 9 p.m.  Family Ice Skating, Park Center Alumni Arena. $1 Admission, $2 Skate Rental
Sunday
  • 7 a.m.  Student Life Center opens. Student Life Center. Free access to the fitness center includes classes, pool, track and equipment.
  • 9 a.m.  College Bookstore opens. Neubig Hall
  • 12-5 p.m.  The Great Cortland Pumpkinfest. Courthouse Park, Cortland. Enjoy arts and craft exhibitors, food, entertainment, children's games and much more at Cortland's Annual Pumpkinfest.  
  • 1 p.m.  JV Football vs. Alfred. Stadium Complex Main Field
  • 2 p.m.  Theatre Performance: Kindertransport. Dowd Fine Arts Theatre. $19 General admission; $16 Faculty/Staff; $9 Students.

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