SUNY Cortland students are encouraged to help the College show off its Red Dragon Pride as never before during homecoming weekend Sept. 15-16.
A permanent sculpture of a 26-foot-long, stainless steel red dragon will be unveiled in front of the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. The dragon is a collaboration between two SUNY Cortland alumni: Mike Vela '88, who provided vision and funding for the project; and sculptor Scott Oldfield '06, who turned Red Dragon pride into reality.
Following the unveiling, students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends will gather for a historic photo on the stadium White Field to celebrate the College’s Sesquicentennial. The first 400 students to arrive will receive a ticket for a free Red Dragon Homecoming T-shirt. All are asked to wear red to support SUNY Cortland’s 150th anniversary.
An ice cream party will take place following the photo. It is open to all and is sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association Alum From Day One program.
Members of the SUNY Cortland community who cannot make it to campus for the weekend are still encouraged to wear red and participate by showing their support from around the globe. Alumni and students should share their Red Dragon pride by using the hashtag #CortlandPride on social media during Red Dragon Homecoming.
SUNY Cortland hosts Hartwick College in its Empire 8 football opener at 1 p.m. Other athletic events on campus on Sept. 16 include women’s tennis vs. SUNY Brockport at noon, women’s soccer vs. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at 3 p.m. and men’s soccer vs. St. Lawrence University at 7 p.m.
The C-Club Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be recognized at halftime of the football game. The induction ceremony for SUNY Cortland’s Hall of Famers starts at 4:30 p.m. in the Corey Union Function Room.
On Friday, Sept. 15, a pep rally begins at 7:30 p.m. on the steps in front of Corey Union. SUNY Cortland’s Kickline and Danceworks will perform, as will fire jugglers and a group practicing Tae Kwon Do. Varsity athletes and the College’s Greek organizations will be represented and the Homecoming Court will be revealed.
On Saturday evening, comedy hypnotist Dan Lornitis will perform at 9 p.m. in Sperry Center, Room 105. The event is free and open to SUNY Cortland students. Lornitis has sold out shows across the globe and his routine is described as “an experience the audience will never forget…and one the volunteers may never remember!”
Visit the Red Dragon Homecoming website for a full schedule of events, including details for students, alumni, faculty/staff and community members.