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SUNY Cortland celebrates 40th Annual Residence Life Conference

On February 18, 2017, SUNY Cortland held its 40th annual Residence Life Conference. RAs and residence life professionals from 14 institutions across New York attended. The theme of the conference, organized by SUNY Cortland’s Residence Life and Housing Office, was “Adventure is Out There: Diversity, Direction, Determination, Discovery”, with many of the presentations focusing on that theme. The conference offered an opportunity for student staff and professionals to attend presentations and learn from their peers, as well as network and share ideas in regards to residence life at their respective institutions.

In addition to the presentations, a silent auction raffle and series of roll call performances lead to a day full of wonderful experiences and development. The silent auction provided an opportunity for conference attendees to take home themed baskets, apparel from Cortland and other institutions, and gift cards to local establishments in Cortland. All money raised from the auction went to Family Counseling Services of Cortland County. The roll call allowed institutions the opportunity to put on a brief performance highlighting some of the qualities and programs their institutions and Residence Life departments had to offer. All of the entries were fun and educational and Paul Smith’s College emerged victorious with SUNY Cortland coming in second place.

The conference was a great success thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Residence Life Conference committee; chaired by residence hall directors Meghan Henley and Melissa Gretzler and comprised of at least one Resident Assistant from each residence hall. The committee started planning in fall semester and handled all of the planning and logistical elements of the conference. If the success of this year’s conference was any indication, the 41st Residence Life Conference should be something to look forward to.

 By Courtney Andros, Residence Hall Director of Hayes Hall

Residence Life and Housing Provides Safe and Fun Option on Halloween

On October 31, 2016, the SUNY Cortland Residence Life and Housing Office hosted its annual Safe Halloween program. The event, organized this year by the residence hall staff of DeGroat Hall, provides a safe environment for children in the surrounding communities to dress up and trick or treat in each of the residence halls.

This year brought a slight change in the operation of Safe Halloween as the trick-or-treaters stopped by the lounges of each hall instead of walking the whole building to get candy. Each lounge had plenty of candy to go around as well as a fun Halloween-themed activity chosen by the DeGroat Hall staff. In addition to the candy and activities, SUNY Cortland’s mascot Blaze as well as Spiderman, Scooby Doo and Captain America were visiting to give out high fives and take pictures with the trick-or-treaters.

The event, which was advertised to schools in Cortland and neighboring communities, was a big success. Many of the residence halls saw large numbers of children who came in with much excitement, fun and creative costumes, and left with big smiles, loads of candy, and some fun Halloween themed crafts.

 By Courtney Andros, Residence Hall Director of Hayes Hall

Students and Professionals Learn Sexual Assault Bystander Intervention Techniques

On September 9, 2016, a group of 20 students and professionals participated in training to become members of SHAPE (Sexual Health and Assault Prevention Educators) The training, which is run by Cynthia Lake, Associate Director Residence Life and Housing and Dr. Jena Curtis, Associate Professor Health Department, has been offered for several years and is part of the College’s mission to educate students about sexual assault.

During the six hour training,  participants learned about understanding rape culture, awareness about sexual assault perpetrators, the impact that sexual assault has on a survivor, and helping skills to know how to support and  provide resources should a sexual assault be reported to them. The training also educated participants on who is required to report sexual assault, a review of Title IX and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) laws as well as bystander intervention techniques should they be in a situation where they could step in to help prevent sexual assault.

The newly trained individuals, along with many others who have been trained in the past have the knowledge and skills to assist with or plan educational initiatives about sexual assault, including speaking to COR 101 classes and participating in any campus wide or residence hall programs. They are also equipped with further knowledge on how to react and respond should someone report sexual assault to them. To date, 396  people have been trained as SHAPE members.

By Courtney Andros, Residence Hall Director of Hayes Hall

SUNY Cortland Welcomes Students with a Successful Opening Weekend

On August 26-28, SUNY Cortland welcomed over 3,000 students into the residence halls. Among those students were 1,300 first-year students, and over 400 first time transfer students. Students were also welcomed into the newly renovated DeGroat Hall, which reopened for occupancy for the first time since its Fall 2015 closure.Students moving in

Several faculty/staff members, sports teams and on campus organizations were on hand to welcome students and help ensure that the move in process was as efficient as possible. The following faculty and staff members volunteered their time to help make the weekend a great success:

  • President Erik Bitterbaum
  • Ellen Burton
  • Michael Pitaro
  • Tina Aversano
  • Helene Schmidt
  • Robin Wheeler Baroni
  • Alexis Blavos
  • AnnaMaria Cirrincione
  • Linda Foster
  • Matt Seyfried
  • Karen Bastedo
  • Helena Baert.

There were 164 on campus students who returned early and assist with move in as well.

The following on campus organizations and athletic teams also gave their time and effort in assisting with move in: Cross country, field hockey, football, Kappa Sigma, men’s soccer, women’s rugby, Sigma Gamma Rho, Theta Chi, volleyball, women’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s tennis.

The weekend would not have been possible without the hard work of the residence hall staff. After a week and a half of training and preparation, they were finally able to meet the residents who will shape their communities throughout the year.  The staffs spent the weekend checking residents in, troubleshooting, conducting floor meetings and working to get to know students as well as encourage them to participate in Welcome Week activities. It was the beginning of what will hopefully be a successful year for all.

By Courtney Andros, Residence Hall Director of Hayes Hall; September 14, 2016

Room and Board Will Not Increase

We are pleased to share that the cost of living on campus will stay the same next year. Both room and board prices will not increase for the 2016-2017 academic year.