Faculty and Staff Activities

Jaclyn Pittsley

Jaclyn Pittsley, English Department, is coordinator of the Campus Equity Week Rally planned for 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 in front of Brockway Hall. She serves on the executive board of SUNY Cortland’s chapter of United University Professions, the group that is hosting the event.

Jeremy Jiménez

Jeremy Jiménez, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, recently gave a presentation about his published findings surveying sustainable development goals and content in approximately 1,000 social science textbooks worldwide. He presented at the Comparative and International Education Society Conference held April 14 to 18 in San Francisco, Calif.

Fran Elia

Fran Elia, sports information director, was presented the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Warren Berg Award at the CoSIDA Convention on June 17 in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually by the 3,000-member organization to a CoSIDA College Division member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sports information, and who, by his or her activities, has brought dignity and prestige to the profession.

                  In February, the Metropolitan New York Football Writers and USA College Football presented Elia with the Bob Kenworthy Div. III Football Communications Award at the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Sports information director since 1992, Elia received the Fraser Stokes Award for dedication to Cortland athletics in 1996, the Eastern College Athletic Conference – Sports Information Directors Association’s Irving T. Marsh Service Bureau Award for excellence in the profession in 2009 and induction into the Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame as an honorary member in 2012.

Kathleen A. Lawrence

Kathleen A. Lawrence, Communication Studies Department, had a poem, “Always Blue Cops,” accepted for publication recently by Rosebud Magazine. It is an abecedarian told in three parts that can be read together as well as stand each on its own. Each of the parts is made up 26 words in alphabetical order, like the title, made up of 3 words starting with a, b and c. Also, two micro-poems were accepted for The Her Heart Poetry Annual 2017. “A Brevity of Affirmations" and “Through Colored Glasses” also will be featured on Instagram in November. 

Susan J. Rayl

Susan J. Rayl, Kinesiology Department, presented a paper titled “Student-Athletes as Agents of Social Change” at the inaugural “Athletes and Social Change” forum, held March 28-30 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. 

Amanda Anderson

Amanda Anderson, residence hall director for Smith Tower, participated in the Association of College and Personnel Administrators (ACPA) Conference held March 26-30 in Baltimore, Md. Anderson is a member of the Commission for Career Development and has submitted a piece for their newsletter about her experience at ACPA. She applied to join the Career Central at Convention (C3) Care Team for the 2012 ACPA convention in Louisville, Ky.

Ute Ritz-Deutch

Ute Ritz-Deutch, History Department, recently attended the annual general meeting of Amnesty International USA in Washington, D.C., where she accepted the Hironaka Award for human rights activism on behalf of the Ithaca chapter, AI Group 73. She is the coordinator for the Ithaca chapter and a member of the Northeast Regional Planning Group. Ritz-Deutch is also the faculty advisor for the Amnesty International student group at SUNY Cortland and has recently volunteered to serve as area coordinator for Upstate New York.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is the author of a chapter on the presidency of John Tyler for a new book, The Presidents and the Constitution, published by New York University Press. The book is edited by Ken Gormley, president of Duquesne University.

Jean W. LeLoup

Jean W. LeLoup, international communications and cultures emerita, received the Anthony J. Paplia Award for the outstanding article in a state or national foreign language education publication for her article “The effectiveness of Courses Abroad as a Professional Development Model for Foreign Language Teachers.” The New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers presented the award at their annual meeting in late October.

Peter M. McGinnis

Peter M. McGinnis, Kinesiology Department, was presented with an Award of Appreciation by Committee F08 on Sports Equipment, Facilities, and Playing Surfaces at the November meeting of ASTM International in Atlanta. ASTM was previously known as the American Society for Testing and Materials. The award was in recognition of his “leadership and guidance in the drafting and development of F2949 Specification for Pole Vault Box Collars.” McGinnis is the chair of the F08.67 Subcommittee on Pole Vault Equipment.