Spring 2021 Guide and COVID-19 information

Faculty and Staff Activities


Erica Pratt

Erica Pratt, Physical Education Department, will be inducted in the Movement Science Alumni Hall of Fame at Westfield State University on Thursday, April 22.

Mark Prus

Mark Prus, Academic Affairs, reviewed two manuscripts for publication in the Labor Studies Journal. The two articles were “Unintended consequences of Nevada’s Ninety Percent Prevailing Wage Rule,” and “Prevailing Wages, Side by Side Bids and School Construction Costs.”

Danica Savonick

Danica Savonick, English Department, received the Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Award as well as a yearlong faculty fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The ACLS Fellowship Program awards fellowships to individual scholars working in the humanities and related social sciences. You can read more about the award and her project here: https://www.acls.org/Recent-Awardees/ACLS-Fellows

Alexis Blavos

Alexis Blavos, Health Department, was awarded the 2021 Synovitz Distinguished Service Award for her work on the national board of Eta Sigma Gamma.

Justin Bucciferro

Justin Bucciferro, Economics Department, had the article “A Lucrative End: Abolition, Immigration, and the New Occupational Hierarchy in Southeast Brazil” published in March in Cliometrica: Journal of Historical Economics and Econometric History. Also, his book chapter, “The Evolution of Regional Income Inequality in Brazil, 1872–2015,” coauthored with P. Ferreira de Souza, was published in December 2020 in Time and Space: Latin American Regional Development in Historical Perspective

Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels, former cross country and track and field head coach and physical education faculty member, recently wrote his biography titled Luck of the Draw, now available from Amazon.com.

A 1997 Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame inductee, Daniels coached the Red Dragons' men's cross country teams for 17 seasons and the women's cross country squads for 16 seasons. Also, he was Cortland's men's and women's track and field coach from 1987-91 and 1993-96, in addition to 1999-2000 for the men's team.

Daniels led Cortland women's cross country to seven national team titles. His women's teams finished in the top 10 nationally every year from 1987-99. He led the Red Dragons to 11 SUNYAC titles and his runners earned 41 All-America honors, including four individual national champions. He was honored as the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country "Coach of the Century" for the 20th century.

On the men's side, Daniels' cross country teams made eight NCAA championship appearances, won seven SUNYAC titles and boasted five All-Americans. Cortland finished sixth nationally in both 1987 and 1991.

Additionally, Daniels guided Cortland's women's indoor track and field team to a national title in 1991.

He is a two-time Olympic team medalist in the modern pentathlon (horseback riding, epee, pistol, swimming, cross country running), earning a silver medal in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia and a bronze in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy.

Julie Ficarra

Julie Ficarra, International Programs Office, had her article, “Extending Colonial Critiques Beyond Service Learning in the Global South: The Case of Florence, Italy” published in CAPA: The Global Education Network’s Occasional Publication #9, Empires of the Mind? (Post)Colonialism & Decolonizing Education Abroad. The article draws attention to the idea that unequal relations of power exist between visiting U.S. students and host communities, not only in the global south where students often engage in service learning, but in Europe where students are more often engaged in traditional classroom-based and experiential learning.

Bonni C. Hodges

Bonni C. Hodges, Health Department, recently served as the chair of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation site visit team for the University of Nebraska-Omaha's bachelor's degree in public health.

Kate McCormick

Kate McCormick, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, co-authored an article recently published in Early Education & Development. It is titled “Early Childhood Professional Well-being as a Predictor of the Risk of Turnover in Early Head Start & Head Start Settings

Danielle Candelora and Gigi Peterson

Danielle Candelora and Gigi Peterson, History Department, and students majoring in history and social studies, presented the History Department’s 2021 “Love Your Major” events on March 24 via Webex.

First, students from Peterson’s Teaching Secondary Social Studies class offered informative sessions on “Hidden Knowledge,” which required finding key campus information and resources, “Advising Advice,” “Connecting and Exploring,” introducing activities, clubs, and more, and “Student Power,” student government and civic engagement. Professors Candelora, Amy Schutt, History Department, and John Suarez, Institute for Civic Engagement, assisted. The History Department hopes to make the recordings available for future access, as part of a virtual “Survive and Thrive” guide by adolescence education 300-level students.

Later, a panel of students, faculty and alumna Claire Leggett provided insights about “Looking Ahead” to graduate study, study abroad and careers. Organized by Peterson, the panel featured history faculty members Leggett, Candelora, Bekeh Ukelina and Laura Gathagan and senior Sophia Hall.

The evening’s finale was run by the History Club. Led by President Sophia Hall, participants speculated about varied scenarios from the past and choices they would make in an entertaining game of “Would you Rather.” Students and faculty, including the club’s advisor Candelora, joined in the fun.