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Midnight Breakfast Raises Funds for Red Cross

More than $1,000 was raised for the local chapter of the American Red Cross when SUNY Cortland’s Student Affairs Connections Committee hosted a Midnight Breakfast on May 12.

Faculty and staff members prepared and served breakfast foods to 1,019 students from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. at Neubig Dining Hall, offering them a break during the study days preceding finals week. One-dollar donations were requested at the door, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

“Midnight Breakfast is intended to be a stress relief for the students, many of whom use the meal as a study break with some coming from off-campus to enjoy a meal with friends,” said Midnight Breakfast Planning Committee Chair Sandra Wohlleber.

The food was prepared and served by faculty and staff volunteers, including President Erik J. Bitterbaum, Provost Mark Prus and more than two dozen others.

“There’s a strong rapport between the students, faculty and staff during the breakfast,” said Wohlleber. “Along with great food and service the students receive friendly, positive encouragement.”

Participating faculty and staff members included:

Marie Agen
Amanda Anderson             
Gary Babjack                       
JoEllen Bailey  
Evan Bigam             
Harland Bigelow                 
President Bitterbaum
Jean Brown
Shirley Cahill                       
Owen Conklin                     
Steve Dangler                     
Sarah Gingrich
Eileen Gravani        
Charee Grover                     
Cheryl Hines                                   
Vicki Johnson
Janelle McAllister   
Robyn McMicken                
Rich Peagler                        
Mike Pitaro
Mark Prus                 
Calvin Ruthven                   
Greg Sharer                         
Sean Sherwood
Cheri Skipworth      
Tom Spanbauer                  
Abby Thomas                      
Sandra Wohlleber
Julian Wright

Event sponsors included ASC, SUNY Cortland Athletics Department, the Division of Institutional Advancement, Residence Life and Housing Office, the Student Activities Board, Student Government Association and the Vice President for Student Affairs Office.