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  Issue Number 4 • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011  


Campus Champion

She’s from a small town, Freeville, N.Y., but Annali Fuchs has big city talent and aspirations. The junior musical theatre major’s singing and speaking abilities were displayed at the kickoff event for the “Educating Champions: The Campaign for Cortland” on Sept. 24 at Ledyard Farms in King Ferry, N.Y. They will shine again when she stars as Gladys in the College’s production of “Pal Joey,” which starts Oct. 28. Annali’s 14-hour days in the Dowd Fine Arts Center and near perfect grade point average show a dedication that bodes well for her ultimate goal: the role of Elphaba in the Broadway musical “Wicked.”

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Tuesday, Oct. 11

National Coming Out Day: SUNY Cortland will recognize the diversity and inclusiveness of its campus with an all-day event that supports the efforts of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community on campus, Corey Union steps; presentation by Spectrum, the College’s all-inclusive gay-straight alliance, Corey Union Voice Office, 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Alumni Speaker Series: Careers in Communication Studies/Media/ Marketing, Career Services, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Open Mic Night: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 8 p.m. Bring a school supply or cleaning supply for flood disaster relief.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Workshop: “What to Say to a Porcupine,” facilitated by Rich Gallagher, author of What to Say to A Porcupine: 20 Humorous Tales That Get to the Heart of Great Customer Service, sponsored by the Human Resources Office, Park Center Hall of Fame Room, 8 a.m.-noon. R.S.V.P. to Robin Abbott or call (607) 753-2302.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Sandwich Seminar: “What Do We Mean by ‘Culturally Relevant’ Teaching? Lessons Learned from the Children of the Mayan Village Santa Avelina,” Susana Davidenko, Childhood/ Early Childhood Education Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.  

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Workshop: “Coaching Skills for Managers,” facilitated by Rich Gallagher, author of How to Tell Anyone Anything: Breakthrough Techniques for Handling Difficult Workplace Conversation, sponsored by the Human Resources Office, Park Center Hall of Fame Room, 1-4:30 p.m. R.S.V.P. to Robin Abbott or call (607) 753-2302.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Brooks Museum Lecture Series: “We the People: The Constitution and the Culture of Civil Rights,” Gouri Bhat, Berk Law, 4:30 p.m., Sperry Center, Room 105. A reception will begin at 4 p.m. in the Brooks Museum, Moffett Center, Room 2126

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Lecture: “‘Remember the Titans,’ lessons in diversity and team building," Herman Boone, former high school football coach who inspired the coach in the popular movie, Corey Union Function Room, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Wellness Wednesday: Someone You Know is Gay. Does it Really Matter?” panel discussion, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Sandwich Seminar: “Behind the Times: Latin America in the New York State Global Studies Curriculum,” Gigi Peterson, History Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon-1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Children’s Museum Series: “Exploring Science Using Household Items,” McDonald Building, 60 Tompkins St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Historic Mural Discussion: “Ryah Ludins: From Mexico to Cortland, the Creation of a Post Office Mural,” Robert Rightmire '66, U.S. Post Office, 88 Main St., Cortland, 1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 17

Workshop: "Advising Nuts and Bolts," sponsored by Advisement and Transition, Corey Union, Room 209, noon–1 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Faculty Senate Meeting: Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Film:Wretches & Jabberers,” Old Main Brown Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Speaker: “Why Latinos Are Not ‘Spanish’: the Multicultural Diversity of Hispanics,” Bobby Gonzalez, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Sandwich Seminar: “The 2012 Middle States Self-Study Draft: Open Forum for Discussion,” Middle States Steering Committee Panel, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

$ Concert: Huun Huur Tu musical quartet, Old Main Brown Auditorium, 8 p.m

Thursday, Oct. 20

Sandwich Seminar: “The War on Drugs – A Trillion Dollar Failure,” Barry Schecter, Health Department,” Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon-1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 21

Red Cross Blood Drive: Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Children’s Museum Series: “Worm Composting,” McDonald Building, 60 Tompkins St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 23

$ Gospel Choir Fall Concert: Old Main Brown Auditorium, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 23

In/Civility Film Series: “The Laramie Project,” Sperry Center, Room 105, 8 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 24

Chemistry Lecture Series: “Designer Drugs: Progress Toward New Anticancer Agents Based on Taxol,” Susan Bane, SUNY Binghamton, Sperry Center, Room 304, 3 p.m. A light reception at 2:40 p.m., Sperry Center third floor lobby. A discussion follows the talk in Sperry Center, Room 105, at 4:15 p.m. 

Monday, Oct. 24

$ Interviewing Etiquette Program: Career dinner program, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 6-8 p.m. Registration required.

SUNY Cortland to Become Tobacco Free


As part of its ongoing effort to become one of the healthiest higher education institutions in the United States, SUNY Cortland will become a tobacco-free campus on Jan. 1, 2013.

“One of the College’s major institutional priorities is the health and well-being of all members of the SUNY Cortland community,” College President Erik Bitterbaum said. “Research has proven that one of the clearest threats to individual and public health is posed by tobacco. With that in mind, SUNY Cortland is pleased to join the more than 250 campuses nationwide that have become tobacco-free environments."

President Bitterbaum announced the new policy to faculty, staff and students Wednesday.

The new policy, developed over the course of a year, prohibits all tobacco use, not just smoking. Only one other SUNY campus, Buffalo State College, has announced a completely tobacco-free policy.

“All forms of tobacco use pose significant health risks, including chewing tobacco, which can cause throat and mouth cancer, tooth decay, gum disease and nicotine addiction,” said Dr. Devin Coppola of Student Health Services, co-chair of the campus Tobacco Advisory Committee. “SUNY Cortland is committed to playing a national leadership role in supporting a culture of health, fitness and genuine respect for the well-being of all members of the campus community.”

President Bitterbaum appointed the advisory committee last year to research tobacco-related practices at other institutions and to develop a tobacco-free policy for the SUNY Cortland campus. The committee met regularly throughout the year, discussed the issue at several campus open forums, met with the College’s unions, and developed a proposal.

That proposal was reviewed and approved by the President’s Cabinet on July 25, 2011. The full policy can be viewed at the SUNY Cortland Tobacco-Free Policy website.

To allow adequate time for students, faculty and staff to prepare, the effective date for full implementation of the Tobacco-Free Policy will not take place until Jan. 1, 2013. Meanwhile, the campus will offer a variety of ways to support the SUNY Cortland community in achieving the goal of becoming tobacco-free.

Details of the policy’s proposed implementation plan will be refined continuously over the course of the next year.

SUNY Cortland’s decision to take a comprehensive view of tobacco use is based on the overwhelming scientific evidence assembled by the U.S. Surgeon General, Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency, and World Health Organization, which demonstrates that tobacco is a profound agent of deadly diseases, responsible for millions of deaths worldwide each year, both to tobacco users and non-users.

'Remember the Titans' Coach Visits Oct. 12


The former high school football coach who inspired Denzel Washington’s character in the popular sports film “Remember the Titans” will bring a stirring pep talk to SUNY Cortland on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Herman Boone, the black coach who led an integrated squad during a time of high racial tension in the 1970s, will discuss the film he inspired, team building and lessons in diversity in the Corey Union Function Room at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Student Activities Board, his talk is free and open to the public.

Walt Disney Pictures produced the sports movie based on Boone’s 1971 football team from Alexandria, Va. That was the year Boone was tabbed head coach of the T.C. Williams High School, a newly integrated school formed from the consolidation of three institutions.

Public outcry followed the move, as some community members thought Bill Yoast, the white head coach at one of the consolidated schools, was unfairly passed over for the Titans’ head coaching job. Yoast, however, was appointed as an assistant on the team’s staff.

The two coaches put aside their differences in an attempt to fix the strain between their black and white players and the larger Alexandria community. “Remember the Titans” recounts more than a high school football team’s quest for a state championship; it considers race relations and tolerance during a volatile period in the 1970s.

Boone, now 75 years old, is retired, but continues to travel the country as a motivational speaker. He enjoyed high school teaching and coaching careers in Virginia and North Carolina for more than two decades.

A native of Rocky Mount, N.C., Boone earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina Central University.

The first 50 people who arrive at Boone’s talk will receive a free t-shirt from SUNY Cortland’s Student Activities Board. For more information, contact Mary Kate Boland, the assistant director of leadership and community development, at (607) 753- 2034.

Capture the Moment


Beth Klein, left, a SUNY Cortland professor of childhood/early childhood education, shares a conversation with Boise Thomas, a Cortland native and television personality, aboard the eco-friendly Freedom Bus. Thomas serves as the captain of the “Freedom” documentary film tour that visited campus Monday, Oct. 10. The Freedom Bus promotes renewable fuel alternatives and its interior includes a power generator and interactive display screens.

In Other News

College Celebrates National Coming Out Day

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SUNY Cortland will recognize the diversity and inclusiveness of its campus on Tuesday, Oct. 11, with a celebration of National Coming Out Day.

An all-day event outside of Corey Union will support the efforts of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community on campus. Spectrum, the College’s all-inclusive gay-straight alliance, will offer a presentation at 6 p.m. in the Voice Office, which houses multicultural clubs in a room off Corey Union’s main lobby. Refreshments will be provided.

Throughout the day, campus community members will be able to sign their names on a long roll of paper that pledges support for LGBTQ individuals. Organizers also will hand out free bumper stickers that include the message: “I don’t tolerate hate.”

Sponsored by the LGBTQ Faculty Committee and Spectrum, the event seeks to eliminate homophobia and create an inclusive campus.

Tuesday’s festivities will move to the lobby of Corey Union in the event of inclement weather.

National Coming Out Day evolved after the second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on Oct. 11, 1987. On that day, more than 500,000 people gathered to march in Washington, D.C. to celebrate coming out. Several LGBTQ organizations were born after the event, and the day’s anniversary now marks an annual celebration across the country.

Chemistry Series Aimed at Human Questions

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A series of lectures on chemistry continues on Monday, Oct. 24, when Susan Bane, a professor at SUNY Binghamton, will give a presentation on “Designer Drugs: Progress Toward New Anticancer Agents Based on Taxol.”

Bane will begin at 3 p.m. in Sperry Center, Room 304. Her talk, and two others remaining in the series that relates to health, the environment, energy and other critical topics, will feature a light reception at 2:40 p.m. on the day of the lecture in the third floor lobby of Sperry Center. All of the lectures conclude with a 45-minute discussion at 4:15 p.m. in Sperry Center, Room 105.

Sponsored by the Chemistry Department, the Chemistry Club and the Campus Artist and Lecture Series, the lectures and discussions are free and open to the public.

In addition to Bane’s presentation:

• Leland Widger, a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “Non-heme Biomimetic Complexes of Mixed N/A Donor Sets” on Nov. 7.

• Akiko Fillinger, an associate professor at Ithaca College, will address “Chemistry for the Future: Materials Design for Alternative Energy Sources” on Nov. 21.

“There is a reason that high school teachers frequently present chemistry as 'the central science,’” said series organizer Karen Downey, a SUNY Cortland assistant professor of chemistry. “It is tremendously applicable to our society’s needs. Chemists contribute to efforts to monitor and to improve our environmental conditions. Chemists work to understand how medicines function in the body, and to design molecules that will more effectively do that work. Chemists investigate how energy and matter interact, and how we can manipulate matter to most safely supply energy for us.

“This seminar series is designed to acquaint members of the Cortland community with current research efforts being pursued not just on our own campus, but at neighboring institutions. Our researches are not carried out in isolation, but as part of a larger scientific community of people contributing their thoughts, insights and hours of effort to improve our understanding of the world around us.”

Susan Bane

Bane, whose work could lead to synthetic cancer drugs with fewer side effects, likes to compare cancer chemotherapy to surgery in the Middle Ages.

“It can be very crude,” she said. “Chemotherapy literally poisons the patient in the hope that the cancer cells will die first. The drug Taxol, for example, a substance made from the needles of the yew tree, attacks a central structure within cells called microtubules.

“Anything a cell does that involves movement involves microtubules,” explains Bane, who has been researching these mysterious microscopic structures at Binghamton since 1985. Her current research in this area is part of the work of a consortium of laboratories from Binghamton, Virginia Tech and Emory University.

“Although Taxol has been very successful as a drug, no one yet knows how exactly it latches on to the proteins on the surface of the microtubules,” Bane said. “Additionally, its low solubility and its propensity to cause drug-resistant tumors are major problems.” 

She will present her investigation on the precise interactions between Taxol and its biological target, the microtubules. Bane and her colleagues aim to use this knowledge to design and synthesize new drugs that will act like Taxol.

“A totally synthetic drug can be designed to retain therapeutic effectiveness while avoiding the problems associated with Taxol,” Bane said.

Leland Widger

Widger, who formerly worked with Frank Rossi, SUNY Cortland assistant professor of chemistry, is currently affiliated with the Goldberg Research Group, which is examining the role of metal ions in enzymes.

Widger’s work focuses on discerning the structural and functional characteristics that are essential to the role of metal ions in metalloenzymes. This is significant in that metals play roles in approximately one-third of the known enzymes.

In his lecture, Widger will focus on the chemistry of non-heme iron centers — meaning those not associated with the blood component called hemoglobin. This area of research is broadly significant in biology and in synthetic chemistry.

Akiko Fillinger

Fillinger hopes with her research to develop materials that will enable humans to use non-petroleum-based energy sources.

The most promising substance she is looking into is called nanocrystalline cuprous oxide (Cu2O).  When the single crystals — sub-micron in dimension — of material are illuminated in water with sunlight, the energy of the sun’s photons can be absorbed by the nanocrystalline Cu2O and converted to electricity.

“Our ultimate goal with nanocrystalline Cu2O is to generate hydrogen gas by splitting water,” Fillinger said, noting the process potentially will provide an environmentally friendly energy source in an environmentally sensible manner.

For more information, contact Pam Smith in the Chemistry Department at (607) 753-4323 or Karen Downey.                 

Throat Singing Takes Center Stage Oct. 19

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The musical quartet Huun Huur Tu will bring an innovative genre of music that combines traditional instruments and funky rhythms when it visits SUNY Cortland on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The group, from Tuva — a Russian republic about the size of Iceland and which borders with Mongolia — relies on vibrant acoustics to produce unique throat-singing sounds. Huun Huur Tu will perform at 8 p.m. in Old Main Brown Auditorium.

The concert, part of the 2011-12 Campus Artist and Lecture Series (CALS), costs $5 for general admission and $3 for SUNY Cortland students who show their College ID. Children 10 years old and younger will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in Corey Union, Room 406, or at Brown Auditorium beginning one hour prior to the performance.

“The CALS Committee is charged to serve as a focal point for planning the expansion and enrichment of campus cultural activities,” said Sandra Wohlleber, the assistant director for campus activities and Greek affairs. “We look to rotate things around so we do not appear to always be bringing back the same groups and the same types of events. We look to come up with some possibilities of different genres and different performers to bring to campus.”

A throat singing group has been on the committee’s wish list for four years, she said.

Huun Huur Tu began touring in the West more than 17 years ago and has been credited with introducing the outside world to a wealth of Tuvan traditions.

Throat singing has become the ensemble’s trademark. The group’s singers produce two or three notes simultaneously, giving off the sound of a flute, whistle or bird. But only the human voice creates the sound. Music critics compare Huun Huur Tu’s sound to the whistling of the winds of the Altai Mountains in south central Siberia, near where the group is from.

“It is unfamiliar yet very accessible, an otherworldly but deeply spiritual music rooted in the sounds of nature,” wrote one critic in the Chicago Tribune.

Native Tuvan instruments back up the throat singing while some western instruments, such as the guitar, appear in select songs. The group’s genre is often listed as indigenous folk. But Huun Huur Tu also experiments with electronic music.

The group has been active since 1992 and has released 17 albums, including its most recent recording, “Eternal,” in 2009. Several musicians, including Frank Zappa, have collaborated with the quartet.

For ticket information or questions regarding CALS events, contact the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office at (607) 753-5574. Huun Huur Tu appears by arrangement with Eye for Talent, Inc.

Alumnus to Discuss Mexican Mural

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Robert Rightmire ’66, of Patchogue, N.Y., will discuss an historic mural at the U.S. Post Office in Cortland and its connection to the Mexican muralist movement during the 1920s in a talk on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The SUNY Cortland alumnus, a retired educator and author in the field of art history, will offer “Ryah Ludins: From Mexico to Cortland, the Creation of a Post Office Mural” at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the post office at 88 Main St. People are encouraged to bring their own chairs to the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

His talk caps a month-long series of lectures sponsored by SUNY Cortland’s Latino and Latin American Studies Committee (LLAS). The LLAS Committee and the Cortland County Historical Society sponsor the post office discussion.

The Mexican muralist movement from nearly a century ago might not seem historically relevant to downtown Cortland. Ludins, however, became the first woman to receive a mural commission from the Mexican government and contributed a wood relief titled “Valley of the Seven Hills” to the Cortland post office in 1943.

The artist’s fascinating story is part of an extensive cultural connection shared by the U.S. and Mexico from the 1920s to the 1960s. The Mexican muralist movement stands out among many other artistic patterns because of its strong political undertones and social concern expressed through the artwork.

Rightmire enjoyed a 30-year teaching career at both the high school and college levels before his retirement. Last year, he curated an exhibition devoted to Ludins at the Cortland Free Library. He has served as a guest speaker at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., the Rockwell Kent Gallery at SUNY Plattsburgh and several other high school and college events.

For more information on Rightmire’s talk, contact Gigi Peterson, SUNY Cortland assistant professor of history, at (607) 753-2051 or the Cortland Historical Society at (607) 756-6071.

Performing Arts Department Announces Fall Events

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The SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department has announced its fall semester season of theatre and music events at the Dowd Fine Arts Center.

All events take place at the Dowd Fine Arts Theatre unless otherwise noted. Music events are free and tickets for the musical will be on sale at Jodi’s Hallmark Shop one month before opening night and at the door the nights of the performance. For more information, visit the department website.

The season begins in October with the regional premiere of the original Rodgers and Hart musical “Pal Joey,” which plays for six performances from Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Nov. 6. This Broadway favorite includes the hit songs “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and “I Could Write a Book.” The production, directed and choreographed by Kevin Halpin, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 28, 29, Nov. 4 and 5, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6.

The College Singers will launch the first of several music concerts beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13. They will perform a concert version of the powerful Broadway hit “Les Miserables.”

Ubaldo Valli will conduct the College-Community Orchestra in a performance titled "Charles Ives and His World" at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The concert will feature an orchestral version of the iconoclastic American composer's "The Alcotts," and related works by Wagner, Beethoven and Boehme. Featured performers include concertmistress Lois Pfister and trumpet soloist Ralph Dudgeon.

The Choral Union continues its association with The Arts at Grace Series with a performance of music by Haydn, Holst, Hovhaness, Diemer and Veitch at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Presented under the direction of Stephen Wilson, the concert takes place at Grace and Holy Spirit Church (formerly Grace Episcopal), 13 Court St., Cortland. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

The College Singers, student soloists, the Gospel Choir and SUNY A Cappella will present the popular annual holiday concert on at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. College Singers conductor Stephen Wilson coordinates the concert, which celebrates Chanukah, Christmas and the Winter Solstice.

Rounding out the fall calendar is “A Christmas Carol,” an adaptation of the classic story by Charles Dickens that includes Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, the Christmas spirits, and all of the other traditional characters. The production, co-directed by Howard Lindh and Mark Reynolds, will be staged in the Lab Theatre at the Dowd Fine Arts Center, with 8 p.m. performances on Thursday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 9, and two performances, one at 2 p.m. and one at 8 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11.

For more information about these events, please visit the Performing Arts Department website or call (607) 753-2811.

Attorney to Discuss Civil Rights and Constitution

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A former American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyer will discuss major trends in the U.S. constitutional interpretation and current civil rights issues that shape American understanding of the Constitution, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at SUNY Cortland.

Gouri Bhat, a partner at Berk Law in Washington, D.C., and formerly of the American Civil Liberties Union, will present “We the People: The Constitution and the Culture of Civil Rights” at 4:30 p.m. in Sperry Center, Room 105.

Her talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the 2011-12 Rozanne M. Brooks Lecture Series, themed this year on “Culture and the Written Word.”

A 4 p.m. reception to welcome Bhat, the sister of SUNY Cortland Associate Professor of History Girish Bhat, precedes the lecture in Moffett Center, Room 2126. Both the lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Bhat’s practice has ranged from top-tier public interest litigation against government officials and public entities to litigation that targets powerful private companies charged with civil rights violations. She has spent more than a decade working as a plaintiff’s class action litigator and has represented workers, consumers, prisoners, immigrants, juveniles and racial minorities.

She is recognized as an expert on the U.S. Constitution and current civil rights issues.

Bhat was certified as class counsel representing African-American employees in Abdallah v. Coca Cola Company. That landmark case resulted in an array of programmatic reforms and one of the largest financial settlements in the history of employment class action cases.

She also served as co-lead counsel in the ACLU’s litigation with the Hutto Family Detention Center on behalf of immigrant children held by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at a medium-security prison in Texas. Bhat became the principal creator of an innovative settlement. As a result of the case, the federal government abandoned the practice of family detention in 2009.

She received a B.A. in English from the University of Texas and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. After graduating from law school, Bhat clerked for two years for Judge Lynn Adelman, a federal district judge in Wisconsin.

The Brooks Lecture Series honors the late Rozanne Marie Brooks, a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and SUNY Cortland professor of sociology and anthropology. Brooks was a SUNY Cortland faculty member for 36 years; she passed away in 1997. The 2011-12 Brooks Lecture Series is sponsored by a grant from Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) and the Cortland College Foundation.

For more information, contact Sharon Steadman, the lecture series organizer and Brooks Museum director, at (607) 753-2308.

Native American Film Series Opens Oct. 25

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A film that mourns the death of a young hate crime victim will launch SUNY Cortland’s Native American Film Series on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Presented by the College’s Native American Studies Program, the series is free and open to the public. The four films will be presented at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in Sperry Center, Room 205.

“Two Spirits” is the story of Fred Martinez, a young teen who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits, which is considered a special gift according to his traditional Navajo culture. His determination to express his truest identity costs him his life at age 16, when he was murdered in Cortez, Colo. The film interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world simply wasn’t divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. The film is co-sponsored with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Committee.

“Older Than America,” a contemporary suspense drama, will be shown Nov. 1. The film deals with the issues created by the boarding schools that the government imposed on Native children in the United States and Canada and how generations were damaged within the affected families. Directed by Georgina Lightning, the film stars Lightning, Adam Beach, Wes Studi and Tantoo Cardinal.

“Older Than America” follows Rain, played by the film’s director Georgina Lightning, a Native American woman living in northern Minnesota with her fiancé, Johnny, played by Adam Beach, the local tribal police officer. Rain is struggling with disturbing visions she has been having recently, and as a result she begins to worry that she might be suffering from schizophrenia like her mother did. When a geologist, played by Bradley Cooper, from Minneapolis comes to investigate some strange seismic readings at an old abandoned boarding school for Native Americans, events are set in motion that will lead Rain to discover a horrible secret.

“Two Indians Talking” will be shown on Nov. 8. This film conveys the humorous, uncensored conversation between two First Nation men who are about to take part in their community’s roadblock. Each man wants fiercely to do the right thing, but each struggles with the question, “When you do something for the right reasons, does that make it the right thing to do?” Adam Beach also is in this movie, playing Justin Rain, a university-educated Native of the Seventh Generation, raised to believe that knowledge is the Native American’s best tool for survival. Nathan, played by Nathaniel Arcand, is a high school dropout whose dreams have been consistently crushed in his endurance of the past 20 years. On the eve of their nation’s roadblock, the cousins prepare for the impending battle in a community center that they paint with heartfelt conversation and humorous debate about life, culture, identity, women, literature, dreams, politics, education, poverty and the possibility of hope for the future.

“Apache 8” will conclude the series on Nov. 15. The film tells the story of an all-women wild land firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe that has been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S. for more than 30 years. The film delves into the challenging lives of these Native firefighters. Four extraordinary women from different generations of the Apache 8 crew share their personal narratives with humor and tenderness. They speak of hardship and loss, family and community, and pride in being a firefighter from Fort Apache. “Apache 8” weaves together a compelling tale of these remarkable firefighters, revealed for the first time.

The series is sponsored by Native American Studies, Auxiliary Services Corporation, the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Committee.

For more information, contact Native American Studies Program representative Dawn Van Hall by email or at (607) 753-4890.

Pitcher Wins Union Award for Graduate Students

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United University Professions (UUP), the union that represents academic and professional faculty on all state-operated SUNY campuses, recently presented SUNY Cortland graduate student Daniel Pitcher with its inaugural William E. Scheuerman Post Baccalaureate Scholarship.

Pitcher, who expects to graduate in December with a master’s degree in sport management, received the $2,000 scholarship during the union’s 2011 Fall Delegate Assembly from Sept. 23 to 24 in Albany, N.Y.

He was among five students who were awarded scholarships at the event and this year’s only graduate student recipient.

The award, named in honor of former UUP President William E. Scheuerman, is given to an outstanding full-time SUNY graduate or professional school student who exhibits dedication to the goals and ideals of the labor union movement.

As Cortland’s star quarterback, Pitcher plans to use his leadership ability to coach football.

“Coaching is one of the best ways to impact the athletic, social and academic lives of others,” Pitcher said. “Like union leaders, coaches teach fairness, dedication and the power of working together.”

Pitcher has underscored these tenets in his inspirational speeches to his classmates on campus, to area high school students, and to the sports community at a National Football Foundation banquet held in Verona, N.Y.

“Dan is a genuine, consummate student athlete and a super ambassador for family, team and University,” said UUP member and SUNY Cortland head football coach Dan MacNeill '79.

Pitcher earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland in 2010 while maintaining a 4.08 GPA and serving as captain and quarterback on the College’s football team.

He has deep ties to SUNY Cortland and the State University system. Pitcher is the son of Michael Pitcher, a SUNY Cortland lecturer who also coordinates audiological services for the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department. His brother, Matthew, is a senior kinesiology major at the College as well as a football team offensive lineman. Both his parents earned their degrees from SUNY Geneseo.

To qualify for the award, Pitcher met the scholarship criteria of carrying a course load of a least nine credits after having completed at least nine credits, while holding a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.

Former UUP President William E. Scheuerman helped secure seed money for the UUP scholarship for graduate and professional school students. The scholarship was made possible with money bequeathed to UUP by the late Katherine Carter. Cater made numerous contributions to the fund in memory of her late husband, Robert, a SUNY Oswego union member and colleague to Scheuerman.

The application deadline for the 2012 scholarship is March 1, 2012. For more information or to complete an application, visit UUP’s website at Applications also are available at UUP chapter offices or at campus financial aid offices. Applications may also be obtained by calling UUP’s administrative office in Albany toll-free at (800) 342-4206.

C-Club Hall of Fame Inducts New Members

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Eight new members will be inducted into the SUNY Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame during its 43rd annual banquet and ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the school’s Corey Union.
The 2011 honorees are:
• Thomas Major ’59, a football, baseball and wrestling letterwinner at Cortland and a long-time teacher, coach and athletic director at Trumansburg High School;
• James Sellars ’59, a standout football player, among his three sports, for the Red Dragons who signed professional contracts with the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills and is currently a successful business owner;
• Paul Rose ’67, a posthumous inductee who competed in soccer, wrestling and lacrosse at Cortland and enjoyed a long lacrosse coaching career at Clarkson, Geneseo, Colgate and Morrisville;
• Barbara Moenich LoPiccolo ’69, one of Cortland’s first female intercollegiate athletes and a successful physical educator and coach in the Norwich City Schools;
• Michel “Mic” Potter ’77, one of the nation’s foremost collegiate women’s golf coaches at Furman University and the University of Alabama and mentor to numerous LPGA professional players;
• Janine Henrickson ’84, a star women’s lacrosse and field hockey player who is an accomplished clinical audiologist for the Department of Veteran Affairs;
• Janine Engelhard Bennett ’91, a four-time women’s soccer All-American and national Player of the Year and currently a successful girls’ soccer coach at Dryden High School;
• and honorary inductee Phyllis McGinley, a 30-plus year Cortland physical education faculty member who mentored numerous student-athletes and served from 1981-83 as the acting chair of Cortland’s Women’s Physical Education Department.
In addition to Saturday night’s official ceremony, the inductees also will be introduced at halftime of the Cortland-College of New Jersey football game earlier that afternoon.
Established in 1969, the C-Club Hall of Fame recognizes Cortland alumni who competed as athletes at the College and who have since distinguished themselves in their professions and within their communities. Honorary members are recognized for their long and significant contributions to SUNY Cortland athletics. New C-Club members have been added annually and this year’s ceremony will bring the Hall of Fame roster to 220 alumni and 25 honorary members.
A detailed look at this year’s inductees follows.
Thomas Major ’59
Trumansburg, N.Y.
Thomas Major starred in three sports for the Red Dragons and enjoyed a long and successful career as a teacher, coach and athletic director at Trumansburg High School for more than 35 years.
As a Cortland student, Major lettered in football, baseball and wrestling. After a season as a junior varsity football quarterback, he played fullback and linebacker on the varsity for three seasons. On the baseball diamond, he played shortstop for four seasons — three on varsity — and his .474 batting average as a senior lasted as a school record for 20 years. He wrestled during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Major also was involved in Cardinal Key Club, the Neumann Club, the Men’s Athletic Association (MAA) and the fraternity Beta Phi Epsilon as a student.
Upon graduation, Major began teaching physical education at Trumansburg High School. His 35-and-a-half years of teaching included 15 years as the chairman of the Physical Education Department. He served as director of athletics for 25 years and was the school’s head football coach for 17 seasons. He also coached wrestling, basketball, track, baseball and golf at various times during his tenure.
Major was inducted into the Section Four New York State Athletic Association (NYSAA) Hall of Fame in 1983 and was named the section’s Athletic Director of the Year in 1995. He also was selected to the Chemung County Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Trumansburg Central School Hall of Fame in 2005. Trumansburg’s Tom Major Athletic Complex was dedicated in his name in 1996.
For 48 years, Major served as the recreation director for the Village of Trumansburg and Town of Ulysses. He’s been active for more than 25 years with the American Red Cross and started many youth programs during his 35-plus years as a member of the Trumansburg Golf Club. He’s also worked with the Rotary Exchange Program and the Elks Club of Ithaca.
Major is a 1955 graduate of Horseheads Central School and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1992.
James Sellars ’59
Torrance, Calif.
James Sellars was a standout football player as well as a baseball and track and field letterwinner during his years as a Cortland student-athlete. He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy and has been a long-time successful business owner and community activist.
Sellars was a four-year starting center and linebacker for the Red Dragons from 1955-58. He was honored as a Small College All-American in 1958 and was a first team ECAC all-star and a team captain in both his junior and senior seasons. Also a standout punter, Sellars was selected to play in the first Gem City Bowl and was voted Cortland’s “Athlete of the Year” as a senior.
Sellars also was active on campus as a member of Beta Phi Epsilon for four years. As a senior, he was a member of the Student Activities Council and was president of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (AAHPER) on campus.
He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL in 1959 and played during the exhibition season. In 1960, he signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills of the newly-formed American Football League (AFL). He was the team’s starting outside linebacker and backup punter for their first four exhibition games but was cut before the start of the season.
Sellars graduated from Naval Officer Candidate School with the rank of ensign USNR in 1961. He was assigned to the USS Henrico APA 45 as a deck officer and was promoted to gunnery officer prior to deployment during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was promoted to lieutenant (junior grade) during active service and lieutenant commander while in the Naval Reserve.
Sellars held various sales and marketing positions with several computer oriented companies after his military career. In 1984, he founded Whalepole Painting, a business he continues to run.
An accomplished singer, Sellars has performed with the Los Cancioneros Master Chorale in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County for more than 17 years. The group, which raises money for music scholarships for local students, has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as well as venues in Europe and Canada.
Sellars has helped support high school athletics as a long-time member of the South Bay Athletic Club. He’s coached youth baseball, football, soccer and track and field, and is very active with Cortland’s West Coast Alumni Association.
Paul Rose ’67
A native of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Paul Rose starred in three sports during his Cortland athletic career. He then enjoyed a storied collegiate coaching career, primarily in lacrosse and wrestling.
Rose, who passed away in March 2010, lettered four years in soccer, wrestling and lacrosse with the Red Dragons. As a forward on the soccer pitch, he twice earned first team all-state and All-SUNYAC honors, won the Red Letter Award twice, and helped Cortland make two NCAA tournament appearances. A three-time All-SUNYAC wrestler, Rose won conference crowns at 137 pounds in 1966 and 130 pounds in 1967.
Rose led the lacrosse team in scoring and earned the Red Letter Award in 1965. As a senior, he started on a squad that ranked 12th nationally. Off the field, he was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities as a senior.
After one year as freshman soccer coach at Penn State, Rose coached soccer, wrestling and lacrosse at Clarkson University from 1968-70. He moved to Geneseo State in 1970 and served as lacrosse head coach for 10 years and wrestling head coach for nine seasons. The Knights won ECAC lacrosse titles in 1975 and 1976, defeated Syracuse in the 1977 season and posted an overall record of 86-24.
Rose took over the head soccer and lacrosse coaching reins at Colgate University in 1980 and coached at the school for five seasons. He then spent eight years at Morrisville State College from 1985-93 and coached three lacrosse All-Americans. He remained at Morrisville as a senior admissions counselor from 1993-97 and dean of enrollment management from 1997-2001, then resumed as part-time lacrosse head coach from 2001-06. He spent his final years as a volunteer lacrosse coach at Hamilton High School.
Both Geneseo and Morrisville have inducted Rose into their athletics Halls of Fame. He also was named the 2008 Upstate Lacrosse Man of the Year and was a 2010 inductee into the Upstate New York chapter of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Rose was very active in the village of Hamilton for many years. He incorporated youth soccer as part of Hamilton’s summer recreational program from 1980-83. He was a member of the village recreation commission from 1987-94 and chaired the commission for four years. He also started a youth lacrosse program in 2003 and was a 30-year member of the Park United Methodist Church. 
Barbara Moenich LoPiccolo ’69
Norwich, N.Y.
One of Cortland’s first female intercollegiate athletes, Barbara Moenich LoPiccolo mentored numerous students and teachers as a long-time physical educator and coach in the Norwich City Schools.
LoPiccolo arrived at Cortland in 1965 just prior to the advent of women’s intercollegiate athletic opportunities at the College. She played on intramural and class teams in field hockey, soccer, volleyball and basketball for three years and was a member of the club lacrosse team in 1968-69. In her senior year, she played guard on Cortland’s intercollegiate women’s basketball team and outfield on the intercollegiate softball squad.
LoPiccolo was active in Officials’ Club for three years and both the Women’s Athletic Association (WAA) and Intramural Board for two years. Outside the sports world, she was a member of Theta Phi Sorority from 1966-69. She was president in 1968 and house president in 1969. In addition, she volunteered with adapted physical education classes in her junior and senior years.
The fall after her graduation, LoPiccolo began teaching and coaching in the Norwich City Schools. She taught physical education from 1969-2003, coached varsity field hockey, soccer, softball and basketball from 1969-78, and coached swimming from 1981-89. She also resumed as softball coach from 1997-99 and coached basketball at Sherburne-Earlville High School from 1994-97.
From 1990-2003, LoPiccolo mentored new teachers at Norwich. Also during her tenure, she supervised BOCES students in a physical education field experience and was a district trainer for staff members in lifeguard training, water safety and CPR. She has served as a nationally certified swim official since 1990.
LoPiccolo has worked as an instructor for the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross for more than 30 years and was a board member from 1992-99. She’s also been involved with activities at the YMCA of Norwich and with cancer outreach programs for the Chenango Health Network. Since 2006, she has been an adjunct physical education professor and assistant track and field throws coach at SUNY Oneonta.
Michel “Mic” Potter ’77
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Mic Potter is one of the nation’s most accomplished collegiate golf coaches. In nearly three decades at Furman University and the University of Alabama, Potter has amassed numerous individual and team awards and has coached 11 student-athletes who have gone on to play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour.
Potter played soccer for three seasons and golf for one year while a student at Cortland. He scored the game-winning goal in the Red Dragons’ 1-0 win over Union in the 1974 ECAC Championship game. Upon graduation, he worked as a shop assistant at the Cortland Country Club in 1977 before becoming the assistant golf professional at Furman the following year.
Potter was promoted to head professional as well as assistant men’s and women’s golf coach at Furman in 1979. He served as head women’s golf coach from 1982-2005, during which time he was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year eight times. The National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) selected him as South District Coach of the Year in 1993, and he was inducted into the NGCA Hall of Fame in 1994.
Under Potter’s guidance, the Paladins earned 15 NCAA championship berths and posted six top-10 national finishes, including an NCAA runner-up showing in 1987. Among Potter’s pupils was Dottie Pepper, who won 17 events and earned more than $5 million in career winnings on the LPGA Tour during a 20-year professional career.
Since 2005, Potter has coached the women’s golf team at the University of Alabama. He’s been named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year twice and has led the Crimson Tide to five NCAA championship appearances. Between Furman and Alabama, Potter has coached 21 NGCA All-Americans, 15 NGCA All-Scholar Team selections and 12 conference players of the year. His teams have qualified for NCAA regional competition every year since regional format was established in 1993.
In addition to his coaching, Potter has organized and conducted a Junior Girls Golf Clinic, in conjunction with the Professional Business Women’s Golf Network, designed to bring more girls into the game at a younger age. He also organized the St. Mary’s Golf Classic to benefit the St. Mary’s School in Greenville, S.C.
Janine Henrickson ’84
New York, N.Y.
After a stellar collegiate athletic career on Cortland’s field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams, Janine Henrickson has established herself as a successful clinical audiologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System in Brooklyn.
In four seasons of lacrosse at Cortland, Henrickson recorded 102 goals and 24 assists. She earned all-state honors in her junior and senior years. Henrickson helped the Red Dragons finish second nationally in the 1984 U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Association (USWLA) Division III tournament and third nationally in 1983. Cortland also placed seventh in the 1982 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Division II tournament and won the 1984 ECAC Mid-Atlantic tournament title.
Henrickson played field hockey at Cortland for three seasons from 1979-81. The Red Dragons won the New York State AIAW crown in 1979 and also participated in the state tournament the following year.
A member of Cortland’s Speech and Hearing Club for three years as a student, Henrickson began her present clinical audiologist position in 1987. In 1990, she was chosen as a finalist for the New York Federal Executive Board Employee of the Year Award. She also has received the Award for Continuing Education from the American Speech and Hearing Association and earned a Citation of Appreciation in 2005 from the Brooklyn Key Chapter of the American Prisoners of War recognizing her dedicated service to hearing impaired POWs.
Henrickson received a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1987 and a Doctor of Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2004. A 2008 inductee into the Manhasset High School Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Henrickson has served as an adjunct assistant professor at Brooklyn College since 1993 and has held similar positions at Hunter College and Long Island University. Since 2005, she has been a volunteer blood drive coordinator for the New York/Brooklyn/Staten Island community blood center.
Janine Engelhard Bennett ’91
Dryden, N.Y.
Very few athletes in any sport rival Janine Engelhard Bennett’s accomplishments on the soccer field at Cortland. The defensive standout was a rare four-time All-American from 1987-90, and as a senior was chosen as the NCAA Division III Player of the Year while helping the Red Dragons advance to the national championship game.
Also as a senior, Bennett was a nominee for the prestigious Honda Broderick Award and shared Cortland’s Female Senior Athlete of the Year honor with current C-Club Hall of Fame member Vicki Mitchell ’91. She was named to the 1990 NCAA Division III Final Four all-tournament team. In all, Bennett’s teams posted a combined 66-11-12 record, won three State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) championships and made four NCAA tournament appearances.
Bennett has since enjoyed a successful coaching career, primarily on the high school level. After two years as head women’s soccer coach at the University of the South in Tennessee and one year as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Cortland, she took over as the varsity girls’ soccer coach and junior varsity softball coach at Newark Valley High School in 1995. She moved to the Dryden Central School District in 1998 as the varsity girls’ soccer coach and a middle school physical education teacher.
At Dryden, Bennett has led her soccer squad to six Interscholastic Athletic Conference (IAC) divisional titles, three IAC overall crowns, a Section Three co-championship and a sectional runner-up finish. She has won more than 150 games and her teams have been named National Scholar Athlete teams five times.
Bennett has conducted numerous coaches’ and youth clinics with the Dryden Sertoma Club, a local community organization, since 1991 and was a volunteer coach for the Crown City Soccer Club from 1992-2009.  She’s also been active with the New York State West Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program as well as a variety of other committees.
Phyllis McGinley (Honorary)
Cortland, N.Y.
Phyllis McGinley served as a member of Cortland’s physical education department faculty from 1962 until her retirement in December 1992. She oversaw women’s athletics as the acting chair of the former Women’s Physical Education Department from 1981-83 and directed Cortland’s Summer Sports School from 1979-90.
From 1962-81, McGinley was an assistant professor of physical education specializing in aquatics and elementary and secondary methods. From 1984-92, she coordinated student teaching and elementary methods. McGinley returned to the College as an associate professor emerita and lecturer emerita in the department from 2003-05.
Many Cortland student-athletes have considered McGinley to be a mentor over the years. “There are few who have not come under Phyllis’s ‘touch’ while at Cortland and her sincere interest and follow through with support and assistance,” said C-Club Hall of Fame member Sandy Morley ’77. “Her house is always open to her students who need a room, her time is always available to those who need her advice, her guidance is always freely given to those who face decisions and need a guiding ear. Phyllis has a special warmth and charm which never goes unnoticed by those either who were in her classes or those who now are raising families of their own while balancing their professional lives.”
Active within the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD), McGinley served on the organization’s executive committee and was president of its Southway Zone. She also assisted the organization as a National Aquatics Council member.
A native of Urbana, Ill., McGinley earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1952 and a master’s degree from Cortland in 1969. She worked in Fort Riley, Kan., and Champaign, Ill., from 1952-58 and was a teacher at Cortland Junior-Senior High School from 1959-61.

SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir Plans Fall Concert

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The SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir will present its fall concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, in Old Main Brown Auditorium.

Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $3 for students and $5 for general admission. Complimentary tickets are available based on need. Proceeds support the Gospel Choir Scholarship and Programming Funds.

The concert will feature contemporary and traditional gospel selections and popular American hymns. Cortland A Cappella, directed by Noelle Paley, the director of the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, will perform, along with the Gospel Choir Ensemble, saxophonist Jamie Yaman, pianist Dorothy Thomas ’77 and the Gospel Choir Instrumental Ensemble. 

The Gospel Choir continues its practice of mixing standard favorites from its repertoire with new selections, which this year include “Battlefield” and “Glorious.”  Returning to the lineup will be “My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord,” “Faithful” and “O Happy Day,” which was made popular by the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Khalia Brown, a junior speech and hearing sciences major, is the soloist for “O Happy Day.”

Cortland A Cappella will present “Amazing Grace,” the spiritual “Wade in the Water,” and “Jar of Hearts,” by Christina Perri. Additional selections will be performed by Yaman, Thomas and the Gospel Choir Instrumental Ensemble.

Robert Brown, a SUNY Cortland adjunct instructor in Africana Studies, will direct the Gospel Choir. Brown teaches music at Blodgett Elementary School in Syracuse, N.Y. He is also music director of the New Life Community Church. Choir musicians are Andy Rudy, Reginald Siegler, and Benjamin Terry, all from Syracuse. Yaman is from Cortland.

The program is sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Africana Studies Department, the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, the Alumni Affairs Office, Cortland College Foundation, the Division of Student Affairs, the President’s Office, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Office and the mandatory student activity fee. 

For more information, contact Samuel L. Kelley, professor of communication studies, by email or at (607) 753-4104, or Seth Asumah, professor of political science and Africana studies, by email or at (607) 753-2064.

SUNY Cortland Launches 2011-12 SEFA Appeal

SUNY Cortland will kick off its 2011-12 State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 11, with a noon luncheon for volunteers in Corey Union, Room 305-06.

The campaign, which relies on state employee volunteers to canvas co-workers for donations, will continue until Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The only authorized fundraising campaign among state workers, SEFA is directed by United Way of Cortland County and unites fundraising efforts for a group of agencies under a common umbrella.

“Last year the campus raised $47,039 from 317 donors,” said Laurie Barton, assistant to the president, who is chairing this year’s SEFA campaign on campus.

“Despite the continued economic downturn, we hope to meet or exceed last year’s donations,” Barton added. “The 2010-11 appeal assisted 31,515 residents, or 65 percent of Cortland County, through more than 27 health and human services programs provided by the 13 local United Way agencies. The need for your campaign dollars remains strong in these difficult economic times. Your donation to local agencies clearly makes a difference.”

The College will offer incentives for employees who donate to the 2011-12 campaign. At the campaign’s end, a drawing for five prizes will be conducted. First prize is a reserved campus parking space located in the lot closest to the winner’s building. To be eligible, an employee must pledge at least $104. Everyone who donates a minimum of $25 will be eligible to win one of three $25 Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) gift certificates. Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) members who donate $25 will be eligible for a $50 gift certificate to Hairy Tony’s Restaurant.

SEFA campaigns also are conducted at a number of other state agencies, including the Department of Labor, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Transportation, the Office of Court Administration and the State Police. Decisions are made locally on which agencies are included and how funds are distributed. The community-based SEFA committee is composed of representatives from state agencies and managers of human service agencies. Pledging takes place once a year.

Participants can choose to have their gifts shared among different organizations within Cortland County, used in another county of their choice, or designated for individual local, state, independent or international organizations. Examples of local agencies include the United Way for Cortland County, Madison-Cortland New York State ARC , American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Catholic Charities, Cortland Area Child Care Council, Cortland County Child Development Center, Family Counseling Services, Preble Children’s Center,  Lime Hollow Center for Environment and Culture, Salvation Army, Franziska Racker Centers (special children’s center), United Service Organization, YMCA and YWCA.

Local members of the Cortland County SEFA Committee also include:  Teri Arnold, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Kathleen Burke, SUNY Cortland United University Professions (UUP) affiliate; Gary Evans, SUNY Cortland (management/confidential affiliate); Lois Marshall, NYSDOT (CSEA affiliate); Donna Raymond, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (CSEA affiliate); Cindy Tarlton, Community Health Charities of New York; John Young, SUNY Cortland (CSEA affiliate); Cynthia Eberhart, executive director, United Way for Cortland County; Antoinette Tiburzi, SUNY Cortland professor emerita and Cortland County SEFA chair; Laurie Klotz, Cortland County SEFA vice chair; and Barton, 2011-12 SEFA campaign chair.

For more information about SEFA in New York state, visit the website

Alumni Speaker Panel Highlights Communication and Marketing

SUNY Cortland’s 2011-12 Alumni Speaker Series kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 11, with a panel discussion intended for students who want to pursue jobs in communication and marketing.

The informal discussion takes place at 7 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Panelists include Joan Brennan Emmer ’70, an event planner with the EMR Agency; Jennifer Kolozsvart ’05, a marketing copywriter with Raymour & Flanigan Furniture; Thomas Quinn ’78, the marketing director for Cortland Regional Medical Center; and Lisa Sturdevant ’92, who works in creative services with WETM-TV in Elmira, N.Y.

The communication and marketing panel is the first of six discussions planned with alumni professionals throughout the academic year. The remaining Alumni Speaker Series events, which begin at 7 p.m., include:

  • Health professionals on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.
  • Sport management professionals on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.
  • Business and economics professionals on Monday, Feb. 20, in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge.
  • Professionals in the human services and helping professions on Tuesday, March 20, in the Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.
  • Professionals involved with recreation and leisure on Tuesday, April 3, in the Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

The Alumni Speaker Series is sponsored by the Alumni Affairs Office and Career Services. For more information, contact Career Services at (607) 753-4715.

Interviewing Etiquette Program Planned for Oct. 24

The annual “Interviewing Etiquette Program,” formerly “Goofs and Goblets” career dinner program, will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge. Advance reservations are required by Tuesday, Oct. 18.

During this program, students learn to navigate a formal meal while talking about careers with representatives from a variety of fields. All majors and class years are welcome.

Participants will attend a reception and be served several courses hosted by Louie Larson, associate director emeritus of career services. The program will incorporate career networking and dining etiquette in a fun and humorous way.

Faculty and staff members who would like to sponsor one or more students are cordially invited to attend the program as guests of the Alumni Association. Participation is on a space-available basis for faculty and staff. The suggested sponsorship per student is $15.

Students may register in the Career Services office in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-5. The subsidized cost to students is $5, payable by cash or check. A limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Faculty or staff members interested in sponsoring students or making a reservation to attend should contact Michelina Gibbons, Career Services, by email or at (607) 753-2224. Sponsors must confirm student attendance and register students with Career Services.

The event is sponsored by the Alumni Association, Auxiliary Services Corporation and Career Services.

Faculty Members Participate in Play About Cardiff Giant

“The Cardiff Giant,” a two-act comedy-history by SUNY Cortland Professor of Performing Arts Thomas Hischak, will take the stage at the Center for the Arts, in Homer, N.Y., on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The staged reading, which features a cast of SUNY faculty members, will begin at 7 p.m. at the center located at 72 South Main St. The performance is free and open to the public

“The Cardiff Giant” is about the famous 19th-century hoax in which a petrified giant man was found buried on a farm in Cardiff, N.Y. The discovery was a sensation and people came for miles to see the giant before it was put on display in New York and other cities. Later proven to be a hoax, the statue is currently at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. “The Cardiff Giant” is a comedic look at the history of the giant and the people behind the hoax.

The cast for the play reading includes SUNY faculty members Girish Bhat, History Department, Kim Hubbard, Performing Arts Department, Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, and Sharon Steadman, Sociology/Anthropology Department. Also in the cast are William Allen, Beth Hubbard, Bill Lee, Bob Sanders, Jackie Sanders, Teresa Spitzer and Sandy Swierczek.

“The Cardiff Giant” was a winner in the 2010 Julie Harris Playwriting Competition at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in California. Hischak is the author of 25 published plays as well as several books on theatre and film. 

For more information, contact Hischak by email or at (607) 753-4206.

College Honors Accrual Achievement Award Winners

The Human Resources Office announced the recipients of its Annual Accrual Achievement Awards for Classified Service. These employees have used one day or less of sick leave accruals during the 2010-11 fiscal year.

The employees will receive a letter from President Erik J. Bitterbaum, a certificate of recognition and a $25 gift certificate to the Cortland Downtown Partnership.

The program was created to recognize classified employees who use minimal amounts of sick leave and to encourage other employees to build up sick leave balances. The awards will be distributed on Friday, Oct. 28. Those employees who will receive the award are:

Robert Albro
John Aldrich
Walter Anderson
Dale Argyle
Ronald Benda
Chauncey Bennett, III
Gregory Bliss
Tanya Brayton
Renato Bervetti
Ellen Brown
Stacey Buckley
Dana Bush
Susan Bush
Frances Bushaw
Giuseppe Canzano
Duane Card
Kathleen Card
Wayne Carroll
Vicki Clark
Lucinda Compagni
Barbara Conrad
Michele Cornelius
Roger Cornelius
John Coye
Judy Daniels
Deborah Dintino
Ella Dorman
Francis Evangelista
Barbara Field
Burton Fritts
Carol Gridley
Katherine Gustafson
Kathleen Hudson
Marilyn Jones
Sandra Kline
Nancy Kuklis
Gary Lansdowne
Jane Leonard
Dawn Linn
Jo-Ann MacLean
Greg McCartney
Valerie McConnell
Kathy McCracken
Diana McGee
Donald Moody
Denise Morse
Rhonda Moulton
Marcia O’Loughlin
Rosemary Ottenschot
William Parente
Linda Parker
Linda Parmiter
Michael Partigianoni
Ruth Partigianoni
Claire Payne
Linda Pedrick
Edith Pennell
Gregory Peters
Darlene Phillips
Steven Phillips
Connie Piech
Donna Poole
John Reynolds
Steven Rolfe
Joan Root
Rosemary Root
Elizabeth Scott
Russell Scott
Mitchell Seamans
Pamela Schroeder
Shirley Shepard
LouAnne Simons
Lawrence Smith
Nadia Snell
Lynn Stevens
Joseph Stockton
Kathleen Stockton
Mark Taylor
Melony Warwick
Dortha Weaver
Joyce Willis
Gary Withers
Patricia Wolff
Teri Wood
Kenneth Woodworth

Classified Staff Recognized for Years of Service

The 2011 Annual Service Awards Ceremony recognizing classified staff will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, in the Corey Union Function Room.

The following employees are slated to receive awards. To note a correction or addition to the list, contact the Human Resources Office at (607) 753-2302.

35 Years

Wendy Fairchild, Information Resources Office

30 Years

Mavis LeFever, Campus Activities and Corey Union Office

John Reynolds, University Police Department

Patrick Stack, Service Group

Sharon Tucker, Performing Arts Department

25 Years

Mary Cervoni, Registrar’s Office

Bonnie Eldred-Kress, Athletics

Brenda Gorman, Student Health Service

Theresa Peebles, Mathematics Department

Darleen Richardson, Research Foundation of SUNY

Mitchell Seamans, Mail Services/Central Warehouse/Commissary/Central Receiving

20 Years

Leslee Anne Bellardini, Health Department

Chauncey Bennett, University Police Department

Harland Bigelow, Budget Office

Linda Bunting, Custodial Services

Brenda Hammond, University Police

Elaine Lund, Student Health Services

William Parente, Custodial Services

Steven Phillips, Structural Maintenance

Ronald Riccardi, Structural Maintenance

Pamela Schroeder, Academic Affairs Office

Cheryl St. Peter, Custodial Services

15 Years

Doris Albro, Administrative Computing Services

Franklin Dalton, University Police Department

Kathleen Gauthier, Residence Life and Housing Office

Faith Kashuba, Stores Clerk I, Mail Services/Central Warehouse/Commissary/Central Receiving

10 Years

Patricia Alter, Literacy Department

Dale Argyle, Physical Plant

Nancy Beattie, Custodial Services

Renato Brevetti, Structural Maintenance

Lori Burns, Student Health Service

Giuseppi Canzano, Structural Maintenance

Kathy Coggi, Financial Aid Office

Michele Cornelius, Custodial Services

Timothy Gowe, Transportation Services

Carol Gridley, Advisement and Transition

David Haggerty, Custodial Services

Dawn Harvey, Custodial Services

Timothy Hecker, Heating Plant

Jane Leonard, Custodial Services

Chad Matijas, Structural Maintenance

Richard Nauseef, Heating Plant

Linda Parker, Custodial Services

Connie Parmiter, Mail Services/Central Warehouse/Commissary/Central Receiving

Ruth Partigianoni, Custodial Services

Gregory Peters, Custodial Services

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Cast Announced for Musical ‘Pal Joey’

SUNY Cortland’s Performing Arts Department has announced the cast for its fall production of the original 1940 Broadway hit musical “Pal Joey.” 

The play will be performed at Dowd Fine Arts Theatre from Friday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Nov. 4, to Sunday, Nov. 6. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

Staying true to the music and lyrics of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, with a book by John O’Hara, this production revives the story of Joey Evans, a small-time song and dance man who is desperate for success.

The performance includes familiar songs, such as “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and “I Could Write A Book,” and is highlighted by the spectacular choreography that has become a hallmark of SUNY Cortland musicals. 

The cast includes Tim Fuchs as Joey; Sam Rey as Vera; Annali Fuchs as Gladys; Angelia Golden as Linda; Derek Mellor as Lowell; Keith Golden as Louis; Mallory Walton as Melba; and Rasheem Ford as Mike. Katie Quigley and Ricky Wenthen perform as specialty dancers, and the chorines (“chorus girls”) are played by Lauren Collins, Lindsey Galgano, Chrissy Jackson, Sara Laursen, Grace McGeoch, Carly Merrill and Katie Quigley. The ensembles include Jacqui Fisher, Kerry Maloney, Melissa Pipher, Lauren Puente, Lisa Reid, Katie Stanton, Joey Gugliemelli, Chad Henke, David Newman, Charles O’Connor, Paul Warren Smith and Ricky Wenthen.

“Pal Joey” is directed and choreographed by Kevin Halpin. The associate director and choreographer is Cindy Halpin and the musical director and conductor is Corinne Aquilina. Howard Lindh is the set designer, Preston Mayre is technical director, Joel Pape is the sound designer and lighting designer and Mark Reynolds is the costume designer. 

Admission is $16 for the general public; $14 for senior citizens and SUNY staff; and $7 for all students and children. Tickets are on sale at Jodi’s Hallmark Shop on Main Street in Cortland, and at the door prior to each performance.

More information about the musical and this season’s other events can be found on the Performing Arts Department website.

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Jeremiah Donovan

Jeremiah Donovan, Art and Art History Department, had his recent ceramic sculptural work selected by jury for inclusion in the Arnot Art Museum’s 73rd Fine Art Exhibition in Elmira, N.Y. The exhibit includes 16 selected artists using various mediums. It will open Tuesday, Oct. 11, and continue through Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.

Quincy Loney

Quincy Loney, Mathematics Department, was invited to present selected results from his doctoral dissertation at the 1,072nd meeting of the American Mathematical Society held Sept. 10-11 at Cornell University. Quincy’s talk, “Decomposition of Level-1 Representations of D_4^(1) with Respect to its Subalgebra G_2^(1) in the Spinor Construction,” was given as a part of the special session on Kac-Moody Lie Algebras, Vertex Algebras and Related Topics.

Christopher McRoberts

Christopher McRoberts, Geology Department, presented a session at the 2011 Annual Meeting of The Geological Society of America (GSA) Oct. 9-12 in Minneapolis, Minn. His talk is titled “Habitat Heterogeneity and Speciation Among Deep-Sea Triassic Benthic Bivalves from the Exaerobic Zone.” 

Gregg Weatherby

Gregg Weatherby, English Department, has had six poems from his current work-in-progress, Approaching Home, excerpted for an anthology of memoir to be published later in the year by Telling Our Stories Press.

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