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  Issue Number 6 • Nov. 8, 2011  


Campus Champion

Don’t let Amanda Carpenter’s age fool you. At 22, the New York Public Interest Research Group project coordinator is barely older than the SUNY Cortland students she educates on important election topics such as hydrofracking and education reform. Yet the 2011 SUNY Albany graduate recently led a grassroots effort at the College to register more than 170 student voters for the Nov. 8 election, speaking to classes and setting up tables in Corey Union to increase voter turnout. “It’s my job to make sure their voices are heard when it comes to the issues that are affecting college students,” Carpenter said.

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Tuesday, Nov. 8

Panel Discussion: U.S. Education in Global Context,” Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Native American Film Series: “Two Indians Talking,” Sperry Center, Room 205, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Speaker: “Everything Internships with the Internship Queen,” Lauren Berger, Intern Queen Inc., Career Services, Old Main Brown Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Open Mic Night: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Sandwich Seminar: “Geographical Information Systems (GIS), SUNY Cortland and MPower Integrator,” Adam Levine, Physical Plant, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Documentary: “Waiting for Superman,” Sperry Center, Room 205, 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Panel Discussion: “Waiting for Superman ... Or Not: Documentaries and Discussion about School Choice,” Sperry Center, Room 205, 7 p.m. 

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Wellness Wednesday Series: “BEing Civil is all about BEing Human: LGBTQ and Communities of Color,” Noelle Chaddock Paley, Multicultural Life and Diversity and panel of speakers, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Sandwich Seminar:Tobacco-Free Campus: Why Go Tobacco-Free and What Does It Mean for Me?” by members of the Tobacco Advisory Committee, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon

Thursday, Nov. 10

Clark Center Reception: Performance by Africana Dance, Old Main Faculty Lounge, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11

Admissions Open House: Park Center gymnasium, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day Ceremony: Keynote Speaker is Joshua Bacigalupi, U.S. Army Combat Veteran, Old Main Brown Auditorium, 3 p.m. 

Friday, Nov. 11

$ Nutritional Fitness Workshop: Park Center, Room 2303, 3 p.m. 

Friday, Nov. 11

Cortaca Mug: Games, entertainment, refreshments, Interfaith Center, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 13

College Singers Concert: Music from ‘Les Misérables,’ Dowd Fine Arts Theatre, 2 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 14

Luncheon Workshop: “Teaching Online with an International Partner,” Sperry Center, Room 309, 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

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

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Alumni Speaker Series: Careers in the Health Professions, Career Services, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Native American Film Series: “Apache 8,” Sperry Center, Room 205, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

College-Community Orchestra Concert: “Charles Ives and His World,” conducted by Ubaldo Valli, Dowd Fine Arts Theatre, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Supervisors’ Workshop: “Developing Appropriate and Effective Performance Programs,” first of a three-part workshop series titled “Nuts and Bolts of Performance Management,” Park Center Hall of Fame Room, 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Wellness Wednesday Series: “Go Cold Turkey!” Health Promotion interns and Tobacco Advisory Committee members promotet tobacco-free initiative and Great American Smokeout, Corey Union first floor, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Wednesday, Nov. 16

Sandwich Seminar: “Multiculturalism, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access and Social Justice at SUNY Cortland,” presented by Multicultural Life and Diversity Office staff, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Film and Discussion: “Corn Soup,” a documentary about Native American culture, followed by discussion with filmmaker Torry Mendoza and participant Clint Shenandoah, Sperry Center, Room 205, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17

Sandwich Seminar: “Accommodation and Adjudication in Student-Administrative Conflicts: The Difficult Legacy of the U.S. Supreme Court,” Katrina Bratge, Educational Leadership Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon-1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18

Opening Reception: “Hybrid Moments,” watercolor exhibit by Timothy Chave, a senior in SUNY Cortland’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program, 104 Main St., Cortland (above A Pizza & More restaurant), 6-9 p.m. Chave will speak about his work at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19

Children’s Museum Series: Dan the Snake Man will present reptiles using informative displays and interactions, McDonald Building, 60 Tompkins St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 21

Chemistry Lecture Series: “Chemistry for the Future: Materials Design for Alternative Energy Sources,” Akiko Fillinger, Ithaca College, 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, Nov. 21

Comedian: Sherrod Small, Old Main Brown Auditorium, 7 p.m. 

Graduate Student to Speak on Veterans Day

A Nov. 11 ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. in Old Main Brown Auditorium. read more

Tobacco-free Policy Lauded by Cancer Society

The College's tobacco-free effort wins American Cancer Society award. read more

Capture the Moment


Four six-person teams participated in a dodgeball tournament organized by the Colleges Against Cancer student group on Nov. 6 in Park Center. The event sought to educate participants on the importance of SUNY Cortland’s new tobacco-free initiative, which will go into effect in 2013.

In Other News

Keep Up With Cortaca Through Live Tweets

Philanthropy Week Events Spotlight Generous Alumni

Cortaca Mug Event Entertains Without Alcohol

‘Intern Queen’ to Share Job Information

B.F.A. Student Opens Watercolor Exhibition

College Council Honors Bernard E. Thoma

Second Fall Open House Set for Nov. 11

Television comic Sherrod Small to Perform Nov. 21

Japanese Educators Learn about Character Education

Locally Filmed Native American Movie to Screen

Non-Traditional Students Will Be Recognized Nov. 7 to 11

College Singers Present ‘Les Misérables’ on Nov. 13

College-Community Orchestra Presents Music of Charles Ives

Alumni Speaker Panel Highlights Health Care Professions

Three Workshops for Classified Employee Supervisors Scheduled

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Seth N. Asumah received a national appointment to referee the National Soccer Championships. read more

Heather Bartlett, Ross Borden, Jack Carr, Mary Lynch Kennedy, Christine Lemchak, Deborah Rogers and Anne Wiegard completed a literacy course in August at Project Look Sharp at Ithaca College. read more

Kerri Freese, Mary Gfeller, Angela Pagano and Gregory D. Phelan accompanied eight SUNY Cortland students to the Noyce Northeast Regional Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. read more

Mary Gfeller and Noyce Scholar Morgan Barnett presented a workshop session at the Noyce Northeast Regional Conference read more

Thomas S. Hischak has contracted to write American Literature on Stage and Screen. read more

Mary Lynch Kennedy co-authored the seventh edition of the book, Writing in the Disciplines; A Reader and Rhetoric for Academic Writers. read more

Beth Klein presented a plenary session on the “Status of the New York State Environmental Literacy Plan.” read more

Angela Pagano and Noyce Scholars Dominick Fantacone and Sarah Smith presented “Bringing Space Down to Earth! Teaching Secondary Science Using NASA Materials” at the Noyce Northeast Regional Conference. read more

Susan Peterson had her article published in the Journal of Intercultural Disciplines. read more

Gregory D. Phelan served as a conference organizer for the first Northeast Regional Noyce Conference held Oct. 13-16 in Philadelphia, Pa. read more

Robert Spitzer authored “Libya and Iraq: A Stop and Think Moment,” that appeared on The Huffington Post. read more

Tiantian Zheng recently spoke at Hamilton College and Columbia University about her recent research. read more

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Scholarships and Awards

Following are five scholarship or awards nomination/application announcements in order of submission deadlines. This ongoing list will be updated in each issue of The Bulletin

Distinguished Librarian Award

Details: Distinguished Librarian is a prestigious tenured University rank that is awarded to librarians whose contributions have been transformational in creating a new information environment by providing access to information, sharing or networking information resources, and fostering information literacy. The Distinguished Librarian rank honors and promotes the achievement of personal excellence, groundbreaking professional progress, and wide-ranging benefit to the academic community. This rank parallels the Distinguished Professor rank in terms of expected level of accomplishment and the rarity in awarding the rank. The Distinguished Librarian rank is open to state–operated campuses of the State University.

Individuals may not nominate themselves for these awards. 


Deadline: Monday, Nov. 28

Contact Information: Virginia Levine, President’s Office, Miller Building, Room 408


Chancellor's Awards for Excellence

Details: Nominations are now being sought for the following awards:Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

To be eligible for the Excellence in Librarianship Award, individuals must possess an MLS or equivalent and must have served as a full-time librarian at SUNY Cortland for at least three years. Eligibility for the Excellence in Professional Service Award is limited to those non-classified service employees with more than 50 percent of their work assignment in non-teaching services and who have completed at least three years of continuous full-time professional service. Faculty nominees for the Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities award may hold any academic rank, but they must have completed three years out of five of full-time service on their home campus prior to the year of nomination. The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching requires full-time teaching, tenure-track status with three academic years of full-time teaching out of the five required years on the nominating campus immediately prior to the year of nomination. Candidates for Excellence in Faculty Service must be full-time faculty whose service extends beyond that generally considered part of the basic professional obligation.


Deadline: Monday, Nov. 28

Contact Information: Virginia Levine, President’s Office, Miller Building, Room 408


SUNY Distinguished Faculty Rank

Details: The Distinguished Professorship is the highest rank in the SUNY System. Nominations are now being sought for the SUNY ranks of Distinguished Professor, Distinguished Service Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor. To be eligible, candidates must have held the rank of full professor for five years and have been on the nominating campus for at least one year.

The Distinguished Professorship recognizes instructional faculty who have achieved national or international prominence through significant contributions to research and scholarship, or through artistic performance or achievement in the fine and performing arts. The Distinguished Service Professorship recognizes extraordinary service in the application of intellectual skills drawing from the faculty member’s scholarly and research interests to issues of public concern.  The Distinguished Teaching Professorship recognizes a sustained record of outstanding teaching competence at the graduate, undergraduate or professional levels. The Distinguished Faculty Rank is an academic rank above that of full professor and is conferred solely by the SUNY Board of Trustees. 


Deadline: Monday, Nov. 28

Contact Information: Virginia Levine, President’s Office, Miller Building, Room 408


Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Classified Service ­– Academic Year 2011-12

Details: SUNY Chancellor’s Office has informed SUNY Cortland’s President’s Office of the opportunity for each campus to nominate one classified staff member for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. 

Criteria: Guidelines are available at Chancellor Award Guidelines

Deadline for nominations: Monday, Dec. 5

Contact Information: Virginia Levine, President’s Office, Miller Building, Room 408


Vice President for Student Affairs Merit Award

Details: The Vice President for Student Affairs Merit Award is designed for students who have made a significant contribution to the quality of student life in our campus community by their demonstration of leadership and participation in student life programs and activities.

Eligible applicants must have at least a minimum GPA of 2.5, be in “good social standing” defined as not having received a sanction higher than a reprimand for a minimum of two semesters prior to the date of the application, and be a returning student for the Fall 2012 semester.

The amount of the award is $500.

Criteria: Applications are available at this link

Deadline: Friday, Dec. 9

Contact: Vice President for Student Affairs, Corey Union, Room 407 A. 

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