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The Bulletin: Campus News for the SUNY Cortland Community

  Issue Number 10 • Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013  


Campus Champion

Thanks to Adam Gonzalez’s strong leadership skills, SUNY Cortland’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program presently has an abundance in student involvement. Three years ago, he was the sole freshman from his class to join the Army ROTC program. Desiring to make the campus more aware of this opportunity and with the realization that the school newspaper staff had no military presence, Gonzalez joined, later became co-editor-in-chief last semester before turning his focus to other volunteer commitments. Today, the senior communication studies major is the undeclared spokesperson for Cortland’s ROTC program while balancing his four-day-a-week ROTC commitment and personal academic excellence.

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Tuesday, Feb. 5

A Teach-In: “After Sandy Hook: Guns in Schools?" Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, Sperry Center, Room 205, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Black History Month Sandwich Seminar: “Miles Davis: An American Trailblazer,” by Lewis Rosengarten, director of the College’s Educational Opportunity Program, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Presentation: “Student Perspectives on Nigeria: Oil, Power and State Instability,” Ngozichukwu Mafiana and Pan African Student Association (PASA), in collaboration with the Africana Studies Department, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 7

Black History Month Sandwich Seminar: “SUNY In Africa: Internationalizing the Curriculum,” by Seth N. Asumah, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Africana Studies Department and professor of political science, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon.

Friday, Feb. 8

Workshop: “Tenant’s Rights,” presented by NYPIRG, Corey Union, Room 301-303, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Children’s Museum Series: “Chinese New Year Celebration,” Child Care Center, Education Building, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Banquet and Africana Dance Performance: The Pan African Student Association, Corey Union Function Room, 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 11

Red Cross Blood Drive: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, noon-6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 11

Lecture: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: The End of Slavery, The Birth of Prejudice,” by Tom Hischak, professor of performing arts, Sperry Center, Room 205, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Panel Discussion: “Elementary Literacy Specialists in a Time of Educational Reform,” Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Open Mic Night: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Study Abroad Fair: Corey Union, Dragon’s Court Hallway, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Sandwich Seminar: "Diversity Studies in the Global University," Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Faculty Discussion: “Henrietta Lacks,” sponsored by the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Challenge Kick-off and Information Session: SUNY Wellness Challenge, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 1:30-3 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Sandwich Seminar: “Tokenism: Myths and Realities in the Academy,” Lyndon Huling, assistant director of Multicultural Life and Diversity, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon.

Friday, Feb. 15

Siblings’ Weekend

Saturday, Feb. 16

Black Student Union Conference and Dinner: Corey Union, noon-9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Underclassmen Recital: Sophomore and junior musical theatre majors perform, Interfaith Center, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Glow Skate: Park Center Alumni Arena, 9-11 p.m.

Campus Adopts Single-Stream Waste Recycling

It's easy. Toss paper and plastic, metal and glass containers in the same bin. read more

Physicist Finds Clues About Genetic Blindness

Aphrodite Ahmadi studies inherited, structural flaws that sabotage eye cells. read more

Capture the Moment


State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher chats with President Erik J. Bitterbaum during her Jan. 30 visit to campus for the first in a series of regional discussions highlighting successful shared services initiatives across the university system’s 64 campuses. “Collaborating and sharing services is not just about saving money,” President Bitterbaum said. “It’s about enabling SUNY campuses to improve students’ educational experiences and better prepare them for successful careers.”

In Other News

'Teach-In' to Honor Sandy Hook Shooting Victim

Events Commemorate Black History Month

Chancellor Highlights Shared Services

Campus Events Illuminate Violence in Congo

Reorganization to Aid Enrollment

Are You Ready for the SUNY Wellness Challenge?

Institute Seeks Nominations for Awards

Conference Takes New Approach to Writing

Phys Ed Student Teachers Commended

Red Cross Praises Blood Drive Efforts

Children’s Museum Launches Saturday Series on Feb. 9

ASC Program Grant Applications Due Feb. 15

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Robert Spitzer presented a talk titled “Gun Legislation and Obstacles to Effective Gun Control.” read more

Mark Dodds edited the Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing. read more

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