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  Issue Number 10 • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014  


Campus Champion

Shannon Wightman can’t help but leave a memorable first impression on prospective students — or anyone she meets for that matter. The charismatic admissions advisor stays connected to students and their families long after their first handshake, building relationships that last years after they receive an acceptance letter. Shannon recruits out-of-state students primarily from the Southeast, stressing the value of a SUNY Cortland education as faraway as Georgia and Florida. Guided by an appreciation for family, friends and faith, Shannon lives out her motto: “I try to be the best person for them, then watch them be the best they can be.”

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Tuesday, Feb. 4

Disney College Program Information Session: Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-7, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Concert and Open Mic Night: South African-born singer-songwriter Carl Dylan, Corey Union Function Room, 7 p.m. Students are encouraged to participate in the open mic night immediately following the concert.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Literacy Specialist Panel Discussion: Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 7 p.m. 

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Sandwich Seminar: “What is EOP and How Do Students Qualify?” by Lewis Rosengarten, director of Educational Opportunity Program, and Africana Studies Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Wellness Wednesday Series: “What Will the Collective Voice of a Generation Have To Say?” by LeAlan Jones, national speaker, journalist and lead author of Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago, Corey Union Function Room, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

Sandwich Seminar: “Mandela’s Legacy in the 21st Century: Historical Mythology or Useful Example?” John Aerni-Flessner, History and Africana Studies Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Children's Museum Family Times: Celebrate Chinese New Year with stories, spring festival celebrations and making and tasting dumplings, Education Building, Child Care Center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 10

Panel Discussion: “Putin’s Games: Sport, Society, Politics and Economy,” presented by the Clark Center for International Education, Kinesiology Department and Sport Management Department, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 3-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Wellness Wednesday Series: “Speak Up/Speak Out: Inclusive Language – Saving Lives and Building Communities,” Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Sandwich Seminar for Black History Month: “Pioneering a Future: More Than a Teen Mom, Slang-speaking, Black Girl,” Tamara Taylor, Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon-1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Lecture: “An International Career with the United Nations,” by Catherine Bertini, former director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme, Moffett Center, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Lecture: “An International Career with the United Nations,” by Catherine Bertini, former director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme, Moffett Center, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Ceremony: Gymnast Sarah Nadrowski will be presented with her National Championship ring and SUNY Cortland will honor her accomplishments during the halftime of the Men’s Basketball game versus Geneseo Park Center Corey Gymnasium, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Dowd Gallery Curator's Talk: Guest Curator Bart Keijsers Koning, Co-director of LMAKprojects in Manhattan, will discuss Anomie: Fractured Art Norms. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and video art by contemporary artists Martin Basher, George Bolster, Jasmina Cibic, Jeff Grant, Russell Nachman and Carlos Rigau, Dowd Gallery, Main Street SUNY Cortland, 5-6 p.m.

Football Team to Join New Conference

The College's football team moves to the Empire 8 as an affiliate member in 2015. read more

Graduate Students Staff School Hearing Clinic

Students in a new master's degree program tested roughly 800 kids. read more

Capture the Moment


Within minutes of opening, the Cortland Nites Build-A-Bear event on Jan. 24 ran out of 240 loveable polar bears, poodles, unicorns, hippos and bears, leaving the rest of the more than 300 participants to take part in cupcake decorating. Cortland Nites is free and open to SUNY Cortland students. Stay tuned for more entertainment as activities for February and March include glow-in-the-dark ice skating, bowling, a carnival and a world sports tournament.

In Other News

Black History Month Takes Shape at College

Student Snaps Official Super Bowl Images

Vocalist Carl Dylan to Perform Feb. 4

College Emergency Website Goes Live

Comic Andrew Schulz Delivers Edgy Humor

Panel Talk to Consider Sochi Games

Civic Engagement Survey Open Through Friday

LeAlan Jones Talk to Take Place

Gallery Exhibition Curator to Speak Feb. 18

Children’s Museum Offers Spring Series

ASC Program Grant Applications Due Feb. 21

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Seth N. Asumah contributed a chapter to a new book titled The Social Contract in Africa. read more

Gretchen Herrmann had her article published in the December issue of the Journal of Popular Culture. read more

Richard Hunter presented a paper at the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers held in January in Panama City, Panama. read more

Nancy Kane wrote an op-ed titled “In Defense of Dance” that appeared in the January issue of NEA Higher Education Advocate. read more

Beth Klein was named SUNY Cortland’s sustainability coordinator. read more

Jordan Kobritz co-authored an article that was published in the Arizona State University Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. read more

Jean W. LeLoup co-authored a recently published article titled “Assessing Intercultural Competence Growth using Direct and Indirect Measures.” read more

Ute Ritz-Deutch received a research grant to continue her archival research on German scientists in Brazil. read more

Sonia Sharma was a presenter at the American Mathematical Society's Joint Mathematical Meeting in January. read more

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