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  Issue Number 15 • Tuesday, April 15, 2014  


Campus Champion

No one at SUNY Cortland is happier to see the return of warm weather than tireless grounds supervisor Don Moody and the hard-working crew he oversees. They often work on Mother Nature’s unpredictable schedule — plowing piles of snow during unforgivable winters and maintaining campus green areas during busy springs. Yet through it all, a smile stays glued to Don’s face. He even goes as far as to bring new ideas to his daily tasks. Wildflowers and sculpted lines, for instance, decorate the “no mow” zones he’s introduced to campus. His job isn’t just simple maintenance, he says. It’s taking care of the environment.

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Tuesday, April 15

Green Days Movie Screening: “FRESH,” celebrates the reinvention of our food system, followed by discussion on local foods and fresh food advocates, Sperry Center, Room 204, 7 p.m.

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

Passover Seder: The Interfaith Center, 7 Calvert St., 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16
Wellness Wednesday Series: “Transitions in Faith: Becoming An Adult,” presented by a panel of students who will describe their journey in faith  from childhood to adulthood, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Green Days GMO Speaker: Sponsored by NYPIRG, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 17 
Sandwich Seminar: “Guantanamo: National Security in the Context of Human Rights and International Law,” Ute Ritz-Deutch, History Department, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, noon-1 p.m.

Green Days Event: Campus garden cleanup and planting, sponsored by the Campus Garden Committee, outside Neubig, 2:30 p.m.

Presentation: “Montana Justice: a Discussion with the Authors,” featuring Sierra Adare and TasiwooPa api, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration Film: “In Darkness,” Sperry Center, Room 304, 6:30 p.m.

Monday April 21
Public Forum: “Coal to Gas Conversions?  A case study of the Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing and its Impacts on the Economy and the Planet,” Main Street SUNY Cortland, 9 Main St., 7-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22 
Green Days FesTREEval!: Celebrate Earth Day with activities by campus and community organizations, Corey Union steps, 2-5 p.m.

Green Days Hoxie Gorge Hike: Tour the 169-acre Hoxie Gorge Nature Preserve with biology and geology faculty, transportation provided, sign up in advance: 607-753-5488 or

Dowd Gallery Artist’s Talk: Lynne Allen, whose work is part of “Refocus: Contemporary Photogravure,” will discuss her work in Dowd Gallery, Main Street SUNY Cortland, 5 p.m.

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

Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration Lecture: “Remembrance and Reconciliation: A Return to Germany from America,” by Cornell economist David Kay, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 7:30 p.m.

Concert: College-Community Orchestra, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8-10 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23 
Green Days Wellness Wednesday Event: Green Days Fair, Corey Union first floor, and Sustainability Lunch, Neubig Dining Center, both 11 a.m-2 p.m.

Green Days Sustainability Lunch: Celebrate eating sustainably at Neubig with items made from locally found ingredients, Neubig Dining Center, 11 a.m-2 p.m. 

Writing Lecture: “Doing Time Outside,” by Ginnah Howard, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sandwich Seminar Student Presentation: “Workshop with an Author,” presentation by students of written and visual work created in response to a visit and workshop with Onondaga author Eric Gansworth, Old Main Colloquium, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Green Days Earth Ship Tour: Visit the Earth Ship in Freeville, N.Y., a home made out of all recycled materials by Chad DeVoe M '04 and Courtney Coffey DeVoe M ’08. Space is limited, contact Beth Klein to sign up for transportation, 4 p.m.         

Thursday, April 24
Green Days Sandwich Seminar: Campus Tree Walk, led by biological sciences professor Steven Broyles and the Campus Tree Committee, meet at Old Main Colloquium, noon

Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards and Scholarships: Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Green Days Event: Glow Ride, a night bike ride, raffles, food, and information about riding bicycles safely at night. Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Community Bike Project. Meet at the Professional Studies Building, 8 p.m.

Friday, April 25 
2014 Transformations: A Student Research and Creativity Conference, Sperry Center. Keynote address, “Multidisciplinary Solutions to 21st Century Environmental Challenges: Lessons from Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation Grazing,” by Gary S. Kleppel, ’73, University of Albany, 12:30 p.m., Sperry Center, Room 105; Concurrent sessions and poster presentations from 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Dedication of Bowers Hall: Bowers Hall, 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 26
Football Team Bone Marrow Drive: Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

SGA Children’s Festival: Moffett Center gymnasium, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

2014 Honors Convocation: Park Center Alumni Arena, 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 27
Concert: College Singers present the music of “Sweeny Todd,” Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 3 p.m.

Concert: SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir, with recognition of Director Rob Brown’s farewell concert, Corey Union Function Room, 4 p.m.

Green Days Event: Uganda Water Project Fundraiser, sponsored by BASIC and NYPIRG, help raise money for a rain catching system that will be purchased for a community in Uganda and serve more than 400 citizens, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.  

Undergraduate Commencement Moves Outdoors

The largest commencement in College history will be held in the Stadium Complex read more

New Hall Named State’s “Greenest”

Dragon Hall has earned the highest distinction for environmental design. read more

Capture the Moment


Thanks to the new planetarium in the newly renovated Bowers Hall, members of the Physics and Engineering Club were able to move a Green Days stargazing event indoors April 10 when clouds moved into the sky above Cortland. The group of about 30 students was able to view images of the night sky as it would have appeared if the weather had cooperated. They were also able to explore computer-generated models of nearby planets and other astronomical objects based on recent data from NASA probes. Pictured is adjunct physics professor Sean Nolan discussing a model of Mars. The planetarium is just one of the new features that will be celebrated during a dedication of the updated and expanded science facility scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, April 25.

In Other News

‘Transformations’ Spotlights Student Scholars

Chemistry Student First to Earn Research Honor

College to Celebrate Bowers Renovation

Red Cross to Honor Campus Heroes

Newest Batch of Master Teachers Announced

Writing Contest Winners to Read at ‘Transformations’

Campus Named ‘Tree Campus USA’

Student Wins Award to Teach in Spain

Focus is Youth Diet and Exercise Program

College Welcomes First Female Wrestler

Tour of Freeville Earthship Offered

General Education Vote Set for April 22

Labor Activist to Discuss Wage Theft

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Seth N. Asumah was recognized by the New York Africana Studies Association. read more

Helena Baert received the College's first Tools of Engagement Project learning award. read more

Mark J. Prus had his paper accepted for publication in Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society. read more

Robert Spitzer had articles published in April in New York Daily News and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. read more

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