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The Bulletin: Campus News for the SUNY Cortland Community

  Issue Number 8 • Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013  


Campus Champion

Leah Gelblat fills her time outside of class with activities that are personally meaningful. It’s one reason why December’s sprint towards the semester’s end never seems daunting to the junior communication studies major. “I’m someone who takes it all in and takes it all on,” says Leah, who kicked off 2013 with a Birthright trip to Israel and juggled two fall semester internships on campus. An active presence in the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, she also is a student justice and a member of a Cultural and Intellectual Climate committee — just two more reasons she’s never bored during her down time.

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Tuesday, Dec. 3

Open Mic Night: Last one of the semester, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m. 

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Strength Training Presentation: “Strength Training Assessments and Programming” by John Gaglione, strength coach, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Relay for Life Kick-Off: Relay for Life will be held on campus Saturday, April 12. Volunteer positions available, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 7:15 p.m. 

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Choral Union Concert: Music for Advent, Stephen B. Wilson conductor, Interfaith Chapel, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Sandwich Seminar: “One Man is Climbing a Mountain for Education,” by Ivan Villasboa, Companion Community Development Alternatives, Old Main Colloquium, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Gospel Choir Holiday Concert: Robert Brown Jr., director, Christ Community Church, 292 Tompkins St, Cortland, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Sandwich Seminar: “American Indian Students and Public Higher Education in the 21st Century – the Reality, Multicultural Life and Diversity,” by Gary Smith of Binghamton University, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon

Thursday, Dec. 5

Artist Reception and Talk: “Nothing Lasts But Nothing is Lost,” Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition by Dave Hernandez, Dowd Gallery, 9 Main St., 3rd floor, 5 p.m.; Artist’s Talk at 5:15 p.m. 

Friday, Dec. 6

Red Cross Blood Drive: Interfaith Center, 7 Calvert St., noon-5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6

UUP Holiday Membership Gathering: Corey Union Function Room, 4-7 p.m. Entertainment: Stephen Wilson, piano, 4:15-5:15 p.m. “SUNY in Jeopardy” by Tom Hischak at 5:30 p.m. 

Friday, Dec. 6

Midnight Breakfast: Neubig Hall, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Head Shaving Fundraiser: SUNY Cortland Student Athletic Trainers' Association members will have their heads shaved to raise money for St. Baldrick's Foundation, Park Center, Room 2213, 12-4 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Men's Ice Hockey “Autism Awareness Night”:Jersey and gift raffles when the Red Dragons host Potsdam, Alumni Arena, 7 p.m. Bidding on the jerseys will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and will run through Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. online with all proceeds going directly to the Central New York Chapter of the Autism Society of America.

Saturday, Dec. 7-Sunday, Dec. 8

Study Days

Monday, Dec. 9

PAWS for Stress Relief: Corey Union Function Room, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Tuesday, Dec. 10

PAWS for Stress Relief: Corey Union Function Room, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Tuesday, Jan. 21

President’s Spring Opening Meeting: Corey Union Function Room, 9 a.m.; Refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 6

Winter Session Classes Begin: Continue through Friday, Jan. 17

SUNY Cortland Students 'Adopt' Local Families

The Adopt-A-Family drive will provide gifts to 21 local families. read more

Faculty Senate to Form Start Up NY Committee

Senators voted Dec. 3 on a plan to assess the College's future corporate partners. read more

Capture the Moment


Freshman Kelly Quinn shares a smile with Sara during today’s Paws for Stress Relief event at Memorial Library. Sara, a willing participant of the program, is owned by library cleaner Michelle Ryan. More stress relief is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 and Tuesday, Dec. 10, when the dogs head to the Corey Union Function Room for two more days of hard work during finals week.

In Other News

Super Bowl Raffle Ticket Sales End Soon

Gospel Choir Plans Holiday Concert

Behavior Commission Holds 1st Meeting

CANCELLED: College to Host Poetry Out Loud Contest

B.F.A. Thesis Ponders Future of Civilization

Students, Staff Shave Heads for Cancer Research

Hockey Team Supports Autism Awareness

UUP Plans Holiday Party

Teaching Assistant Poster Symposium Set for Dec. 4

ASC Program Grant Applications Due Feb. 21

Outstanding Non-Traditional Students Recognized

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People on the Move

Taylor Joins Multicultural Life and Diversity Staff

Faculty/Staff Activities

Gretchen Herrmann presented a paper at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting in Chicago. read more

Bonni C. Hodges, Donna M. Videto and Aimee Greeley were busy disseminating their work on the School Health System Change Project. read more

Mechthild Nagel presented at a Cornell University symposium and was the keynote speaker at a Clarkson University conference this fall. read more

Susan Peterson and Lori Ellis had their classes collaborate on a project for NeoVox online magazine. read more

Robert Ponterio and Jean LeLoup presented a session at the American Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages convention. read more

Robert Spitzer spoke about the Second Amendment and gun laws at the University of North Carolina in November. read more

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