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The Bulletin: Campus News for the SUNY Cortland Community

  Issue Number 1 • Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014  


Campus Champion

Dowd Gallery Director Erika Fowler-Decatur admirably transformed a necessity — for the College to temporarily relocate the gallery for the past two years to rented space at Main Street SUNY Cortland — into opportunity. From the building’s third floor she welcomed the Cortland community to sample college culture with campus members venturing downtown. Presently, with two enormous moves behind her and back in the newly renovated Dowd Fine Arts Center gallery space, Erika undertakes creative ways to continue the town-gown relationship as well as include the gamut of academic disciplines in intellectual collaborations.

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Tuesday, Aug. 26

Dowd Gallery Exhibition Opens: “Keeping Things Whole,” Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 106 

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Student Job and Volunteer Fair: Corey Union Function Room, 3-5 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: An Intro to Yoga, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m. Participants will experience a beginner-level yoga class and should dress in loose, comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Ice Cream Social: Sponsored by the International Programs Office, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 3:30-5 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Red Cross Blood Drive: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, noon-6 p.m. Call 1-800-RedCross to make an appointment.

Red Dragon Pride Day: Wear SUNY Cortland colors and attend an ice cream social from 1-3 p.m. and a campus photo at 1:40 p.m. on the Corey Union steps. Share photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #CortlandPride.

Monday, Sept. 1

Labor Day: No classes, offices are closed

Labor Day Carnival: Sponsored by the Student Activities Board, Corey Union steps, 1-4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept.3

Roundtable Discussion: Join President Bitterbaum for a conversation about the campus climate, biased and hurtful language and strategies for improvement, Sperry Center, Room 205, 4-6 p.m. RSVP to Lori Porter or Ann Cutler by Friday, Aug. 29.   

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Wellness Wednesday: “Ten Things Every College Student Should Know About Sex.” Mary Dykeman, public health educator at the Jacobus Center for Reproductive Health, invites students to join a frank, informative and entertaining discussion, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Know the Code Information Session: Sponsored by the Student Conduct Office, Corey Union Function Room, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

Dowd Gallery Opening Reception: “Keeping Things Whole,” Dowd Fine Arts Center Gallery, 4-6 p.m. Exhibit runs through Friday, Oct. 10.

Know the Code Information Session: Sponsored by the Student Conduct Office, Corey Union Function Room, 8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5

UUP Cortland Chapter Welcome/Welcome Back Picnic: Yaman Park Pavilions I and II, 4-7 p.m. RSVP by Thursday, Aug. 28. Tickets are $6 for adults 12 and older, $3 for ages 6-11 and 5 and under and new members are free.

Tai chi Demonstration and Talk: “Taijiquan and Qigong: The Ancient Chinese Path to Wellness,” by Master Jesse Tsao, Sperry Center, Room 205, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6-Sunday, Sept. 7

Taijiquan and Qigong Workshop: Led by Master Jesse Tsao, Old Main, Faculty Colloquium, second floor, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days. Contact Andy Fitz-Gibbon, Philosophy Department, to register.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Cortland Nites: Think Fast Game Show, Corey Union Function Room, 8 p.m.

President’s Opening Talk Underlines Success

President Erik J. Bitterbaum shared plenty of good news during the Fall Opening of School Meeting. read more

College and Firm Partner on New Technologies

The Physics Department pairs with MacKintock Inc. on a prototype device. read more

Capture the Moment


Scores of “Dragon Haller” volunteers made it easy for approximately 3,600 campus residents to unload their belongings and settle into their residence halls Aug. 22 and 23. Welcome Week activities continue through Wednesday, Sept. 3, to help SUNY Cortland students ease into a new academic year.

In Other News

College Offers ‘Wellness’ Series for Campus, Community

New Show Inaugurates Renovated Dowd Gallery

Moot Court Resumes Training Legal Eagles

College to Go Red for Colors Day

Bias on Campus Roundtable Planned

College to Recognize Constitution Day

Tai Chi Master Plans Demonstration, Workshop

When Multiple Twins Came to Campus

Study Abroad Fair Set for Oct. 1 in Corey Union

Speech, Hearing Center Expands Outreach

SUNYAC Honors Student-Athletes for Academics

CALS Lecture Grant Applications Due Sept. 4

Professional Salary Increases Recipients Announced

College Honors Accrual Achievement Award Winners

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People on the Move

Interim Assistant Directors of Athletics Named

Faculty/Staff Activities

Seth N. Asumah and Mechthild Nagel, had their anthology of essays on diversity, social justice and inclusive excellence published. read more

Alexandru Balas had the second edition of his book, Peace Operations published. read more

Brian Barrett had a review published and presented a paper at a symposium in Japan. read more

Peter Ducey co-authored a study with seven other scientists that included research from SUNY Cortland students. read more

Alexander G. Gonzalez had a scholarly article published in South Atlantic Review. read more

Wanda Kent presented posters at conferences in Guildford, England, and in Santa Fe, New Mexico. read more

Kathryn Kramer will have her article published later this year in the journal Visual Resources. read more

Mechthild Nagel is on leave from SUNY Cortland while serving as a scholar-in-residence at Cornell University. read more

Jerome O’Callaghan co-authored a paper on free speech as it pertains to Facebook. read more

Robert Spitzer learned that his book, Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights, has been accepted for publication. read more

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