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The Bulletin: Campus News for the SUNY Cortland Community

  Issue Number 14 • Tuesday, April 7, 2015  


Campus Champion

“‘Health’ means so much more than ‘physical wellness,’” Cathy Smith said, sharing the characteristic, twinkling smile familiar to countless students. During her 24 years at the College, Smith has spearheaded awareness efforts ranging from tobacco use to sexual assault. Retiring soon as health educator, Smith said she takes special pride in the grief support group she helped start soon after her arrival. “We live in a culture where we say, ‘Death shouldn’t happen,’” Smith said. “But we have a number of students dealing with the death of a loved one.” For caring so much about everyone she has touched, Smith truly will be missed.

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Tuesday, April 7

Film Series: “A Long Way Home,” (1997) as part of the Rubble Films: Classics of Post-1945 European Cinema, Sperry Center, Room 104, 7 p.m.

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

Take Back the Night March: Sexual Assault Awareness Week Event, Corey Union steps, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8

Union Matters Chapter Meeting and Lunch: “Civility/Bullying in the Workplace,” Corey Union Function Room, buffet opens at 11:45 a.m.

Sandwich Seminar: “The Object at Work: Material Culture in the Service-Learning Writing Course,” by Geoff Bender, English Department, and John Suarez, Service-Learning Office, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon-1 p.m.

Information Session: 2020 Information Resources Strategic Plan presentation, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 1:30-3 p.m. To preview the plan, the document is available at

Brooks Lecture Series: “Livable World/Livable Planet: The Social Aspects of Ecological Sustainability,” William Skipper, Sociology/Anthropology Department, Moffett Center, Room 2125, 4:30 p.m. A reception to welcome speakers begins at 4 p.m. in the Brooks Museum, Moffett Center, Room 2126.

Presentation: “The Why, What and How of Project Based Learning (PBL),” Corey Union Function Room, 4-6 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday Series: “It’s On Us: Let’s Talk About It,” Sexual Assault Awareness and Programming Committee panel discussion, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 9

Sandwich Seminar: “Solitary Confinement in New York,” by Ute Ritz-Deutch, History Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Global Crisis Week Lecture: “The Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity and Ukraine’s Far East,” by Zenon Wasyliw from Ithaca College, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 7 p.m.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week Event: “Tim Collins and The Script,” a one-man show that examines rape culture, Sperry Center, Room 205, 7 p.m.

Global Crisis Week Panel Discussion: “ISIS Forum: A State of Crisis,” Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 7 p.m.

Educator’s Talk: “Politically Active Teacher? Me? Yes, You!” by Timothy D. Slekar, a founder of the national movement encouraging concerned parents to keep their children from participating in high stakes school testing, Sperry Center, Room 105, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 10

Portfolio Development Workshop: Sponsored by the Provost's Office and the Faculty Development Center, Corey Union, Caleion Room, 9-10:30 a.m. RSVP to Susan Suben, Faculty Development Center

Performance: “Legally Blonde, The Musical,” presented by the Performing Arts Department, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 11 

Spring Open House: Park Center Alumni Arena, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Green Days Event: FesTREEval! SUNY Cortland Green Reps will provide information about sustainability on campus and how to live a more sustainable life, Student Life Center, 1- 4 p.m.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week Event: “Build-A(wareness)-Bear, hosted by Safer, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 3-6 p.m.

Performance: “Legally Blonde,The Musical,” presented by the Performing Arts Department, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 12

Performance: “Legally Blonde, The Musical,” presented by the Performing Arts Department, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 2 p.m.

Monday, April 13

Interviewing Etiquette Program For Educators: Corey Union Function Room, 5:30 p.m. Registration required, call Career Services at 607-753-4715

Tuesday, April 14

Information Session: 2020 Information Resources Strategic Plan presentation, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 10-11:30 a.m. Preview the plan at

Green Days Event: Campus Tobacco Litter Cleanup, meet at the Corey Union steps, 11:15 a.m. Continues until 1:15 p.m.

Green Days Film Screening: “Bag It,” a documentary that follows a man as he navigates the crazy, plastic world, where Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes. “Bag It” shows what people can do about it right now, Sperry Center, Room 104, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15

Wellness Wednesday Series Green Days Event: “Our Place in the Universe,” hosted by the Physics Department, includes a “night” star trek of the Earth’s universe, complete with constellation myths and cultural ties, in the new Bowers Hall Planetarium, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

Sandwich Seminar: “It’s On Us: Title IX, Sexual Violence Reporting, and Response,” by Nan Pasquarello, President’s Office, Mark DePaull, University Police Department, and Gemma Rinefierd, Student Conduct, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon-1 p.m.

Green Days Poster Presentation: “Resources, Distribution and Food Scarcity," 1-2 p.m. and “Repurposing Waste and Auto Trip-tally Survey,” 2-3 p.m. Both sessions presented at Neubig Hall by students in the Writing Studies class.

Green Days Film Screening: “Genetically Modified Organisms,” sponsored by NYPIRG, Sperry Center, Room 104, 6 p.m.

Friday, April 17

2015 SUNY Cortland Sports Medicine Symposium: Open to professionals and students, Corey Union Function Room, registration by email to or day of event from 8:30-8:50 a.m.

Transformations: A Student Research and Creativity Conference, keynote address, “From Physical Education to Kinesiology: Physical Activity for Quality of Life,” by Diane L. Gill ’70, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 12:30-1:20 p.m. followed by concurrent and poster sessions until 5:30 p.m., Sperry Center. Visit the Transformations Website at

Performance: “Legally Blonde, The Musical,” presented by the Performing Arts Department, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 18

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

Performance: “Legally Blonde, The Musical,” presented by the Performing Arts Department, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 19

Lose the Shoes Benefit Soccer Tournament: To aid in the fight against HIV and AIDS, 1 p.m.

Performance: “Legally Blonde, The Musical,” presented by the Performing Arts Department, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21

Local Sustainability Lunch: hosted by the Auxiliary Services Corporation, Bistro Off Broadway in the Student Life Center

Poetry Reading: Michael Snediker, University of Houston, will give a poetry reading from his recent works, including the Apartment of Tragic Appliances and The New York Editions as part of the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee’s r/evolution series, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lecture: Michael Snediker will give a lecture from his forthcoming manuscript, Contingent Figure: Aesthetic Duress from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, which reads disability theory and aesthetics across the long American 19th century. Snediker is also the author of Queer OptimismLyric Personhood and other Felicitous Persuasions, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 4:30-6 p.m.

Green Days Lecture: “Sustainability and Social Change,” by Dominic Frongillo, an international expert in building sustainable communities, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 7 p.m.

Open Mic Night: Corey Union Function Room, 7 p.m.

Transformations Set for April 17

The annual academic event showcases the College’s best student research and creative work. read more

Awareness Campaign Attacks Sexual Assault

April events to show campus community why "It's On Us" to stop sexual assault read more

Capture the Moment


Jaclyn “Jackie” Collins, center, plays the lead character of Elle, the UCLA Malibu sorority girl headed off to Harvard Law in the Performing Arts Department’s presentation of “Legally Blonde, The Musical,” which opens this weekend at Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre. Cast members include Sarah Shaiman, left, as Margot, Catherine Skojec, top, as Serena, and Catie Young, right, as Pilar. Tickets for the first time may be purchased in advance online by credit card at and also will be sold at the Dowd Center box office one hour prior to the six performances, which continue through Sunday, April 19.

In Other News

Talk to Focus on Teacher Activism

Musical ‘Legally Blonde’ Opens April 10

Honors Convocation Set for April 18

Red Dragons Capture Pair of National Crowns

Div. III Week Celebrates All Abilities

Campus Plans HeartChase Event April 18

Students Plan ‘Celebrate Sound’ 5K Run/walk

SUNY Cortland Plans Green Days Events

College Continues ‘Global Crises Week’ Series

City Trip to Send Student Writers Back Hundreds of Years

UPD Offers Easy Medication Disposal

Course Promotes Innovative Approaches for Community Needs

Annual Admissions Open House Set for April 11

Poet to Discuss Disability and Aesthetics

Sociologist to Discuss Humanity's Global Effects

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Christopher Gascón was a presenter at the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater Symposium. read more

Melissa A. Morris appeared on the Discovery Channel show “NASA’s Unexplained Files" in March. read more

Joshua Peck co-authored a paper that was published in the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education. read more

Robert Spitzer presented a paper at a conference on the presidency of the George W. Bush administration. read more

Nance S. Wilson had an article published in the Association for Middle Level Education’s magazine, This We Believe and the Common Core.. read more

Tiantian Zheng was a presenter at the Association of Asian Studies conference in Chicago. read more

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