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The Bulletin: Campus News for the SUNY Cortland Community

  Issue Number 10 • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016  


Campus Champion

No one can speak to a person’s dedication and professionalism better than co-workers and those of Wayne Leitch’s do not restrain. The longtime heating plant employee was dually nominated for his safety-first attitude, exceptional training record, job knowledge and work ethic. A closer look reveals that the plant utilities engineer skillfully monitors the air and water temperatures in every building on campus from a central location while complying with energy efficiency programs, responding to alarms, trouble shooting problems, delivering technical assistance to field techs and staying ahead of the diagnostic technology. While he quietly masters the Building Management System, we introduce 2016’s first Campus Champion.

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Tuesday, Jan. 26

Open Mic Night: “Frozen Theme,” Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Sandwich Seminar:Getting Rapid Feedback From Your Students,” by John Scognamiglio, instructional designer, Memorial Library, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday Series: “Get on your Feet! Financial Wellness After College,” presented by Karen Gallagher and Kimberley Slater, Financial Aid Office, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 28

Community Conversation: “Let’s Talk: The President’s Conversation Series on Diversity Equity and Inclusion at SUNY Cortland,” presents Conversation II: Let’s Talk About LGBTQAIP, Sperry Center, Room 105, 3-5 p.m.

Dowd Gallery Opening Reception: “Libby Kowalski: A Retrospective in Fibers,” features work by Libby Kowalski, former Art and Art History Department faculty member at SUNY Cortland and founder of KOVA textiles, Dowd Gallery, 4:30-6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 29

Friday Filmfest: The Class (Entre les murs), French (2008) directed by Francois Begaudeau, starring Esmerelda Quertani, Rachele Regulier, and Franck Keita, presented by Scott Anderson, Modern Languages lab Old Main, Room 223, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 30

Concert: “Carry the Love,” sponsored by BASIC, Corey Union Function Room, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Passport Fair: Contact the International Programs Office for an appointment and bring required documents, SUNY Cortland International Programs Office, Old Main, Room 219, noon-2 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Sandwich Seminar: “Black History in American Culture and Politics,” by political science major Steven Hernandez, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Dowd Gallery Artist’s Talk: Libby Kowalski will discuss her work in "A Retrospective in Fibers." Kowalski is a former Art and Art History Department faculty member at SUNY Cortland and founder of KOVA textiles. Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 0106, 5-6 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday Series: “It’s Personal!” Anita Kuiken, library, will discuss where to find reliable health information and the tools needed to find quality information, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4

Sandwich Seminar: “Killing History: The Senseless Death of the Renaissance Ballroom,” by associate professor of kinesiology Susan Rayl, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon-1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 5

S.H.A.P.E. Training: Sexual Health and Assault Prevention Educators (S.H.A.P.E.) will present “It’s On Us to Do What We Can to Help Stop Power-Based Personal Violence,” Brockway Hall Jacobus lounge, 3-9 p.m. R.S.V.P by Wednesday, Feb. 3, or for more information, contact

Saturday, Feb. 6 Workshop: Primary Writing with Diane Murphy, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6

Comedian: Michael Palascak, presented by Cortland Nites, Corey Union Function Room, 8 p.m.

College’s Tutoring Program Wins $1 Million Grant

Funds will expand a highly successful online tutoring network aimed at improving student completion. read more

Opening Meeting Highlights Student Success

Personal stories underscored the importance of student success as a major theme of President Bitterbaum’s remarks. read more

Capture the Moment


SUNY Cortland Professor Emerita of Art and Art History Libby Kowalski is installing “Bridal Veil Falls” in her retrospective exhibition, now on view through Friday, Feb. 19. The fiber artist will hold her opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, and other events and work are detailed in Dowd Gallery Plans Libby Kowalski Retrospective.

In Other News

From SUNY Cortland to the Super Bowl

President’s Conversation Series Continues

College Wins Grants to Make Buildings More Sustainable

Community Calls for Mentors from the College

December Grad Trained for Success

Officer to Train Others on Avoiding Bias

Alumni House Excellence Earns International Attention

Dowd Gallery Plans Libby Kowalski Retrospective

Alumni Assist in MLK Day Events

College Announces Spring ‘Wellness’ Series

Professor Honored by National Geography Group

Professor Wins Award from National Literacy Group

Communication Studies Course Teaches Community Concern

ASC Accepting Program Grant Applications

CALS Lecture Grant Applications Due Feb. 2

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People on the Move

Douglas DeRancy Named Interim Associate VP for Development

Faculty/Staff Activities

Terrence Fitzgerald authored two papers, one of which is published in the entomological journal Psyche. read more

Cynthia Guy secured a grant to conduct a Community State of Poverty Simulation. read more

Andrea R. Harbin presented on a panel at the Modern Languages Association annual conference on Jan. 8. read more

Denise D. Knight will have her essay on Charlotte Perkins published in a forthcoming book on 19th Century American Women. read more

Joshua A. Peck and Claire Toal will represent the College at the SUNY-wide Innovative Exploration Forum: Undergraduate Research in New York State's Public Higher Education System. read more

Robert Spitzer has been invited to join the Scholars Strategy Network, founded to draw greater awareness of scholars' work on public policy and public affairs. read more

Tiantian Zheng will discuss her book, Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China at the University of Wyoming. read more

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