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  Issue Number 16 • Tuesday, April 19, 2016  


Campus Champion

Senior Alli Garver says transferring to SUNY Cortland was the best decision she’s ever made. Both the College and the local community have seen the benefits too, with the most recent example being her involvement with the second annual Big Event, a one-day burst of service scheduled for Sunday, April 24. The exercise science major from Shortsville, N.Y., heads a team of event organizers that has recruited more than 500 volunteers to assist those who need work done outdoors. She also works two part-time jobs on campus and one at the Cortland Youth Bureau. “I love it here,” she says. “I really feel like Cortland is my home.”

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Tuesday, April 19

Green Days Event: “Caterpillar Gardening: The Plants that Butterflies and Moths Need to Complete their Life Cycles,” by Colleen Wolpert, Sperry Center, Room 204, 7 p.m.

Louis Larson Lecture and Performance Series: A screening of the film “Milk,” followed by a talk, Sperry Center, Room 205, 7 p.m.

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

Wednesday, April 20

Green Days Plant Fair: Sponsored by the Student Affairs Sustainability Committee and Campus Garden Committee, in front of Memorial Library beginning at 11 a.m.

Sandwich Seminar: “Remembering Japanese-American Internment,” by Sam Mihara, visiting speaker, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Also, he will present a talk aimed at middle and high school students from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Old Main Brown Auditorium and a third talk open to the public will be held from 7-8 p.m. at McGraw Junior-Senior High School. 

Portfolio Development Workshop: Sponsored by the Faculty Development Center, Corey Union Caleion Room, 1-3 p.m.

Thursday, April 21

Sandwich Seminar: “Challenging Students to Be Engaged in the Lives of Our Communities: Identifying Needs and Creating Solutions,” by Shena Driscoll Salvato, Modern Languages Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon-1 p.m.

EAP Sandwich Seminar: “Affordable Asset Protection,” Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, noon-1 p.m.

Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards and Scholarships Reception: Sponsored by the Institute for Civic Engagement, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m

Friday, April 22

SUNY Cortland Sports Medicine Symposium: Corey Union Function Room, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Blackbird Film Festival: Showcasing over 70 films from around the world, Sperry Center, 6 p.m. Continues through Sunday, April 24

Saturday, April 23

SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir Spring Concert: Old Main Brown Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Relay for Life: To benefit the American Cancer Society, Park Center Alumni Arena, 5 p.m. Continues to 5 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday, April 24

The Big Event: SUNY Cortland students and community members volunteer to give back to the community with clean-up, gardening and improvement projects. Sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and its club Actively Involved in the Community (AIC)

College Singers Concert: Performing music from theatrical “gems,” Dowd Fine Arts Theatre, 3 p.m.

Monday, April 25

Film Screening: “I Learn America,” about five resilient immigrant teenagers in New York City, as part of the “Where Are We?” Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee Series, Sperry Center, Room 104, 4:30 p.m.

Film Screening: “Where to Invade Next,” Sperry Center, Room 105, 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26

Red Cross Blood Drive: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, noon-6 p.m.

Sandwich Seminar: “Community Innovations Lab Presents,” Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12-1:30 p.m.

Performance: “Welcoming The Stranger,” by Dylan Fresco, a 30-minute solo performance that weaves together true stories of refugees, family and faith, as part of the “Where Are We?” Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee Series, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27

Red Cross Blood Drive: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, noon-6 p.m.

Workshop on Arts in the Classroom: Presented by Dylan Fresco, as part of the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee series, Old Main Colloquium, 2-4 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: “Taste of the Outdoors,” Corey Union Function Room, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 28

Caribbean Baseball Initiative Symposium: U.S. Defense Secretary and Senator William S. Cohen will lead a symposium of experts in a discussion on diplomacy to bridge differences between Cuba and the United States, Sperry Center, Room 105, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Sandwich Seminar: “PBL – Project-Based Learning: The Faculty Perspective,” by Beth Klein and Valerie Widdall, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, Old Main Colloquium, noon-1 p.m.

Lecture: “The Doctrine of Discovery and the U.S. Culture of Conquest,” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Sperry Center, Room 105, 6-8 p.m.

Theatrical Performance: “The Holocaust and Me,” presented by Dylan Fresco, on Holocause Remembrance Day, as part of the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee series, Old Main Colloquium, 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, April 30

Workshop: “Practical Treatment Strategies for School-age Children Who Stutter,” Sperry Center, Room 105, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Michael Pitcher

Green Days Family Literacy Activities: “Celebrating Our Earth” event includes projects, books and songs for children ages 2-8 years, Memorial Library Teaching Materials Center, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Spring Fling: Sponsored by Campus Activities and Corey Union, Moffett Center Lawn, noon-4 p.m. 

First Annual Film Festival Flies into Cortland

The student-run Blackbird Film Festival will bring 100 original films to Sperry Center April 22-24. read more

Honorary Degrees Recognize Two Careers that Changed Lives

Karen Collier Flewelling ’64 and Richard J. Pollack ‘77 will be recognized at Undergraduate Commencement on May 14. read more

Capture the Moment


Admissions tour guide Dru Dickson, a senior athletic training major from Copiague, N.Y., leads a group of visiting sixth graders from H.W. Smith Elementary School in Syracuse through the Student Life Center on Monday. During the tour, Dickson frequently asked the students if they remembered what her name was, and they responded in unison. The visitors were hosted on campus by Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) program. Later in the day, H.W. Smith students — many of them refugees — shared their stories during the “Through My Eyes” café night in Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge. For many, the visit was their first experience on the campus of an American college.

In Other News

Two Seniors First to Earn Service Distinction on Diploma

WW II Japanese-American Victim to Speak

All-Star Cuba Symposium Open to Students, Faculty

Students Find Purpose in Relay for Life

Graduate Expanding Literacy in Africa

Future Sports Medicine Professionals Learn from the Best

Non-Traditional Students Named to Honorary

Conference to Focus on Stuttering Treatments

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Seth N. Asumah Asumah will travel to Ghana and Nigeria as an international examiner for doctoral dissertation defenses in April. read more

Carolyn Bershad was informed that the Counseling Center has met the criteria for full re-accreditation by the International Association of Counseling Services. read more

Christa Chatfield was profiled by a blog titled "Women of STEM." read more

Jena Nicols Curtis and Susie Burnett presented research at Ending Violence Against Women International's annual conference in March. read more

Christopher D. Gascón was a presenter at the annual symposium of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater in Texas. read more

Eileen Gilroy and Nicole Scalera presented a poster at the Speech, Language and Hearing Association Convention in April. read more

Philip M. Gipson had his article published in the Illinois Journal of Mathematics. read more

David Kilpatrick presented to school psychologists and teachers at the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists Conference in March. read more

Mary McGuire and John Suarez recently conducted an event at Campus Compact’s 30th anniversary conference in Boston. read more

Scott Moranda consulted on a PBS documentary about Carl Schenck, one of America's first foresters. read more

Melissa Morris and her students presented research at the Lunar and Planetary Science conference in Texas. read more

Mechthild Nagel, Seth N. Asumah and Lewis Rosengarten presented papers at the African Studies Association at CUNY and at Columbia University. read more

Susan J. Rayl presented a paper at the 4th Annual Athletes and Social Change Forum. read more

Robert Spitzer presented on U.S. gun law history and Second Amendment rights at a recent conference. read more

Tadayuki Suzuki had his article on LGBTQ characters in children's books published in Children and Libraries. read more

Sharon L. Todd and undergraduate student Ashlee Boughton presented at the Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium in April. read more

Dennis L.C. Weng presented three papers at a Political Science Association annual meeting and will have one paper published in the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. read more

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