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  Issue Number 15 • Tuesday, April 18, 2017  


Campus Champion

Sam Avery was in high school when he attended his first film festival and watched one of his own creations. After that, making movies wasn’t enough. He wanted to start his own festival. Fast forward through college, grad school, teaching and several films: Sam, assistant professor of communication studies, will launch his fourth and largest Blackbird Film Festival at SUNY Cortland this weekend. Since it began, Sam has struck a balance of collaboration between experienced professionals and first-time filmmakers, including students. Blackbird, at Cortland for its second year, is currently giving 30 Cortland interns real-world learning experiences.

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Tuesday, April 18

It’s On Us Speaker: Jessica Luther, investigative sports reporter, Corey Union Function Room, 7 p.m. Read more

Open Mic Night: Share your talent, free refreshments, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

EdFlix Series Film: “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” sponsored by the School of Education; Ed Club members earn participation points, Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-136, 7-9 p.m.

Performance: The College Singers Cabaret, presented by the Performing Arts Department and featuring Michael Roddy, conductor, and Richard Montgomery, accompanist, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 19

Wellness Wednesday Series: “Eating Healthy, Not Just For You,” Sustainability Committee will display how Cortland students are making choices in the dining halls that help both the environment and human health—and taste great! Student Life Center Lobby, noon – 3 p.m.

Green Days Sandwich Seminar: “Living a More Sustainable Lifestyle: The Rural and City Perspective,” by Campus Energy Manager Matt Brubaker and Campus Sustainability Coordinator Beth Klein, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Living in Color, sponsored by Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 2-3 p.m.

Works in Progress Series: “We Need to Talk: On the Values and Challenges of Discussion-Based Teaching,” as part of discussions of ongoing scholarly and pedagogical projects by faculty and students in the English Department, open to all students and faculty, Old Main, Room 220, 4:30 p.m.

Lecture: “Peace in the Trump Era,” by Andrew Fiala from California State University, Fresno, a leading authority in peace and conflict studies and the author of more than a dozen books in ethics, peace and conflict. The Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice (CEPS) Annual Lecture. Sperry Center, Room 105, 4:30 p.m.

Workshop: The Race Project introduces “Voices from the Margin,” sponsored by Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 6-7:30 p.m.

Comedian: “A Comedian’s Story,” by Drew Lynch, America’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer Winner, Corey Union Function Room, 7 p.m.

Film Screening Event: “Race and Politics in America Part 1,” films focused around issues of race, politics and gender identity, as part of Blackbird Film Fest, Sperry Center, Room 106, 7-8:45 p.m.

Thursday, April 20

UUP Union Matters Lunchtime Series: “Constitutional Convention: Should Voters Approve a New York State Constitutional Convention? What Rights are at Stake?” by Jamie Dangler, statewide vice president for academics, Corey Union Function Room, noon-1 p.m.

Green Days Sandwich Seminar: “Climate-friendly Eating: A Panel of Students Discuss Why and How They Eat with Climate Change in Mind,” presented by Green Reps, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon-1 p.m.

Film Screening Event: “Women and Gender in Film,” as part of Blackbird Film Fest, Sperry Center, Room 204, 5-7 p.m.

Speaker: Leibel Mangel’s Story: “From Auschwitz to the Israeli Defense Force,” 2017 Jewish People’s Choice Award winner, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 7 p.m.

Lecture: “Arts Education, Outreach & Advocacy: A Talk By Courtney Boddie ’96,” as part of the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee Series, Art & Everything, Sperry Center, Room 104, 7 p.m.

Film Screening Event: “Race and Politics in America Part 2,” films focused around issues of race, politics and gender identity, as part of Blackbird Film Fest, Sperry Center, Room 304, 7-8:30 p.m.

Friday, April 21

Gear Sale and Swap: In honor of Earth Day, hosted by the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department, outside the Student Life Center and Outdoor Pursuits, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Faculty Workshop: An Introduction to Team-Based Learning, Education Building, Room 1103, 2-5 p.m.

Blackbird Film Festival: Welcome ceremony and opening block of films, Sperry Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Kickoff party continues at Bru64, Main St., Cortland. Read more

Saturday, April 22

Blackbird Film Festival: Six blocks of films in a variety of genres will be shown in Sperry Center from 10 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Read more

Fundraiser: Lose the Shoes, Sports fields and outdoor facilities practice fields, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Honors Convocation: The College will recognize 231 students for their academic accomplishments,

Park Center Alumni Arena, 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 23

Big Event: Community service event, check-in and job service assignments begin at 8 a.m. in the Park Center Alumni Arena; kick-off ceremony will follow at 9 a.m.

Color My College 5K: Fundraiser event, pre-party begins at 9 a.m.; run begins at 10 a.m., Park Center pavilion, register online at

Blackbird Film Festival: Five blocks of films including animation and comedy, will show in Sperry Center from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. An awards ceremony dinner will be held at the Cortland Repertory Theatre in downtown Cortland at 6 p.m. Read more

Gospel Choir Spring Concert: Featuring international gospel recording artist and Cortland alumna and native Christine Johnson Sinclair ’89, Old Main Brown Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Monday, April 24

Holocaust Remembrance Day Film: “Adele’s Wish” (2008) as part of th Project on Eastern and Central Europe’s spring Afro-Europe Program, Sperry Center, Room 106, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25

Red Cross Blood Drive: Corey Union Function Room, noon-6 p.m. To make an appointment call 1-800-733-2767 or visit

Garden Preparation: During the day at the Model Garden, between Memorial Library and the Education Building, students, faculty and staff will prepare the raised gardening beds and plant the seeds that will provide vegetables and herbs later this year, SUNY Cortland Gardening Advisory Committee

EdFlix Series Film: “Chalk,” sponsored by the School of Education; Ed Club members earn participation points, Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-136, 7-9 p.m.

Film: “Tickling Giants,” An exploration of freedom of speech, featuring Bassem Youssef, “the John Stewart of Egypt.” The movie has parallels to current events in the US, Old Main Brown Auditorium, 7 p.m. Reserve tickets at

Wednesday, April 26

Red Cross Blood Drive: Corey Union Function Room, noon-6 p.m. To make an appointment call 1-800-733-2767 or visit

Sandwich Seminar: “Keeping It Fresh: How to Propose, Revise and Strengthen Your Writing Intensive Courses,” by Laura Davies, English Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Performance: Piscataway Nation Singers and Dancers, presenting a colorful and educational event featuring American Indian dance, drum and song, Old Main Brown Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Holocaust Remembrance: The Nazi Racial State, the Holocaust, and Afro-Germans presents “Our Rhineland” and “Majub’s Reise,” as part of Holocaust Remembrance Week, Sperry Center, Room 106, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 27

Exhibition Opening Reception: “Student Select,” the annual student art exhibition, Dowd Fine Arts Center Gallery, 4-5:30 p.m.

Workshop: “The Role of the Artist in Social Change Movements,” by performer Pamela Means, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 4:30 p.m.

Lecture: “Decoding Sacred Texts to Build Meaning: Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday,” by Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone of Congregation Beth Sholom Chevra Shas in Jamesville, N.Y., Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Jewish Studies and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies.

Performance: Pamela Means, acclaimed guitarist, singer and songwriter, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 28

Transformations 2017: A Student Research and Creativity Conference, concurrent sessions from 1:45-5:30 p.m., Old Main Brown Auditorium. Keynote address, “From There to Here” by Michael J. Bond ’75, M.D. is from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Concert: Margaret Leng Tan, internationally renowned pianist, will preview of her upcoming performance at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8 p.m. Read more

Sunday, April 30

Yards for Yeardley: In memory of Yeardley Love, the College is taking part in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) “10 Million Yards for Yeardley” event to end relationship violence, Stadium Complex, noon to 5 p.m. 

Monday, May 1

Lecture: “African Footballers in Europe,” by Carl-Gustaf Scott, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 4:30 p.m.

Acclaimed Pianist to Unveil New Work at Cortland

Avant-garde musician Margaret Leng Tan will perform a free concert on campus read more

Pioneering Teacher Leaves $1.2 Million Legacy

The late Nancy A. Johnson ’48, M ’56 left a record unrestricted gift. read more

Capture the Moment


Allison Maloney, a graduate assistant in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department, shows how to splint a lower leg fracture with a sleeping pad as part of a wilderness first aid course held in the Student Life Center on April 8 and 9. Sponsored by Wilderness Rescue Training and National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness Medicine, 30 people were certified. The course was designed for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals planning to spend time in remote locations.

In Other News

Professor, Student Reflect on Spring Break Trip to Haiti

Alumni Work With Blackbird Film Festival

College to Host ‘Yards for Yeardley’ Event

Two High-Achieving Alumni to Receive Honorary Degrees

Caroline Kaltefleiter to Address Honors Convocation

Award-Winning Poet to Visit Campus

Student Research Highlighted by 'Transformations'

Research Defined Speaker’s Time on Campus

Holocaust Memorial Events Planned

‘Student Select 2017’ Exhibition Planned

Senior BFA Major to Present Thesis Exhibition

Science Based Club Created for Scholarship

NYPIRG Offers Electronics Recycling Drive

Climate-Friendly Eating Week on Campus Through April 22

Presidents of College, SGA Issue Joint Statement Supporting Free Tuition

Students Model European Union in Big Apple

Piscataway Nation to Perform April 26

SUNY Cortland “Green Days” Sprout During April

Concert to Feature Alumna Gospel Soloist

College Writing Committee Posts Winners

Comedian’s Act Addresses Overcoming Disability

One BIG Difference. One BIG Event

Folk Guitarist Pamela Means to Perform April 27

Students Inducted into Psychology Honorary

Library’s ‘Food for Fines’ Will Help Area’s Hungry

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Timothy J. Baroni co-authored a paper that was published in the mycology publication Mycosphere. read more

Alexis Blavos actively serves in various capacities on national health education organizations and committees. read more

Thomas Hischak had his non-fiction book, The 100 Greatest American Plays published. read more

Yomee Lee and Jim Hokanson will have their research on Asian American college students' perspectives on sport and physical education published. read more

Kathleen A. Lawrence had three poems published in the April 12 issue of Inigo Online Magazine. read more

Jean W. LeLoup had an article published in Foreign Language Annals. read more

Emmanuel S. Nelson was editor of a recently published book. read more

Gregory D. Phelan had his 33rd United States Patent issue on April 11. read more

Dennis Weng co-authored a recently published article with students Laura Barnstead and Garrett DuMond. read more

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