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The Bulletin: Campus News for the SUNY Cortland Community

  Issue Number 1 • Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017  


Campus Champion

Bistro cashier Nancy Schemerhorn has made friends in her 16 years with Auxiliary Services Corporation. In a story, “7 Reasons Why Cortland is the Best SUNY,” Nancy’s hospitality makes the list. The best part of my day is when I head over to Bistro and see Nancy’s big smile. Even when you're having a terrible day, hearing her say ‘Good job hunny’ will make it a little bit better.” Nancy receives notes, homemade cards, candy and even a gift from a graduate’s mom. Nancy says, “The students are so good to me, so respectful.” Stop by the Bistro for a great meal, stay for the kindness.

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Tuesday, Aug. 29

Open Mic Night: Corey Union Function Room, 7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Student Employment and Volunteer Fair: Sponsored by Career Services, Corey Union Function Room, 3-5 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: “Getting To Know You,” Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 31

Dowd Gallery Opening Reception: Dowd Fine Arts Center Exhibition Gallery, 5-6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 1

Cortland Nites: Mentalist Alain Nu, Corey Union Function Room, 8-11 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 3

Cortland Nites Outdoor Movie: Moffett Center lawn, 9-11:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 4

Labor Day: No classes, offices are closed

Labor Day Carnival and Club Fair: Corey Union southwest lower patio, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Disney College Program Information Session: Career Library, Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-5, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Sandwich Seminar: “The Deception Underlying Education ‘Reform,’” by Nancy Dafoe M ’99, independent scholar/English education, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: “13 Reasons Why Not,” Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 8

UUP Fall Welcome Picnic: For UUP members and their families, Yaman Park, Pavilions I and II, 4-7 p.m. RSVP to

Cortland Nites Roller Skating: Moffett Center gymnasium, 9-11 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Dowd Gallery Artist’s Talk: “Reverence” exhibition artist Robert Knight, Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 106, 5 p.m.

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

Weekend of Events Planned at Red Dragon Homecoming 2017

A 26-foot-long, smoke-breathing Red Dragon sculpture will be unveiled on Sept. 16. read more

College Expands and Strengthens Urban Teaching Program

A state grant has doubled student participation in C.U.R.E. read more

Capture the Moment


Members of SUNY Cortland’s football team helped lighten the load for fellow students during move-in weekend. More than 3,000 students will live on campus this semester. The fun was just beginning, as Welcome Week events including residence hall meetings, ice cream socials, guest speakers and game nights continue daily through Monday’s Labor Day Carnival and Club Fair. Welcome Week offers new students opportunities to connect with the campus community and adjust to college life. New this year — attend more events, increase your chances to win prizes! Learn more on the Welcome Week web page.

In Other News

College Wins $1.6 Million National Science Foundation Grant

Sierra Club: SUNY Cortland Among Nation’s ‘Greenest’

New Dowd Exhibit Explores Sacred Space

Renovations Shift Dining Options for 2017-18

Constitution Day Celebrated Through Two Lectures

Sport Management Class Gets in the Global Game

Student Researches Motor Skills of Native American Children

Movie Shoot Offers Students an ‘Extra’ Experience

No Green Needed to Green this Greenhouse

Author of Influential Trump Book to Visit Campus

Fall Wellness Series Offered for Campus, Community

Classified Staff Recognized for Years of Services

CALS Lecture Grant Applications Available

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People on the Move

Rhonda Pitoniak ’01, M ’16 Directs Parks Family Outdoor Center

Faculty/Staff Activities

Alexandru Balas has received two award recognitions for a book on international peace that he co-authored. read more

Tyler Bradway was a presenter at the Project Narrative Summer Institute at Ohio State University. read more

Mark Dodds delivered a keynote speech at the International Sport Science Conference hosted this summer by the Korean Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. read more

John C. Hartsock has had a scholarly award established in his name by the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. read more

Jim Hokanson and Yomee Lee and Gary Babjack had their manuscript published in the International Journal of Human Movement Science. read more

Kathryn Kramer had a critical review published in Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. read more

Melissa Morris was invited by NASA to assist with programs under the Planetary Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate. read more

Mechthild Nagel gave a talk on “The Meaning of Freedom for Black Women and Girls: Gender Injustice and the U.S. Judiciary System” at the University of Cologne, Germany. read more

Jerome O’Callaghan presented on the topic of trademarks and domains at the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business annual meeting. read more

Charlotte L. Pass co-presented a workshop in July to the Australian Association of Teachers of English and Australian Literacy Educators Association. read more

L. Sebastian Purcell presented “What the Aztecs Can Teach Us About Happiness” at the Chautauqua Institution in August. read more

Robert Spitzer had his article about recent events in Charlottesville published in the New York Daily News. read more

John Suarez partnered with an associate at SUNY Oneonta to form The North/South Central NY Applied Learning Coalition. read more

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