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  Issue Number 15 • Tuesday, April 17, 2018  


Campus Champion

Alyssa Marley, a senior communications studies major from Newburgh, N.Y., supports her concentration in media production with hands-on accomplishments. As president of the Cortland State Television club (CSTV), she’s led a two-year campaign that recently resulted in the station acquiring access to broadcast to a broader campus community audience via channel 20. Alyssa interns with the 2018 Blackbird Film Festival, serving as assistant director of content and marketing, and she hopes to network with amazing international filmmakers. Her documentary on Cortland’s downtown revitalization is one of the 53 percent of films made by women at this year’s festival.

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Tuesday, April 17

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Film: “Miss Representation,” Sperry Center, Room 105, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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

Wednesday, April 18

Sandwich Seminar: “Turkish Invasion of Syria: Afrin, Syria -An Experiment,” lecture by Edward Erickson, Scholar-in-Residence at the Clark Center for Global Engagement, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Lecture: “The People and Culture of Pakistan,” presented by Ayesha Mazhar, a biological sciences major and Fulbright Scholar, Moffett Center, Room 205B, 7 p.m.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Presentation: Sexual assault and its lasting impacts will be presented by Justin Prentice, a star of the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” a teen drama about rape and suicide, Corey Union Function Room, 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 19

Union Matters Lunch Presentation: “Academic Workload,” presented by Darryl Wood, Labor Relation Specialist, Corey Union Function Room, noon to 1 p.m., buffet opens 11:45 a.m.

Sandwich Seminar: Getting New York to 50% Renewables by 2030 – What Will It Really Take? Presented by Associate Professor of Physics Brice Smith and sustainable energy systems graduate student Sameer Hairan, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon to 1 p.m.

Holocaust Remembrance Film: “In Darkness,” Sperry Center, Room 106, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 20

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Lecture: “Feminism, Film, Men and the Media: Telling our Stories Through Film,” presented by filmmaker and screenwriter Jessica Congdon, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Blackbird Film Festival: New York State Filmmakers Roundtable at 3:30 p.m.; Welcome ceremony, 6 to 6:30 p.m.; Block A Premiere, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sperry Center; Kickoff Party at Bru, 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Musical Performance: 9 to 5, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 21

Blackbird Film Festival: Films from 9 a.m. through 10:30 p.m., Sperry Center

Musical Performance: 9 to 5, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 22

Blackbird Film Festival: Films from 9 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., Award Ceremony 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sperry Center

The Big Event: Community cleanup. Volunteers will meet at Bru64 for complimentary regular coffee and treats before receiving assignments to clean up the Historic Downtown Cortland area, 9 a.m.

Musical Performance: 9 to 5, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24

Tobacco-Free Awareness Activity: Kick Butts Day, an annual campus cleanup focused on tobacco debris and celebration of SUNY Cortland’s tobacco-free policy.

Spring Planting Event: Hosted by the SUNY Cortland Garden Advisory Committee, at the model gardens in front of Memorial Library, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25

Air Plant Giveaway: Air plants that need little care, but remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will be given away for free as part of the week’s Wellness Wednesday programming. Plants and information will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at the Student Life Center.

Holocaust Remembrance Lecture: “Central Europe Swinging Right,” presented by Anna Orla-Bukowska, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, Old Main Colloquium, 12:30 p.m.

Distinguished Voices in Literature Reading: By Bob Proehl, author of A Hundred Thousand Worlds, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 5 p.m.

Holocaust Remembrance Lecture: “Polish-Jewish Relations,” presented by Anna Orla-Bukowska, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, Sperry Center, Room 106, 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 26

Sandwich Seminar: “I Learned by Doing,” presented by the Institute for Civic Engagement Action Team interns, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, Noon to 1 p.m.

Dowd Gallery Student Select 2018: Opening Reception and Award Announcements, show opens and continues through May 12.

Friday, April 27

Arbor Day: SUNY Cortland’s official Arbor Day celebration, Bowers Hall front quad, time TBD.

College Singers Concert: Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 29

Lecture, Demonstration and Performance: Shostakovich String Quartet # 8, Clinton String Quartet, in remembrance of the Holocaust, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 1 p.m.

Monday, April 30

Deliberative Dialogue: A civil and informed way for people with opposing views to discuss controversial issues: the topic of mass shootings was the number one concern voiced by SUNY Cortland students in a recent survey conducted by Institute for Civic Engagement Action Team interns, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 4 to 6 p.m.

Environmental Documentary: Who Killed the Electric Car?” (2006) unravels the history of the battery-powered vehicle that was to set a new precedent for energy efficiency before its mysterious discontinuation in the mid-1990s. In this investigative film, director Chris Paine attempts to uncover a possible conspiracy orchestrated against electric car manufacturers. A discussion facilitated by Sociology/Anthropology Visiting Assistant Professor Brock Ternes will take place following the video. Moffett Center, Room 2125, 7 p.m.

SUNY Chancellor Honors Four Students

The award winners were recognized for academic success and leadership roles on campus. read more

Teacher Education Program Meets Tough New Accreditation Standards

School of Education given preliminary approval by a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation review team read more

Capture the Moment


Nearly 750 members of the campus community, including Blaze, helped raise awareness of relationship abuse one yard at a time Sunday as part of a national “Around the World for Yeardley”effort. The event, held on different days on 25 SUNY campuses and other colleges across the country, is an initiative of the One Love Foundation. On Sunday, April 15, members of the SUNY Cortland community logged 4,185,448 yards to be counted toward the SUNY system-wide goal of 50 million yards during the month of April. Originally scheduled for the Stadium Complex, the event was moved into Lusk Fieldhouse due to bad weather.

In Other News

Musical NFL Coach Earns SUNY Cortland Honorary Degree

Two SUNY Cortland Professors Appointed as Distinguished Faculty

“Re:Thinking” Documentary Challenges Educators

The Big Event Set for April 22

SUNY Cortland Students Present Research at Transformations

2017 Grad Elected SUNY Student Assembly President

Film Festival Panel to Embrace Identity

SUNY Cortland Plans Events to Remember Holocaust

SUNY Cortland Speaks for the Trees in Arbor Day Celebrations

Brown Second-Fastest to 700 Wins

SUNY Cortland Students Create Special Olympics Club

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Fran Elia was recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America for his 25 years of membership. read more

Jeremy Jimenez recently presented his research about high school LGBTQ classes at public schools. read more

Kathleen A. Lawrence had two of her poems accepted for publication in The Daily Abuse. read more

Jean W. LeLoup coauthored an article that was recently published in NECTFL Review 81. read more

Kevin Pristash accepted an award from the Association of College Unions recognizing SUNY Cortland's 50 years of membership. read more

Emily Quinlan and Marinda Souva facilitated a discussion on Excelsior Scholarship’s impact on advising and academic decision making at the SUNY Academic Advising Conference. read more

Lori Schlicht and Abby Thomas presented at the SUNY Academic Advising Conference in Albany, N.Y. read more

Robert Spitzer spoke on “Gun Policy and Schools After Parkland” at the SUNY Student Assembly Spring Conference in Syracuse. read more

Bekeh Ukelina was a presenter and an award recipient at the New York African Studies Association annual conference in April. read more

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