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  Issue Number 3 • Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017  


Campus Champion

When Mitchell Ensman ’17 transferred to SUNY Cortland two years ago, the new communication media major quickly connected with hands-on projects in filmmaking, broadcasting and web development. He will spend his final semester leading student-run CSTV-20, serving as promotional director and webmaster for WSUC radio and working as event coordinator and submission manager for the Blackbird Film Festival. Named Blackbird’s Best Student Director 2017 for his film “Spick and Span,” he recently added one more project to his portfolio when he and Sam Avery, assistant professor of communication studies, produced the College’s #YouAreWelcomeHere film in September.

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Tuesday, Sept. 26

Distinguished Voices in Literature: The Van Burd Memorial Lecture, “Mickalene Thomas, Audre Lorde, and the Maternal Origin of the Universe,” by Amber Jamilla Musser, Washington University in St. Louis, as part of the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee (CICC) Incllusion series, Sperry Center, Room 104, 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Sandwich Seminar: “Bridges Beyond Walls,” by Sebastian Purcell, associate professor of philosophy, and Scott Moranda, associate professor of history, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Brooks Museum Lecture Series: “Human Rights in the Middle East: A Never-Ending Crisis,” presented by Andreas Kotelis, visiting instructor and scholar-in-residence, Moffett Center, Room 2125, 4:30 p.m. A reception to welcome the speaker begins at 4 p.m. in the Brooks Museum, Moffett Center, Room 2126

Wellness Wednesday: “Becoming Superhuman: Using Your Advantages for Good,” Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 6 p.m.

Performance: Taikoza,” Japanese drums and instruments, presented by Campus Artist and Lecture Series, Corey Union Function Room, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 28

Lecture: “Native American Women in the US Military,” by Lt. Col. (Retired) Brenda Finnicum ANC, an enrolled tribal member, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, sponsored by the History Department, Old Main, Room G-12, 8:30 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Ross E. Bowers Hall Science Museum and Greenhouse, Bowers Hall first floor lobby, 11 a.m. A reception and facility tour will follow the ceremony. R.S.V.P. online requested.

Sandwich Seminar: “300 Years of Freemasonry,” by Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Jorge L. Romeu, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon-1 p.m.

Lecture: “Understanding Donald Trump,” presented by Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter and Investigator David Cay Johnston, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 4:30-6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 29

Passport Processing Session: Old Main, Room 220, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Films at Four FilmFest: “American Graffiti” (1973), Modern Languages lab, Old Main, Room 223. Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:50 p.m.  

Saturday, Sept. 30

Fall Employee Appreciation Day: Free admission to sporting events and lunch, supported by Human Resources Office, Athletics Department and the Division of Finance and Management.

Monday, Oct. 2

Alumni Speaker Series: Communication Studiessponsored by Career Services and Alumni Engagement, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Open Campus Information Session: Facilities Master Plan, sponsored by Facilities Management Office, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 11 a.m. to noon.

Sandwich Seminar: “From Boom to Bust: What Went Wrong With Brazil?” by Flavia Dantas, Economics Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lecture: “Suspicious Activity and Reporting…Tips for Safeguarding SUNY Cortland,” presented by SUNY Cortland’s University Police Department, Park Center Hall of Fame Room, 1 to 2 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: “When Love Hurts: Why Do We Stay and What Can You Do?,” Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night March: Corey Union steps, 8-9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 5

Dowd Gallery Noise Workshop: By (rust) Echoes artist Zeke Leonard, Dowd Gallery, 4-5 p.m.

Performance: Kindertransport,” a play by Diane Samuels, Lab Theatre, Dowd Fine Arts Center, 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 8

Family Weekend 2017: Campus-wide events. Register online.

Friday, Oct. 6

Ceremony and Reception: Honoring the SUNY Cortland President’s List Recipients for the Spring 2017 semester, reception to start at 3:15 p.m., ceremony to start at 4 p.m., Corey Union Function Room

Performance: Mana Polynesia (Polynesian dancers), sponsored by Campus Artist and Lecture Series, Corey Union Function Room, 7 p.m.

Performance: Kindertransport,” a play by Diane Samuels, Lab Theatre, Dowd Fine Arts Center, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 7

Performance: Kindertransport,” a play by Diane Samuels, Lab Theatre, Dowd Fine Arts Center, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 8

Performance: Kindertransport,” a play by Diane Samuels, Lab Theatre, Dowd Fine Arts Center, 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 9

Fall Open House: Campus-wide, 9:30 a.m.

SUNY Cortland Hosted SUNY-wide History Conference

"Tuning Talks" drew history faculty from across New York state. read more

Performing Arts Season Focuses on Women’s Perspectives

Four performances will explore common themes. read more

Capture the Moment


A large crowd was at the Stadium Complex on Sept. 16 for the unveiling of the Red Dragon sculpture. Read more about the efforts of the SUNY Cortland alumni who came together to make the sculpture a reality in time for Red Dragon Homecoming Weekend 2017.

In Other News

“Kindertransport” Challenges Student Actors

Literary Voices to Speak During Fall 2017

Speaker to Discuss the Devadasi and Human Rights in India

Bowers Hall Science Museum to Open Sept. 28

Author of Influential Trump Book to Visit Campus

Interactive Musical Art Piece is Inspired by Railroad

Pacific Island Dance, Music Planned

Alumni to Discuss Careers in Communications

Oct. 9 Open House Welcomes Future Students

Musicians to Perform in Japanese Tradition Sept. 27

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Alexis Blavos had her manuscript accepted for publication in the journal Health Promotion Practice. read more

Jena Nicols Curtis presented sexual violence prevention education for the Department of the Navy’s training seminar. read more

Mark Dodds had his article published by Sport Marketing Quarterly. read more

Julie Ficarra and Sam Avery presented at the International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. read more

Christopher D. Gascón had an article about a recent off-Broadway production in Spanish published. read more

Jim Hokanson, Erik Lind, Deborah Van Langen and Larissa True had their manuscript published in the International Journal of Exercise Science read more

Jordan Kobritz was quoted in an NBC news article on ballpark netting. read more

Kathleen A. Lawrence will have her poem about her dad being a surgeon in a M.A.S.H. unit in the Korean War published in November. read more

Tara Mahoney presented two research projects at the European Association of Sport Management conference in Switzerland. read more

Melissa McGrady, Esq. received certification from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services as a police juvenile officer. read more

Ute Ritz-Deutch presented her paper at the Jean Quataert Retirement Symposium at Binghamton University in September. read more

Robert Spitzer submitted written testimony on a federal bill called the Hearing Protection Act, designed to deregulate gun silencers. read more

Scott Stull has had his submission accepted by EXARC Journal, the leading international journal on experimental archaeology. read more

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