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  Issue Number 14 • Tuesday, April 9, 2019  

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Campus Champion

Graphic design senior Matthew Okerayi makes the most of his time at SUNY Cortland by getting involved in projects close to his heart. He has a line of clothing, Designs by OKE, being produced in China and hopes to travel there to learn more about clothing manufacturing. In the meantime, he advocates for upcycled clothing, sharing his message as senior advisor to the College’s new Fashion Club. Last semester he collaborated with library and marketing staff and classmates to develop a map of Memorial Library and this semester he fine-tuned his design skills when he produced the winning cover design for the Transformations program.

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Tuesday, April 9

Lecture: “Whistleblowing in Support of Democracy and to Serve the Public Interest,” presented by Government Accountability Project Senior Program Officer Julia Ganson, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

SAFER Action Week Event: “Let It Go,” presented by Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), Corey Union, Room 301, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10

Sandwich Seminar: “Library Research Guides,” presented by Memorial Library staff, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Presentation on Henry Randall: “Henry S. Randall (1811-1876) Founding President of the Cortland Normal School and Leading Advocate for Public Education in Nineteenth Century America,” presented by Richard Schieffelin ’75, an historian, lecturer and SUNY Cortland graduate in history who is working on Randall’s biography, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is a Sesquicentennial event.

Wellness Wednesday Series: “Spirituality, Religion and You,” discussion led by Campus Minister Rachel Ditch, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 6 p.m.

SAFER Action Week Event: “Kicking It With Confidence,” presented by University Police Department and Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 7 p.m.

Gospel Choir Spring Tour Recap: Preview highlights of the recent spring tour in Jamaica and learn about the next tour in Barbados, Corey Union Function Room, 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 11

Day of Silence: Information at Corey Union, noon to 3 p.m.

Professional Development Workshop: “Integrating Applied-Learning Student-Learning Outcomes,” facilitated by Janet Nepkie, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Music and Music Industry at SUNY Oneonta, for faculty and staff, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Performance: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a crowd-pleasing musical comedy, Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12

Transformations: A Student Research and Creativity Conference: SUNY Cortland’s annual day-long conference devoted to showcasing the wide array of student scholarship, research and creative activities, Sperry Center, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Transformations Keynote Lecture: “The 3 Cs of Learning Organizations: Confidence, Competence, and Cooperation,” presented by Anthony Rigazio-DiGilio ’73, professor emeritus from Central Connecticut State University’s Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Instructional Technology, Sperry Center, Room 204, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

SAFER Action Week Event: “Speak Up,” presented by Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), Sperry Center, Room 105, 7 p.m.

Performance: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a crowd-pleasing musical comedy, Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 13

10th Annual Student Conference on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice: Keynote speaker is Noelle Chaddock, Corey Union, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Honors Convocation: Park Center Alumni Arena, 5 p.m.

SAFER Action Week Event: “Speak Up Part 2,” with various presenters and Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), Corey Union Function Room, 7 p.m.

Performance: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a crowd-pleasing musical comedy, Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 14

The Big Event: Breakfast kick-off in the Corey Union Function Room, 9 a.m.

Performance: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a crowd-pleasing musical comedy, Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16

European Union Day Keynote Address: “Brexit: In or Out? Implications for the EU, the U.K. and the U.S.,” presented by Laurie Buonanno, political science professor, SUNY Buffalo State, Sperry Center, Room 204, 4:30 p.m. SUNY Cortland Sesquicentennial Event

Wednesday, April 17

Training: “Workplace Civility,” sponsored by UUP?  Park Center, Hall of Fame Room, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sandwich Seminar: “Kap 2.0: Athlete Activism,” panel discussion, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Biology Lecture: The Forgotten Fragrances: How Floral Scent Structures Plant-pollinator Interactions, Bowers Hall, Room 1129, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday Series: “Cannabis: Fact/Myth,” presented by Substance Abuse and Prevention Education Associate Marissa, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 6 p.m.

Monday, April 22

SUNY Cortland Sports Medicine Symposium: Corey Union, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration required. The keynote lecture is free and open to the public, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Navigating Identities Conversation Series: A multi-part conversation for individuals who identify as bi/multiracial, ethnic or cultural, Corey Union Caleion Room, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Debate: Environment, sponsored by Institute for Civic Engagement, Old Main Colloquium, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Grow Your Love Earth Day Event: Plant flowers and plants in pots and decorate them, sponsored by Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP), Old Main, Room G25, 7 p.m.

Tuesday April 23

Tour The Bistro: Learn About Food Waste and What You Can Do to Stop It,” Tours of ASC’s composting equipment, “Bistro Live Cooking with Scraps,” Explore a vermiculture bin, plant-based nutrition, The Bistro, Student Life Center, lunchtime.

Lecture: “Anti-Immigration State Propaganda Without Immigrants? Lessons from Central Eastern Europe,” sponsored by Clark Center for Global Engagement, Sperry Center, Room 204, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.



SUNY Chancellor Honors Four Students

The award winners will be recognized in Albany on April 24. read more


Research Examines Morality Behind “Black Mirror”

Senior Alaina Lynch will present her findings at Transformations on Friday, April 12. read more



Capture the Moment

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SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum greets keynote speaker Yusuf Muhammad, Jr. ’99, M ’01, at the Kente Celebration held April 6 in Corey Union. Muhammad is the founding principal of the STEAM Academy at George Washington Carver High School in Atlanta, Ga. He addressed the more than 100 students, along with faculty, staff, families and friends. The ceremony celebrates African intellectual culture for the learners and scholars who are transitioning from college to the next chapter of their lives. Read more


In Other News

SUNY Cortland, Navy Team up to Transform Workforce

Transformations Keynote Focused on Teacher Leadership

SUNY Cortland Recognized Again for Transfer Success

Transformations Research Investigates Medieval History

B.A. and B.F.A. Students to Exhibit at Dowd Gallery

Blackbird Film Festival Returns, April 26 to 28

Human Trafficking Expert Promoted to SUNY’s Highest Academic Rank

Month of Sustainability Events Continues

“Spelling Bee” Musical Offers L-A-U-G-H-S

College Writing Committee Posts Winners

Cortland Hires Erin Little as Women's Volleyball Head Coach

Nomination Deadline Set for Faculty Connection Award

Library’s ‘Food for Fines’ Will Help SUNY Cortland Cupboard

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Seth N. Asumah was a National Boren Fellowship panelist in February in Washington D.C. read more

Tyler Bradway participated in a workshop on the topic “Objects of Inquiry: Re/Oriented LGBT/Queer Studies Introductory Courses.” read more

Celeste McNamara organized and chaired a panel at the Renaissance Society of America conference in Toronto. read more

Katherine M. Polasek co-authored a chapter titled “Girls and Women in Sport” in the APA Handbook of Sport and Exercise Psychology. read more

Danica Savonick delivered a keynote for Digital Humanities Week at Duke University in March. read more

Tiantian Zheng gave invited talks at UCLA in November and Sun Yat-Sen University in China in March. read more

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