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  Issue Number 5 • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018  


Campus Champion

A conversation with Institute for Civic Engagement (ICE) Director John Suarez inevitably leads to his commendations of ICE Action Team interns, students and colleagues who tackle issues of public concern. “It’s the real deal when our students connect with people in our community,” he says. They work out their feelings, deepen their understanding, learn to apply what they know and reflect on the experience when they participate in applied learning with people whose lives are directly affected by these partnerships. Stronger students. A better community. Everyone wins. SUNY Cortland’s advocate for developing engaged citizens with a strong social conscience is mentor, counselor, teacher, coordinator and director, John Suarez.

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Tuesday, Oct. 23

Deliberative Dialogue: “Addressing Temporary Homelessness,” sponsored by the Institute for Civic Engagement, Old Main Colloquium, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Artist’s Talk: Billy Hassell, Dowd Fine Arts Center Gallery, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Sandwich Seminar: “Making the Leap: Accepting Assignments Through Blackboard,” presented by Shena Driscoll Salvato, Modern Languages Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: “Teaching Panel Lightening Round of Powerful Teaching Strategies,” sponsored by the Faculty Development Center, Old Main Colloquium, 3 to 5 p.m.  

Wellness Wednesday: “Reframing Failure: An Opportunity for Inspiration,” will offer a conversation about turning setbacks into strengths, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25

Sandwich Seminar: “Travels in Sacred Ethiopia,” by Benjamin de Lee, History Department. This seminar will be a slide presentation of Professor de Lee’s 2016 travels through the historical pre-Christian and Christian sites of Ethiopia. Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon to 1 p.m.

Deliberative Dialogue: “Preparing for Climate-Enhanced Extreme Weather Events in Cortland County,” sponsored by the Institute for Civic Engagement, Park Center Hall of Fame Room, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Lecture: Neurobiology and Evolution of Frog Songs, Bowers Hall, Room 1129, 4:15 to 6 p.m.

Lecture: “Vestiges: Art of Conservation,” Dowd Fine Arts Center Gallery, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27

Conference: “Women and Leadership,” sponsored by the Cortland Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Members of the public, including high school and college students, are invited to attend. The registration fee covers the cost of a continental breakfast and lunch.  There is a reduced fee for students.  

Monday, Oct. 29

Lecture: “Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: Wild Plants, Foraging and the Future of Food,” by Taylor Reid from the Culinary Institute of America, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 3:30 to 5 p.m.  Sponsored by the The Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Native American Film Series: “Lake of Betrayal,” Sperry Center, Room 106, 4:30 p.m.

International Programs Lecture: “Their Spies…Our Spies… Russian Hacking of U.S. Elections,” by John Sipher, former senior officer with the CIA, Sperry Center, Room 104, 4:30 p.m.

Distinguished Voices in Literature Lecture Series: Chen Chen, author of the poetry collection When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 5 p.m.

Alumni Speaker Series: “Finance and Banking Careers,” featuring a panel of alumni, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: “Don’t Let the Consequences Haunt You” presents the dangers of misuse and abuse of alcohol and prescription pills. Health Promotion interns and Substance Abuse and Prevention Education representatives will be available, Student Life Center lobby, noon to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1

Community Roundtable: “Creating the College History,” presented by Randi Storch and Kevin Sheets, History Department, and students Kaycie Haller and Deirdre Hallinan, Park Center Hall of Fame Room, 8 to 9 a.m.

Sandwich Seminar: Panel discussion by former students involved with Cortland's classic concerts, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon.

Lecture: “Leadership for a Change” presented by Robert Ike C.A.S. ’00, the 2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year, the first in a SUNY Cortland Sesquicentennial lecture series co-sponsored by the School of Education. Sperry Center, Room 105, 7 p.m.

Musical Legacy Panel Discussion: Covering SUNY Cortland’s impressive list of great concerts and student involvement to build careers, planned by SUNY Cortland Alumni Association’s Musical Legacy Committee, Corey Union Fireplace lounge, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 2

Lecture: “The Native American Athlete,” by Michael Taylor, visiting scholar at Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, Old Main Colloquium, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 4

33rd Annual African American Gospel Music Festival 2018: Old Main Brown Auditorium, 4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 5

Non-Traditional Student Week: Events are planned throughout the week. Visit the Non-Traditional Student Support webpage for details

Honors Program Lecture Series: “The American Smile: A Conversation with Mary Otto, author of Teeth,” Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Election Day

Native American Film Series: “What was Ours,” Sperry Center, Room 106, 4:30 p.m.

Documentary Screening: “Winged Migration,” Dowd Fine Arts Center critique area, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Midterm Election Review Party: Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to participate and discuss the results of the elections as they occur, Old Main Colloquium, 7 to 11 p.m.

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

Spy-Turned-Commentator to Speak on Russian Hacking

Cortland native John Sipher worked for the CIA for 28 years. read more

Reading Reprises 1961 Speech on Empowering Women

A landmark lecture by the late sociologist Rozanne M. Brooks will be read again Nov. 13. read more

Capture the Moment


Members of the College’s softball team were some of the hundreds of students who walked through downtown Cortland on Sunday during the 24th annual CROP Walk to fight hunger. Partnering with the community, SUNY Cortland students and staff helped to raise more than $9,000, about 25 percent of which will be donated to Cortland area food pantries and feeding programs.

In Other News

Superintendent of the Year to Talk Leadership

Cortaca Jug Tickets Available!

Non-Traditional Students Will Be Celebrated Nov. 5 to 9

New Book Tells SUNY Cortland’s Modern History

Climate, Homelessness Featured at October Deliberative Dialogues

Cortland Concert Legacy to be Explored by Panels

College Offers Campus Crunch Day on Oct. 24

Roundtable to Look at College History Timeline

University Women to Hold Leadership Conference

33rd African American Gospel Music Festival Set for Nov. 4

SUNY Cortland Master Teachers Host Youth Climate Summit

Events Mark Native American Indian Heritage Month

SUNY Cortland Holding Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 12

Midterm Election Watch Party Set for Nov. 6

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Carolyn Bershad presented at the annual conference of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors. read more

Marie Blanden and Lauren Scagnelli shared the College's journey to a tobacco free campus with the New York State College Health Association. read more

Thomas Hischak recently had two books published, including The Woody Allen Encyclopedia. read more

Nikolay Karkov had his article about East-European socialism published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. read more

Kathleen A. Lawrence had her poem, written in response to the recent supreme court nomination, published in New Verse News. read more

Celeste McNamara presented “Priests Behaving Badly: The Problem of Scandal in Renaissance Italy" at Bowdoin College in Maine. read more

Lauren Scagnelli, Natasha McFadden and John Suarez presented on implementing a campus food pantry at the state College Health Association meeting. read more

Robert Spitzer is the author of an article titled “Researching Gun Policy: Futile or Feasible?” read more

Ryan Vooris and Susan Barnett had their article, “Understanding the Wearable Fitness Tracker Revolution," published recently. read more

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