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The Bulletin: Campus News for the SUNY Cortland Community

  Issue Number 1 • Aug. 27, 2019  


Campus Champion

Kevin Pristash ’85, M ’91 developed his passions at Corey Union as a student. Now, as director of the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office, his infinite knowledge of the university’s history combined with boundless enthusiasm to meet the appeals of today’s students has yielded a student union that offers unique dining and social experiences. The renovated lower levels feature three dining areas, new flooring and lighting and updated club facilities. Kevin recently played a major role in the year-long initiative to recognize an era when top performers played on campus, reconnecting alumni to Corey Union via a two-story musical legacy sculpture. Read more

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Tuesday, Aug. 27

Open Mic Night: Student performers and speakers involved with Alumni Association's Musical Legacy Commemoration (1960-90) Project, Corey Union first floor, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Student Employment and Volunteer Fair: Corey Union Function Room, 3 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Wellness Wednesday Series: A Taste of Rec Sports, Student Life Center, 6 and 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Outdoor Pursuits Meet and Greet: Student Life Center, Outdoor Pursuits Center, 3 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Welcome Week Event: Chocolate Fountain and Board Games, Corey Union Function Room, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 30

Study Abroad and International Student Welcome Party: Corey Union lower patio, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 30

Cortland Nites: Hypnotist Michael C. Anthony, Corey Union Function Room, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 31

The Great New York State Fair: Buses will take students to the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse and return, noon to 6 p.m. 

Saturday, Aug. 31

Cortland Nites: Mini golf at Shipwreck Golf, Route 13, Cortland. Buses will transport students to and from the event, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 1

Welcome Week Event: Outdoor movie “Avengers Endgame,” Hendrick-Hayes Quad, 9 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 2

Labor Day: No classes; offices are closed

Monday, Sept. 2

Student Club Fair and Labor Day Carnival: Corey Union steps, noon to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Community Roundtable: “Cortland Opportunity Community: Creating Opportunity for Everyone in the Community,” panel presentation, Park Center Hall of Fame Room, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Wellness Wednesday Series: “Turning Conflict into Communication,” Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 6

Workshop: “Student Employment ‘How to’ Workshop,” Van Hoesen computer lab from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 6

UUP Member Welcome Picnic: Hosted by United University Professions for UUP members, Yaman Park, 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 6

Cortland Nites: Silent Disco, Corey Union Function Room, 6 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 9

Native American Studies Lecture: Steven Newcomb, Old Main Colloquium, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Musical theatre major earns B.F.A. distinction

Cortland is only the third SUNY campus to offer a B.F.A. in musical theatre. read more

SUNY Cortland a “Best College for Your Money”

Money magazine lists the university among the nation's best for a third consecutive year. read more

Capture the Moment


Junior Janessa Factor, a member of the women’s soccer team, helped new students move in between Aug. 22 and 25. Volunteers from several sports teams and those who signed up to work with Blaze’s Opening Crew greeted students and their families and moved belongings into the residence halls. In all, nearly 7,000 students started fall semester classes on Aug. 26. SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum welcomed the students in this video.

In Other News

Get your tickets for Cortaca Jug at MetLife Stadium

Concert sculpture offers new way to look at music

Dowd Gallery showing permanent collection

Cortland ranked No. 5 nationally for coaching master’s

Alumna helps bring steampunk festival to Cortland

‘Learning together’ focus of president’s opening address

Students, faculty offered free global news briefings

Roundtable to focus on community improvement

Cortland named safest college town in New York

Felton earns national professional awards

Students build tool for bank customers with aphasia

Business majors test waters of European student “Shark Tank”

Latest edition of SUNY Cortland Alumni magazine available

Fall 'Wellness' series events announced

Cortland in the news

ASC announces new board members

CALS Lecture Grant Applications Due Sept. 5

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People on the Move

Prihodova named Dowd Gallery director

Faculty/Staff Activities

Kati Ahern co-authored a response article in the International Journal of Listening. read more

John C. Hartsock learned that his book has been selected for conversion to an audiobook. read more

Kathleen A. Lawrence recently had two poems and a photo published in Colorado Boulevard. read more

Robert Spitzer had his article, “There’s No Second Amendment Right to Large-Capacity Magazines,” published in the New York Times. read more

Brian Williams authored an article that was accepted for publication in The Social Science Journal. read more

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