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  Issue Number 11 • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020  


Campus Champion

Shaneya Simmelkjaer, a senior who triple majors in criminology, political science and Africana studies, has spent her academic career studying the struggles faced by people of color. She’s also working very hard to make a difference. The Black Student Union vice president is a Black feminist advocate who believes that Black Americans continue to live in fear, sometimes due to indirect or unintentional discrimination. “I use my voice to highlight diversity issues on campus, and these include microaggressions and color blindness,” Shaneya says. Black History Month is winding down, but Shaneya will remain vigilant in support of greater social, political and cultural understanding of the Black community.

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Tuesday, Feb. 25

Black History Month Sandwich Seminar: “Black is Always Beautiful: Readings from Ntozake Shange, Lorraine Hansberry, Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou,” presented by Jack Carr and students from the Communications Studies Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon.

Lecture: “Small Powers at the League of Nations,” presented by Alexandru Balas, Clark Center for Global Engagement, Sperry Center, Room 0104, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Alumni Speakers Series: Careers in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Black History Month Poster Symposium: “Black History and Literary Work Now,” presented by the SUNY Cortland English Club, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30 p.m.

Dowd Gallery Documentary Screening: “CERN & the Sense of Beauty,” a full feature film with English subtitles directed by Valerio Jalongo, Dowd Gallery, 5 p.m.

Lecture: Judging Deliberation: An Assessment of the Crowdsourced Icelandic Constitutional Project presented by Delia Popescu, Political Science Department, Peace and Global Studies and Legal Studies at Le Moyne College, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 6 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday Series: “Hazing Prevention: Sweating the Small Stuff,” Corey Union Function Room, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Black History Month Sandwich Seminar:Trashing Ol' Barry Hussein O'bama[sic]: Disrespect and (In)civility in Trumpamerica —A Pointed Discussion, presented by Jack Carr, Communications Studies Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon.

English Department’s Works in Progress Event: “Desert Island Books,” a conversation on books we can’t live without, Old Main, Room 220, 4:30 p.m.

Black History Month Lecture: “Dr. Wangari Mathai: Impactful Legacy for Africa’s Future Generations,” presented by Margaret Gichuru, Childhood/Early Childhood Early Education Department, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 5 p.m.

Dowd Gallery Artist’s Talk: “Between Mediums,” with Monteith McCollum, an interdisciplinary artist and associate professor of cinema at Binghamton University, Dowd Gallery, 5 p.m.

Afro-Essence Exhibition and Event: Corey Union Fireplace Lounge and Exhibition Lounge, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

Performance: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, presented by the Performing Arts Department, Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28

Cortland Nites: Murder Mystery Dinner, Corey Union Function Room, 7 p.m.

Performance: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, presented by the Performing Arts Department, Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 29

Performance: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, presented by the Performing Arts Department, Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre, 2 p.m.

Performance: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, presented by the Performing Arts Department, Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 1

Performance: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, presented by the Performing Arts Department, Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre, 2 p.m.

Monday, March 2

Student Panel: Experiences of Disability Identities (and How Gender, Race, and Disability Matter),” Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 5 p.m.

Green-flix Film: The Plastic Problem, Moffett Center, Room 2125, 6 to 8 p.m.

Career Services “Start Smart” Workshop: Old Main Colloquium, 4 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3

Women’s History Month Performance: Andrea Stern, Concert and Celtic Harpist, Old Main Brown Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Middle States Open Session: Preliminary design site visit by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Dr. Idna Corbett, for faculty, staff and students, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4

Women's History Month Sandwich Seminar: “Leading Changes in United Nations Organizations?” presented by Catherine Bertini, an accomplished leader in international organization reform and a powerful advocate for women and girls, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30 p.m.

Career Fair: Sponsored by Career Services, Corey Union Function Room, 1 to 4 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: Strokes: Awareness, Signs and Symptoms, presented by Dr. Jorge Eller, M.D., endovascular neurosurgeon from Crouse Hospital, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 5

Women’s History Month Sandwich Seminar: “Nigerian Wives Wishing to Join their Husbands: Gender, Fictive Kinship and Illicit Trans-Colonial Mobilities,” presented by Dr. Ndubueze L. Mbah, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, noon.

Presentation: “Empowered Women Empower Women: A Gender Equity Program for Students,” Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 4:15 to 6 p.m.

Presentation: “Evil: Live Spelled Backwards,” a one-woman cabaret presented by Shanti Jones, certified philosophical counselor, accompanied by Professor Emeritus of Music Stephen B. Wilson, piano, Center for Ethics Peace and Social Justice Spring Lecture, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 3 p.m.

Friday, March 6

Conference: “TransAction 2020: The 2nd annual conference on issues related to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals on college campuses,” Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cortland Nites: $3 Movie Night: Plaza 6 Theater, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 7

Men of Color Student Leadership Summit: Featured speakers are Carlton Goode and Brian “Heat” Hamlin, Sperry Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., continental breakfast and check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. Register by Wednesday, Feb. 26, at

Bob Ross Paint Night: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 8 p.m.

Monday, March 9

Women’s History Month Film Discussion: “I Am A Whisper, My Dear,” a discussion of collaborative ethnofiction film making with indigenous LGBT activists by Mariangela Mihai, Sperry Center, Room 205, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10

Conversation with the Cabinet: Faculty and staff event hosted by the President’s Office and the Gender Policies and Initiatives Council, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Debt Series Lecture: “The history of discriminatory lending practices in the U.S. and its role in perpetuating intergenerational inequality,” presented by Dr. David Fruend from University of Maryland, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 5 p.m.

Gender Inclusive Rock Climbing: “She Can Climb. They Can Climb. You Can Climb!” For women-identified and non-binary climbers, sponsored by Outdoor Pursuits, Student Life Center rock wall, 10 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11

Women’s History Month Sandwich Seminar: “100 Years Since Suffrage: The Current Status of Voter Mobilization in New York State,” Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30 p.m.

Debt Series Lecture: “Macro-Financial Stability and Household Debt from the Perspectives of American Post-Keynesian Economics, the Cambridge approach, and the Monetary Circuit School” by Joelle Leclaire from SUNY Buffalo State, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 5 p.m.

Alumna recognized at the State of the Union

Amy Howard Williams ’02 was lauded for volunteerism and surprised by husband. read more

Bertini talk leads Women’s History Month events

Catherine Bertini, a World Food Prize Laureate, will speak on international organization reform. read more

Capture the Moment


Marian LeTourneau, an inclusive childhood education major, seen here sprinting from the climbing wall, competed in Recreational Sports’ second annual Adventure Race in the Student Life Center on Feb. 23. The event consisted of three beginner-level routes on the climbing wall, three miles on a spin bike and kayaking 10 laps on a designated course in the pool. A dozen students participated, earned t-shirts and made some new friends along the way. The Adventure Race was part of Recreational Sports’ “One Day Events” series competition, which continues throughout the semester.

In Other News

Filmmaker infuses diversity into cinema

Education students present at national conference 

A unique coming-of-age tale comes to SUNY Cortland stage

Economics to be big March topic

Seminars unite early childhood educators

Cuban defector Alina Fernández to speak at SUNY Cortland

SUNY Cortland hosts second TransAction conference

One-credit esports course to be offered

Female Force a force for empowerment

Harpist to perform at SUNY Cortland

Cortland names Curt Fitzpatrick football head coach

Register by March 1 to participate in Conference on Diversity

Gospel Choir spring tour preview concert set for March 11

Cortland in the news

Harassment and discrimination course feedback welcomed

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Tyler Bradway had a book chapter published in The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In. read more

Evan Faulkenbury had an article about the history of Cortland’s Union soldier monument published in The Public Historian. read more

Kim Wieczorek is president of the New York State Association of Teacher Educators was a representative at the national conference. read more

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