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  Issue Number 10 • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021  


Campus Champion

Christopher Ortega ’06, assistant professor of communication and media studies and Africana studies, opened SUNY Cortland’s Black History Month celebration with a well-attended virtual lecture detailing racism on television with examples of historic black experiences woven into fictional stories. The Red Dragon alum is passionate about teaching and goes above and beyond outside the classroom. “How do you say no to students?” Chris connects with students in a variety of majors in his intro-level courses, where he believes they learn things that may be important down the road. As advisor to multiple clubs, he looks forward to accompanying students to more conferences, like the Somos El Futuro Model Senate a year ago at the New York State Senate.

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Tuesday, Feb. 9

Celebration of Black Girl Magic: Safe space for vulnerable conversations about black girl magic, online, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

NAACP Discussion: Racism in Healthcare, online via Webex, 7 p.m.

Entrepreneurship Club Speaker Joe Lalacci: Tips from multi-millionaire CEO, online via Webex, 8 p.m.

SGA Trivia Tuesday9 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Virtual Interview Essentials: Sponsored by Career Services, online via Handshake, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

In-Person Study Abroad 101: Old Main, Room 220, 3 p.m.

Workshop: SafeZone Train the Trainer: For those that participated in a SafeZone training in the past and want to be a trainer. Register, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Black Communities, 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Our Minds Matter: Exploring the Intersectionality of Race and Mental Health Disabilities, online via Webex, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Building a Handshake Profile: Sponsored by Career Services, online via Handshake, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Black History Month Lecture: Eastern Europe, Anti-Black Racism, and the Unfinished Project of Decolonization, online via Zoom, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Valentine's Day Speech Language Hearing Meet and Greet: Link to Event, 5 p.m.

Health Care Management Student Association Meeting: First meeting of the semester, online via Webex, 6 to 7 p.m.

NAACP Discussion: People of Color in LGBTQ+ Community, presented by Gia Greenidge, president, NAACP, online via Webex, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 12

SUNY Esports Registration Deadline: Contact Matt Nuesell, recreational sports, 3 p.m.

Cortland Nites Stuff a Bear, Link to RSVP, 6 p.m.

NCAA Founders Day Family Feud: Hosted by NAACP, online, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 15

Discussion: Beloved Community Panel #1, Registration link, noon to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Study Abroad Information Session - Germany:  Study abroad opportunities in Germany at Fulda University and German Sport University, online via Webex, 4 p.m.

Black History Month Lecture: The Scramble for Anti-racist College Campuses: Rethinking  Strategies for Racial Justice in the American Polity, online via Webex, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Sandwich Seminar: Black History Month in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter, presented by Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Lorraine Lopez-Janove, online via Webex, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Remote Study Abroad 101: 3 p.m.

Black History Month Discussion: The Failures and Successes of White Women in Activism and Leadership, online via Webex, 4 p.m.

Black Lives Matter in PK-12 Schools: A Conversation with Educators, Register here, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: Senior Counselor Jennifer Talarico will present “Listening and Connecting with Our Bodies” from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

SUNY Cortland Alumni Table Talk: Racism, White Supremacy and the Reality of Two Americas, register, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Black History Month Performance: “Hear My Voice,” An Evening of Original Monologues Created by SUNY Cortland Students with award-winning playwright Kyle Bass, online via Webex, 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 22  

Study Abroad Information Session: Costa Rica, online via Webex, 4 p.m.

Teacher Certification Requirements Overview: Sponsored by Career Services, register on Handshake, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Black History Month Lecture: Race, Mental Wellness and the Black Community: Reframing Our Psyche, online via Webex, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Workshop: Understanding and Advocating for Racial Justice: Learn how to better understand racial injustice and how to be better allies and advocates to people of color. Register here, 3 to 5 p.m. 

Information Session: Other-SUNY Programs in Italy: Online via Webex, 4 p.m.

Black History Month Event: R & B 'n Paint, presented by the Black Student Union, online via Webex, 5 p.m.

Alumni Speakers Series: English/Professional Writing panel discussion, sponsored by Alumni Engagement and Career Services, register on Red Dragon Network, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

SUNY Cortland celebrates Black History Month

This year’s events scheduled throughout February will take place virtually. read more

Diverse university voices to be shared

Participant panels will discuss the Beloved Community Narratives Project. read more

Capture the Moment


Olivia Fisher, a first-year student from Endicott, N.Y., taps in a putt as Shannon Moleti, left, a first-year from Hauppauge, N.Y., looks on during a glow-in-the-dark mini golf excursion to Shipwreck Amusements on Friday, Feb. 5. Campus Activities will host a number of recreation opportunities for students throughout the semester. Follow @CortlandNites on Instagram to stay connected.

In Other News

President’s Opening Meeting highlights path through pandemic

Join the 21-day anti-racism challenge

SUNY Esports league deadline is Feb. 12

Alumnus runs 200 miles for charity

President shares reminders about online learning

President reinforces commitment to COVID-19 safety

SUNY Campus Climate Survey starts Feb. 15

Cortland community update on safety measures

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Brittany Adams had her article published in Girlhood Studies. read more

Caroline K. Kaltefleiter presented at the Anarchist Studies Network Conference hosted by Nottingham Trent University in the UK. read more

Doug Langhans was a panelist on the International Education in 2020: A Year End Review webinar. read more

Kate McCormick had her book review published in Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. read more

Jeffrey Radloff, Angela Pagano and Dominick Fantacone presented at the Northeast Regional Conference of the Association of Science Teacher Education. read more

Robert Spitzer had recent articles published in Syracuse’s The Post-Standard and on the History News Network website. read more

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