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  Issue Number 18 • Tuesday, June 8, 2021  


Campus Champion

Dan Surdam, associate sports information director since 2000, recently received the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) 2021 Achievement Award in the College Division. CoSIDA is not the first to recognize Dan’s outstanding work as an athletics communications professional. Athletics directors, trainers, coaches and especially the student-athletes know how much he cares for each of them and the teams he covers as the primary media contact for the Red Dragon soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey and wrestling teams. Dan’s strong work ethic as a student mentor, public address announcer and, more recently, dedicated COVID-19 pool testing attendant are evidence of an award-winning campus champion.

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Thursday, June 10

Discussion: SUNY Pride - LGBTQIA+ Inclusion: From Now to Next, with SUNY Chancellor Malatras and SUNY student advocates discussing topics affecting the SUNY LGBTQIA+ community, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 17

Freedom Day: SUNY Celebrating Juneteenth and Pride Together, event description and registration, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 19

Juneteenth Video: The Anti-Racism Taskforce Multimedia Subcommittee will stream a Juneteenth video featuring former SUNY Cortland assistant head football coach, Tunde Agboke. Tunde will discuss the importance of remembering Juneteenth. Link will be posted on the Institutional Equity and Inclusion Events website. 

Juneteenth Celebration in Cortland: Music, giveaways, refreshments and speakers including SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum, rain or shine, 6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Park on Church Street in downtown Cortland.

Monday, June 21

Orientation for Transfers: Session 1, online via Webex, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SUNY Pride Art Gallery Opening: Featuring student and faculty works in the areas of visual art, film, fashion, photography and music, as part of the 2021 #SUNYPride celebration, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 24

SUNY Pride Networking Night: Affinity groups, event description and registration, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

Orientation for Transfers: Session 2, online via Webex, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, June 29

Orientation for First-Year Students: Session 1, online via Webex, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SUNY Pride Celebratory Event: 2021 #SUNYPride celebration, event description and registration, 5 to 6 p.m.

Alum to lead SUNY police statewide

New commissioner is the first female in the role and first to rise through SUNY’s police system. read more

University to co-host first Juneteenth event

African Americans have long marked this historic footnote with celebration and education. read more

Capture the Moment


Patricia Karam, right, interim Lodging and Events Coordinator for the Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House, helped lead a planting day on Thursday, May 27. Christine Perry Cecconi ’74, kneeling, was among the many volunteers who came out to help. Learn more about the Parks Alumni House online.

In Other News

Diversity Institute marks milestones

Model EU’s 2021 pandemic edition

Students, alumni thrive at Blackbird Film Festival

College Archives updates on time capsule, graffiti boards

Alumni connect virtually during pandemic

Auxiliary Services Lists 2021-22 Grant Recipients

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Kati Ahern had her book chapter, “Soundscapes: Rhetorical Entwinements for Composing Sound in Four Dimensions,” published in Tuning in to Soundwriting. read more

Lisa Czirr, Jeremy Pekarek and Hilary Wong presented to the Eastern New York Association of College and Research Libraries in May. read more

Eric Edlund had an article published in May in the American Journal of Physics. read more

Jeremy Jiménez coauthored a recently published book chapter. read more

Janet Ochs, Jeremy Pekarek, Rod Koch and Chris Badurek presented at the SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology in May. read more

Jeremy Pekarek on behalf of the College Archives was awarded a grant to finish digitizing student newspapers dating back to 1879. read more

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