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The Bulletin: Campus News for the SUNY Cortland Community

  Issue Number 1 • Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022  


Campus Champion

Prevention Educator Marissa Whitaker M ’17 is ready to meet students where they’re at when it comes to substance use. “It’s all about balance. I’m here to help students make healthy choices around using alcohol, cannabis and other substances.” Marissa is approachable, informed, non-judgmental and welcoming. Students can find her at resource fairs, wellness events or at a private self-referral chat in the Prevention Education Office located in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1. And check in for a weekly discussion on the Last Call with Sarah and Marissa Podcast.

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Tuesday, Aug. 30

Welcome Week events continue through Monday, Sept. 5: See the full list at

Rec Sports Fair: Student Life Center plaza, 4 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 31

Dowd Gallery Opening Reception: “Runaway” exhibition by Beth Livensperger, Dowd Fine Arts Center, Dowd Gallery, 4 to 7:30 p.m. Read more

Wellness Wednesday Intro to Africana Dance: Student Life Center, Multi-activity court, 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 1

Internship and Student Employment Fair: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 3 to 5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 2

Voice Office Welcome Party: Bishop and Shea Halls quad, 4 to 6 p.m.

Dowd Gallery: First Friday, virtual and in-person event, Dowd Gallery and Facebook, Instagram, Dowd Gallery website, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5

Labor Day: No classes in session

Labor Day Carnival: Neubig and Van Hoesen Hall lawn, rides and food, noon to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 6

Dowd Gallery Artist’s Talk: Beth Livensperger, College of Staten Island, CUNY, for the exhibition titled “Runaway,” 4:30 p.m. online via Webex. Read more.

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Peer Diversity Training: Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 4 to 6 p.m.

Celebration of Life for Muteb Alqahtani: Sperry Center, Room 105, 4:30 p.m.

Transfer Hang Out: Hosted by the Transfer Network Team, Randall Hall back lawn, or rain location: Student Life Center multi-activity court, 5 to 6 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday Intro to the Outdoors: Student Life Center outside Outdoor Pursuits, 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8

Safe Sex Express: Corey Union steps, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 9

UUP Annual Welcome/Welcome Back Picnic: Yaman Park, 4 to 7 p.m. Flyer

Comedian James McCartney: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 to 8 p.m.

Back to School Bash: Hosted by the Black Student Union, Corey Union Function Room, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 11

9/11 Memorial Ceremony: City of Cortland, Courthouse Park at the 9/11 Memorial, 8:30 a.m.

SUNY Cortland 9/11 Memorial Ceremony: Corey Union steps, 7 p.m. Rain location: Corey Union Function Room

Tuesday, Sept. 13

Greek Convocation: Old Main Brown Auditorium, 7 to 8:15 p.m.

SUNY Cortland welcomes biggest first-year class in decades

The university expects 1,384 first-year students, the most in the more than three decades first-year attendance has been tracked. read more

Cortland ranked as one of state’s best college towns

Activities and accessibility are among the area’s highlights. read more

Capture the Moment


Associate Professor Matthew Madden of the Physical Education Department danced with members of the men's soccer team in a procession from the Student Life Center to Park Center during Academic Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 28. Student-athletes lined the sidewalk to cheer on and encourage first-year and new students as they made their way from remarks to a dinner with faculty and staff as part of the annual opening of school tradition.

In Other News

Free Cortaca tickets available for faculty and staff bus volunteers

President’s Opening Meeting celebrates success

Students study ecotourism in Hawaii

SUNY Cortland leans into community action

Dowd Gallery opens with exhibition titled “Runaway”

Celebration of life for Muteb Alqahtani

Community roundtable to promote Democratic engagement

SUNY Cortland deploys a new type of energy hog

Cortland College-Community Orchestra names conductor

988 is new mental health hotline 

Alum named New York’s history teacher of the year

COVID-19 Safety Information page updates

Welcome at the start of a new academic year

Welcome Week continues through Sept. 5

CALS Lecture Grant applications due Sept. 8

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People on the Move

Tommy Prairie named Cortland wrestling head coach

Faculty/Staff Activities

Brittany Adams had an article published in Journal of Literacy Research. read more

Alexandru Balas had his book Sharing the Burden of Peace. Inter-Organizational Cooperation in Peace Operations published. read more

Alexis Blavos co-authored an article recently published in Health Promotion Practice. read more

Tyler Bradway had his book titled Queer Kinship: Race, Sex, Belonging, Form published on Aug.19. read more

Kevin Dames presented a project at the World Congress of the International Society of Posture and Gait Research, held in July in Montreal. read more

Abigail Droge co-authored a recently published article titled “What Everyone Says: Public Perceptions of the Humanities in the Media.” read more

Evan Faulkenbury had an article published in the peer-reviewed journal The Public Historian. read more

Jeremy Jimenez presented a paper at the Future of World Society conference at Pomona College, Los Angeles.  read more

Caroline K. Kaltefleiter presented a paper at the 7th Anarchist Studies Network International Conference in August. read more

Christina Knopf presented at the San Diego Comic Con-International conference and at the annual convention of the Comics Studies Society in July. read more

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