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  Issue Number 20 • Tuesday, July 18, 2023  


Campus Champion

Administrative Assistant Melony Warwick keeps tabs on just about every detail of successful donor and alumni events, Foundation board meetings, emeriti faculty gatherings and other VIP occasions on behalf of SUNY Cortland — and she’s been here for 36 years! Now assisting her eighth vice president in the Division of Institutional Advancement, Mel’s superior organizational skills and excellent work ethic are unmatched. She’s hosted VIP guests at every football game since 2004 and received both the President’s Award and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Always on top of her game, Mel is the university’s daily reminder that enthusiasm, initiative and dedication are valued and respected.

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Wednesday, July 19

Transfer Orientation Session 4: Campus-wide event, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21

First-Year Orientation Session 7: Campus-wide event, 10 a.m. day one to 2 p.m. on day two.

Monday, July 24

First-Year Orientation Orientation Session 8: 12:30 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 26

First-Year Online Orientation Session 9: 12:30 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 24

President’s Opening Address and Faculty Meetings: Corey Union Function Room, 8:30 a.m.

Welcome Week begins: Designed to help new students become a part of the campus community. Welcome Week events continue daily through Monday, Sept. 4.

Friday, Aug. 25

Transfer Session 6: Campus-wide event, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First-Year Orientation Session 10: Campus-wide event, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Welcome Week Red Dragon Pride: Meet other students, free t-shirt, class picture and ice cream social, Stadium Complex, 5 p.m.

Welcome Week S'mores and lawn games: Student Life Center, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 26

Welcome Week Welcome picnic, Bishop and Shea Quad, 4 to 7 p.m.

Welcome Week Red Dragon stuff a buddy: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 1 p.m.

Welcome Week: Nachos at night and make a street sign/dry erase board: Corey Union first floor, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 27

Welcome Week: Transfer Takeoff and class finding tours, Newmark Pavilion - between Memorial Library and Sperry (Rain site: Corey Union first floor), 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Welcome Week First year class finding tours, Corey Union steps, 2 p.m.

Academic Convocation: Student Life Center, 4 p.m.

Academic Convocation Dinner: Park Center Alumni Arena, 5 p.m.

Welcome Week All students floor meetings, residence hall main lounges, 7 p.m.

Welcome Week Red Dragon Scavenger Hunt, follow @CortlandNites on Instagram, 8 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 28

Classes begin

Game room contests, Student Life Center game room, 7 to 9 p.m.

Intramural sports employment info session: Student Life Center game room, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

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

Welcome Week Trivia, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 9 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 1

Welcome Week Resource Fair: For new students, Corey Union front steps, 2 to 4 p.m. Rain site: Corey Union Function Room.

Successful senior earns adult learner’s scholarship

Caesaré German is honored nationally as a stellar student who overcame life’s obstacles. read more

Being ewes-ful: sheep assist with solar power

The campus at SUNY Cortland has run on 100% renewable energy since 2013. read more

Capture the Moment


Orientation Assistant Emily Thomas leads first-year students in a selfie smile during Orientation on campus. Overnight Orientation sessions continue through Friday, July 21 and are followed by some online sessions through July 28. Orientation exposes students to the university’s key services as well as opportunities and responsibilities in and outside of the classroom so they can make a smooth transition to SUNY Cortland next month.

In Other News

West Coast grads unite over adaptive sports

Cortland UPD to host statewide wellness symposium 

Cortland athletes earn SUNY and SUNYAC spring academic awards

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Brian Barrett had an article published in the Journal of Education. read more

Dan Harms presented two papers, had an article published and was recognized by the SUNY Librarians' Association. read more

Kristine Newhall presented on the life and activism of Dr. Jean Grossholtz at the North American Society for Sport History annual meeting. read more

Wylie Schwartz presented at the International Conference on the Arts in Krakow, Poland and at the Casa Jorn Museum in Albissola, Italy in July. read more

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In memoriam

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 22 in Cortland for Bess Koval, professor emerita of physical education, who died on May 25, 2023.

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