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  Issue Number 16 • Tuesday, April 30, 2024  


Campus Champion

Ryan Lerner is an adolescence education: Spanish major, honors scholar, Spanish Club president, French Club member and so much more at SUNY Cortland. He was the only student selected from 117 applicants to join five other speakers at TEDxSUNYCortland on April 9. Ryan believes world languages hold the key to increasing global understanding. His talk, “Reclaiming hope and our humanity through language acquisition,” was personal, inspiring and embraced the TEDx theme “reclamation.” One professor said it gave a tangible perspective of the importance of teaching and the impact that educators can have in the future generations. Another said Ryan is “a true example of dedication and commitment to the university.”  

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Tuesday, April 30

Pizza and Papers: Get writing and research done with Memorial Library and the Writing Center, registration required, 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1

Pottery Sale: All items are made by SUNY Cortland students, Old Main lobby, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sandwich Seminar: U.S. Weapons Exports and Human Rights: How the Safeguard Act Would Address Current Gaps in Transparency, Oversight and Accountability, presented by Ute Ritz-Deutch, lecturer, Philosophy Department, Old Main Colloquium, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Workshop: Forced Sterilizations in the U.S., presented by Multicultural Life and Diversity Office intern Allie Schwerthoffer, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 3 to 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 2

Sandwich Seminar: Disability and Blind Education History, presented by Elizabeth Wells, English Department, Old Main Colloquium, noon to 1 p.m.

3rd Annual Red Dragon Fest: Hosted by Residence Life and Housing and University Police, Bishop/Shea Quad, 2 to 5 p.m. The rain location will be the Student Life Center courts area.

Senior Send-Off: Lynne Parks '68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House, 29 Tompkins St., 5 to 8 p.m. 

Friday, May 3

Classes end

Cortland Cupboard: Filled Fridge Friday, pre-packed meals in the fridge, Old Main, Room B-05, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

SUNY Cortland Works Celebration: United University Professions hosts this day of solidarity with walks across campus and a food and solidarity gathering and live music on the Corey Union steps, noon to 2 p.m.

4th Annual Rainbow Reception: Celebrates the successes and contributions of LGBTQ+ students and allies, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 6 p.m.

Monday, May 6 

Final Exams: Continue through Friday, May 10.

Moonlight Breakfast: Catered by Cortland Auxiliary Services, The Bistro, 10 to 11:30 p.m., this event is for all students regardless of meal plan status. 

PAWS for Stress Relief: Pet some dogs, chair massages, chair reiki, arts and crafts, snacks and drinks, Student Life Center 3-Court Gym, noon to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7

PAWS for Stress Relief: Pet some dogs, chair massages, chair reiki, arts and crafts, snacks and drinks, Student Life Center 3-Court Gym, noon to 4 p.m.

Friday, May 10

Graduate Commencement: Park Center Alumni Arena, ceremony at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Students report to Park Center Corey Gymnasium at 6 p.m. Reception immediately following the ceremony in Park Center Corey Gymnasium. Graduate Commencement information

Saturday, May 11

Undergraduate Commencement: Park Center Alumni Arena; Ceremony A: 9:30 a.m, undergraduate reception: 11 a.m., Lusk Field House; Ceremony B: 2:30 p.m., undergraduate reception: 4 p.m., Lusk Field House; Ceremony C: 7 p.m. Undergraduate Commencement information

Wednesday, May 15

Summer Session begins: Full session is from Wednesday, May 15 to Monday, July 29;  Summer Session I is from Wednesday, May 15 through Thursday, June 20.

Summer Ethics Institute: Presented by the Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice and the Philosophy Department, Moffett Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If interested in attending, email

Thursday, May 16

Summer Ethics Institute: Presented by the Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice and the Philosophy Department, Moffett Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested in attending? Please email

Thursday, May 30

Workshop: Civic Learning Through a Lens of Racial Equity, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. With Dr. John Reiff, director of Civic Learning and Civic Engagement, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, register by Tuesday, April 30, by email to

Saturday, June 15

Juneteenth Celebration: The fourth annual event hosted by Cortland County Community of Color (C4) honoring the end of slavery in the United States, Court House Park, Cortland, noon to 3 p.m.

Monday, June 24

Summer Session II begins: Continues through Monday, July 29

The Bulletin will be published the following dates during the summer:

Tuesday, May 14        

Tuesday, June 4         

Tuesday, June 25       

Tuesday, July 16


University to host four Commencement ceremonies

SUNY Cortland will graduate 1,818 candidates for bachelor's or master's degrees or Certificate of Advanced Study. read more

Cortland Challenge sets new records

The fundraiser broke previous records as supporters pledged $564,870 to benefit students. read more

Capture the Moment


Members of the SUNY Cortland football team saw their national championship rings for the first time Sunday, April 28, during a ceremony in Park Center Alumni Arena. SUNY Cortland unseated North Central College (Ill.), the undefeated, reigning national champ, to win its first-ever Division III national title. All members of the team, coaches, trainers and student managers received rings, thanks to a generous fundraising effort led by alumni football players. Also this weekend, two of the Red Dragon gridiron champions, both wide receivers, were signed as undrafted free agents to National Football League teams! Cole Burgess is going to the Cincinnati Bengals, where Dan Pitcher ’10, M ’11 is offensive coordinator, and J.J. Laap is headed to the Los Angeles Rams. Photo by student photographer Kristen Jeppestol.

In Other News

Professors earn Distinguished rank among SUNY colleagues

Faculty, staff recognized by SUNY chancellor

SUNY Chancellor spends Earth Day at SUNY Cortland

Rocking it: geology alum has meteoric success

Cortland students help preserve American history

Student Select 2024 lists winners

Four earn SUNY Scholar Athlete of the Year awards

University recognizes student leaders 

Students inducted into psychology honorary 

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Paul Arras presented a paper at the Popular Culture Association National Conference in Chicago.  read more

Alexandru Balas gave the keynote address at the Crisis Communication and Conflict Resolution Conference held in Romania. read more

Brian Barrett co-authored a chapter that was published in Towards powerful educational knowledge: Perspectives from educational foundations, curriculum theory and Didaktik. read more

Katie Ducett received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Special and Inclusive Education Research SIG at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference. read more

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