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  Issue Number 2 • Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023  


Campus Champion

Kayla DeCoste, assistant director of Study Abroad, welcomed 88 international friends to campus — SUNY Cortland’s group of international students representing 24 countries. As their university connection, Kayla guided a record number of new students this fall from before their arrival through orientation, social activities, welcome events and sightseeing trips. Each of Kayla’s five years with the university has been unique. The experienced international program coordinatorhelped students and families navigate the COVID pandemic and International Programs’ transition back to safe travel. Now she’s focused on the successful Study Abroad Program, with the goal to make the world accessible for every Red Dragon.

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Tuesday, Sept. 12

Disney Internship Info Session: Career Services, Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-5, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Lecture: “International Education: Past, Present, and Future in Transylvania,” by Carmen Tagsorean, Center for International Cooperation at Babes-Bolyai University, Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-0229, 11:30 a.m.

Wellness Wednesday: Sex in the Dark, learn about safe sex with Health Educator Lauren Scagnelli, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 14

Information Session: Winter Study Abroad in Belize, History, art and culture information session: Old Main, Room 220, 4 p.m.

Documentary Screening: "Compilation of Shorts Within Spaces," Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 106, 5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 15

Study Abroad Fair: Learn about study abroad opportunities and enter to win a $500 travel award, Corey Union lower lobby, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Presentation: Thirty Years Post Genocide — Where is Bosnia Today? Presented by the Student Activities Board, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 7 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16

Broadway’s Greatest Hits Musical Fundraiser: Hosted by musical theatre seniors, Cortland Repertory Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students/senior citizens, purchase via Venmo @Kara-v17 or directly from the Cortland Repertory Theatre box office using this link.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

US Constitution Day Event: Be A Change-Maker, online via Zoom, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Intro to Handshake and LinkedIn: Online, register on Handshake, 4 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Sandwich Seminar: "Latiné Heritage Month: Contested, Imperfect and Needed," Old Main Colloquium, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: What's Going In My Lungs? Corey Union steps, 1 to 3 p.m.

Open House: Advisement and Transition, Memorial Library, Room A-111, 2 to 4 p.m.

Constitution Day Event: Co-Govern, Park Center Hall of Fame Room, 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Registration link.

Thursday, Sept. 21

Red Cross Blood Drive: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, noon to 5 p.m. Make an appointment online

Sandwich Seminar: Wild Lands and Savages, Ideas of wilderness and oppression in Latino and American History, presented by history graduate student Pete Nelson, location TBD, noon to 1 p.m.

Dowd Gallery Artist's Talk: Willie Binnie, visual artist, visiting lecturer in Art, Art History and Studio Art Department, on her exhibition "Black Sun," Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 106, 5 p.m.  Read more

Friday, Sept. 22

Red Cross Blood Drive: Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, noon to 6 p.m. Make an appointment online

Saturday, Sept. 23

Student Trip to Beak and Skiff Apple Farm: Join the Student Activities Board and visit this apple orchard, shop, tasting room and café.

Monday, Sept. 25

Money Talks Monday - Financial Wellness: Online, register on Handshake, 4 to 5 p.m.

Student researches how microplastic pollution impacts oysters

Student scientist Makiah Poli is testing the bivalve’s reaction to plastic pollution in the oceans. read more

A-maze-ing Cortaca fun 

A corn maze at the Moore Family Farm is a tribute from alums to the storied Cortaca rivalry. read more

Capture the Moment


Members of SUNY Cortland Emergency Medical Services (SCEMS) listen while the A Capella Club opens Monday’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony with the national anthem. The event marked the first year that the service was hosted by SCEMS members who were not yet born on Sept. 11, 2001. Following the anthem were words of remembrance from SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum, Student Government Association President Joseph Mascetta, members of the Alumni Association and SCEMS Chief Meaghan Uhlinger.

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Joseph “Joe” Reagan honored for service

Nominations sought for Chancellor’s Awards, Distinguished Faculty and honorary degrees

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Teagan Bradway had an essay about the importance of queer characters in contemporary LGBTQ+ literature published.  read more

Bridget Hier had her research article published in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.   read more

Tracy Hudson ’89, M ’93 initiated a program called “Wear to Care in PE” to create a culture of care in the Physical Education Department. read more

Daniela Baban Hurrle presented at the national IREX Host Institution Orientation on best practices for hosting Global UGRAD-Pakistan students. read more

Caroline Kaltefleiter had her article highlighting an innovative media campaign, design choices and digital media published. read more

Juan Diego Prieto had a paper selected as the winner of the Network for Latin American Political Economy 2023 Best Paper Prize.  read more

Kevin Sheets and Randi Storch were awarded a $190,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support their “Forever Wild: Americans and Their Land in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era” program. read more

Robert Spitzer is the author of the new, ninth edition of his book “The Politics of Gun Contro,” first published in 1995. read more

Charles Yaple has a new book, The 'Tree' of Us: Richford Boys Who Changed the World and What They Left Behind. read more

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