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  Issue Number 6 • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023  


Campus Champion

Haley Yegidis, a senior health education major with a minor in psychology of individuals with disabilities, led the university’s Vigil for Peace on Oct. 11 in response to the escalating violence in Israel and Gaza. As president of SUNY Cortland Hillel, Haley loves being the leader of Cortland’s Jewish community. Hillel became important when she arrived as a freshman in 2020 and found a community that embraced traditions she grew up with. That connection has allowed her to excel academically and as a leader of other campus organizations that align with her future as a special education health teacher. 

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Tuesday, Nov. 7

UUP Food and Supplies Drive: Now through Wednesday, Nov. 15, several boxes at various campus locations. Items with particular value are: ready-to-eat foods and cleaning supplies

Cortaca Karaoke Night: Corey Union first floor lounge, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Sandwich Seminar: SEL in U.S. Schools, presented by Jose Ortiz, Foundations and Social Advocacy, Old Main Colloquium, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: Party Smart Before Cortaca. Free giveaways will be provided, Neubig Hall lobby, 1 to 3 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness Training “top the Bleed”: Student Life Center, Room 1104, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Dialogues with Internationalist Faculty and Staff Series: “Travel Tips from a Wandering Scholar Who Has Visited Almost Every Country in the World,” Sperry Hall, Room 106, 4:30 p.m.

Intro to Handshake and LinkedIn: Online, register on Handshake, 5 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 9

Sandwich Seminar: I Learned by Doing, with student interns for the Institute of Civic Engagement, Old Main Colloquium, noon to 1 p.m. 

The Word in the World as Power: Africans and the Rest of the World, Sperry Center, Room 304, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

Study Abroad Course Equivalency Database Workshop: Old Main,  Room G-16, 3:30 p.m. 

Cortaca Carnival: Enjoy inflatables, caricature artists and more, Corey Union Function Room, 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 10

Cortaca Pep Rally: Enjoy performances, raffles, food and more, Corey Union steps, rain location: Corey Union Function Room, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11

2023 Cortaca Jug: Butterfield Stadium Ithaca College, noon

Sunday, Nov. 12

City of Cortland Clean-up: Help beautify the city of Cortland after the big game, meet at 42 Main Street, noon

Monday, Nov. 13 

Veterans Day Ceremony: Old Main Brown Auditorium, a reception will follow in the Dorothea Kreig Allen Fowler ’52 M ’74 Grand Entrance Hall in Old Main, ceremony at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Presentation: The Price of the Ticket, The Cost of Speaking One’s Heart, presented by Itoro Bassey, writer and journalist, Old Main Colloquium, 4:30 p.m.

Interview Essentials: Online, register on Handshake, 5 to 6 p.m.

Wellness Wednesday: Connecting With Yourself and Others. Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18

Cortland Nites: Grocery Bingo, Corey Union Function Room, 8 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Vigil: Join SUNY Cortland’s Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression committee on the day we honor and remember the lives lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Corey Union steps, 4:30 p.m.

Cortland named one of nation’s top ‘disability-friendly’ schools

The new ranking analyzed programs and initiatives for students with disabilities. read more

Becoming Cher: New alum gets lead role in national tour

Ella Perez ’23 landed her dream job right after earning her degree. read more

Capture the Moment


Dozens of students got just what was advertised when they attended Cortland Nites goat yoga on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Student Life Center. “Just like a regular yoga, with stretching, postures and breathing, except with adorable and friendly goats wandering around, jumping on you as you downward dog, trying to kiss your face and possibly nipping at your yoga pants.”

In Other News

Cortland teams earn five conference titles

Cortaca week begins!

SUNY Cortland Cupboard is moving

A famous tale of tragedy sells out all shows at SUNY Cortland 

Dowd Gallery to exhibit international collage works

Veterans Day Ceremony planned for Nov. 13

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Faculty/Staff Activities

Joseph Anthony was quoted in an NPR story about local elections in November. read more

Timothy Davis was quoted in a story about teachers who use organized play in October. read more

Margaret Gichuru, Lin Lin, Rhiannon Maton and Mechthild Nagel had an article published in the Athens Journal of Education. read more

Bonni C. Hodges will serve as the outside evaluator for a coalition-based Virtual Prevention Hub serving six rural counties in New York. read more

James Hokanson and Erik Lind exercise science students Mary Savi and Madison Heffern recently presented research at a sports medicine conference. read more

Rhiannon Maton is co-editing a scholarly international handbook on teachers’ work for Routledge. read more

Nan Pasquarello was interviewed by Spectrum News 1 for a story about the use of artificial intelligence in their hiring processes. read more

Tadayuki Suzuki co-authored an article recently published in the journal Multicultural Education. read more

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In Memoriam

Ralph Eugene “Gene” Nacci, who served as the university’s vice president for finance and management from 1978 to 1992, died Oct. 18, 2023 at 100.

Dawn M. Van Hall, technology support specialist emerita, died on Oct. 5, 2023.

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