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Cortland in the news

Cortland in the news


SUNY Cortland first-year student Isabella Bonapace wrote an essay, “My Hanoi Mothers,” that was published in the The Boston Globe Magazine on Nov. 29.

Bonapace shared the story of how she traveled to Vietnam at age 16 with her adoptive mother. She met the midwife who had delivered her and a woman who had cared for her as an infant. The journey helped her to replace her “otherness with oneness.”

In other news:

  • Alexis Blavos, associate professor in the Health Department, was interviewed for a Cortland Standard story about declining rates of drug use among high school students in Cortland County. Blavos said properly trained teachers may be one cause of the change.
  • Lindsey Darvin, assistant professor in the Sport Management Department, was quoted in a story on about potential name, image and likeness legislation for college athletes. Such legislation may allow student-athletes to receive compensation but Darvin argues that differing levels of promotion and marketing for men’s and women’s sports may jeopardize earning potential for female athletes.
  • Evan Faulkenbury, assistant professor in the History Department, was quoted in the Cortland Standard for work he did with students to add local historical sites to the popular history app Clio. He also published an article, “A Problem of Visibility” in The Public Historian about the Union solider monument in Downtown Cortland.
  • The work of Katherine Hicks, associate professor in the Chemistry Department, was featured on Hicks has received a grant to study how tiny molecules from personal care products can eventually become pervasive pollutants in soil and water.
  • Szilvia Kadas, assistant professor in the Art and Art History Department, will show her work as part of the SUNY Design Invitational on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the College at Brockport’s Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery.
  • Mecke Nagel, professor in the Philosophy Department, was quoted in a Cortland Standard story about a New York state bail reform law that took effect earlier this month.
  • Robert Spitzer, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and chair of the Political Science Department, was quoted in a Roanoke Times story about the Second Amendment sanctuary protests that happened in Richmond, Virginia earlier this month. He also was referenced in a Palm Beach Post editorial about gun law loopholes written in response to a shooting at a Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida in 2019.
  • Nance Wilson, professor and chair of the Literacy Department, was quoted in a Cortland Standard story about the history of Hanukkah in America.
  • Stephanie Fritz, director of the SUNY Cortland Child Care Center, was quoted in a Spectrum News story about how parents can choose the right child care facility for their family. She also spoke with the Cortland Standard about a U.S. Senate bill that proposes creating grants to increase child care services, particularly for students who are parents.
  • Michael Fusilli, a major gift officer and a volunteer coach for SUNY Cortland’s wrestling team, was inducted into the upstate New York chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Fusilli helped lead Ithaca College to two national titles during his collegiate wrestling career and was an NCAA Div. III individual national champion in 1990. He previously served as head coach at Binghamton University and has prior assistant coaching experience at Ithaca College and North Carolina University.
  • Robert O’Malley, SUNY Cortland’s head athletic trainer, spoke with WSYR-TV about the future of the athletic training profession and how additional certifications and regulations may help keep athletes safer and healthier.
  • Alyssa Hoadley, a junior, was one of the organizers for a rally for peace in the Middle East that was held in downtown Rochester on Jan. 9.
  • Daniel Reardon ’77 has been appointed by the Herkimer County Legislature to the Herkimer County Community College Board of Trustees. He previously served as sheriff of Herkimer County and was the national incident management system coordinator for New York state’s Office of Homeland Security.
  • Mick Foley ’87 was featured in Folio Weekly Magazine for his post-wrestling career choices. He’s written multiple books, acted in films and television shows and is currently touring the country as a stand-up comedian.
  • Michael Jabot M ’91, a faculty member at SUNY Fredonia, was named a SUNY distinguished teaching professor. Jabot is a professor in Fredonia’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Vicki Mitchell ’91, head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams at the University at Buffalo, spoke about the diets of collegiate and elite runners with The Buffalo News.
  • Chris Valesey ’13 was featured in Penn State’s Daily Collegian for starting a new job as a post-doctoral lecturer in the History Department there.