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SUNY Cortland Schedules Plays, Musicals, Concerts for Fall

08/20/2009 

SUNY Cortland has scheduled the following events through the end of the Fall Semester, including concerts, lectures, plays, a musical, a conference, a gospel music festival and other programs. Events are open to the public at no charge, unless noted otherwise.

Hypnotism: The high energy entertainer Dan Lornitis will keep students laughing in the Corey Union Function Room at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Lornitis leads his volunteer comedians through a safe and hilarious interaction with the subconscious mind. His personal engagement with the volunteers creates a spontaneous atmosphere as they obey uproarious suggestions like giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a stuffed bunny or talking to the President of the United States over a secret shoe phone. It's all in good fun and good taste. Sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB), the event is part of the College’s Welcome Week activities presented each year. For more information, call the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office at (607) 753-2321.

Lecture: Jerome O’Callaghan, SUNY Cortland associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and a professor of political science, will give the College’s national Constitution Day speech on “All You Need to Know About the First Amendment in One Case” during a noon sandwich seminar on Thursday, Sept. 17, at SUNY Cortland. Presented by the College’s Institute for Civic Engagement, the talk takes place in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge and is free and open to the public. In 1943, Justice Robert Houghwout Jackson, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, decided a case that tested just how far government could go to unify the country. His decision in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, according to O’Callaghan, was controversial, inspirational, profound and divisive. It shaped the liberal view of the First Amendment for generations. For more information, contact O’Callaghan at (607) 753-4312 or Professor and ICE Director Richard Kendrick at (607) 753-2481.

Concert: SUNY Cortland’s Campus Artist and Lecture Series will present “Swing Café” on Saturday, Sept. 26. “Swing Café” is a classy acoustic swing, jazz, and rockabilly band that plays around New England at clubs, parties and concerts. Combining lead and harmony vocals, archtop guitar, mandolin, double bass and drums, the band has a smooth stage presence. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Corey Union Function Room. Admission is $3 for SUNY Cortland students, $5 general admission. Children 10 and under will be admitted free. Tickets may be obtained through the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office, Corey Union Room 406, or at the door one hour prior to the performance. For more information, call (607) 753-5574.

Community Roundtable: A panel of railroad scholars and buffs will give a presentation on “Railroads in Cortland County: Past, Present and Future” from 8-9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, in SUNY Cortland’s Park Center Hall of Fame Room. The panel will discuss the historical uses of rail service in this area as well as current and potential tourist destination opportunities. Sponsored by the President’s Office and the College’s Center for Educational Exchange, the event is free. Refreshments will be served at 7:45 a.m. For more information, contact the center at (607) 753-4214.

Motivational speaker: National motivational speaker Renee Damon will offer a personal account of how her addictions took away her personal choices, on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at SUNY Cortland. The event is part of SUNY Cortland’s Fall 2009 “Wellness Wednesday Series” featuring speakers, exhibits, self-help workshops and other programs intended to help students adjust to college life. Presented by the College’s Judicial Affairs Office, the program titled “Taken Away” will begin at 8 p.m. in the Corey Union Function Room. Not only will Damon take students through the horrific role drugs played in her life, she will also share the benefits to living a clean and sober lifestyle. For more information, contact Catherine Smith, the College’s health educator, in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1, or at (607) 753-2066.

Conference: SUNY Cortland’s Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies will hold a conference titled “Succeeding as Women in Higher Education” from Friday, Oct. 23-Sunday, Oct. 25, at the College. Keynote speaker Sarah Fenstermaker, a professor in the Sociology Department at University of California, Santa Barbara, has written extensively about gender inequality. She will speak at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. The full schedule and registration form is available on the conference Web site at www.cortland.edu/swhe. Admission is $125 for those who register until Sept. 30 and $140 after Oct. 1. For more information and to register, contact the conference at gender@cortland.edu or the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies at (607) 753-5784.

Musical drama: SUNY Cortland’s Department of Performing Arts will present six performances of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd” during October and November in the Dowd Fine Arts Theatre. The musical thriller about the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Fridays, Oct. 23 and 30 and Saturdays, Oct. 24 and 31 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 1. The performance is for mature audiences. Tickets, which are $16 for general public, $14 for senior citizens and SUNY faculty/staff, and $7 for high school and college students, will be on sale at Jodi’s Hallmark Shop and at the door. For more information, check the department Web site at www.cortland.edu/performingarts or call (607) 279-2811.

Concert: Tribal Revival will perform from 8 - 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, during a coffeehouse in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge. This local group specializes in improvisational and blues-based roots rock. SUNY Cortland’s “Rock and Blues Ensemble” will be the opening act. Refreshments will be served. The event is part of SUNY Cortland’s Fall 2009 “Wellness Wednesday Series” featuring speakers, exhibits, self-help workshops and other programs intended to help students adjust to college life. For more information, contact Catherine Smith, the College’s health educator, in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1, or at (607) 753-2066 or cathy.smith@cortland.edu.

Gospel Choir Festival: The annual African American Gospel Music Festival will feature guest choirs from campuses across New York State including SUNY Cortland's own Gospel Choir on Sunday, Nov. 1, at SUNY Cortland. The festival will begin at 4 p.m. in Corey Union Function Room. It is organized by the Africana Studies Department and hosted by the SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir. Admission is $2 for students, $3 for faculty and senior citizens and $4 for the general public. A reception will follow the performances. Directing Cortland’s Gospel Choir will be Robert Brown. For more information, contact Samuel Kelley at (607) 753-4104.

Community Roundtable: A panel of presenters will discuss “Fungi and Human Affairs” from 8-9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in SUNY Cortland’s Park Center Hall of Fame Room. Area research professors will focus on the effects of fungi on people and planet Earth. Sponsored by the President’s Office and the College’s Center for Educational Exchange, the event is free. Refreshments will be served at 7:45 a.m. For more information, contact the center at (607) 753-4214.

Concert: The College Singers, under the direction of Professor of Music Stephen Wilson, will perform a fall concert of Broadway music at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the SUNY Cortland Dowd Fine Arts Theatre. Presented by the College’s Performing Arts Department, admission is free. For more information, check the department Web site at www.cortland.edu/performingarts or call (607) 279-2811.

Concert: SUNY Cortland’s College-Community Orchestra, under the direction of Ubaldo Valli, will present its fall concert of classical music on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Dowd Fine Arts Theatre. Admission is free. For information, check the department Web site at www.cortland.edu/performingarts or call (607) 279-2811.

Concert: The Choral Union of SUNY Cortland, a college-community choral group conducted by Professor of Music Stephen Wilson, will present its Fall Concert consisting of classical choral music on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Dowd Fine Arts Theatre. Presented by the Performing Arts Department, the event is free. For more information, check the department Web site at www.cortland.edu/performingarts or call (607) 279-2811.

Community Roundtable: A panel of presenters will discuss “Is That Park Accessible? Ask the New York State Inclusive Recreation Resource Center at SUNY Cortland” from 8-9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, in SUNY Cortland’s Park Center Hall of Fame Room. The group will give an overview of the work of the New York State Inclusive Recreation Resource Center and its statewide impact for people with disabilities. Sponsored by the President’s Office and the College’s Center for Educational Exchange, the event is free. Refreshments will be served at 7:45 a.m. For more information, contact the center at (607) 753-4214.

Concert: SUNY Cortland’s Department of Performing Arts will present its annual Holiday Concert of seasonal choral and instrumental music on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Dowd Fine Arts Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, check the Performing Arts Department Web site or call (607) 279-2811.

Drama: SUNY Cortland’s Department of Performing Arts will present three evening performances and one matinee of the “‘The Long Christmas Dinner’ and Other Short Plays,” in the Dowd Fine Arts Theatre. The presentations will take place at 7 p.m. from Thursday, Dec. 10, through Saturday, Dec. 12, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets, which are $12 for general public, $10 for senior citizens and SUNY faculty and staff, and $5 for students and children, will be on sale at the door only. For more information, check the Performing Arts Department Web site or call (607) 279-2811.