Students begin returning to SUNY Cortland on Thursday, Aug. 26, when the campus will open its 16 residence halls and the West Campus Apartments to approximately 100 new residential students who did not attend the summer orientation program.
The remaining new residential students will arrive Friday, Aug. 27. Returning residential students will move in Saturday, Aug. 28, and Sunday, Aug. 29. In all, College officials expect approximately 7,250 students to be enrolled for the fall semester. Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 30.
Between Friday and Sunday, access will be limited on Prospect Terrace and from Graham Avenue to Neubig Road, which winds past the SUNY Cortland residence halls to the Broadway intersection. Traffic will proceed one-way, in a westerly, downhill direction from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. during this time. On Friday, university police will limit traffic solely to freshman or transfer students moving into the residences. Neubig Road will be closed to traffic from 5 a.m.-8:30 p.m. during all three move-in days.
Parents or guardians who are helping their new or returning student move into a residence hall should approach from Graham Ave., quickly unload their vehicle, and proceed immediately to the Park Center and Studio West parking lots. Bus service will be available between the parking lots, Corey Union and the residence halls. Faculty, staff and others with business on the campus are encouraged to park at Park Center and Studio West and use the bus service.
Faculty and staff are invited to join the welcome teams that help new students move into the residence halls from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday.
On campus, facility changes are apparent. The Lusk Field House renovation project continues and is slated to be done in October while the conversion of the Studio West facility into the Professional Studies Building is on track to finish after the fall semester. Among the student residences, Randall Hall was completely gutted starting in December and reopens in time for fall occupation. Casey and Smith Towers, completely upgraded over the course of several years, add 60 new beds.
SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum will provide his annual opening address to the College’s faculty and staff at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, in the Corey Union Function Room. New faculty and staff will be introduced and division updates reported. This year’s opening theme will be “Wellness and Well-being.” The president will report on the July 2010 President’s Administrative Retreat, which focused on reaccreditation for the College through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Middle States Commission on Higher Education. A panel of faculty and staff from across campus will provide information about several wellness initiatives and inform the campus of plans for the 2010-11 academic year. John Cottone, interim dean of the School of Education/School of Professional Studies, will moderate the panel. A question-and-answer period will follow.
Marking the start of another academic year, the Fall 2010 Academic Convocation begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29, in the Park Center Alumni Arena. The hour-long ceremony is designed for all first-year and new transfer students. All SUNY Cortland faculty and professional staff are encouraged to attend. A general welcome reception will follow.
Welcome Week, from Saturday, Aug. 28, through Tuesday, Sept. 7, will offer a number of events geared to help new students connect with the campus community and assist them in their transition and adjustment to college life.