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Cortland in the News


On June 16, Thailand's Kanjana Sungngoen scored a late goal in a 5-1 loss to Sweden in the group stage of the Women's World Cup being played in France. It was a pivotal moment for Thailand, which had lost to the United States, 13-0, just a few days earlier. Cameras cut to the sidelines to capture the emotional response from coaches and teammates.

One woman in particular, Nualphan Lamsam, was among them. Although the broadcasters did not know her role in growing women's soccer in Thailand as general manager and financial benefactor, Assistant Professor Lindsey Darvin of the Sport Management Department did. Darvin's tweet on Lamsam has generated 3,200 likes and 1,100 retweets and resonated with soccer fans across the globe.

Darvin is working with Ann Pegoraro, an associate professor of sport management at Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada, to analyze the social media response to the U.S. team's goal-scoring celebrations in its 13-0 win over Thailand. Their goal is to shed light on the perceptions and stereotypes associated with women's sport and the cultural differences that may influence athlete and team behaviors.

In other news:

  • Kenneth Cohen, associate professor of recreation, parks and leisure studies, was quoted in WalletHub’s May 29 online article, “2019’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations.” In order to determine the best staycation spots, WalletHub compared 182 U.S. cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across three key dimensions: 1) recreation, 2) food and entertainment and 3) rest and relaxation.

  • Sports Information Director Fran Elia's expertise on strange softball plays was featured by Softball Coach, an organization that provides tips and advice to softball coaches.

  • Mechthild Nagel, professor and director of Cortland's Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, was featured in the Cortland Standard as one of the leaders of a new local drug treatment program, Police and Angel Assisted Recovery Initiative. The program will allow drug users to surrender themselves to city police and ask for treatment. Nagel is one of six local "angels" who will assist in the transition period between surrender and transport to treatment.

  • The late Thomas Haywood Newkirk was honored at a celebration of life ceremony in Harlem on June 1. Newkirk was the director of the Educational Opportunity Program for 21 years and helped many students with strong potential who would have otherwise been excluded from higher education due to academic and economic disadvantage. He died on May 1.

  • Biru Paksha Paul, professor in the Economics Department, published an analysis of a proposed national budget in Bangladesh in the country's most influential newspaper, The Daily Star.

  • Susan Rayl, associate professor in the Kinesiology Department, published a review of Fit For America: Major John L. Griffith and the Quest for Athletics and Fitness, in Idrotts Forum, a sport studies web journal of Malmö University.

  • John Shirley, who recently retired as director of Career Services, was featured in the Cortland Voice. Shirley worked at SUNY Cortland for 36 years, first as an instructor in the Economics Department before transition to Career Services, where he helped thousands of students find internships and prepare for life after college.

  • Robert Spitzer, distinguished service professor and chair of the Political Science Department, was quoted in an article by The Trace about the National Rife Association's legislative influence as it faces probes by state and federal authorities. He was also quoted in a Newsweek story on the NRA splitting from its longtime public relations firm Ackerman McQueen. Spitzer discussed the Mueller Report's findings on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election with Syracuse radio station WSYR and at a public forum in Homer that was featured in the Cortland Standard.