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Welcome Week Extends Hand to Students


Welcome Week at SUNY Cortland, which began on Aug. 24, offers activities geared to help new students connect with the campus community and assist them in their transition and adjustment to college life.

The events, which are free unless otherwise noted, will continue through Wednesday, Sept. 5. 

Remaining Welcome Week highlights are as follows:

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Welcome Week offered this student a chance to relax and get to know classmates before the start of a prior school year. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, Louise Mahar, the College’s assistant director of recreational sports for fitness, will offer “An Intro to Yoga” at 7 p.m. in the Exhibition Lounge. Participants will experience a beginner-level yoga class and should dress in loose, comfortable clothing and bring a towel.

On Friday, Aug. 31, the campus will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from noon until 5 p.m. in the Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

At 4 p.m., a “Transfer Student Welcome Picnic” featuring a barbecue, games, raffles and door prizes will take place in the Bishop-Shea Quad area.

During Welcome Week, the women’s volleyball team will host the Red Dragon Classic. A home game also is scheduled in field hockey. Tickets for the volleyball and field hockey home events are $4 for adults and $3 for non-Cortland students, with free admission to SUNY Cortland students with college ID and children under 12.

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New and returning students experienced a craftmaking activity during Welcome Week, a College program designed to foster well-being and social adjustment before classes begin. 

On Friday, Aug. 31, the Red Dragons volleyball team opens its season against Pitt Bradford at 4 p.m. and University of Rochester at 6 p.m. in the Park Center Corey Gymnasium. The Red Dragon Classic in Corey Gymnasium takes place on Saturday, Sept. 1, with starting times at 10 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday’s teams and times will be announced.

The field hockey team faces Messiah at the Stadium Complex at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, students will get the chance to experience The Great New York State Fair. Buses will depart from campus at noon for the fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y. The $5 cost includes fair admission and bus transportation. Tickets may be purchased between Friday, Aug. 24, and Friday, Aug. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Campus Activities in Corey Union, Room 406.

Also on Monday, the “Multicultural Life and Diversity Welcome Back BBQ” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Yaman Park. All new and returning students are invited. Transportation to and from the park will begin at 12:45 p.m. from the Corey Union steps. The rain location is the Interfaith Center at 7 Calvert St. For more information, contact the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, located in Corey Union, Room 407A, at (607) 753-2336.

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, a coffeehouse featuring refreshments with classmates taking turns at an open mike will start at 7 p.m. in the Exhibition Lounge.

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One student receives a temporary tattoo in the festival atmosphere of Welcome Week. 

The Exhibition Lounge and lobby will showcase a “Student Employment Fair” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5. This event gives students a great chance to find on- or off-campus employment for the school year.

Later, two SUNY Cortland student affairs representatives will discuss “So You’re in College: Now What?” at 7 p.m. in the Exhibition Lounge. Billie Jean Goff, associate director of counseling and student development, and Cathy Smith, health educator, will address issues for first-year and transfer students, such as residence hall living, partying, homesickness, new relationships and peer pressure.

Also on Wednesday, students who attend the educational program “Know the Code” program at 8 p.m. in Corey Union Function Room will learn the ABCs of the College’s Code of Student Conduct in a relaxed atmosphere involving raffles for free prizes. Student Conduct Office representatives will present this key seminar and answer questions to help participants take their first steps along the path of a successful college career. The event will be repeated in the same location at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Welcome Week is sponsored annually for SUNY Cortland students by Advisement and Transition, Alumni Affairs Office, Career Services, Cortland Nites, Health Promotion Office, Multicultural Life and Diversity, Residence Life and Housing, Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, Student Activities Board, Student Conduct Office, Student Residence Hall Association and Vice President for Student Affairs Office.

For more information about Welcome Week events, contact Campus Activities and Corey Union at (607) 753-5574.