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Virtual Reunion 2021 coming in July


SUNY Cortland alumni are invited to join Virtual Reunion 2021, an online celebration of our graduates, their achievements and all things Cortland, which runs from July 12 to 16.

Alumni may register online. A full list of events and activities is available on RedDragonNetwork.org. All events are free and open to all. Those interested in attending any virtual events are asked to register by Monday, July 5 to ensure that all can be accommodated.

Virtual Reunion 2021 events include:

Thursday, July 8

  • Honorary Alumni Award Ceremony, Webex, 5 p.m. Nabila Khazzaka, former Alumni Engagement secretary, will receive the Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumni award.

Monday, July 12

  • International Programs Office Update and Social, Webex, noon. Mary Schlarb, director of the International Programs Office, will share updates on the university’s study abroad and international student programs, international partnerships and campus internationalization. The event will include time for questions and answers and for study abroad and international alumni to share their experiences.
  • Distinguished Educator Award Ceremony, Webex, 5 p.m. Perry Berkowitz ’65, Micah Kurtz ’03, John Perricone ’81 and John Scott ’70 will receive the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Educator award.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony, Webex, 7 p.m. Scott Gordon ’88, Sidney Jamieson ’64, Karen Joskow Mendelsohn ’76, Joseph McInerney ’70 and Patti Anne Vassia ’65 will receive the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni award.

Tuesday, July 13

  • Create a Legacy at SUNY Cortland, Webex, noon. Rich Coyne ’07, associate vice president of Institutional Advancement, will be joined by Lofty Elm Society members Sandy Morley ’77 and David Turybury ’90 to talk about how alumni can establish a legacy through a planned gift to SUNY Cortland. Participants will be able to ask questions and get answers from the panelists.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award Ceremony, Webex, 5 p.m. Timothy Bennett ’07, Joseph Eppolito ’74, M ’76 and Stephen Penn ’86 will receive the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Volunteer award.
  • Distinguished Young Alumni Award Ceremony, Webex, 7 p.m. Khalia Brown Banks ’13, Evelyn Botwe ’12, Ashley Crossway ’13, Therno Diallo ’16, Rachael Forester ’12, M ’14, Ed.D and Christina Papaleo ’14 will receive the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Young Alumni award.

Wednesday, July 14

  • A SUNY Cortland Update with President Erik J. Bitterbaum, Webex, noon. President Bitterbaum will share the latest SUNY Cortland news and will answer questions from alumni posted in the chat.
  • Career Services for a Redefined World of Work, Webex, 7 p.m. Michele Baran ’01, M ’03, associate director of Career Services, will provide a brief overview of Career Services at SUNY Cortland and discuss the pandemic’s impact on jobs and the workplace.

Thursday, July 15

  • Virtual Campus Tour, Facebook Live, noon. Taylor Lynch ’17, assistant director of Alumni Engagement, and a former campus tour guide, will take alumni on a walkthrough of campus to share what it looks like today.
  • College Archives, Webex, 7 p.m. College Archivist and Instructional Services Librarian Jeremy Pekarek and Director of Libraries Jennifer Kronenbitter will host a presentation on SUNY Cortland’s collection of yearbooks, photographs, newspapers, recordings and more. Participants will be able to ask questions and learn more about ways to assist with online collections.

Friday, July 16

  • Orientation Assistant Reunion, Webex, 11 a.m. Orientation Assistants of the past will get a chance to connect with today’s Orientation team, play games and share their favorite stories.
  • Multicultural Life and Diversity Office Update and Social, Webex, noon. AnnaMaria Cirrincione, director of Multicultural Life and Diversity, will share updates from her office’s work. Participants also will have an opportunity to reconnect and socialize.

In addition to the virtual events, the Red Dragon Run Virtual 5k for Alumni Engagement starts on Thursday, July 1 and concludes on Thursday, July 15. Alumni are encouraged to join current students, faculty, staff and friends in the third edition of the Red Dragon Run series. All money raised will benefit the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association. Learn more and register online.

A photo contest opens on Monday, July 12 and will continue through Thursday, July 15. A vote to pick the winning submission will be held on Friday, July 16. Alumni and friends may post photos to social media by tagging SUNY Cortland alumni accounts and using the hashtag #CortlandReunion. Full rules are posted online. Follow the Alumni Association on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share your posts and learn more.

More information about the Alumni Association’s award winners from 2020 and 2021 are also available on RedDragonNetwork.org. Congratulations to the deserving recipients!

Alumni Reunion will return to the SUNY Cortland campus in 2022 from July 14 to 17. Learn more and preregister for next year’s events on RedDragonNetwork.org.

Questions? Contact Alumni Engagement at 607-753-2516.