The English Department is very proud of this year's graduating seniors all of whom have completed their work at SUNY Cortland with grace and fortitude under very trying circumstances. We hope to celebrate in person soon, but in the meantime, we are sharing profiles of some of our graduating seniors. Congratulations all!
Name: Kianna Acevedo, BA AEN
Hometown: Queens, NY
Future plans: Adolescent English Educator (I plan to get my Masters and an extension to teach grades 5-12)
Best experience: Since day one at SUNY Cortland, from meeting my roommates, to my first trip to the dining hall, it has been the best experience. I am devastated that my time at Cortland has been cut short, yet I am beyond grateful for every single happening that's taken place during my years at Cortland.
Story: I wake up at 5:30 am, turn off my alarm, and look out the window. It's blizzarding out and I have to go to Syracuse for observation hours. I take a deep breath in… and let it out. “Today is gonna be another great day.” I start my day, happy as ever, leaving my dorm room for another adventure in “Candyland.”
Name: Dana Battaglini, BA Adolescent Education in English
Hometown: Mineola, NY
Future plans: I want to be the best secondary English teacher/literacy coach I can possibly be!
Best experience: Developing an army of supporters within the AEN cohort is by far the most rewarding experience. The bond within the English department is unmatched by any other unit at SUNY Cortland.
Story: It’s a normal dreary afternoon in Cortland, the camera zooms in on me having an emotional breech and Dr. Bender yet again having to talk me down from it.
Name: Gabrielle (Gaby) Baxter, BA Adolescent Education in English
Hometown: Vestal, New York
Future Plans: Get my Masters in either English or Literacy, adopt several cats, spend more time reading and maybe write a book.
Funny Story: The first time I had a class in B-17A, I spent twenty minutes wandering through Old Main trying to find the classroom because I didn’t realize there was a floor below G level.
Name: Gabriele Burhans, BA English
Hometown: Cortland N.Y.
Future plans: I will take a small break before my master’s to truly figure out what I want to go for.
I will miss bringing Trueman (dog) to class and witnessing his very focused attention on the lessons.
Major: Adolescent Education- English (AEN)
Future plans: Completing my Masters Degree in Literacy from SUNY Cortland and starting my career as a middle school/high school English teacher.
Favorite Professors: I loved all my English and AEN professors. I’ll miss them all!
Favorite experiences: Acting out a character in The Real Inspector Hound in British Literature 2 with Dr. Alwes, attending the Tau Sigma induction, starting English Club, joining the Tae Kwon Do Club, and working as an Orientation Assistant
Name: Emma Gulbin, BA Adolescent Education in English
Hometown: Wall, NJ
Future Plans: To get my masters and a full time teaching job! I would like to get an extension to be able to teach grades 5-12.
Best Experience: I am so happy I came to Cortland because I was able to experience what this amazing department had to offer. Spending my four years on the Cortland swim team was an unforgettable experience, as well. I wouldn’t trade my time here for anything!
Name: Hannah Hall, BA Professional Writing
Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY
Future plans: I want to be an editor and potentially go to grad school
Favorite classes: Anything with Dr. Alwes or Dr. Franke is always a fun time. I also enjoyed taking The Publishing Industry and contributing to the Hoxie Gorge Review!
Best experience: I can't pick just one! There were so many.
Name: Katie Hallman, BA English
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Future Plans: Go on to get my masters in teaching and travel a little.
Name: Allison Hovey, BA Adolescence Education in English
Hometown: Baldwinsville, New York
Future Plans: Complete student teaching, receive my masters in literacy, and travel
Favorite Experiences: Joining Alpha Phi, where I served as Vice President of Marketing and studying abroad in England!
Name: Alice N. Luo, BA English
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Future plans: I plan to become a middle school English teacher while also running a business that caters to holistic healing. I plan on creating an organic skincare and body care line as well as selling holistic herbs. I also plan to become an esthetician.
Favorite classes: My favorite classes thus far have been Prof. Neville’s Intro to Poetry class., Prof. Savonick’s Audre Lorde class and Prof. Radus's American Literature class.
Best experience: My best experience at SUNY Cortland was every single day because I somehow always managed to make every single day sentimental. Whether it was meeting new people, accomplishing small goals or exploring new places in Cortland. I always found a way to make every day meaningful.
Name: Brian Poerio, BA English
Hometown: East Quogue, NY
Future Plans: MAT Program AEN English
Name: Michela Risolo, BA Adolescence Education in English
Hometown: Hewlett, NY
Future plans: Get my Masters and a full time job!
Best experience: Doing daily tours with the Adolescence Ed cohort to visit our professors and stalk the bookshelves and having numerous mental breakdowns in Dr. Bender’s office.
Name: Steven Salisbury
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Future Plans: I plan to get my MFA in poetry either this year or next. Currently my ultimate goal is to become a professor of creative writing, though my passions take me in many directions so I’m not sure.
Some of my favorite days at Cortland consisted of shopping for cheap records in Ithaca, getting burritos, going hiking, and playing D&D with new friends. My favorite part of this experience was meeting a few people I could truly connect with.
If you are a graduating Senior from the English Department and would like to share your story, please contact Dr. Andrea R. Harbin.