Spring 2023 Columns is available online 

Spring 2023 Columns is available online 

06/02/2023 

With Commencement 2023 recently behind us, we’d like members of the SUNY Cortland community to turn their attention to the amazing accomplishments of those students after they leave campus to join the world.  

There are now more than 88,000 people with Cortland degrees, so there’s a lot going on. And one of the best ways to catch up with them is by reading Columns, SUNY Cortland’s biannual alumni magazine. The latest edition is now available online, and all alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends are encouraged to take a look. 

Cortland graduates everywhere work for a better world and the Spring 2023 Columns gives a sample. From reimagining education to supporting local news coverage to helping people with mobility disabilities, Red Dragons are improving people’s lives.  

Among the stories you’ll find: 

Bringing it back home 

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Kevin Younis '94 with wife, Erin Waterhouse, right, daughter, Eleanor, and President Joe Biden.

Kevin Younis ’94, a top New York state economic development official, brokered an historic, $100 billion business deal to build a semiconductor plant the size of 40 football fields in the Central New York region where he grew up. Directly employing 9,000 people, Micron’s new facility represents the largest private investment in New York state and will change the economic landscape of the region. 





From pain to purpose 

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Bill Sherlach '80

In the decade since Mary Joy Greene Sherlach ’78 was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Bill Sherlach ’80 has helped lead a national movement against gun violence, winning historic cases against the nation’s largest gun maker and conspiracist influencer Alex Jones.  





Fighting news inequality 

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Jin Ding M '13

Jin Ding M ’13, an immigrant from China who knows first-hand the importance of giving people a public voice, is strengthening America’s ability to uncover important stories about marginalized groups.  






Preserving paradise 

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Tom Olivo '79 holds a roosterfish.

Tom Olivo ’79 lives retirement with a mission, working to preserve Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, a remote jungle with a unique ecosystem recognized by National Geographic as the most biologically intense place on the planet.  





Cortland’s “Ted Lasso” 

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Paul Alexander '82

Former NFL coach Paul Alexander ’82 is now leading a professional American football team in Europe. 


More News

Residence hall donations get a second life

Residence hall donations get a second life

SUNY Cortland partnered with Cortland ReUse to collect departing students’ unwanted items. 


Cortland's Nick Marola Receives SUNYAC Award of Valor

Cortland's Nick Marola Receives SUNYAC Award of Valor

The Red Dragon’s starting shortstop did his part to help save a life.


Twelve students conducting sponsored research this summer

Twelve students conducting sponsored research this summer

This cohort's studies range from biology and chemistry to political science and fine art.


Juneteenth festival planned for downtown Cortland

Juneteenth festival planned for downtown Cortland

Fourth Cortland event on June 15 celebrates the enforced end of slavery on June 19, 1865.


Distinguished and Rising Star alumni honored

Distinguished and Rising Star alumni honored

Reunion 2024 will recognize a new crop of outstanding alumni.


Alumni awards to honor educators, volunteers

Alumni awards to honor educators, volunteers

The SUNY Cortland Alumni Association will present the awards at this year’s Reunion.


CICC chooses “Air” as 2024-25 academic theme

CICC chooses “Air” as 2024-25 academic theme

Organizers seek ideas from the campus community for the coming year’s lectures and activities.


Tribute to a groundbreaking educator

Tribute to a groundbreaking educator

Marjorie Dey Carter '50 quietly blazed a trail in American urban education.


Women’s lacrosse earns SUNYAC championship title 

Women’s lacrosse earns SUNYAC championship title 

The Red Dragons, under third-year head coach Kelsey Van Alstyne, made their 26th NCAA tournament appearance.


SUNY Cortland is new host for New York State Envirothon  

SUNY Cortland is new host for New York State Envirothon  

The annual science contest will bring hundreds of high-achieving high schoolers from around the state to campus.