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Over the past academic year, over 400 SUNY Cortland students received financial support for part or all of the cost to attend academic and co-curricular programs at Raquette Lake. Of this number, there were 15 programs who were granted free transportation from Cortland, admission to local museums, speaker fees, ropes course facilitation, supplies and other forms of support. All of these are intended to encourage the use of Raquette Lake and enrich the curriculum while they are here.

In addition to program and access grants, the Parks Family Outdoor Center provides course fee assistance to eligible
students taking academic classes here as part of departmental requirements. This includes courses in biology, COR 101: The Cortland Experience, environmental studies, physical education and recreation, parks and leisure studies. This year, 36 students were awarded a total of $11,604 based on the amount of room and board charges for their respective programs. The awards are provided by proceeds from several endowment funds established by the Cortland College Foundation for the benefit of Raquette Lake. They consist of annual donations from alumni, the capital campaign completed in 2013, major naming gifts and a Title III matching grant. The Foundation manages the accounts and assigns a limit on spending each year that preserves the principle of the funds. 

Support Solar Panels Project 

There are several small projects at Raquette Lake that are being done to augment capital projects funded by the state. One of these is a solar energy project that builds on the College’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions by 80-85 percent by 2050. The project will install photovoltaic roof panels on three buildings on the Camp Huntington campus and stimulate learning about sustainable energy among students and visitors. The solar installation will make a significant reduction
in the carbon-based energy consumed by the facility. Janice Pauly ’71 has provided the lead gift of $20,000 to begin the shift to solar at Raquette Lake and a portion of the cost is currently being sought from an Adirondack Smart Growth Implementation Grant. We are seeking additional donations from our alumni and friends to help us reach the $91,000 goal to help this dream become a reality. For information on how you can contribute, please contact the Division of Institutional Advancement at 607-753-5578 or visit to make your gift online (select Raquette Lake-Facilities to support the solar project).