International Activities Archive


A number of faculty from Arts and Sciences joined a contingent of faculty from SUNY Cortland visiting Capital Normal University in Beijing, China. The faculty were hosted by CNU as part of an effort to revitalize our long partnership with that university. 

Professor Barbara Wisch, Art and Art History, lectured and worked at the University of Sydney, Australia, supported in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. 

Professors Jeremiah Donovan and Vaughn Randall, Art and Art History, traveled to China to study Chinese art and culture. 

Professors Broyles, Rivest, (Biological Sciences) Miller (Geography) and Pasquarello (Political Science) continued to take students to Belize for Winter session courses in Marine Biology, and Ecology and Economy of Belize

The Department of Economics hosted Professor Ayla Ogus from Izmir University of Economics to discuss further developments in the dual diploma program.

Professor Jiguo Xia, Professor of History at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China was a visiting scholar hosted by the Department of History. 

Professor Paul Van der Veur, Communications Studies, spent the Fall semester on a Fulbright Scholarship in Namibia. He produced a number of educational videos and a DVD on the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

SUNY Cortland's chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the international honor society, held its second annual induction ceremony. 
Arial shot of the Stadium Complex 

Professor Mohammed Ghouse Nasuruddin was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence and visiting artist from Malaysia, hosted by the Department of Performing Arts. He gave a number of performances and lectures during his stay. 

Professor Wenying Li, Director of the Jingdezhen SanBao Ceramic Art Institute, China gave workshops on ceramics. Her visit was sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History. 

Professor Jeremiah Donovan, Art and Art History, traveled to China as a Chancellor's Awardee for Internationalization to study Chinese art and culture. The award supported the development of a study abroad program for students. 

The Department of Economics co-sponsored, with Izmir University of Economics, an International Conference on Economic and Human Resources. Dean Prus and Professor Haight traveled to Izmir in May to participate in the conference. 

The International Studies program, coordinated by Dr. Sharon Steadman continues to grow. There are currently over 40 declared majors in the program.


With thanks to Dr. Henry Steck, Director of the James M. Clarke Center for International Education. His 2005 summary of international activities college-wide is the basis for this group of highlights:

  • Exchange program in Turkey. Recent agreements have been established to bring TESOL students from Anadolu University in Turkey --Turkish students will be entering a dual degree program starting in the fall of 2006.
  • Masters students from Pultusk University in Poland will join Cortland students in the TESOL program next year.
  • The Department of International Communications and Culture recently received approval from SUNY to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL).
  • Professor Jeremiah Donovan (Art) continues his coursework in China each summer, bringing Cortland students to study ceramic arts in Jingdezhen.
  • Through the development of Dr. Donovan’s network in China, a distinguished Chinese ceramicist, Jackson Li, served as a Teacher in Residence in the Spring of 2005.
  • The International Communications and Culture Department has expanded its range of language courses to include both Italian and Arabic.
  • With the help of a major grant from the Department of State, Cortland’s Political Science Department will conclude, in the fall of 2005,  a three-year exchange relationship with the University of Nis in Serbia. Several distinguished Serbian faculty have visited the Cortland campus, providing guest lectures on a variety of issues related to government and development in Eastern Europe.  Cortland faculty have been major participants each year in a Summer Institute for graduate students offered in Nis.
  • Two of Cortland’s online journals feature extensive coverage of international issues and cross-national collaboration. Neo-Vox  is a student-run online general-interest magazine headquartered on the Cortland campus; students from around the world also contribute. At present Neo-Vox has desks in Australia (University of the Sunshine Coast), Peru (Peruvian Institute of Advertising-IPP), Romania (Babes-Bolyai University), Slovakia (Janos Selye University Centre) and Venezuela (VEN-USA Language Institute).  A second journal, Wagadu, is devoted to transnational issues involving women and gender studies. Wagadu is edited by Professor Mechthild Nagel (Philosophy), assisted by faculty in Political Science, Communication and Media Studies, Geography, Art and English.
  • Over 50 foreign students entered Cortland in the fall of 2005, a new record for our international student population.
  • Through Cortland’s Project on Eastern and Central Europe (PECE) two “Junior Faculty Development Program” faculty, sponsored by the American Council on International Education, have taught on our campus:  Prof. Larissa Titarenko from Belarus State University and Prof. Ilie Rad a visiting professor of Journalism from Romania.
  • With the benefit of online course management software, several Cortland classes have been made available around the world. Dr. Craig Little (Sociology) has offered a Sociology course uniting students in three campuses: Cortland, Belarus State University, and Moscow State University.  Dr. Henry Steck (Political Science) has participate in a SUNY Learning Network (SLN) course linking Fredonia with London Metropolitan University.
  • Other Cortland courses include Study Abroad as an integral part of the academic experience, e.g., Dr. Steven Broyles (Biology) and Dr. Tom Pasquarello (Political Science) have brought students to Belize to student the relationship between public policy, environment and development.  Similarly, Dr. Steck (Political Science) frequently takes students in his “Euro-sim” class to Europe in order to participate in a simulation of European Union government.
  • In 2003-04 Cortland was host to two Fulbright Scholars, Sergei Shirobokov (Russia) and  Zdenka Kalnicka (Slovakia).


Jeremiah Donovan, Art and Art History Department, continued his service as liaison to Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute and Shanghai University College of Fine Arts.

Charles Heasley, Art and Art History Department, lectured and displayed his recent work at J.E. Purkyne University, Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic.

Brian Rivest, Biological Sciences Department, led a group of students to the rain forests and coral reefs of Belize for a winter session course on marine biology.

Faculty in the Communication and Media Studies Department participated in the development of a number of international exchange projects. Thomas Mwanika, for instance, taught a course at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. Caroline Kaltefleiter discussed institutional partnerships and faculty exchanges with the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Budapest School of Communication.

German Zarate, Economics Department, continued to conduct research in Mexico on the impact of reparations. He also traveled to a conference in Cuba this spring.

The Economics Department hosted two Russian economists from Moscow State University. They spent two weeks at SUNY Cortland, sponsored by World Bank grant, talking to faculty and gathering materials to improve the teaching of courses in Microeconomics and Industrial Organization.

Scott Anderson, Geography Department, conducted extensive research on the AIDS epidemic in Thailand.

Girish Bhat, History Department, was invited to lecture on Russian law and society at Moscow State University in October.

The Project for Eastern and Central Europe (PECE) undertook several projects during the year, in some cases working with other departments:

Hosted a year-long visit by the Junior Faculty Development Fellow, Gul Geldimuradova, from Turkmenistan.

Hosted the faculty-in-residence of Professor Larissa Titarenko from Belarus, in the departments of sociology and history in fall 2001.

Cortland has been accepted by the American Councils on International Education as a Host Institution in the Councils’ Junior Faculty Development Program. JFDP brings junior faculty from the countries of the former Soviet Union to American universities for one academic year. The visiting faculty sit in on classes and undertake self directed studies toward the goal of improving their teaching when they return home. This year we applied for four fellows to be hosted by seven departments under the Junior Faculty Development Program.

Applied for and received a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for Spring 2003 and will host Professor Zdenka Kalnicka, from Ostrava University in the Czech Republic.

With the Performing Arts Department and the Philosophy Department, hosted a recital of piano music by Elena Letanová, Bratislava, Slovakia.

With a grant from the American Councils for International Education, PECE hosted a two week visit to Cortland of 27 Russian, Krygie, and Ukrainian school directors.

Ralph Dudgeon, Performing Arts Department, performed in Austria and England.

Tom Pasquarello, Political Science Department, taught a course “Economy and Ecology in Belize” and led students for a week of field study. The course was co-taught by Steve Broyles, Biological Sciences Department.

Craig Little, Sociology-Anthropology Department, supervised the exchange of criminology concentration students with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

The Uniplanet maintained foreign desks in Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, Slovakia and Romania. It has also developed a close working relationship with the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Inaugurated an exchange program with the Osaka College of Foreign Languages and Business to bring Japanese students to Cortland. Two students from Osaka were in residence at SUNY Cortland this year.