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Columns                        Fall 2007
                          C o r t l a N d

                           Former LPGA Champion Betty Burfeindt ’67
                                                                                                                               A l u m n i                                                                                                            N e w s

                           Recalls Her Career in Professional Golf
                                     By Peter D. Koryzno                                                                                    The weekends were spent in
                                            Editor                                                                                      Pittsfield, Mass., playing at a nine-
                                                                                                                                        hole course for General Electric



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                                        ANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.                                                                            employees and their families. Mean-
                                        — Baking under the per-                                                                         while, Burfeindt and her friend,
                                        petually cloudless skies                                                                        Shelia Ryan, were earning recogni-
                                        of the California desert,                                                                       tion for their skills.
                           most golfers at The Springs on Bob                                                                               “We won just about every best-
                           Hope Drive had already finished play                                                                         ball tournament as partners in
                           on this late June morning. Although                                                                          Massachusetts,” recounted Burfeindt.
                           it’s not quite yet 11 a.m., the ther-                                                                        “We played in the club championship
                           mometer has topped 100 degrees on                                                                            and in county tournaments against
                           its way to the teens.                                                                                        women who wanted a low net score
                                Returning to the clubhouse, the                                                                         and we were going for low gross.”
                           driver of each passing cart stops to                                                                             Burfeindt also competed in the
                           greet Betty Burfeindt ’67, a profes-                                                                         intramural sports available to girls at
                           sional instructor here for the past 22                                                                       Chatham (N.Y.) Central High School.
                           years, who methodically sinks several                                                                        When graduation arrived, she wanted
                           20-foot putts on the practice green.                                                                         to pursue a professional golf career,
                           Each member thanks her for a per-                                                                            “but my parents had something to say
                           sonal lesson or a golfing tip shared.                                                                        about that,” she said.
                                Burfeindt acquired much of her                                                                              Both her sister, Barbara Burfeindt
                           extensive knowledge three decades                                                                            Vieni ’63, and her stepbrother, Bob
                           earlier, when the former SUNY Cort-                                                                          Burns, had attended Cortland.
                           land physical education major made                                                                               “I wanted phys ed because I want-
                           the quantum leap into the highest                                                                            ed to play sports,” said Burfeindt, “but
                           echelon of women’s golf. Her career                                                                          I really didn’t want to teach. I didn’t
                           reached its summit in 1976, when                                                                             know it at the time, but I did after I
                           Burfeindt defeated a field of the Betty Burfeindt ’67, one of the top women’s professional golfers during student taught my junior year.”
                           world’s best golfers to capture the the early and mid-1970s, was the first SUNY Cortland alumna inducted         Burfeindt played nearly every
                           Ladies Professional Golf Association into the C-Club Hall of Fame in 1974.                                   sport available to Cortland women
                           (LPGA) championship, one of the                                                                              in the pre-Title IX athletics days —
                           major tournaments in the sport.                      When she was eight years old, her parents basketball, softball, field hockey, volleyball,
                                Retired from the professional golf tour divorced. She moved with her mother and track and golf.
                           since 1981, Burfeindt took some time out sister to Spencertown, N.Y., and eventually                    “I would have played more if I could,”
                           of her schedule to share personal reflections settled in Canaan, N.Y., near the Massachu- added Burfeindt, who was the first female
                           about the LPGA in its earlier days, her pro- setts border. Her golf career was put on hold inducted into the Cortland C-Club Hall of
                           fessional career, her Cortland education, and for a few years. After her mother remarried, Fame in 1974.
                           growing up a sports enthusiast.                  her stepfather, Don, rekindled Burfeindt’s             “I loved the whole scene about college
                                “I always loved sports,” said Burfeindt, a interest in the sport.                              — the sororities, the Hellenic Sing, the Home-
                           New York City native whose earliest years were       “We had 60 acres and it was all pine coming float,” said Burfeindt, a member of
                           spent in Wyckoff, N.J. “Where we lived in New trees in the back,” explained Burfeindt. “Don Arethusa sorority. “I also liked anatomy and
                           Jersey was on a block of all boys and we had the cleared out an area, cut down some trees, physiology.”
                           biggest backyard. So they all came over to my and bought a parachute from the Army/Navy                 She fondly remembers her kinesiology
                           house. We played baseball, football and basket- store. He strung the parachute between two professor, Geraldine Greenlee, whom she later
                           ball. My dad loved golf. He and my mother used   pine trees. We’d hit balls into it all summer reconnected with during an LPGA tournament
                           to play. He’d hit me whiffle balls and I’d catch long. Pretty soon there was a hole in it — and in Springfield, Ill., when Greenlee was teach-
                           them. He took me out to the driving range. That it had already been doubled in two. I would
                           was my first experience with golf.”              do that by the hour.”                                                        Continued on page 16




                             Inside Scoop                                                                                                                     James thomas ’87
                                                                                                                                                              His Lasting Love of Asia Has Cortland Ties  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 10
                             reunion 2007                                                                                                                     WsuC turns 40
                             A Photo Album of Memories  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 7   Alumni Fondly Recall Student Radio Station  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 12
                             Fulbright scholar                                                                                                                spring sports
                             Sport Sociologist Yomee Lee to Study in Korea  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 8                               Cortland Captures Six Top-10 Finishes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 28
                             Character education                                                                                                              Chapter Chatter  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 4
                             Thomas Lickona’s Schools Project Gains $2 .7 Million  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 9                                       Class Notes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 20

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                                                                      P r e s i d e n t ’ s                                 M e s s a g e


     Softening SUNY Cortland’s Carbon Footprint
                                                                                  carbon dioxide emitted in tons annually by individuals,            lowering the threat of global warming. Campuses will be
                                                                                  businesses or institutions as part of their everyday               committed to operating more efficiently and to surpass-
                                                                                  activities.                                                        ing federal and state regulatory minimums.
                                                                                       If we are to preserve the earth and overcome global               This autumn, campuses like ours are forming institu-
                                                                                  warming, we must take aggressive, proactive steps to               tional groups to lead the commitment initiative. SUNY
                                                                                  reduce our carbon footprint, relinquish our over-                  Cortland has established its own Carbon Neutrality Com-
                                                                                  reliance on fossil fuels, halt the growth of pollution             mittee, chaired by Tim Slack, the physical plant director.
                                                                                  and reduce GHG emissions by 80 percent.                            Within one year the College is expected to have taken a
                                                                                       Here at SUNY Cortland, where our mission includes             complete inventory of all emissions on campus. Within
                                                                                  graduating students who “make a difference” in our                 two years, SUNY Cortland will have developed an insti-
                                                                                  world, we strive to both provide and to nurture the lead-          tutional action plan and will have initiated two of seven
                                                                                  ership necessary to improve our environment. For this              recommendations.
                           By Erik J. Bitterbaum                                  reason, I have signed the American College and Univer-                 Examples of actions taken on college campuses
                                 President                                        sity Presidents’ Climate Commitment. SUNY Cortland                 include the University of Wisconsin becoming energy
                                                                                  is a charter signatory, joining scores of other campuses           independent, the University of California and California



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                   ave you ever wondered what the world                           across the nation.                                                 State developing sustainability policies, the University
                   will be like in 20 years? While some                                As part of this initiative, the State University of           of Colorado-Boulder building a wind turbine; and the
                   may wax idealistic over an answer to the                       New York chancellor has created the SUNY Energy                    construction of “green” buildings, such as Glass Tower
                   question, Al Gore and others like him are                      Task Force with representatives from across the System             Hall at SUNY Cortland.
    proactively alerting us to the disturbing negative impact                     who are committed to sustainability, climate neutrality,               Our campus has already begun to explore and
    humans are making on the health and welfare of the                            energy management and the elimination of carbon                    implement energy savings measures, such as our revised
    world in which we live.                                                       dioxide emissions.                                                 academic calendars and the innovative energy conser-
        The facts are alarming. Between 2000 and 2004,                                 Task Force members are exploring ways to reduce               vation efforts of the “Watt Can We Do to Save Energy”
    worldwide carbon dioxide emissions rose at a faster                           energy consumption by 37 percent below the 1990 level              program. The latter led to reducing the campus’ con-
    rate than the worst-case scenario presented in the United                     and to design and plan a combined heat and power                   sumption of natural gas by 11 percent in one year and
    Nations report on climate change. During the past                             system within the next three years. By 2014, the Task              earning the SUNY Cortland Physical Plant staff the
    decade, asthma rates have doubled and, since 1990, are                        Force hopes to reduce greenhouse gases across the                  Governor’s Workforce Champions Award in 2006.
    up 160 percent in children and 300 percent in women.                          system by 20 percent and to increase to 30 percent the                 SUNY Cortland has long been a leader in promoting
    In 2006, nine percent of the northern ice cap melted.                         amount of renewable energy expended.                               the greening of the campus. Massive recycling efforts,
        Our environmental choices — for better or worse                                What does this all mean for SUNY Cortland?                    composting and the community bike program are well
    — are undoubtedly affecting the future of our earth,                               Led by chancellors and college presidents, the                known to us. Now we are faced with an even greater
    as we know it. Scientists have expressed grave concern                        charter signatory institutions are committed to seeking            challenge — combating global warming.
    regarding the use and misuse of energy, the shocking                          and implementing renewable energy on their respective                  I strongly believe that our campus community has
    increase in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and grow-                          campuses, supporting “green” industries, developing                the fortitude and resourcefulness to successfully under-
    ing overpopulation — all elements that strain the ability                     innovative, out-of-the-box financing models, engaging              take the daunting task of becoming carbon neutral in
    to remain a sustainable planet.                                               local communities in collaborative greening activities             the next 20 years. As responsible citizens and caretakers
        One measure used in denoting one’s impact on the                          and providing incentives like scholarships and fellow-             of the earth, we cannot afford to do anything less.
    environment is the “carbon footprint,” or the amount of                       ships that are targeted to promoting sustainability and




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                                                           An Unexpected Reunion

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                                                                            he 2007 Alumni Reunion               “Sure,” he replied. “I would love to.”            his old coach talked and talked as Cortland
                                                                            Weekend marked my 20th               Within 15 minutes we were on our                  people and places of a half-century ago
                                                                            as the executive director       way for an unannounced stop. During our                became vivid images once again.
                                                                            of alumni affairs at SUNY       drive, I learned that Lou hadn’t seen Pete                  As I sat watching this emotional
                                                                            Cortland. Over the past         in 50 years. As we made our way up the                 reunion, I felt the love for SUNY Cortland
                                                           two decades, these summer events have            Corey residence sidewalk, I wondered how               in the voices and expressions of these two
                                                           afforded me the opportunity and the              this visit would play out. Maybe I should              respected Cortland alumni. Considering
                                                           privilege to meet some of Cortland’s most        have called? Would he remember Lou after               the passage of 50 years, the visit seemed all
                                                           successful, loyal and interesting alumni.        all these years?                                       too short. But if not for Chuck Poskanzer’s
                                                               Reunion Weekend has always provided               My questions would be answered in                 kind suggestion, the meeting would have
      By Douglas DeRancy ’75
                                                           a terrific forum for our graduates to share      a few seconds. The front door swung                    not occurred at all.
  Executive Director of Alumni Affairs
                                                           their fondest and funniest memories. The         open and Pete greeted me as he always                       Lou sent me a nice card a few weeks
                                                           hundreds of tales personally shared with         has — with a smile, firm handshake and                 later. He was honored to be recognized as
                                                           me over the years could provide entertain-       sincere appreciation. My body screened                 a distinguished alumnus, but admitted that

  Columns                                                  ing grist for a future publication of interest
                                                           to our 57,000 alumni.
                                                                                                            Lou from Pete while I informed him that
                                                                                                            I had brought over one of his former
                                                                                                                                                                   his impromptu visit with his old basket-
                                                                                                                                                                   ball mentor was the highlight of his 50th
                                                               Because Alumni Reunion Weekend is            Cortland student-athletes.                             reunion. It was mine, too. In a weekend
                Fall 2007                                  so important in the lives of our graduates,           At that moment, Lou stepped forward.              filled with hundreds of special moments,
                                                           the Alumni Affairs Office staff works hard to    Pete remarked instantly, “Lou LaGrand…                 this one reminded me of how truly memo-
           Published four times a year by the              make the annual alumni return to campus a        I don’t believe it!” Unabashed tears of joy            rable each one can be.
        SUNY Cortland Alumni Association, Inc .,           special one. It was here that many lifelong      and a warm embrace followed. Lou and
 SUNY Cortland, P .O . Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045-0900   relationships with faculty, coaches and
    Phone: (607) 753-2516 • Fax: (607) 753-5789
                                                           classmates were established. How these
         E-mail address: alumni@cortland .edu
                                                           bonds begin, evolve and continue is really
               Peter D. Koryzno                            what Reunion Weekend recognizes and
                     Editor                                celebrates. Sometimes I lose sight of this
                Jennifer Wilson                            and frankly I shouldn’t.
                Associate Editor
                                                               One incident this past July reminded
                 Sherrie Negrea
                  Staff Writer                             me of just how strong and meaningful the
           Raymond D. Franco ’72                           relationships forged at SUNY Cortland can
               Vice President for                          become.
          Institutional Advancement                            I was standing near the Corey Union
            Douglas DeRancy ’75                            Function Room stage. The reunion luncheon
     Executive Director of Alumni Affairs
                                                           had just finished. I was exchanging good-
                Nicholas Koziol
     Associate Director of Alumni Affairs                  byes with some acquaintances when I                                     For updates, check the alumni online calendar at
                  Erin Boylan                              felt a tug on my blazer. I glanced over                                       www.cortland.edu/alumni/calendar.html
     Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs                  my shoulder to put a face with the hand.
                    Fran Elia
          Ingrid Jordak M.S.Ed. ’93
              Tracy Rammacher
                                                           It was Charles “Chuck” Poskanzer, the
                                                           Distinguished Service Professor emeritus,                                                    October
                  Dan Surdam                               health, standing next to his lovely wife,
             Contributing Editors                          Joan. The Poskanzers are regulars at many            9         Careers in Human Services and the Helping Professions Alumni Panel, SUNY Cortland
                Kiefer Creative                            of our alumni events.                                19        Hall of Fame Wall Dedication, SUNY Cortland
              Design and Layout                                Chuck quietly pulled me aside and said,          19-20     Hall of Fame Weekend and Reunion of C-Club Hall of Fame Members, SUNY Cortland
         Alumni Association Board                          “If you have time today, it might be nice            20        39th Annual C-Club Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, SUNY Cortland
             Gordon Valentine ’68                          to connect Lou LaGrand and Pete Corey.”              22        Goofs and Goblets, SUNY Cortland
                    President                                  A 1957 alumnus, Lou was on campus                25-29     Post WW II Reunion, Landmark Hotel, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
           Ronnie Sternin Silver ’67                       celebrating his 50th class reunion. He was
                 Vice President
          Cheryl Singer Sullivan ’81
                    Secretary
                                                           also being recognized as a Distinguished
                                                           Alumnus. I knew that Lou played basketball                                                November
                                                           under legendary Cortland Coach Whitney
         Deborah DeProspo Gloor ’76                                                                             10        Alumni Board of Directors Meeting, SUNY Cortland Alumni House, Cortland, N.Y.
         Assistant Recording Secretary                     T. “Pete” Corey ’43 from 1953-57. For those
          Nancy Niskin Sorbella ’82                        who may not know, Pete was an excellent              10        SUNY Cortland Alumni Cortaca Jug Event, SUNY Cortland Alumni House, Cortland, N.Y.
                    Treasurer                              coach and the gymnasium in the Bessie L.             10        SUNY Cortland Alumni Cortaca Jug Event, Dark Horse Tavern, Cortland, N.Y.
            Joseph C. Eppolito ’74                         Park 1901 Physical Education and Recre-              13        International Career Options Alumni Panel, SUNY Cortland
               Assistant Treasurer                         ation Center is named in his honor. For more         15        Long Island Chapter Volunteers Meeting, The Cooke’s In, Huntington, N.Y.
              James Newlands ’65                           than 35 years, he served SUNY Cortland as a
           Immediate Past President
         Marian Natoli Atkinson ’54
               Jeffrey T. Beal ’76
                                                           teacher and administrator. He retired in 1983
                                                           and was awarded the title of vice president                                               December
             Harry Bellardini ’56                          emeritus of academic affairs.
          Christine Calabrese (SAA)                            Throughout my time at Cortland, Pete             4         Central New York Alum of the Year, Glen Loch Restaurant, Jamesville, N.Y.
            Marjorie Dey Carter ’50
                                                           has been a gracious alumni ambassador
          Bonnie King Comella ’88
                 Peter Dady ’74
               Carol Donawa ’99
                                                           and has offered me wonderful counsel on
                                                           more than one occasion. I consider him a
                                                                                                                                                      February
                 Paul Fardy ’63
               Carl Gambitta ’63                           special friend. Unfortunately in recent years,       9         Alumni Board of Directors Meeting, SUNY Cortland Alumni House, Cortland, N.Y.
              Peter Kanakaris ’70                          Pete has had his share of physical problems,         12        Careers in Recreation Alumni Panel, SUNY Cortland
              Andrea Licht (SAA)                           making it very difficult for him to attend
            Maureen McCrystal ’00                                                                               22-24     Palm Springs Area Reunion, Palm Mountain Resort and Spa, Palm Springs, Calif.
            James McGuidwin ’63                            events at the College.
                                                                                                                29-1      2007 East Coast Florida Reunion, Jupiter, Fla.
          Carole Wilsey Phillips ’48                           When Chuck asked me to connect Lou
             Elizabeth Pujolas ’86                         and Pete, my initial thought was I could not
              Gloria Quadrini ’59
                Arnold Rist ’47
        Kathleen Hoefert Schuehler ’78
                                                           leave campus at this critical point during
                                                           the reunion. Pete’s residence is a few miles
                                                                                                                                                         March
          Estella Eckler Vangeli ’47                       from campus. But all around me, I watched            1         2007 West Coast Florida Reunion, Waterford Club, Venice, Fla.
                                                           as classmates embraced one another. Their            14        Southern Tier Chapter, Binghamton Senators Hockey Night, Binghamton, N.Y.
                                                           smiling faces and hearty laughter spoke              25        Careers in Health Professions, SUNY Cortland
                                                           volumes. My apprehensions evaporated                 27        New York Rangers Game, Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
                                                           and I asked Lou if he would like to visit
                                                           with his former Red Dragon coach.
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          SUNY Cortland Alumni
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                 adiroNdaCk area
                 Beryl Cooper Szwed ’70
        157 Kiwassa Rd., Saranac Lake, NY 12983
       (H) (518) 891-5008 l szwed@northnet.org
                   atlaNta area
                                                                                                                            Association plans to continue its Cortaca Jug event at
               Lisa Falvo Santangelo ’77
                                                                                                                            the Dark Horse in Cortland. Look for future electronic
              13825 Bethany Oaks Pointe
                 Alpharetta, GA 30004
                                                            Events Mailing Schedule                                         communications for more information and details and
                                                            Event registration materials are mailed six to eight            make sure that your email address contact information is
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                                                            weeks in advance of an event. If you do not receive a           updated at www.cortland.edu/alumniupdate/.
                    BoStoN area
                                                            mailing and wish to attend your local chapter event,
            Bernadette Mackin Graycar ’78
         170 Jefferson St., Braintree, MA 02184             contact our office at (607) 753-2516 or by e-mail at                                    Rochester
                     (781) 848-6480                         alumni@cortland.edu and we will send one to you.
                                                            We also use e-mail to notify and remind graduates                   Fourteen Rochester area alumni and their families
                  CaPital diStriCt                                                                                          attended the Seabreeze Park event on July 22. They enjoyed
                  Mike Horelick ’67                         of upcoming alumni events. If you would like to be
                                                            contacted by e-mail, write to alumni@cortland.edu               a beautiful day of water fun and rides at the theme park.
     1702 Western Ave., Apt. 106, Albany, NY 12203
                                                                                                                            The event was organized by Chapter Chair Art Jones ’74
      (518) 452-1412 l mhoreli1@nycap.rr.com                and supply your e-mail address.
                                                                                                                            and by Luther Leong ’84 who works at Seabreeze.
                   Bob Samaniuk ’00
       866 Oregon Ave., Schenectady, NY 12309
         (518) 203-3097 l TmiamiD@aol.com
                  CortlaNd area
               Linda May Armstrong ’76
       (607) 749-4780 l darmst7@twcny.rr.com
                  HUdSoN ValleY
             Colleen FitzPatrick Napora ‘87
      6 Malmros Terrace, Poughkeespie, NY 12601
       H (845) 298-2141 l ruirish@optonline.net
               Nancy Niskin Sorbella ’82
      1347 Peekskill Hollow Rd., Carmel, NY 10512
        H (845) 225-8640 l jsorbella@aol.com
                    loNG iSlaNd
                    Tricia Butt ’76
     200 Lexington Ave. #4C, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
        (516) 624-7497 l tricia10054@aol.com
                  Cindy Mardenfeld ’93
    108 Town House Village, Hauppauge, NY 11788
     cell (516) 510-6176 l cindy@mardenfeld.com
                    Mid-atlaNtiC
                   Robert Demske ’85
  11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036   Attending the Rochester Chapter Seabreeze event on July 22 were, from the left, Luther Leong ’84, Emily Kier, Matthew Pitti ’06,
     W (301) 299-0294 l Robdemske@comcast.net            Fiona Kier, Art Jones ’74, Henry Jones, Maura Burruto Kerkezis ’92, Abi Kerkezis, George Kerkezis, Georgia Kerkezis, Julie Donnelly
                                                         Bailey ’98, Camryn Bailey, Josh Bailey ’00 and Corey Bailey.
                   NeW York CitY
                  Stephany Krauz ’04
   345 Bay Ridge Parkway, Apt. 30, Brooklyn, NY 11209
                                                                         Capital District
               stephkrauz@hotmail.com
                                                             Twenty-seven alumni, their families, and guests
                       Joe Vallo ’79                     attended the Capital District Alumni Chapter’s Day at
      160 W. 97th St., Apt. 7F, New York, NY 10025       the Races in Saratoga, N.Y. on July 29. Alumni and guests
      H (212) 866-7809 l joemarkemma@aol.com             enjoyed a buffet lunch at the Paddock Tent where they
                     roCHeSter                           sat adjacent to the fences to see the horses and the jockeys
                       Art Jones ’74                     enter the track. Even if they did not win big on the races,
       329 Linden St., Apt. 3, Rochester, NY 14620       everyone received a free hat in Saratoga as part of a pro-
    H (585) 368-2103 l ajones@macsourceinc.com           motional giveaway. The groups enjoyed other games and
                   SoUtHerN tier                         events throughout the park such as chances to win prizes
   Michael ’01 and Megan Benjamin Kennerknecht ’02       at the New York State Lotto tent, a women’s hat contest
                                                                                                                            At the 32nd annual Alumni Baseball Weekend, present for a break-
        15 Rotary Ave., Binghamton, NY 13095             and children’s costume contest.                                    fast served on the varsity baseball field were, from the left, Joseph
                   H (607) 743-0574                                                                                         DeLucca, ’52, President Erik J. Bitterbaum and Robert Wallace ’53.
             makennerknecht@hotmail.com
            meganlynbenjamin@hotmail.com
                                                                                Cortland
                   SYraCUSe area                             The Cortland Chapter held its 2nd annual picnic on                                Southern Tier
                   Lou Chistolini ’65                    Sunday, Sept. 16 from 1-5 p.m. Steve Daniels ’98 provided
          104 Genesee Rd., Camillus, NY 13031            the musical entertainment and M&D Deli of Cortland                     The Southern Tier Alumni Chapter hosted its ninth
       (315) 487-3862 l LchistoL65@yahoo.com             catered the event. In the backyard of the SUNY Cortland            annual Binghamton Mets game and picnic Aug. 18. With
                  Lou Pettinelli Jr. ’55                 Alumni House on 29 Tompkins Street in Cortland,                    104 in attendance, alumni, friends and family joined
        9415 Wickham Dr., Brewerton, NY 13029            alumni, friends and family were given the chance to tour           the fun and excitement as the B-Mets defeated the New
       H (315) 676-7175 l louispett@yahoo.com            the house and to reconnected with the SUNY Cortland                Hampshire Fisher Cats 7-6 in 11 innings. Before the
                                                         family. Look for this event to continue next year and for          game, guests enjoyed hotdogs, hamburgers and chicken
                WeSterN NeW York
                                                         other upcoming events at the Alumni House.                         spiedies in the picnic area at NYSEG Stadium. President
                   David Dengler ’78
                                                             The Cortland Chapter plans to hold a Cortaca Jug               Erik J. Bitterbaum welcomed alumni and their guest
         100 Ruskin Rd., Eggertsville, NY 14226
                                                         celebration on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Jean Dunlavey ’64          into the Maine’s skybox for dessert and coffee. Fans were
         H (716) 835-3332 l W (716) 837-2070
                                                         Pub at the SUNY Cortland Alumni House. The event will              entertained by the final Blues Brothers Act at NYSEG
                  djdbflo@yahoo.com
                                                         be similar to last year’s and include food, beverages, and         Stadium, the duo are retiring after 19 years of doing the
                                                         a 56-inch TV to watch the Cortland vs. Ithaca game.                show. Chapter co-chairs George ’63 and Linda Wilson
                                                         In addition to this event, the SUNY Cortland Alumni                Herrick ’62 made a brief announcement during the picnic
                                                                                                                            that they were passing the Southern Tier Chapter leader-
                                                                                                                            ship to Mike Kennerknecht ’01 and Megan Benjamin ’02
                                                                                                                            after two years of successful event programming.
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                                                                                                                                            Brian Murphy ’83, a mem-
                                                                                                                                            ber of the Cortland College
                                                                                                                                            Foundation, hosted a golf out-
                                                                                                                                            ing and complimentary recep-
                                                                                                                                            tion featuring hors d’oeuvres
                                                                                                                                            and cocktails on April 29
                                                                                                                                            at the Manufacturer’s Golf
                                                                                                                                            and Country Club in Fort
                                                                                                                                            Washington, Pa. The event
                                                                                                                                            included SUNY Cortland
                                                                                                                                            President Erik J. Bitterbaum as
                                                                                                                                            a special guest. Pictured, from
                                                                                                                                            the left, are Brian Murphy ’83,
                                                                                                                                            Pat Rhubottom, Assistant
                                                                                                                                            Professor of Physical Education
                                                                                                                                            William Williams ’69, President
                                                                                                                                            Bitterbaum, Steve Goracy (par-
                                                                                                                                            tially hidden), Mark Goracy ’77,
                                                                                                                                            Leonard Murphy, Patricia
                                                                                                                                            Wenger ’78, Nancy Miller
                                                                                                                                            Murphy ’64, George Breen ’56,
                                                                                                                                            Carolyn Cooke ’66, Wayne
                                                                                                                                            Marley ’75, Angela Marley,
                                                                                                                                            Kevin St. Pierre ’01, Carole
                                                                                                                                            Louzan Koroluck ’72, Richard
                                                                                                                                            Meyers ’75, Stephen Crews ’00,
                                                                                                                                            Mike Norton ’81 and Head
                                                                                                                                            Men’s Basketball Coach Tom
                                                                                                                                            Spanbauer ’83.




    Western New York

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     The Western New York Chapter held
its annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
on a beautiful Monday, July 16, at the River
Oaks Golf Club in Grand Island, N.Y., with
42 alumni, family and guests participating.
     Everyone received something from the
prize table. Skilled competitors received
golf clubs for the longest drive and closest
to the pin. During the buffet banquet in
the clubhouse, President Erik J.Bitterbaum
gave an update on SUNY Cortland to the
golfers. The event raised $1,108 to benefit
the Western N.Y. Chapter Scholarship,
awarded annually to a Western New York              Tentative Schedule
                                                                                                       reunion set for July 18-20
student attending the College. Adam Dem-                                                               Reunion Year Classes include: the Half Century Club
brow, a junior physics and math education           friday, July 18
major from Akron, N.Y., was presented                                                                  (1957 and earlier), 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968,
                                                    l eighteen Hole Golf tournament/Captain and Crew
the scholarship award for 2007 and made
                                                    l Class of 1958 Boat Cruise, Cayuga lake
                                                                                                       1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993 and 1998. Classmates
a brief statement thanking the alumni,
tournament coordinators and guests for              l Class Committee members recognition reception    celebrating reunion are urged to update their alumni
providing students with an opportunity to           l Class of 1958 dinner                             records by visiting www.cortland.edu/alumniupdate.
receive this scholarship.                           l all reunion Party
     The chapter looks forward to next                                                                 The class committees will be contacting classmates and
year’s tournament and will be sending out           Saturday, July 19                                  encouraging them to attend. If you have any questions,
information in the spring.                            Continental Breakfast
     Western New York alumni participated
                                                    l
                                                                                                       please feel free to contact the Alumni Affairs Office at
                                                    l tour of alumni House
in the Loughran’s Alumni Run on July 9.                                                                (607) 753-2516 or by e-mail at alumni@cortland.edu.
     The 5K Race in Snyder, N.Y., offered           l tour of new stadium and athletics Complex
awards to the schools with the largest              l alumni luncheon featuring Presentation of
alumni contingent and the fastest team                distinguished alumni                             Alumni Asked to Serve on Class Committees
based on overall and age group finishers.                                                              Graduates who are interested in serving on their class
                                                    l all Greek reception sponsored by
Congratulations to the second place win-                                                               committees are asked to contact the alumni affairs office
                                                      nu sigma Chi alumnae/legacy Fund                 at (607) 753-2516 or by e-mail at alumni@cortland.edu.
ner Michael Somogyi ’07 of Amherst, N.Y.
                                                    l all-Class Banquet and entertainment                  Committee membership requires only a few hours of your
All entrants received a commemorative
T-shirt and enjoyed a post-race party.              l Class of 1983 dinner                             time and a willingness to reach out and contact classmates
                                                                                                       and friends about the reunion.
                                                    l nu sigma Chi sorority dinner
                                                    l athletic training Program alumni dinner
                                                                                                       Nu Sigma Chi and Athletic Training
                                                    Sunday, July 20
                                                    l all-Class Farewell Breakfast                     Program Alumni Reunions Planned
                                                                                                       the alumni affairs office will bring nu sigma Chi sorority alumnae
                                                    l nu sigma Chi Farewell Breakfast                  and athletic training Program alumni back to campus for alumni
                                                    l athletic training Program alumni                 reunion Weekend. this will be the athletic training alumni’s first
                                                      Farewell Breakfast                               reunion. sisters and athletic training Program alumni are urged to
                                                                                                       update their alumni records at www.cortland.edu/alumniupdate.
                                                                                                       Please be sure to indicate which group you are affiliated with.

Mid-Atlantic alumni visited the University of
Maryland on Sept. 2, 2006 for a get-together
hosted by Gloria Spina Friedgen ’71. Pictured,
from the left, are Peter Chakmakas ’72, Maria    alumni in reunion classes will receive a registration packet in early May. reservations are required.
Guiliano Chakmakas ’72 and Gloria. We
apologize to Peter Chakmakas ’72 and Maria       anyone wishing to attend is welcome. if you are not a member of a 2008 reunion class, please call the
Guiliano Chakmakas ’72, who were not named,      alumni affairs office at (607) 753-2516 to request a registration packet. requests may also be sent by
and Dennis A. Steier ’68 and Delores Gresko
Steier ’69 who were incorrectly named, in this   fax to (607) 753-5789 or by e-mail to alumni@cortland.edu.
photo in the Spring 2007 edition on page 4.
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   Regional and Special Events
    Hamilton area Grads reunited                                                                                                                   alumni lawyers Met

    T     he sixth annual Hamilton Alumni Picnic, hosted
          by Hank ’49 and Sallie Von Mechow, was held
    on July 24. Twenty-eight Alumni, their families and
                                                                                                                                                   s   ixteen people attended the Annual Dinner of the
                                                                                                                                                       Cortland Alumni Law group at La Famiglia restau-
                                                                                                                                                   rant on Long Island on June 21. Mitchell Pally ’74, was
    friends joined the Von Mechows at their home in                                                                                                honored for his many years of exemplary public and
    Hamilton, N.Y. Food and beverages were provided by                                                                                             community service. Distinguished Teaching Professor
    the Von Mechows and Roger’s Market. Fred ’77 and                                                                                               Judith Best, who has been teaching at Cortland since
    Patricia Vecchio Von Mechow ’98 assisted in the plan-                                                                                          1973, attended as a special guest. She spent a few days
    ning and setup of the event. President Erik J. Bitterbaum                                                                                      leading up to the event visiting with former students
    met with alumni and their families individually and                                                                                            who currently work in New York City and on Long
    spoke about the exciting changes that have occurred                                                                                            Island. Best said she was very pleased to see so many
    throughout the campus. Hank showed guests his train                                                                                            successful alumni working in so many different
    sets that circled around his first floor game room. His                                                                                        professions.
    setup included several different train lines, a mountain
    landscape, towns, working lights, tunnels through the
    walls and the first train that he received as a child. The    Participating in the 24th annual Shea Hall Reunion Golf
                                                                  Tournament on July 6 and 7 at the Hamlet Wind Watch Golf
    event was really enjoyed by everyone who all look             and Country Club in Hauppauge, N.Y., were front row from
    forward to this event next year.                              left to right, Victor Rumore ’84, Patrick Martin ’85 and Dale
                                                                  Delulio ’85, back row, Robert Misegades ’84, Scott Stenrose ’85,
    Palm Springs, Calif., event Planned                           Paul Nagle ’85, James Hintze ’82, Matthew Seabold ’82, James

    A     n event is planned for the Palm Springs area at
          the Palm Mountain Resort and Spa on Feb. 22-24.
    Lynne Parks Hoffman ’68 is helping the Alumni Affairs
                                                                  Turecamo ’82, Robert Elder ’82 and Alex Kolod ’85.

                                                                  Shea Hall reunion Held
    Office put together a beautiful getaway reunion week-
    end that is sure to be a great experience. The event
    will be held during the peak season for Palm Springs.
                                                                  E    ach year alumni from Shea Hall gather on the golf
                                                                       course to reconnect and enjoy some competitive
                                                                  fun. Shea Hall alumni take turns planning and hosting
    Preliminary plans include a welcome cocktail party,           the event. This year, Robert Misegades ’84 hosted the
    golf outing, celebrity home and city tour, the Fabulous       24th annual Shea Hall Reunion at the Hamlet Wind                                 Alumni lawyers attended the Long Island Law Dinner at
    Palm Spring Follies, dinner reception at Lynne Parks          Watch Golf and Country Club in Hauppauge, N.Y. on                                la Famiglia restaurant in Smithtown, N.Y. Pictured in the
    Hoffman’s ’68 home in Palm Desert, shopping on                July 6-7. The participants competed the first day of golf                        front from the left are Leadership gifts Officer Tina Avesano ’96,
    El Paseo, the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert,” and more.          as a team scramble and the second day as a partners’                             Mitchell Pally ’74, Nancy Carroll Pally ’74, Judith Best,
                                                                  competition. Two trophies were given out for the best                            Kimberly Kinirons ’93, Paticia Cummings Delaney ’80,
    For more information on this event, contact the
                                                                                                                                                   Leadership Gifts Manager Michael Katz, and Judge Geoffrey
    Alumni Affairs Office at (607) 753-2516. Registration         overall handicap and for the best overall score. The                             O’Connell. In the back row are John Drucker ’74, Charles
    information will be forthcoming.                              event changes locations for each tournament. The                                 Eric Gordon ’74, Christine O’Shea ’79, Raymond Burney ’79,
                                                                  25th annual reunion next year is being planned.                                  Jonathan Brown ’77, Richard Winkler ’78 and Taylor Spetta.




a l U M N i                                     a S S o C i a t i o N                                                                                   SUMMer 2008



Raquette Lake Programs
                                                                                                     In the summer of 2008, the Outdoor Education Center                 Participants must bring their own sleeping bags
                                                                                                     at Raquette Lake will be open to SUNY Cortland alumni,              and/or linen. Blankets and pillows will be provided.
                                                                                                     their families and/or guests. There are three seven-day             Bring a pillowcase, towels, washcloth, soap, shampoo, etc.
                                                                                                     sessions at Antlers, one seven-day session at Huntington            rates for the seven-day sessions:
                                                                                                     Memorial Camp, and two six-day sessions at Antlers.                    adults: $222, includes room and board
                                                                                                          The first seven-day session at Antlers is June 29- July 5.        Children: $182 includes room and board
                                                reGiSter NoW!                                        Arrival time is Sunday, June 29, at 2 p.m. Dinner will be served                  for age 12 and under
                                                 WiNter 2008                                         at 6 p.m. Departure is after breakfast on Saturday, July 5.            Children under age one – NO CHARGE
                                                                                                          The second seven-day session at Antlers is July 6-12.          rates for the six-day session:
Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 is the deadline to register for the annual winter session open to
                                                                                                     Arrival time is Sunday, July 6, at 2 p.m. Dinner will be served        adults: $189, includes room and board
SUNY Cortland alumni which will be held at Huntington Memorial Camp, Jan. 20-24, 2008.
                                                                                                     at 6 p.m. Departure is after breakfast on Saturday, July 12.           Children: $155, includes room and board
This five-day session is being offered to alumni, their families and/or guests. They will have                                                                                         for age 12 and under
                                                                                                          The third seven-day session at Antlers is aug. 25-31.
the opportunity to enjoy a winter experience in the Adirondack Mountains. Activities will                                                                                   Children under age one – NO CHARGE
                                                                                                     Arrival time is Monday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. Dinner will be
include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, saunas, star gazing and much more.
                                                                                                     served at 6 p.m. Departure is after breakfast on Sunday,            reservatiOn FOrMs WiLL nOt Be aCCePted
    Arrival time is Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. Be prepared to walk across the ice road to Camp
                                                                                                     Aug. 31.                                                            untiL Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008
Huntington. All gear will be transported. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Guests will depart
                                                                                                          The seven-day session at Camp Huntington is                    A $50 deposit is required with pre-registration for each
on Thursday, Jan. 24, after breakfast.
                                                                                                     June 29-July 5. Arrival time is Sunday, June 29, at 2 p.m.          family. The deposit will be applied to the total cost and will
    Participants must bring their own linen and/or sleeping bags. Sleeping bags
                                                                                                     Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Departure is after breakfast        be non-refundable unless a two-week notice of cancellation is
are preferred! Blankets and pillows will be provided.
                                                                                                     on Saturday, July 5.                                                given to the director at Raquette Lake. The balance must be
Adult Rate:        $156, includes room and board                                                          The first six-day session at Antler’s is aug. 11-16.           paid with a check upon arrival. After the sessions have been
Children’s Rate: $128, includes room and board (age 12 and under)                                    Arrival time is Monday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. Dinner will              assigned, participants will be notified of their session date.
A $50 deposit is required with pre-registration for each family. The deposit will be applied         be served at 6 p.m. and departure is after breakfast on
to the total cost and will be non-refundable unless a two-week notice of cancellation is             Saturday, Aug. 16.
given. The balance is due with a check upon arrival.                                                      The second six-day session at Antler’s is aug. 19-24.
    Once the form is received, a confirmation letter will be sent.                                   Arrival time is Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. Dinner will be
                                                                                                     served at 6 p.m. and departure is after breakfast on Sunday,
SUNY Cortland Alumni Association Raquette Lake Program                                               Aug. 24.
WiNter 2008 reSerVatioN forM
Alumna/Alumnus                                                   Phone No .                          SUNY Cortland Alumni Association Raquette Lake Program
Street                                City                       State        Zip                    SUMMer 2008 reSerVatioN forM
Class Year                            E-mail                                                         Alumna/Alumnus                                                                             Phone No .
Names of Family Members: Spouse and/or Guests                                                        Street                                 City                                                State        Zip
                                                                                                     Class Year                             E-mail
Children (include ages)                                                                              Names of Guests
                                                                                                     Children (include ages)
A $50 deposit should be returned with this completed form.
Checks should be made payable to: Auxiliary Services Corporation.                                    session Preference: (please indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd preference)
                                                                                                     __ m (Huntington: 6/29-7/5)          __ m (Antlers: 7/6-7/12)                       __ m (Antlers: 8/19-8/24)
Return this form by Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, to:                                                        __ m (Antlers: 6/29-7/5)             __ m (Antlers: 8/11-8/16)                      __ m (Antlers: 8/25-8/31)
Jack Sheltmire, Director, Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education,
SUNY Cortland, Miller Building, Room 230, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045                          A $50 deposit should be returned with this completed form. Checks should be made payable to:
                                                                                                     auxiliary services Corporation. Balance due paid by check only at time of arrival.
                                                                                                     return this form to: Jack Sheltmire, Director, Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education,
                                                                                                     SUNY Cortland, Miller Building, Room 230, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045.
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Memories
a lU MNi                 reUNioN                      Week eNd                      2 0 0 7




s
           UNY Cortland welcomed back more than 650 alumni and guests to its 2007 Alumni
           Reunion Weekend on July 13-15.
                Reunion classes from 1942 to 1997 gathered on campus to re-energize their
           red and white spirit and share their post-collegiate experiences with their former
           classmates. The weekend kicked off with the annual Reunion Golf Tournament
at nearby Walden Oaks Country Club. Other highlights included breakfast at the SUNY
Cortland Alumni House, the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Awards at the
Alumni Luncheon and the Saturday night All-Class Banquet. The Class of 1957 gathered
for a special dinner at the Alumni House as did the Sisters of Alpha Delta Delta. More than
100 sisters and guests returned for this first ever all sorority reunion.
    The Alumni Association looks forward to the next Alumni Reunion Weekend on
July 18-20, 2008. Reunion 2008 will feature reunion classes from 1943 to 1998, members
of the Half Century Club (The Class of 1957 and earlier) and sisters of Nu Sigma Chi and,
for the first time, the Athletic Training Program alumni. Reunion 2008 invitees are urged
to update their alumni records at www.cortland.edu/alumniupdate.
    Were you invited to Alumni Reunion Weekend 2007? We welcome your thoughts and
suggestions regarding the weekend. If you were unable to attend, we would like to know what kept
                                                                                                   On July 12, Class of 1957 members enjoyed their own Cayuga Lake boat cruise on the M.V.
you from joining us. Please visit www.cortland.edu/reunion to complete a reunion survey.           Manhattan. Pictured from the left are Richard Zuck ’57, Gordon Edwards ’57, Mary Lynn
    View more reunion photos at www.cortland.edu/reunion.                                          Collins’57, Caroline Curtis DiCocco ’57 and Charles Davison ’57.



                                                                                                                                                   Left: The Foundation Directors Cup, presented
                                                                                                                                                   to the reunion class with the highest percentage
                                                                                                                                                   of participation in giving to SUNY Cortland,
                                                                                                                                                   was awarded to the Class of 1957. President
                                                                                                                                                   Erik J. Bitterbaum, left, looks on as class rep-
                                                                                                                                                   resentatives Grace Ball and Norm Peck accept
                                                                                                                                                   the trophy from Cortland College Foundation
                                                                                                                                                   Executive Director Ray Franco ’72, right. The
                                                                                                                                                   Cortland College Foundation also awarded the
                                                                                                                                                   Class of 1977 with the Presidents Cup for the
                                                                                                                                                   largest unrestricted reunion class gift to The
                                                                                                                                                   Cortland Fund.

                                                                                                                                                   Below: The traditional reunion luncheon was
                                                                                                                                                   once again well attended with more than 350
                                                                                                                                                   alumni and guests enjoying class recogni-
                                                                                                                                                   tions ceremonies and the presentation of the
                                                                                                                                                   Distinguished Alumni Awards.




Above: Norm Peck ’57 raises
the flag in honor of all SUNY                                                                                                                                      President Erik J. Bitterbaum,
Cortland veterans at the Class                                                                                                                                     left, accepts a check for $23,300
of ’57 banquet at the Alumni                                                                                                                                       from Class of 1967 representa-
House. A veteran, Norm donated                                                                                                                                     tives Paul and Kathy Lopez
the flag, which flew over the                                                                                                                                      Fernandes, shown left and
nation’s capital, and flagpole.                                                                                                                                    middle, and Ronnie Sternin
A plaque honoring all Cortland                                                                                                                                     Silver, right. These funds have
veterans was dedicated and                                                                                                                                         been used to create an endowed
installed on the flag pole.                                                                                                                                        scholarship with the Cortland
                                                                                                                                                                   College Foundation. In addi-
                                                                                                                                                                   tion, the class presented a
                                                                                                                                                                   check for $81,564.72 for their
                                                                                                                                                                   reunion class gift. The Class of
                                                                                                                                                                   1967 was presented with the
                                                                                                                                                                   Cortland Cup for the highest
                                                                                                                                                                   total reunion class gift made to
                                                                                                                                                                   SUNY Cortland in fiscal year
                                                                                                                                                                   2006-07.




                                  Members of the Class of ’57 sing the alma mater as part of the
                                  closing event at the Reunion Luncheon.
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Sport Sociologist Yomee Lee Receives Fulbright Scholarship
y
          omee Lee, an assistant professor       part of Fulbright grantees to establish open
          of Kinesiology at SUNY Cortland,       communication and long-term cooperative
          was named to serve as a Fulbright      relationships,” wrote Steven Uhlfelder, who
          Scholar in Korea during this aca-      chairs the J. William Fulbright Scholarship
          demic year.                            Board, in a letter to Lee announcing her
     The prestigious award, established in       award. “In that way, Fulbrighters enrich
1946 by the U.S. government under legisla-       the educational, political, economic, social
tion introduced by then Senator J. William       and cultural lives of countries around the
Fulbright of Arkansas, will support her plans    world.”
to study South Korean-born sporting celeb-            As a Fulbright Scholar, Lee will teach
rity Hines Ward’s impact on racial attitudes     in residence at Yonsei University in Seoul,
in Korean society. Ward, who currently           South Korea, where she earned a Bachelor of
plays wide receiver for the NFL’s Pittsburgh     Science in Physical Education. In 2006,
Steelers, was named the 2005 Most Valuable       Yonsei named Lee among its “100 Female
Player for Super Bowl XL.                        Leaders of the Future.”
     Lee, who joined the College in 2000,             “My primary research interest has been
plans to take a one-year sabbatical from         gender and racial issues in sports, more
her teaching responsibilities to participate     specifically Asian American women and
in the Fulbright Program, which is spon-         their experiences in sports,” said Lee,
sored by the Bureau of Educational and           whom the National Association for Physical
Cultural Affairs of the U. S. Department         Education in Higher Education honored
of State. The bureau is responsible for the      with a 2001 Young Scholar Award.
U.S. government’s overseas educational,               During her Fulbright year of overseas
cultural and informational programs. The         study, Lee will test her news media and          Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Yomee Lee relaxes in her Studio West office shortly before
                                                                                                  departing on a year’s sabbatical trip to Korea to study the surprising popularity of Hines Ward,
U.S. Congress funds the Fulbright Schol-         personal observations about Hines Ward by        a wide receiver for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, in his native South Korea.
arship through an annual appropriation           administering 50-question surveys among
to the Department of State. Participating        Yonsei University’s 30,000 students.
governments and host institutions also                Lee asserts that the phenomenal success     people, to claim his identity as their own,”            Lee, whose family moved to Korea
share the cost.                                  of Ward, born in Seoul of Korean and             Lee said. “Hines was born to a black father        when she was five, spent most of the next
     “Developing international under-            African-American parents, may have caused        and a Korean mother, and his mother raised         20 years living in Korea. Returning to the
standing requires a commitment on the            Koreans to revise their attitudes on race        him by herself. His mother didn’t see his          U.S. in 1994 for her graduate studies, Lee
                                                 and nationality.                                 future in Korea and brought him to the U.S.        received a Master of Arts in Sport, Leisure
                                                      “Ward was an instant star in Korea,         Yet, the Korean media have emphasized his          and Somatics Studies, with a specialization
                                                 although American football isn’t that popu-      relationship with his mom. Ultimately, it’s        in the socio-cultural aspects of sports, from
“Naturally, my research interest                 lar in Korea” Lee said. “I think the country     self-serving, reaffirming the nationalistic        Ohio State University. In 2000, she received
                                                 has more than accepted him. It has embraced      recognition. The way they interpret his success    her doctorate from the same institution
is an expression of my cultural                  him. He was made an honorary citizen of          is because of his mom, his ‘Korean-ness.’”         in cultural studies. Her dissertation was
                                                 Seoul by the mayor and a Hines Ward                   Lee’s own Asian-American heritage             on “Korean American Women’s Attitude
background. As a scholar, I felt it              National Park is being discussed.”               influences her academic interests.                 Towards Sports.”
                                                      That contradicts Korean society’s tra-           “Having been born in America and                   At SUNY Cortland, Lee teaches Social
was important to give voices to                  dition of being very homogenous in racial        raised in Korea, I returned to the U.S. for        Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity,
                                                 composition and lacking acceptance for           graduate work in the socio-cultural study          Sport and Society, Women and Sport, and
women who often have been ignored,               any perceived threat to bloodline purity,        of sport,” Lee said. “Naturally, my research       Africana Dance. She designed the Women
                                                 Lee said. The Korean War illustrated how         interest is an expression of my cultural           and Sport undergraduate syllabus and course
neglected and marginalized both                  completely the society rejected children         background. As a scholar, I felt it was            material. She has written a chapter for a
                                                 born of mixed race. Then came the Hines          important to give voices to women who              forthcoming book on the subject of Chinese-
inside and outside of academia.”                 Ward phenomenon.                                 often have been ignored, neglected and             American women’s experience in sports.
                                — Yomee Lee           “I think it’s ironic for a country that’s   marginalized both inside and outside of                 Lee also is conducting a comparative
                                                 so xenophobic, having a fear of different        academia.”                                         analysis of the body image of Asian-American
                                                                                                                                                     women and white American women in col-
                                                                                                                                                     laboration with her departmental colleague,
                                                                                                                                                     Jim Hokanson. She has written several

             “Where Alumni and Friends Meet”                                                                                                         refereed journal articles and given numerous
                                                                                                                                                     refereed presentations in her field.
                                                                                                                                                          Among other honors, Lee received Ohio
                                                                                                                                                     State University’s College of Education
                                                                                 Spend a Day . . .                                                   Alumni Scholarship. The Phi Beta Delta
                                                                                                                                                     honor society for international scholars
                                                                                 l   The technologically equipped Jean M. Dunlavey ’64               inducted her as a member in 2006.
                                                                                     Pub seats 35 persons and features an 80-inch                         As a Fulbright Scholar, Lee will join the
                                                                                     projection screen for conferences.                              ranks of approximately 279,500 alumni
                                                                                 l   The cheerful Alumni Association Board of Director’s             of the program. Composed of 12 educa-
                                                                                     Solarium offers meeting space for 35 persons.                   tional and public leaders appointed by the
                                                                                                                                                     president of the U.S., the scholarship board

                                                                                 Spend a Night . . .                                                 formulates the policies, procedures and
                                                                                                                                                     selection criteria that govern the Fulbright
                                                                                 l   Five elegantly adorned rooms with four                          Program and also selects the Fulbright
                                                                                     private baths.                                                  grant recipients.
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$2.7 Million Grant Advances Smart, Good Schools
            By Jennifer Wilson                                                                                                                           on helping more schools adopt the “Smart &
              Associate Editor                                                                                                                           Good” educational model.
                                                                                                                                                              The Smart & Good Schools Project




s
           UNY Cortland’s ongoing initiative                                                                                                             recently hired both a new director of research
           to instill character education in                                                                                                             and a director of development, who will
           the nation’s high schools received                                                                                                            work out of the institute but serve both
           a major boost this spring when the                                                                                                            entities. Vlad Khmelkov, the research director,
           College and an affiliated institute                                                                                                           most recently was a senior research scientist
were awarded nearly $2.7 million in grants                                                                                                               with the Institutional Research Office at
from the John Templeton Foundation.                                                                                                                      Notre Dame University. Tom Gaughan,
    In early April, the West Conshohocken,                                                                                                               the director of development, comes from
Pa.-based foundation, which posts infor-                                                                                                                 Syracuse University’s Development Office.
mation about its purpose and activities on                                                                                                               Currently, two administrative assistants,
the Web at www.templeton.org, awarded                                                                                                                    Marthe Seales and Deborah Finn, will serve
the four-year cycle of grants to the College’s                                                                                                           both the center and the institute.
Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (respect and                                                                                                                    The institute will approach the fund-
responsibility), located in Van Hoesen Hall,                                                                                                             raising required by the Templeton grant
and the Institute for Excellence & Ethics,                                                                                                               by asking for additional support from 300
a newly formed non-profit organization                                                                                                                   potential donors, Davidson noted. The
in Fayetteville, N.Y.                                                                                                                                    foundation expects the center and institute
    Thomas Lickona and Matthew Davidson                                                                                                                  to obtain $1.4 million in supplemental grants
will administer the grant. Lickona, a devel-                                                                                                             through the year 2010, with the long-term
opmental psychologist and professor of                                                                                                                   goal to become completely self-supporting.
childhood and early childhood education                                                                                                                  Sales of current and future Smart & Good
at SUNY Cortland, has directed the center                                                                                                                schools materials are expected to offset
for the 4th & 5th Rs since its inception in                                                                                                              some expenses of running the center and
1994. Davidson has directed the Institute                                                                                                                institute.
for Excellence & Ethics since April and                                                                                                                       A faculty member at the College since
previously served the College since 2002                                                                                                                 1970, Lickona is the author of groundbreak-
as the center’s research director.                                                                                                                       ing books including Moral Development
    The center and institute will use the funds                                                                                                          and Behavior (1976), Raising Good Chil-
to proceed with their latest proposed project,                                                                                                           dren (1983) and Educating for Character:
“Building Smart & Good Schools: Capacity-                                                                                                                How Our Schools Can Teach Respect and
Building, Research, Development and Dis-                                                                                                                 Responsibility, which earned a 1992 Chris-
semination to Advance a New Paradigm of                                                                                                                  topher Award for “affirming the highest
Character Education,” Lickona said.                                                                                                                      values of the human spirit.” National news
    “The John Templeton Foundation is                                                                                                                    media interview him for his thoughts on
pleased to award a grant to SUNY Cortland                                                                                                                improving classroom behavior and perfor-
to support the next phase of the ‘Building                                                                                                               mance and he frequently speaks at educa-
Smart & Good Schools’ project,’ observed                                                                                                                 tional conferences. Since 1995, teachers and
Kimon Sargent, vice president of human                                                                                                                   principals from more than 30 states and 16
                                                  Thomas Lickona, right, a professor of childhood and early childhood education at SUNY
sciences with the John Templeton Founda-          Cortland, discusses the $2.7 million John Templeton Foundation Grant he will administer to
                                                                                                                                                         countries have flocked to the center’s annual
tion. “Tom Lickona’s long-term leadership         expand character education in schools nationwide with grant-co-recipient Matthew Davidson.             summer institutes in character education
in the field of character education suggests      Lickona will use the funds for the work of the College’s Center for the 4th & 5th Rs (respect and      and returned to their schools to implement
that this new model for character develop-        responsibility), which he directs. Davidson directs the non-profit Institute for Excellence & Ethics   what they learned.
ment is ready to go to a new level of national    in Fayetteville, N.Y., which will share the grant.                                                          Davidson, also a frequent, national
prominence, research validation and school                                                                                                               presenter on character education, became
implementation.”                                                                                                                                         Lickona’s protégé after taking his graduate
    High schools across the nation grapple             “We plan to design materials for high          tion on and advocate for the educational           character education course while studying
with apathy, underachievement, cheating           school teachers that are applicable to their        model through publishing, presentations,           secondary English at SUNY Cortland. He
and disrespectful behavior among their            subject areas — such as English, history,           and a Smart & Good awards program.                 later transferred and earned a Master of
students, Lickona noted.                          math and science — and that can be used in              “Smart & Good Schools promotes a               Science in Education from LeMoyne College
    “Our hope is to help high schools be-         their daily curriculum work,” Lickona said.         paradigm shift for the whole field of K-12         and a Ph.D. in educational psychology
come places that build character through               The grant also supports the center and         character education,” Lickona said. “From          from Cornell University. A University of
a commitment to excellence and ethics,”           institute in their efforts to build the human       focusing only on ‘moral character,’ that           Scranton (Pa.) graduate, Davidson focused
he noted. “This is the first model of com-        and economic capital that will enable the           is, best ethical behavior, to focusing on          his graduate studies and two years of post-
prehensive character education at the high        Smart & Good Schools work to become a               both ‘performance character,’ or striving          doctoral work at Notre Dame University on
school level, where character education has       self-sustaining and enduring part of charac-        for excellence, as well as moral character.        character education. He has also taught at
been least evident and where it is arguably       ter education and school improvement and            This new vision makes character education          SUNY Cortland.
most needed. The national movement to             to conduct evaluation research. The funds           much more relevant to academics.”                       “High school reform models so far have
date has been largely an elementary school        will also be used to develop Smart & Good               Davidson noted the psychological research      focused only on academic achievement,”
phenomenon.”                                      programs, initially by working closely with         community at last is taking a serious look at      Lickona said. “Ours is the first model to
                                                                                                      the link between good grades and character,        integrate academic achievement and ethics.”
                                                                                                      as evidenced by recent studies showing that a      He noted that currently, in many schools,
                                                                                                      higher degree of self-discipline explains why      the focus on higher academic performance
“Many high school teachers think the game is over, that the character                                 adolescent girls do better than boys in school     fails to address the growing problem of
                                                                                                      in every subject area.                             academic dishonesty. On any given survey,
of their students is already formed. We think that’s a mistaken belief.                                   “Twenty years ago, the American Psycho-        between two-thirds and three quarters of
                                                                                                      logical Association and most psychologists         high school students admit to cheating on
Adolescents are still very much open to being positively influenced by                                in the country thought that character wasn’t       a test or major assignment in the past year,
                                                                                                      even a valid construct,” he said. “And now         Lickona said.
adults they trust and respect.”                                                                       you have some of the leading psychologists in           “Schools in many cases are not asking
                                                                                                      the world engaged in the science of showing        their students to be more reflective about
                                                                               — Thomas Lickona
                                                                                                      the power of character.”                           academic integrity,” Lickona said. “Many
                                                                                                          In May, Lickona presented the “Smart           high school teachers think the game is
    During the grant period, the center and       four to six pilot high schools in partnership       & Good Schools” model to U.S. Secretary of         over, that the character of their students is
institute will develop instructional and pro-     with selected high school reform organiza-          Education Margaret Spellings’ staff, which         already formed. We think that’s a mistaken
fessional development materials to enable         tions. Additionally, the grant will help to         is currently seeking ways to strengthen            belief. Adolescents are still very much open
schools to implement the vision presented         train, coach and support high school staff          American high schools.                             to being positively influenced by adults they
in “Smart & Good High Schools: Integrating        to implement the Smart & Good model by                  Supported by the four separate Templeton       trust and respect.”
Excellence and Ethics for Success in School,      developing a National Faculty and estab-            Foundation grants, the center and institute
Work and Beyond,” a 227-page report               lishing a national network of participating         have grown from four to six staff members,
released in 2005 by Lickona and Davidson.         schools as well as to disseminate informa-          four of them at the institute, who will focus                             Continued on page 26
10 S U N Y             C o r t l a n d            C o l u m n s                                                                                                     F a l l            2 0 0 7
James thomas ’87


Taiwan Resident Embraces Asia But Keeps Ties
            By Jennifer Wilson                                                                                                                          an earring. I remembered it was so funny
              Associate Editor                                                                                                                          as we would be the only non-Chinese who
                                                                                                                                                        would dare to run in the streets and brave




m
                         ore than 25 years ago,                                                                                                         the brown air and weaving traffic.”
                         a former child from                                                                                                                 “Jim decided to stay a whole year,” Clark
                         the South Bronx and                                                                                                            said. “And here’s an interesting tidbit: while
                         a college president                                                                                                            in China, he was at a track meet where he
                         became friends over                                                                                                            represented Capital Normal, and he won
an unlikely common ground. Both were                                                                                                                    two races. At the end of my stay, my wife
fascinated with Asia as the largely commu-                                                                                                              came over to China and we both went to
nist continent was opening its doors to the                                                                                                             the track race. It was in September 1985. If
West again.                                                                                                                                             I remember right, the Chinese people asked
     Today that former Cortland student,                                                                                                                him to stay on through the summer to do
James Thomas ’87, owns successful businesses                                                                                                            more track work.”
in Taipei, Taiwan. One of these, World                                                                                                                       At Cortland, where Thomas ran the 400
Data Exchange Video Network, Inc., offers                                                                                                               meters, 400 meter hurdles and 800 meters,
an online paid subscription course in                                                                                                                   he made it to the National Games to com-
Mandarin Chinese that is geared to the                                                                                                                  pete in the 4 x 400 meter relay and 400
English-speaking business community and                                                                                                                 meter hurdles.
uses live, language instruction for private,                                                                                                                 “I was one of the top runners in our
corporate and group training.                                                                                                                           division as well as record holder of the
     The strikingly handsome and well-                                                                                                                  Cortland Indoor Games for the 800 meters,”
dressed businessman moonlights as an actor                                                                                                              Thomas said. “I was also a member of the
in films produced in Asia, playing urban                                                                                                                Cortland 4 x 400 meter relay team that won
African-American roles.                                                                                                                                 the state title in our division.
     Meanwhile, his mentor-of-a-lifetime,                                                                                                                    “In Beijing I did run the high hurdles
SUNY Cortland President Emeritus James                                                                                                                  but mainly I ran the 4 x 400 meter relay and
M. Clark, retired in 1995 and still lives in                                                                                                            400 meter hurdles. I qualified to represent
Cortland.                                                                                                                                               Beijing in the Chinese National College
     “Recently I had a two-week business                                                                                                                Games. During this time I trained at a camp
trip to the U.S., and I couldn’t help coming                                                                                                            in Beijing with other students representing
here to see President Clark before I went                                                                                                               the city in the games.
back,” Thomas said during a visit to the                                                                                                                     It was a great experience, training
campus in late March. “I haven’t been on                                                                                                                with other Chinese athletes. At first, most
campus in 23 years.”                                                                                                                                    wouldn’t even speak to me as they were simply
     Clark recalls meeting Thomas before                                                                                                                afraid of me. Most had never seen a foreigner,
the student went to China.                                                                                                                              not to mention an African American who
     “My wife, Pat, and I had signed up for a                                                                                                           could speak Chinese. I can remember when
tai chi class with a visiting Chinese professor                                                                                                         the games were over and we all had to
from Beijing Institute of Physical Education,                                                                                                           return to our schools. Many of my fellow
and Jim was taking it, too,” Clark recalls.                                                                                                             Chinese teammates came up to me in tears
“The College had been to China in 1980,           Back on the campus for the first time in 23 years, James Thomas ’87 today is a successful business-   to express how I helped change their ‘pro-
                                                  man in Taipei, Taiwan.
that was our first signing of our agreements                                                                                                            grammed perspective’ of foreigners. I was
with Capital Normal University.”                                                                                                                        touched and glad to hear that my stay
     This partnership of scholarly exchange       then she was at Cortland earning her mas-              Thomas lived in Higgins Hall for one           helped change their thinking towards
between the two institutions continues today.     ter’s degree.                                      semester before moving off campus.                 mainly African Americans.”
     “We were interested in everything to do          “I stayed here in the summer because I             “I also worked as a peer counselor to               In China, Thomas won some first,
with the Chinese at the time,” Clark said.        was a foster child, I didn’t want to go home.      students from inner cities,” Thomas recalls.       second and third-place track awards.
“I would see Jim on the campus from time          I was a Work Study student and asked Chen          “I worked with them on life adjustment                  “You’re told that you’re never going
to time. He took Chinese language courses         Hong to teach me more Chinese during               and study skills.”                                 to be proficient in Mandarin if you’re not
here.”                                            the summer. She agreed to teach me at no               The communication studies major                Chinese,” Thomas said. “There’s a lot of
                                                                                                     was an outstanding middle distance track           historical content in the Chinese language.
                                                                                                     runner for SUNY Cortland who nurtured              But after a year, I had no problem com-
                                                                                                     his early love for technology as the WSUC          municating. However, Chinese is so much
                                                                                                     radio station’s engineer. He was an early          unlike a Latin-based language like Spanish
“You’re told that you’re never going to be proficient in Mandarin if you’re                          participant in the College’s international         or French.”
                                                                                                     exchange program in Beijing, China.                     Following his year of study in China
not Chinese. There’s a lot of historical content in the Chinese language.                                “We required one year of learning the          and graduation from SUNY Cortland,
                                                                                                     language, and then Jim went to Beijing             Thomas was among only eight scholars na-
But after a year, I had no problem communicating. However, Chinese is                                as one of our exchange students,” Clark            tionwide who won a prestigious American
                                                                                                     remembers. “He was there in 1985 when              Association of State Colleges and Universi-
so much unlike a Latin-based language like Spanish or French.”                                       we went back.                                      ties grant to continue his studies in Taiwan,
                                                                             — James Thomas ’87          “We had eight students in the Cortland         where Mandarin is the national language.
                                                                                                     program at the time, including six SUNY            Following completion of this non-degree
                                                                                                     Cortland students,” Clark said. “I visited the     track intensive language-training program,
                                                                                                     dorm where they were staying. It was one of        he embarked on an international career
    Thomas recalls his first meeting with         cost. During one of our study periods, she         the biggest delegations from Cortland that         that has kept him in Taiwan to this day.
Clark, “I was a very outgoing kid from            looked at me and said ‘If you really want to       we had. I was there in the summer taking                Clark recalls he then lost contact with
New York City so I quickly walked up to           learn Chinese you must go to China.’ Well,         Chinese, Jim was there in the fall and we          Thomas except for the occasional Christmas
him and introduced myself to him. I think         the following term I walked into the Office        overlapped by about a month. I followed all        card and, when technology began to take
that he was a little shocked. If I remember       of International Programs and applied.”            their careers. Then, I really got to know him.     over, electronic messages and cell-phone
correctly, I spoke to him about some cur-             A graduate of Alfred E. Smith High             We went running together.”                         calls during Clark’s travels to Asia.
rent events on campus. Dr. Clark greeted          School in South Bronx, Thomas had studied              “We got together to stay in shape by                “He’s made a life in Taiwan and has
me warmly but I think I was a bit hard on         Cantonese there for two years before coming        road running close to the school,” Thomas          had several different initiatives,” Clark said.
him at the time.”                                 to SUNY Cortland, where his tuition was            recalls. “Now remember this was 20 years           “He’s a computer whiz and a very interesting
    Thomas also remembers finding a very          funded through the Educational Opportu-            ago so we got a lot of attention from people       guy. I’ve talked to him over the Internet
good teacher of Mandarin Chinese, the             nity Program (EOP).                                on the street who didn’t know what to make         and he set it up so we could see each other
national language of China, who was study-            “EOP gave me a lot of support and              of us. I can remember that the locals would        instantaneously. Once before, he came back
ing here from Beijing Teacher’s College           encouragement, too,” Thomas said. “In the          stop their bicycles and just stare at us flow-     and stayed with us at the house awhile after
(as Capital Normal School was called then).       summers I would earn money though Work             ing by at our steady pace. At one time, while      I retired. He was coming to Los Angeles
    “Her name was Chen Hong, she is chair of      Study, painting walls, helping out in the          on a run, Dr. Clark looked at me and said          on business and this was a side-trip for
the English Department at Capital Normal,         Science Department by caring for animals,          that I’m probably the only African American
and I’m still afraid of her ’till this day. But   equipment and the molecular accelerator.”          in miles running around Beijing wearing                                   Continued on page 26
F a l l           2 0 0 7                                                                                                   S U N Y         C o r t l a n d            C o l u m n s            11

Yuki and Wah Chip Chin


Chinese Alumni Honor Cortland Couple
F
              ifteen former SUNY Cortland
              exchange students and scholars
              from Capital Normal Univer-
              sity in Beijing, China, recently
              honored the memory of a local
Cortland couple, Wah Chip Chin and his
wife, Yuki, who befriended generations of
these visitors far from their home.
     Professor Jiguo Xia, the current visit-
ing scholar in history from Capital Normal
University, presented the Chin Memo-
rial Plaque on behalf of SUNY Cortland’s
Chinese alumni to the College’s president,
Erik J. Bitterbaum, during a ceremony on
April 9 in the Miller Building.                     The late Wah Chip Chin and his wife, Yuki,
     “The students of Capital Normal had a          of Cortland, were photographed by a visiting
great relationship with our campus and with         scholar circa 1990.
the Chins,” Bitterbaum told the 20 campus
community members in attendance. “We                    Chin began offering his support to the
need to honor the Chins with this perma-            International Programs Office in the early
nent memorial to them. It’s also important          1980s after the student exchange program
for us to send more of our students to China        with Capital Normal University (then
in addition to increasing the number of             Beijing Teacher’s College) was started. In
Chinese scholars who come here.”                    summer 1980, Clark, Professor of Politi-
     Bitterbaum also acknowledged SUNY              cal Science Emeritus Kuang-huan Fan, In-
Cortland President Emeritus James M.                ternational Programs Director Emeritus
Clark for starting the 25-year-old scholarly        Willi Uschald and Foreign Student Advisor
exchange program with Capital Normal                Emeritus Thomas Toomey had visited China
University.                                         to establish ties with educational institutions
     Clark attended the ceremony with his           the following spring.
wife, Pat. Academic administrators, faculty             As long as he was able to attend, which
and staff who are involved in the Study             was well into his 90s, Wah Chip Chin’s
Abroad/International Studies Program,               smiling face was always present at College
representatives from the International              receptions held to welcome the Chinese
Communications and Culture Department,              students first arriving on the campus. Over
Chinese SUNY Cortland faculty, President’s          the years, approximately 40 of these schol-
Office staff and SUNY Cortland Alumni               ars had the good fortune to meet Wah
Association President Gordon Valentine ’68          Chip and to accept the Chin’s hospitality.
also attended.                                      The Chins also anonymously supported the          SUNY Cortland president Erik J. Bitterbaum, left, accepted the Chin Memorial Plaque from
     “It was really lovely of our Chinese alum-     education expenses of many of these graduate      Professor Jiguo Xia, the current visiting scholar in history from Capital Normal University,
ni to do this, and I hope our faculty have the      education students from Capital Normal            who represented SUNY Cortland’s Chinese alumni at the recent ceremony in the Miller
chance to go meet them some day,” said Luo Xu,      University in Beijing, who spent a year at        Building at the College. The plaque will be displayed in Memorial Library.
a SUNY Cortland associate professor of              SUNY Cortland as part of their studies.
history who since 1996 had arranged the             Most are now professors or staff at Capital       seven or eight alumni that was organized          assistant to the Columbia University Law
visiting students’ monthly dinners in the           Normal who collaborate closely with the           for the College by Capital Normal Uni-            School dean. The Chins moved to Cortland
Chin residence on Squires St. (near Broadway        faculty in Cortland.                              versity,” Xu said. “They talked about their       after Wah Chip had retired, while Yuki
Avenue and Tompkins St.) Yuki Chin died in              “Last October, I accompanied the presi-       experience at Cortland and couldn’t help          worked for Cornell University’s Develop-
the 1990s and Wah Chip Chin died in 2003.           dent and provost to a dinner in Beijing with      talking about the Chins. I sent them an           ment Office. They raised two children. The
                                                                                                      article with my recollections about the           Chins had no connection to the College
                                                                                                      Chins, and two months later, they decided         beyond their wholehearted wish to help

   Faculty-Staff Make Summer Visit to China;                                                          to donate a plaque in his memory. They got
                                                                                                      together and planned, designed and donated
                                                                                                                                                        these visiting scholars succeed in their
                                                                                                                                                        studies and feel comfortable amid the new

   Trip to Advance Scholarship in Asia                                                                money for the plate.”
                                                                                                          Alyssa Helme, a senior international
                                                                                                                                                        sights and unfamiliar customs of America.
                                                                                                                                                            “The Chins were very generous to
         SUNY Cortland continued to expand          English; Chris Cirmo, associate professor         studies major from Cobleskill, N.Y., who          the students who came to Cortland from
   its international mission during the summer,     and chair of the Geology Department;              had studied Chinese and Spanish while in          China,” Luo said. “One Christmas, they
   when 15 faculty and staff members from           Ralph Dudgeon, a professor of perform-            Beijing, volunteered to bring the inscribed       invited all the Chinese scholars over to their
   across the disciplines embarked on a two-        ing arts; Janet Duncan, associate profes-         bronze plate to Cortland from China.              house, and there were so many of them that
   week study trip to China.                        sor of foundations and social advocacy;               “This is a gift from our partner profes-      the Chins had to cook two turkeys.”
         “The Summer 2007 Faculty Exchange          David Hollenback, associate professor of          sors in China,” said Hongli Fan, an assistant         Clark recalled, “We never knew Yuki
   to China builds upon SUNY Cortland’s             communication studies; Valerie Jones,             professor in the International Communi-           very well but I have a very clear recollec-
   longstanding partnership with Capital            coordinator of field placement; Samuel            cations and Culture Department who is             tion of Wah Chip Chin. When he had you
   Normal University in Beijing,” said SUNY         Kelley, professor of communications               Chinese and will help Xu lead Cortland            over to dinner, he hardly sat down because
   Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum.           studies; Doug Langhans, international             faculty in an upcoming exchange in China.         he was in the kitchen preparing dish after
         “Since 1981, our institutions have         admissions advisor; Yomee Lee, assistant          “I never met Mr. Chin but I’ve heard great        dish.”
   engaged in a number of collaborative             professor of kinesiology; Craig Little, distin-   things about him. This is to honor him and            Although of modest means, in 1993
   efforts, including student and faculty           guished service professor of sociology and        recognize him.”                                   the Chins made an anonymous gift that
   scholar exchanges,” he said. “The program        anthropology; Kathryn Russell, professor              “Many of you here knew the Chins,”            supported the studies of graduate students
   will enable faculty from many disciplines        and chair of the Philosophy Department;           Xu told the gathering. “He was a World            from Capital Normal University at SUNY
   to learn more about Chinese culture and          William Skipper, assistant professor of soci-     War II veteran who fought the war in the          Cortland. In 1998, Chin made a second gift
   to incorporate what they have learned into       ology and anthropology; and Gail Tooker,          Asian Pacific theatre. Wah Chip had no            in his wife’s memory to expand the schol-
   their own classrooms. I also look forward to     assistant professor of childhood and early        family writing to him, and his friends asked      arship to include support for students from
   strengthening our current initiatives as well    childhood education.
                                                                                                      Yuki and many others to write him letters.        other mainland China universities and other
   as to exploring new opportunities with                “This is the first time a large group
                                                                                                      Yuki’s family, like many Japanese-Ameri-          Asian countries, as well as SUNY Cortland
   Capital Normal University.”                      of SUNY Cortland faculty and staff that
                                                                                                      can families, was confined to an internment       students wishing to study in Asia. After
         The trip was geared for travelers who      represent many disciplines visited China
   were new to Chinese language, culture            to conduct academic exchanges and
                                                                                                      camp during the war. After the war was            his death, the College received a significant
   and politics. Prior to departure, participants   study tours,” said Luo Xu, a SUNY                 over, Wah Chip first met Yuki in person           estate gift to enhance the endowment fund,
   engaged in an orientation program featur-        Cortland associate professor in the               during a three-day vacation in New York           which was posthumously renamed the Wah
   ing discussions of practical travel issues,      History Department. Xu led the study              City. Wah Chip popped the question on the         Chip and Yuki Chin Scholarship Fund. The
   cultural differences, etiquette and essential    trip with assistance from fellow Chinese          third day, which started a marriage of more       generosity of this gracious Cortland couple
   Chinese words.                                   native Hongli Fan, SUNY Cortland                  than 60 years.”                                   will support many future scholarly exchang-
         The faculty and staff participants were:   assistant professor in the International              The Chins worked for many years in            es through SUNY Cortland’s academic con-
   Victoria Boynton, associate professor of         Communications and Culture Department.            New York City, Wah Chip in the laundry            nections in Asia.
                                                                                                      and restaurant industries and his wife as an
12 S U N Y             C o r t l a n d            C o l u m n s                                                                                                        F a l l           2 0 0 7


A Love of Music Unites 40 Years
           By Peter D. Koryzno                                                                                                                                Despite the occasional obstacles, Edelstein




F
                  Editor                                                                                                                                 still fondly remembers his WCSU days.
                                                                                                                                                              “I loved working at the radio station,” he
                 or four decades, WSUC-FM                                                                                                                said. “It straddled music and politics, which
                 and its predecessor WCSU-                                                                                                               was so much of what was going on those
                 AM have filled the Central                                                                                                              days. I got to meet and interview many of the
                 New York airwaves with the                                                                                                              rockers performing at Cortland, including
                 voices of SUNY Cortland stu-                                                                                                            the young upstart Billy Joel.”
                 dents and the eclectic sounds                                                                                                                Rich Ryan ’76 spent three years as a
                 of the music they loved.                                                                                                                DJ on WCSU before serving as its last
     The campus radio station, created and                                                                                                               station manager prior to it going FM. His
operated by the students, became a magnet                                                                                                                “Regards to Broadway” time slot featured
                                                  WSUC-FM has enjoyed a number of logos over the years, including these two that demonstrate the
for those seeking a vehicle for expression                                                                                                               show tunes, while his “Sunday in Cortland”
                                                  station changing from 90.7 FM to its current 90.5 FM on the dial.
as well as for the timid hoping to over-                                                                                                                 added movie soundtracks to his play list.
come their shyness by becoming disk jock-                                                                                                                He recalls the WCSU studio on the second
eys. Regardless of the motivation, students            “Well, as radio shows go, it was pretty       FM educational licensee. She and Burton             floor of Brockway as having “equipment
benefited from the experience. Now as             unimpressive,” admitted Dickerson, who             Schapiro ’72, the station manager before            that was state-of-the-art circa World War II
alumni, they paint a colorful history of the      still has a copy of it and who later worked        her, owned radio stations in Gouverneur,            with a creative staff that strove for profes-
College’s radio station with their personal       in radio in northern New Jersey.                   N.Y., and Tupper Lake, N.Y., in the 1980s.          sionalism on a shoestring budget.”
reflections.                                           After graduation in 1969, Dickerson               “Our radio careers were born in Cort-                Among his favorite memories were
     “Sometime during my freshman year            became the first assistant director of Corey       land,” she noted.                                   holiday parties, a series of interviews with
in 1965-66, I answered a call in The Press        Union and continued to do a Tuesday/                   Bertram Edelstein ’74, who followed             American balladeer John Jacob Niles, and
for students interested in starting a radio       Thursday morning radio show on WCSU.               Springer as station manager, maintained             having popular comedian Robert Klein
station,” wrote Bill Dickerson ’69, now the            “Our itty-bitty radio station located on      the efforts to secure the FM license while          recording promos for the station.
executive director of the California State        Broadway finally built up enough credibility       also putting his stamp on improving the                  “My worst memory was signing off for
University-Fullerton Auxiliary Services           to build a real studio upstairs in Brockway        programming quality.                                the last time,” admitted Ryan, now a political
Corporation.                                      Hall,” he said, noting that additional trans-          “I initiated a classical music program          science and secondary social studies teacher
     The catalyst behind the effort was a         mitters in each of the dorms boosted the           that aired Sunday afternoon and politi-             at Curtis High in Staten Island, N.Y.
student, House of Delegates member                audience from 500 to nearly 2,500 students.        cal coverage that drew upon the College’s                “Cortland College radio had a profound
Susan Hall, who had garnered $10,000 from              The growing pains, though, provided           political science faculty to offer commen-          effect that continues with me to present day,”
the student government to create a station        for some amusing moments.                          tary and election night coverage,” said             he continued. “The station was a locus. We
and who was seeking students to join in her            “To get the station to come in better,        Edelstein, the managing director of The             would call or gather there to cheer each other
venture, said Dickerson.                          students would wrap a lamp cord around             Edelstein Group in San Diego, Calif. “I also        on, to create, or to hang out and talk radio,
     “As a kid who grew up on Top 40 radio,       their radios,” wrote Joe Quesada, now a
I often pictured myself as the disk jockey,       recording engineer and college instructor
so I attended the meeting,” he added.             at Rockland County Community College.
     The organizational session drew about        “Jim Liddle hooked up a telephone mic
15-20 students, most like Dickerson with          on one of the boom arms and we would
an interest in radio but no experience. One       pretend to be callers and talk to ourselves.”
attendee, Jim Liddle ’72, had worked in                Quesada and Larold Rebhun, also a
radio and immediately became the station’s        recording engineer who now mixes TV shows
engineer.                                         like “24,” “Smallville” and “Medium,” called
     “Jim became the person who literally         their 9-to-midnight show on Fridays “The
pieced everything together, both at the           Wallflower Hour.” As Quesada explained, “It
station and at the transmitters, to enable        was presumably only people with no social
us to eventually begin broadcasting,” noted       lives listening to the radio on a Friday night.
Dickerson. “Over the next several months,         I do remember at least one time success-
this small group of people, led by Sue and        fully getting some girls to come down to the
Jim, did whatever was necessary to build a        station and bring us some pizza.”
radio station.”                                        By the 1970s, SUNY Cortland females
     Securing a music library of albums and       were behind the microphones.
records from scratch was accomplished in               “My roommate, Becky Gordon Pullman ’72,
two ways.                                         and I were the first female disk jockeys,”
     “We immediately subscribed to a music        wrote Hallie Joachim Barnes ’72, a litera-
service that would regularly send us popular      cy coordinator with the library system in          WCSU-AM traces its origin on the SUNY Cortland campus to an interested group of students,
music, or more accurately, 45s and albums         Albuquerque, N.M. “I also did shows with           led by Sue Hall (seated in the chair on the left) and Jim Liddle ’72 (back row on the far right).
that, as they were issued, were predicted         Jane Fanelli (Taber) ’71.”                         The original WCSU staff strikes an album cover-like pose for the College yearbook.
to become hits,” explained Dickerson, who              “I still remember carrying huge, heavy
augmented the 10 or so weekly issues with         stacks of LP records through freezing cold
trips to the downtown Cortland music store        weather to do my radio shows,” added               started a more formal training program for          music or politics. It gave the campus a sense
in building the station’s inventory.              Barnes, who was the music director her             new radio station personnel.”                       of community. While many of us dreamed
     Hall and Liddle, meanwhile, acquired a       senior year. “We all had a lot of fun and              The FM license application, though,             of working in radio, we were able to live
professional board to mix sounds and cart         worked hard.”                                      proved to be a formidable challenge replete         vicariously through my music director,
machines to play pre-recorded tapes.                   “My favorite memory is being taken            with a series of financial, technical and           Mike Flaster ’78, and my news director,
     “The turntables were anything but pro-       over by the Cornell faction of the SDS             political hurdles, recounted Edelstein.             Candy Altman-Bergantino ’77, both of whom
fessional,” added Dickerson. “One of them         (Students for a Democratic Society),” recalled         “We received seed money from the                are highly successful in national media.
was a ‘home’ model with an on-off switch          Joe D’Entrone ’75, a freelance musician in         FSA (Faculty Student Association), but                   “Cortland State and its radio station
that, if advanced too far, would play the         Anchorage, Alaska. “It was while the Berrigan      their patience was waning as the process            are inextricable in my mind. WCSU was a
first few notes of the record and then lift       brothers were centered in Ithaca. I joyously       took much longer than anticipated,” he              great experiment, where we were granted
the needle as if to drop the next record.”        gave over the reins to the group. They aired       explained. “Moreover, it was hard for us to         an incubator to create a variety of music,
     On Saturday, April 8, 1967, WCSU             for a while. Then I went back on with              put a firm price on what the station would          news, sports and public affairs programs.
officially hit the airwaves as a closed-circuit   ‘Everybody Must Get Stoned,’ by Bob Dylan.         cost to operate, so they were skittish about        Communications and mass media majors
station — broadcasting no more than 300           It was a great night. WCSU was a great             what they were getting themselves into.”            did not exist. We exploited the one or two
yards from each transmitter — from a              experience. It right away made me feel a               Edelstein met frequently with SUNY              ‘oddball’ journalism or broadcasting classes
studio in a Broadway Street residence that        part of the College.”                              Cortland President Richard C. Jones and             in the course catalog.
was later demolished to build Casey and                “I still have a reel-to-reel tape of myself   Vice President of Student Affairs William                “We were raw talent, slightly edgy, and
Smith Towers.                                     on the air the day after George McGovern           Taylor, as well as with SUNY representa-            we made mistakes. Radio was ‘where it was
     Dickerson, who used the on-air name of       lost the 1972 election to Richard Nixon,”          tives in Albany.                                    at’ and that’s where we wanted to be. We
“Dick Williams,” had the honor of being the       wrote Penny Springer ’74.                              “I made at least one trip to Washing-           were so proud of what we did and maybe a
first person to sign on at WCSU although he            As station manager in 1972-73, she            ton, D.C., to meet with the FCC,” he said,          little full of ourselves but we knew we were
wasn’t actually in the studio. He pre-recorded    started the lengthy process of trying to           “While ultimately supportive of our efforts         having the time of our lives.”
a tape at WKRT in Cortland, a solution to         secure Federal Communications Commis-              and application, the college had concerns                During the summer of 1976, Ryan,
his dilemma of otherwise missing a weekend        sion (FCC) approval to change WCSU-                about the impact of our broadcasting into           Flaster, Corey Jay Liebow and station
with a friend in the Poconos.                     AM from a carrier-current station to an            the Cortland community.”                            engineer Dick Crozier oversaw the recon-
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of Campus Radio Station Alumni
                                                                                                                                                          The Colgans and others from WSUC
                                                                                                                                                      during that time still reunite every Memo-
                                                                                                                                                      rial Day weekend for a party, where they
                                                                                                                                                      rekindle stories such as the time a Frisbee
                                                                                                                                                      flew through an open window in Brockway
                                                                                                                                                      Hall while Stephen Colgan was on the air.
                                                                                                                                                          “The Frisbee hit the arm of the turn-
                                                                                                                                                      table that was playing,” he recounted. “The
                                                                                                                                                      arm flipped over to the other side of the
                                                                                                                                                      record and it started to play backwards!
                                                                                                                                                      I don’t remember exactly what was play-
                                                                                                                                                      ing, but it was something from Tangerine
                                                                                                                                                      Dream or another similar band. I remem-
                                                                                                                                                      ber sitting there, listening and thinking,
                                                                                                                                                      ‘Hey, this sounds OK!’ I let the track finish
                                                                                                                                                      and carried on.”
                                                                                                                                                          “Somewhere, I probably have an
                                                                                                                                                      WSUC-FM Frisbee,” wrote Leslie Marcus-
                                                                                                                                                      Dent ’79, a caseworker in Kingston, N.Y.,
                                                                                                                                                      who resorted to playing long tracks from
                                                                                                                                                      artists like Pink Floyd so she could race
                                                                                                                                                      downstairs to the restroom and return in
                                                                                                                                                      time. “My greatest memory was the sheer
                                                                                                                                                      joy of having access to that much music.”
                                                                                                                                                          There was no down time for the WSUC
                                                                                                                                                      staff. The station was on the air 24 hours
                                                                                                                                                      a day, seven days a week. Many of the DJs
                                                                                                                                                      gave their respective four-hour time slot a
                                                                                                                                                      colorful title, such as “Spectrum,” “Mid-
                                                                                                                                                      night Spotlight,” “Land of Make-Believe,”
                                                                                                                                                      “Chicken Pickin Hour” or “Itchycoo Park.”
                                                                                                                                                          Such a ceaseless demand for radio per-
                                                                                                                                                      sonalities sometimes thrust first-year students
                                                                                                                                                      into becoming instant DJs, such as with
                                                                                                                                                      second semester freshman Ivan Zeitlin ’82
 The Didascaleion captured a snapshot of the campus radio crew in 1976 when the Federal Communications Commission finally approved a license          landing a weekday lunchtime spot in 1979.
 for WCSU-AM to become WSUC-FM. Michael Flaster ’78 (far left) played a pivotal role during that transition.
                                                                                                                                                          “Over the four years I spent at WSUC,
                                                                                                                                                      I think I spent more time listening to new
 figuration of the radio station offices for            Gettman, who now directs government          she admitted. “I knew I was guaranteed to get    albums and preparing set lists for my shows
 its long-awaited transformation to the             relations for the Reading Recovery Council       some attention and have some fun.”               than studying,” wrote Zeitlin, now a second
 FM dial.                                           of North Carolina, still uses a bit of advice        She met a chemistry major, Stephen           grade teacher in Cummings, Ga. “I loved
      On Nov. 29, 1976, WSUC-FM officially          Flaster gave her at WSUC. Her weather            Colgan ’80, who was a disk jockey at             when new albums came in. Everyone was
 went on the air. The change in the call            reports were hampered by WSUC’s lack of a        WSUC. The two have been married for              asked to make little notes on the album covers
 letters, though, came somewhat as a surprise       thermometer. She often called another station    29 years and Karen now devotes the same          about what kind of music it was, which were
 to Flaster, its first station manager.             for the temperature but when that failed,        energy to helping the Boy Scouts in their        the best tracks, etc. It was exciting getting to
      “We expected to retain the WCSU call          Flaster looked at her and said, “Just guess.”    North Stonington, Conn., hometown as             know a lot of the new music coming out.
 letters, but needed to submit five choices             “I’ve resorted to that advice from time      she did to helping radio during her four             “My experience at WSUC is one of the
 to the FCC in our application,” explained          to time during the last 30 years and I hope      years with WSUC.                                 most enduring memories I have. My love
 Flaster. “WCSU was the first choice. The           I’m more accurate now than I was then,               “I have such vivid memories of my radio      for music was enhanced by my time up at
 second was WMLF, which were my initials.           when I was at least 20 degrees off,” said        days and sometimes have dreams of work-          the station as well as by working with all the
 The third was WCJL for Program Director            Gettman.                                         ing there again,” she wrote. “My college life    other students who had that same love.”
 Corey Liebow’s initials. The fourth was                With its FM signal in place, WSUC            revolved around the radio station. It was a
 WRTC for Chief Engineer Dick Crozier’s             sought to expand its range in the Cortland       quiet place to hang out, do homework and
 initials, and finally, as a joke, WSUC.            community by whatever means possible.            have a support group of friends.”                                       Continued on page 14
      “As luck would have it, the first four call       “We were able to convince our station
 letters were already assigned. Good thing          personnel of over 80 students to join the
 the FCC had a sense of humor. I remem-             Student Government so we could vote a
 ber sheepishly walking into the President’s        large budget allocation to boost the power
 Office with the telegram announcing our            to 100 watts,” wrote Neil Orzeck, a former
 new call-letter assignment.                        WSUC chief announcer and the station
      “As for me, WSUC was the center of my         manager in 1979, who is now managing
 life at Cortland. I was a newscaster, conti-       director of Pasabahce USA.
 nuity director, station manager, disk jockey           “WSUC FM sponsored concerts at
 and staff advisor. I’ve since spent more than      the school — Hall and Oates, Orleans,
 25 years working in non-commercial radio           Marshall Tucker, Jorma Kaukonen —
 and TV, managing PBS and NPR affiliates            and held a conference of all Central New
 in Cleveland and California, retiring in 2001      York college radio stations featuring Pete
 from KPBS in San Diego.”                           Fornatelle from WNEW-FM in New York
      Flaster has produced nearly a dozen           City. We also did remotes from live con-
 full-length programs for National Public           certs from a local club, “The Third Rail”
 Radio and multi-award winning docu-                and college lacrosse sporting events.
 mentaries for the PBS network. He taught                “Every year we would all drive to the
 media at Kent State and San Diego State            national radio conference in Washington,
 and now works as a media consultant.               D.C., where we would be treated to ‘new
      “Mike Flaster’s leadership in establish-      performers,’ such as Joe Jackson and Meat
 ing the new station cannot be overstated,”         Loaf. At that time, college radio was viewed
 wrote Lucy Gettman ’78, a WSUC news-               as an important channel with which to
 caster that year. “His organization of the         break out new artists.”
 many technical, legal, regulatory and                  The somewhat shy Karen Koudal Colgan ’80
 management responsibilities required to            loved listening to music, so she became a
 get the new station up and running was             member of the WSUC staff as a freshman           You never knew who might stop by the WCSU studio. Bill Dickerson ’69, the first person to
 phenomenal. Mike even organized classes            “to meet guys.”                                  officially sign on WCSU-AM and now a Cortland College Foundation Board member, poses
                                                                                                     with a furry friend during the summer of 1970.
 to help prospective broadcasters prepare               “It was the only club I joined where there
 for the licensing exam.”                           were 80 percent males and 20 percent females,”
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WSUC
Continued from page 13

     Tom Reilly ’82, who worked his way
from DJ on the graveyard (3-7 a.m.) shift
to station manager, was one of those folks.
     “When I started, the station was still
infused with the character of the 60s and
the playlist reflected it,” wrote Reilly, a
manager with JP Morgan Chase in New
York City. “As time went by, the station’s
format moved into music that was more
associated with the 80s: Gang of Four, the
DBs and Duran Duran were mixed with
bands like the Dixie Dregs.”
     At times, WSUC-FM served a cathartic
function for the Cortland student body, as
it did one Tuesday morning in December
1980.
     “I remember going on the air and play-
ing every song I could think of that had
some connection to John Lennon,” Reilly
noted. “People called and we had our own
version of a wake on the air.
     “Some of my friends went on to have
successful careers in radio. For others,          Jim “Skip” Weiss ’84, who went on to a successful career as a communications executive, always started his radio show with a song by Southside
WSUC opened doors to life choices that            Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. (The Press photo by JoAnne DeNeufville)
wouldn’t have been there otherwise. I
learned a lot and developed a deep appre-
ciation, which is still growing, for many         second quarter, WSUC had the game live                  “We had to diligently check the me-               “It was an exciting creative place and
types of music. The station’s sound was           back in Cortland.                                  chanical readings on our transmitter, as per      there was so much interest in getting a time
always loose but interesting. And today,              “Man, we were determined to get on             FCC regulations, and we all had to posses         slot that we had dozens of alternates ready
I still find myself drawn to the left end of      the air and call the game,” said Weiss.            a valid FCC radio broadcaster’s license,”         to step in if a regular couldn’t make his or
the dial when I’m looking for something           “We could have easily bagged the effort,           said Kaplan. “We also had to follow a semi-       her shift,” added Zarelli, who worked in
different and a friendly, maybe slightly          but we pulled it off. Score one for deter-         structured format while on the air and log        advertising and marketing after graduation
unpolished voice.”                                mination.”                                         all the songs we played, trying best as we        and now is the U.S. employee services com-
     The WSUC sports staff in the 1980s               Amy Lipsky Kaplan ’84, a program               could to not duplicate songs during back-         munications program manager for General
included a number of Cortland students            manager and program director at WSUC-FM            to-back shows. We also tracked record sales       Electric in Schenectady, N.Y.
who would go on to national prominence.           in the early 1980s, recalled other talented        at the downtown record store that were a               “The most important part of my WSUC
     Jim “Skip” Weiss ’84, who became a           students who made their mark as graduates.         direct result of our airplay. We reported         experience was the social aspect and sense
vice president with Turner Broadcasting,              “Ray Barile ’86, who started on the            these back to the record companies via            of camaraderie. We all came together
chose SUNY Cortland because of WSUC.              graveyard shift during my leadership, is           weekly playlists and they, in turn, supplied      because we shared a common love for the
     “I wanted to be an on-air radio per-         now working in the NHL,” said Kaplan.              us with more promotional records.”                music. Unlike commercial radio, WSUC
sonality/DJ for a career and decided that         “Dominic Carter ’85 is a well-known                     By the mid-1980s, the WSUC-FM                was all about the love of music. WSUC was
I needed a hands-on approach to college           cable show host in New York City. Barry            music library was showing its age.                my fraternity where I made lifelong friends.
radio,” he explained. “I did not want to get      Carollo went on to work at WLIR-FM on                   “My days at WSUC pre-dated compact           It taught me a lot about myself, gave me
lost in the sea of a mammoth university.”         their morning show for a number of years.          discs and the old LP records in our library       direction and taught me how to manage a
                                                                                                     were so badly scratched that most of the          large, diverse group of people. Most of all,
                                                                                                     classic rock songs sounded as if they were        it was a helluva lot of fun.”
                                                                                                     accompanied by the snap, crackle and                   “My favorite WSUC memories are of
“The most important part of my WSUC experience was the social aspect and sense                       pop of a bowl of Rice Krispies,” wrote Eric       afternoons at the beginning of spring,”
                                                                                                     Martin ’88, now a lieutenant with the New         wrote Andy Powers ’03, a disk jockey from
of camaraderie. We all came together because we shared a common love for the                         York Police Department (NYPD).                    2000-03 and now the annual giving coordi-
                                                                                                          “The digital thermometer that sat up on      nator at the College of Notre Dame of Mary-
music. Unlike commercial radio, WSUC was all about the love of music. WSUC was                       the studio’s window sill often went on the        land. “When the snow finally melted and the
                                                                                                     fritz on sunny days,” he added. “I cringed        temperature would climb into the 60s, a
my fraternity where I made lifelong friends. It taught me a lot about myself, gave                   every time I heard a DJ announce, ‘It’s three     general euphoric mood would take over the
                                                                                                     o’clock and 146 degrees outside!’”                Cortland campus. We tried to enhance that
me direction and taught me how to manage a large, diverse group of people. “                              Introverted when he started at WSUC,         feeling with our show. There was no better
                                                                              — Steven Zarelli ’90   Martin, like many of his predecessors, was        place to be than the WSUC studio with
                                                                                                     transformed by the experience.                    the window open. We would put a radio
                                                                                                          “Before I knew it, I’d come out of           in the window so anyone hanging out in
                                                                                                     my shell, made lots of friends, and devel-        front of Brockway could hear us. On those
     As sports director, Weiss worked with        Barry Ravioli went on to open up his own           oped an encyclopedic knowledge of 1980s           afternoons, our music was the soundtrack
a young sportscaster, Mick Foley ’87, who         production company. Mike Jones was                 music,” he admitted. “It also inspired me to      for the spring season. If I could go back
would become better known to America as           employed with a major record label.”               declare a major in communications, which          to college just one more time, before any-
the World Wrestling Federation champion               Kaplan, like some of her WSUC-FM               I parlayed into a job producing television        thing else I would do just one more show
“Mankind” and as a New York Times best-           peers, worked parttime as Cortland’s local         news programs for six years after college.        on WSUC.”
selling children’s author.                        radio station.                                     I have since switched to a career in law               “WSUC was by far the best job I ever
     Weiss and the late Ted Demme ’85, who            “I had the honor of being the first            enforcement, but the experience of running        had and I wasn’t paid a dime to do it,” con-
became a major video and movie director           woman DJ on the air at OK-100,” said               a college radio station proved invaluable         cluded Steve Vercelloni ’92. “The freedom
in New York and Hollywood, along with             Kaplan, who later worked in New York City          and nothing beat the thrill of hosting my         to apply my personality to that extent at
technical director Mike Jones, broadcast          training persons interested in radio broad-        very own radio show and spinning my               that point in my life allowed me the confi-
the first Red Dragon away football game           casting careers. “We got these jobs solely         favorite tunes.”                                  dence to make future decisions that helped
on Oct. 22, 1983 when Cortland played at          because of our experiences at WSUC-FM.                  Steven Zarelli ’90, who followed Martin      define the direction of my life. I was given
Alfred University. Leaving the confines of            “My four years spent at WSUC-FM                as station manager, oversaw the installation      the ‘keys to the car’ for the first time in my
Davis Field to broadcast Cortland football        were four of the very best years. Sam Kelley       of the first CD players at WSUC in 1988,          life and it was a valuable lesson for me. I
sometimes created unforeseen challenges,          was our faculty advisor but was very hands         as well as another studio renovation that         was entrusted with thousands of dollars
as Weiss, Demme and statistician Frank            off. At the time, we were the only radio           included a new, more powerful transmitter.        worth of equipment, the contents of the
Polera ’87 discovered at Buffalo State.           station in the SUNY system that was com-           The station expanded its sports coverage          music library and the airwaves.
     “As we were setting up, we realized          pletely student run.”                              and sponsored both a local Battle of the               “To all of the dedicated students that
the phone jack assigned to us was dead,”              During her time at WSUC, Kaplan said           Bands on the Corey Union steps, as well as        came before me, thank you for allowing me
recalled Weiss.                                   that an artist was commissioned to create          a Jell-O Wrestling Tournament for charity.        to take your place. For all of the folks that
     The nearest available jack was in a class-   the “Smokin’ Dragon” logo for the station,         Future station manager Dave DeGroot ’92,          worked at the station with me, thank you
room located in a building not far from one       which also began calling itself “WSUC-FM,          now a research physiologist with the U.S.         for the fond memories and for giving me a
endzone. Demme raced to Radio Shack to            The Satisfier” as a tagline for its expanded       Army Research Institute of Environmental          social life. For all of those who came after
purchase a 100-foot phone jack extension          audience listening to its now 250-watt signal.     Medicine, served as the referee while sports-     me, thanks for keeping it going.”
cord, while Weiss and Polera set up on                The professionalism sought by the radio        caster Dan Padavona ’91, now a meteorologist
the building’s roof. Midway through the           station’s founders continued in full bloom.        in Binghamton, was the emcee.
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david Bauer ’66



Grant-Seeking Guru Advises Faculty
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                  ne of the most nation-                 “David agreed to work with the research        have been seriously impacted,” Henderson-               During his visit, Bauer also met with senior
                  ally popular speakers and         and development initiative scholars as a mentor     Harr said. “Given the competition, we have          administrators to assess their readiness to
                  authors on grant seeking          for the next two years,” Henderson-Harr said.       to shift the paradigm on how we go after            go after major outside funding.
                  and fundraising, David                 Bauer will be coming to campus twice a         this funding.”                                          Faculty new to grant seeking as well as
                  Bauer ’66 donated three           year to meet individually with selected fac-            Twenty-five percent of SUNY Cortland            seasoned veterans who have obtained six-
days of his time and talent to his alma             ulty. He will support their research plans          faculty members engage in academic re-              figure awards praised Bauer’s presentations
mater in April to train SUNY Cortland               and will also offer grant-funding workshops         search activities, compared to the 20 percent       in their evaluations.
faculty and staff to more effectively seek          to all members of the community. About              at the College’s peer institutions, she said.           “Personally, I learned more in two-
external support for their research.                one-third of his services will be donated as            “We want to expand the number of                and-a-half days than I have in 10 years in
    Presented by the College’s Research             a gift to the College.                              programs that support the academic                  the profession,” Henderson-Harr com-
and Sponsored Programs Office (RSPO)                     “It’s an extraordinary opportunity for         mission of the College,” Henderson-Harr             mented.
and its Faculty Development Center, the             Cortland and we are indebted to him for             said. “That includes grants for curricu-                The president of his consulting firm,
workshops attracted 54 faculty members              his commitment of giving back to his alma           lum development, undergraduate student              David G. Bauer Associates, Inc., which he
as well as 30 staff members, students and           mater,” Henderson-Harr said.                        research and enrichment of individual               formed in 1981, Bauer has taught successful
representatives of the College’s external                Bauer commands high fees as a con-             faculty research and scholarship, including         techniques of grant seeking and fundraising
project partners.                                   sultant to businesses and higher education          travel stipends, support at research geo-           to thousands of seminar participants and
                                                                                                                                                            clients. He is the author of more than 10
                                                                                                                                                            published books in his specialty, including
                                                                                                                                                            the American Council of Education’s num-
                                                                                                                                                            ber one bestseller, The “How To” Grants
                                                                                                                                                            Manual.
                                                                                                                                                                “The Faculty Development Center
                                                                                                                                                            bought 20 of The “How To” Grants Manual
                                                                                                                                                            and everybody wanted his books,” Hender-
                                                                                                                                                            son-Harr said.
                                                                                                                                                                He also wrote The Fund-Raising Primer,
                                                                                                                                                            The Educator’s Internet Funding Guide
                                                                                                                                                            (Classroom Connect-Prentice Hall), How
                                                                                                                                                            to Start a School Foundation (Wentworth
                                                                                                                                                            Worldwide Media, Classroom Connect)
                                                                                                                                                            and has developed grants, fundraising
                                                                                                                                                            videotapes and software.
                                                                                                                                                                A psychology major when he was at
                                                                                                                                                            SUNY Cortland, he obtained a master of
                                                                                                                                                            science in health education from SUNY
                                                                                                                                                            Brockport and an advanced certificate in
                                                                                                                                                            educational administration from New York
                                                                                                                                                            University. Bauer pursued careers in teach-
                                                                                                                                                            ing, educational administration and college
                                                                                                                                                            fund raising.
                                                                                                                                                                “Stanford has never hired me because
                                                                                                                                                            they get their grants,” Bauer said. “I’m hired
                                                                                                                                                            by the institutions that need to get ahead.
                                                                                                                                                            The most fun I have is working with the re-
                                                                                                                                                            gional state institutions. I taught at SUNY
David Bauer ’66, on the left, met on April 12 with faculty and staff in the Moffett Center Poskanzer Conference Center to present the last of three work-   Cortland, at SUNY Brockport as an instruc-
shops on grant seeking sponsored by the Research and Sponsored Programs Office and the Faculty Development Center. Bauer shared how funding deci-           tor and at SUNY College of Technology
sions are made and how an effective grant proposal is written. Pictured next to him from the left are: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jason Pontrello,
                                                                                                                                                            at Utica as an assistant to the president in
Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences Timothy Baroni and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences Lawrence Klotz.
                                                                                                                                                            charge of grants. It’s where I learned the fu-
                                                                                                                                                            ture of higher education in the U.S. is linked
    In response to the keen faculty interest        institutions, said Henderson-Harr, who              graphic sites and investment within the             to regional state institutions. It’s where the
in pursuing their own research, the College         ironically heard about his work through             individual disciplines.”                            majority of the students are.”
has developed a program supporting up to            a colleague at another institution. She                 Bauer has visited more than 500 uni-                He previously returned to the College
10 full-time, tenure-track or tenured fac-          contacted him about presenting his seminars         versities and reached more than 30,000              in 1996 to discuss his field in a lecture
ulty or staff members who have a fundable           on campus and he offered to donate all              faculty and administrators with his strate-         before his classmates and campus community
research idea, said Amy Henderson-Harr,             of his services the first year and partial          gies on developing an effective grant-writing       members at that year’s Alumni Reunion, his
the College’s assistant vice president for re-      services for the next two years.                    process. He encourages clients to create            30th anniversary since graduation. While in
search and sponsored programs. The RSPO                 Bauer gave a full-day seminar April 10          “quality circles” that enable four-to-six           Cortland on that visit, he donated a set of
has set aside fellowships of $7,000 apiece to       on how to find and win federal, state and           faculty members to review each other’s draft        his books to the College that are on file in
help the 10 academics succeed in landing a          private grants. During the next two days, he        grant applications.                                 Memorial Library.
federal grant in support for their research.        presented two half-day sessions on devel-               “His clients who have followed the                  “Cortland gave me my start, and it was
    Meanwhile, Bauer has graciously of-             oping and submitting research proposals,            quality circle model average between a 78-          a good one,” said Bauer, explaining why
fered to continue helping the College. He           one targeting National Science Foundation           83 percent success rate at obtaining their          he continues to visit the campus to offer
will work with the fellows in the program           (NSF) funding and the other focusing on             targeted grants,” Henderson-Harr noted.             his help.
every 90 days during the two-year process,          the National Institutes of Health (NIH).                These internal evaluators can be most               “I came back to Cortland and taught as
developing strategies for each participant              “We have so many areas in which we              effective even when they are from unre-             an adjunct within a few years of graduating
step-by-step.                                       can grow,” Henderson-Harr said. “We’re              lated disciplines, Bauer told attendees at the      and started writing grants within a few
    “Research teaches students the research         very competitive regionally and statewide           April 12 session on NIH funding. Submit-            years,” he said. “Cortland didn’t teach me
methodology and the fun that’s involved             in obtaining support, but we want to be             ting a good proposal the first time around          a lot about writing grants, but it taught
with asking questions and getting answers,”         more competitive on a federal level.”               greatly increases its chances for success.          me all sixteen theories in my books about
said Bauer, who lives in Gardnerville, Nev.,            The College has maintained its corpo-               “Based on the faculty evaluation of the         successful grant writing, which always
with his wife, Dee. Their son, Stefan, is a         rate, private and government support dur-           workshops, there is overwhelming support            makes me think about Cortland.”
1994 SUNY Cortland graduate.                        ing the 2006-07 academic year, allowing it          to establish quality circles at Cortland,”              One theory, imparted by an Indian
    “I think from the seminar we did you            to spend $2.6 million, she said. She doesn’t        Henderson-Harr said. “It left us yearning           professor from New Delhi, Saleem Abdul
have excellent faculty,” Bauer said. “I             count subsequent years of a multi-year grant        for him to come back.”                              Hauk, was “cognitive dissonance,” origi-
thought they were creative and had great            in that figure. More than 20 percent of fac-            Bauer shared a process his clients must         nated in 1957 by the social psychologist
ideas. When you get rejected a few times,           ulty are involved in grant-seeking activities.      follow in order for their efforts to bear           Leon Festinger, said Bauer.
which several of them have, you have to             While it’s very encouraging that community          fruit, including getting to know the grant              “You don’t get money from people
look at what you do and have been doing             outreach funding in particular has increased        competitors’ and reviewers’ backgrounds,            by creating dissonance” between what you
to figure out what’s going to change that.          greatly, the kind of awards that support            submitting proposals vetted for intellectual        believe and the grantor believes, Bauer
We want to increase your success rate and           academic research have declined, she said.          merit, studying copies of sample success-           explained. “By writing what reinforces
keep those professors who have good ideas               “Our success rates at getting NSF and           ful proposals and scheduling visits to see a        their values, that’s what gets them to put
reinforced and enthusiastic.”                       NIH grants, in particular, since the war            grantor’s program officer.                          the check to you in the mail.”
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Burfeindt                                            “I knew coaching wasn’t my cup of tea,”
                                                 Burfeindt recounted. “Golf was becoming
                                                                                                                                                     same thing that players do now when they
                                                                                                                                                     pay a trainer to get into shape. My weakest
Continued from page 1                            my love.”                                                                                           part was my short game and John helped
                                                     She resigned her teaching position and                                                          me with that. There’s no doubt that 1972
ing at Illinois State University. Another        looked unsuccessfully for a sponsor.                                                                and 1973 were two of my best years because
favorite was her physical education profes-          “In those days it wasn’t easy to get                                                            of John.”
sor, Sally Yaeger Wallace ’53, who coached       someone to sponsor a female player when                                                                  Golf Digest named Burfeindt the Most
her in basketball and also led Burfeindt dur-    there were only 30 in the world playing in                                                          Improved Golfer in 1972. She captured the
ing her two-week Raquette Lake experience        the tour at the time,” Burfeindt recalled.                                                          first of her five pro tournament victories
for physical education majors.                   “What incentive and what return would                                                               that year in Birmingham, Ala. She claimed
    Physical Education Professor Pat Allen       they have for their money?”                                                                         her $4,500 first place purse by holding
arranged for Burfeindt and three other Cort-         Burfeindt’s parents, upset by her deci-                                                         off the venerable Carol Mann with some
land students to compete in the women’s          sion to quit teaching, gave her $500 to try                                                         impressive birdies down the home stretch.
national collegiate golf championships in        to make the professional golf circuit.                                                              Two weeks later, Burfeindt took home
Florida and Ohio during her junior and se-           “I finished 14th in my first tournament                                                         $10,000 with top honors in the Sealy LPGA
nior years, respectively. Burfeindt qualified    and made $417,” she recalled. “My goal was                                                          Classic. During the next two months and
for the championship flight at one of them.      to make enough money to go to the next                                                              eight tournaments, she had five top-five
    In 1968, Burfeindt also played in the        tournament. It was a struggle. I was down                                                           finishes.
U.S. Women’s Amateur tournament in               to $50 at one tournament in St. Louis. I                                                                 Big money had not yet dominated the
Michigan. She shot a tournament-record           shot a 69 in the last round and won $1,000.                                                         LPGA during Burfeindt’s career, although
low of 71 on the first day, but did not win      I thought I was rich. I gave my caddy $100,                                                         inroads were starting to be made by spon-
the event.                                       which was unheard of. I was happy. I had                                                            sors such as Sears and Colgate, she noted.
                                                                                                                                                          “Those were the first two big corpora-
                                                                                                   In the photo on the left, a sportscaster inter-   tions that came in and offered $100,000,
                                                                                                   views Betty Burfeindt ’67 following her 1972
                                                                                                   Sealy LPGA Classic victory at the Desert Inn
                                                                                                                                                     which was unheard of because we were
                                                                                                   Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nev. Celebrities        playing for $30,000-$50,000 on average,”
                                                                                                   turned out for the pro-am event preceding the     she added.
                                                                                                   tournament. Above, famed entertainer Sammy             Colgate created the Dinah Shore
                                                                                                   Davis Jr. joins Burfeindt on the course.          Classic at nearby Mission Hills Golf Course
                                                                                                                                                     in Rancho Mirage. Burfeindt called Colgate
                                                                                                   different tournaments. We didn’t want to          CEO David Foster “a pioneer with regard
                                                                                                   be alone driving on the freeways in remote        to promoting ladies golf.” She was one of
                                                                                                   areas. We sometimes drove 24 hours to the         many professionals on the Colgate-owned
                                                                                                   next site.”                                       RAM golf club staff that dominated ladies
                                                                                                       The tournament trail had the ladies           golf at the time.
                                                                                                   trekking around the country playing courses            In 1973, Burfeindt equaled her earnings
                                                                                                   in places like Louisiana, Ohio, New Jersey        of the previous year for the most part on
                                                                                                   and Florida from one week to the next. The        the merits of five second-place tournament
                                                                                                   quality of hotels was sometimes sketchy.          finishes. They included the runner-up
                                                                                                       “This one place had a first floor room        spot in the LPGA Championship and two
                                                                                                   with a sliding glass door that had a broken       narrow losses decided in playoff rounds.
                                                                                                   lock, so I stuck my two-iron on the track         She also pulled down $8,500 for third place
                                                                                                   to secure the door,” laughed Burfeindt.           in the Dinah Shore Classic, a tournament
                                                                                                   “Another place had a door that opened out.        in which she would appear 14 times in
                                                                                                   How safe was that?”                               her career.




                                                                                                   “In those days it wasn’t easy to get someone to sponsor a female player when
                                                                                                   there were only 30 in the world playing in the tour at the time. What incentive
                                                                                                   and what return would they have for their money?”
                                                                                                                                                                              — Betty Burfeindt ’67



                                                                                                       The conditions of the ladies tour golf            Competing regularly against the world’s
                                                                                                   courses could fluctuate, as well.                 best female golfers like Patty Berg, Mickey
                                                                                                       “In Raleigh one year, the grounds             Wright, Louise Suggs and Kathy Whitworth
                                                                                                   keeper messed up and there were five              was the reason Burfeindt entered the LPGA,
                                                                                                   greens without any grass,” she noted. “So         but it never came easy, she admitted.
                                                                                                   it was automatic two putts. You hit once,             “If people say you don’t look nervous,
                                                                                                   and then picked the ball up. At the time, we      don’t give that a thought because, my
                                                                                                   were fine with it. The LPGA players before        goodness, it’s awful,” she continued. “But
                                                                                                   me struggled with a lot more than I did.          being there is what you strive for. I was
                                                                                                   Those players were making their own rules,        the type of player that would get sick every
                                                                                                   marking the course themselves, setting up         morning. I’d have the dry heaves because
    A year earlier, she had traveled in July     cash and could continue. The last thing I         the pairings and the pin placements.”             I didn’t eat. (Golf legend) Byron Nelson
to Sutton, Mass., where she witnessed the        wanted was to go home in defeat because               Three years into the professional tour,       did, too. I just had a nervous stomach. That
Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth capture            that’s what my parents wanted me to do.           Burfeindt left Florida in 1971 and moved          was my makeup, but once I got out there
the LPGA Tournament title at the Pleasant            “Back then, you had to beat 20 percent        to Palm Springs, Calif., where she joined         and started warming up, I was fine.
Valley Country Club.                             of the LPGA cardholders three out of four         other LPGA players, such as Pam Higgins,              “My first month on the tour in 1969,
    “I said to myself, ‘That’s what I want       consecutive weeks, which wasn’t hard to           Bonnie Bryant and Jerry Heard, as a pupil         I was paired up with Mickey Wright in
to do,’” recalled Burfeindt. “I wanted to go     do. We didn’t have a cut back then. So I          of former PGA Champion and U.S. Ryder             Columbus, Ohio. I mean, I am nervous
out and win that tournament.”                    got my card within the first three weeks.”        Cup member John Revolta.                          anyway. She was a wonderful player. In
    Her quest would be sidetracked slightly.         Burfeindt was off and running. The                “He was the kind of coach who wanted          fact, Ben Hogan said she had the best swing
After graduation, Burfeindt taught junior        Burdines Tournament in Florida was                to play every day, even on Thanksgiving           in the game. She could hit a ball that would
high school for a year in Coral Gables,          followed by the O’Sullivan Ladies Open            and Christmas,” said Burfeindt. “He was a         make a sound that no one else could — a
Fla., a locale chosen for its ability to allow   in Winchester, Va., the Lady Carling Open,        fanatic and it was a good thing. He really        special sound that was powerful and solid.
her year-round access to the local public        and so on. In 1969 and 1970, she lived in         helped a lot of us.                               I had never really talked with her before.
course. Although she disliked teaching           a North Miami apartment.                              “I was one of the longest ball hitters on     I went over to her and asked, ‘Mickey,
students uninterested in learning, she rel-          “We drove everywhere because we               the tour. I would hit about 240-250 yards         when does this feeling go away of being
ished applying the outstanding collegiate        couldn’t afford to fly,” she explained. “Every-   with the persimmon and steel clubs. I can’t       so nervous that you can’t put the ball on
coaching concepts learned at Cortland            one pretty much had their own car but some        even do that now with the new equipment.          the tee?’ She looked down the tee and said,
to her receptive and successful female           would buddy up with me or someone else            I attribute my strength to playing all those      ‘Betty, when that day comes you’d better
athletic squads.                                 for three weeks and we would caravan to           sports. In essence, I was accomplishing the       pack it in.’”
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                                                                                                      rather hear it. I like to find out which is                 tograph her pet, word-of-mouth launched
                                                                                                      beneficial to the student because everyone                  Burfeindt into a new career phase. She
                                                                                                      has a certain way they prefer. If they like to              set up a frame shop in her house and her
                                                                                                      see it, I do a lot of visualizations and give               “petography” business keeps her busy.
                                                                                                      them examples. If they like to feel it, I will                   Now 61, Burfeindt has cut back her golf-
                                                                                                      move them around a lot. Not many like to                    ing to two or three times a week in the sum-
                                                                                                      hear about it, maybe CPAs.                                  mer and almost never during the winter.
                                                                                                          “Country club golfers want a quick fix.                      “I am a legitimate three handicap, but
                                                                                                      Their purpose for playing is more social.                   if I am putting well I can shoot par,” she
                                                                                                      They want to get away from being embar-                     admitted.
                                                                                                      rassed, so you help them with one or two                         Recently, she went over to Mission
                                                                                                      things that would solve other problems. I                   Hills to watch the current crop of LPGA
                                                                                                      say that I try to make their misses better.”                professionals swing their clubs on the driv-
                                                                                                          Always a photography buff, Burfeindt                    ing range.
                                                                                                      turned it into a lucrative personal business                     “I am watching Lorena Ochoa, Kerrie
                                                                                                      about 20 years ago when she took pictures                   Webb, Natalie Gulbis and the others,” said
                                                                                                      of her two pet cats but found that fram-                    Burfeindt. “Other golfers would walk by
                                                                                                      ing the shots was more expensive than she                   with their little entourage, their caddy, their
                                                                                                      thought. She attended workshops on fram-                    swing coach or their daddy, and they would
                                                                                                      ing. When a club member asked her to pho-                   look them right in the eye and not say a
                                                                                                                                                                  word, not ‘good luck,’ not ‘have a nice day.’
                                                                                                                                                                  I thought to myself, ‘How sad and lonely.’
                                                                                                                                                                  Man, I could not live in that environment.
                                                                                                                                                                       “We had fun, but on the course it was
                                                                                                                                                                  all business. You wanted to beat the others
                                                                                                                                                                  as best you could. Off the course, we were
                                                                                                                                                                  buddies. We watched each other’s back.
                                                                                                                                                                       “We didn’t have much money back
                                                                                                                                                                  then. Corporations weren’t quite tuned
                                                                                                                                                                  into the value of the LPGA and marketing
                                                                                                                                                                  women in golf. I gave a talk at a luncheon
                                                                                                                                                                  the other day and, at that time, Lorena
                                                                                                                                                                  Ochoa had just made over $400,000 for
                                                                                                                                                                  the year. I said she had made in those few
                                                                                                                                                                  months what I had made in my 17-year
                                                                                                                                                                  career. Back then, we would have played
                                                                                                                                                                  down a white line on blacktop if they’d put
                                                                                                                                                                  up the money.”


                                                                                                      Standing only five-feet, three inches tall, Betty
                                                                                                      Burfeindt ’67 was one of the longest hitters
                                                                                                      on the LPGA tour. She attributes her power
                                                                                                      to playing many sports as a youth and at
                                                                                                      SUNY Cortland.




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SUNY Cortland Recognized for
Dual-Diploma Program with Turkey

s
         umeyra Bayraktaroglu arrived at           At the end of four years, the students would
         SUNY Cortland in Fall 2006 to begin       earn a bachelor’s degree with two diplomas
         her studies for a dual diploma, both      — one from their Turkish institution and
         from Anadolu University in Tur-           one from a SUNY college or university.
key and from SUNY Cortland, in teaching                After the dual-diploma program was
English as a second language.                      created at three SUNY campuses in 2003               Scholars’ day
    She was one of more than 1,200 Turkish         —SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Maritime                      During Scholars’ Day on April 18, Niko Krommydas stood before an audience in Old
students who were earning dual diplomas            College and SUNY New Paltz — applica-                Main Brown Auditorium discussing “The Achievement Orientation Between Male and
                                                                                                        Female Intercollegiate Athletes, Intramural Athletes, and Non-Athletes.” Krommydas,
at 10 SUNY campuses last year. The SUNY            tions among Turkish students soared, said
                                                                                                        a senior kinesiology major from Selden, N.Y., had researched his topic with four other
program, now in its fourth year, received a        John Ryder ’73, director of SUNY’s Office            undergraduates for a course taught by Katherine Polasek, assistant professor of kinesiology.
prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award in January       of International Programs.                           Held for the 11th year, Scholars’ Day featured 130 different presentations and poster
from the Institute of International Educa-             SUNY Cortland launched its dual-degree           sessions presented by hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students and more than
tion, a nonprofit organization based in New        program last fall with three students from           80 faculty and staff members. The subject matter covers a wide array of academic disci-
                                                                                                        plines at SUNY Cortland. Thomas Buchanan ’74, president of the University of Wyoming,
York City.                                         Anadolu University in Eskisehir studying
                                                                                                        delivered the keynote address in Brown Auditorium.
    A delegation of SUNY Cortland admin-           teaching English as a second language, though
istrators and professors involved with the         one of those students has since returned to
Turkey program attended the award cer-             Turkey for health reasons. By next fall, there
emony at the United Nations on March 30.
    Specifically, SUNY’s dual-diploma pro-
                                                   will be 11 students in the program, includ-
                                                   ing four from Izmir University of Economics
                                                                                                     Denise D. Knight Wins NEH Stipend

                                                                                                     T
gram won the award for International Ex-           who will study economics. Eventually, SUNY
change Partnerships, which recognizes inno-        Cortland hopes to attract at least 30 Turkish                  he letters written by Charlotte                                hundreds of endnotes,
vative and effective collaborative programs        students to the program annually, said Lara                    Perkins Gilman offer a reveal-                                 and finalized the
with counterparts abroad. SUNY’s partner           Atkins, the College’s interim director of the                  ing look into the mind of this                                 manuscript for sub-
in the dual-diploma program is the Turkish         International Programs Office.                                 American feminist author who                                   mission this fall to
Council of Higher Education, a public insti-           In late February, Atkins and two other        lived from 1860-1935, but contemporary                                      the publisher, the
tution that supervises 77 public and private       SUNY Cortland representatives attended a          scholars desiring to read most of them must                                 University of Ala-
universities.                                      meeting in Turkey with officials from the         visit geographically scattered libraries and                                bama Press. Tuttle,
    The dual-diploma program evolved from          nine other SUNY campuses to work on the           private collections.                                                        an associate profes-
discussions between SUNY and Turkish ed-           program. The SUNY Cortland delegation,                 This summer Denise D. Knight, a dis-                                   sor of English at the
ucators in 2000, when Turkey’s demand for          including Henry J. Steck, a distinguished         tinguished teaching professor of English                                    University of New
                                                                                                                                                        Denise D. Knight
higher education outpaced its capacity. At         service professor and interim director of         at SUNY Cortland, simplified the lives of                                   England in Portland,
the time, nearly 1.5 million Turkish students      the James M. Clark Center for International       Gilman’s literary enthusiasts by finishing a       Maine, worked with Knight on the project.
were taking national university entrance           Education, and Doug Langhans, an admis-           forthcoming edited collection of letters with          Knight was one of only 115 academics
exams but only 395,000 students were being         sions advisor, met with the Turkish students      co-editor Jennifer Tuttle, titled The Selected     from around the country to be awarded
placed in one of the country’s universities.       who will be attending the College as sopho-       Letters of Charlotte Perkins Gilman.               a 2007 NEH summer stipend to conduct
    SUNY’s program offered a way to allevi-        mores next fall.                                       “The volume of letters will provide           research, travel or use the time to fin-
ate the overcrowding by enrolling the Turk-            The growing contingent of Turkish stu-        additional insight into Gilman’s views on          ish up important work that advances the
ish students for half their undergraduate          dents at SUNY Cortland will help the College      a host of issues: economics, social matters,       humanities. She is one of four SUNY Cort-
career at one of ten participating campuses.       meet its goal of internationalizing its campus.   child-rearing, feminism, historical events,        land faculty to be honored in the last three
                                                                                                     and even death,” said Knight, who is among         years with the $5,000 summer stipend, not
                                                                                                     the world’s leading experts on Gilman’s            to be confused with the NEH Fellowship
                                                                                                     life and works. “It will also reveal valuable      for a full year of research and scholarship.
                                                                                                     information about her relationships with,          Each year, the College can nominate both
                                                                                                     and influence on, many important histori-          a junior and a senior scholar for an NEH
                                                                                                     cal figures of her time. Equally important,        summer stipend.
                                                                                                     publication of her letters will offer readers a        Knight, a 17-year member of the SUNY
                                                                                                     sometimes-intimate glimpse of the private          Cortland English Department faculty, has
                                                                                                     woman behind the public persona.”                  devoted the last five summers to reading,
                                                                                                          The correspondence also reveals much          transcribing, editing and putting into con-
                                                                                                     about the public figures with whom Gil-            text this collection of letters written by and
                                                                                                     man corresponded, including Jane Addams,           to Gilman. She has read nearly 17,000 pages
                                                                                                     Susan B. Anthony, William Dean Howells,            of correspondence taken from microfiche,
                                                                                                     Lester F. Ward, George Bernard Shaw,               photocopies and original letters and tran-
                                                                                                     Edward Bellamy and Carrie Chapman Catt.            scribed almost 1,000 pages. The Schlesinger
                                                                                                          To help her complete the task that for the    Library in Cambridge, Mass., which owns
                                                                                                     first time makes the last unpublished area of      the largest repository of Gilman papers in
                                                                                                     Gilman’s writings — her personal letters           the world, granted Knight a one-year loan
                                                                                                     — accessible to knowledge-seekers, Knight          of microfiche containing Gilman’s letters.
                                                                                                     was recently awarded a competitive National            “The Selected Letters is the last significant
                                                                                                     Endowment for The Humanities (NEH)                 piece of Gilman’s writings to be published,
                                                                                                     Summer Fellowship for senior scholars              and it will contribute enormously to our
                                                                                                     conducting research significant to the             understanding of her legacy,” Knight said.
                                                                                                     humanities.                                        “I estimate that nearly 95 percent of the
                                                                                                          For two months starting this July 1, the      included material will consist of previously
                                                                                                     summer stipend supported her as she drafted        unpublished letters.”
Sumeyra Bayraktaroglu (left) and Sebahat Cakirlar, both sophomores, are the first Turkish students   the chapter introductions, finished writing
to participate in SUNY Cortland’s dual-diploma program with two universities in Turkey.
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Kathryn Kramer Receives Rozanne Brooks Award

K
                   athryn Kramer, an associate                               particulars,” Kramer         routinely takes her students on field trips          the Fine Arts Department at Syracuse Uni-
                   professor of art and art his-                             said. “However, my           to galleries and museums. These opportu-             versity from 1999-2000. Kramer was a pre-
                   tory at SUNY Cortland,                                    teaching philosophy          nities to be ‘with’ the art and to discuss it        ceptor in art humanities at Columbia Uni-
                   has been named the                                        now concentrates on          with Professor Kramer and among them-                versity from 1988-91. Previously, she spent
                   College’s seventh recipi-                                 developing my stu-           selves is an inspiring and intellectually re-        four years as a development officer for the
ent of the Dr. Rozanne Brooks Dedicated                                      dents as knowledge-          warding experience for the students.”                Whitney Museum of American Art.
Teacher Award. She was formally recog-                                       able, engaged art con-           The selection committee also noted                   She currently serves on the College’s
nized on April 21 during the College’s                                       stituents who will be        Kramer is generous in her time spent advis-          Committee on the Intellectual and Cultural
annual Honors Convocation.                                                   life-long gallery- and       ing students who are considering graduate            Climate, the Honorary Degree Committee,
     The Brooks Award honors a faculty                                       museum-goers, con-           studies or a career opportunity.                     and the Fine Arts and Humanities Sub-
                                                      Kathryn Kramer
member who devotes a significant amount                                      sumers of art-writing,           Most recently, as chair of the Art Depart-       School Personnel Committee, which she
of time both to teaching and to working with          and maybe even future supporters of artists         ment’s Arts Outreach Committee, Kramer               chaired from 2005-06. Within her depart-
students outside of class. The award includes         and arts organizations.”                            organized and mounted, with involvement              ment, she chairs the Art on Campus Com-
a $5,000 honorarium for use in enhancing                  The Brooks Award was endowed                    of students, an exhibition of selected works         mittee and serves on the Visual Resources
the recipient’s teaching initiatives.                 through the generosity of the late Rozanne          by the department’s studio art majors at             and BFA and Curriculum Committee. Since
     Kramer, of Cortland, N.Y., will use the          Marie Brooks, a SUNY Distinguished Teach-           Main Street SUNY Cortland’s Beard Build-             2003, she has served as an editor and board
Brooks Award stipend during the coming                ing Professor and SUNY Cortland professor           ing Gallery. The first of an ongoing exhibi-         member of Wagadu, a women’s transna-
year primarily to offset her travel costs to          emerita of sociology and anthropology, and          tion program of student art works, Kramer            tional online journal based at the College. A
Malta, a European Union republic located              her former students, friends and colleagues.        helped establish the program at the new              member of the Ithaca Arts Council Grants
on an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea            A SUNY Cortland faculty member for 36               College facility through collaboration with          Committee and the Board of Directors of
between Sicily and Libya.                             years, Brooks died in 1997. The first award         its director, SUNY Cortland Professor of             Habitat for Humanity, Kramer also serves
     “At a conference in Malta last summer,           was presented in Spring 1998.                       Sociology and Anthropology Craig Little.             on the editorial board of the Space, Place,
I was struck by what a living museum that                 “Kathy Kramer has long demonstrated                 “This is an exciting program which not           and Society series produced by Syracuse
country is — everything from important                a committed dedication to students both             only expands much needed venues for stu-             University Press.
Neolithic to Classical to Renaissance sites           inside and outside the classroom,” said             dents to exhibit their works but also enriches           Elected in 1977 to the Phi Beta Kappa
right up to the present, and fine museums,            Professor Emerita of Music Donna Ander-             the Cortland community,” Anderson said.              academic honor society, Kramer was in-
too,” Kramer said. “Malta would be an ideal           son, speaking on behalf of the Selection                Kramer spearheaded the Art and Art               ducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 2004.
place to make the art surveys come alive.”            Committee. “She has spearheaded a sophis-           History Department’s recent effort to begin              A native of Houston, Texas, and raised
     She also will use the funds as she works         ticated use of technology in her classroom.         offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for          in San Antonio, Kramer received a Bach-
to inject more art history and criticism into         Her students have online access to high             aspiring studio artists, writes Alwes.               elor of Arts in Art History and English from
the department’s existing programs in Asia,           quality reproductions of art works being                She joined SUNY Cortland in 1997 as              Trinity University in San Antonio. She has
Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom.            discussed in class and also from current            an assistant professor of art history and was        a Master of Arts in Art History, a Master in
     “I continue to be mindful of my respon-          important gallery exhibits in different parts       promoted to associate professor in 1999.             Philosophy in Art History, and a Ph.D. in
sibilities to convey art history’s disciplinary       of the country. Equally important, Kramer           She also served as an adjunct professor in           Art History from Columbia University.




Arden Zipp, Distinguished Teaching Professor,
Retires After 41 Years on Chemistry Faculty

A
          rden P. Zipp, who joined the SUNY                                     chaired the Provost
          Cortland Chemistry Department faculty                                 Search Committee
          in 1966 two years after its inception,                                in 1993, the Cortland
          retired from the College on Aug. 31. He                               Intercollegiate
has earned the designation of Distinguished                                     Athletics Board, the
Teaching Professor and chair emeritus.                                          President’s Athletic
      During his 41-year career at SUNY                                         Advisory Committee,
Cortland, Zipp instructed more than 10,500                                      the Committee for
students. He developed and taught inorganic                                     Teaching Awards,
chemistry courses at the sophomore, senior                                      and the Mathematics
and graduate levels and instructed the gen-           Arden P. Zipp             Personnel Committee.
eral chemistry course for science majors for                                         For three
many years. He also developed several sci-            decades, Zipp has been active in chemistry
ence and technology courses for the General           education efforts at local, national and inter-
Education curriculum on campus. In all, he            national levels. He has more than 30 years of
created and taught more than 20 different             service with the College Board’s Advanced
courses at SUNY Cortland.                             Placement Program and more than 25 years
      A native of Dolgeville, N.Y., and a             with the International Baccalaureate Program.          faculty authors
Dolgeville High School alumnus, Zipp gradu-                Among his many responsibilities in these
                                                                                                             The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Office hosted a recognition reception for
ated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in             programs, Zipp was the chief reader and                SUNY Cortland authors on April 19 in the Memorial Library Learning Commons. The event rec-
Chemistry from Colgate University, where              chaired the Test Development Committee                 ognized 18 faculty and professional staff members who were book authors, co-authors or transla-
he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the                of the Advanced Placement Program,                     tors of 20 books during the 2006-07 academic year. Seated, from the left, are Michelle Cryan, Web
nation’s oldest undergraduate honor society.          and served as the chief examiner for both              communications manager; Michael P. Toglia, professor of psychology, and Eileen H. Gravani,
He earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry            chemistry and applied chemistry for the                associate professor of speech pathology and audiology. Standing are: Seth N. Asumah, professor of
from the University of Pennsylvania.                  International Baccalaureate Program. He is             political science; Mary Lynch Kennedy, distinguished teaching professor of English; Distinguished
      Zipp worked as a chemist for Bell Telephone     one of only two individuals in the world to            Service Professor Robert Spitzer, political science; Thomas S. Hischak, professor of performing
                                                                                                             arts; Kassim Kone, associate professor of sociology and anthropology; Mecke Nagel, professor of
Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., and was an         hold the top positions in these two major              philosophy; Jacqueline Meyer, lecturer emerita of speech pathology and audiology; Donna Videto,
assistant professor of chemistry at Drew              examining programs in chemistry.                       professor of health; and Brice Smith, assistant professor of physics.
University in Madison, N.J., for two years prior to        Within the American Chemistry Society,
joining SUNY Cortland as an assistant professor       Zipp has been a member of the National
of chemistry. He was promoted to associate            Chemistry Olympiad Task Force since 1986            and chemistry education in refereed journals.             Zipp has been inducted into Phi Kappa
professor in 1968 and to full professor in 1973.      and has chaired it since 1993. In addition, he      He has presented 240 papers, talks and work-         Phi honor society, Phi Lambda Upsilon
The SUNY Board of Trustees awarded him the            was a member of its High School Advanced            shops at regional, national and international        national chemical honor society, Sigma Xi
title of Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1985.    Exam Committee for 20 years.                        conferences. These presentations have taken          scientific research society, and Phi Eta Sigma,
      He served as the Chemistry Department                In 1992, under a grant from the New York       him to 26 states, four Canadian provinces and        the freshman honorary society.
chair from 1976-79 and from 2005-07.                  State Department of Education, Zipp estab-          six other nations. From 1989-2001, he edited              At SUNY Cortland, Zipp established a
      At different times over the years, Zipp has     lished the New York State Chemistry Mentors         The Microscale Laboratory column in the              scholarship for incoming students plan-
been a visiting professor of chemistry at the         Network with a goal of improving the teach-         Journal of Chemical Education.                       ning to major in chemistry or adolescence
University of Utah, the University of Virginia,       ing of chemistry in high schools across the              In 1991, Zipp received the prestigious          education chemistry. He also set up a prize
the University of North Carolina, the University      state. He coordinated the efforts of this group     Chemical Manufacturers Association’s national        to honor a graduating chemistry major for
of Rochester, Syracuse University and SUNY            until 1996. Since 1992, he has been a judge         Catalyst Award for excellence in the teaching        accomplishments in inorganic chemistry.
Binghamton, where he was a visiting scholar           for the chemistry lab event in the Central          of chemistry. In 2002, he was presented the               He and his wife, Kathryn Vernay, a phy-
in 2002. In 1979-80 and again during Spring           New York Science Olympiad.                          Syracuse Section Award from the American             sician’s assistant, reside in Tully, N.Y. He has
1986, Zipp was a research collaborator at the              A co-author of the first two editions of the   Chemical Society. In 1995, State University of       two daughters, Allyson of Olympia, Wash.,
Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y.         revolutionary textbook Chemistry in Context:        New York listed Zipp among its exceptional           and Alaina of Portland, Ore., and a grandson,
      Zipp has served on more than 30 col-            Applying Chemistry to Society, Zipp has written     faculty in its publication, “A Community of          Alexander.
lege committees at SUNY Cortland and                  more than 40 articles on inorganic chemistry        Excellence.”
20 S U N Y               C o r t l a n d            C o l u m n s                                                                                                                F a l l             2 0 0 7
                                                                                   on voter registration drives and sat
                                                                                   on the Observer Corps as a member
                                                                                   of the League of Women Voters.
                                                                                   Mary has been both an elder and a
                                                                                                                                            1964
                                                                                                                                    “I’ve finally become a grand-
                                                                                                                                                                             relations from New York University.
                                                                                                                                                                             Recently retired as head of the
                                                                                                                                                                             Brien Center for Mental Health and
                                                                                                                                                                             Substance Abuse Services, Marge is
                                                                                   deacon in the Presbyterian Church           mother,” writes Carol Misiaszek               excited at the prospect of becom-
                                                                                   in Geneva. She’s often served com-          Jordan of Oriskany Falls, N.Y. “One           ing a part of a City Council that is
                                                                                   munion to homebound parish-                 of my twins, Tracie, had a boy on             moving forward.
                                                                                   ioners in addition to serving on            Father’s Day, June 17.” Mom and
                                                                                   various committees and taking part
                                                                                   in other volunteer opportunities. At
                                                                                   HWS, Mary worked as athletic direc-
                                                                                                                               dad and baby, Joseph Kristof, are
                                                                                                                               all doing well. Carol herself recently
                                                                                                                               finished substituting a second grade
                                                                                                                                                                                          1971
                                                                                                                                                                                  Three years ago, Virginia
                                                                                   tor, chair of the Physical Education        class for three months because
                                                                                   and Dance departments, profes-              of the teacher’s maternity leave.             “Ginny” Grobe Hanley of
                                                                                   sor emeritus and coach of various           Since retiring in 1998 she continues          Williamsville, N.Y., became Hamburg
                                                                                   sports over a 24-year period. She           teaching as a substitute.                     Central School District’s first full-
                                                                                   helped develop the William Smith                                                          time mentor with the responsibility
                                                                                   tennis, lacrosse, soccer, basketball
                                                                                   and field hockey programs and
                                                                                   received the Collegiate Athletic
                                                                                                                                            1968
                                                                                                                                    Marjorie “Marge” Cohan,
                                                                                                                                                                             of creating a uniquely successful
                                                                                                                                                                             mentoring program. In May, the
                                                                                                                                                                             district’s program was awarded
                                                                                                                                                                             the prestigious 2007 Partnership
                                                                                   Association Service Award in 1991
                                                                                   for her outstanding leadership.             who is running for an at-large seat           Award, given by the National
                                                                                        “This year I completed 50 years        on the Pittsfield (Mass.) City Council,       Education Association (NEA), Saturn
                                                                                   in public education,” writes Joseph         met to answer questions and hear              Corporation, and the United Auto
                                                                                   Vorbach of McAllen, Texas. “I began         opinions of senior citizens at EPOCH          Workers (UAW). Along with the
                                                                                   teaching sixth grade at Edward              Assisted Living at Melbourne in early         district’s superintendent, school
                                                                                   Smith Elementary School in Syracuse         September, the assisted living cen-           board and local union presidents,
                                                                                   (N.Y.). I am an assistant principal at      ter reported in an online newsletter.         Ginny accepted the award on June
                                                                                   DeLeon Middle School in McAllen             Her campaign centers around the               30 at the NEA’s annual conference
                                                                                   and will continue in this position          development of creative approach-             in Philadelphia, Pa. Hamburg’s
                                                                                   this coming year. On June 6, 2005,          es to providing workforce housing,            mentoring program is designed to
                                                                                   I was inducted into the Fox Lane            a commitment to the environment               provide expert guidance, support
                                                                                   High School Athletic Hall of Fame           and youth development. Marge                  and professional development for
                                                                                   in Bedford, N.Y.”                           has a master’s degree in human                first-year teachers. Mentors also



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                                                                                      Classmates from 1960 recently celebrated the beginning of summer at the River Club in Nyack, N.Y., an annual mini-

            1949
    Ralph Whitney and Claire
                                               Mary Morgan Hosking was
                                          named this year’s recipient of the
                                          Agnes Slosson Lewis Award for her
                                          leadership, ability to inspire others,
                                                                                      reunion for the friends since 2000. “As we sat overlooking the Hudson River, we reminisced about our days climbing
                                                                                      the hills of Cortland,” writes Irmari Weinstein Nacht. “We also talked about and showed pictures of our children and
                                                                                      grandchildren. We meet every year for lunch when Madeleine Lieblein Kasof comes east from California to visit her
                                                                                      family. We are in contact throughout the year by E-mail, sending jokes, stories and recent news and making meeting
Bessette Whitney celebrated their         and interest in the community and           plans through the Internet. Very different from the phoning of the ’60s.” Pictured, from the left, are Madeline, Elaine
                                                                                      Ort Kanef, Carol Margaretten Cassell, Irmari and Merle Hurwitz Kalishman. Elaine lives in New York while Carol,
60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 11.      good government, the Finger Lakes
                                                                                      Irmari and Merle reside in New Jersey.
Among their favorite memories are         Times reported. Named in honor
Mother Bentley and the Nu Sigma           of Agnes Slosson Lewis, a founder
Chi sisters, who held a reception for     of the Geneva, N.Y., and New York
them at the sorority house when           State League of Women Voters,
the couple returned from their            the award has honored women
honeymoon in New York City. They          from Geneva since 1960. After
recall fondly the spirit in general of    retiring from Hobart and William
the post-World War II era and the         Smith (HWS) Colleges in 1987, Mary
two years they spent in the Veteran’s     worked as director of the American
Housing Project, which gave them a        Red Cross in the Finger Lakes for
good start in married life.               three years and served as a national
                                          disaster volunteer for 10 years,

            1953
     The South Otselic Valley Central
                                          assisting with disaster relief locally
                                          and abroad, including counseling
                                          services for victims of the World
                                          Trade Center attacks. As a Rotary
School District recently named its        Club member for 19 years, she was
high school baseball field in honor       one of the first women to serve on
of James Dutton of South Otselic,         the board of directors for chapters
N.Y. The James L. Dutton Field            in Geneva and in Baldwinsville,
recognizes Jim’s 40 years involved        where she lived briefly. She served
with playing baseball and softball,       on the Geneva Bicentennial and
coaching youth baseball teams and         Seneca Lake Whale Watch commit-
generally supporting athletic events      tees and the board of directors of
at this facility. He also has been the    the Geneva Historical Society and
Otselic Valley boys’ and girls’ basket-   Planned Parenthood of the Finger            A small group of Rochester-area SUNY Cortland alumni gathered this past summer to celebrate the last member of
ball announcer for the last 37 years.     Lakes. She also was a member of             their circle of friends to retire, Kathryn Fenton Saunders ’61. Shown preparing to board the Sam Patch Boat for an Erie
Jim was one of 14 graduates for the       the committee that helped trans-            Canal ride at Schoen Place near Pittsford, N.Y., are, from the left, Virginia Stanton, Kay Batty Holb ’58, Karen Butterfield
Class of 1953 in Dr. Harlan “Gold”        form the Geneva Free Library to a           Mortensen ’60, Kathryn, Janice Reed McCloy ’61 and Nancy Jones Mockevicius ’60. “We have been meeting twice a year
Metcalf’s first recreation education      public library and is past president        since 1961,” writes Kathryn. This year, as a fitting conclusion to Kay’s many years of teaching, the friends enjoyed lunch as
class.                                                                                the Sam Patch Packet Boat toured along the canal.
                                          of the Geneva Chapter of Zonta
                                          International. She has also worked
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                                                                                                                                              1976
                                                                                                                                       Rory “Whip” Whipple, a
                                                                                                                                                                            Education Department in addition
                                                                                                                                                                            to serving as athletic director. He
                                                                                                                                                                            oversees 20 sports and under his
                                                                                                                                                                            leadership, the Hawks have won 71
                                                                                                                                  veteran college coach, is chang-          percent of their games. During his
                                                                                                                                  ing gears this year as the new boys       tenure, MVCC has won 11 national
                                                                                                                                  lacrosse coach at Vero Beach (Fla.)       championships, 36 Region III cham-
                                                                                                                                  High School, reported the TCPalm,         pionships and Hawk athletes have
                                                                                                                                  a Scripps-Howard News Service             won 94 individual national champi-
                                                                                                                                  online publication, on Aug. 18. Rory      onships.
                                                                                                                                  spent the last three decades coach-            Louis “Lou” Zocchia Jr. was
                                                                                                                                  ing college lacrosse. He coached for      recently given a new title in the
                                                                                                                                  10 years at Clarkson University (N.Y.),   West Islip (N.Y.) School District —
                                                                                                                                  then moved on to Hartwick College         assistant superintendent of human
                                                                                                                                  (N.Y.), where he attained a 114-65        resources. He begins his 30th year
                                                                                                                                  record in 12 seasons, a coaching          in the district. Besides teaching
                                                                                                                                  landmark there. He also spent six         Spanish at the middle-school level
                                                                                                                                  seasons at Bryant University in           for 26 years, Lou also served as the
                                                                                                                                  Rhode Island. He spent last year as       West Islip Teacher Association presi-
                                                                                                                                  an assistant for the Florida State        dent for three years prior to becom-
                                                                                                                                  University club lacrosse program.         ing an administrator. “I always enjoy
                                                                                                                                  He also coached the Lincoln High          interviewing Cortland graduates
                                                                                                                                  School team in Tallahassee last           and hearing about College events
                                                                                                                                  spring, which sparked an interest         and new programs,” Lou writes.
                                                                                                                                  in prep lacrosse. Vero Beach


   Cortland friends reunited in Dublin, Ireland, on June 30, 36 years after two of them had participated in the first ever
                                                                                                                                  finished 6-6 last season as District 4
                                                                                                                                  champions.                                            1978
   Cortland-Dublin Study Abroad Program, writes Diana Jakubowski Coggin ’72 of Plymouth, N.M. Shown enjoying the Irish
   pub atmosphere together were, from the left: Roger Ellis, Claudia Heinen Ellis ’73, Diana, Charles “Charlie” Coggin ’72 and
   Pamela “Pam” Horton Lundy ’73.                                                                                                             1977
                                                                                                                                        Gary Broadhurst recently
                                                                                                                                                                                 Kathleen “Kathy” McConnell
                                                                                                                                                                            Southerton, a longtime union
                                                                                                                                                                            activist with United University
                                                                                                                                                                            Professions, was elected and began
                                                                                                                                  scored a double-header, the               serving a two-year term as UUP
formally evaluate new teachers and                                                                                                Observer-Dispatch of Utica, N.Y.,         chapter president at SUNY Stony
make recommendations for contin-                                                                                                  reported. The National Association        Brook Health Sciences Center on
ued employment to a review panel                                                                                                  of Collegiate Directors of Athletics      June 1. A registered nurse, Kathy
consisting of four teachers and                                                                                                   named Gary the Northeast Region           holds undergraduate degrees
three administrators. Ginny travels                                                                                               Director of the Year. His son, Gary       in health education and nursing
to New York City in October to                                                                                                    Broadhurst Jr., who just graduated        from SUNY Cortland and Adelphi
make a presentation to the National                                                                                               from Mohawk Valley Community              University, respectively. She earned
School Boards Association. After                                                                                                  College (MVCC), was recognized            her master’s in nursing at Stony
teaching high school English for 27                                                                                               as the Summit America Insurance/          Brook HSC and her doctorate, also
years, Ginny created an academic                                                                                                  National Alliance of Two-Year             in nursing, at Adelphi. Kathy’s union
learning center and became its first                                                                                              College Athletic Administrators           work has focused on political action.
director, a position she held for six                                                                                             Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Both         She is a longtime statewide dele-
years before taking on the challenge                                                                                              were honored June 7-8 in Orlando,         gate and chair of her chapter’s fund-
of mentoring.                                                                                                                     Fla. Gary Sr.’s award was newly cre-      raising for VOTE/COPE, the political
                                                                                                                                  ated, but he was previously the           action arm of New York State United

            1974
     Susan Huck, who has coached
                                                                                                                                  National Junior College Athletic
                                                                                                                                  Association Division III Athletic
                                                                                                                                  Director of the Year in 2002. Gary
                                                                                                                                                                            Teachers and UUP. Under her fund-
                                                                                                                                                                            raising direction, Stony Brook HSC
                                                                                                                                                                            has received NYSUT’s prestigious
                                                                                                                                  Jr., who played forward the last          Abel Blattman Award in recogni-
and taught at North Warren (N.Y.)
                                                                                                                                  two years on the Hawks’ basketball        tion of the chapter’s outstanding
High School since 1974, retired on
                                                                                                                                  team and is now headed to play at         VOTE COPE efforts. She also is vice
June 22, the Post Star of Glens Falls
                                               Sigma Delta Phi sorority sisters Deborah Maguire Stendardi ’72, left, and          Springfield College, was honored          chair of UUP’s statewide Outreach
reported. For 33 years, she coached
                                               Karen Clark Sato ’72, got the chance to meet in April in Tucson, Ariz. Debbie,     with a national award that is based       Committee, and a NYSUT PAC
the students in field hockey, volley-
                                               of Pittsford, N.Y., is vice president of government and university relations for   on scholarship, athletic performance      member. Earlier this year, she joined
ball, basketball, softball, tennis and
                                               the Rochester Institute of Technology. She was in Tucson for a board meeting       and community service. Gary Sr. has       her UUP and NYSUT colleagues
golf. She didn’t coach every sport             of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Karen        been the MVCC athletic director for       from all over the state for the NYSUT
during every season of that period,            has lived in Tucson with her husband, Sam, and family for some time. “We have      11 years and joined the staff in 1979.    Committee of 100 advocacy day at
but during her tenure, she coached             kept in touch over the years at Christmastime but had not seen each other in
                                                                                                                                  He has served as men’s basketball         the state Capitol, where the most
90 different teams, including 29               many years,” Debbie writes. “We had a chance to meet and reminisce at the
                                               Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. It was a nice bonus to this business trip.”           coach, women’s basketball coach,          pressing health care issue was the
seasons of field hockey and 25 of
                                                                                                                                  golf coach and head of the Physical       preservation of the SUNY hospi-
basketball. She also has served as
the school’s athletic director since
1988 and is working under her 11th
superintendent. Susan grew up in                                                                                                                                            Seven former Hayes Hall residence
Bolton Landing where, in the late                                                                                                                                           mates met as freshmen 37 years ago
1960s, girls’ sports weren’t offered                                                                                                                                        in September 1970, and again on the
at Bolton Central School. After high                                                                                                                                        weekend of July 20-22 at the family
school, she attended Hudson Valley                                                                                                                                          home of Barbara Ryan Muldoon ’74
                                                                                                                                                                            in Lake Rushford, N.Y. Shown
Community College and finished
                                                                                                                                                                            from the left are: Susan Gunner
her degree at SUNY Cortland. She                                                                                                                                            McDermott ’76 of Cortland; Marty
spent her college years playing                                                                                                                                             DeGolyer Marsh of Fredonia, N.Y.;
basketball, softball and volleyball                                                                                                                                         Barbara; Patricia Lettko Fogg of
and progressed to teaching and                                                                                                                                              Littleton, Colo.; Margaret Mendoza
coaching. She arrived, fresh out of                                                                                                                                         Stepansky ’74 of Suffield, Conn.;
college, to Chestertown’s school                                                                                                                                            Barbara Rienzo Button ’74 of
                                                                                                                                                                            Gainsville, Fla.; and Nadine Bullion
district to teach physical education.                                                                                                                                       Lord ’74 of Bangor, Maine. Only
With the merging of Chestertown                                                                                                                                             Margaret Grace Tucci ’75 of Ithaca,
with Potterville and Horicon into                                                                                                                                           N.Y., and Dianne Galashaw ’74 of
North Warren, she pushed to create                                                                                                                                          Flushing, N.Y., could not attend. The
girls varsity athletic programs and                                                                                                                                         weather was beautiful and everyone
found the administration very recep-                                                                                                                                        agreed that they would try to meet
                                                                                                                                                                            next year in Denver, Colo. “The
tive. In 2006, 63 former field hockey
                                                                                                                                                                            dormitory was all-female at the time
players returned to North Warren                                                                                                                                            (1970) and went co-ed in the follow-
for an alumni game. Susan coached                                                                                                                                           ing year,” writes Marty. The friends
two field hockey teams that                                                                                                                                                 scattered after their sophomore
advanced to the state finals. Susan                                                                                                                                         year to off-campus housing or other
has retirement plans that involve an                                                                                                                                        colleges. “We have kept in touch all
RV and boat. She plays softball and                                                                                                                                         these years with cards, letters and
                                                                                                                                                                            various visits.”
golf and likes to camp.
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   Four Class of 1978 graduates and Theta Phi Alpha sorority sisters gathered
   on June 29 in New York City. “It was a hectic weekend of sightseeing,” writes
   Carmen Casas of Brooklyn, N.Y. Pictured on top of Rockefeller Center with a
   view of the Empire State Building are, from the left: Carmen, Sharon Yancey            Four fellow SUNY Cortland graduates attended a party to help Bernadette Mackin Graycar ’78 of Braintree, Mass.,
   Broaddus, Barbara Lee Alm and Kathryn “Kathy” Solano.                                  celebrate her 50th birthday recently. Present were, from the left, Margaret “Peggy” Mackin-Mannion ’85, Janice “Jan”
                                                                                          Seraphim Greblick ’78, Sandra “Sandy” Dell ’67, Bernadette and Christine “Chrissie” Petrillo Eames ’88.


tals and health sciences centers           to Genworth a 28-year record of            leading and motivating people, put-         prominence. A star player under             championship in 2004. This season,
within the SUNY system. Outside            accomplishment in the insurance            ting in place appropriate structures        Matt was Joe Nathan, a pitcher who          Barlow advanced to the quarterfinals
of her union work, Kathy has been          industry, most recently at Merrill         and processes and driving sales             now plays for the Minnesota Twins.          of Division I before the season ended
involved in a number of community          Lynch. He joined that firm in 1995         results.                                    “When he came to Stony Brook, he            with Cori’s team sporting an 85-56
and campus efforts benefiting chil-        as an estate and business insurance                                                    was very young,” Matt recalls. “He          record since 2001. Cori plans to work
dren and families.                         specialist and subsequently held
                                           positions of increasing responsibil-                    1980                           hadn’t matured yet, was small, and
                                                                                                                                  yet had an absolute cannon of an
                                                                                                                                                                              with Barlow’s Lacrosse Booster Club
                                                                                                                                                                              next year and she speculates a future

           1979
     Genworth Financial, Inc., named
                                           ity, becoming managing director
                                           and running the distribution for
                                           all of Merrill Lynch’s retail banking
                                                                                          After 17 years at SUNY Stony
                                                                                      Brook, head baseball coach
                                                                                      Matthew Senk’s team has more
                                                                                                                                  arm. He actually was a shortstop
                                                                                                                                  and I remember asking him early
                                                                                                                                  on why he never was a pitcher. He
                                                                                                                                                                              return to coaching, although not at
                                                                                                                                                                              the high school level, for herself and
                                                                                                                                                                              perhaps for John as well.
                                           businesses. Chris began his career                                                     didn’t like pitching.” Now a two-               Matthew Mahar, a professor
Christopher Grady president of             as an agent at Mass Mutual, becom-         than 400 wins and 12 winning sea-           time All-Star and one of the elite          of exercise and sport science at
its retirement income business, the        ing one of the youngest producers          sons, CSTV reported in July. Matt           closers in the game, one could say          East Carolina University, was named
company announced in late July.            in the country to qualify for life         boasts one of the highest winning           Nathan handled the switch pretty            one of the top educators in the
He is charged with leading the busi-       membership in the Million Dollar           percentages among active Division           well. With his number 22 retired at         University of North Carolina system,
ness that will accelerate Genworth’s       Round Table. At Mass Mutual, he            I baseball coaches at .609. He came         Stony Brook in 2006, Matt is watch-         reported The Daily Reflector of
leadership in the retirement markets       rose to director of advanced market-       from Kellenberg High School in              ing the success of his star pupil.          Greenville, N.C. He was among
and executing Genworth’s strategic         ing prior to joining Merrill Lynch.        Uniondale, a program that churned                                                       16 professors honored in May with
goals, in particular becoming the
preferred distributor partner in the
retirement industry. Chris brings
                                           Genworth officials said their new
                                           executive’s core strengths lie in
                                                                                      out three to four Division I players
                                                                                      a year, and has lifted Stony Brook
                                                                                      from relative obscurity to national
                                                                                                                                              1981
                                                                                                                                        Cori Shaw Distler has stepped
                                                                                                                                                                              the UNC Board of Governors Annual
                                                                                                                                                                              Awards for Excellence in Teaching.
                                                                                                                                                                              “The central tenets of my teaching
                                                                                                                                                                              philosophy are to help students
                                                                                                                                  down from her position as head              learn to think critically and develop
                                                                                                                                  girls coach for the Joel Barlow High




             d
                                                                                                                                                                              a sense of self-responsibility,” Mahar
        A l u m n i                                                                                                               School lacrosse team so she and
                                                                                                                                  her husband, John, could spend
                                                                                                                                                                              reported. “If we are successful, the




     iNPriNt
                                                                                                                                                                              students will become lifelong
                                                                                                                                  more time watching their children           learners, make valid decisions in
                                                                                                                                  play the sport, reported The Pilot in       their professional life, and choose
                                                                                                                                  Redding, Conn. Cori, who led the            to make important contributions
                                                                                                                                  varsity girls team since its inception,     to their field.” A faculty member
                                                                                                                                  had made her decision before the            since 1993, Matthew has received
                                                                                                                                  end of the season. Her husband,             ECU’s Distinguished Professor for
         Dominic Carter ’85, host of NY1 News’ nightly           country in a caravan of school buses and became                  John Distler, the original Barlow           Teaching Award as well as the
   political show “Inside City Hall,” recounts his troubled      state and national champions, according to the                   boys head coach, stepped down in            Scholar-Teacher Award in the
   childhood in his memoirs No Momma’s Boy, published            description. It also paints a picture of a small com-            2006 after six seasons. Their older         College of Health and Human
   by iUniverse, reported Jet magazine in its June 25            munity proud to support its young people in their                son, Mike, a 2004 Joel Barlow gradu-        Performance. He is the found-
   edition. He started to report his toughest story — his        musical endeavors. “Echoes is … an enjoyable look                ate, will be a senior at Haverford          ing director of ECU’s Activity
   own — two years after his mother’s death, when he             at a great period in drum corps,” writes a reviewer              College. Their younger son, Chris,          Performance Lab in the College of
   was an adult. After an aunt gave him background on            at Masters of the Marching Arts Magazine. “It brought            a 2005 Barlow graduate, goes to             Health and Human Performance,
   his mother’s past treatment for mental illness, he con-       back many fine memories.” Jud, a Watkins Glen                    Gettysburg College. Both are Division       and his research interests have
   tacted a medical facility to get her psychiatric medical      native, attributes his interest in music and his career          III schools in Pennsylvania that play       resulted in 45 grants totaling
   records. He received 620 pages. “My mother took               choice to his involvement in the drum and bugle                  in the Centennial Conference. Their         $800,000. Matthew received his
   many answers to the grave in terms of my situation,”          corps activity there in the 1960s, 1970s and early               daughter, Lauren, graduated from            master’s and doctoral degrees from
   Carter said. “I never understood why she didn’t tell me       1980s. He teaches and chairs the Music Department                Barlow this year and will play for          the University of Houston. In March,
   about how severe her mental illness was.” Carter, who         and serves as band director in the Chenango Valley               Ursinus College, a Division III school      Matthew was appointed to a lead-
   is married and the father of two, admits he had been          Schools just outside Binghamton, N.Y. He is a                    and a member of the Centennial              ing national research consortium
   skillful at hiding his troubled past from colleagues and      member of the trumpet section of the Binghamton                  Conference as well. Both Cori and           dedicated to the study of health
   even family members. He now freely shares his story           Philharmonic Orchestra. His wife, Rebecca, is also               John played lacrosse at SUNY                and wellness.
   with others and recently served as grand marshal for          a music teacher and cellist. Their three children,               Cortland. Cori started a career in
   the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-NYC
   Metro’s first-ever walkathon in May. He plans to con-
   tinue to bring awareness to mental illness and abuse.
                                                                 Samantha, Lucy and Michael, are all budding
                                                                 musicians.
                                                                                                 Richard Ezzo ’91 is the
                                                                                                                                  nursing and is now the nurse at John
                                                                                                                                  Read Middle School. Together they
                                                                                                                                  helped found the Redding Lacrosse
                                                                                                                                  Club in 1997, which started with 23
                                                                                                                                                                                           1983
                                                                                                                                                                                   Michael Bensen was recently
         A self-published book by Joseph “Jud” Spena ’90                                    author of a short, self-pub-
   will capture the hearts of the legions of youth in                                       lished e-book, When Money             boys in fourth through sixth grade.         reassigned to serve as director of
   Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Schuyler County who over                                         Talks, Listen! The former eco-        The club added a girls program in           force management and personnel
   the decades participated in drum and bugle corps.                                        nomics major writes, “This is a       1999 and eventually changed its             at Headquarters, Air Force Services
   Echos In the Valley, offers a 50-year history of this                                    heartwarming little tale about        name to Redding-Easton Lacrosse             Agency, in San Antonio, Texas. He is
   marching band activity, from 1930-1982, including                                        a mysterious old man that             (RELAX). In 2001, Barlow’s first varsity    responsible for providing manage-
   the Watkins Glen Squires, the Pages, the Legion                                          will forever change the way           boys and girls lacrosse teams took          rial and operational oversight of the
   Cadets and the Watkins-Montour Seneca Chiefs.                                            you feel about money. Daniel          the field with the Distlers as head         Air Force Services non-appropriated
   The 228-page paperbound book with 256 pictures                Meager is just getting along, paycheck to paycheck,              coaches. In only its second season,         fund (NAF) personnel system and its
   and scores from more than 130 contests chronicles             and it’s taking its toll on him and his family. Then one         the girls team finished as South-West       employee benefits and compensa-
   the development of this unique activity from its              day a mysterious old man named ‘Money’ enters his                Conference runner-up. The next two          tion programs, employee retirement
   beginning in the early 1930s with a dozen or so Boy           life, and things begin to change. During their time              years featured back-to-back league          fund, insurance programs, facility
   Scouts to its pinnacle in the late 1970s as the corps         together, Daniel is taught five key lessons that will            titles as well as a state Division II       construction program, services
   grew to well over 100 members, crisscrossed the               forever change him, and perhaps you as well.”
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career field education and train-
ing programs and the Air Force
library program. Mike’s directorate
provides operational support to
                                                     1984
                                               Susan Pressman Poage
                                                                                                                             i  n May, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment
                                                                                                                                of Sunrise, Fla., named Richard “R.J.”
                                                                                                                             Martino ’93 the organization’s new vice
                                                                                                                                                                                      Thomas Shanahan has left his
                                                                                                                                                                                 private law practice at Shanahan
                                                                                                                                                                                 & Associates, P.C., to accept an
                                                                                                                                                                                 appointment by New York Governor
the 50,000-plus Air Force Services       earned a master’s degree in early                                                   president of corporate development.                 Eliot Spitzer to the position of
military and civilian workforce and      childhood education from Kean                                                             R.J. will be responsible for the duties       Deputy Commissioner for External
                                                                                                                             associated with the pitching and selling
services organizations assigned to       University in May. She was inducted                                                                                                     Relations at the New York State
                                                                                                                             of corporate tickets, premium suite sales,
the 84 major Air Force installations     into the national graduate honor                                                    private seat licenses, corporate marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                 Division of Human Rights. The post
representing the eight Active Duty       society, Alpha Epsilon Lambda,                                                      ticket packages and print sales for the             will permit him to continue his
Major Commands, the Air Force            and was nominated to be the 2007                                                    company’s publications.                             long-standing commitment to civil
Reserve and the Air National Guard.      Commencement speaker. Susan                                                               He previously served as the organization’s    and human rights, but as a public
     Frederick Krause of Fort            was feted at a dinner with the col-                                                 vice-president of ticket sales. He is credited      servant, rather than private practice
Worth, Texas, was elected to             lege president, where she received                                                  with being one of the most successful and           attorney.
the Texas Association of Future          an Honors with Distinction Award                                                    influential members of the company’s sales
Educators (TAFE) State Board of
Directors, he writes. A teacher at
Boswell High School in North Fort
                                         along with her diploma. Susan
                                         lives and teaches kindergarten in
                                         Berkeley Heights, N.J.
                                                                                      Richard “R.J.” Martino ’93
                                                                                                                             team and has built a substantial client base
                                                                                                                             that supports the various clients.
                                                                                                                                   R.J. joined the organization in 2003 as the
                                                                                      senior director of sales and premium seating. Before moving to South Florida, he
                                                                                                                                                                                             1992
                                                                                                                                                                                     Lisa Bradway Kirchner and
Worth, Fred has sponsored his                  The Texas Association for Health,
                                                                                      worked with the Tampa Bay Lightning as the team’s director of premium seating.             her husband, Donald, live in Peru,
school’s TAFE chapter for seven          Physical Education, Recreation and           He spent nine years in Minor League Baseball management including stints in
years and held positions of leader-      Dance (TAHPERD) honored Nestor                                                                                                          Mass., with their two sons, Colby, 4,
                                                                                      Asheville, Hagerstown, Nashville and Charlotte. Based at the BankAtlantic Center,          and Connor, an infant. Lisa is a
ship, including Region II president      Sherman with its 2006 TAHPERD                Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is home to more than 185 events annually and
and state secretary. He starts his       Scholar Award, which recognizes                                                                                                         graphic designer with Quality
                                                                                      the Florida Panthers Hockey Club. The company is consistently a top 15 U.S.
24th year of teaching, including         the state’s outstanding scholar in the       venue according to Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two                Printing Company in Pittsfield, Mass.
18 in Texas. Fred and his wife of 23     field. The individual acknowledged           million guests each year and is also the home of the Sinatra Theatre presented             She writes that Donald runs a thriv-
years, Kelly, have three sons.           as TAHPERD Scholar is one who is             by BankAtlantic and three monthly South Florida publications: Live On Stage                ing construction business, which he
     The Cortland Rotary Club            clearly exceptional and well recog-          Credentials, Unrestricted and Panthers Insider.                                            started in 2004.
named Maureen O’Donnell White            nized in Texas and nationally for his
the Lavona Schneider Memorial
Teacher of the Year in early June,
The Cortland Standard reported.
                                         or her scholarly work and who is
                                         creating new knowledge in the disci-
                                         pline that is essential for the growth                 1987                                ently enrolled in the U.S. Army War
                                                                                                                                    College and will graduate with a
                                                                                                                                                                                             1993
                                                                                                                                                                                      Gregory Jones of Binghamton,
Maureen, who teaches physical                                                                                                       master’s of strategic studies in 2008.
                                         and expansion of the profession.                                                                                                        N.Y., was recently appointed to
education at Virgil Elementary                                                          Glens Falls National Bank and               His awards and decorations include
                                         Nestor is a professor of kinesiology                                                                                                    the position of elementary prin-
School of the Cortland Enlarged          at Texas A&M University at Kingsville.    Trust Company appointed Amy                      the Meritorious Service Medal with
                                                                                   Marshall Merchant as human                       two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army              cipal at W.A. Olmsted Elementary
City School District, was recog-         Since 1994, he has been an active                                                                                                       in the Harpursville Central School
nized for meeting Rotary’s model                                                   resources officer. She joined the                Commendation Medal with one Oak
                                         member of TAHPERD through his                                                                                                           District. He previously spent two
of “service above self.” The award,                                                bank in 2001 as recruiting specialist            Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement
                                         service on committees, presenting                                                                                                       years as a supervisor of school cur-
which comes with a $500 gift to be                                                 with experience in human resources.              Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster,
                                         research at the annual meeting and                                                                                                      riculum improvement and educa-
used at her discretion to further her                                              She was promoted to benefits                     the Global War on Terrorism Service
                                         holding various offices. He is co-edi-                                                                                                  tional technology leadership at the
education goals with the children,                                                 associate in 2003 and to benefits                Medal, several other awards and the
                                         tor-in-chief of Physical Activity Today                                                                                                 Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative
memorializes a teacher who was the                                                 manager in 2004. Amy has an M.A.                 Parachutist Badge. Gary and his wife,
                                         along with being the research meth-                                                                                                     Educational Services (BOCES). Greg,
late wife of former Cortland Rotary                                                in industrial organization psychol-              Cindy, have two children, Frankie
                                         odology/statistical analysis section                                                                                                    who earned a certificate of advanced
Club President Frank Schneider. The                                                ogy from the University of New                   Jean and Jacob.
                                         editor for Measurement in Physical                                                                                                      studies from SUNY Cortland, also
school principal in her nomination       Education and Exercise Science. Nestor    Haven. She has been involved in the
letter noted that Maureen works
tirelessly to champion the cause
of physical education. Inside the
                                         is a fellow of AAHPERD’s Research
                                         Consortium and the American
                                         College of Sports Medicine. He previ-
                                                                                   Job Discovery Planning Committee
                                                                                   and the Tri-County United Way
                                                                                   Campaign for several years. Amy
                                                                                                                                                 1989
                                                                                                                                         Livonia’s varsity baseball team
                                                                                                                                                                                 serves as an adjunct instructor in the
                                                                                                                                                                                 College’s Literacy Department.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Johnny Williams Jr. is listed in
                                                                                   lives in Queensbury, N.Y., with her                                                           the inaugural edition of Celebrating
classroom, Maureen said her num-         ously received the Taylor Dodson                                                           won the Class BB Section Five base-          Black Achievements: Who’s Who in
ber one objective is for the children    Award from the Southern District          husband, Al, and children, Marina
                                                                                   and Russell.                                     ball championship this past spring,          Black South Florida and made the
to know how important it is to be        AAHPERD and, within his institu-                                                           writes Scott Gilman, the Livonia             cover of Success South Florida: News
active. She advises future teachers      tion, the Outstanding Faculty Award
who are college students, “Every
day is an adventure … you have to
be flexible and smile.” Outside class,
                                         from the College of Education and
                                         the President’s Excellence in Service
                                         Award. Results of Nestor’s research
                                                                                                1988
                                                                                        Gary Yaple of Baldwinsville,
                                                                                                                                    team’s varsity coach for the past 11
                                                                                                                                    years. The team also made it to the
                                                                                                                                    New York State Quarterfinals. Scott
                                                                                                                                    is basking in the second sectional
                                                                                                                                                                                 Uniting South Florida’s Black Professional
                                                                                                                                                                                 Communities as one of South Florida’s
                                                                                                                                                                                 “40 under 40” most influential black
                                                                                                                                                                                 professionals in 2006. He has a master’s
she volunteers to play basketball        interests, which include youth fit-       N.Y., was promoted to colonel in the             title of his coaching career, during         degree in sports administration and
to raise money for Pay It Forward, a     ness, energy expenditure and              National Guard in March, reported                which he has compiled 141 wins,              marketing from St. Thomas University
program that fosters good deeds in       statistical modeling, can be found        the Ithaca Journal about the for-                117 losses and two ties.                     and a law degree from the Nova
the community, organizes initiatives     in state, national and international      mer Newfield, N.Y., resident. He is                                                           Southeastern University Shepard
such as Jump Rope for Heart, is a
member of the Relay for Life team
and has run marathons to raise
                                         journals. He has master’s and doctor-
                                         ate in education degrees from the
                                         University of Houston.
                                                                                   employed by the Division of Military
                                                                                   and Naval Affairs as the deputy
                                                                                   brigade commander for the 27th
                                                                                                                                                 1991
                                                                                                                                         Scott Radeker of
                                                                                                                                                                                 Broad Law School. After working with
                                                                                                                                                                                 such companies as the Don Shula
                                                                                                                                                                                 Foundation, the PGA Tour and the
money for a variety of causes.                                                     Brigade Combat Team. Gary is pres-                                                            Super Bowl XXIX Host Committee,
                                                                                                                                    Crawfordsville, Ind., was the sub-           Johnny was hired by the Air & Sea
                                                                                                                                    ject of a recent personality profile         Show as an independent contractor
                                                                                                                                    appearing in the The Paper of                to work the 1995 event as a media
                                                                                                                                    Montgomery County. When asked                assistant. Eight years later, he became
                                                                                                                                    if he was doing what he thought              executive director of the Air & Sea
                                                                                                                                    he’d be doing when he grew up,               Show and president of Pro Series, Inc.,
                                                                                                                                    he replied, “Ever since I was in the         in Ft. Lauderdale, the company that
                                                                                                                                    seventh grade I remember wanting             produces the McDonald’s Air & Sea
                                                                                                                                    to be a teacher and a basketball             Show and Fleet Week USA, presented
                                                                                                                                    coach. I couldn’t be happier doing           by McDonald’s. Johnny has given back
                                                                                                                                    what I am doing, and I couldn’t              to the community by mentoring stu-
                                                                                                                                    imagine getting up in the morning            dents. He serves as an executive board
                                                                                                                                    and going to a different job.” The           member on the Twan Russell Life Skills
                                                                                                                                    profile notes that Scott has been at         and Reading Foundation and the
                                                                                                                                    North Montgomery High School for             O.J. McDuffie Catch 81 Foundation.
                                                                                                                                    six years and coaches varsity boys           He is currently an adjunct professor
                                                                                                                                    basketball. He and his wife, Robyn,          at St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla.,
                                                                                                                                    have two children, Kendra, 4, and            where he teaches a course in Graduate
                                                                                                                                    Kamden, an infant.                           Sports Law.




                                                                                                                                      Wedding Photo Policies
                                                                                                                                                                  T     he editors reserve the right to select
                                                                                                                                                                        wedding photos for publication based on
                                                                                                                                                                  available space, photo quality, timeliness, and
                                                                                                                                                                  the number of graduates named in the photo.
   Allyson DiFranco ’91, seated in the foreground, and Mike Fernald exchanged wedding vows in Raleigh, N.C. Allyson was
                                                                                                                                                                  Please send your photos when announcing
   accompanied by her bridesmaids, standing from the left: LeeAnne Monelt, Dorothea DiFranco, Stephanie Zalbert ’92,                                              your wedding, as we will not publish a photo
   Elizabeth DiFranco ’92 and Robyn Fransson.                                                                                                                     for nuptials previously announced in Columns.
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            1994
     Antonia Ecung M ’94, dean
                                             a blessing.” She and her husband,
                                             Mark, live in Murray, N.Y., with their
                                             two sets of twins, Jacques and Will,
                                             both 4, and Luke and Sadie Lynn,
                                                                                               R     ichard Chapman ’95 was
                                                                                                     among a select group of teachers
                                                                                               from 21 countries and 43 U.S. states
of learning at Porterville (Calif.)          who were born recently. Kellie is                 who donned astronaut’s suits for
College, was awarded her doctorate           also staying home to raise Rachel, 7,             almost two weeks in June during the
in higher education administration           and Grace, 2.                                     Honeywell Educators Space Academy
recently from Capella University,                                                              at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in
the Fresno Bee reported. Antonia
started her climb up the college
administration ladder at Mohawk
                                                           1996
                                                   Stuart Maloff M ’96 will be
                                                                                               Huntsville, Ala.
                                                                                                     Rick, who teaches sixth grade
                                                                                               earth science and coaches lacrosse and
                                                                                               cross country at West Genesee Middle
Valley Community College as                                                                    School in Camillus, N.Y., completed 50
liaison for former employees of              running one of his basketball camps
                                                                                               hours of professional development and
Griffiss Air Force Base. Her next step       next summer at Disney World from                  participated in an intensive educator
was two years as director of the             June 29-July 3.                                   curriculum focused on space science
College Learning Center at SUNY                    John Reitzel earned his doctor-             and exploration in addition to experi-
Morrisville, followed by four years as       ate in criminology, law and society               encing real-life astronaut training.
associate dean of liberal arts at that       from the University of Florida in                       Designed in partnership with
institution’s campus. She accepted           November 2006. He served as an                    the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the
the post at Porterville College in           assistant professor of criminal justice           Honeywell Educators Space Academy
                                             at Illinois State University until May,           programs provide teachers with new
2002. As a military wife, Antonia                                                              and innovative techniques to educate
has gained extensive national and            when he accepted an appoint-                                                                   This summer, West Genesee (N.Y.) teacher Richard Chapman ’95 attended
                                             ment as assistant professor in the                their students about science and math.
international travel and employ-                                                                                                            the Honeywell Educators Space Academy programs at the U.S. Space and
                                                                                                     “It was one of the best weeks of
ment in various positions outside            L. Douglas Wilder School of Public                                                             Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
                                                                                               my life,” Rick said. “One of the high-
of education, giving her a wealth            Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth                  lights was listening to Story Musgrave,
of educational and administrative            University in Richmond, Va.                       Ed Buckbee and Homer Hickam speak. Of the three, Story          of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, which focuses on family
experience. She and her husband,                                                               Musgrave, who is a military pilot, doctor, astronaut, lecturer, safety and security, housing and shelter, science and math
Maurice, a retired Air Force officer,
have two daughters, Melanie and
Allison. Both are captains in the U.S.
                                                           1997
                                                  Kevin Flynn writes that he
                                                                                               author and businessman, gave a particularly inspirational
                                                                                               lecture on unlocking one’s potential and teamwork. Ed
                                                                                               Buckbee, who is an author, lecturer, personal friend of the
                                                                                                                                                               education and humanitarian relief.
                                                                                                                                                                     At Space Academy, Rick took part in a variety of activi-
                                                                                                                                                               ties including classroom, laboratory and field training, which
                                                                                               M7 astronauts and who worked with Wernher von Braun,            are linked to science and math teaching standards. He had
Air Force after graduating from the          is currently teaching elementary                  first director of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, talked      the unique opportunity to try astronaut-training exercises,
Air Force Academy.                           physical education in the Croton-                 about the beginning of the U.S. space program. Hickam, a        including a high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based
                                             Harmon School District, Croton-on-                NASA engineer and author of several book including Rocket       space missions, land and water survival training and a state-

            1995
     Susan Stackhouse Grant ’95,
                                             Hudson, N.Y., and also is the head
                                             coach for girls varsity swim team,
                                             girls junior varsity basketball and the
                                                                                               Boys, which was made into the movie, “October Sky,” shared
                                                                                               his experiences growing up in Coalwood, W.V., and how he
                                                                                               worked toward his dream of leaving his town and going to
                                                                                                                                                               of-the-art flight dynamics program.
                                                                                                                                                                     “The other highlight was working with the individuals
                                                                                                                                                               from around the U.S. and the world who made up our team,”
                                                                                               work for NASA.”                                                 Rick writes. “Team Exploration was made up of 15 individuals
M ’98 has been named head coach              boys varsity lacrosse team, which
                                                                                                     Rick applied because he is interested in topics related   from six different countries, the U.S., Scotland, Slovakia,
of the women’s soccer team at the            just won its first league champion-               to space and space travel.                                      Bulgaria, England, India and Indonesia. We had to bond
U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New              ship in more than 10 years.                             “The Space Academy for Educators sounded like an          quickly in order to succeed in the engineering challenges and
London, Conn. Susan has a wide vari-              Here’s what the New York Times               opportunity to get an up-close and behind-the-scenes look       simulator missions. It was magical how we were able to over-
ety of coaching experiences, having          had to say July 13 about Aroma                    at something I am interested in,” he writes. “How could I       come differences in our backgrounds and language barriers
coached women’s soccer, lacrosse             Thyme Bistro, owned by Jamie                      pass it up?”                                                    to successfully complete the engineering challenges and two
and field hockey at several levels.          Dickman Guiliano: “Aroma Thyme                          The head of his school’s Science Department encouraged    space shuttle simulator missions. We all quickly became very
                                             Bistro (is) a four-year-old restaurant            him to apply, as did previous participant John Sardella ’87,    good friends and still stay in contact with each other.”
She was the lacrosse coach and
                                             that real estate agents, village officials        now principal of Donlin Drive Elementary in the Liverpool             Rick writes that the lectures and presentations were
assistant field hockey coach at Pine                                                           (N.Y.) School District.                                         outstanding and he learned about the history of space travel,
Point School in Stonington during            and longtime residents say has been
                                             a spark of revitalization in Ellenville                 “He knew I attended a similar NASA program a few          the planets and future missions.
Fall 2006. Prior to that, she coached                                                          years ago,” Rick writes. He completed and submitted the               “I was able to bring back dozens of activities that I plan to
soccer, field hockey and lacrosse at         (N.Y.). Fifty people filled the dining
                                                                                               short application and 500-word essay and learned earlier this   use in my class this school year,” he writes. One such program
various levels in Upstate New York.          room on a recent Saturday night, lis-             year of his acceptance into the 2007 program.                   is the Mars Student Imaging Program (MSIP) that is associated
She is married to Ulysses “C.C.”             tening to a man pluck a modernized                      Each Honeywell Educator received a full scholarship       with NASA and Arizona State University. He also plans to
Grant ’92, a former football player          washtub bass while they ordered a                 following a rigorous application and selection process          expand his rocketry teams, which compete in the Museum of
and assistant coach.                         diverse menu that included vegan                  involving nearly 1,000 competing teachers from around           Science and Technology Rocketry Challenge. Rick will share
     “We now have six children               options like wheatgrass shots ($4)                the world. Honeywell and the contributions of more than         the information he received with other educators.
seven years and younger,” writes             and seitan cutlets ($16).”                        1,700 Honeywell employees underwrote all costs. Since the             “I think it is especially important to share this story
                                                                                               program’s inception in 2004, Honeywell and its employees        with the Cortland alumni to increase awareness about this
Kellie Wilson Gregoire. “What                                                                  have sponsored 730 program scholarships for teachers in         outstanding program and encourage others to apply to the
                                                                                               almost every state and 34 countries. The programs are part      Honeywell Space Academy for Educators,” Rick writes.




   i  n May 2006, former economics major Nathaniel
      Toth ’94 joined another former economics major,
   Pablo Zangerle ’83, to work for the Finance Division
                                                          as a whole. Pablo is the deputy director for revenue,
                                                          responsible for tracking and making policy recom-
                                                          mendations with respect to the city’s $59 billion revenue
                                                                                                                          at the midtown law firm of Wormser, Kiely, Jacobs
                                                                                                                          and Associates. Nathan and Alison have one daughter
                                                                                                                          Anna, 5.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       1998
                                                                                                                                                                                               Joshua Farrelman has been
   of the New York City Council, Nathan writes.           budget. Nathan joined the Capital Unit as a senior                   “The Cortland Economics Department provided                promoted to director of govern-
        The Finance Division provides analysis to the     analyst, responsible for making sure that the council’s         a very broad context for understanding economic                 ment and community relations at
   Finance Committee responsible for handling all budget  capital budget priorities are carried out. Nathan had           forces in the world today,” Nathan reflects. “Critical          the University of Rochester (UR).
   and finance matters before the council. The Finance    previously worked in the Mayor’s Office of Management           thinking was the buzz phrase of the early 1980s, and
                                                                                                                                                                                          He has served for the past year as
   Division also furthers the council speaker’s policy    and Budget, allowing him to immediately impact the              having a historical perspective was the foundation
   agenda as it relates to the budget and New York City   council’s analytical efforts.
                                                                                                                                                                                          associate director of government
                                                                                                                          for knowledge and meaningful change. (Associate
                                                                                               Although they met          Professor Emeritus) Gerry Surette was the man dur-              relations. Joshua built a steady
                                                                                          through common friends,         ing my days at Cortland. I also have managed to keep            resume of legislative experiences
                                                                                          they have more in com-          many Cortland friendships alive over the last 25 years,         before joining UR in 2005. He most
                                                                                          mon than their Red              getting together with ‘Epi,’ ‘Baldy,’ and ‘Munch’ for           recently was assistant director for
                                                                                          Dragon pedigree. Both           much needed comic relief as often as possible.” After           the American Library Association’s
                                                                                          happened to marry their         Cortland, Pablo received a master’s degree in econom-           Office of Government Relations,
                                                                                          college sweethearts who         ics at Binghamton University.                                   where he worked to represent the
                                                                                          are also Cortland alum-              Nathan also has fond memories of Cortland.                 organization’s legislative positions
                                                                                          nae. Pablo is married to             “When I began attending Cortland in the summer             before the U.S. Congress. Prior to
                                                                                          Monica Rodriguez ’85,           of 1989, I was undecided on what major to declare,”
                                                                                                                                                                                          that, he served as senior legislative
                                                                                          who also majored in eco-        he said. “I had the good fortune to get Professor Lynch
                                                                                          nomics and is currently         for Principles of Economics and was inspired to take            assistant to U.S. Representative Rosa
                                                                                          the vice president for U.S.     the road that led me to where I am today. To say that           L. DeLauro (D-Conn.), and as staff
                                                                                          credit at the global hedge      I greatly enjoyed my Cortland experience would be               assistant for U.S. Representative
                                                                                          fund, Man Financial.            an understatement of epic proportions. I still remain           Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.) in her
                                                                                          Pablo and Monica just           in contact with many of my fellow alums and we get              Washington office. He currently
                                                                                          celebrated their 25th year      together regularly to recall some of the good times past        resides in Bloomfield, N.Y.
                                                                                          together and have three         and in some cases to re-enact them. I’ve met many                    Sharon Carle Hohenstein
                                                                                          children: Isabella, 13,         people at Cortland who have become life-long friends,           writes that she and her husband,
                                                                                          Luke, 11 and Peter, 8. In       not the least of which is my lovely wife, Alison. At the        John Hohenstein ’99, live in
   Two graduates in economics, Nathaniel Toth ’94, left, and Pablo Zangerle ’83,          2000, Nathan married            age of 18 I didn’t realize what an important decision I
                                                                                                                                                                                          Gilbertsville, Pa., a northwestern
   stand in front of New York City Hall, where they both work for the Finance             Alison Wenger ’93, a            was making when choosing schools. I thank my lucky
   Division of the New York City Council.                                                 health major who works
                                                                                                                                                                                          suburb of Philadelphia. John works
                                                                                                                          stars that I made the right choice.”
                                                                                                                                                                                          as a multimedia production ana-
                                                                                                                                                                                          lyst for Lockheed Martin in King of
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                                                                                                                                                                             Lindsey A. Marranca of
                                                                                                                                         Richard Ojeda ’03 greets his    Worcester State has joined the
                                                                                                                                         former classmates from the      Worcester Sharks’ ticket sales staff as
                                                                                                                                         U.S. Embassy in Baghdad,        an account executive, the Worcester
                                                                                                                                         where he recently completed     Telegram & Gazette reported on
                                                                                                                                         a two-month voluntary           Aug. 28. Last year, Lindsey attended
                                                                                                                                         assignment protecting the       Game Face Executive Academy,
                                                                                                                                         ambassador and congressio-
                                                                                                                                         nal delegations, including      where she received training in sales,
                                                                                                                                         U.S. Senator John McCain,       customer service and marketing for
                                                                                                                                         during visits. Richard is       the sporting industry. She worked
                                                                                                                                         serving the High Threat         on the Buffalo Bills promotional
                                                                                                                                         Protection Office, pairing      team during the 2006 National
                                                                                                                                         with another diplomatic         Football League season.
                                                                                                                                         security special agent to
                                                                                                                                                                             Daniel Pfeifer Jr. has been
                                                                                                                                         handle close-in situations.
                                                                                                                                         “The visits by their very       an account executive with Capital
                                                                                                                                         nature involve traveling to     District Sports, Inc., in Albany, N.Y.,
                                                                                                                                         various military outposts       since July 2006. The company Dan
                                                                                                                                         and commands in and             works for owns and operates the
                                                                                        around Baghdad,” he writes. “On a recent trip by Senator Reed from Rhode         Albany River Rats, members of the
                                                                                        Island, we had six separate moves by Army Blackhawk helicopters in one           American Hockey League, and the
   Brenda Cassara ’00 and Paul Gallo ’00 were wed on July 16, 2006, in New              day. I also have served on the U.S. Ambassador’s Protective Detail for cer-
                                                                                                                                                                         Albany Conquest, part of Arena
   Rochelle, N.Y. Wedding attendants, seated from the left, were: Jessica               tain operations. I am tentatively scheduled to be in New York City during
                                                                                        the United Nations General Assembly this September providing protection          Football League 2.
   Denson-Walrath ’99, Brenda, Paul and Colleen Werner ’01; and standing,
   James Walrath ’99, Katherine White Mastrella ’02, Michael Mastrella ’00,             to foreign dignitaries.”
   Kristoffer Swart ’00, Jason Charno ’00, Christopher Soprano ’00, Amee Saville-
   Zbytniewski ’00, Lynette Briggs-Montgomery ’01, Elizabeth Karl-Conrad ’00,
   Michelle Parisi ’00 and Melinda Kmetz ’00.                                              SUNY Oneonta added                   “Now, we don’t just play games, we
                                                                                                                                                                                    2007
                                                                                                                                                                              Joshua Bochniak M ’07 was
                                                                                     Brinn Spencer to its Athletic              teach life skills.” Besides physical     recently selected by the Society of
                                                                                     Training Department, the College           education, Erik teaches health, even     Park and Recreation Educators as
                                                                                     announced in mid-August. She will          though he’s not required to do so.       a Future Scholar for the National
                                                                                     fill the second full-time assistant        He chairs the Resource Department        Recreation and Park Association.
                                                                                     slot. Brinn spent last year as an ath-     at Creekside, which encompasses          The Future Scholar Award is given
                                                                                     letic trainer for Bassett Healthcare’s     physical education, art, music,          to only a few students nationally, to
                                                                                     Sports Medicine Division, following        library and computer lab.                encourage their pursuit of a Ph.D. in
                                                                                     one year as a graduate assistant                SUNY Cortland teammates             the parks and recreation field. Josh
                                                                                     athletic trainer at Waynesburg             Charles “Fred” Joslyn of Chenango        served as the associate editor of
                                                                                     College. She earned her master’s           Forks, N.Y., and current senior Andy     the Taproot Journal of the Coalition
                                                                                     degree from West Virginia University       Cloke of Elmira, both All-Americans,     for Education in the Outdoors, a
                                                                                     in 2006.                                   finished an impressive 21st and 22nd,    publication produced through
                                                                                                                                respectively, in the Utica Boilermaker   the Recreation and Leisure Studies

                                                                                                2005
                                                                                          As a reporter since May for a
                                                                                                                                15K, the Elmira Star-Gazette reported
                                                                                                                                in July. Fred posted a time of 47:43
                                                                                                                                and Cloke, 47:48.
                                                                                                                                                                         Department at SUNY Cortland.


                                                                                     small Florida community news-
   Michelle Cairo ’02 and Joseph Partenza were married on July 28, 2006, in
                                                                                     paper, the South Lee Messenger,
   Westchester, N.Y. In attendance were, front row from the left: Tara Bozik
   Thomas ’02, Agatha Wrobel Ratulowski ’02, Michelle, Traci Lee Cairo ’05,
   Mohammad “Moe” Azad ’05 and Christopher Spennicchia ’97.; and back
   row: Michael Partenza ’02, Jennifer Sieracki ’02, Kristin Creegan Griff ’02,
                                                                                     Mckenzie Cassidy covers local
                                                                                     city council meetings and events
                                                                                     and writes business profiles and
                                                                                                                                                         Marriages
   Luke Griff, Janelle Toner ’02, Jeffrey Lovier ’05 and Ryah DiSabantonio ’02.                                                 William Bogardus ’99 to Jennifer Furlong on Aug. 4 in Riverside, Conn.
                                                                                     feature articles. Before that, he spent
   Michelle and Joseph met in Cortland through Joseph’s brother, Michael.            a year teaching middle school in


Prussia, Pa. Sharon teaches special         commercial and to win tickets to
                                                                                     southwest Florida. “All of the things
                                                                                     I learned from the poli-sci depart-
                                                                                     ment have made it easier to break
                                                                                                                                                                Births
education in the Spring-Ford Area           the Idol finale next year. Many of                                                  Barbara Beck Connolly ’90 and Michael, a son, Jack Shea, on Aug. 22, 2006.
                                                                                     down the real complex issues my
School District in Royersford, Pa.          my experiences at Cortland helped                                                   Debra Glass Desnoyers ’90 and Philip, a daughter, Evelyn Philip, on May 18.
                                                                                     fellow reporters may not under-
They have a son, Kyler.                     me to land this prized position.                                                    Joni Carlucci Hart ’90 and Raymond, a son, Cameron Joseph, on March 26.
                                                                                     stand,” Mckenzie writes to his men-
     Lillian Hughes Westbrook               Oscar Mayer received about 1,200                                                    Tracy Giancola Carbone ’91 and Mark, a son, Joseph Dylan, on Dec. 26.
                                                                                     tor, Distinguished Service Professor
M ’98 recently became a first-time          applications this year for 12 spots.”                                               Kathleen King Gathen ’91 and William Gathen ’94, a son, Adam Joseph,
                                                                                     Henry Steck.
grandmother with the birth of Lyric         She notes that both parents of                                                          on Oct. 7, 2006.
                                                                                          Practice can make perfect,
Luell. She and her husband, David,          her Wienermobile partner, Matt                                                      Peter Strand ’91 and Jennifer, a son, Peter James IV, on May 14.
                                                                                     according to Inside Lacrosse, an
have three children: Davita gradu-          Mitchell, Joseph Mitchell ’74 and                                                   Lisa Bradway Kirchner ’92 and Donald, a son, Connor, on June 13.
                                                                                     ESPN-affiliated Web site, which
ated from Harvard Graduate School           Rosemary Catalano Mitchell ’74,                                                     Nancy Brennan Poulis ’93 and Andre, a daughter, Sydney, on Dec. 26, 2005.
                                                                                     reported recently that Chicago
this year; David Jr., a special educa-      attended Cortland. Stephanie spent                                                  Kellie Wilson Gregoire ’95 and Mark, twins Luke Isaac and Sadie Lynn,
                                                                                     Machine attackman Hugh Adam
tion teacher in North Carolina, was         the previous two years as a gradu-                                                      on July 2.
                                                                                     Hughes put on a complimentary
named “2006-07 Teacher of the               ate assistant in the Development                                                    James “Jamie” Hammond ’95 and Heather, a daughter, Grace Elizabeth,
                                                                                     clinic on Sunday for tournament
Year”; and Derek directs the Higher         and Alumni Relations Office at                                                          on April 6.
                                                                                     participants. Adam taught offen-
Educational Opportunity Program at          Elmira College.                                                                     Cynthia Kappen Trubisky ’95 and Robert, a son, Caleb Alexander,
                                                                                     sive and defensive strategies, as
Sage Colleges.                                   David Gryczka II M ’04 was                                                         on March 28.
                                                                                     well as drills and techniques on
                                            hired as the new varsity football                                                   Sarah Boland Brandolino ’96 and Chris, a son, Dominic Christopher,
                                                                                     how to maximize the value of

           2000
     Mary Cahill C.A.S. ’00 serves
                                            head coach at Oswego High School
                                            since Jan. 2, the Palladium-Times
                                            reported. He coached the junior
                                                                                     practice. Former SUNY Cortland
                                                                                     men’s lacrosse coach Lelan Rogers
                                                                                     is the head coach of the Chicago
                                                                                                                                    on June 14.
                                                                                                                                Amy Milano Conklin ’96 and Jason Conklin ’96, a son, Rhys Noah,
                                                                                                                                    on May 10.
                                            varsity team last year. Before coming                                               Brian Rehm ’96 and Jennifer Leone Rehm ’97, a son, Brian Michael,
as the superintendent of schools                                                     Machine.
                                            to Oswego, he coached football for                                                      on April 7.
in the Lake George (N.Y.) District,                                                                                             Kevin Flynn ’97 and Cathy, a daughter, Kaylee Elizabeth, on April 18.
the Glens Falls Post-Star reported
recently. Mary previously taught and
served in various leadership roles
                                            seven years at Fayetteville-Manlius
                                            High School.
                                                 Laura Lamash C.A.S. ’04
                                                                                                2006
                                                                                          Erik Johnson was the subject
                                                                                                                                Sharon Carle Hohenstein ’98 and John Hohenstein ’99, a son,
                                                                                                                                    Kyler John, on April 1.
                                                                                                                                Cindy Heimbrecht O’Shea ’99 and Mike, a daughter, Allie Eileen,
                                            earned her doctorate in educa-
for 15 years in the Binghamton City         tional theory and practice from          of a Feb. 18 feature article published         on March 30.
School District.                            Binghamton University in May. A          by the Suffolk (Va.) News-Herald.          JoeyAnne Nappo Sherman ’02 and Robert, a son, Robert Joseph,
                                            Couper Fellow, her dissertation          Then in his first year of teaching             on March 29.

           2004
     Stephanie Geidel of Madison,
                                            focused on 250 years of history at
                                            Binghamton High School. Laura,
                                            who taught at the Susquehanna
                                                                                     physical education at the Creekside
                                                                                     Elementary School in Suffolk, Erik
                                                                                     was nominated by his fellow teach-
                                                                                                                                                  In Memoriam
Wis., writes that she is touring the        School and in the Binghamton City        ers for Rookie Teacher of the Year
                                                                                                                                Sister Teresa Maxwell ’31                Muriel Edmonds Rossie ’54
country aboard the Oscar Mayer              School District, now serves as enrich-   and selected by a citywide com-
                                                                                                                                Christine House Jennison ’33             Saundra Klube Biemiller ’57
Wienermobile for the next year as           ment coordinator and teacher for         mittee. Erik said he knew from the
                                                                                                                                Gloria Jones Faison ’37                  Laurence Beck ’63
part of the company’s Oscar Mayer           the Binghamton district’s Challenge      time he was in seventh grade that
                                                                                                                                Jack Dale ’41                            Donald Lawrence, Jr. ’64
Hotdogger Team East. “Oscar Mayer           Program. The program, which she          he would teach physical education
                                                                                                                                Harry Jones ’42                          John Wayne Cooper ’67
has teamed up with American Idol            runs with a team of four other           when he grew up. He taught for a
                                                                                                                                Lorraine Van Caeseele                    Joseph Bochicchio ’68
for ‘Sing the Jingle, Be a Star,’” she      teachers, offers enrichment activi-      year-and-a-half in New York before
                                                                                                                                    Hutton ’48                           Dennis Webster ’71
writes. My partner and I travel city-       ties for all children in kindergarten    heading south. “Physical education
                                                                                                                                Daniel Hunt ’51                          Scott Premo M ’01
to-city auditioning America to be           through eighth grade.                    when I was growing up was ‘roll out
                                                                                                                                Herbert Carlberg ’52                     Daniel Pujdak ’05
the star of the next Oscar Mayer                                                     the ball,’” he told the News-Herald.
                                                                                                                                Edward Hardy ’53
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  Obituaries
 P     atricia Allen of Cortland, N.Y., a professor emerita of
       physical education at SUNY Cortland who led the cru-
 cial merger of the women’s and men’s physical education
                                                                  college physical education departments were unifying, and
                                                                  the requirements of federal regulations, particularly Title IX,
                                                                  also influenced the trend. Allen used her careful, diligent
                                                                                                                                    lications, including Journal of Mathematical Physics, Physica,
                                                                                                                                    American Journal of Physics and Foundation of Physics.
                                                                                                                                         In 1983, Leaf was chosen to join a U.S. physics teach-
 departments during the 1980s, passed away on June 17.            research skills to assist the two departments in their transi-    ers delegation to schools and universities in Leningrad,
      Allen earned a bachelor of science degree from the          tion to the Department of Physical Education.                     Moscow, Beijing, Xian and Shanghai in connection with an
 University of Colorado and a master of science from Smith            She chaired the Commencement Committee for a                  official People to People mission to the Soviet Union and
 College. She taught physical education in the Salinas, Calif.,   number of years, and the Park Center Planning and Building        the People’s Republic of China.
 public schools for three years.                                  Committees for a total of five years.                                  In addition to his association with many professional
      She came to Cortland in 1956 as a member of the                 Allen retired in 1990 after serving the College for           and scholarly organizations in his field, Leaf has served on
 Women’s Physical Education Department when the College           more than 33 years. In retirement, she spent her winters in       the College Honors Convocation Committee as well as on
 had separate men’s and women’s departments and women             Cortland and summers in Big Sky, Mont.                            many departmental, divisional and College committees.
 did not participate in competitive sports.                           She is survived by her cousins, William Graham, Judith        During the 1983-84 academic year, he was elected chair of
      A specialist in administrative theory, Allen taught         McBride, George Graham, Carol Hunsaker and Jane C. Brown.         the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty.
 undergraduate and graduate courses in physical education                                                                                He is survived by three children and five grandchildren.
 administration and athletic activities.
      She coached tennis and served as advisor for bowl-
 ing and the Official’s Club. Allen coordinated the Outdoor
                                                                  B      oris Leaf of Seattle, Wash., a professor emeritus of
                                                                         physics at SUNY Cortland who chaired the Physics
                                                                  Department from 1966-82, died on April 25. He had served          d     aniel F. Pujdak ’05, a firefighter with Ladder
                                                                                                                                          Company 146 in Brooklyn, N.Y., died on June 21 as
 Education Practicum at Raquette Lake and served as activity      the College for 24 years until his retirement in 1989.            the result of injuries sustained while battling a fire in the
 skills specialist.                                                     A summa cum laude graduate of the University of             Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.
      In 1971, she completed her doctoral degree from             Washington, Leaf earned his doctorate from the University              Pujdak was appointed to the Fire Department of
 University of Oregon.                                            of Illinois. Before coming to Cortland, he taught at Kansas       New York (FDNY) on Sept. 25, 2005. The 23-year-old Fresh
      Allen applied her knowledge of the practical aspects of     State University for nine years and during a leave of absence     Queens, N.Y., resident was a kinesiology major at SUNY
 administration when she served as administrative assistant       conducted research at the Free University of Brussels in          Cortland.
 to the late Katherine Ley, chair of the Women’s Physical         Belgium.                                                               Thousands of firefighters joined Pujdak’s family and
 Education Department. Allen chaired the Women’s Physical               He joined the College in 1965 and the following year        friends to pay their final respects at his June 26 funeral held
 Education and Physical Education Departments on an acting        became chair of the Physics Department. For several years,        at St. Cecilia’s Church in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.
 basis for three terms. For many years, she was building          he also coordinated the interdisciplinary science program.        Memorial contributions may be sent to the scholarship fund
 administrator for the Park Center and outdoor athletic                 In 1974, he was designated a State University Faculty       set up in his name at St. Francis Preparatory School
 facilities. She also served as associate chair for sports man-   Exchange Scholar, one of a number of SUNY faculty mem-            in Queens, N.Y., or to the FDNY Ladder 146.
 agement in the physical education curriculum.                    bers who through the years have been recognized as emi-                Pudjak is survived by his parents and his brothers. His
      In 1984, Allen was asked to chair the ad hoc Committee      nent in their disciplines by their academic peers. Leaf was       brother, Matt, graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2007 with
 on Academic Reorganization of the Physical Education             listed in American Men and Women in Science and in Who’s          a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.
 Departments. Across the country, men’s and women’s               Who in America. His articles appeared in many scientific pub-




                                                                                                   Thomas ’87                                         are supplementing classes they’re taking

 Templeton                                           In 2005, the “Smart & Good High
                                                 Schools” report was published jointly             Continued from page 10
                                                                                                                                                      from their community college.
                                                                                                                                                           “Nothing can beat a live teacher next to
 Continued from page 9                           through the center and the Washington,                                                               you,” Thomas said. “I’m just trying to bring
                                                 D.C.-based Character Education Partner-           nostalgic purposes. I said, ‘You’ve got to         that experience to places where a Chinese-
     Starting in 2003, Lickona and Davidson      ship. Lickona and Davidson sent a four-           come to Cortland.’”                                speaking teacher is not available or there
 spent two years compiling an extensive          page summary, along with a CD of the                  Thomas first worked as a translator for        are time restrictions.”
 database of reports on high school reform,      entire report to every public and private         a Taipei radio station and acted in Asian               This semester, Thomas has generously
 research on adolescent development and          high school in the nation. They have sold         TV shows. At times, he was a news stringer         made his online language course available
 material on high school character educa-        nearly 10,000 additional copies at $5.50          covering mainly local politics for the news        free of charge to SUNY Cortland students,
 tion. They integrated this information          apiece, generating revenue to support the         media agencies.                                    which the College will allow them to take as
 with findings from their own site visits to     center’s work.                                        Today, Thomas can be seen on the big           an informal, non-credit offering.
 24 award-winning high schools around                Lickona and Davidson have been                screen.                                                 By serendipity, years later Thomas met a
 the nation to take a closer look at what        pleased with the response. They have                  “I acted in a 2005 Japanese movie called       second SUNY Cortland president in China.
 is working. Their efforts culminated in         been invited to present the Smart &               ‘Moonchild,’ and my agent tells me another         He returned to Beijing in Fall 2006, when a
 the 2005 “Smart & Good High Schools”            Good work at more than 30 conferences             movie role is coming up,” Thomas said.             SUNY Cortland delegation led by current
 report.                                         in the U.S. and Canada.                           He was in Los Angeles on business.                 President Erik J. Bitterbaum met with a
     “The schools we visited were very               “The emphasis on excellence and                   “I’m still getting used to the cultural        group of Asians who are considered to be
 diverse,” Lickona said. “They were as           ethics challenges both students and staff         difference in Taiwan, which is quite West-         SUNY Cortland alumni by virtue of their
 small as 300 students and as big as 4,300       to think deeply about life’s largest ques-        ernized. There is a different accent to the lan-   having completed graduate course work or
 students and included public, public            tions,” Lickona said. “What makes for a           guage and the food is quite different. Some        a faculty exchange for the sake of research.
 charter, independent and religious              meaningful life? What goals are worth             of it is good and some I would not touch           The meeting at Capital Normal University
 schools in urban, suburban and rural            pursuing?                                         again. After awhile you find out what you          was intended to renew the more than
 settings. They ranged from Hyde Lead-               “Our Smart & Good model is aimed              can eat. Many people are quite curious find-       25-year-old partnership between the two
 ership Public Charter School, a largely         at developing a person who is prepared            ing a black American who speaks Chinese.           teacher education-oriented institutions.
 African-American school in the heart of         to lead a meaningful life,” Lickona said.         After awhile, you get used to being a                   “It just happened that I returned to
 Washington, D.C., to the affluent, blue         “Someone who is a lifelong learner and            novelty. They are complimentary of your            Beijing after nearly 20 years for meetings
 ribbon Adlai Stevenson High School in           critical thinker, a diligent and capable          Mandarin. I travel a lot in the area to inter-     with the Beijing Language and Culture
 Lincolnshire, Ill. We didn’t view them          performer, a socially and emotionally             esting places: Taiwan, Japan, China.”              University Press. While I was in Beijing, I
 as model schools, however. They all had         skilled person, an ethical thinker, a re-             Thomas’ company employs eight Tai-             successfully found my first Chinese teacher,
 strengths and weaknesses. We took the           spectful and responsible moral agent,             wanese, who develop and write all their            Chen Hong. The day after, she called me
 best practices from each and synthesized        a self-disciplined person who pursues             language-training materials in-house.              on my Beijing cell phone and informed me
 them into our Smart & Good model.”              a healthy lifestyle, a contributing com-              “One section of the Mandarin course            that the current Cortland president was in
     Lickona and Davidson noted that the         munity member and democratic citizen,             software has live, online teaching using           Beijing and a small dinner would be held
 schools they visited had different “signa-      and a spiritual person engaged in craft-          Internet conferencing software,” he explained.     with former Cortland students from Beijing
 ture practices” for implementing a com-         ing a life of noble purpose.                      “I can have a virtual classroom of between         Teacher’s College. She asked me if I would
 mitment to excellence and ethics. Some              “We see these eight strengths of char-        1 to 3,000 people at once anywhere in the          like to join them.
 had adopted honor codes to create a             acter as the crucial developmental out-           world who are using anything from regular               “It was simply a pleasure to meet President
 learning community where cheating was           comes of high school. These are the assets        dial-up to high speed modem. We do limit           Bitterbaum and talk about my experiences
 unacceptable. Others drafted touchstones        needed to lead a flourishing life and make        the class size to 10 people, however.”             living in Asia. It was wonderful connecting
 that summarized the school’s pledge to          a positive contribution to society.”                  Some of the software his company uses          with former Chinese students from Beijing,
 strive for excellence and ethics.                                                                 allows students to interact as a class, too.       as well.”
                                                                                                   Most clients are from English-speaking                  Using education to bridge the divides of
                                                                                                   countries. Many of his clientele are corpo-        geography and culture has been a lifelong
                                                                                                   rations who want their workers to be up to         pursuit for both Thomas and his presiden-
                                                                                                   a basic language level before sending them         tial mentors.
                                                                                                   over to China. Some of Thomas’ students
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                                                                                                                                                        Softball Wins SUNYaC, finishes
Spring Sports                                                                                                                                           Second at NCaa regionals
Continued from page 28                                                                                                                                                  Led by 13th-year head coach
                                                                                                                                                                        Julie Lenhart, the Cortland
    Acquaviva finished her indoor and                                                                                                                                   softball squad fashioned one
outdoor track and field career as a seven-                                                                                                                              of the best seasons in school
time All-American, including three top-five                                                                                                                             history. The Red Dragons
heptathlon finishes. She graduated as the                                                                                                               posted a 38-10 record, the second-high-
school record holder in five events and was                                                                                                             est win total for the program, and won its
named a national third team Academic All-                                                                                                               eighth SUNYAC title. Cortland qualified
American. She was named the Most Out-                                                                                                                   for the NCAA Division III playoffs for the
standing Athlete of the Meet at the 2007                                                                                                                13th time and finished just two wins shy of
ECAC Championships and finished her                                                                                                                     a World Series berth after placing second in
career with 11 SUNYAC individual titles.                                                                                                                a seven-team regional that it hosted.
Baseball enjoys fourth-Place                                                                                                                                Cortland was 9-7 through the end of
finish at World Series                                                                                                                                  March before stringing together a school-
                The Cortland baseball team                                                                                                              record 23-game win streak that lasted until
                fell one game short of ad-                                                                                                              early May. During that run the Red Drag-
                vancing to the NCAA Divi-                                                                                                               ons went 20-0 in SUNYAC play and earned
                sion III World Series in 2006,                                                                                                          the right to host the league tournament.
                but rebounded strongly this                                                                                                                 Dealt a loss in its second tournament
spring and qualified for the eight-team na-                                                                                                             game, Cortland rattled off three straight
tional finals for the eighth time in school                                                                                                             wins to grab the league title. The Red Drag-
history.                                                                                                                                                ons faced a similar situation at nationals
    Eighth-year head coach Joe Brown’s                                                                                                                  the following week, again losing their sec-
squad finished the season 42-7, the sec-                                                                                                                ond game. Cortland answered with victo-
ond-highest win total for the program.                                                                                                                  ries over the University of Rochester and
After sweeping through the SUNYAC                                                                                                                       Ithaca College before falling to league foe
tournament for its 26th league title, Cort-                                                                                                             Plattsburgh in the championship round.
land was the top seed in an NCAA regional                                                                                                                   Senior shortstop Jamie Neuner of Brew-
in Auburn. The Red Dragons dropped to                                                                                                                   ster, N.Y., earned first team All-America
the loser’s bracket with a 13-inning loss in                                                                                                            honors and was named the SUNYAC Play-
their second game, but fought back to win                                                                                                               er of the Year for the third straight season.
four straight contests. The regional title was   Senior Jimmy Dougher of Liverpool, N.Y., earned Division III Pitcher of the Year honors from           Neuner batted .438 with three homers and
                                                 D3baseball.com and earned All-America honors for the second straight season. The national lead-
capped by back-to-back victories over rival                                                                                                             28 runs batted in. She finished the season
                                                 er with a 0.63 earned run average, Dougher led Cortland to its eighth NCAA Division III World
Ithaca College on the final day.                 Series appearance and was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 24th round of the professional      with a 24-game hitting streak and became
    Cortland opened the World Series with        baseball draft. (Photo by Darl Zehr Photography)                                                       Cortland’s career leader with 49 stolen
a 12-inning loss – its fourth extra-inning                                                                                                              bases.
setback of the season – to eventual cham-            Senior attackers Ali Bourgal of Sachem,             Willis, an All-American for the second             Junior outfielder Annemarie Nelson
pion Kean University. The Red Dragons            N.Y., and Jennifer Willis of Huntington,            time, finished with 36 goals and a school          of East Greenbush, N.Y., also garnered
won two games, including a victory over          N.Y., and senior defender Cici Carter of            single-season record 42 assists for 78 points.     All-America recognition after hitting .396
defending national champion Marietta             Guilderland, N.Y., were all chosen as sec-          She is Cortland’s career leader with 117           with a team-high 11 homers and 42 RBI.
College, before being eliminated with a          ond team All-Americans. A three-time                assists and is second with 295 total points.       Lenhart was named the SUNYAC Coach
fourth-place finish.                             All-American, Bourgal scored 54 goals and           Carter, also a two-time All-American,              of the Year and became the 16th softball
    Senior pitcher Jimmy Dougher of Liv-         dished out 28 assists for a team-high 82            sparked a defensive unit that allowed less         coach in Division III history to surpass 500
erpool, N.Y., earned first team All-America      points. She became the first player in school       than six goals per game. Wetmore became            career victories, 396 of which have come at
honors and was selected as the National          history to record more than 80 points in            Cortland’s career women’s lacrosse victory         Cortland.
Pitcher of the Year by D3baseball.com. He        a season three times and finished third at          leader as a coach with a 146-37 overall
finished the season with an 8-2 record and       Cortland with 282 points.                           record.
a national-best 0.63 earned run average.
The three-time SUNYAC Pitcher of the
Year was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays
in the 24th round of June’s professional
baseball draft.
    Junior catcher Mike Zaccardo of Irond-
equoit, N.Y., was both an All-American and
                                                          Harry’s Alumni House Wish List
                                                     S
a national Gold Glove award winner. The
SUNYAC and New York Regional Player                           UNY Cortland’s loyal alumni have       HarrY’S WiSH liSt
                                                              once again come through for
of the Year batted .397 with nine homers                                                             iNdoorS                                          oUtdoorS
                                                              their College by donating to the
and 40 runs batted in. Senior outfielder
                                                     Alumni House three items included in            q small catering kitchen: $10,000                q Paved parking lot: $15,000
Dan Maycock of Utica, N.Y., also earned
                                                     the original “Harry’s list” in the spring
All-America honors after hitting .368 with                                                           q   Bathroom re-do, have your name               q Beginning garden irrigation system:
                                                     edition.
seven homers and a school-record 65 RBI.                                                                 added to the alumni House donor                 $5,000
                                                          This wish-list of necessities for the
Brown earned both SUNYAC and New                     recently acquired house is named
                                                                                                         registry: $3,800
                                                                                                                                                      q Perennial, tree and shrubbery
York Region Coach of the Year honors.                after Harry Bellardini ’56, an Alumni           q   Washer and dryer: $2,000                        project: $2,200
Women’s lacrosse Makes Ninth                         Association board member whose
                                                                                                     q   Chaise lounge with chair                     q Funding for seasonal flower arrange-
Straight NCaa Showing                                countless volunteer hours transformed
                                                     the facility into a beautiful and inviting
                                                                                                         re-upholstery: $1,200                           ments, fresh and silk: $1,800
                Overcoming a slow 2-3
                start, the Cortland women’s          place for graduates to reunite.                 q   House linen fund: $1,100                     q landscape lighting: $1,200
                                                          Harry thanks Louise DaMassa Sessa ’58
                lacrosse team finished the                                                           q   shelving: $1,000                             q Greenhouse: $1,100
                                                     who donated the washer and dryer;
                season with a 15-4 record
                                                     Barry ’79 and Joan ’82 Hoyt Kornblum            q   new French doors for the solarium:           q assorted garden tools: $600
                under 10th-year head coach
                                                     for donating the bathroom re-do; and                $990
Cynthia Wetmore. The Red Dragons won                                                                                                                  q rhododendrons (10): $500
                                                     Terry Allen ’78 and Paticia Ingagni Allen
13 straight games at one point, including                                                            q air conditioners (three): $800
                                                     for contributing the water heater.                                                               q eCHo edger and trimmer: $200
two SUNYAC tournament contests for                        He has identified additional furnishings   q   Hot water heater: $500
both their ninth straight league crown and           that some kind-hearted soul might con-                                                           alSo:
NCAA berth.                                                                                          q   in-line hot water heater: $450
                                                     sider offering as a gift (appearing in red).
    Cortland opened the national tourna-                                                                                                              q Garden sections are still available
                                                          If you are interested in making            q two towel racks: $300
ment with a 16-4 home win over Western                                                                                                                   for purchase. the name of a loved
                                                     one or more of these wishes come
                                                                                                     q   microwave oven: $200                            one placed on an alumni House
New England to earn a matchup versus                 true, please contact either Harry at
two-time defending champion The College              (607) 423-2143 or Doug DeRancy ’75,                                                                 garden section is a priceless
of New Jersey. The Red Dragons did not               executive director of alumni affairs, at                                                            compliment: $500-$2,500
trail in the contest until a goal by the Lions       (607) 753-2516 or derancy@cortland.edu.
in the “sudden victory” second overtime
dealt Cortland a heartbreaking 8-7 loss.
The Red Dragons finished tied for ninth
nationally.
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                        SPortSPaGe
Spring Sports

Six Cortland Teams Finish in Nation’s Top Ten;
Men’s Lacrosse, Track and Field Teams Place Second
               by Fran Elia                             Fortunately, the season did not close on
        Sports Information Director                that disappointing note. The Red Dragons
                                                   were awarded an at-large berth into the




A
                  stellar season for Cortland’s    NCAA tournament and defeated three of
                  spring athletics teams was       the nation’s top six teams, all on the road.
                  capped with six top-10                The last of those victories, a 9-8 semi-
                  national finishes. Both the      final win at Wesleyan (Conn.) University,
                  men’s lacrosse and men’s         earned Cortland a return trip to the na-
track and field teams were national runners-       tional finals and a rematch with unbeaten
up, the baseball team advanced to the Divi-        and top-ranked Salisbury (Md.) University.
sion III World Series and placed fourth, the       Despite opening an early 4-1 lead and being
women’s track and field team claimed three         tied 7-7 in the third quarter, Cortland was
individual national titles on its way to an        unable to pull off the repeat and fell, 15-9,
eighth-place finish, and softball and wom-         in front of 22,778 fans in late May at Balti-
en’s lacrosse finished tied for ninth place.       more’s M&T Bank Stadium.
    The strong conclusion to the 2006-07                Junior attack Ryan Heath of Baldwins-
school year vaulted the Cortland athletics         ville, N.Y. was named both the SUNYAC
program into third place out of approxi-           and Eastern College Athletic Conference
mately 430 colleges and universities in the        (ECAC) Upstate New York Player of the
final U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup           Year and was one of five Cortland All-
Division III national standings. Cortland is       Americans. He led the 15-6 Red Dragons
one of only six schools and the only New           with 82 points on 50 goals and 32 assists.
York institution to place in the top 20 each       Junior attack Billy Fuchs of Merrick, N.Y.,
of the 12 years the standings have been            also netted 50 goals and added 24 assists
compiled on the Division III level.                for 74 points.
    In all, 14 Cortland teams participated              Joining Heath on the All-America squad
in National Collegiate Athletic Association        were senior long-stick midfielder Cheney
(NCAA) postseason competition last year,           Raymond of Camillus, N.Y., junior mid-
with 10 of those placing in the top 10.            fielder Adam Hyde of West Seneca, N.Y.,
                                                   senior attack Mike Felice of Baldwinsville,
Men’s lacrosse returns to                          N.Y., and senior midfielder Ryan Simensky
National Championship Game                         of Locust Valley, N.Y. Hyde recorded four
                Under first-year head coach
                                                   goals and one assist in the national title
                Steve Beville, the Cortland
                                                   game.
                men’s lacrosse team entered
                the season facing the chal-        Six all-america efforts for
                lenge of successfully defend-      Men’s track and field
ing its NCAA Division III title. The Red                        The Cortland men’s out-
Dragons stumbled early in the year with a                       door track and field team          Senior Christina Acquaviva won national titles in both the heptathlon and 100-meter hurdles
3-4 record, including three one-goal losses,                    completed its best season          at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May at the University
but strung together nine straight wins                          in school history by finish-       of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The Utica, N.Y., native finished her collegiate career as a seven-time
before losing to Geneseo, 16-15, in the State                   ing in second place at the         All-American and 11-time SUNYAC champion. (Photo by Darl Zehr Photography)
University of New York Athletic Confer-            NCAA Division III Championships in
ence (SUNYAC) tournament finals.                   Oshkosh, Wis., in May.                              Led by interim head coach and SUNYAC          acquaviva, dorr Win National
                                                                                                   Coach of the Year Matthew Moran, the Red          Women’s track and field titles
                                                                                                   Dragons also claimed their third league title                      One of the nation’s top
                                                                                                   in four years in late April and won their                          Division III track and field
                                                                                                   second ECAC Division III title a few weeks                         athletes, senior Christina
                                                                                                   later.                                                             Acquaviva of Utica, N.Y.,
                                                                                                       At the national meet, Cortland logged                          put the finishing touches on
                                                                                                   six All-America (top-eight) finishes and          her outstanding collegiate career by win-
                                                                                                   placed second with 34 points. Junior Amaan        ning both the heptathlon and 100-meter
                                                                                                   Siddeeq of Goshen, N.Y., was the national         hurdles titles at the NCAA Division III
                                                                                                   runner-up in the 100-meter dash and               Championships in Oshkosh, Wis.
                                                                                                   combined with sophomore Matt Bieringer                 Freshman Fawn Dorr of Akron, N.Y.,
                                                                                                   of Center Moriches, N.Y., junior J.J. Riese       also stood atop the awards stand at nationals
                                                                                                   of Central Square, N.Y., and junior Kevin         after claiming top honors in the 400-meter
                                                                                                   Ma of Cornwall, N.Y., to finish second in the     hurdles. Acquaviva’s and Dorr’s performanc-
                                                                                                   4x100-meter relay.                                es led interim head coach Matthew Moran’s
                                                                                                       Senior Andrew Cloke of Elmira, N.Y.,          squad to an eighth-place team finish. The Red
                                                                                                   earned a pair of All-America medals with          Dragons also won their 13th SUNYAC title,
                                                                                                   a second-place effort in the 10,000 meters        and first since 2002, in addition to their first
                                                                                                   and a third-place finish in the 5,000 me-         ECAC Division III crown during the spring.
                                                                                                   ters. Sophomore Jake Zanetti of Saratoga          Moran was selected as both the SUNYAC and
                                                                                                   Springs, N.Y., finished sixth in the pole         Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
                                                                                                   vault and senior C. Fred Joslyn of Chenan-             Also competing at nationals were junior
   Michelle “Mickey” Kelly ’00 qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, with      go Forks, N.Y., was eighth in the 10,000          Ashley Wirges of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.,
   her bronze medal performance in the modern pentathlon at the Pan American Games in              meters.                                           in the 400-meter hurdles; Acquaviva in
   Brazil this past July. Kelly, shown competing in the equestrian portion of the competition,         Other Cortland national qualifiers            the long jump; and the 4x400-meter relay
   is a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program.   included Siddeeq in the 200-meter dash,           team of Wirges, Dorr, senior Jamie Ross of
   An Olympic alternate in 2004, Kelly earned 11 All-America cross country and track and field     Joslyn in the 5,000 meters and both fresh-
   honors at Cortland and was a member of the Red Dragons’ 1997 NCAA Division III cham-
                                                                                                                                                     Ballston Lake, N.Y., and sophomore Carly
   pionship cross country squad. In addition to equestrian, the modern pentathlon consists of      man Seth DuBois of Altamont, N.Y., and            Kennedy of North Tonawanda, N.Y.
   running, swimming, pistol shooting and fencing. (Photo courtesy of Tim Hipps/U.S. Army).        sophomore Shamus Nally of Burnt Hills,
                                                                                                   N.Y., in the 10,000 meters.                                              Continued on page 27

				
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