2022 Alumni Reunion Announced – SUNY Cortland
The SUNY Cortland Alumni Association will organize a full program of Reunion 2022 festivities scheduled for Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17.
Hundreds of returning alumni and friends have signed up to participate in class reunions, parties, and other activities on and off campus.
This is the first time the event has been held on campus since La Réunion 2019. Health precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have limited the event to online gatherings in 2020 and 2021.
“After a long hiatus, we are so excited to welcome the reunion to campus,” said Erin Boylan, executive director of alumni engagement at SUNY Cortland. “We so appreciate our landmark classes and famous groups who have continued to reach out to friends to keep them connected during the pandemic. Now is the time to celebrate the red dragons.
As always, all graduates are welcome in Reunion, whatever their promotion. Featured groups include the Half Century Club, made up of alumni graduating over 50 years ago; the classes of 1955, 1956 and 1957 (65th meeting); 1960, 1961 and 1962 (60th meeting); 1964, 1966 and 1967 (55th meeting); 1970, 1971 and 1972 (50th meeting); 30th Reunion Cluster (Classes of 1989, 1990 and 1991); 40th Reunion Cluster (Classes of 1980, 1981 and 1982); Classes of 1995, 1996 and 1997 (25th meeting); sisters of Arethusa and Theta Phi; Lambda Phi Delta Fraternity; Department of Communication Disorders and Science; and LGBTQ+ Alum, including members of SPECTRUM and PRIDE.
During the meeting, the following locations on campus will be open to everyone: the campus store, the memorial library, the outdoor basketball/tennis courts, and the student life center. Visit the Alumni Reunion 2022 website for the schedule of opening hours.
All graduates are invited to stop by the Maison des Diplômés des Parcs all day Friday and Saturday for the “Souvenir”: the opportunity to write on a canvas, the memory of a well-known classmate. beloved deceased.
Thursday July 14
The reunion opens Thursday with the 50th Class of 1970 Reunion Dinner, which will be held in the back gardens of the Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland alumni home at 29 Tompkins St. Meanwhile, classes of 1971 and 1972 will reunite for their 50th Reunion Dinner on Kappa Parks Alumni House (1925-1991) Alumni Lawn.
friday july 15
On Friday morning, the Half Century Club will depart by bus for a day of exploring Skaneateles Lake with a boat cruise with buffet lunch.
Later in the morning, the Alumni Association and the Athletic Department will combine their talents to continue the sold-out ‘Red and White Golf Classic’. The Enhanced Golf Tournament will be held at Cortland Country Club and will serve as a fundraiser for both organizations.
That afternoon, members of Theta Phi sorority will have a picnic at Little York Lake while members of Arethusa sorority will gather for a casual open house at 74 Maple Ave in Cortland. Class of 1972 members will reconnect to Corey Union. The Cortland College Foundation and SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum will host a special reception at the Parks Alumni House to welcome all Red Dragons and thank the members of the reunion committee.
Later on Friday, lots of class and group activities will ensue. The Half Century Club will enjoy dinner in the Corey Union Ballroom. Arethusa sorority members will meet in the rear gardens of the Parks Alumni House. The Cortland Main Street Music Series will host a free concert open to all, featuring The Rods, Sydney Irving & the Mojo and Quona Hudson at Rose Hall, 19 Church St., Cortland.
Communication Disorders and Science will hold their 50th Anniversary Reception at Parks Alumni House with hors d’oeuvres, casual get-togethers and a group photo opportunity to mark the clinic’s major milestone. The Lambda Phi Delta fraternity will meet in downtown Cortland. Contact Lance McAllister ’70 to arrange your participation and for more information. All alumni are invited to board a bus at Corey Union to see Cole Porter’s classic musical, “Kiss Me, Kate,” at the Cortland Repertory Theatre.
At the end of the evening, the Musical Legacy Commemorative Project: 1960-1990 committee invites all former students to come and tell their concert stories – whether planning, promoting or just having a good time – and to receive an update from the committee at a pizza rally at The Hollywood Restaurant at 27 Groton Ave.
Saturday July 16
An invitation-only President’s Circle Breakfast will kick off Saturday’s events in the Corey Union Ballroom. President Bitterbaum will welcome donors of $1,000 or more in recognition of their support of the university. All alumni are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast buffet on the Alumni Lawn of Parks Alumni House Kappa (1925-1991).
Arethusa Sorority will host a casual coffee shop for the sisters to meet and reconnect at 74 Maple Ave.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., select campus building open houses will be held at the Sperry Center, Van Hoesen Hall, Dowd Fine Arts Center, Bowers Hall, Brockway Hall and Old Main. Attendees are encouraged to reminisce about college days and see how the campus has changed by touring the open buildings for themselves. From 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., tours of the Parks Alumni House will be offered for alumni who want to learn more about the historic 1912 Wickwire Mansion.
A campus tour for all alumni by a Student Orientation Assistant will depart from the Corey Union steps at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.
The Alumni Association will celebrate its most prestigious honorees for 2020 and 2021 graduates at an Alumni Awards Ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Corey Union Exhibition Hall which is open to all alumni. Visit the Distinguished Alumni Award website for the association’s award names and details for Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Young Alumni, Distinguished Educator, Outstanding Volunteer, and Honorary Alumni. Highlights also include the association’s presentation of the Cortland Fund meeting, the presentation of cups and the holding of a handover ceremony from outgoing President Jamie Piperato ’12 to incoming President Dan Walker ’06. Refreshments will be served.
Also that morning, the Class of 1970 will hold an open house in the Hall of Fame Hall at the Park Center. All alumni are invited to view the memorabilia and reminisce in a slideshow circulating images of athletics between 1966 and 1970. Meanwhile, the Nu Sigma Chi Alumni Tea, compliments of the Nu Sigma Chi Alumnae Association, Inc., will take place in the Alumni Jardins parks at the back of the house. Later in the morning, the Theta Phi Decades Gathering will take place at the Corey Union Fireplace Lounge.
The university’s Lofty Elm Society will present information on planned giving at a “Peace of Mind: Leaving a Legacy at SUNY Cortland” presentation at 10:30 a.m. at Parks Alumni House. Mike Fusilli, Manager of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at SUNY Cortland, will be the host.
Members of the featured group of LGBTQ+ alumni will reunite for “LGBTQ+ Brunch and Bubbly” at the Parks Alumni House Kappa (1925-1991) Alumni Lawn.
All alumni are invited to gather at noon for a casual two-hour “Blast from the Past” lunch on the ground floor of Corey Union.
Also this afternoon, Bob Russell ’78, CAS ’91 will open his house at 93 Cayuga St., Homer, NY, to all classes for a casual get-together with free food and drink. People wishing to bring a dish to pass should contact him at 607-423-2691.
Steven B. Broyles and Andrea Davalos, faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences, will lead a 1.5 mile hike and share their knowledge of local plants and wildlife at the SUNY Cortland William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education at Hoxie Gorge. Space is limited. Members of the Arethusa sorority will play a round of pay-per-view mini-golf together at Shipwreck Amusements in Cortlandville, NY
Later, representatives from the university’s Offices of Multicultural Living, Diversity and Institutional Equity and Inclusion, and Corey Union Voice will update all Reunion attendees on everything that’s happening to make campus a more inclusive place for everyone.
A highlight of the weekend will be a ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday to dedicate the Ellen Howard Burton Waiting Room in the Community Clinic at the Center for Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders in the Professional Studies Building. . Refreshment tours are also part of the event, which also celebrates the clinic’s 50th anniversary.
The All-Greek Reception at Parks Alumni House, a casual event funded by the Nu Sigma Chi Legacy Fund, is open to all former fraternity and sorority alumni. During this time, Theta Phi will offer a meet-and-greet event on the Kappa Alumni Lawn (1925-1991) and members of the Ago/Tri Sig/Sig Rho sorority will hold their annual reunion.
The association hosted an exclusive gathering of more recent graduates for the “Young Alumni and Tour Guide Happy Hour” at the Cortland Beer Company (CBC), 16 Court St.
Also this afternoon, the Alumni Brothers will lead a tour of the former Lambda Phi Delta House at 55 Tompkins St. and later, the Alumni Sisters will lead a tour of the Former Arethusa House at 64 Tompkins St.
On Saturday evening, the biggest event of the weekend for all alumni, “Brews and Barbecue”, will kick off in the gardens of the Parks Alumni House.
Reminiscent of those late-night parties after big Voice Office club events, Corey’s Voice Office Party will run from 10:00 p.m. to midnight in the Corey Union Fireplace Lounge and Voice Office.
Sunday July 17
On Sundays, all alumni are invited to attend the All Class Farewell Breakfast at Parks Alumni House Kappa (1925-1991) Alumni Lawn beginning at 8:30 a.m. Arethusa will be hosting her own farewell brunch for the sisters in the back gardens.
“We hope all alumni — regardless of class year or affiliation — will make this the year they return to campus to reminisce, celebrate, and see all of our improvements,” Boylan said. .
The campus community is encouraged to attend the 2022 Alumni Reunion. For up-to-date information or to register, contact Alumni Engagement at 607-753-2516 or visit RedDragonNetwork.org/reunion.