College Celebrates International Education Week
Tompkins Cortland Community College will host a series of activities November 14-18 as part of International Education Week.
What’s your Global Connection? Photobooth!
Monday, November 14 | 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | INFO Desk at the Main Entrance
Share your connection to the world at the photo booth and see your picture around campus. All participants will be automatically entered to win a raffle prize!
International Student Panel
Monday, November 14 | Noon to 1 p.m. | Student Center
Listen to current international students discussing their experiences in their country of origin and at Tompkins Cortland. Moderated by Professor Kelly Wessell and Professor Tina Stavenhagen-Helgren.
What’s your Global Connection? Photobooth!
Tuesday, November 15 | 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Outside Room 187
Share your connection to the world at the photo booth and see your picture around campus. All participants will be automatically entered to win a raffle prize!
We Are Global Showcase
Wednesday, November 16 | Noon to 2 p.m. | Lower Cafeteria
Check out a number of Tompkins Cortland student-led booths with information, games, music, language, demonstrations, and food connected to the following counties: Bosnia, Brazil, China, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Myanmar, and more! The winner of the raffle will be announced at the end of the showcase.
Happening All Week:
International Food served in the cafeteria
Library Second Floor: Slideshow and books on display featuring the College’s study abroad destinations
Library Second Floor: What’s your global connection? Tell us about your connections to the world.
College Celebrates 47th Commencement
May 26, 2016
You are a hero, and the world is better for having you in it. Those were among the messages delivered to the class of 2016 during commencement ceremonies at Tompkins Cortland Community College Thursday. The College celebrated its 47th commencement in front of a packed crowd of more than 2,000 people in the College's gymnasium.
The class of 2016 consists of 689 graduates, including student trustee Olu Roberts, who offered remarks during the ceremony. “This may be the second degree for some of you, and this may be the first degree for others,” said Roberts. “For those like myself who have broken the barriers in being the first one for your family, a special congratulations!”
Roberts, who will attend Cornell University in the fall, thanked his professors and fellow classmates. He said it’s important graduates realize the possibilities now open to them. “Take advantage of the educational opportunities available to you,” said Roberts. “Some will call this degree just a piece of paper. That piece of paper can make your entire family better. You have so many opportunities living here in America. Make use of these opportunities while you have the chance.”
The main address was delivered by Justine Lewis, a member of the College’s class of 2008. Lewis, a Berkshire native who followed her time at Tompkins Cortland by earning a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and two master’s degrees from Cornell University, said each graduate can thank the support of the heroes in their lives. But she also called each graduate a hero. “Having the courage to show up for life each day, whether to a class or to your job or for a friend who just needs your ear for a while, is the very definition of what a hero means to me,” she said. “It takes courage to live out each day and be in each and every moment. You are the hero in that story.”
Lewis, who works for the U.S. Agency for International Development, told the graduates she remembers sitting in their seats a few years back, unsure of the future. So, she wrote a letter to the class of 2016, saying they are already a success and urging them to take a moment to believe in someone and to dance their own dance. “I’m not sure where each of us will end up, where we will be living in ten years, but I do know this: I know each of you are dedicated individuals, have learned so much, and accomplished big, big things,” said Lewis. “To the class of 2016, be a success, believe in people, and, most important, be you and dance. You know how.”
College President Carl Haynes also addressed the graduates, congratulating them on rising to the challenge. "We know that all of you have dealt with challenges in your pursuit of this degree, and we know that all of you have overcome those challenges,” said Haynes. “You were brilliant, you were funny, you were tired, creative, frustrated, triumphant. You didn’t just punch a clock and get through. You rewrote your life and now you have a degree to show for it,” said Haynes. “But you have so much more. You have an education. So again, I say congratulations.”
Tompkins Cortland Celebrates 46th Commencement
May 21, 2015
You are well prepared for the future. It won’t be easy, but you are ready. That was among the messages delivered to the class of 2015 during commencement ceremonies at Tompkins Cortland Community College Thursday. The College celebrated its 46th commencement in front of a packed crowd of more than 2,000 people in the College's gymnasium.
The class of 2015 consists of 687 graduates, including student trustee Navjot Kaur. “You know, for me the best part about College was waking up some days and thinking to myself, ‘Wow, I can look back a couple months ago and see changes in myself for the better’,” said Kaur while offering the student address. “This is because we have been privileged to become a part of this tight knit community where professors, advisors, and mentors have motivated us to strive not only in academics, but also in professional, leadership, and personal development.”
“On this day, which marks our academic success, you will hear many people tell you it’s just the beginning,” said Kaur. “But take a moment to reflect on how far you’ve come. We come from different places, we have different stories, and each and every graduate has contributed their experiences in making this journey memorable for all of us.”
The main address was delivered by Walter Poland, the College’s Vice President for Global Initiatives and President of the Faculty Student Association. Poland, an original employee from when the College opened in 1968, has attended each of the 46 commencements. He joked that he started at Tompkins Cortland Community College on July 1, 1968, and it was “about time I graduated.” He said he shares similarities with the class of 2015. “It is as true for me as it for each of you. You’re different now from when you started here, no matter when you started.”
He noted he has grown up along with College. “As I look around our graduates, some of you are older than I was then, 24 years old,” said Poland, noting that founding president Hushang Bahar asked him to come and help start something special. “The dream is being fulfilled. What this college was established for, you embody.”
Poland offered some advice learned from his time at Tompkins Cortland. “I’d like to encourage you to share with others, support others, support yourself, and most of all, respect other people,” said Poland. “Do not be afraid to dream, and push ahead.”
President Carl Haynes also addressed the graduates, congratulating them on rising to the challenge. "You are exceptionally well-prepared as graduates of a college known throughout the SUNY system for its high, and at times, unrelenting, academic standards,” said Haynes. “You met those standards. You exceeded those standards. At the same time you rose to the academic challenge, you adapted to new cultures, new people, new surroundings. Was it always easy? No, of course not. And it won’t be easy when you leave here. But you’ve shown that you can adapt, that you can work with others, that you can learn from differences and find common ground.”
Haynes concluded with a final thought as the students prepared to cross the stage. “I know we have also taught you this: Wherever you have come from, whatever obstacles you have overcome, this accomplishment means that you all share something in common, you are graduating from Tompkins Cortland Community College. The past is prologue. Now the real fun and real work of your education begins. So again, I say congratulations.”
Tompkins Cortland Community College Celebrates 46th Annual Commencement May 21
May 18, 2015
Tompkins Cortland Community College will celebrate the achievements of about 700 graduates during its 46th Commencement ceremony Thursday, May 21. The ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the College's gymnasium.
Walter Poland, the College’s Vice President for Global Initiatives and President of the Faculty Student Association, will be the main speaker. Poland is an original employee of the College, having started as the Coordinator of Student Affairs when the College opened in 1968. He is the only one of the eight original employees still working at the College, and has announced his retirement for later this summer.
The ceremony will also include remarks from Tompkins Cortland President Carl Haynes, Board of Trustees Chair Elizabeth Burns, and Student Trustee Navjot Kaur. The Friend of the College award will be presented to Sandra Price, a long-time supporter of the College. Individual students will be honored for academic-related achievement, and faculty and staff will receive various Chancellor's/Trustees' Awards for Excellence.
New Exhibit at Tompkins County Public Library Features Tompkins Cortland Student Work
September 24, 2014
A new exhibit on display at the Tompkins County Public Library features work done by a digital photography class at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Montage Histories: Tompkins County, New York through Photographs 1864-2014 features images of sites in Tompkins County, both as they appeared in the 1860s and how they look today. The exhibit, which is part of the celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Tompkins County Public Library, runs now through December 30. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the library at 101 East Green Street in Ithaca.
The show features the work of students in Assistant Professor Harry Littell’s Spring 2014 Advanced Digital Photography class. Littell, who is the chair of the College's photography program, had students create photomontages that combined historic photographs of significant buildings, places, and landscapes with current ones they took of the same locations. The students chose archival images from the History Center in Tompkins County, found and photographed the same view, and then combined them in a montage that highlighted aspects of the past in a contemporary context.
Twenty-three pieces of work are on display as part of the exhibit at the library. An exhibit catalogue was created featuring these images and additional pieces created by Littell and his students. The catalogue also includes descriptions of each image, providing a historical narrative as well as details on each featured location. The text in the catalogue was researched and written by Bret Leraul and Christine Yao, graduate students at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities.
Examples of the artwork on display
Photo by Cassidy Backus
Photo by Jennifer Rose Hoyt
Photo by Cassidy Backus
Tompkins Cortland to Host Nickelodeon Writers' Workshop
September 18, 2014
Tompkins Cortland Community College is hosting the Nickelodeon Writers’ Workshop on Wednesday, September 24. The workshop is designed to prepare students to apply to the Nickelodeon Writing Program. The event, which includes the two-hour workshop and a follow-up question and answer session, is open to college students from Tompkins Cortland, as well as other colleges and universities in the region. It is co-sponsored by the communications department at SUNY Broome and the creative writing program at Tompkins Cortland.
The conference will be led by Karen Kirkland, Nickelodeon vice president of talent development and outreach. "Karen's workshop is a high-energy, interactive, inspiring experience for college students interested in television writing and production,” said Professor Lisa Ford, who teaches in the creative writing and digital cinema programs and helped organize the workshop. “She gives students an in-depth, practical look at how to structure and write situation comedies and how to apply for a position in the prestigious Nickelodeon Writing Program.”
The highly-competitive Nickelodeon Writing Program provides a salaried position for up to one year and offers hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animation television. The program allows writers an opportunity to learn their craft while nurturing relationships with creators, network executives, line producers, head writers, show runners, and story editors.
Registration for the event is available by emailing email@example.com. RSVPs are required by Friday, September 19.
Tompkins Cortland President Ice Bucket Challenge
September 7, 2014
President Carl Haynes, Provost and VP John Conners, and VP for Global Initiatives Walter Poland take the ice bucket challenge on a sunny, but brisk fall afternoon. Watch the video.
College Celebrates 45th Commencement
May 22, 2014
Members of the Class of 2014
Cherish the opportunities you have had, define your own success, and get ready for your journey. Those were some of the messages delivered to the class of 2014 during commencement ceremonies at Tompkins Cortland Community College Thursday. The College celebrated its 45th commencement in front of a packed crowd of more than 2,000 people in the College's gymnasium.
The class of 2014 consists of 737 graduates, including student trustee Cheyenne Gorton, who offered the student address. The hotel and restaurant management major talked about the opportunities provided to her classmates. “We have all been fortunate to attend a college that believes your experience should be more than just attending class," she said, noting the many activities and groups her classmates were part of during their time at Tompkins Cortland. "I want to encourage everyone to keep setting their goals higher. When someone doubts you, prove them wrong. You cannot fail if what you are doing is making you proud of yourself. Do something that makes you excited to wake up in the morning, because your happiness is your motivation.”
The main address came from Keri Szymanski Dylan, a 2004 graduate of the College. She talked about her younger years, when she had what she called “monkey brain. “I was not a big academic success, barely made it out of high school,” she told the graduates. But after years of frustration she finally had a learning difficulty diagnosed, and then blossomed at Tompkins Cortland. “They gave me a second chance to clean up the mess I had made. They let me start fresh.” And that led to an academic career that saw her not only thrive, but also rise to the top position of the international honor society for two-year colleges. “All I had to do was ask for help and keep trying. I learned that here.” Dylan, who continued her education by earning her bachelor’s degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is the owner of Keri Dylan Designs in Savannah, urged the graduates to never lose sight of the importance of their owns dreams. “I ask you to define success for yourself, because it’s so personal,” she said.
President Carl Haynes was the final speaker, congratulating the graduates on an accomplishment that will have incredible meaning in their life. "In your journey as students, you have done the work and been welcomed into a community of learners – a community in which personal, professional, and community enrichment is a shared value. A community that believes in a viable and better future.”
President Haynes listed some of the accomplishments of this class and the College during the students’ time on campus, before ending ended the evening with a final congratulations and charge to the class. “And the most exciting part of all of this? For all you’ve done, for all of your accomplishments, your adventures, your experiences … this is just the beginning of your journey. Congratulations.”
College Celebrates International Education Week
November 12, 2013
Tompkins Cortland Community College will host a series of activities November 18-22 as part of International Education Week. Among the events will be an international students panel, a roundtable discussion and in-class demonstrations with members of a visiting Quiche Mayan family, and the highlight event: an Oxfam Hunger Banquet on Thursday, November 21.
The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is designed to bring issues surrounding global hunger, inequitable access to resources, and poverty to the college community. When guests arrive, they will draw tickets that will relegate them to high, middle, or low-income socioeconomic classes for the evening. The meal they will be served will be according to what is “typical” for people within that income tier, meaning most participants will be served far less food than they are used to for a meal. There will be speakers throughout the event, as well as a presentation on facts surrounding global, national, and local poverty concerns. This unique and memorable experience allows guests to experience firsthand how others live, and how their privilege and decisions affect others around the world. The event also benefits a local organization: entrance to the banquet is free with a donation of canned food or cash to benefit the Dryden Food Pantry.
The banquet will be followed by a performance by 14 Strings, a Cornell-based traditional Filipino music ensemble, as well as a chance for participants to share their thoughts. Information on what attendees can do to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity will also be provided.
International Education Week was started by the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education to provide an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. International Education Week 2013 is sponsored by the Global Initiatives Council. The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is sponsored at the College by the Global Initiatives Council, the Diversity and Equity Action Council, and the Sustainability Council, and the Student Activities Office.
Tompkins Cortland Celebrates 44th Annual Commencement
May 23, 2013
Cherish the friends you have made, pay back the faith that has been shown in you, and celebrate your accomplishment. Those were some of the messages delivered to the class of 2013 during commencement ceremonies at Tompkins Cortland Community College Thursday. The College celebrated its 44th commencement in front of a packed crowd of more than 2,000 people in the College's gymnasium.
The class of 2013 includes 725 graduates, including student trustee Jacqueline Matza, who offered the student address. The broadcast journalism major talked about the friendships she has made during her time at the College. “Whether it’s getting close to your advisor, roommate, or that kid that sits next to you in psych, the bonds that we’ve all made here will never be broken," she said. "When we look back at our lives, Tompkins Cortland will be a tiny little bridge that helped us in so many ways. We grew, both in education and in maturity, and that’s something to be proud of."
The main address came from Dr. Randol Contreras, a 1994 graduate of the College, who is now a faculty member in sociology at California State University-Fullerton. He told the students about his youth, surrounded by drugs while growing up in New York City. He talked about how going to school wasn’t the first option for people in his neighborhood, and leaving his neighborhood for Central New York wasn’t an easy decision. “Eventually I was convinced,” he said. “It was perhaps the best decision of my life.” When he came to Tompkins Cortland, he wasn’t sure what to expect. “What I found was unbelievable support of students,” said Contreras, noting Professor Scott Ochs in particular. “He showed that he believed in me. He told me he expected great things from me. And he suggested a career in academia. At the time, I didn’t know what the word meant, but I knew it was good. It was the first time I thought I could be something.”
Contreras, ended his remarks by urging the graduates to appreciate the value of their public education. “When I think about all my accomplishments, it all was possible due to public institutions, and it all started at this great public institution,” he said. And in a symbolic coming of full circle, Contreras told the graduates he believed in them, just as Professor Ochs had told him the same thing years ago. “I have faith in you. I have faith that you now have the intellectual tools to make it happen. Congratulations.”
College President Carl Haynes was the last speaker. "You have achieved this wonderful milestone in your education and life, and you have done it at a college that doesn’t just trumpet excellence, we hold you to the toughest standards in the state," said Haynes, who talked about the higher academic requirements Tompkins Cortland established while this class was at the College. "You’ve met that challenge. You’ve lived up to and in many cases exceed the standards of excellence our faculty and administration have set for you. You achieved. You succeeded. You are in rare company. And for this, you are to be congratulated."
President Haynes also praised the graduates for their well-rounded education. "You have sharpened your skills in the classroom,” he said. “You have developed leadership skills, through student activities and by participating in athletics and community service. You have worked in collaboration with your peers and your faculty, on study abroad trips to other countries, on projects presented to national science boards, on issues of sustainability, equality, diversity, and governance here on campus. You have engaged as a member of the community, supporting local food drives, volunteering in local shelters, raising money to fight cancer. You have done more than fulfill the requirements of a degree – you have earned an education.”
Tompkins Cortland Community College to Celebrate 44th Commencement on May 23
May 16, 2013
Tompkins Cortland Community College will celebrate the achievements of about 725 graduates during its 44th Commencement ceremony Thursday, May 23. The ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the College's gymnasium.
Dr. Randol Contreras, a 1994 graduate of the College and now an Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University-Fullerton, will be the main speaker. Dr. Contreras did his undergraduate work at City College (CUNY) and received his Ph.D. in Sociology from The Graduate Center. He has done research in the South Bronx neighborhood in which he was raised, focusing on men who organized to rob drug dealers storing large amounts of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and cash. He has been published extensively and most recently released a book called The Stickup Kids: Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream, a book in which he credits the College for being instrumental in his education and career.
The ceremony will also include remarks from President Carl Haynes, Board of Trustees Chair Elizabeth Burns, and Student Trustee Jacqueline Matza. Individual students will be honored for academic-related achievement, and faculty and staff will receive various Chancellor's/Trustees' Awards for Excellence. A Friend of the College award will also be presented, recognizing an individual for her contributions to the College.
Big Pink/Big Blue Tops $10K Raised in 2013
May 14, 2013
Now in its fifth year, the Tompkins Cortland Community College “Big Pink” fundraiser has reached a significant milestone. The 2013 edition of the “Big Pink” see-saw marathon, which now also features the “Big Blue” dodgeball tournament, took in more than $10,000 for the first time. The 2013 fundraising total was $10,449, bringing the five-year total to $35,625 raised. All the money raised goes to The Cancer Services Program of Cortland and Tompkins Counties.
The 2013 editions of “Big Pink” and “Big Blue” were held on April 5. This was the first time the single-year fundraising total had topped $10,000. The previous best year was 2012, with $8,531 raised.
As has been the case each year, the events were supported by Tompkins Cortland students, staff, alums, and community members. “Big Pink” and “Big Blue” are organized by the College Entertainment Board.
October 3 is Completion DaySeptember 26, 2012
On October 3, Tompkins Cortland Community College will be participating in New York State Completion Day, an initiative of all 37 community colleges in the state of New York. The 30 State University of New York (SUNY) and seven City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges, which have a combined enrollment of more than 330,000, have set the day to send a simple message: Students who complete an associate degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships, and transfer to four-year schools.
New York’s two-year schools have each planned multiple Completion Day events. Working with Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year schools, each campus will hold campaigns asking students to sign a pledge to complete their degree or certificate program. Campuses will also hold resource fairs to provide information about academic, advisement, and financial support services that can help students reach their goals.
At Tompkins Cortland, the bulk of the activities will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the student center. Phi Theta Kappa will have a table set up with the pledge and the student success office and the office of counseling, career, and transfer services will each have representatives on hand. At 12:15, the Provost and Vice President of the College John Conners will speak, talking about the real benefits of completing a degree. The president of the Tompkins Cortland chapter of PTK, Joanie Fink, will also speak about the value of completing a degree from a student's perspective.
Tompkins Cortland Graduates Class of 2012May 24, 2012
Recognize that the only failure is the failure to try. That was one of the messages delivered to the Class of 2012 during commencement ceremonies at Tompkins Cortland Community College Thursday. The College celebrated its 43nd commencement in front of over 1,800 people in the College's gymnasium.
The class of 2012 includes 793 graduates, the largest class in the College's history. Among those participating in the ceremony was student trustee Alicia Smith, who shared her thoughts on the value of her education at the College "The true value of our time here cannot be captured in words or found in a text book. It is an experience, where much has changed," she said. "We have grown from clueless kids to the future teachers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, artists, businessmen, or whatever your dream may be. Now is our time to make a difference, and without the help of the administration and staff, we wouldn't be standing here today celebrating the hard work we have accomplished."
The main address came from John Cape, a 1971 graduate of Tompkins Cortland, who was the New York State budget director during the Pataki administration. He spoke of the opportunities that came from his time at the College. "That foundation gave me all the tools I needed to build a rich and rewarding career that eventually brought me back here this evening," he said, noting that his time at the College was the only formal classroom education he received. He urged graduates to recognize, as they move on with life, the difference between their work and their jobs. "Your job is, first, to think for yourself," he said. "Never trust other people's assumptions, but understand for yourself the facts and numbers – know where they came from and how they were derived. Whatever your endeavor, before you do your work, make sure you do your job."
Cape also talked about what's ahead for this class. "Your generation is a time of tremendous opportunity if you only know where, and how, to look. Browning once wrote, 'A person's reach should exceed their grasp, or what's a heaven for?' Those are words to live by. Don't settle for the practical, or even the possible – this college has made you better than that."
President Carl Haynes was the last speaker. "Tonight we celebrate your achievement – it's something you've earned through a combination of inspiration, initiative, hard work, and perseverance. Whether you realize it now, through the act of completing this degree or certificate, you have undergone a transformation," said Haynes, who talked about the new responsibilities each graduate now has as a result of this transformation. "This degree enables you to pursue opportunities that did not exist for you previously, and it is your responsibility to make the most of those opportunities and truly put your education to work."
President Haynes ended by praising the community service projects undertaken by this class, including raising over $25,000 for cancer services in Tompkins and Cortland Counties. "The evidence is clear: you understand the value of giving back to your community. And you understand the rewards of your service. I want to encourage you to not only continue your commitment to this service, but to use your academic achievements and abilities to innovate in this area as much as you innovate in your professional lives. As the writer Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, 'It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping themselves.”
College to Host Bioenergy ConferenceApril 13, 2012
Tompkins Cortland Community College is looking to engage the community in a discussion on bioenergy. The College is hosting a two-day conference sponsored by a grant from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) called "Bioenergy Opportunities in Upstate New York." The conference opens on the Dryden campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and continues on Saturday, April 28 with open houses at various locations in the community. The conference costs $25 for the public, $10 for students, and is free for College students. Friday's breakfast and lunch are included with the registration fee.
"Our aim is to update and educate key stakeholders about the opportunities and challenges concerning the interdependencies between education, agriculture, business, and our region's economic and energy outlook," said conference organizer In Shik Lee, SUNY GREENS NY program coordinator. The conference will feature bioenergy experts from a variety of areas, including education, non-profit organizations, agriculture, and industry. Part of the focus of the event will be to gather, brainstorm, and disperse information and draft a plan for a bioenergy curriculum proposal at the community college level.
"The collaboration of stakeholders in education, agriculture, and business is the key to the development of a successful bioenergy economy in New York," said Lee. "This conference will be the first step for the College to help grow the bioenergy industry in Central New York."
To registration or find more information, visit www.tompkinscortland.edu/campus_info/sustainability.asp or phone 844-6586.
Tompkins Cortland Celebrates International Education WeekNovember 11, 2011
Tompkins Cortland Community College will host a series of activities November 14-18 as part of International Education Week. In addition to on-campus contests and special activities for students and staff, the community is invited to participate in much the week has to offer, including the keynote presentation Wednesday. Professor and Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security at the University of Vermont Dr. Saleem Ali will offer a presentation entitled "Constructive Consumption: Greening a Poor Planet."
The presentation starts with the question: would the world be a better place if we curbed our desires for material goods? Ali will use examples from his book Treasure of the Earth: Need, Greed and Sustainable Future to argue for a more ecologically driven economic and social system that helps reduce global poverty. The presentation is free and open to the public, starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Forum.
The week's activities will also include an International Student Panel, with students from around the world talking about what it's like for them to be a student in the United States compared to their home countries. The panel will also include an American student who studied and traveled abroad. The student panel is Monday at noon in room 263.
Also on Monday, College students and staff will conduct an International Dance Exhibition and Workshop, featuring several types of native dances. The dancing begins at 3 p.m. in the lower cafeteria.
Tuesday will feature a Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration at noon in the cafeteria, and Thursday is being promoted as "Wear Your Traditional/National Attire Day." Ongoing throughout the week will be a photo exhibit themed on the Mark Twain quote "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness" and the Eatery has added an international lunch menu to its offerings.
International Education Week was started by the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education to provide an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The activities at the College are supported by the Global Initiatives Office, the Office of Multicultural Services, the Office of Student Success and Advisement Services, the Global Initiatives Council, the Diversity and Equity Action Council, and the academic departments of English as a Second Language and Environmental Science.
Emmy Award Winning Producer and Writer to Speak at Tompkins CortlandSeptember 14, 2011
Emmy Award-winning producer and writer Tom Seeley will speak about his experiences in Hollywood Wednesday, September 21 at the Forum at Tompkins Cortland Community College. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Seeley, who will visit with communication and media arts classes during the day, has over 25 years of experience in Hollywood. His credits include such hit TV shows as "Newhart," "Cheers," and, more recently, "Hannah Montana." He was a producer for "Murphy Brown" when the show won the Emmy award for Best Comedy Series in 1990.
His latest project is a sitcom based in Central New York. Seeley is writing, producing, and directing the show, tentatively called "Upstate." This summer he worked with Tompkins Cortland faculty, students, and alumni on starting the process of creating a pilot for the show, even filming parts of the show in Cortland.
Seeley also teaches screenwriting at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Tompkins Cortland Holds Public Open House at New Cortland Extension CenterSeptember 12, 2011
Tompkins Cortland Community College will hold a public open house at the new Cortland Extension Center on Friday, September 16 from noon to 5 p.m.
Visitors to the open house at 157 Main Street will be able to tour the facility and learn more about the services available at this location. College officials will be on hand, including representatives from the admission and financial aid offices.
The new extension center features six new classrooms, two of which are computer labs. The classrooms are "smart" classrooms, each equipped with a computer and audio/visual hookup to a pull-down screen, as well as a document camera and DVD console. The center is also home to a new boardroom as well as a large training room.
Tompkins Cortland Moves to New Cortland Extension CenterJuly 11, 2011
Tompkins Cortland Community College's Cortland Extension Center is moving. The current center at 22 West Court Street will close for good at the end of the day on Wednesday, July 6. After moving on Thursday and Friday, the new center at 157 Main Street will open on Monday, July 18. A formal grand opening celebration and open house are planned for September.
The new Cortland Extension Center greatly expands the College's ability to serve the community, providing a convenient, centralized space for college credit courses, customized professional training, and business use. "The new extension center allows us to be more responsive to the community's needs," said Martha Hubbard, director of Biz. "Our students will now be able to engage in learning in 'smart classrooms' up-to-date with the latest academic technology, and our business partners will not only have a new, expanded space for on-site customized training, but the center also features a professional board room available for reservation, excellent parking, all in a centralized location."
The new extension center features six new classrooms, two of which are computer labs. The classrooms are "smart" classrooms, each equipped with a computer and audio/visual hookup to a pull-down screen, as well as a document camera and DVD console. "The smart classrooms really bring the full Tompkins Cortland college classroom experience into Cortland," said Hubbard. "Not only does this allow us to expand our schedule in terms of offerings, but we can also expand the diversity of offerings at the new extension center."
On the business side, the new extension center serves as a potential hub for Cortland-area businesses looking for professional meeting spaces and the customized training that is a specialty of Biz. A new boardroom is available in the center, as well as a large training room. "Customized training, targeted to the specific needs of our local business partners, is really the core of the Biz partnership with Cortland. With new space, we're able to offer an opportunity to Cortland-area employers who don't have adequate training space available, or who seek that 'out-of-the-office' opportunity for training."
Tompkins Cortland Offers Summer Sports CampsDecember 6, 2011
Tompkins Cortland Community College will host clinics for basketball, baseball, and softball this winter. The clinics are put on by the College coaching staff with student- athletes from the College's varsity teams assisting.
The basketball clinic will be held on Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the College gymnasium. It is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 12. The basketball clinic costs $15 and includes admission to that afternoon's varsity basketball games.
The baseball clinics are open to players of all ages and abilities, and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on the first three Saturdays in February (2/4, 2/11, and 2/18). The three-clinic series costs $75 and will be held in the BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House on the Tompkins Cortland campus.
The softball clinics are the weekend of February 25-26 and are open to girls ages 10 to 18. A pitching skills clinic will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 25 and a hitting skills clinic will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 26. The clinics cost $25 each, or both for $45. The softball clinics are also held in the BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House.
The paperwork for the clinics is available at www.tompkinscortland.edu/Panthers/camps.asp. Questions can be directed to the athletics office at 844.8222, Ext. 4491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.