August 27, 2009
College readies for new year
Students will move in on campus Friday; classes begin on Monday
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Caleb Griffin wheels a refrigerator and microwave unit Wednesday into DeGroat Hall on the SUNY Cortland campus in preparation for the upcoming school year.
SUNY Cortland’s campus was quiet Wednesday except for the staff getting buildings ready — the calm before the storm, as freshmen arrive for move-in day on campus Friday and classes start Monday.
The streets around campus have been busier, as students move into apartments and houses.
The academic year’s start is always filled with the new, from the first-year students leaving home to seniors suddenly facing the end of their college years.
The incoming freshman class numbers 1,170, about 23 smaller than last year’s but still beyond the target of 1,075, selected from about 12,000 applicants.
Fitzgerald Hall has been renovated, the latest of the college’s residence halls built between 1959 and 1962 to undergo a facelift.
The building was closed for spring semester. It has a new lobby and recreation area, among other improvements.
The new $10 million Education Building, already being used for classes since January, is completed and will have a grand opening in late September, along with the new entrance foyer for Van Hoesen Hall. The entrance next to Corey Student Union leads to campus EMS and health services offices on the building’s bottom floor.
The day care center was finished in July and is ready, with new landscaping, sidewalks, stonework along the road and play area containing slides and ramps for climbing.
The center is used by early childhood education majors to interact with children.
Cornish Hall, which is attached to the Education Building and houses elementary education faculty and classrooms, is still being renovated.
The United Presbyterian Church in Cortland is going to reach out to students, in a program that Rev. John Gay is designed to give them a home away from home.
Gay and a church committee have organized Locally Involved Family Expanded, or LIFE, where church members can befriend SUNY Cortland students.
“It could be something as simple as having them over for a home-cooked meal or just to hang out,” said Gay, who got the idea from a program the U.S. Naval Academy offered when he and his wife, Jennifer, were students there. Students had community sponsors in Annapolis.
“It will get students involved with local families,” said Gay, who became the church’s pastor last winter. “It’s not meant to get them to come to church, though we’d be glad if they did.”
Gay did not know of any other church that is doing something like this.
Church members will hand out flyers to students about LIFE.
The College Store has been renovated, with six cashiers along one wall to the left of the store entrance. The staff were preparing for students to purchase textbooks.
A display of caps and T-shirts celebrating last spring’s NCAA Division III championship by the men’s lacrosse team sat near the entrance.
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