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Jets Training Camp Provides a Win for SUNY Cortland

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Images from NY Jets training camp at SUNY Cortland.

A week remains until the official kick-off of the NFL’s regular season, which means the New York Jets have blasted off from their summer training camp home at SUNY Cortland.

But even before the first snap of the 2014 season takes place, the NFL partnership again has meant a big win for the Central New York college and its surrounding community. Several fan-focused and family friendly additions to training camp created a jump in attendance from 2013. And just as in past years, the presence of the Green and White brought competitive internships for students, more dollars to local businesses and big-time exposure for the school.

Plenty went into training camp’s physical set-up. The Jets, for instance, moved more than 25,000 pounds of weight room equipment — the equivalent weight of a fully fueled F-16 fighter jet — in 11 giant moving trucks. Grounds crew staff members mowed two practice fields up to seven times each week. And hundreds of staff members, from both the team and the college, ensured Jets fans got the most out of 15 public practices.

Total attendance reached 22,609 for the 2014 edition of camp, up from 21,240 in 2013. Ideal upstate New York weather and several marquee free agent acquisitions likely contributed to the jump, but so did a handful of creative outreach efforts by the team.

Fans pack the bleachers at SUNY Cortland to watch NY Jets training camp.

Fans pack the bleachers at SUNY Cortland to watch NY Jets training camp.

New days brought new promotions, such as a Taste of Cortland Day (where a handful of local eateries offered free food samples) and a Mascot Day (where several local minor league teams and colleges showed off their mascots, including Oakie the acorn from SUNY ESF, the Morrisville State Mustang and Blaze the red dragon from SUNY Cortland). The team’s popular Green and White Scrimmage also featured a new look, with a halftime show, t-shirt launches and a dazzling post-practice fireworks show.

Dozens of SUNY Cortland students again obtained unique hands-on experience as interns. Approximately 40 of them worked in areas such as media relations, athletic training and events and game operations. Some of the college’s business economics majors also got in on the action by collecting survey data that will help determine training camp’s estimated local economic impact.

Since the Jets moved their training camp to SUNY Cortland in 2009, four summer sessions have generated $19.24 million in economic activity for Cortland County. A full report on 2014 should be published later in the fall.

In addition to the tens of thousands of training camp visitors and the dollars they bring, the Jets’ three-week stay at SUNY Cortland offers tremendous exposure that’s hard to quantify. Throughout the regular season, MetLife Stadium ribbon banners will prominently display the college’s logo. National radio broadcasts will replay ads over the airways. And then there are the fringe benefits — regular mentions of the college on ESPN’s SportsCenter during the summer, or SUNY Cortland’s prominence in the team’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video that went viral.

All of the activity, during training camp and throughout the regular season, means another tally in the win column for both the college and the team.

SUNY Cortland

August 29, 2014

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Mascot Madness Champion, Hugo the Hawk, Speaks on His Victory and Getting Back to Work

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SUNY Mascot Madness winner - Hugo Hawk from New PaltzThe first ever SUNY Mascot Madness came to a close yesterday with over 300,000 votes cast over the entire competition.  In a race that was too close to call initially, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz was declared the winner of the first SUNY Mascot Madness over Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook.  In a race to the finish, he met the library dean, cleaned the campus, and hung out with many students on campus.

We were able to catch up with Hugo and get his thoughts on the final round of the competition.

What responsibilities do you carry as SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion?  What’s next for you?

As the SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion, it is my duty to represent all that this title stands for. I will continue being the best mascot I can possibly be and keep getting better at it each day.

What will you do with all of your free time once SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 is complete?

With this free time I will get back to the basics. I will work on my cheers and dances and keep myself in tip-top shape for all the teams I root for. I will work hard to earn my place in next year’s tournament and make sure I do my best to defend my crown.

 

And we look forward to next year’s competition with you Hugo!

Hugo Hawk with Mascot Madness championship trophy

Emily Schwartz

Written by Emily Schwartz

Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.

April 5, 2013

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Bobby Hurley Named University at Buffalo Men’s Basketball Head Coach

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Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley, one of the most iconic figures in college basketball history, has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

He joins UB from the University of Rhode Island, where he has been serving as associate head coach. He was hired as an assistant coach at Wagner College in 2010, and spent two seasons with the Seahawks, playing a critical role in rebuilding the men’s basketball team. He helped lead Wagner to a 25-6 record during the 2011-12 season – its best record in school history – before joining Rhode Island.

A first-team All-American in 1993, Hurley is best remembered for being the point guard at Duke. Hurley helped lead the Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances and consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. Hurley still holds the NCAA record for career assists with 1,076.

Following his outstanding career at Duke, Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He went on to play five years in the NBA with the Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies.

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SUNY Oneonta Senior Sets Off on 4,200-Mile Cross-Country Bike Adventure

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Jayme Haynes biking in Central Bridge on her cross country adventure

Jami Haynes sets off from her home in Central Bridge, NY, on Tuesday, May 28.

SUNY Oneonta senior Jami Haynes set off on a 4,200-mile, cross-country bike adventure today with the goal of raising awareness about the Harvest of Hope Foundation, an organization that provides emergency assistance to migrant workers and their families. Haynes, 21, accompanied by her boyfriend and sister, left early Tuesday morning from her home in Central Bridge, N.Y.

An avid runner and hiker, Haynes got the idea for the “Miles for Migrants” bike tour after Harvest of Hope founder and President Phil Kellerman visited one of her education classes, taught by Madeline Berry, this past semester. Her 20-year-old sister, Jena, signed on for the adventure, and then her boyfriend, Caleb Grippin, 23, joined the team.

Jena Haynes, Caleb Grippin, Jami Haynes with bikes

SUNY Oneonta student Jami Haynes (right) with her sister, Jena, and boyfriend, Caleb Grippin.

“I wasn’t very familiar with what a migrant farm worker was and how they contributed to American society, and I was especially touched as a future educator by the support that Harvest of Hope gives to these families and the scholarships that the foundation provides,” Haynes said.

The class did a service-learning project to benefit Harvest of Hope, and Haynes kept the momentum going. She and her sister organized a spaghetti supper, several bake sales and a raffle, as well as giving presentations about Harvest of Hope on campus and in the community. “Spreading awareness of the foundation and how it helps migrant farm workers has been extremely rewarding,” Haynes said. “The community definitely knows a lot more about the contributions of migrant workers because of this project.”

Haynes hopes to continue raising awareness by meeting with media outlets during her journey. The trio plans to ride about 60 to 80 miles per day, camping and staying with friends and family members en route to San Francisco. They have been training for the trip for about three months, logging several hundred miles of short and long rides.

The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997, when Kellerman worked at ESCORT, a migrant education resource center based at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to its affiliation with ESCORT, SUNY Oneonta has operated a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since 2001. Created in 1972, CAMP is a federally-funded scholarship program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm-working families pursue higher education.

ESCORT senior programmer analyst Bob Thomas, a friend of Kellerman’s, loaned Haynes and her crew three touring bikes and trailers. Thomas, who completed a cross-country bicycling trip himself back in 1976, was on hand for the send-off Tuesday, offering last-minute tips and advice.

An elementary education major with a concentration in social studies, Haynes will share experiences from her trip this fall as a student teacher at Cobleskill Elementary School.

She will also chronicle her adventures throughout the 11-week journey on the blog: www.crazyguyonabike.com/sistahbikers.

 

SUNY Oneonta

May 28, 2013

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