Tropical Fruits Day – April 1

The Biology Department is hosting a Tropical Fruits Day on Friday April 1.   The event is open to the college community (kids welcome too) to taste, smell, nibble or be inspired by the bounty of the tropics. Over two dozen different foods will be available to taste, and plants of Breadfruit, Allspice, Monstera, and other food plants from our greenhouse will be on display.  The event will be held in Room 110 of Science I from 11am to 4pm.   In addition to Sugar Cane, Lychee, Baobab, Dragon Fruit, Guava, Cassava, Taro and many tasty items, we will open a Durian—an unusually smelly “treat” from SE Asia.  For information contact

NCAA Division III Week Events Scheduled for April 4-10

Please join the athletics department in celebrating the fifth annual NCAA Division III Week that runs from Apr. 4-10.  There is a full week of events planned and most events are open to the entire campus and we invite everyone on campus to show your support for Division III by attending any and all events.

The college experience is a time of learning and growth — a chance to follow passions and develop potential. For student-athletes in Division III, all of this happens most importantly in the classroom and through earning an academic degree. The Division III experience provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletic environment, in which student-athletes push themselves to excellence and build upon their academic success with new challenges and life skills. And student-athletes are encouraged to pursue their full passions and find their potential through a comprehensive educational experience.

Please click on the following link  schedule flyer to view the schedule for the week.

Any questions about the week’s events should be directed to either the athletics department, x3494 or the Sports Information Department at x2106

Susan Bernardin to Deliver Annual Susan Sutton Smith Lecture on April 12

Dr. James E. Mackin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is pleased to announce that Dr. Susan Bernardin, Professor of English, will deliver this year’s Susan Smith Lecture titled “STORY-HISTORY-STORY: Contemporary Native American Literary and Visual Arts,” on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center. A hearty hors d’oeuvre reception will follow the lecture in Otsego Grille.

Created to recognize faculty achievement outside the classroom, the Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is named in memory of the late SUNY Oneonta professor of English.  Dr. Bernardin is the twenty-second recipient of this prize.  This event and the student awards presented are made possible by the generous gifts of SUNY Oneonta Alumni to the 2015-2016 Fund for Oneonta.  The Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is made possible by an endowment created through the generosity of Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

New Critics Undergraduate Literature Conference – April 9

The seventh annual New Critics Conference will take place on Saturday, April 9, at Morris Conference Center. Student panels will run from 10-3:00 and will be followed by Prof. Jinny Huh’s (University of Vermont) keynote address at 3:30. Dr. Huh’s talk, entitled, “Arresting Eyes: Race Detection in a Post-Racial America” will look at the efforts to detect race in detective novels and passing narratives. Further, Dr. Huh will ask what it means to try to detect race in “post-racial” America where we are often instructed not to see race.

Conference panels and the keynote are free and open to all, and light refreshments will be provided at the keynote. Please see the attached conference schedule:  Final schedule and keynote poster:  Keynote poster, see the English Department webpage, or contact Bianca Tredennick for more information.

Deadline to Submit SRCA Day Abstracts Extended to March 28

Due to numerous requests, the deadline to submit abstracts for presentation at the 2016 Student Research & Creative Activity (SRCA) Day has been extended to Monday, March 28. Please submit presentation information and abstracts online.

SRCA Day will be held in the Hunt Union Ballroom on Wednesday, April 20. Information on presentations, the SRCA Day luncheon and Keynote Speaker, and other news is available on the SRCA website. Contact the Grants Development Office – Kathy Meeker at kathy.meeker@oneonta.edux2632 – if you have questions.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Students and Faculty Present Research

Twelve students and three faculty from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences attended the annual meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (March 21-23, Albany, NY). Eight students presented research or were co-authors on presentations at the conference.

Emily Yntema and Stefanie Lewis presented The Physical Volcanology of the Tieton Andesite Lava Flow: Lava Flow Length and Compositional Variations with their faculty mentor Keith Brunstad. Nicholas Sharr and faculty mentor, Les Hasbargen presented Monitoring Channel and Woody Debris Dam Configurations in Silver Creek, NY. Jansen Costello with faculty mentor James Ebert presented Transportation of Microplastics to Terrestrial Dunes from the Shorelines of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, NY. Andrew Platt presented Baseline Studies of Sedimentologic, Geomorphic, and Hydrologic Parameters of Oneonta Creek, Oneonta, NY prior to Sediment Release with faculty mentor Keith Brunstad. Les Hasbargen presented Flood Records, Bank Erosion Mechanisms and Meander Migration in Butternut Creek, New York with student co-authors Peter Booth, Derek Walling and David Busby.

James Ebert was co-convener of a theme session on the Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, and Paleontology of the New York Paleozoic, in which he presented Echinoderm Epiboles in the Helderberg Group (Přídolí – Lochkovian) of New York and their Stratigraphic Utility with co-author Damon Matteson (Network Operations). Dr. Ebert also presented Peer-Driven Professional Development for Earth Science Teachers from ESPRIT: the Largest Geoscience Education “Organization” You’ve Never Heard Of.

Distinguished Teaching Professor (emeritus) P. Jay Fleisher presented Remnants of a Retreating Ice Front, Upper Susquehanna, NY: an Aquifer Connection and Professor (emeritus) Peter Muller served as a career mentor for undergraduate and graduate students in the Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience Luncheon.

Orientation Outreach Coordinator Summer Position Available

The Department of New Student Services at the State University of New York College at Oneonta invites applications for the position of Orientation Outreach Coordinator (summer only). Expectations are to enhance the communication processes to our incoming students.  To learn more about the College, please visit

Duties include but not limited to:  assisting with Orientation Mentor (OM) training; supervising OMs during evening outreach hours; serving as liaison with other offices in maintaining database updates; implementing social media plan; assisting with website development; performing administrative tasks such as managing new student folders, nametags etc.; assisting with creation of Orientation Leader handbook. This staff member will likely work a split work schedule with both daytime and evening hours. There may also be Sunday afternoon or evening outreach event(s) planned in collaboration with the Director. This position will start on June 6, 2016 and run through July 27, 2016.

Required qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree; experience within the student services functions at SUNY Oneonta or other similar institution; knowledge of Adobe Suite of products.

Preferred:  Master’s degree in higher education or related field, experience working with and serving diverse populations.

To apply online go to  Please upload a resume and letter of interest.  Contact information for three professional references is required.

Deadline for applications is April 14, 2016.  For other employment and regional opportunities, please visit our website at:

SUNY Oneonta values a diverse college community.  Please visit our website on diversity at:, the College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.