SUNY Oneonta Athletics “It’s on Us” Video Wins National SAAC Award

SUNY Oneonta athletics has been recognized for a second time by the NCAA for their “It’s on Us” video that was created last spring.  The latest recognition comes from the NCAA National Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as their pick for its national video contest winner.  Last spring, Oneonta was recognized by the NCAA as the March Diversity Spotlight winner.

In being chosen as the winner, the selection committee appreciated the powerful message, integration of the student-athletes’ sports, use of singular and multiple voices to emphasize important points, and the strong call-to-action at the end.

The Division III SAAC formally launched the division’s It’s On Us initiative in January 2016 at the NCAA Convention.  The committee firmly believes in the ability for student-athletes to drive change and raise awareness for this cause.  To help facilitate participation across the membership, the national SAAC invited all Division III campuses and conferences to create a video promoting the It’s On Us campaign and submit it in the contest.  In all, 28 Division III institutions responded.

The video was formally unveiled on April 4th in conjunction with the Division III Women’s Basketball Championship held at 6 pm Eastern Time.  The video was shown in-venue at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  In addition, SUNY Oneonta will be recognized in the NCAA Division III Monthly Newsletter and on the NCAA Division III homepage.  To view the video on your YouTube channel, please click on the following link: More »

The Seminar Series in Biology – April 8

The Seminar Series in Biology presents:  “Investigations in Mammalian Physiological Ecology: Conservation Biology, Competition, and Desert Adaptations,”  presented by Randall Tracy, Ph..D.  Dr. Tracy is a professor of biology at Worcester State University. His area of focus is physiological ecology, environmental physiology, and comparative physiology. In this presentation he will discuss his recent research on the invasive eastern cottontail rabbit and the imperiled New England cottontail rabbit.

This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday April 8th in Science I room 121.

This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.

CSSR Student Paper Competition DEADLINE EXTENDED

Please encourage your students to submit papers to the Center for Social Science Research’s Sixth Annual Student Paper Competition. Any paper written by a SUNY Oneonta student is eligible as long as it addresses some topic of concern for the social sciences. Papers may cover topics or issues like sustainability, poverty, environmental change, peace and conflict, education, politics, history, architecture, religion, identity, diversity, etc. Awards will be given in two categories: Long essay (6-15 pgs, $100) and Short essay (up to 5 pgs, $50).

NEW Submission deadline: April 13, 2016.

For the complete submission guidelines, please see For more information about CSSR, please visit

UUP & Human Resources Pre-Retirement Informational Meeting/Lunch – April 19

Thinking of retiring in the next five to ten years—or twenty years? Ideally effective retirement planning begins decades before the event. UUP and SUNY Oneonta Human Resources are co-sponsoring a Food for Thought on Tuesday, April 19 at noon at the Le Café in Morris Hall that will cover what you need to know long before you decide to retire. Complimentary lunch will be provided. A panel will present “DIY” (Do It Yourself)  retirement and cover the “how tos” of retiring.

Walter Apple, State UUP Benefit Specialist for retirees, will cover retiree benefits.

Dennis Higgins, a recent UUP retiree, will talk about thoughts which lead to his retirement and give some hints on how to have a successful and happy retirement.

Dr. Bill O’Dea, Economics and Business Department, will pose questions to ask your financial planner or banker regarding finances.

Senior Personnel Associate – Benefits Administrator Gail Feuer will walk attendees through the nitty gritty of retiring.

A question and answer period will follow.

Interested in attending? E-mail UUP at or call 436-2135 to register.   As accurate numbers are needed, let UUP know if your plans change, so the food order can be adjusted.

Got Funding?

The Public Events Committee currently seeks applications for funding of “public events” on the SUNY Oneonta campus for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

Typical events that meet the “cultural and educational standards of the college” include guest speakers; arts and cultural activities; readings; concerts and public performances; and presentations geared to increase the positive cultural relationship within and between the college and the surrounding community.

Typical funding awards are between $300 and $1000.  Funding requests should demonstrate that substantial funding is also sought from additional sources.

The “college sponsored” event should be held on campus and should benefit the entire campus community, NOT just a narrow interest group or population.  All proposals should include a budget and advertising plan.  The proposal must be submitted by a member of the faculty, staff, or a current or retired employee of the college.

For complete submission guidelines, link to the application form, and sample proposals, visit the Public Events Committee’s web page by searching for “Committee on Public Events” or going to

Questions? Contact Public Events Committee Chair, George Hovis, at or at 436-2571.  Application Deadline:  April 22, 2016