Brian Haley Publishes New Research Article

Brian Haley (Anthropology) has published a new peer-reviewed research article in Journal of the Southwest. “Ammon Hennacy and the Hopi Traditionalist Movement: Roots of the Counterculture’s Favorite Indians,” addresses the long overlooked history of pacifist-anarchist and Catholic Worker activist Ammon Hennacy’s involvement with the political faction known ethnographically as the Hopi Traditionalist Movement. Beginning in the immediate aftermath of World War II, Hennacy and the Hopis collaborated in creating a movement that crossed ethnic boundaries and produced widespread popular misunderstandings of the Hopi. Their collaboration marks a starting point for specific cultural influences that shaped the Sixties counterculture, metaphysical (New Age) spirituality, and strands within Native American activism and spiritualism.

NYS Employees Traveling Between July 5 & August 19 Must Read This!

State employees – you MUST read this if you are enrolled in a family health insurance plan through your SUNY Oneonta employment AND you may be traveling any time from July 05, 2016 – August 19, 2016.

The NYS Employee Benefits Division (EBD) of the Department of Civil Service is conducting a “Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit” (DEVA) to ensure that only eligible dependents are enrolled in employees’ family health insurance coverage.  Notices about this began being mailed to enrollees’ homes in December, 2015.  Additional notices will be mailed during the summer explaining what documents need to be submitted during July 05, 2016 – August 19, 2016.  If you are required to respond and you do not or, or you do so after the deadline, COVERAGE FOR YOUR AFFECTED DEPENDENTS MAY BE CANCELLED RETROACTIVE TO JANUARY 01, 2016.   Samples of enrollee communications are posted to the NYSHIP website,, in the “Current Topics” section.  Please consult this site and be prepared to respond prior to the deadline.

TLTC Hosting Blackboard Grade Center Support Hours for Faculty

The TLTC is hosting Blackboard Grade Center support hours during which faculty can stop by to get any helped needed with their grade book.  If you have questions about how the grade book works, or need help with calculating final grades, or just want someone to look over your gradebook to make sure the calculations are correct, feel free to stop by.  There is no appointment necessary and you can stay for as long or as little as you like.  All session will be held in Milne Library computer lab, room 108.

  • Wednesday, April 27         2-3pm
  • Thursday, April 28            9-10am
  • Thursday, April 28            1-2pm
  • Friday, April 29                 9-10am

If none of these times work, but you would still like some support for Blackboard, feel free to contact Chilton Reynolds ( to set up a time to meet with someone from the TLTC.

William Ashbaugh Presents Research Paper in Japan

William Ashbaugh, History, presented his research paper “The Influence of 9/11 and America’s Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on the Mobile Suit Gundam Franchise“ at the international “Mechademia Conference on Popular Cultures” held at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, on March 20, 2016. He, with his Japanese writing partner Dr. Shintaro Mizushima, showed that the attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent wars changed what Bandai, the world’s fourth largest toy manufacturer and owner of the Gundam franchise, decided to make and air on television in both the United States and Japan. These events also influenced the creators of later Gundam series that explored through allegory America’s thus far unsuccessful war on terror or terrorism itself. He would like to thank Dean Susan Turell, Paul Adamo and the College Foundation for Faculty Development, the UUP Individual Development Awards, and his colleagues in the History Department for helping make the trip to the conference (and the research trip that preceded it) financially possible. For more information on his talk, please follow the link:

Convivium Luncheon and Program – April 27

You are cordially invited to a luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Wednesday, April 27, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Otsego Grille.   Student recipients of the College at Oneonta Foundation Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creative Activity will present their award-winning projects. The names and project titles of the student awardees are below. Limited seating is available.

  • Allyson Church (Psychology)Faculty Sponsor – Andrew Gallup (Psychology) – The effects of intranasal oxytocin on contagious yawning
  • Elsie Dedrick (Biology) Faculty Sponsor – Florian Reyda (Biology) – Examination of a new species of Rhinebothriidean cestode from Dasyatis margaritella (Pearl stingray)
  • Janine Militello (Psychology) / Faculty Sponsor: Andrew Gallup (Psychology) – The effect of oxytocin on contagious yawning in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus)
  • William O’Connell (Biology)Faculty Sponsor: Donna Vogler (Biology) – Wood turtle (Glyptemy insculpta) annual ring comparison
  • Gwendolyn Temple (Environmental Science)Faculty Sponsor: Tyra Olstad (Geography & Environmental Sustainability) – Influence of Shintoism on environmental management and perceptions of Lake Biwa, Japan

To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to April 25.   Vegetarian meals are available.