Snapper Petta Presents at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Snapper Petta was an invited presenter at the annual Abenaki Heritage event held the last weekend in June at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, VT. His portrayal throughout the weekend was that of an 18th century French trader, sent from Montreal to trade with the local tribes. His presentation and display discussed various aspects of French/Abenaki interaction, ways of life and assimilation between the two cultures. This is the fifth year he has been invited to present at this event which typically draws over two hundred people to the shores of Vermont’s “great lake.”

Barry Warren, Associate VP for College Advancement Retires

Congratulations to Barry Warren, Associate Vice President for College Advancement, who retired on June 29th, following 27 years of service to SUNY Oneonta. We thank Barry for his outstanding work with alumni and donors, and his leadership with development and fundraising efforts in support of our college and students, as well as his contributions to strengthening college and community relations. We wish Barry well in retirement, and knowing that he will still be in Oneonta, we hope to see him in the community and on campus.

Heather Beach Presents Poster at College and Research Libraries Conference

Heather Beach, Milne Library, presented a poster at the Opening Doors to Collaboration, Outreach, and Diversity Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Conference in Coral Gables, Florida on June 23, 2016.

The poster, entitled “How Textbooks of the Past are Opening Doors for the Students of Today,” explores how the math section of the Alden Room’s Early American Textbook Collection has been used for research by students in MATH 301: Introduction to the History of Mathematics class. Many of the early textbooks are original to the College when it began as the Oneonta Normal School. The Alden Room also holds a number of math-related treasures in the Archives. Student interest and collaboration with Dr. Toke Knudsen have inspired sixteen students to delve into some of these treasures to complete ten different independent studies projects over the past five years under Dr. Knudsen’s direction.

More information on the conference is available at

J Lentner Appointed as Director of Student Accounts

The Division of Finance and Administration is pleased to announced the appointment of J Lentner as Director of Student Accounts. J began his career at SUNY Oneonta in 1997 and has held various positions in Financial Aid and Student Accounts, most recently serving as Interim Director of Student Accounts. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree from American Public University. He can be reached at or at x2586. Please welcome J in his new position!

UUPers Invited to Participate in River Paddle on August 13

UUP is participating in a canoe/paddle this summer on Saturday, August 13 with a 2 PM departure time from the fishing/boat access in Portlandville on Route 28, just before the right turn/across the bridge turn to Wightman Lumber on Route 25A.

The paddle is non-competitive, open to the family and friends of UUP, publicized, approximately 5 miles round trip, start and return. Lot and street parking are available.
For those who would like to participate but don’t have a boat, canoe/kayak rentals are available immediately adjacent to the public fishing/boat access at Canoe & Kayak Rental and Sales at 2828 NYS Route 28, Portlandville, NY (607-286-7349).

The purpose is three-fold—raise public commitment to protecting our regional water resources, encourage participation in the recreational opportunities afforded us, and build solidarity.  Life jackets are mandatory, and sun screen is advised.  If you are interested in participating, email Bill Simons at

Frontline Newsletter for July

In this month’s EAP Frontline Newsletter, you can read about the following: Is There a Book in You?; Lightening Safety; Emotional Intelligence in Customer Service; Avoid Academic Summer Slump; Early Signs of Alcoholism; Crisis Management Skills; How to Build Your Talents; and Science of Taking a Nap.

The NYS Employee Assistance Program is a peer assistance program jointly sponsored by labor and management. NYS EAP provides confidential information, assessment, and referral services to NYS employees, their family members, and retirees. It also provides orientations and training for all employees, managers, supervisors, and union representatives on benefits and use of EAP. SUNY Oneonta’s Employee Assistance Program Coordinator is Melissa Nicosia and she can be reached at (607) 436-2452 or