Attention UUP Professional Employees: Strengthen Professional Representation

UUP is moving from its former service-oriented mode, where UUPers with concerns come to UUP leaders for assistance, to an activist organization mode, which requires broad participation. All unions need to do this to function effectively given the critical and serious nature of evolving events. In UUP, this change will have a major impact on Professionals. As part of the process of moving to an activist organization mode, UUP needs Professionals willing to serve on the two committees, The Committee on Professional Evaluation and the College Review Panel, that are described below. The time commitment for these two committees is modest, but the two committees serve essential roles. For questions about these committees and/or a willingness to serve on them, simultaneously contact by email retiring UUP Vice President for Professionals Norm Payne at;  incoming UUP Vice President for Professionals Jeri Anne Jerminario at; and UUP President Bill Simons at

1. The Committee on Professional Evaluation
The Committee on Professional Evaluation shall consist of three (3) professional employees serving in positions in the negotiating unit at each college, elected at large by all of the professional employees in the negotiating unit at the college in accordance with procedures developed and implemented by the UUP chapter president.
(1) The Committee on Professional Evaluation shall, upon the timely request of a professional employee, review a final evaluation report characterized as “unsatisfactory.”
(2) Committee review shall address both the procedures and substance of the unsatisfactory evaluation.Read More »

Rhea Nowak Participating in Three Person Exhibition

Rhea Nowak, Associate Professor in the Art Department, is currently participating in a three person exhibition entitled “Patterns and Textures” at Gallery 175 in Pawtucket RI. She is exhibiting recent prints that incorporate traditional and digital techniques. The exhibition started on  July 10th and will run to August 20th.

Congratulations to Associate Vice President Amanda Finch

To the SUNY Oneonta Campus Community: Amanda Finch has been selected as SUNY Oneonta’s next associate vice president for student development. Ms. Finch who currently serves as the director for the Office of Community Standards will make the transition to her new position over the next month. Vice President Franklin Chambers selected Ms. Finch after a national search that yielded some very impressive candidates. Ms. Finch has served in the Director role since arriving at SUNY Oneonta in 2008. Previously, she served as associate director of Community and Ethical Standards at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina; assistant director for Community Standards at Old Dominion University, Old Dominion, VA; resident director at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. We are excited to have Ms. Finch serve in her new role, and look forward to the many ideas and initiatives that she will contribute. Ms. Finch’s vast knowledge and experience in student affairs and institutional collaborations will greatly benefit SUNY Oneonta and the division of Student Development. Ms. Finch earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Hartwick College), master of education in Higher Education (Old Dominion University).

NYS Announces Open Competive Exams

The New York state Department of Civil Service has announced the following Open-Competitive exams open to the public:

  • Beginning Office Assistant – This exam will fill the OA1, the OA1 (Stores/Mail) and other titles.
  • Office Assistant 1-Keyboarding

Applications must be submitted or postmarked by August 10, 2016. The written test will be held on September 24, 2016.

To view the exam announcements and for more information, visit the Department of Civil Service website.

We Need Your Help! Move-in and Orientation

To the SUNY Oneonta campus community;  We need your help! Move-in and Orientation are two big undertakings for the College and we want to put our best foot forward. In an effort to do that, we are looking for faculty and staff volunteers to assist us. We’ve made it very easy for you to sign up to assist our new students:  This link will take you to our sign up page on (if it doesn’t work, paste the following link into your browser: 

You can sign up for a variety of ways to help:
• Van driver- drive parents from the parking lots to the residence halls after they have unloaded their car or back to their car at the end of the day.
• Move-in Crew- help students and their parents unload the vehicle and move the belongings into their room.
• Information Tables/Tent- assist with directions and providing information.

Enter the requested information (email, phone #, and tshirt size) – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on  If you have any trouble please contact Barb Purcell at x2255.

*We will be meeting with the faculty/staff volunteers on Tuesday, August 23rd at 3pm in the Hunt Union to review jobs and pass out the t-shirts.

Please let us know if you have any questions about Move-in and Orientation. We look forward to putting our best foot forward for our new students.