Dan Payne leads Chinese Diplomats on Tour of Slabsides

On August 6, 2016, Daniel G. Payne, English took a delegation of diplomats from the People’s Republic of China on a tour of John Burroughs’ writing cabin, Slabsides, in West Park, New York. The delegation included 23 diplomats from the Chines Consulate in New York City, the United Nations, and visitors from Beijing on the tour.

Budget Advisory Committee seeking Teaching Faculty Self-Nominations

Self-Nominations are being sought to serve a two-year term on the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC). At this time, we have a vacancy for one (1) teaching faculty member. All other posts are currently filled. If you are interested in serving in the capacity on the BAC, please send your nomination by email to Laura.Emmett@oneonta.edu by September 9th. Nominations should include a very brief statement about how you plan to contribute to the work of this committee. Thomas Sakoulas will serve as Chair of the BAC which meets once per month during the academic year.

The purpose of the Budget Advisory Committee is as follows:  Maintain a highly transparent, informative, and participatory operating fund budgeting process; Integrate campus strategic planning with the budgeting process; Analyze the budget context (e.g., state funding) and its impact on the institution; Make up of Committee: Chairperson (2-year term), Provost, VP Finance and Administration, VP Institutional Advancement, VP Student Development, Senior Executive Employee Services Officer, Faculty at large (2-year term), Faculty at large (2-year term), Non-teaching faculty (2-year term), Classified staff member (2-year term), Chair of the College Senate or designee, Chair of the Senate Committee on Academic Planning and Resource Allocation, Chair of the Strategic Planning Council or designee, Student Association president or designee, Student Association Treasurer.

Ninth Biannual Conference on John Burroughs & Nature Writing hosted by SUNY Oneonta

The ninth biannual “Sharp Eyes” Nature Writing Conference was held at SUNY College at Oneonta from June 6-9, 2016, and drew approximately sixty participants and guests including eighteen students enrolled in the associated undergraduate seminar. The theme of this year’s conference, which was ASLE-affiliated, was “Local, Regional, Global: The Many Faces of Nature Writing” which inspired a wide range of presentations and numerous lively discussions.

The multidisciplinary aspect of environmental literature was fully evident at the conference, which featured presentations from scholars in scientific disciplines such as biology and geology in addition to the humanities. Once again the conference drew participants from distant places to Oneonta, including Dr. Susan Hanson from Texas State University at San Marcos, Dr. Ufuk Ozdag from the Haceteppe University in Ankara, Turkey, and Dr. Erika Lemmer from the University of South Africa. The keynote address was delivered by former ASLE president Dr. John Tallmadge. Dr. Tallmadge’s presentation was entitled “The Spiritual Path of American Nature Writing,”

Join Us for “Pass Through the Pillars” on August 28

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual tradition of Pass Through the Pillars on Sunday, August 28 starting at 7pm in the upper quad by the Pillars. Please join in to clap, cheer and welcome our incoming students as they walk through the Pillars of Old Main and start their journey as Red Dragons! An ice cream social will be held immediately afterward, along with a block party with the Inter Greek Council.  If you have any questions or wish to volunteer for the event, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at x2526.

Penina Kamina Presents at Kenyatta University and Universität Hamburg

Dr. Penina Kamina, Elementary Education & Reading,  traveled to Kenyatta University, Kenya, mid July 2016 for a 3-day doctoral workshop where she presented on two topics namely literature review and data collection. She also facilitated both morning and afternoon small group discussion of concept papers.

The week of July 24-31, 2016 she participated and attended the 13th International Congress of Mathematics Education (ICME-13) held at Universität Hamburg, Germany. Aside from networking, listening to lecture sessions from renowned mathematics educators’ worldwide (see lecture2go video links on http://icme13.org/) and invited guest speakers, she actively engaged with TSG 37, Curriculum Topic Study Group, as well as presented her poster titled:  A Befitting Mathematics Curriculum for the 21st Century.