Returning from Los Angeles with First Place Award in Latino Literacy

This past September 8th, Professor Montoya, and three students: Diana Cervantes (Family and Child Studies-Spanish), Michelle Morales (Art-Spanish), Daniela Gutierrez (Communications-Spanish), and one alumna Mildret Barajas (Sociology-Spanish) received First Place for Most Inspirational Non-Fiction” and Second Place for “Best Autobiography” for their work “Mi vida en los Estados Unidos, jóvenes hispanohablantes cuentan sus experiencias” [My Life in the United States, Young Spanish Heritage Language Speakers Write About Their Experiences], authored by 29 SUNY Oneonta students in the “Spanish for Bilinguals” course, in collaboration with the book’s editor, Dr. María Cristina Montoya

Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Award” is the largest awards in the U.S.A celebrating achievement in Latino literature. The award ceremony took place in Los Angeles at the Dominguez Ballroom at the California State University. The students received funding from the “D’Antonio Undergraduate Student Travel for Excellence Fund”, and the “Student Travel for Excellence Program: ACADEMIC STEP” in order to attend the ceremony and the book panel at “The Latino Book and Family Festival” on Saturday September 10th.

The sales of the book contribute to a new College Foundation Scholarship on Heritage Languages.

Student Development and Campus Enhancement Endowment

The Student Development and Campus Enhancement Endowment to support student development and campus enhancement programs and projects is accepting applications for programs and projects for the spring 2017 semester.

An application for funds is attached and also available from the Student Development Office, 119 Netzer. Applications are due no later than November 30, 2016. Final decisions regarding funding will be made by the OAS Board of Directors upon recommendation of the Vice President for Student Development and the OAS Auxiliary Services Committee. As a general rule, awards from this fund should be for one-time projects or pilot programs not to exceed three years in duration. No more than 40% of the annual investment earnings shall be committed to ongoing program support.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to apply.


Shiao-Yun Chiang Publishes Research Article on English-Medium Instruction (EMI)

Shiao-Yun Chiang (Communication & Media, School of Social Sciences) published a research article “Challenges to English-medium instruction (EMI) for international students in China: A learners’ perspective” in English Today. English-medium instruction aims to accommodate international students into Chinese universities. In this peer-reviewed publication Dr. Chiang and his associate addressed some of the major challenges that international students commonly experience in China. The article should be informative for those who are interested in intercultural education. English Today (ISI listed) is a prestigious international journal published by Cambridge University Press. The article may be found at this link: Special thanks to the Dean of School of Social Sciences and the Chair of Communication Department for approving Dr. Chiang’s Sabbatical which has facilitated his research abroad!




College receives grant to host the public forum “Should We Engineer the Mosquito?”

SUNY Oneonta’s Biochemistry program received a $1,200 grant to host a public discussion on new biotechnologies and how they should be applied. The forum is scheduled for Thursday, September 29th from 6:30-9:00pm in the Otsego Grille of Morris Conference Center. Participants will learn how mosquitoes can be engineered to reduce malaria transmission, discuss related ethical and societal issues, consider the viewpoints of others, and form a plan about whether and how to release the mosquitoes using the information they learn, their background knowledge, and their values. Forum content was designed by the Museum of Science, Boston, with funding from the National Science Foundation, in partnership with the National Informal STEM Education Network. Admission is free, but registration is required. To learn more, see the attached flyer, mosquito-forum, or contact Kelly Gallagher at (436-3180).