Family Weekend 2016 went very well as we had more than 710 families register and/or check in with us on September 23 & 24. We are currently collecting information from our families on their experiences, and from the volunteers who provided services and support.
Thank you to the Family Weekend Committee #OneontaFW16
After a successful Family Weekend program I wish to thank our committee for its work behind the scenes; in the thick of the planning, delivery of programs, and its dedication to rally onsite as needed: Angie Eichler, Bill Harcleroad, Angela Deleski, Kathy Hewlett, (Student Life & Leadership @Hunt College Union); Natasha Fisher, (Career development Center); Monica Grau, (New Student Services); Alexandria Robison, (SAAC); Jesse Dominianni, (IGC); Alyssa Cohen, Averi Amsterdam, (RSO); Anne Everett, (Residential Community Life); and Laura Lincoln, (Office of Alumni Engagement); Johanna Clark, (Sodexo); Mary Bonderoff, (Office of Equity and Inclusion); Ryan Hooper, Daphne Thompson, (Athletics); and Tracy Dolan, (OAS). To a job well done!
Family Weekend Hub Crew
I want to thank the following additional professionals who joined committee members for taking personal time from their families in order to support our students and families during the college’s Family Weekend 2016. These pros pitched in at the check-in desk at the HUb to meet, greet, and welcome our students, and their families connecting them to the wide array of programs and events: Michelle Thibault, Rebecca Lynch (Office of Continuing Education and Summer Session), Lacey Williams (Office of Community Standards), Jessica Roman (Residential Community Life), and Amy Benedict (Career Development Center).
I also wish to thank the volunteers who supported or facilitated events: Jesse Gardner (SAAC) for setting up the sold out Dave Coulier Show; Dr. Joshua Nollenberg (Physics & Astronomy) for leading the Planetarium Shows; Dr. Benjamin Dixon (Geography) for his presentation “Our SUNY Oneonta Campus-1889 to Today”; Michael Hurley (College Camp) and Snapper Petta (Outdoor Resource Center) for coordinating and hosting the Birds of Prey presentation; Karyn Wendrow (Office of Alumni Engagement) for the Legacy Reception; Dan Mahar and the Men’s Lacrosse tea, (Athletics) for facilitating the family kickball tourney; Chris Schuler-Ghiorse (Athletics) for ensuring staffing for family open swim in Chase Pool; Michelle Thibault, Rebecca Lynch (Office of Continuing Education and Summer Session) for the heavy task of setting up and supporting online registration; Monica Grau (New Student Services) for coordinating the Five Week Family Checkup; Cassandra Mullinnex (Career Development Center) for introducing the Dr. Dixon program; and Peter Derway (Campus Ministry) and Tracy Hartwell (Employment Opportunities) for golf cart services on Friday and Saturday.
We also thanks the following students for all of their assistance: Nicole St. Onge (NSS) Sean LaDuca, Alex Gilson, Dylan Miller (Phi Kappa Psi), Nicholas Seabrook (Phi Kappa Psi), Adam Fleischman (AEPi), Josh Fleischman (AEPi), Karin Jacobson (Transfer Student mentor), Mikayla Morfesi (Phi Sigma Sigma), Kelsey Smith (Phi Sigma Sigma), Ritu Singh, Rosana De Jesus, Yuyang Shi, Nusirat Waheed-Ameen, Asaskia Thomas, Graciela Mora (ACE), Nazhaya Barcelona, Mako Takahashi (SAAC), Josue Irizarry (Phi Kappa Psi), Nick Cancelliere (Phi Kappa Psi), Karen Smith, Magali Ramirez, Elena Heath (NSS), Andrew Edwards (NSS), Jerome Wiggins, Celena Chiu, Melina Ciotta (NSS), Mark Ortiz (Alpha Phi Delta), Erika Vilceus (EOP), Christopher Carlucci (Phi Kappa Psi), Michelle Nelson, Mathew DiStadio, Shannon Kostoff (Alpha Kappa Phi), and Eileen Rowe (Pi Delta Chi).
Let me also share my thanks to Family Weekend Committee member Laura Emmet (Finance and Administration) for all of her support and expertise with the creation of a juried craft show on September 25. Indeed, to a job well done.
Note the dates for Family Weekend 2017 are September 22-24.
Robb Thibault, M.S.
Director, Student Life & Leadership @Hunt College Union
Chair, Family Weekend Committee