CONVIVIUM LUNCHEON AND PROGRAM – Wednesday, November 2, 2016

You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Wednesday, November 2, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Le Café, Morris. Dr. John Schaumloffel, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, will present a talk titled, “An Early History of the Atomic Bomb.” Abstract:  As scientists solved the mysteries of the structure of the atom from the late 19th into the early 20th century, the concept of the nucleus, nuclear structure and the enormous amount of energy contained within it became clear. Equipped with more advanced and powerful scientific tools, chemists and physicists soon realized that the nucleus could be manipulated to release enormous amounts of energy. The rate at which that energy is released distinguishes between the peaceful exploitation and weaponization of this enormous source of energy. As World War II approached scientists across the globe began to separate across the Allied/Axis divide, realized the dangers of openly publishing their work, and pursued both controlled and uncontrolled nuclear fission using different approaches. They also had available to them very different resources and worked under different leadership priorities. For the Allies, this led to the Manhattan Project, the first controlled and sustained fission reactor and eventually the first detonation of a nuclear device. This talk will explore some of the important scientific achievements, political realities and organizational challenges that lead to the detonation of the “Gadget” near Alamogordo, NM in July 1945.

Seating is limited.  To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to October 31. Vegetarian meals are available. 


Upcoming Grants Development Campus Program Deadlines

Student Grant Program: Drop-in Q&A Sessions – Thursday (today) 10/13 from 7–8:30 pm and Friday 10/14 from 8:30–10:30 am (International Lounge). The Student Grant Program for Research and Creative Activity provides funding for independent research and creative activity projects conducted by students with faculty sponsorship. Guidelines and application materials for the Fall 2016 round of the Student Grant Program are available on the Research Committee website. The application deadline is Monday 11/14 at 5:00 pm. Two Drop-in/Q&A Sessions for students (and interested faculty) with Research Committee members will be held in Hunt Union’s International Lounge on Thursday 10/13 from 7:00–8:30 p.m. and Friday 10/14 from 8:30–10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be available. Encourage your students to consider this program and to drop by the information sessions.

Life of the Mind (LOTM) VII Faculty Showcase – Abstract Deadline Extended to Wednesday 10/19. The LOTM Faculty Showcase will be held in Morris Conference Center over two consecutive days: Wednesday 11/ 9 (noon to 5:00 pm) AND Thursday 11/10 (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm, followed by the Community of Scholars reception). Whether you have presented at a recent conference or otherwise exhibited your work, or have a project in progress or just getting underway, consider sharing your work at the LOTM Showcase. (Faculty may contribute more than one presentation.) The event will also include a “SUNY Oneonta Faculty Publications Exhibit” (a display area for books or other publications not suitable for a poster/computer presentation; limited to those published in the last two years). The deadline for online submission of presentation information has been extended to Wednesday 10/19; visit to complete the Abstract Submission Form. Faculty who wish to display a book(s) or other publication(s) must also submit information via the online form; however, abstracts are not required. The TLTC will again provide large format poster printing services for the LOTM Showcase (10/24 submission deadline for poster printing), and GDO staff can help facilitate a variety of presentation formats.

Faculty Research/Creative Activity Grant Program – Application Deadline is 10/24. The Grants Development Office is pleased to announce a second round of research and creative activity project funding through the 2016-2017 Faculty/Professional Staff Research Grant Program. Applicants may request up to $3,500 for the funding period ending June 30, 2017 (projects may continue past this period), to be used to cover costs associated with the proposed research or creative activity, such as necessary travel, supplies, student assistants, etc. The application deadline for Round II is 5:00 p.m. on Monday 10/24. Guidelines and application materials are available on the GDO website. Note: Current 2016/17 recipients of this program are not eligible to apply.

Last Call for Campus-wide Shred Day October 18, 2016!

If you haven’t already signed up to have your documents shred during our annual Records Destruction Day and want to participate, please do so at your earliest convenience.

 From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Rogers Service Group, the company we have contracted with for onsite shredding, will be on campus for a campus-wide records destruction event. The shred-truck will be parked by the loading dock of Netzer.  They will shred documents onsite and Laura Emmett, Records Management Officer, and Hannah Morgan, Sustainability Coordinator, will oversee the shredding activities. You can deliver documents to be shredded or you can have them picked up.

 There will be no cost to departments but RSVPs are necessary to participate. Attached you will find a Records Destruction Form to be filled out for each set of records you will have destroyed.

The destruction forms should be filled out and delivered with the records. To access the Records Retention Schedules that we follow go to Records Retention Guidelines.  Hannah Morgan has recruited some student volunteers to pick up records at your office to bring to the shredding truck, if you are interested.

 RSVP to Laura Emmett at at your earliest convenience with the following information:

  • Your name, department and extension
  • Location of records to be picked up
  • Approximately how many boxes of records you have
  • What time you would like pick up of records OR what time you would like to bring them over