Application Deadline for UUP Individual Development Awards is November 11th

The UUP Individual Development Awards Program is designed to support a variety of professional development projects or activities by assisting eligible employees to develop their full professional potential and to prepare for advancement.

The maximum amount that can be awarded to an applicant is $1000.  Employees may only be funded for one project or activity per award period.  This allocation covers projects/activities that have occurred or will occur between July 2, 2016 and March 31, 2017. 

5th Annual Global Movement Festival

The 5th Annual Global Movement Festival, hosted by SUNY Music Department, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office of International Education, Sodexo, Resident Student Organization, Student Association, and Oneonta Auxiliary Services will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 6:45pm in the Hunt Union Ballroom. The first annual Global Movement Festival took place in 2012, and was initiated with the dual mission to promote cross-cultural understanding, tolerance, and a sense of global connectedness through the education and presentation of music, dance, art and culture; AND, to unite the city of Oneonta and SUNY Oneonta campus in a collaborative effort to raise awareness of current global issues, and to raise funds for global charities.

Over these past five years this event and its affiliates has raised almost $9,000 for causes in Sudan, Ghana, Uganda, and Sierra Leone and has donated over 40 bags of groceries and approximately $300 to the local Riverside Elementary School Food Pantry!

This year we will be accepting donations for the Ninash Foundation (suggested donation $3/person).

For more information about the Ninash Foundation –

The evening will begin at 6:45pm with an international buffet and a brief presentation by Ashok Malhotra, founder of the Ninash Foundation. After the guest speaker, there will be student and faculty-led performances of music, dance, video and spoken word from around the world. The night will end with an international fashion show, organized by the Office of International Education. This is a family-friendly community event, so bring the whole family and your friends!

For more information, please email

School of Economics & Business Faculty Seminar Series – November 16

Dr. Qazi Kabir, Assistant Professor of Management, will make a presentation at the Fall 2016 School of Economics and Business Faculty Seminar Series. The title of Dr. Kabir’s presentation is “Comparative Analysis of Different Routing Heuristics for the Battery Management of Automated Guided Vehicles.”  The presentation is open to faculty, students, and the public. It will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, in IRC – Lecturer Hall #9.

Foundation Elects Board Members

Two new and three returning members were elected to the College at Oneonta Foundation Board of Directors on Oct. 20.

New to the board are Dean Davis ’84, of Naples, Fla., and Burton Relethford ’09, of Medford, N.Y. Both were elected to four-year terms beginning in January 2017.

Davis is a retired educator from Florida Gulf Coast University, serving the institution as an instructor of communications and director of communication internships. After his retirement from FGCU, he opened Summoning Success LLC, a life and corporate coaching business focused on helping high-level corporate executives achieve greater levels of company productivity and employee success. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication at SUNY Oneonta and a master’s at New York University. Through his gifts to SUNY Oneonta, he is endowing the Dean A. Davis ’84 and John P. Argueso Scholarship for students with financial need. He is also a Netzer Planned Giving Society member.

Relethford is the assistant vice president of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Suffolk County, N.Y. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics at SUNY Oneonta and an MBA from Fordham Graduate School of Business. He served the Alumni Association Board of Directors as a director from 2012-2016 and as its president from 2014-2016. He now serves as past-president for the 2016-2017 term. Relethford has been very active with the SUNY Oneonta community, returning to campus for the Distinguished Alumni Visit series, hosting SUNY Oneonta students through the Backpacks to Briefcases program, and attending numerous Office of Alumni Engagement receptions as a board and college representative.

Re-elected to the Foundation Board of Directors for a second four-year term were Jerry Bermingham ’83 of Mamaroneck; Reggie Knight ’74 of Fly Creek and Bill Vining ’81 of Laurens. Bermingham is the executive vice president of National Reality and Development. Knight is the vice president of medical affairs of A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital. Vining is a professor and chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at SUNY Oneonta.