George Hovis, Associate Professor of English, presents paper at the annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Languages Association

George Hovis, Associate Professor of English, presented a paper entitled “Race Change and Revolution in Clyde Edgerton’s The Night Train” at the 88th annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Languages Association, Nov. 4-6, in Jacksonville, Florida.  Dr. Hovis’s paper applied Critical Race Theory, especially Derrick Bell’s theory of Interest Convergence, to Edgerton’s novel, which addresses civil rights conflict in North Carolina in 1963.

NYS Department of Civil Service Exam Announcement

The New York State Department of Civil Service has announced the following exams will be held.

  • Supervising Janitor – open-competitive exam. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by December 07, 2016.  The written test to be held on January 21, 2017.
  • Chief Janitor – interdepartmental promotion exam. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by December 07, 2016.  The written test to be held on January 21, 2017.

To view these exam announcements and for more information, visit the Department of Civil Service website at

Dr. Florian Reyda has article published

Dr. Florian Reyda, Associate Professor and Researcher, Biology Department and Biological Field Station, recently published an article entitled, “Histopathology of Catostomus commersoni (White sucker) infected with the acanthocephalan Pomphorhynchus bulbocolli ” It was published in the October issue of the Journal of Parasitology.

In the article, Reyda and two coauthors, Nathan Heller, a recent graduate from SUNY Oneonta, and his father Arthur Heller, M.D., document the pathology (damage) caused by acanthocephalans (thorny-headed worms) to a type of fish, the white sucker. They used histological sectioning to demonstrate a relatively unusual phenomenon termed hyaline degeneration—essentially dissolved host tissue—around the parasite points of attachment to the fish intestine. This work contributes to knowledge in the area of fish parasite pathology, and provided an important experience for the student, who is now in medical school.


Toke Knudsen to Discuss Translation of Medieval Sanskrit Treatise on Astronomy and Cosmology at Next Alden Series Talk

Please join us on Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7 p.m., in the Alden Room (3rd floor) at Milne Library for the next Alden Scholar Series lecture, entitled, “Translating the Treatise Beautiful: From Sanskrit Verse to English Prose,” which will focus on astronomy and cosmology in medieval India. A reception, offering a selection of Indian dishes, will follow. Lead Credit available.

Dr. Toke Knudsen (Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics) will discuss his recently published English translation with commentary of the medieval Indian astronomer Jnanaraja’s  Siddhantasundara: “a comprehensive treatise that not only provides the reader with the mathematical formulae needed to compute, say, planetary positions and lunar eclipses, but also presents the underlying theory and model.” alden-series_knudsen

The Alden Scholar Series celebrates SUNY Oneonta faculty who have published books or book length projects. Copies of the presenters’ books are available for purchase after the talk, courtesy of Damascene Book Cellar.