Faculty present papers and students attend AAG conference, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Kenneth Johnson, Wendy Lascell, and Tyra Olstad presented papers at the annual AAG (Association of American Geographers) conference in Boston in April, 2017.

The papers were entitled: The European Union After BREXIT (Johnson), Cultural Immersion Service Project in Post-Katrina New Orleans (Lascell), and  Art as a Tool for Wilderness Management: Stewardship and Sense of Place in Misty Fiords National Monument, Alaska (Olstad).

Eight Geography majors also attended the conference: Peter Booth, Michaela Bromm, Alysia Brunner, Jason Fanton, Cameron French, Joe LaCourt, Alexandra Reichert and Rebecca Rogers.

2017 Oneonta Jazz Festival

The Eighth Annual Oneonta Jazz Festival, featuring guest artist Ray Vega, will take place at the Hunt Union on April 22nd, 2017. The day features performances from junior high, high school, community college and university bands from around the state and culminates with a concert featuring Vega backed by the Oneonta Jazz Orchestra.

Trumpeter Ray Vega is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Mario Bauza. He has performed and/or recorded with Joe Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Poncho Sanchez, Steve Turre, The Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Paul Simon, Sheila E., Frank Foster, Diane Schuur, Michel Camilo, Eddie Palmieri, The Mingus Big Band, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra,  and Celia Cruz. Vega is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Vermont.

In addition to the guest artist concert and student performances, the festival will include master classes and clinics, an open jam session, featuring a “house” rhythm section of SUNY Oneonta students and alumni and a barbeque/ New Orleans brass band- style jam session.

For more information, email Dr. Arthur Falbush at arthur.falbush@oneonta.edu

Anthropologists Present at Bioethics Conference

Dr. Tracy Betsinger (Anthropology) and Dr. Sallie Han (Anthropology) were co-presenters at the Albany Medical Center-Alden March Bioethics Institute’s conference, “Reproductive Ethics: New Ideas and Innovations,” held in Albany, NY, April 7-8, 2017.

Their presentation, titled “Reconceiving the Human Fetus: Perspectives from Bioarchaeology and Cultural Anthropology,” discussed the significant empirical evidence and cultural and social insights that holistic anthropological research can contribute to questions in bioethics. Their work will appear in The Anthropology of the Fetus: Biology, Culture, and Society, a book that Han and Betsinger co-edited with Dr. Amy Scott (University of New Brunswick) and is forthcoming from Berghahn Books in October 2017.


Got Funding?

The Public Events Committee currently seeks applications
for funding of “public events” on the SUNY Oneonta campus for
Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Typical events that meet the “cultural and educational standards of the college” include guest speakers; arts and cultural activities; readings; concerts and public performances; and presentations geared to increase the positive cultural relationship within and between the college and the surrounding community.

Generally, funding awards are between $300 and $1000.  Funding requests should demonstrate that substantial funding is also sought from additional sources.

The “college sponsored” event should be held on campus and should benefit the entire campus community, NOT just a narrow interest group or population.

All proposals should include a budget and advertising plan.

The proposal must be submitted by a member of the faculty, staff, or a current or retired employee of the college.

For complete submission guidelines, link to the application form, and sample proposals, visit the Public Events Committee’s web page by searching for “Committee on Public Events” or going to  http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/senate/Faculty%20Committees/publicevents/

Questions?  Contact Public Events Committee Chair, George Hovis, at george.hovis@oneonta.edu or at 436-2571.

Application Deadline:  Friday April 14, 2017



Renee B. Walker Presents Co-authored Paper at Archaeology Conference

Renee B. Walker, Anthropology, presented a co-authored paper at the Society for American Archaeology Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The paper was part of a symposium on collaborative research, funded by the National Science Foundation, that created a digital archive of faunal data from sites in the interior Eastern United States. The digital archive allows the faunal information to be integrated for answering questions about human subsistence choice and environmental change during the Archaic period (10,000-3,000 years ago).