Bill Harcleroad Presents At Conference

Bill Harcleroad, Director of Campus Activities, was invited to present two “best practice” sessions at the annual Campus Labs Connect Conference in Dallas Texas last week. He presented on the successful campus adoption of the CORQ app for events as well as a session on the finance module of CollegiateLink, now Engage, which helps to track student organization spending.

College Calendar add-on file available for Outlook

2017-18 date sets for fall, winter, spring, and summer are now available to load into your calendar.

  1. From a Windows computer with Outlook installed/configured, go to
  2. Choose Open, and a dialog box will open that offers you choices of which date sets to load.
  3. Check the box(es) next to the date set(s) you wish to import and click OK.
  4. Outlook will load the selected dates into your default calendar as “free” all-day events.

Mac Users – you can download and import the file into your calendar by logging into a college-owned Windows PC and following the above steps.

Open Forum Invitations for Sustainability Coordinator Candidates

The campus community is invited to open forums at which candidates for the Sustainability Coordinator position will make a brief presentation on their vision for the sustainable campus of 2025 and answer questions from the audience.

The first two open forums are scheduled as follows:

Monday July 24, 2017 11 a.m., Butternut Valley Room, Hunt Union

Tuesday, July 25, 11 a.m., Butternut Valley Room, Hunt Union

NSF Grant Awarded for Common Problem Pedagogy Project

The National Science Foundation has awarded a two-year grant in the amount of $57,367 in support of the project entitled “Collaborative Research: The Common Problem Pedagogy Project” under the direction of Principal Investigators (for SUNY Oneonta) Drs. Jan Bowers (Education & Human Ecology) and Joshua Nollenberg (Physics & Astronomy). The project is a collaboration with SUNY Cortland (lead), SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Plattsburgh, and will be implemented on all four campuses. A brief description of the project follows.

The Common Problem Pedagogy project seeks to improve STEM teaching and learning through the integration of cross-disciplinary experiences and applied learning opportunities in ways that will strengthen STEM workforce preparation and produce a more STEM-literate public. STEM faculty will partner with one or more colleagues from the arts and humanities to identify a community partner with a significant problem or issue relevant to their disciplines. Faculty will incorporate problem-based learning activities in their courses to address the problem. Interdisciplinary teams of students from their classes will work together, applying the perspectives and tools of inquiry from their respective disciplines, to develop potential solutions that will be presented to the community partner at the end of the semester. The goals of the project are to demonstrate the effectiveness of Common Problem Pedagogy on student learning within STEM disciplines, to increase the number of STEM instructors proficient in this pedagogy, and to identify strategies for scaling up this methodology for large-scale adoption across the SUNY system and beyond.

SUNY Pride 2017

SUNYPride2The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC), Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), the Office of Student Life & Leadership @ Hunt College Union, and the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association with fiscal support from the Fund For Oneonta at SUNY Oneonta are excited to announce the dates of the 5th Annual SUNY Pride Conference at Hunt College Union on October 27-28, 2017. This year’s theme is Artivism: Creative Expression for LGBTQIA Resistance and Healing. Our keynote is Kit Yan, playwright/poet/performer/lyricist.

Registration will go live in late August at

Call for papers/presentations <> proposals are due September 23. For details see:

For more information please contact Robb Thibault 607-436-3013

Faculty Members Kiyoko Yokota and Paul Lord Awarded Grant for Otsego Lake Monitoring Efforts

The New York State Water Resources Institute has awarded a grant to the Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of SUNY Oneonta in the amount of $7,105 in support of the project entitled “Otsego Lake Water Quality Constant Monitoring System” under the direction of Principal Investigators Dr. Kiyoko Yokota and Paul Lord (Biology/Biological Field Station). A brief description of the project follows.

It has been well established that the changing climate is affecting water temperatures in lakes, which affect timing and amplitude of thermal stratification and nutrient availability for primary producers. Rising water temperatures are often associated with negative water quality outcomes such as the establishment and proliferation of invasive species from warmer climatic zones and harmful algal blooms (HABs), which are typically caused by cyanobacteria that outcompete other types of algae at higher temperature. To date, water quality studies in Otsego Lake have been limited to ice-free seasons. Through this project, a SUNY Oneonta graduate student and an undergraduate student will conduct limnological research, under the guidance of two SUNY Oneonta faculty members, to supplement current water quality preservation efforts by collecting and analyzing year-round high-resolution temperature and light data for Otsego Lake. The collected data will be contributed to relevant research projects carried out by the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) at local, regional and global scales, which synergistically aim to better predict future changes in lake ecosystems around the world in response to the changing climate and to use such information to sustainably manage global water resources.

National Science Foundation Grant Awarded to Drs. Ebert and Bischoff

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant to the Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of SUNY Oneonta in the amount of $354,439 in support of the project entitled “Authentic Research Experiences for Earth Science Education Majors” under the direction of Dr. James Ebert, Principal Investigator (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department), with Dr. Paul Bischoff (Secondary Education) as Co-investigator. The proposal received ratings of ‘excellent’ from all of the assigned peer reviewers, and was one of only 13 percent of all applications submitted to the FY2017 round that were funded. A brief description of the project follows.

This project will engage pre-service Earth Science Education (ESE) majors in authentic research experiences designed to deepen content expertise and immersion in model-based learning (MBL), a pedagogy proven to enhance students’ conceptual understanding. For each year of the three year project, a cohort of pre-service Earth Science teachers will design and build new models of Earth processes and concepts. Models are especially effective in Earth Science because so many geoscience processes and concepts operate on spatial and temporal scales that are difficult for students to grasp. Models developed by participants will be evaluated by New York State Master STEM Teachers and pilot-tested in K-12 and introductory geoscience college classes. Models will also be presented in “Science Saturdays,” in informal science education venues, and at science teacher conferences. Through the design and construction of new models to help K-12 students conceptualize various Earth concepts, ESE majors will gain valuable insights into engineering design. “Nature of science” and engineering design are important threads in the Next Generation Science Standards. These experiences will enable participating ESE majors to stimulate interest in the geosciences in K-12 students, with the ultimate goals of promoting majoring in the geosciences in college and eventually reducing the deficit of geoscientists in the workforce.