Athletic HOF Induction To Honor Former Faculty Member Jay Pawa

Jay Pawa

Honorary Inductee

Professor of History (1961-1983)

Pawa, who will be inducted posthumously, spent 20 years as a professor of history until his untimely death in 1983 at the age of 52.  During his tenure, he was a champion for students and student athletes serving as a mentor and role model.  He was an esteemed member of the college faculty and would go above and beyond to help students succeed while leaving a legacy of excellence on campus.

When he wasn’t teaching, or advising students, Pawa could be found in the weight room or on the hills around campus jogging.  He was a boxer as a young boy in New York City and this regimen of being in shape carried through into his adult years.  The weight room in the Chase Physical Education building is named in his honor.

Pawa grew up on the lower East Side of the city during the depression where he worked his way through poverty to earn a college degree.  A farm hand, a taxi driver, a truck driver and a deck-hand on an oil tanker were just a few of the manual labor jobs Pawa worked while attending Oneonta and graduate school at Columbia University.

His son Matt, who is a lawyer in Massachusetts, and his grandson, Jay Zachary Pawa, will be accepting the honor on Jay’s behalf.

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CSRC Blood Drive

The Center for Social Responsibility and Community is sponsoring a double day blood drive. The drive is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, September 11 & 12 from 12 Noon until 5:00 PM. The drive will take place at the Hunt Union in the Ballroom. If you are able, please consider donating. Your donation can save 3 lives. Let HOPE begin with you!

Tracy Betsinger, Anthropology, Published

Tracy Betsinger, Anthropology, has recently published an article in the International Journal of Paleopathology, entitled, “Trends in mortality and biological stress in a medieval Polish urban population” that explores whether urbanization impacted the health of a community experiencing an increase in population size and density and other changes. The results from the evaluation of pathological skeletal features found no change in stress with increasing urbanization, while statistical analyses of mortality and survivorship indicate that there was an increased risk of death as urbanization intensified.

“The Thinking Dog” is topic of Anthropology TALKS lecture

Evan MacLean, PhD, a biological anthropologist and comparative psychologist, will give a lecture on “The Thinking Dog” on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7pm in Craven Lounge (Morris Conference Center).

Dr. MacLean is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona School of Anthropology and Director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsors include the Public Events Committee, the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology, and the Anthropology Club.

A PDF of the poster is attached.

The lecture is the first in the Anthropology TALKS series organized by the Anthropology Department. The series will feature presentations by guest speakers and faculty and students and offer the insights of anthropological perspectives across the subfields of archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. See the poster for upcoming events in 2017-18.

For more information, please contact the Anthropology Department at (607) 436-3345.

Anthropology Talks – Maclean


Join us at the Hunt Union pond from 1-4 PM on Wednesday, September 13th for some paddling fun. We will have canoes, kayaks and SUPs (stand up paddleboards) and all the related equipment, provided by the staff of Canoe & Kayak Rentals of Portlandville, NY, for you to use throughout the afternoon. Staff members from the Otsego County Conservation Association and the Otsego Land Trust will also be on hand to let you know about the numerous locations you can paddle in our region. This program is free and everyone is encouraged to come out and go paddling on the pond. In case of bad weather, the rain date for this event is Thursday, Sept. 14th from 1-4 PM.

Grants Development Information Session – Friday, September 22

The Grants Development Office (GDO) is offering a “Navigating Internal and External Grants at SUNY Oneonta” information session to provide guidance on how to find and apply for funding for research and creative activity projects and programmatic initiatives, including an overview of policies and responsibilities. The session will be held on Friday, September 22 from 1-2 pm in Room 130 of Morris Conference Center. Whether you are new to SUNY Oneonta or have ‘been around the block’ this session will inform you about finding campus-based and external support for your projects and programs, and the services provided by the GDO and other related offices. For planning purposes, please contact Kathy Meeker (x2632) if you wish to participate.