Big O’ Poetry Slam 154

UPDATE: Due to low response The Duo No-Holds-Bar Faculty Poetry Slam has been changed to an Open Slam w/ Cash Prize- on Wednesday December 6th at 8pm in the Waterfront Room, Hunt College Union. The slam is limited to the first 10 poets who sign up at the stage. Our feature poet is Kevin Kantor a spoken word poet, actor, teaching artist, & queer agent for social change. They are the founder & former artistic director of Greeley, Colorado’s SOAPbox Productions, a theatre company & poetry venue dedicated to furthering conversations that are politically engaged & culturally conscious through live performance art. Follow Kevin at Twitter @Kevin_Kantor !

Sponsored by Hunt College Union, OAS, and Poetry Slam Association (PSA)

For more information please contact Robb Thibault:

Understanding Race series

The Anthropology Department is pleased to announce the next installment of the #Understanding Race series. On Tuesday, December 12 (Study Day), the department will host a virtual exhibit on “Race: Are We So Different?” The exhibit will be held in the Anthropology Teaching Gallery –on the first floor of Physical Sciences. Drop by between 2:00 and 4:00pm to view the exhibit and enjoy study snacks. Free and open to all! This event is sponsored by the Anthropology Department and the Provost’s Office.

New Exhibition and Reception in the Project Space Gallery: Fine Arts Center



[e]scape: an exhibition by three student artists; Jessica Tyler, Tyler Burke, and Henry Feist will open on Wednesday, November 29, with a reception from 5-7 PM in the Project Space Gallery. The show consists of a combination of silver-gelatin photographs and digital photographs ranging in size from 21”x18” to 36”x64”.
Their work explores the contrast between living in the city or country and visiting the city or country for a vacation as expressed in their combined artist statement.
“Living and working full time in a fast-paced city like Manhattan can make you numb. Colors fade to gray, and each day simply drifts into the next. Allowing yourself to fall victim to the monotony of the nine-to-five life is a heartbreaking way to live, and often one that becomes difficult to escape. On the other hand, living in the mountains can become isolating and lonely, leaving you with a sense of detachment from the rest of the world. This creates a different type of monotony, seeing the same faces, same cars, and same few stores every single day. Sometimes we forget what else is out there. No matter which landscape you live in, whether it be the Catskill Mountains or one of the Five Boroughs of New York, the other always feels like an escape. City dwellers find summer homes in Oneonta while Oneonta natives find themselves taking trips to explore the big city. Each reality is someone else’s vacation. As the three of us prepare to graduate, we want to use this series as a means of exploring the contrasts in the lifestyles we’ve experienced and appreciating the good and bad of each one. Even when things seem gray in the environment you’re living in, there is always a burst of color that will follow. It’s up to us to find our escapes. “

Sallie Han and Tracy Betsinger publish book

Sallie Han and Tracy Betsinger (Anthropology) and Amy Scott (University of New Brunswick) are the co-editors of a recently published book, The Anthropology of the Fetus: Culture, Biology, and Society (Berghahn Books, 2017).

The collection presents the work of specialists in biological anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology. Contributors draw on research in prehistoric, historic, and contemporary sites in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and North America to explore the biological and cultural phenomenon of the fetus, raising methodological and theoretical concerns with the ultimate goal of developing a holistic anthropology of the fetus. The book features Han’s chapter, “Pregnant with Ideas: Concepts of the Fetus in the Twenty-First Century United States,” and Scott and Betsinger’s chapter, Excavating Identity: Burial Context and Fetal Identity in Post-Medieval Poland.”

2017 W-2’s & Year End Information

The Office of the State Comptroller will again be sending W-2 forms directly to employees’ home addresses or the address that is listed on your check or direct deposit form, if it is different than your home address. IRS requires that all W-2’s must be mailed out by January 31, 2018, but we expect that they will be mailed sooner. Please contact the Payroll Office at x2504 if you have any questions or if you do not receive your W-2 by February 9, 2018. Please note: the December 27, 2017 check will be the last paycheck issued for the 2017 tax year. Employees should retain this paycheck as it contains valuable year-to-date information.

Attention: Work Study & Temp Service Students

Upcoming student paychecks and year-end W2s will automatically be MAILED to the address printed on the front of the check. Please double check the address to ensure its accuracy.

The following payroll dates are affected:

12/21/2017 – Checks & direct deposit advices can be picked up at the Payroll Office on 12/21 and 12/22. Any remaining checks that were not picked up will be mailed on Wednesday, December 27, 2017.
1/04/2018 – All checks will be mailed on 1/4/18.
***NOTE: If you would like to sign up for Direct Deposit in time for these two check dates, please complete and return the Direct Deposit Enrollment form by December 6, 2017.

If you DO NOT want your check mailed, complete the “Request Not To Mail” form, then print and send to the Payroll Office at 214 Netzer Administration Building.

Direct Deposit advices will NOT be automatically mailed. If you would like your advice mailed please request this by sending an email to

To change your mailing address, fill out the “Change of Personal Information” form, then print and send to the Payroll Office at 214 Netzer Administration Building.

These and other forms may be found on the SUNY Oneonta Payroll website:

5th Annual SUNY Pride Conference


On October 27th & 28th, SUNY Oneonta hosted its 5th Annual SUNY Pride Conference. Over 180 attendees from 14 different institutions (both within and outside of New York State) were present, along with local attendees from Oneonta Job Corps Academy and Walton High School. This year’s theme was Artivism: Creative Expression for LGBTQIA Resistance & Healing, which was reflected in 12 different sessions, which included topics such as intersectionality between race and sexuality, experiences of trans and non-binary individuals, sexual health, LGBTQ+ representation in media, and the importance of self-care.

Notable presentations by SUNY Oneonta Students and Faculty include Seeing Toxic Masculinity within the Black Male Experience by Emmanuel Woolard, HIV/AIDS & Men’s Sexual Health: Looking Back and Looking Forward by Dr. James Zians, Black Brujos Matter by Jonathan Brown, The Art of Self-Care: Contemplative Strategies for Self-Other Compassion by Dr. Kristen Blinne and Greg Hummel, Beta Inclusivity by Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and “Raising Women to Be…” Identifying as a Queer Woman of Color in a Caribbean Household Where Femininity is Toxic by Shinique Smith.


Feedback on the event was overwhelmingly positive, with an overall 81% average rating of the conference meeting expectations. A few pieces to note include praise surrounding the variety in sessions presented, organization of the event itself, the opportunity to network with peers and professionals from different institutions, and connecting to resources within the area. Some notable off-campus resources that were invited to table at the conference include The Otsego Pride Alliance and Family Planning of South Central New York.

The keynote for this year’s event, Kit Yan, provided a thought-provoking and engaging performance through his own poetry, which left audience members blown away from listening to his experience and learning that “we all have different experiences and hardships but we can ultimately relate to one another”. There was also tabling available to showcase on campus student organizations and local off-campus resources.

Let’s take a moment for a special thanks to this year’s planning committee…

Angela Deleski, Student Life & Leadership

Bill Harcleroad, Student Life & Leadership

Dariel Santana, GSRC

Denny Burhan, PSA

Dylan Negrin, GSRC

Ethan Serio & Gender & Sexuality Alliance E-board

Emmanuel Woolard, GSRC

Faith Tiemann, Equity & Inclusion

James Zians, Psychology

Kathy Hewelett, Student Life & Leadership

Katie Hebert, Fabulous Oneonta Feminists & PSA

Lillian La Plante, GSRC

Rowan Fitzgibbons, GSRC

Shinique Smith, GSRC

Zanna McKay, Elementary Education & Reading

Emily Phelps, Co-Chair, Student Life & Leadership/GSRC

Robb Thibaut, Co-Chair, Student Life & Leadership


Also, a huge thank you to our sponsors for this year’s event…

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, SUNY Oneonta

Office for Student Life and Leadership, SUNY Oneonta

Office of Equity and Inclusion, SUNY Oneonta

Gender and Sexuality Alliance, SUNY Oneonta

The SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association with fiscal support from the Fund for Oneonta at SUNY Oneonta


Lastly, a very grateful thank you to Dr. Nancy Kleniewski for attending the Welcome and sharing some remarks, to Pitch Slapped for performing during the Welcome, to the Poetry Slam Association for hosting our Open Mic pre-conference event, and to Andrew Kahl and the Identity Play Reading Group for their performance at closing.

Next year’s SUNY Pride conference will be on October 12th & 13th. If you are interested in participating in the planning committee for next year’s event, please contact Emily Phelps at and stay tuned for more information rolling out soon.