The Red Closet Thrift Shop needs your help!

Due to our overwhelming success, we are currently seeking additional staff to volunteer just an hour or two per month to work in the Thrift Shop. Some of the benefits in volunteering a lunch hour here and there include the following:

You get to work with students that are also volunteers that have a passion for fashion and sustainability
It’s easy – the students do all the work, you just have to be there to oversee the students
It’s fun!
You get a sneak at the items coming in day to day for sale
You get to be a part of helping a student earn a scholarship (to date we have awarded 3 scholarships – one per year) since we opened the shop 3 years ago.
Did I mention that it’s fun?

We’re using to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone.

Gender Out of Bounds series to feature Dr. Rastogi

Dr. Rahul Rastogi (Communications/WGS) will be presenting his work on “Womanhood and Open Defecation in Rural India” as part of the Gender Out of Bounds series. The Women’s and Gender Studies department hosts this series of interdisciplinary talks which feature faculty from different fields sharing insights from their own work which illuminate the diverse work of gender/sexuality studies. This event will take place in Lee Hall (multipurpose room) on Wednesday November 8th from 5-6:30pm.
Flyer attached.


Last Day to Request Appointments With CADE Peer Tutors

The last day to put in a request for an appointment with a peer tutor at CADE will be Friday, November 17 at 4:30 p.m. Appointment-based tutoring is provided for many 100- and 200-level courses for which CADE does not provide drop-in tutoring. Tutoring appointments made before the November 17 deadline will meet until finals week.

Drop-in tutoring will continue as scheduled through the end of the semester, with a modified schedule during finals. Drop-in peer tutoring covers several courses in Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Math, Physics, PSYC 221, and Statistics. See the CADE website for specific courses and times for drop-in tutoring.

Please call CADE at 607-436-3010 if you have any questions.

Amie Doughty Presents Paper at Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference

Amie Doughty, English, presented the paper “Madness and Mixed-Bloods: Racial Metaphors in Seanan McGuire’s October Daye Series” at the Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on October 28. The paper argues that the way in which the fae of the series present race and madness parallels late 19th and early 20th century theories of race and madness, particularly with the use of polygenesis to explain the way different races experience madness. The paper further argues that this ideology is informed by the experiences and magical abilities of the main character, making her unable to see past the ideology even as she resists other aspects of racism in the society.


The 2017 Life of the Mind (LOTM) Faculty Showcase will take place on Wednesday, November 8 (noon–5 pm) AND Thursday, November 9 (8 am–4:30 pm) in Morris Conference Center. The LOTM spotlights the teaching, research and scholarship, creative activity, service, and varied integrated contributions made by faculty to the academic/intellectual life of the campus and beyond through posters, computer displays, and other exhibits. The event will showcase 60 presentations representing the work of 110 authors/co-authors from 27 different departments (and various collaborating institutions). The LOTM schedule and full program, including presentation abstracts, is available on the LOTM website.

Plan to visit the LOTM Showcase to learn about the interesting projects and activities being carried out from across the disciplines, and to support your colleagues. And, please encourage students in your classes to visit the Showcase! Refreshments will be available throughout the event.

The LOTM is held in conjunction with the Community of Scholars (COS), which celebrates externally reviewed/published scholarly work and creative activity achieved during 2016/17. The COS Recognition/Reception will be held on Tuesday, November 7th at 4:00 pm in Otsego Grille. All are welcome!

The Seminar Series in Biology presents: “Monitoring of mercury in Catskill regional fish population” presented by Colleen Parker

The Seminar Series in Biology presents:
“Monitoring of mercury in Catskill regional fish population” presented by Colleen Parker, MSc student, Biology Department, State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Colleen earned her BS in Environmental Science from State University of New York College at Oneonta in 2014 and began her MS soon afterwards. Colleen’s research is in collaboration with Syracuse University and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Through her research, Colleen examined mercury concentrations in sportfish in 13 lakes and reservoirs to further understand spatial patterns across Catskill region as part of statewide study investigating mercury distribution across NYS and collected water chemistry data to determine any chemical parameters as predictors of mercury concentrations in fish. Results from her research will augment existing statewide mercury data and assist agency staff with better management of these lakes with respect to fish advisories and human health. NYSERDA statewide report to be published in 2018.

In this presentation, Colleen will be discussing mercury as an environmental pollutant and the implications that mercury exposure has on human health via fish consumption. An understanding of the cycling of mercury including mercury emissions, atmospheric deposition, and transport of mercury to aquatic environments is imperative as these processes ultimately determine levels of mercury found in fish and subsequently in humans who consume them. Colleen will then share results of her research involving mercury concentrations in 4 species of sportfish from 13 lakes and reservoirs in the Catskill region and any trends examined between elevated mercury in fish and the chemical and physical composition of these waterbodies.

This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday November 10th in Science I room 121.

About this seminar series: This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.