STATE EMPLOYEES – 2018 Health Insurance

STATE EMPLOYEES – 2018 Health Insurance – Go to NYSHIP Online to see 2018 health insurance rates. Note the following deadlines:
NOVEMBER 30, 2017 – change premium deduction from pre-tax to post-tax or vice-versa
DECEMBER 15, 2017 – enroll in OPT-OUT, change from HMO to Empire Plan or vice-versa, change from family coverage to individual coverage, or cancel coverage

If you have any questions, contact Human Resources at x2509

Hispanic musical event Salsa, Barrio and Culture

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Department of Music invite the whole campus and Oneonta communities to come to the Hispanic musical event Salsa, Barrio and Culture this coming Monday, November 20th in the Fine Arts building, room M201 from 12:00-2:00pm. Feel free to join us at any time during the event. Professor Alejandro Ulloa SanMiguel from Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, will be giving a talk and demonstration on Uses of Hypermedia Salsa, Barrio and Culture in the Collaborative Learning of Spanish as a Second Language. This event is one of the many outcomes from recently signed international agreements between SUNY Oneonta and several universities in Colombia. There will be demonstrations of Salsa dancing, so dance with us, if you dare! Faculty and students involved in COIL Colombia courses this semester will be there. We hope to see you there!

The Seminar Series in Biology presents: “Testing Species Distribution Modeling with Litobrancha recurvata” presented by Anna Halay, MSc student, Biology Department

The Seminar Series in Biology presents:
“Testing Species Distribution Modeling with Litobrancha recurvata” presented by Anna Halay, MSc student, Biology Department, State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Anna graduated from Cazenovia College in 2013 with a BS in Environmental Studies. After completing an internship at the Biological Field Station at Cooperstown she continued her education with SUNY Oneonta through the MS Biology program. Prior to working on mayflies, Anna completed research on “Monitoring of the Moe Pond ecosystem and largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) population before considering biomanipulation options”.

In this presentation, Anna will be discussing the use of species distribution models (SDM) as a predictive tool for unbiased sampling. This talk will include discussions on animal dispersion, the challenges of locating specific species during fieldwork and the technology and programs that are involved in making a model. Geographic Information System (GIS), RStudio Software and the Random Forest algorithm will be covered as major components used in the making of these models. Anna will conclude with introducing Litobrancha recurvata, an eastern North American mayfly collected throughout the Susquehanna watershed, and the strengths and weaknesses of using SDM for this species.

This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday November 17th 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.

CONVIVIUM LUNCHEON AND PROGRAM

CONVIVIUM LUNCHEON AND PROGRAM – Thursday, December 7, 2017
You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Thursday, December 7, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Le Café, Morris. Dr. Frank Thornton, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education, will present a talk titled, “SPECIAL EDUCATION IN RURAL SCHOOLS: MEETING THE CHALLENGE.” Abstract: In the United States today, the majority of unserved children with special needs reside in rural areas. Ever since President Gerald Ford reluctantly signed into law, legislation granting equal rights to education for students with disabilities, rural schools have struggled to provide the services necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Studies have shown that there are many obstacles to providing high quality services in rural schools, including funding formulas, access to resources, and a shortage of qualified professionals. However, rural schools also have advantages their big city districts lack, such as community cohesion, a sense of place, and local school board control. The challenge for special education teacher preparation programs is ensuring candidates are able to meet the social, cultural, and academic needs of students in districts where these challenges and opportunities exist. Responding to these challenges, Dr. Thornton will share how high leverage practices in special education teacher preparation programs help rural schools meet the needs of students with disabilities.

Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to December 4. Vegetarian meals are available.

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Office of International Education OIE Newsletter

The Office of International Education is excited to announce our first OIE Newsletter of the 2017-2018 school year!

The newsletter showcases International and Study Abroad students through interviews and articles, as well as events sponsored by SUNY Oneonta’s OIE. Check out the newsletter in the link below to learn about the happenings of the OIE within the SUNY Oneonta community, as well as information regarding study abroad, faculty-led study abroad programs, OIE trips, and international student services!

OIE Newsletter Link: http://mailchi.mp/fb485be7e720/oie-newsletter