Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces Empire Star Public Service Award

Governor Cuomo recently announced the Empire Star Public Service Award, which recognizes exemplary public servants and their contributions to building a better New York. Awardees from work locations in every region of New York state will receive a $5,000 professional development scholarship, enabling them to further develop their knowledge and skills.

Nominations are now being accepted through Jan. 31, 2018. Current New York state Executive Branch employees may be nominated by colleagues or members ofthe public through an online application available at Empire Star Public Service Award Nomination Form. Nominees will be notified and asked to submit an Empire StarPublic Service Award application for consideration by a panel of reviewers. Final applications are due by March 15, 2018.

 Further details are available at Empire Star Public Service Award Description.

New Pass through the Pillars event scheduled for spring incoming students

Join in for the campus tradition “Pass Through the Pillars” on Jan. 15!

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual tradition of Pass Through the Pillars on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, starting at 12:45 p.m. in the upper quad by the Pillars. This is a new addition to the Pass Through the Pillars events, so that our students who enroll in the spring can also participate in this beloved campus tradition.
Please join in to clap, cheer and welcome our incoming students as they walk through the Pillars of Old Main and start their journey as Red Dragons! If you have any questions or wish to volunteer for the event, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at x2526.

EOP & ACE to relocate

The Office of Opportunity Programs (EOP & ACE) is moving. Effective Jan. 8, 2018, department staff from the Netzer administrative office (332A/B) and the Alumni Hall Advisory Center (suite 115) will move into suite 116 in Alumni Hall, formerly occupied by Admissions. Phone extensions for all staff will remain the same.

Will Walker publishes chapter in new book

Will Walker (Cooperstown Graduate Program) has published a chapter entitled “Festivals as a Commemorative Genre” in the new book, Commemoration: The American Association for State and Local History Guide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). This timely volume addresses the past and present of memorials, monuments, and other commemorative activities in the United States and beyond.

Catskill Area School Study Council partners with Physics & Astronomy Department

Sixteen area school students gathered for four Saturday mornings during the Fall 2017 Lego Robotics Enrichment Seminar at SUNY Oneonta. Students in grades 7-9 traveled from seven area schools to work alongside SUNY Oneonta Physics & Astronomy students to learn and play with Lego Mindstorm Robots, which were provided courtesy of the Oneonta Physics & Astronomy Department.

During this robotics-themed session, students worked in pairs supervised by the college students under the leadership of Dr. Hugh A. Gallagher.  The program is a collaboration between SUNY Oneonta’s Physics & Astronomy Department and the Catskill Area School Study Council. The goal is to provide regional students opportunities to deepen their interest in STEM.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Swantak-Furman, CASSC Executive Coordinator, at 436-2584.

Spots available for HOF internship program

The Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development provides meaningful, hands-on training in numerous professional careers including research, photo archives, technical services, curatorial, education, archives and collections management, development, multi-media, publications and communications. In addition, interns learn and work in the company of baseball’s best-known personalities during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend and Induction Ceremony, held in Cooperstown each summer.

To be eligible, students must have completed their sophomore year and be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program at a college or university during the internship, or have just graduated in May 2018. Intern positions for 2018 are available in the following fields: Collections, Communications, Curatorial, Development, Digital Collections, Library Research, Library Technical Services, Licensing & Sales, Multimedia, Photo Archives and Public Programs. Twenty internships will be awarded.

NOTE: All applications must be completed online at In order to complete an application, candidates must attach a cover letter and resume to the online application. Only completed applications will be reviewed for acceptance into the program. All applications must be received no later than Jan. 31, 2018.

CASSC now registering for SAT Prep courses

The Catskill Area School Study Council is now accepting registration forms for the Winter/Spring session of the SAT Prep course held at SUNY Oneonta for six consecutive Saturdays beginning Jan. 20 and ending Feb. 24. This is a great opportunity for your student to get direct instruction as well as preparation tips and tricks as he or she prepares for college. The deadline to register is Jan. 9, 2018. Students must register through their school district’s guidance office, and districts must be members of the CASSC in order for their students to participate. For more information, contact the Study Council at 607-436-2533 or your local school district.