Tuition assistance support for SUNY employees (Spring 2018)

Tuition assistance programs are available for SUNY employees based on the employee’s negotiating unit and also through the SUNY Tuition Waiver Program.

For those wanting to take advantage of the tuition assistance offered by your negotiating unit, please contact your union office or the Human Resources staff (x2509) for information on how to apply. Employees must meet certain requirements to be eligible for this support.

Tuition assistance is also available through the SUNY Employee Tuition Waiver Program. Employees can receive partial reimbursement for a maximum of six credits per semester for courses taken at a SUNY institution. The applications for this program are available in the Office of Human Resources, Netzer 208, and should be returned to the Human Resources Office after completion. The deadline for submission of applications for this program for courses being taken during the spring 2018 semester is Thursday, January 25, 2018.

You may want to look into both programs in order to see which provides the greatest amount of assistance. If you have any questions, please phone Betty Tirado at ext. 2583.

Activities Council announces Red Dragon Theatre schedule, seeks faculty hosts

The Activities Council is pleased to be showing 14 movies this semester in the Red Dragon Theatre. Screenings are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 and 9 p.m., with an additional matinee on Sundays at 1 p.m., and it is free with a SUNY Oneonta ID.

The council would also love to have any faculty member who might be willing to speak about any of the films “host” the screening. The host would introduce the film and, hopefully, lead a follow-up discussion. We would provide the movie, LEAD Credit, popcorn, and another dessert or snack if there is a follow-up discussion. Please email if you are interested in hosting a screening.

1/19-21                 Murder on the Orient Express

1/26-28                 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

2/2-4                     Roman J Israel, Esq.

2/9-11                   Thor: Ragnarok

2/16-18                 Justice League

2/23-25                 Coco

3/16-18                 Pitch Perfect 3

3/23-25                 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

3/30-4/1               The Disaster Artist

4/6-8                     Maze Runner: The Death Cure

4/13-15                 12 Strong

4/20-22                 Fifty Shades Freed

4/27-29                 Annihilation

5/4-6                     Wizardhood

Pancake breakfast to benefit Laura Emmett

Please join us at a pancake breakfast to benefit Laura Emmett on Friday, Jan. 26 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Otsego Grille in Morris Hall.

The suggested donation is $10. No reservations are required, and it will be first come, first served.

The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, real maple syrup, juice, coffee and tea.

Laura is battling stage 3 peritoneal cancer and is recovering from recent surgery. She has made great strides but needs a boost from her Oneonta colleagues and friends.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation or send well wishes to Laura, please contact Diane Williams at 436-2085 or

Special thanks to Sodexo for donating their goods and services to this event.

CADE opens Tutor Training to TAs

Will you have a TA who tutors this semester?  CADE is opening its Tutor Training to teaching assistants. In addition to introducing key concepts of how to plan and evaluate the effectiveness of an individual tutoring interaction, we will help TAs recognize the line between helping a student understand concepts and inadvertently doing the work (or the thinking) for the student.

For more information about how we can help your TA work more effectively with your students, please call Amy Crouse-Powers at x2819 or email her at


UUP Midyear Mingle planned for Jan. 21  

Come to the annual UUP Midyear Mingle: Party and  Brief Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Depot Restaurant at 41/2 Railroad Ave in Oneonta. There will be good people, good conversation and UUP updates.

The complementary menu will include a variety of pizzas and chicken wings with a green salad and an assortment of desserts, as well as soft drinks, coffee and tea. Each person represented by UUP is invited to bring one adult guest.

RSVP by emailing or by calling 436-2135. Please note your name and how many in your party (just you or you and a guest) as well as your telephone number.

Andrew Bottomley wins 2018 Dissertation Award

Dr. Andrew Bottomley, assistant professor of Media Studies in SUNY Oneonta’s Department of Communication & Media, is the recipient of the 2018 Dissertation Award from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS). The award honors Dr. Bottomley’s dissertation, titled Internet Radio: A History of a Medium in Transition, which he completed as partial fulfillment for his Ph.D. in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2016.

SCMS is the leading scholarly organization in North America dedicated to the humanities-based research and teaching of film, television, radio and related media. The organization encourages excellence in scholarship and pedagogy and fosters critical inquiry into the global, national, and local circulation of these creative endeavors. It represents nearly 3,000 scholars in more than 500 institutions located in 38 nations.

Bestowed upon one recipient each year, this 2018 Dissertation Award honors the outstanding doctoral dissertation completed in the fields of film, television and media studies between August 2016 and July 2017. Criteria for judging include clarity and strength of argumentation, quality and originality of scholarship and research, organization and coherence, prose style, and contribution to the understanding of film, television, or media studies.

Dr. Bottomley will be presented the award during the Awards Ceremony on March 15 at the 2018 SCMS Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada. He is also currently in the process of adapting the dissertation manuscript into a book, “Sound Streams: A Cultural History of Radio-Internet Convergence,” which will be published by the University of Michigan Press in 2019.