Blood drive Thursday and Friday at Hunt Union

There will be a blood drive at Hunt Union Ballroom on Thursday and Friday from noon until 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, you can call 1-800-red cross or visit Walk-ins are always welcome.

The Red Cross is in URGENT need of donors! Over the past few weeks, the Red Cross has had to cancel blood drives because of frigid temperatures and winter storms, resulting in a loss of over 5,500 units of blood. Each donor will receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card for helping to save a life.

HOPE begins with you so please donate!

Oneonta Faculty Convivium scheduled

You are cordially invited to the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from noon to 1:00 p.m., in Le Café, Morris Hall for a luncheon and program.

Dr. Philip Sirianni, assistant professor of Economics, Finance and Accounting, will give a presentation titled The Effect of Sustainability Commitments on College Admissions.” 

Seating is limited.  To reserve a seat, call X2517 before Feb. 2. Vegetarian meals are available.

Abstract: We investigate whether voluntary sustainability commitments made by institutions of higher education provide a private benefit to the institution by attracting more and better students. Our evidence comes from the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (PCC), a highly publicized initiative that has been signed by a large number of schools. Controlling for other factors that affect admissions outcomes, we find that, on average, signing the PCC is associated with an increase in the number of undergraduate applications received by an institution of about 6%, as well as an increase in SAT scores of the incoming class of 5-9 points. Our results also show that these increases are sustained in the years after signing the agreement. However, we find that these effects are seen only for public institutions. We find no significant effect for private institutions. These results suggest that commitments to sustainability may be a way for public institutions to close the gap in desirability between themselves and private institutions.



Jacqueline Bruscella publishes journal article

Jacqueline S. Bruscella, Ph.D., in the department of Communication and Media, recently published a peer-reviewed journal article titled “Four Flows theory and materiality: ISIL’s use of material resources in its communicative constitution.” This theory piece was published in Communication Monographs and is currently available online.

The article stems from the research Bruscella conducted for her dissertation, which dealt with the communicative constitution of “complex organizations,” such as the terrorist organization ISIL (re: ISIS, the Islamic State). In this article, she illustrates how members of ISIL engaged in various communication strategies throughout their magazine series which emphasized and attributed meaning to their material resources (such as infrastructure, technology, currency, etc.) in their attempt to establish credibility and legitimacy.

Rob Szarka publishes article in “Journal of Economics Teaching”

Rob Szarka, a visiting assistant professor in the department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting, recently published an article, co-authored with Oskar Harmon at UConn, in the “Journal of Economics Teaching.”

The article, titled “Using Google Drawings to Create Homework Exercises,” can be found in the current issue here:

“Finding Common Ground” faculty workshop Friday

Intergroup Dialogue: Finding Common Ground Faculty Workshop

Join Faith J. Tiemann, director of Multicultural Student Initiatives, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at the Craven Lounge in Morris Hall for a discussion about having difficult conversations in relation to our own identities, those of our students, and how to navigate those conversations in and out of the classroom.

Coffee and tea will be provided. RSVP at

A reminder of services offered by CADE

How can CADE help your students? We recommend to students that if they are struggling with course material, they should come to professors’ office hours. We also recommend that they work with a TA during office hours when one is available. If they need help beyond that, CADE is ready to help.

We provide peer tutors for some 100- and 200-level courses. We offer appointment-based tutoring for some subjects and drop-in tutoring for others. Our drop-in tutoring schedule for this semester is available here:

If the course a students wants tutoring for is not listed under drop-in tutoring, he or she can go to Tracktion at to apply for an appointment with a tutor (TIP: use Internet Explorer).

Peer tutors may clarify course content and do practice problems (if appropriate) with students. Unless CADE has received express written permission from faculty, though, peer tutors will not work on any assignment (including homework) that will be graded. Students can also get help with an essay or with study skills from our professional writing center tutors at the Tracktion site.  Permission of the instructor is required for students to receive assistance with writing at CADE.

Visit CADE’s website for more information on referring students or call Amy Crouse-Powers at x2819.

Miguel Leon presents paper at D.C. conference

Miguel Leon, of the history department, presented a paper in the American Historical Association-Conference of Latin American History held in Washington, D.C. from Jan. 4 to Jan. 7. His paper, titled “Strategies for Success: A Notary and His Social Network in Colonial Lima, 1559-1619,”  is an analysis of the social networks built by a notary, Cristóbal de Aguilar y Mendieta, who was a prominent vecino, or main dweller, of early seventeenth century colonial Lima (Peru).

This paper is an expanded version of a paper submitted to a conference a year ago in Peru.

A reconstruction of his life shows that Aguilar y Mendieta was an active member of society who, besides fulfilling his responsibilities as a provincial notary, participated actively in the economic, social and even religious life of the city. It is well documented that his activities included selling slaves and merchandise, especially textiles, and his social activities included being a guardian of children and trusted executor of people’s wills. He was a founding member and treasurer of a religious brotherhood which supported an orphanage. He also bought real estate, making it an important part of his fortune and investments. He left a bountiful inheritance to his children, and his son, Cristóbal de Aguilar, the Younger, became the notary of Lima’s town council, one of the most desirable positions by any notary at that time.