SUNY Oneonta to host Rotary District Conference, Walk/Run

SUNY Oneonta is hosting the 2018 Rotary District Conference May 18-20, 2018.  Mark your calendar! On Sunday, May 20 at 8:00 a.m. an “End Polio Now Walk/Run” will be held on campus to raise awareness and funds to eradicate polio. There will be a 5K and a 1-mile. We hope you will participate.

Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio go back to 1979, when they began a multi-year national immunization effort to rid the Philippines of the disease. They were successful, and that gave Rotarians confidence that polio could be eradicated. In 1985, Rotary International launched their PolioPlus initiative. With Rotarians from around the world and partners like the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the organization has made great strides in this effort. We’ve gone from nearly 350,000 cases of polio worldwide to 22 in 2017. We want of get to zero, so Rotarians have promised funding and volunteers until the fight is done.

With the End Polio Now Walk/Run, we’re raising awareness and funds for this effort.  You don’t have to be a Rotarian member to walk/run for this effort!  We hope you will register for the event because you care about the issue, want to gather with campus friends and/or just need to get your daily exercise! Free food, drink and give-a-ways!  Your contributions goes directly to polio eradication efforts.

Registration options:


‘Day of’: 7:00 to 7:45 AM

(closes midnight 19 May)

Mailed inregistrations: Post marked no later than 12 May! Forms, with a check made out to ‘Rotary District 7170’, should be mailed to: End Polio Now Run/Walk

c/o Evan Kurtz 10 Hanford Drive Dryden NY 13053


Please contact or call x2446 if you need additional information and/or if you would like to volunteer to help with the event!

Susan Goodier and research assistant travel for research

Susan Goodier, Phd, lecturer in the History Department, received the 2017-2018 Faculty/Professional Staff Research and Creative Activity Grant for her book project, “Louisa Matilda Jacobs: From Slavery to a Kind of Freedom.” With its generous support, she took her student research assistant, Natalie Reyes to Rochester  over spring break. Goodier and Reyes spent three days in three different archives: the Rochester Museum of Science, the Local History room of the Rochester Public Library, and the Manuscripts and Special Collections of the University of Rochester. Reyes learned how to handle, photograph, and organize images of primary source materials. Goodier and Reyes took breaks to visit the graves of Susan B. Anthony, her sister, Mary S. Anthony, and Frederick Douglass, as well as the statue of Frederick Douglass monument in Highland Park. The two researchers will be traveling to Philadelphia in May to visit the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and Haverford College Special Collections to complete the terms of the grant.

History Department gives awards, inducts new members

The History Department’s Awards & Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony was held Friday, April 13, 2018, in Le Café at Morris Conference Center. The special guest was Elizabeth Mosher, Daughters of the American Revolution State Chairperson and SUNY Oneonta alumna. The Department is pleased to announce the following:

Award recipients:  Tierney Lynch – Academic Achievement Award for Outstanding Senior in History; Kaitlin Hair – Daughters of the American Revolution Award; Gary Frank – Ethel Ray & Ada Crippen Award; Waldo Espinosa – Redfield History Student Award; Mary Sawyer – World History Award; Ezekiel Davis – Sam Caplen History Service Award; Brittany Williams – Michael Wright Memorial Book Award in American History; and Kaitlin Hair – Michael Wright Memorial Book Award in European History.

Winners of the Maynard Redfield Essay Competition are: Bailey Riekkinen – Introductory Essay, Kelly Tenbus – Short Essay, and Tierney Lynch – Long Essay.  Honorable Mentions are:  Rachel Miller – Introductory Essay, Brittany Williams – Short Essay, Kaitlin Hair – Long Essay.

New members inducted into SUNY Oneonta’s Alpha-Kappa-Iota chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, are:  Ronald Bartlett, Jonathan Beckwith, Sarah Horne, Ian Leggett, Carissa Locatelli, Emily Lyons, Kevin Meyers, Emily Stephenson, and Kelly Tenbus.

College Democrats to host forum April 22

On Sunday, April 22, at 6 p.m. the College Democrats will be hosting a forum with the seven Democratic Congressional Candidates running in New York’s 19th district, which includes Otsego County.

This will be a unique time to see all seven candidates at once and to hear their positions. After a Q&A period, they will be around to talk to voters about the issues and their campaigns.

Please direct any questions to

Time: April 22nd (6 p.m. -8 p.m.)

Location: Lecture Hall 1, HIRC Building, SUNY Oneonta

Participants: Jeff Beals, Erin Collier, Antonio Delgado, Gareth Rhodes, Dave Clegg, Brian Flynn, Pat Ryan

Organized by Shane Digan (SUNYO College Democrats) & Monjori Lundi (Activist)

Moderator: Dr. Gina Keel, Political Science

Relethford publishes book on genetics and human population history

John Relethford, Anthropology, has published the second edition of his book Reflections of Our Past: How Human History is Revealed in Our Genes (Routledge 2018). His co-author, new to this edition, is Deborah Bolnick of the University of Texas, an anthropological geneticist specializing in DNA analysis of population history and ancestry estimation.

This book examines our genetic relationship with the African apes; genetics and the global history of the human species following our initial African origin; and the use of genetic data in reconstructing population history and ancestry. Case studies include Native American origins, the spread of agriculture in Europe, the origin of Polynesians, the population history of Ireland, and admixture in human groups throughout history. The first edition received the W.W. Howells Book Award from the Biological Anthropology Section of the America Anthropological Association.

SURC to put spotlight on student research Friday

Our campus will welcome more than 250 students and faculty from 33 different SUNY and CUNY institutions and other guests to the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) this Friday, April 20. The event features presentations of research and creative activity projects in poster, oral and performance sessions, along with student professional development opportunities and offerings for faculty. Our own student presenters/co-authors number over 200, with 85 faculty mentors. Close to 300 projects from across the disciplines will be presented (~140 SUNY Oneonta projects).

Information is available on the SURC ’18 @ Oneonta website, including the full schedule and program details. Abstracts can be viewed on the SURC app, which includes a build-your-own agenda and other features, and is available in a Web Browser or as an iOS or Android app. Information is available on the Conference Map & App link.

Please review the SURC program and plan to attend as many presentation sessions and other SURC offerings as you can to support our own students and our guests from across the state.

Questions? Contact (x2632).