5K raises $9,300 to fight hunger in Oneonta

SUNY Oneonta’s second annual Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K event on Sunday, Sept. 23, raised more than $9,300 for the Riverside Elementary School’s Action Hero Backpack Program, a weekend meal-assistance initiative for local children.

The Backpack Program provides food for 107 children on the weekends. Nearly 50 percent of Riverside families receive backpacks, and the program is completely funded by donations from Oneonta community members, with food from local grocery stores.

Riverside Principal Melinda Murdock said the funds raised by the event will help ensure that the program can continue and grow.

“With a school poverty rate hovering around 65 percent, our mission is to support children and their families holistically,” she said. “Providing backpacks filled with three complete family meals every Friday is an important part of this support. A full belly helps foster a healthy mind, and a healthy mind allows people to be at their best.”

More than 200 runners and walkers turned out for the race, which looped around the SUNY Oneonta campus, starting and ending at the Alumni Field House. SUNY Oneonta student Lane Steele finished first with a time of 21:16. Fellow Oneonta student Abigail Williams was right on his tail, crossing the finish line just 4 seconds later.

Participants included groups of SUNY Oneonta student athletes, faculty, staff, alumni, Riverside teachers and other community members. About 40 Riverside children ran or walked in the event, which ended with a full barbecue spread put on by Sodexo.

Sodexo’s partnership with Riverside began last year when Food Network Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. visited SUNY Oneonta classes, prepared his signature dishes in the dining halls, and planned a special dinner, where guests were asked to bring donations of food for the Backpack program. McCargo works with Share Our Strength, an organization that helps nearly 12.6 million American children in their fight against hunger.

“We’re passionate about supporting the Riverside Backpack Program,” said Sodexo General Manager Jimmy Hamm. “It was an eye-opener for me – and I think to all of us – to realize the number of kids in our own community who are going without food.”

The inaugural Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K last year raised more than $2,600 for the Lord’s Table feeding program and Hurricane Harvey relief. At the end of this year’s race, proceeds totaled $9,326, with additional donations still trickling in.

“I am humbled by what I see today,” Murdock told the runners gathered at the award ceremony after the race. “What you have done for us today is not only solidifying this program for this year, but you’ve also helped us into next year. The funds that you have raised today will allow us to give every family a backpack, every week.”

Dedication scheduled for Barbara M. Weigand Student Gallery & Lounge

Please join the Division of College Advancement and the Human Ecology Department to celebrate philanthropy at SUNY Oneonta with the naming of the Barbara M. Weigand Student Gallery and Lounge.

This event honors the late Barbara Weigand, Faculty Emerita. Barbara taught at SUNY Oneonta for 29 years, beginning in 1954 and retiring in 1983. Barbara’s thoughtful estate planning will now benefit SUNY Oneonta students in the Human Ecology Department, especially those majoring in Fashion.

Please register for the event at https://oneontaalumni.com/2018weiganddedication

Chancellor’s Award workshops scheduled

The Chancellor’s Award Committee Chair, Renee Walker, and the President’s Office liaison, Colleen Brannan, will be hosting four Chancellor’s Award workshops. Below are the dates and times for each workshop. Senior Executive Employee Services Officer Lisa Wenck will be available for the Excellence in Classified Service workshop.

Academic Chancellor’s Awards and Distinguished Rank
October 1, 12 p.m. in the ECR, Netzer 341

Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence
October 3, 12 p.m. in the ECR, Netzer 341

Excellence in Classified Service
October 15, 12 p.m. in the ECR, Netzer 341.

Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service
October 17, 12 p.m. in the ECR, Netzer 341

Register now for the Fall Faculty Institute

The Fall Faculty Institute is October 12 from 11:30 to 5 p.m. at The Faculty Center, Milne B258.

The half-day institute includes lunch, a keynote, two breakout sessions, and a cocktail hour. Keynote Christopher Kukk will discuss “Teaching, Leading, and Learning through Compassion.”

Can’t participate in the entire day? Build the day that works for you. Flexible scheduling available!

Register at the following link: https://suny.oneonta.edu/faculty-center/programs-and-services/teaching-innovation-institute

Find us on the web at http://www.oneonta.edu/faculty-center/ and follow us on Facebook at “SUNY Oneonta Faculty Center.”