Convivium luncheon and program on letter-writing

You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Thursday, September 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in Le Café, Morris. Ms. Alejandra Escudero, Lecturer of Foreign Languages & Literatures, will present a talk titledLetter-Writing as a Pedagogical Tool, Applied Learning, and Social Responsibility.”    

Abstract: For centuries, letter writing has been a way to convey ideas, share feelings, and establish relationships between peoples and nations.  Today, we can say that thanks to technology, hand-written letters are a lost art with which many of our students are unfamiliar.

In addition to being a venue for self-reflection, letters have become a great pedagogical tool in the foreign language classroom. Hand-written letters in Spanish to detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers have made students practice their language skills in a genuine and authentic way while allowing them to learn about the life stories of those who have come to the United States in search of a better life. Professor Escudero shares how she stumbled upon this unusual teaching methodology, and how this project has become a life-changing applied learning activity for her students. She also discusses how this activity has led her students to become better Spanish speakers and writers – at the same time they become agents of change in their communities.

Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to September 25.   Vegetarian meals are available.

College at Oneonta Foundation to host financial planning seminar

The College at Oneonta Foundation cordially invites you to the seminar, Navigating a New Tax World presented by Attorney and CPA Martin S. Finn on Thursday, October 18 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Waterfront Room in Hunt Union.

Martin S. Finn, attorney and certified public accountant, is a founding partner of the law firm Lavelle & Finn, LLP.  Marty will summarize the changes to the tax law and review new estate planning strategies and charitable giving techniques in light of this new legislation.

Please join Marty for this complimentary presentation and breakfast to learn valuable information for your future, and to socialize with members of the SUNY Oneonta community.

RSVP by October 12, 2018 via email to:

or by phone: 607-436-2781

UUP to host listening session Sept. 20

UUP will host a Vision for the Future listening session at noon on Thursday, September 20 in Le Café, Morris. The purpose of the meeting is to solicit member ideas, goals, information, and opinions as well as to obtain input for the upcoming UUP survey.

The Vision for the Future listening session is for UUP members — and open only to UUP members. UUP will serve a complimentary lunch to members. To facilitate the food order, RSVP by leaving a voicemail message with your name and noting Vision for the Future at 436-2135.

Alanna Rudzik publishes book review

Alanna Rudzik (Anthropology) has published a book review of Progressive Mothers, Better Babies: Race, Public Health, and the State in Brazil, 1850-1945 by Okezi Otovo. Her review appears in the September 2018 issue of Bulletin of Latin American Research, 37(4) p.520-522. The book is a study of maternalist public health policies in Brazil in from the mid-18th to mid-19th century.

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Geoffrey O’Shea presents memory research at psychology annual meeting

Geoffrey O’Shea, Psychology Department, presented a poster of his memory research at the 30th annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in San Francisco, California from May 24-27. The poster, titled “Memory Consolidation and Mood in an Implicit Sequence Learning Task,” reports results indicating that a higher quality of sleep and more positive mood can enhance non-conscious memory processes for a complex pattern of serially-ordered information. The co-authors on this research poster included five former SUNY-Oneonta students: Kyle Madden, Michelle Spencer, Steven Doolittle, Lexington Swartwood, and Michael Jones.