Gender Out of Bounds event to feature Indian author

On Thursday, Sept. 20, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will present GENDER OUT OF BOUNDS – “I am the Widow’: Of ’empathetic’ male reformers and the beginnings of the ‘women’s question’ in India.” Dr. Harmony Siganporia of India will speak from 5 to 6 p.m. at the CME’s Great Hall (Lee Hall).

Siganporia’s latest book, ‘I am the Widow’: An Intellectual Biography of Behramji Malabari” (2018) is a critical analysis of the life-work and times of Behramji Malabari (1853–1912), a Parsi social reformer, journalist, poet, proto ethnographer/anthropologist, travel writer, and vital catalyst of change who did much to shape the national reform discourse churning a society in transition in late-nineteenth-century Western India. The book evaluates Malabari’s lifelong commitment to working for the uplift of women, particularly widows, even as it explores the politics of representation and outlines some of the tensions that such a voicing of ‘women’s issues’ by male reformers such as Malabari entails.

Building on the premise of this book, this talk will outline the beginning of the “women’s question” in India in the late 19th-century, and attempt to explore how ensuing movement/s continue to grapple with the fundamental questions raised by Malabari and his ilk to-date.

For more information about Gender Out of Bounds presentations, contact Charlene Christie at or the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at 436-2014.

Sodexo to host second annual 5K for kids

SUNY Oneonta’s second annual Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K event on Sunday, Sept. 23 will benefit Riverside Elementary School’s Action Hero Backpack Program, a weekend meal-assistance initiative for area children.

The race, which will take participants in a loop across campus, will kick off at 9 a.m. at Alumni Field House and the Mindful Mile will begin at 9:15 a.m. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the same location.

The Riverside Action Hero 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 within the Oneonta community.

Riverside Principal Melinda Murdock said the funds raised by the event will help ensure the Action Hero Backpack Program can continue and expand.

“With a school poverty rate hovering around 65%, our mission is to support children and their families holistically,” Murdock 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.”

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 for campus and community guests, 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.

At the inaugural Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K last year, there were more than 150 participants, including many student athletes and Greek Life students. Proceeds from the race – more than $2,600 – benefited the Lord’s Table feeding program and Hurricane Harvey relief.

Sodexo General Manager Jimmy Hamm said he’s excited about this year’s event because all of the money raised will stay local.

“We’re passionate about supporting the Riverside Backpack Program,” Hamm said. “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.”

Online registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the mile walk. Day-of registration is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the walk. For more information, visit

CASSC to offer upcoming programs for area students

CASSC and NOYCE Scholars to present Science Seminars for area students

The Catskill Area School Study Council and SUNY Oneonta NOYCE Scholars will present “Science Seminars” as part of CASSC’s enrichment program on campus. This is a 4-week program offering hands-on explorations in Biology, Physics and Earth Science for students in grades 6 – 9.

Each week, small teams of students will explore contemporary and classical physics, biology, and earth science concepts through hands-on investigations. Challenging mathematics and analysis of data with computers will be incorporated into the lessons. All sessions will include discussion of career pathways within the topics studied. The program will be taught by teams of college students who are training to become middle and high school mathematics and science teachers.

For more information, contact Suzanne Swantak-Furman, CASSC Executive Coordinator, or Jarrin Hayen, Assistant Coordinator, at 436-2533 or your local school.

CASSC offers Enrichment Saturday Seminars for 3rd-8th grade students

Is your child interested in science? Math? Robotics? Theatre? Sewing? French?  Babysitter training? The Catskill Area School Study Council is offering a variety of opportunities to pursue their interests over the course of four Saturday morning seminars. Each seminar runs from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30am. Please contact CASSC or your local school for more information. Registration deadline is October 3rd. Seminar descriptions can be found at

CASSC offers SAT Prep Course this Fall

The S.A.T. Preparation Course helps prepare students to take the S.A.T. College Entrance Examination. The course will assist students in pinpointing their strengths and weaknesses. The course also provides strategies to use and practice to improve S.A.T. examination scores. Two instructors team-teach the class, alternating between the math and the language arts sections of the exam. We offer instructors in the classroom, as opposed to online classes.  Students will receive corrections and feedback on written assignments. They also receive a  textbook in order to do additional independent studying between class sessions, and to  continue preparation for the exam after the course has ended. Each seminar runs from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30am for six consecutive weeks. Please contact CASSC or your local school for more information. Registration deadline is October 3rd. Seminar descriptions can be found at