Student art reception, presentations Sept. 13

The “Student Recipient Exhibition, Jean Parish Memorial Scholarship 2017-2018” will be on exhibit in SUNY Oneonta’s Project Space Gallery from Sept. 10 to Oct. 5, 2018.

Please join us for a reception and student presentations Thursday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception is funded through the estate gift of Jean Parish, Faculty Emerita, Art, to the SUNY Oneonta Foundation. 

The Project Space Gallery will feature the artwork of eight recipients of the Jean Parish Memorial Scholarships: Tyler Burke, Henry Feist, Sara LaPell, Christian Liranzo, Teresa Memole, Danielle Thomas, Anna Vanderpool and Xiaoyi Zeng. A range of styles and media–including drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, prints and mixed media–will be presented.

The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery and Project Space Gallery are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday when the college is in session and during special events.  

For more information about the gallery or upcoming exhibitions, contact Gallery Director Tim Sheesley at (607) 436-2445, (607) 436-3456 or visit


Weekly writing workshops set for Thursdays and Fridays

The Student Learning Center, formally known as CADE, is offering two writing workshops for fall 2018. “How to Proofread for Clear and Correct Writing” and “Essay Test Strategies” will be held throughout the semester in Milne Library on the second floor.

“How to Proofread for Clear and Correct Writing” will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6.

“Essay Test Strategies” will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. on the following Fridays: Sept. 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7.

Please feel free to refer your students. To learn more or to sign up, visit or call 607.436.3010.

Applications for annual junior faculty award due 10/15

The Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize has a twofold purpose:

1) recognition of academic excellence, encompassing scholarship and public speaking, and

2) public promotion of SUNY Oneonta.


Eligibility: All SUNY- Oneonta full-time, junior (non-tenured) faculty.

The selection process includes:

1. Evidence of academic achievement such as the publication of books or articles, grants for research or other scholarly endeavors, exhibits, conference presentations, creative achievements, performance events, or works in progress.

2. Evidence that the applicant can present a significant, interesting, and accessible 45-minute public lecture appropriate to a College and community audience comprised of non-specialists. Although the lecture topic should come from the applicant’s scholarship, the proposed presentation must engage and have relevance for a general audience.

Monday, October 15, 2018: Deadline to submit all application materials electronically to

Week of November 5, 2018: Successful applicant will be notified.

Evening of Tuesday, December 4, 2018: Successful applicant will receive the $1,000 prize and deliver the Siegfried Lecture in Craven Lounge.

Checklist of materials to submit:

_____1. Statement regarding academic excellence.

_____2. Current vita listing published books, articles, chapters, creative activities, presentations, or other

scholarly achievements.

_____3. Representative copies of materials listed above.

_____4. Title, outline, and summary of proposed presentation, identifying content to be covered, thesis/interpretation,

organization, and mode (e.g., transparencies, slides, PowerPoint, demonstration).

_____5. Explanation of why the topic will interest a general audience and enhance the reputation of the College.

_____6. Statement regarding public speaking experience and style.

_____7. At least one letter supporting your ability to give such a presentation.

_____8. Audio/visual tape of a past presentation or class lecture (optional).

Contact the Instructional Resource Center for help with the latter)

The Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is funded by generous gifts from Alumni to the 2018-2019 Fund for Oneonta and gifts to the College at Oneonta Foundation.

The selection committee includes the Provost, the Academic Deans, and members of the Academic Excellence Committee. The Academic Excellence Committee is comprised of past recipients of the Susan Sutton Smith Prize (Joseph Pignato (Chair), Florian Reyda and Matthew Hendley, as well as past recipients of the Richard Siegfried Prize, William Walker, Kristen Blinne and Tyra Olstad).

Applications for annual Outstanding Part-time Instructor award due 9/24

The Academic Excellence Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2018-2019 Outstanding Part-Time Instructor Award. The Simphiwe Hlatshwayo Award for the Outstanding Part-Time Instructor, which comes with a $500 cash prize, was created by the College Senate to recognize outstanding adjunct instructors as well as to encourage excellence in teaching. The award was named to honor the memory of Simphiwe Hlatshwayo, who was a graduate of SUNY Oneonta from South Africa and taught at SUNY Oneonta first as an adjunct, then later as an assistant professor.

Eligibility: Part-time instructors who have taught a minimum of one course section in at least two of the past four semesters (i.e., fall 2016, spring 2017, fall 2017, spring 2018) are eligible.


1. Recognition of exemplary teaching among part-time instructors, and

2. Public promotion of the contributions of part-time instructors to SUNY-Oneonta.

Selection criteria:

1. Evidence of the nominee’s outstanding teaching in traditional classroom or/and nontraditional settings at SUNY Oneonta, and

2. Evidence that nominee is active in his or her field and applies his or her outside experience and expertise to instructional activities on campus.

Nomination Process: Part-time instructors may nominate themselves or be nominated by other members of the faculty regardless of rank. They may also be nominated by students.

Nominations must include:

1. Statement of nomination indicating how the nominee meets the selection criteria.

2. Current vita or resume of the nominee.

3. Two letters of support, at least one of which must be from a faculty member. The other may be from college staff or faculty or from a student, colleague, or community member with knowledge of the nominee’s instructional abilities.

4. A syllabus for each semester under consideration (syllabi may be for the same course taught in different semesters).

Important dates:

Monday, September 24, 2018: Deadline to submit all application materials electronically to Written materials should be submitted as a single PDF.

Week of October 15, 2018: Successful applicant will be notified.

Thursday, November 8, 2018: Successful applicant will receive the $500 prize and be recognized at the Community of Scholars Reception.

The selection committee includes the Provost, the Academic Deans, and members of the Academic Excellence Committee. The Academic Excellence Committee is comprised of past recipients of the Susan Sutton Smith Prize Joseph Pignato (Chair), Florian Reyda and Matthew Hendley, as well as past recipients of the Richard Siegfried Prize, William Walker, Kristen Blinne and Tyra Olstad.

CASSC seeking faculty, staff volunteers for college/career exploration event

The Catskill Area School Study Council, a partnership of SUNY Oneonta and area schools, is looking for volunteers to support a community outreach program to promote early college and career awareness. We are working with DCMO BOCES as well as SUNY Oneonta Admissions, Career Development Center, Science Discovery Center and multiple faculty members.  We are hoping to bring about 400 students on campus to explore various careers and explore what the college has to offer- think FUTURE STUDENTS!

What: Two (2) 30-minute Interactive sessions/ presentations (12:15- 12:45 and 1:00-1:30) to approximately 20-30 eighth grade students per session.

Who: 400 eighth graders from the local DCMO and ONC BOCES region- 41 schools!

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Where: SUNY Oneonta


  • Provide 8th grade students with a sense of the college experience/ opportunities at SUNY Oneonta in a specific department or career field
  • Create enthusiasm and personal connections for students to college (at SUNY Oneonta!)
  • Students will begin to link interests, abilities and choices to a career field.

We encourage faulty to co-present and invite current students to be a part of this program. Please contact either Suzanne Swantak-Furman, CASSC Executive Director at 436-2584 or Jarrin Hayen, CASSC Assistant Director at 436-2533 if interested in learning more. Thank you!

TLTC announces Sept/Oct training schedule

Below are the TLTC offerings for September and October 2018.  You can read through them here or on the TLTC Faculty Opportunities website . Contact Chilton Reynolds ( or x2673) if you would like more information about any of these workshops or would like to be signed up for reminders about any specific workshop.

Blackboard Trainings

Level 1 Blackboard Training – Blackboard Level 1 training is now fully online.  You can go through all five required modules at your own pace.  However, if you have questions about some of the content or need some help working through the quizzes for each one, we are happy to help. Go to the IT Service Now portal( and submit a request to be added to the course or if you have questions.

How to make your Blackboard files accessible – There is a new tool in Blackboard that will give you feedback on your files in Blackboard and how you can make them more accessible to students.  This tool is called Ally.  This session will show you the different ways you can use this tool to help you work through the process of converting your content to an accessible format.  For more information on this tool you can visit Ally’s web page here:

9/12       1 p.m.

9/13       11 a.m.

9/14       11 a.m.

9/18       10 a.m.

10/3       1 p.m.

10/11      2 p.m.

10/15      9 a.m.

10/23      11 a.m.

(All trainings are in the TLTC Lounge, Basement of Milne Library)

New Tools in Blackboard – There are some new tools in Blackboard.  This session will cover the new tools that have been recently installed in Blackboard including:

  • Blackboard Collaborate – a video conferencing tool that allows you to have online meetings with students
  • SafeAssign – a plagiarism tool that allows you and students to check the uniqueness of written work
  • Attendance tool – this tool allows you to track attendance in Blackboard

9/13       2 p.m.

9/14       1 p.m.

9/18       2 p.m.

10/3        9 a.m.                  

10/11     10 a.m.                         

10/15       2 p.m.

(All trainings are in the TLTC Lounge, Basement of Milne Library)

Blackboard Grade Center Support – These sessions will cover how to use the Grade Center in Blackboard to grade student work, to easily communicate grades with students, and how to have the Grade Center calculate final grades.  It is also a time to come get help setting up your grade book in Blackboard, especially if you are looking for help with calculating grades before mid-term grades are due.

10/10             2 p.m.

10/11             3 p.m.

10/12             9 a.m.

10/15             10 a.m.

10/16             9 a.m.

10/17             3:30 p.m.

10/18             9 a.m.

10/18            3:30 p.m.

(All trainings are in the TLTC Lounge, Basement of Milne Library)

Tech Talk Day

Friday, November 16, 1 – 4 pm,  Butternut Room, Hunt Union

This afternoon conference will consist of sessions for faculty to share how they are using technology in the classroom to engage students. Each session will be approximately 45 minutes so you can come and go as you like throughout the afternoon.  To see a full schedule of the afternoon or to register, go to the Faculty Opportunities page in Campus Connection(

Best Practices in Online Training

October 1 – 31, Fully Online

This is the Level 2 Training course towards the Online Teaching Certification. Successful completion of this training and the Level 1 Blackboard training modules A-E are required to teach online at SUNY Oneonta. It was created to certify new and current online instructors in best practices to provide the highest quality eLearning experiences possible for students. This is a 1-month course, with discussions, three assignments, a reflective exercise at the end, and a final quiz. It is expected to take about 5-hours per week to complete the course work. It is peer-review on most work, and assignments marked on a S/NS basis. Completion of 95% of the work will culminate in the completion certificate.

Teaching Breakfast (Outside Starbucks)

The Teaching Breakfast is an informal gathering to talk about issues of teaching and learning. There is no need to sign-up for this, just show up when you are able. While we start the conversation at 8am you can always come later to join in. This group meets in the space outside of Starbucks in the Hunt Union. You can grab something from Starbucks or bring your breakfast and come chat with other faculty about issues in your classroom.

In addition, this group maintains an email listserv to share interesting readings around teaching and learning. If you are interested in signing up for the listserv, contact Chilton Reynolds ( or x2673). 
(All sessions start at 8am outside of Starbucks, Hunt Union)

  • September 19 (Wednesday)
  • October 4 (Thursday)
  • October 17 (Wednesday)
  • November 1 (Thursday)
  • November 14 (Wednesday)
  • November 29 (Thursday)
  • December 5 (Wednesday)