Penina Kamina presents, explores scholarship synergies in Georgia and Africa

Professor Penina Kamina participated and attended the Kenya Scholars and Studies Association conference held September 7-8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. She co-presented with Dr. Dorothy Rombo from SUNY Oneonta, and their talk on “What Keeps Marriages of Kenyans Living in the USA Intact: A Family Strength Perspective” was perceived as timely, given the rise in separation and divorce cases. Similarly, Professor Kamina co-presented with Professor Francis Koti of University of Alabama, Professor Faith Maina and Joseph Wairungu from Texas Tech University Texas about “Opportunities and Challenges of Foreign-born Professionals Working in Academic Positions in the US.”

In August 2018, Professor Kamina and fellow mathematics educators from four institutions presented at the Africa Regional Congress of ICMI held at the Aga Khan University, Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Her research work with collaborators Rachel Ayieko, Dushimimana Jean Claude, Enock Obuba, Peter Olszewski and Innocente Uwineza titled Issues and Trends in Current Math Classrooms is ongoing and the preliminary part is published as a conference proceedings and can be accessed at

Also in summer 2018, Professor Penina Kamina, a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship recipient for a second time, returned to Kisii University to work with postgraduate students and faculty in curricular development and building research capacity.

She hopes that in the near future, Kisii University and SUNY Oneonta will forge a linkage as well as study abroad programs.

Enrollment for 2018 PEP program in effect through Oct. 12

Due to ratification of the 2016 – 2011 Agreement between NYS and UUP, the 2018 Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) for UUP-represented employees who accrue vacation leave is now available. PEP allows such employees to exchange previously accrued annual leave (vacation) for a credit to be applied toward their employee share of NYS Health Insurance Plan (NYSHIP) premiums on a biweekly basis. Eligible full-time employees who enroll in PEP for July 1st through December 31st of the 2018 plan year will forfeit annual leave at the time of enrollment in return for a credit to be applied toward the employee-share of their NYSHIP premiums, in accordance with PEP guidelines. Eligible part-time employees who enroll in PEP will forfeit annual leave on a pro-rated basis in accordance with their payroll/employment percentage in return for a pro-rated credit. In no case can the credit available under the program be applied to the employer share of NYSHIP premiums.

The enrollment period for the 2018 PEP program is in effect now through Friday, October 12, 2018. The PEP summary and enrollment form is available at SUNY’s Announcements & News web page. The enrollment form is also available from our Human Resources Office, 208 Netzer.

Completed enrollment forms must be received in Human Resources, 208 Netzer, NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018.

Michael K. Green presents paper at international conference

Dr. Michael K. Green from the Philosophy Department presented a paper titled “Humanomics: A Humanities-Based, Non-Equilibrium Model of Economic Processes” at the Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the humanities held from July 5-7, 2018 in Philadelphia.

The humanomics model of the economy uses the rich resources of the humanities to develop a predictive model of long-term economic development. Gulliver’s Travelsshows that economics should investigate complex systems, not individuals. A common description of what these systems do can be found in Dorval, or the Speculator, The Adventures of Harry Franco Volume II, Martin Chuzzlewit, The Gilded Age A Tale for Today, and The Great Gatsby. The Bacchae models this behavior. Philoctetes, Frankenstein, Rhinoceros, and All Quiet on the Western Front, similarly, make human interdependence central. Candide is used to argue that the flow of economic resources is initiated and sustained by an optimism-pessimism polarity. César Birotteau, On Walden Pond, and The Cherry Orchard are used to argue that economic identity is created by the unity and disunity created by changing technological/financial configurations. Finally, Oedipus Rex and Birds are used to argue that a complete economic cycle goes through the following stages: confidence, alarm, relief, panic, false hope, despair, caution, false panic, boldness, false alarm, and then confidence. It is, then, suggested, that the U.S. economy is currently in a false hope rally.

Campus-wide Shred Day set for Oct. 5

Mark your calendars for the annual campus-wide Shred Day, which will be Oct. 5, 2018.

From 9 a.m. until noon, Rogers Service Group, the company we have contracted with for on-site shredding, will be on campus for a campus-wide records destruction event. The shred truck will be parked by the loading dock of Netzer. Documents will be shredded on-site and Laura Emmett, Records Management Officer, will oversee the shredding activities. You can deliver documents to be shredded or you can have them picked up.

There will be no cost to departments, but RSVPs are necessary to participate. Attached you will find a Records Destruction Form to be filled out for each set of records you will have destroyed. The destruction forms should be filled out and delivered with the records. To access the Records Retention Schedules that we follow, go to Records Retention Guidelines <>.

RSVP to Laura Emmett at<> at your earliest convenience with the following information:

  *   Your name, department and extension

 *   Approximately how many boxes of records you have

 *   What time you will be dropping off the boxes OR location of records to be picked up (we can arrange to have them picked up anytime between now and Shred Day)

Acceptable items to be disposed of in the shredding bins are:  copy paper, letterhead, computer paper, fax paper, white paper, colored paper, shiny or coated paper, brochures, carbonless forms, staples and paperclips, sticky notes, white envelopes with windows, business cards, manila folders, newspaper and magazines.

SUNY Oneonta is responsible for the items being disposed of in these containers. Should any items be put into these containers that can damage the shredding knives on the Mobile Shredding Unit, SUNY Oneonta will be responsible for the repair costs to the shredder. Items that can damage the shredder are hardened steel items, such as screwdrivers, crowbars, ball bearings, etc.

Items that cannot be put in the bins include: carbon paper, plastic folders, security tapes and microfiche, brown or yellow envelopes, kraft envelopes, paper towels, glass or hanging file folders. Disposal of these items in the standard shredding containers may result in additional charges.