Archaeology of night to be topic of 10/15 lecture

Archaeologist April Nowell will give a public lecture titled “Working the Nightshift: Life After Dark in the Ancient World” on Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m. at SUNY Oneonta’s AJ Read Science Discovery Center.

Dr. Nowell, a professor at the University of Victoria, Canada, is a specialist in Paleolithic archaeology. In her talk, she will describe economic, social, and ritual lives take place at night and yet, until recently, relatively little archaeological research has been undertaken specifically on nocturnal quotidian practices. Drawing on archaeological data and textual evidence, her talk will present a view of nighttime in the ancient world as anything but sleepy.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a dessert reception. It is co-organized by the Departments of Anthropology and Physics & Astronomy and the Science Discovery Center with support from the Department of Psychology, the Public Events Committee, and the Anthropology Club at SUNY Oneonta.

Paid Family Leave available to UUP and M/C employees

Effective January 1, 2019, the Paid Family Leave program (PFL) will become available to MC13 and UUP-represented employees.

PFL provides job-protected, paid leave for eligible employees to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition, and assist with relieving family pressures when a loved one is called to active military service abroad.

The program is funded through contributions taken as payroll deductions. The 2019 contribution is 0.153% of gross wages each pay period, up to and not to exceed an annual maximum employee contribution of $107.97. For MC13 and UUP-represented employees, payroll deductions will be biweekly and begin no sooner than January 1, 2019.

For the 2019 calendar year, employees who are on the payroll and have met eligibility requirements will be able to use ten weeks of Paid Family Leave benefits, and will receive 55% of their average weekly wage, capped at 55% of the statewide average weekly wage.

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Alejandra Escudero to present Compassionate Service Lecture

Provost Dr. James E. Mackin is pleased to announce that Ms. Alejandra Escudero, (Lecturer of Foreign Languages & Literatures) is the 2018 winner of the Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva Faculty Award and will deliver this year’s lecture titled “Tapping into Vulnerability in Order to Feel Compassion for Others,” on Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. in Morris Craven Lounge.

Created in 2008 to recognize faculty service both in and outside the classroom, the Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva Faculty Award is made possible by an endowment from Dr. Ashok Kumar Malhotra, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy, to the College at Oneonta Foundation. Criteria for receiving the $1,000 award include: community service – locally, nationally, or internationally, the ability to motivate and inspire others to perform community service, and the integration of community service in the teaching and learning process.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A dessert reception precedes the lecture.