Women’s and Gender Studies to present Oct. 18 Gender Out of Bounds talk

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will present GENDER OUT OF BOUNDS: “Sexism and Singlism: The double-edged sword of gender and relationship status” on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the CME Great Room in Lee Hall. Dr. Charlene Christie will be speaking.

According to the US Census Bureau, the percentage of adults who are single has steadily increased over the past five decades. However, the notions that everyone wants to be coupled, that single people are unhappy, and that being in a committed romantic relationship is an expectation of successful adulthood remain largely unquestioned. DePaulo (2007) coined the term “singlism” to refer to the stigmatization of single adults and provided evidence of pervasive negative stereotypes and discriminatory behaviors against singles which are widely perceived as legitimate.

Past work shows that the negative cultural images and stereotypes of singlehood are more likely to be attached to women than to men. As a result, many have suggested that being single as an adult is more problematic for women. Thus, in contrast to demographic data showing that singlehood is becoming more prevalent, most women continue to define and evaluate themselves in reference to their relationship status. This talk will focus on theory and data which serve to examine whether college-aged perceivers follow the same pattern of evaluating women more negatively when single

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

Local chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society started

During summer 2017, under the support from the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics and the School of Sciences (then School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences), computer science faculty advisors (Dr. Sen Zhang and Dr. Don Allison) and students (Nick Weier and others) worked together to file an application for starting a local UPE chapter, which was subsequently approved. During fall 2017 and spring 2018, two induction ceremonies were held to induct 19 lifelong members (including faculty, current students and alumni) to the Oneonta chapter.  

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) is an international honor society for the computing and information disciplines founded in 1967 to recognize scholarship and professionalism.

In order to be inducted into the local UPE chapter, undergraduate students must meet a set of minimum requirements including a certain number of credit hours of computing science courses and a minimum overall GPA and GPA within the major. Benefits for being UPE members are 1) First year UPE student members get ACM student membership for free 2) UPE student members can apply for several scholarships, and 3) UPE student members can participate in UPE joint-sponsored academic events, among other activities.

To find out more about the mission and activities of the society, visit the International UPE  website.



Traci Michele Johnson wins Outstanding Part-Time Instructor award

Dr. James E. Mackin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is pleased to announce that Traci Michele Johnson, Adjunct Lecturer in the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department, has won the Simphiwe Hlatshwayo Award for Outstanding Part-time Instructor.

This award was created by the College Senate to recognize outstanding adjunct instructors as well as to encourage excellence in teaching. Named to honor the memory of Simphiwe Hlatshwayo, a SUNY Oneonta graduate from South Africa who also taught at SUNY Oneonta, first as an adjunct and later as an assistant professor, the award comes with a $500 cash prize.

Ms. Johnson will be receiving her award during the Community of Scholars Reception on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. at the Otsego Grille in Morris Conference Center. All are welcome to attend.