Presentation scheduled on careers in higher education administration

Interested in exploring opportunities in college and university work? Come to the “Careers in Higher Education Administration” panel discussion and reception Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Hunt Waterfront.

posterHigher Education administrators will share their insight into pursuing a career in higher education. Learn about the various paths that can be taken; how to choose a graduate school; how to finance your graduate education; and lessons learned along the way!

Sponsored by Career Development Center, Continuing Education, New Student Services, and Student Life and Leadership. For more information contact or

Anthropology dept. continues Understanding Race series with documentary viewing, discussion

Last year, the Anthropology Department began a series of events focused on race, known as #understandingrace. This series will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Join us in viewing the documentary, The Loving Generation, beginning at 4 p.m. in Le Café (Morris Conference Center), followed by a discussion.

In 1967, the Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, overturned all laws outlawing interracial marriage. The Loving Generation tells the story of a generation of Americans born to one black parent and one white parent. Their narratives provide a fascinating and unique window into the borderland between “blackness” and “whiteness,” and, in some cases, explode fixed ideas about race and identity.

Refreshments will be provided. This event is supported by Student Development and Campus Enhancement.

John Relethford publishes encyclopedia entry on human evolution and genetics

John Relethford, Anthropology, has published an entry in The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018) titled “Genetics of modern human origins and diversity.” This article reviews our current knowledge of genetic diversity in the human species and how it is best understood in terms of our species’ origin in sub-Saharan Africa 200,000 years ago and subsequent dispersion out of Africa 60,000 to 100,000 years ago, including interbreeding events with archaic human populations such as the Neandertals and Denisovans.

Life of the Mind abstract deadline extended to Oct. 17

The deadline for submission of Life of the Mind (LOTM) presentation information has been extended to Wednesday, Oct. 17, 11:59 p.m. Visit the LOTM website for information and to complete the Abstract Submission Form. Faculty who wish to display books or other peer-reviewed publications (published within the last two years) must also submit information via the online form (abstracts not required).

This is THE campus venue for faculty to showcase their research, creative activity, innovative teaching, and other scholarly and service activities to colleagues from across the disciplines. Previously completed projects, works in progress and/or newly initiated work can be displayed. Posters (42×36 max size) will be printed at no cost to the presenter. The deadline to submit files for poster printing is October 22; contact Diana Moseman.

The LOTM Showcase will be held in Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center, over two consecutive days: Wednesday, Nov. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. AND Thursday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This should allow for most participants to be present at their displays at various times during the event.

If you are not presenting, please mark your calendars and plan to visit the LOTM Showcase!

Contact Kathy Meeker (x2632) in the Grants Development Office with questions or concerns.

CGHK Environmental Lecture on tap for Oct. 17

The 2018 Cornell-Gladstone-Hanlon-Kaufmann (CGHK) Lecture in Environmental Education and Communication will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Hunt Union Ballroom. A dessert reception will follow. This year’s lecture, titled “POWERING THE PLANET: THE GOOD NEWS ON ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT,” will be delivered by distinguished speaker Dr. Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and Associate, Earth & Environmental Systems Institute, Penn State University.

Dr. Alley’s research interests include glaciology; ice sheet stability; paleoclimates from ice cores; physical properties of ice cores; and erosion and sedimentation by ice sheets. He has authored more than 240 refereed scientific publications, chaired the National Research Council’s panel on abrupt climate change, been involved with advisory groups to improve national and international research, and been active with media outreach to translate research findings to a broad audience with appearances on television, radio and print outlets. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Alley received his B.S. and M.S. in Geology from Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. in Geology (Materials Science minor) from the University of Wisconsin.

Established in 2000 with the generous support of Dr. William Kaufmann and his wife Virginia ’44, the CGHK lectureship, named to honor family members, is an endowed fund within the College at Oneonta Foundation. The purpose of this lectureship is to bring to the SUNY Oneonta campus international leaders in environmental thought and education to interact with students and faculty on campus, and to present a free public lecture open to the members of the community.

Additional information on the lecture series is available on the CGHK Lecture webpage.

Perna Science Building to be dedicated Oct. 19

The Division of College Advancement and the School of Sciences are pleased to announce the official renaming of the Science One Building to the Janet R. Perna Science Building. Dr. Janet Perna ’70 is a leader and generous donor to SUNY Oneonta. A Director of the College Foundation Board since 2008, Janet co-chaired the Fund for Science and Technology Campaign from 2007-2010, raising over $5 million for SUNY Oneonta.

This naming comes as the result of Janet’s ongoing and major gift commitment to providing scholarships for women enrolled in STEM fields of study with financial need, and supporting SUNY Oneonta’s unrestricted endowment, which supports student-faculty research, scholarships, and more.

The event will be held Friday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Perna Lecture Hall & Perna Science Atrium. Please register at: