Men’s Lacrosse lends support to local Habitat for Humanity work

On three separate occasions, most recently Nov. 10, the SUNY Oneonta men’s lacrosse team worked side-by-side with local volunteers to help Habitat for Humanity in West Oneonta. The organization is in the midst of building nine Habitat Partner Family homes.

The current project is located on Route 205 North in the Town of Oneonta. The land that the project is being built on is part of McFarland Meadows, which is land that was donated to HFHOC by an anonymous donor.

During the days that the team has been helping, they have been involved in all aspects of the actual construction of the first house being built on the property. The team was broken into groups of five for each day and they were busy working on roofing, window installation and other general construction tasks. Several of the players had experience working summer jobs in construction and never thought that those skills would come in handy right here in Oneonta supporting the less fortunate.

Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Pete Owens reached out to the organization of which he has been active with for quite some time when he was coaching in Maryland. Coach Owens pressed himself and the team into action to support the organization’s mission right here in Oneonta. The team quickly and willingly put all hands on deck to help and at the same time support Community Partnership, which is one of the missions of SUNY Oneonta.

“Service is important to us,” said Owens. “We want to give our guys these kinds of opportunities. Frankly, we didn’t have to twist anyone’s arm to come out on a Saturday morning; they have been and will continue to look forward to coming out and helping on this project and future projects.”

HFHOC Volunteer Coordinator Marjorie Pietraface stated, “The importance of volunteers willing to come out and swing a hammer cannot be understated. They are the lifeblood of HFHOC. Having representatives of the Men’s Lacrosse team at the work site was great. They were a tremendous help each and every day on the site in not the best weather conditions.”

Nutrition for Performance Club partners with SUNY Oneonta Athletes for cooking class

On Nov. 6, the SUNY Oneonta Nutrition for Performance Club hosted the first of two yearly cooking classes for the student athletes on campus. The purpose of the cooking class is to show athletes how to make quick, easy, affordable nutritious meals. The recipes were peanut butter energy bars, protein powder pancakes, egg muffins, vegetarian Mediterranean wraps, and red pepper hummus.

About 24 student athletes were in attendance at the event and worked in groups to make one of the recipes. The e-board and members of NFP guided the athletes when making their recipes. The cooking class allows the athletes to get hands-on experience to improve their cooking skills and boost their confidence in the kitchen. NFP shows athletes different cooking skills like how to properly hold a knife, basic knife cuts, and cooking techniques such as baking, sautéing, pan frying, etc. The athletes also learned about nutrition information and benefits of using certain ingredients.

The athletes were able to taste each group’s recipe and thoroughly enjoyed cooking and eating the food. They realized that it is easy to make cheap recipes that are also nutritious. This year’s event was a huge success and one NFP’s largest turnouts.

The event is coordinated with Sara Curran-Headley, Head Softball Coach and Student-Athlete Affairs Administrator, who helps with funding and shopping for the ingredients.

The NFP Club is tremendously unique to most Division III institutions in the country. Under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Bueche, a Professor in the Department of Human Ecology and SUNY Oneonta Faculty Athletics Representative, she has spearheaded the program now for four years. The program has helped to engage and encourage students to understand the importance of great nutrition and its overall importance to life in general beyond the college environment and throughout life.