CASSC hosts second Forensics Speech & Debate Competition

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Catskill Area School Study Council held its second Forensic Speech and Debate Tournament in Fitzelle Hall on the SUNY Oneonta campus. The tournament is one of a regular series of three tournaments hosted by CASSC. Fifty students from eight school districts participated in Saturday’s tournament.

The Forensics Program offers students and advisors training and experience in the art of speaking and delivery as well as the opportunity to experience public speaking and debate. Three competitions are held each year on the SUNY Oneonta campus. Students compete in a variety of events including reading of prose, reading of poetry, memorized drama scenes, Lincoln-Douglas debate, Public Forum debate, and extemporaneous speaking on current event topics and limited preparation events.

The first-place trophy for overall performance went to Shenendehowa, with second and third place going to Walton and Oneonta respectively. SUNY Oneonta students serve as Speech and Debate volunteer judges.

For more information on how to become involved, please contact Suzanne Swantak-Furman, CASSC Executive Coordinator, at 607-436-2584. The Study Council welcomes new and creative partnerships from the college that connect our local schools with enrichment opportunities at SUNY Oneonta.

Tyra A. Olstad named prose editor for The Hopper

Tyra A. Olstad (Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability) has been named a Non-Fiction Prose Editor for The Hopper, a literary magazine that publishes environmentally-themed poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction essays, and visual art ( ).

Last year, Olstad’s creative non-fiction essay “Topophilia,” published in the 2017 print issue of The Hopper, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Milne Library announces finals, intercession hours

Milne Library Extended Hours for Final Exams:

Sunday, December 9 – Tuesday, December 18

Tuesday, Dec. 11 is Study Day; Finals begin Wednesday, December 12 and end Tuesday, December 18


·         Sunday, December 9 – Friday, December 14          Open noon Sun. thru 11 p.m. Fri.

·         Saturday, December 15                                                         Open noon thru 11:00 p.m.

·         Sunday, December 16 – Tuesday, December 18        Open noon Sun. thru 6 p.m. Tues.

Milne Library Intersession Hours:

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – Saturday, January 12, 2019

(Wednesday, December 19, dorms close at noon)

·         Wednesday, December 19 – Friday, December 21                            7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

·         Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 – Monday, December 31                            CLOSED

·         Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – New Year’s Day                                    CLOSED

·         Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

o   Monday – Friday                                                                    7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

o   Saturday & Sunday                                                                CLOSED


International holiday tree to be decorated Wednesday

Join EOP/ACE and OIE in decorating the international holiday tree Wednesday, December 5 in Alumni Hall. From 2:30 to 4:15 p.m., stop by OIE to create a paper ornament to represent your country. From 4:15 to 5:00 p.m., the tree will be decorated. Colored papers and other materials will be provided. Presented by the Offices of International Education and Opportunity Programs.

Study Council partners with Physics and Astronomy Dept. to offer Lego Robotics Seminar

Sixteen area Elementary and Middle school students gathered for four-consecutive Saturdays during the Fall 2018 for a Lego Robotics Enrichment Seminar at SUNY Oneonta. Students in grades 5-6 traveled from five area schools to work alongside an interdisciplinary group of seven SUNY Oneonta students to learn and play with Lego Mindstorm Robots, which were provided courtesy of the SUNY Oneonta Physics and Astronomy Department.

During the robotics-themed session, students worked in pairs, supervised by lead instructor Sebastian Muzeja, and college student volunteers, Nathan Rutherford and Robert Merril from Physics; Emma Sarnacki from English; Kristen Duscher from Biology; Jamie VanDeWater and Ashley Caputo from Elementary Education, under the leadership of Dr. Hugh A. Gallagher.

The Lego Robotics program is a collaboration between SUNY Oneonta’s Physics and Astronomy Department and the Catskill Area School Study Council to provide regional students opportunities to deepen their interest in STEM.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Swantak-Furman, CASSC Executive Coordinator, at 607-436-2584 or  The Study Council welcomes new and creative partnerships that connect our local schools with enrichment opportunities at SUNY Oneonta.

Study Council and Noyce Scholars offer successful Science Seminars

The SUNY Oneonta NOYCE Scholars again offered another motivating session of Science Seminars as part of the Catskill Area School Study Council’s enrichment program here on campus this fall. This 4-week program offered hands-on exploration in the sciences for 14 students in grades 6 – 9. Each week, small teams of students explored contemporary and classical physics, biology, and earth science concepts through hands-on investigations. Challenging mathematics and analysis of data with computers were incorporated into the lessons. The program was taught by SUNY Oneonta students in the Noyce Scholars program who are training to be secondary science and math teachers with the leadership of Dr. Paul Biscoff and Dr. Paul French. Student instructors were: Julieanne Sullivan, Melissa Amigon, Ashley Jones, Nicole Javely, Madeline Every, Christian Jenne, Adriana Perretta, Devin Scott, Johanna Weidenhamer and Natasha Hakim.

For more information contact Suzanne Swantak-Furman, CASSC Executive Coordinator at 436-2584 or The Study Council welcomes new and creative partnerships that connect our local schools with enrichment opportunities at SUNY Oneonta.