Safe Space 101 training to return this spring

Safe Space 101 returns this spring!

The Oneonta Safe Space 101 Training builds awareness of the issues affecting LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, etc.) people and provides resources and skills on how to be an ally in the campus community. After completing the 101-style training, participants will be given the option to join the Safe Space Ally Network and display an official Oneonta Safe Space sticker (revamped for this new program) in a visible location. The symbol signifies the individual’s commitment to being a resource and an ally to LGBTQIA+ people.

There are monthly 3-hour training sessions available for students and employees beginning the end of January. Those interested will need to RSVP on Campus Connection. To find the dates and times, please log in to Campus Connection and search for Safe Space 101. Also, please make sure to select the correct session (i.e. students RSVP for the Students-Only sessions, Faculty/Staff RSVP for the Faculty/Staff-Only sessions). Participants will receive correspondence prior to their session with more information.

More dates will be added soon, so stay tuned!

If there are any questions or if your department/office would like to schedule a training session for your unit, please contact Emily Phelps, Assistant Director for Student Life & Leadership/GSRC at

Florian Reyda and former student have article published

Dr. Florian Reyda, Professor and Researcher, Biology Department and Biological Field Station, recently published an article entitled, “A new species of Neoechinorhynchus (Acanthocephala: Neoechinorhynchidae) from white sucker (Catostomus commersonii) in New York.” It was published in the December 2018 issue of the Journal of Parasitology.  

In the article, Reyda and his former Masters student, Margaret Doolin, document their discovery of a new species of fish parasite in Otsego Lake. Neoechinorhynchus bullocki was found in white sucker during fish parasite survey work that Reyda and his students have been doing during the last several years. This work contributes to knowledge in the area of biodiversity and continues to add a parasitological perspective to our knowledge of a locally important water body that has been the subject of research by biologists at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station during the last 50+ years. Margaret Doolin, who was lead author, is continuing her education as a Ph.D. student in biology at the University of Utah. 

This work was supported by a collaborative National Science Foundation grant on which Reyda was a participant, as well as two student research grants (SUNY Oneonta research foundation) and a Smithsonian fellowship awarded  to Margaret Doolin. 

The graphic below includes a scientific illustration and a scanning electron micrograph of the new species described in the article.