Sarah Portway published in first Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases

Dr. Sarah Portway, a new assistant professor in Fashion and Textiles, has published a case study in the first Bloomsbury Fashion Business Case Collection. The new collection offers classroom-ready case studies for fashion or business majors. Each case includes clearly stated learning objectives, teaching materials, evaluation guidelines, and recommended resources.

Portway’s case is titled Sustainability at Better Sweater: Knitwear Size Customization and the Triple Bottom Line. The case introduces the triple-bottom-line definition of sustainability, describes a business dilemma in narrative form, and asks students to make a thoughtful and well-researched recommendation. Throughout the narrative, students also learn about a high-tech 3D knitting process that creates custom-sized sweaters on-demand in the USA using wool from local fiber farms.

Portway, S., & Ashdown, S. (2018). Sustainability at Better Sweater: Knitwear size customization and the triple bottom line. Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases, New York, NY, USA.

The Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases can be accessed here.

Dan Stich and collaborators publish paper and open-source package

Dan Stich, assistant professor in the Biology Department, recently published a paper with collaborators Tim Sheehan at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Joe Zydlewski at the U.S. Geological survey. The paper, available here, details the development of computer-based life-history models for American shad, Alosa sapidissima. Stich simultaneously released an open-source package for the statistical programming language R, dubbed shadia, with SUNY Oneonta MS Biology student Erin Gillligan and collaborator Jeanette Sperhac, a scientific programmer at the University of Buffalo Center for Computational Research, and maintainer of the VIDIA user interface that provides access to the high-performance computing cluster. The software package contains code, documentation, and examples for the model in the Penobscot River and three other major watersheds in the Northeast (Connecticut, Merrimack, and Susquehanna Rivers), and is available here for use. It is now being used by federal scientists and fishery managers to inform decisions related to fish passage regulations during hydropower dam relicensing. This work was supported by a NOAA Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications grant awarded to Stich and collaborators in 2017.

Registration opens for Student Diversity and Leadership Conference

The 2019 Student Diversity and Leadership Conference registration is now open and is free for SUNY Oneonta Faculty, Staff, and Students! Please join us  for a great day of workshops and a keynote from Dr. Michael Benitez, Jr. (

Workshop topics include social justice, career development, student leadership, racial and gender bias, avoiding burnout, LGBTQIA+, and more. You can register at

If you have questions, please contact Faith Tiemann, Director of Multicultural Student Initiatives, at or x2663.

Susan Goodier gives talk at Alice Paul Institute

Last week Susan Goodier, lecturer, History Department, traveled to the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey to speak during its annual Alice Paul Birthday Bash celebration. Her talk, “Sex and the Suffrage Movement” focused on three aspects of sexuality as it relates to the women’s suffrage movement. It looked at fears of gender disruption during the nineteenth century; it addressed the increasing sexiness of the “New Woman” suffragist; and finally, it suggests that part of the reason for anti-suffrage hostility stemmed from homophobia, the fact that so many suffrage activists had long-standing live-in relationships with other women. About 50 people attended the talk, asked interesting questions, and ate a slice of birthday cake afterwards. This event was generously supported by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission.

Photo Society to host photographer Ed Kashi

The SUNY Oneonta Photo Society is presenting a lecture by photographer Ed Kashi. Ed Kashi is known for his coverage of the impact of the oil industry in the Niger Delta as well as the strife between the Shiites and Sunnies in Iraq. Mr. Kashi and his wife are co-founders of a non-profit multimedia company called Talking Eyes Media which delivers issue-oriented stories to the general public. Mr. Kashi has been working with National Geographic since 1990 and his clients include the New York Times Magazine, Time, Mediastorm, Ford Foundation, Newsweek, and He is very excited to come and speak to the students on campus as a whole, so please join us on Friday, February 1 at 4 p.m. in Hunt Union Ballroom!



Martin-Mullen Art Gallery to feature “Fears and Dreams” prints

“Fears and Dreams,” prints by Evan Summer, will be on display from Jan. 28 to March 15 in the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery. The exhibition features approximately 35 original, handprinted works by Summer, who is known for his strikingly bold prints of architectural landscapes, geometric shapes and natural forms.

A public opening reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., with an artist gallery talk at 5:30 p.m.

About the Artist:

Evan Summer was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. He earned a B.S. in chemistry at SUNY Cortland and a B.F.A from SUNY Buffalo, where he concentrated in printmaking and painting. He went on to earn an M.F.A. in printmaking at Yale University, where he studied with Gabor Peterdi and Richard Ziemann.

Summer’s artwork has been influenced by his background in science – from the use of uncommon materials in printmaking to mathematical perspective to depicting scientific specimens in his artwork. He works primarily in prints, especially etching and collagraph making. He also works extensively with drawing and collage.

A professor of art at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, Summer has taught printmaking since 1984. He received Kutztown University’s two highest awards, the Chambliss Award for research and the Wiesenberger Award for excellence in teaching.

His work has been included in 300 exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has had many solo exhibitions, the most recent of which was a 2018 exhibition at the China Printmaking Museum in Guanlan. His work is in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery and Project Space Gallery are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday when the college is in session and during special events.

For more information about the gallery or upcoming exhibitions, contact Gallery Director Tim Sheesley at (607) 436-2445, (607) 436-3456 or visit