Susan Sutton Smith lecture taking place Tuesday

Reminder: J. Andre Melendez, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is pleased to announce that Dr. Tracy Betsinger, associate professor of Anthropology, will deliver this year’s Susan Sutton Smith lecture titled, “Babies Are Us: What Can We Learn from Fetuses and Infants from History and Prehistory,” on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Otsego Grille, Morris Conference Center. A hearty hors d’oeuvre reception will follow the lecture in the Le Cafe.

Created to recognize faculty achievement outside the classroom, the Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is named in memory of the late SUNY Oneonta professor of English. Dr. Betsinger is the twenty-fifth recipient of this prize.

This event and the student awards presented are made possible by the generous gifts of SUNY Oneonta Alumni to the 2018-2019 Fund for Oneonta. The Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is made possible by an endowment created through the generosity of Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Donation time for Hunt Union Food Shelf

The next date for food collection across campus will be April 15. To make it easier for employees to support & donate non-perishable food items, we have established various drop-off points. Below you will find a variety of campus locations and helpful contacts to collect your food donations. Donations are then moved to the Hunt Union to be stored and regularly distributed to the shelf.

The program is supported by the Office of Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union, Center for Social Responsibility and Community,  Student Association, Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Sustainability. The Food Shelf is located on your left as you enter the lower level entrance to Hunt Union (near the pond).

Drop-off points:

Sallie Han
Near Vending machines by the Science Discovery Center, RM. 112 Science II

Valerie Stafford 
School of Arts & Humanities, Schumacher 111

Margie Baker   
Equipment Room, 1st FloorFieldhouse                                                                         

Mary Mancuso
Conference Room, front entrance of the Health and Wellness Center

Robin English/Andrea Gerberg  
Milne Library adjacent to Café /

Donna Toombs
Morris Conference Center, Check-in Desk

Deb Bruce 
Communications and Media IRC B12

Kaye Gale    
Music Department Fine Arts115

Residence Life    
Residential Life & Housing, Wilsbach103

Dasia Morman    

Faith Tiemann 

Jennifer Bueche   
Human Ecology – RM 100

Sean Robinson 
Science l, room 218

Linda Drake   
Alumni Hall– lobby outside of EOP (old admissions)

Kathy Hewlett 
Hunt Union –Information Desk

Jean Yaro 
Fitzelle Hall, Elementary Education, Room 374

Art Conference 2019 set for April 11

Event: Art Conference 2019

Date: April 11, 2019 (Thursday)

Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Hamblin Theater, SUNY Oneonta Fine Arts Center


Presentations | Speakers:

Weaving Worlds: Report from South Africa 2019

SUNY Oneonta and University of the Witwatersrand Students and Faculty: Boitumelo Molalugi, Kundai Moyo, Xavier Neal-Carson, Quwabe Rose, Kaitlin Scott, Lesole Tauatswala, and Laresa Tuch with Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut, Ph.D. and Alison Kearney, Ph.D.


Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle

Achim Koeddermann, Ph.D.


War and the Subconscious as Told by Salvador Dali

Olivia Brink


My Art Journey in New York

Sirikul Pattachote


The Dinner Party: By Invitation Only

Kaitlin Scott


Balancing Act

Taylor Metz


Yves Tanguy: A Venture into the Surreal

Xavier Neal-Carson


Navigating the Ever-Changing Art Ecosystem

Keith Schweitzer


Henri Matisse: Joy in a Mask

Hannah Smith


Closing Remarks

Yolanda Sharpe



Graphic Design by Sean Donovan

SUNY Oneonta Art Department

SUNY Oneonta Gallery Advisory Committee

SUNY Oneonta Information Technology Services

SUNY Oneonta Martin-Mullen Art Gallery

SUNY Oneonta Print Shop

SUNY Oneonta The School of Liberal Arts

SUNY Oneonta Theater Department

The Foundation at Oneonta, Minnie Martin and James Mullen Gallery Endowment Fund

Event Contact:

Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut, Ph.D., Art Department,

David Fieni gives invited talk at Penn State lecture series

David Fieni (French) gave a lecture at the Penn State Comparative Literature Luncheon series on April 1. His presentation, “Dreyfus in Algeria: Dis-integrating the Semitic Object,” examined the Dreyfus Affair as it played itself out in Algeria in the final years of the 19th century.  The talk explored the ways that France exported anti-Semitism to the colonies in order to manipulate Algerian Muslims and Jews, and exacerbate tensions between them.

In his talk, Fieni brought together archival research done at the French National Library, demonstrating how law, journalism, visual arts, literature, and philology all contributed to the disintegration of the figure of the “Semite” into Jew and Arab in France’s most prized colony.

May 2019 Pass Through the Pillars set

Pass through the Pillars is SUNY Oneonta’s largest and most treasured tradition. Seniors are closing the loop on their time as students at Oneonta as they walk through the pillars, the opposite way from when they passed as a new student, signifying the end of their academic career at Oneonta and entering the next phase of their lives as alumni. They are following in the footsteps of their predecessors as they walk between the pillars that have ushered students for over 125 years.

This year’s event is on Friday, May 10, starting at 2:30 p.m. Campus community members are invited to attend to cheer for the graduating students as they begin their journey as SUNY Oneonta alumni. The Office of Alumni Engagement is currently seeking volunteers for this event as well. Please email by May 1 to sign up!

Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition 2019

The Martin–Mullen Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Center will host the“Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition 2019” from April 8 to May 11. A reception for the artists, presentation of awards, along with live music and food, is planned for Thursday, April 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.

A total of 25 awards will be awarded worth $2,900 at 6 p.m. Awards include the Jean Parish Art on Campus Awards, the George E. Zimmerman Memorial Awards, the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery Awards and the Golden Artist Colors Inc. Gift Certificate Awards. The cash awards are supported by generous gifts made to the Foundation at Oneonta for this purpose. Approximately 120 pieces of student artwork will be on display. Featured art works were chosen from an open jury process and works entered by the art faculty.   Painting, drawing, sculpture, digital print, digital video, and an assortment of mixed media make up this year’s offerings. All are invited to attend the reception and the exhibition.

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 the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery website.