Madeline Frank earns Academic Honors from CoSIDA

SUNY Oneonta senior basketball player Madeline Frank has earned academic honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Frank was selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District 3 First Team, which earned her automatic consideration for national honors.

Frank is earning District 3 First Team accolades for the first time. District 3 is made up of all the colleges in the state of New York. Each athlete is nominated by their respective Sports Information Offices who are members of CoSIDA.

Frank was selected to the All-Conference Third Team for a second consecutive year. She led the team in rebounding collecting 218 (8.4 rpg) and was seventh in the SUNYAC in rebounding (8.2 rpg). She was second on the team in points with 249 for an average of 9.6 points per contest. She recorded five double-doubles this season with a high of 18 points versus Williams College on Nov. 17th while posting a season high 14 boards against Plattsburgh on Feb. 15th.

Frank finishes her career with 785 points to go with her 776 rebounds. Her rebounds are the all-time record surpassing the old mark of 720 held by two players. She was a career 72 percent shooter from the free throw line and recorded 145 assists and 87 steals.

As a biology major, Frank has earned numerous academic accolades including induction into Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society while being the recipient of the Susan Sutton Smith Award. She is a Provost’s List student and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.

On campus, Frank has earned Silver Level status in the College’s Leadership Academy. She is a certified EMT and is a member of the Oneonta Emergency Squad.

About the Academic All-America ® Program

To be eligible for nomination at the district level, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

In May of 2018, CoSIDA entered into a partnership with Google Cloud and NCAA®, where Google Cloud became the title sponsor of the Academic All-America® Program. The agreement was developed in collaboration with the NCAA, CBS Sports and Turner Sports. The Academic All-America® program has honored thousands of student-athletes since its inception in 1952. It encompasses all sports in which the NCAA conducts championships. There are four divisions in this national program, with NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III teams and a separate College Division program combining NAIA, Canadian and two-year school honorees. There are separate teams selected in football, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and men’s and women’s track and field and cross-country. For student-athletes in other sports, such as swimming and diving, tennis, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse and more, they are eligible for the Academic All-America® men’s and women’s at-large programs. The Academic All-District® teams (in eight geographic districts) are voted on by the CoSIDA membership at large, with First Team selections advancing to the national Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. At that point, First Team, Second Team and Third Team Academic All-America® performers are chosen by vote of the CoSIDA Board of Directors, general membership and Academic All-America® Committee members.

James Bethel and Michael Smith earn national academic honors, Red Dragons earn team award

Two SUNY Oneonta wrestlers were recognized as NWCA Scholar All-Americans for their work in the classroom. Oneonta also earned honors as a team placing 25th overall in Division III. Earning individual recognition was senior James Bethel and sophomore Michael Smith. Bethel is being recognized for a third straight year while Smith is being honored for the first time.

Bethel became the first wrestler in program history to earn All-American honors four times when he placed third at the NCAA Division III championships. He will leave the program as its all-time leader in wins (167) and pins (91), which includes a record of 50-2 this season. He captured his fourth Regional title this winter and was selected as the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Mideast Regional championships. His dominance on the mat earned him the distinction as this year’s Most Dominant Wrestler Award for Division III.

Bethel has been inducted into two National Honor Societies, is the SAAC President and has been a Student Director on the College at Oneonta Foundation Board.

Smith, a Criminal Justice major, finished his season 13-13 overall with four pins. Smith’s season culminated with a fifth place finish at the Mideast Regional championships earning All-Region honors.

To be a Scholar All-American, wrestlers must have been a national qualifier in this season or placed in the top six at the NCAA Regional tournament or have a minimum record of .500 won/loss while competing in 50 percent of the team’s NCAA sanctioned schedule. They must have a cumulative GPA over the previous two semesters OR cumulative GPA of 3.2+. They also are eligible if they had a winning percentage of 67% but did not place in the Top six at regionals.

The Red Dragons finished its 2018-19 campaign with an overall dual-meet record of 12-7 while finishing in 19th place at the NCAA Championships. The Red Dragons also placed 10th at the NYS Collegiate Championships and fifth at the Mideast Regional Championships.

Stich named Outstanding Reviewer of the Year by Canadian Fisheries Journal

Dr. Dan Stich, Assistant Professor in the Biology Department and Biological Field Station at Cooperstown, NY, recently received the distinction of being named “2018 Outstanding Reviewer of the Year” at the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

He has reviewed nearly a dozen scientific papers for the journal in the past year. The award was conferred by the editorial board for the journal, who recognized Stich among a group of only six individuals globally. According to the journal, these were “individuals who over the last year have consistently and expeditiously delivered comprehensive, discerning reviews to the Journal’s authors.”

Stich and the other reviewers are featured on the journal website, along with institutional affiliations, until next year.

Employees earn LEED Green Associate credential

Congratulations to Mike Kinsella, Rachel Kornhauser, Tyra Olstad, Patrick Ryan and Terry Zimmer who recently earned the LEED Green Associate credential.  This group was the first to receive the credential out of 8 campus faculty and staff who participated in a training workshop funded by a PIF Clean Energy Workforce Development grant.

As credentialed professionals, this group possesses knowledge of green building practices and how to support others working on LEED projects to save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution and contribute to healthier environments for their occupants and the community. This group will help to continue SUNY Oneonta’s goal to build all new buildings and all substantial building renovations to meet the LEED silver standard, and to provide more opportunities for students to be exposed to and involved in the LEED certification process. Other workshop participants expect to earn their credential this spring.

Senior athletes Bethel and O’Bryant to compete in nationals this weekend

SUNY Oneonta seniors James Bethel and Tyler O’Bryant will be competing this weekend at their respective NCAA Division III championships. James will be competing at the wrestling championships in Roanoke, VA and Tyler will be competing in Boston, MA at the track & field championships.

Both athletes are returning to the NCAA championships after earning All-American honors a year ago. James was the runner-up at 285 lbs. and Tyler was fourth in the 60-meter dash.

The athletics department is excited for both student athletes, and we wish them well this weekend. We hope that you will join us in following both James and Tyler in their quest for national titles. This link will bring you to an information page where you can access links to live results and video during the two days of competition.

The athletics department will also be updating its Facebook page (OneontaRedDragonSports) and Twitter page (@RedDragonSports) during the two days as information becomes available. The direct links can be found on the information page.

We thank you for your support and GO Red Dragons!


Human Ecology gallery to feature designs by new professor, Jody Aultman

The design work of Dr. Jody Aultman — a new professor in the Human Ecology discipline of Fashion and Textiles — will be on display in the Barbara Weigand Gallery in SUNY Oneonta’s Human Ecology building Thursday, February 7 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. The title of the exhibit is “Creative Scholarship Through the Years.”

Aultman’s showcased designs consist of a mixture of quilts and garments. The quilts displayed have all been viewed in other venues throughout her career. The garments on display have also been viewed in other venues. This display is Aultman’s second solo gallery presentation of her work, with many more garments than she had before.

There are 17 quilts of various sizes on display, all of which are Aultman’s own designs and created with her signature of using very bright colors (some of which are hand dyed) and contrasting with black. Stained glass techniques are used on some. Piecing and applique are techniques used most by the artist.

The garments that are on display are a mix of commercial fabrics and digital printed fabric created by the artist. The garment designs were also newly created. A total of nine garments are on display.


Bio by Jody Aultman

“I grew up in a small town in Northern Iowa where I lived most of my life. I come from a creative family which has helped me discover my own talents. My mother and grandmother both spent a great deal of time sewing and made most of our clothing as small children. My grandmother was also a beautiful quilter, as well as a crafter. I would spend many of my adolescent days with my grandmother creating all kinds of different projects. We had a lot of fun and it has given me many great memories.

I decided in my middle 20s that I would like to go back to school and get my degree. I got my AA degree from NIACC in Mason City, IA and then went on to the UNI in Cedar Falls, IA. I was studying business and it was not a good fit. I moved back home to Mason City to be with my family where I worked an assortment of retail positions.

Many years later, I met my husband who comes from a very well-educated family. He kept encouraging me to complete at least my bachelor’s degree. We were living in St. Paul, MN at the time so I started looking at colleges in the area. I found a program at Augsburg University in Studio Art that intrigued me. I started there in their Adult Weekend Program in March of 2008 and graduated in December 2009. I decided on the arts based on my creative background and my love of fibers.

We had a life changing event of my husband losing his job and needed to decide what to do. He wanted to return to school, (he wanted to be a chef) DMACC has a wonderful culinary program so that is what led us to Ames, IA. I decided to start working on my master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at ISU. My areas of study were: Studio Art, Art History, and Textiles and Clothing. After graduating with my MS, I decided to stay at ISU and work on my PhD in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design. I graduated from that program in May of 2017.

I applied for many teaching positions after graduation and I received an offer last August (2018) to start teaching in the Fashion and Textiles Department at SUNY Oneonta. This has been a highlight for me as I love teaching and working with students. Last fall, I taught Fashion Illustration, Social Psychological Aspects of Dress, and Advanced Computer Design using OptiTex CAD Pattern Making Software recently purchased by the university. The spring semester I will be teaching Social Psychological Aspects of Dress, Fashion Illustration, and Flat Pattern Making, along with an Independent study in Fiber Arts with 2 students and a community project with a local care center.

Although I had been quilting for many years, my quilting obsession started in the year 2004 when I wanted to enter my first quilt contest. Knowing that you need permission from pattern makers, I decided to take the next step and design my own patterns for my quilts. “Ren’s Bird of Paradise” was the first quilt and it traveled with Hoffman Challenge quilts in a trunk show around the country for one year. This gave me encouragement and my fiber arts career had begun. I have created many quilts and garments which are on display in this show.

As I begin my teaching career, I continue working on my love of fiber arts. I am an avid quilter and garment maker and will continue to study different surface design techniques on fabric to create different effects. I am honored to present my body of work in the Barbara Weigand Gallery.”