Economics students earn research awards

Two SUNY Oneonta students, Thanh Nguyen (Economics and Philosophy) and Melissa Voyer (Business Economics), received awards recently in the undergraduate student paper competition sponsored by the New York State Economics Association (NYSEA).

Participating students from around the state submit their papers to a panel of judges and then present their research at the NYSEA Annual Meeting. This year’s conference was held at St. John Fisher College in Rochester on October 6-7.

Nguyen placed first in the competition with his paper titled “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Cancer Screening,” and Ms. Voyer placed third with her paper “Total Capacity Utilization and Inflation: Is There a Relationship?” Nguyen was advised by Dr. Kpoti Kitissou and Voyer was advised by Dr. Christine Storrie in the Senior Seminar in Economics.

Family Weekend 2018 was a success!

Family Weekend 2018 Recap

More than 560 families registered with 2,076 people visiting campus and participating in more than 45 activities and programs during the weekend of September 21-23.

· 79% of families came from first year students and 10% from families of transfer students

· 76% indicated high satisfaction with the overall experience

· 86% felt it was very organized

· 96% felt the employees and students on hand were very helpful

· 85% indicated they would return to the event next year

As chair for the Family Weekend Steering Committee, I wish to extend by deepest appreciation to the members of our steering committee for their time, sacrifice and leadership in delivering a very well received weekend of family friendly events!  Many thanks to Angela Deleski-Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union, Kathy Hewlett– Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union, Angie Eichler-Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union, bill harcleroad– Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union,  Emily Phelps –Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union,  Rebecca Lynch-Office of Continuing Education, Michelle Hansen– Office of Alumni Engagement,  Laura Lincoln-Office of Alumni Engagement, Natasha Fisher-Career Development Center, Valery Worden-OAS, Laura Emmett-Finance and Administration, Kate McMichael– New Student Services, Ryan Hooper-Athletics, Jessica Stahl-Inter-Greek Council, Jaimin Shah-Activities Council (A/C), Jenny Holtz-RSO, Rebecca Molloy-Dining Services, Samantha Palermo-SA, and Leslie Kitner-Residential Community Life.

Some of the events featured our academic faculty and professionals facilitating or presenting programs: Phil Bidwell, (Office of Facilities, Safety and Physical Plant) presented a session on college history- Constructing a College—Thirteen Decades of Development;  Doug Reilly, Outreach Coordinator organized a series of hands-on activities at the Science Discover Center (Electricity Alive! and Evolution Explained!);  Tim Sheesley, Gallery Director opened the galleries for the exhibits  The Floating World–3D Animation, and Jean Parish Memorial Scholarship: 2017-18 Student Recipients Exhibition;  Dr. Josh Nollenberg (Physics and Astronomy) provided several Planetarium shows;  Dr. Ronald Bishop (Chemistry and Biochemistry) offered two demonstrations “From Forensics to Materials to Life: Viewing and Manipulating the World of Molecules; David Geasey, Director of Media Technologies and Engineering lead a series of interactive television studio production experiences for families; and Oscar Oberkircher (Human Ecology) coordinated and hosted and a wine tasting/reception event.

Family Weekend is a major college program which requires the goodwill and time of our students and college employees to lend a hand. It’s an opportunity for our SUNY Oneonta families to get together and build community with our students and their families. In this spirit I wish to thank our volunteers who stepped up and helped make the weekend shine: Michelle, Tess, and Zosia Thibault, Nicola Gray, Tracey Ranieri, William Woodward, Amanda Finch, Erin Meehan, Bri Supensky, Bharath Ramkumar, Snapper Petta, Stephanie Peguillan, Nicolette Lukacs, Kim Fierke, Angelica Duran, Shyanne Sherwin, John Mullins, Odalis Barzallo, Marianna Wesolowski, Collen Engle, Kthari Han, Jackie Schrom, Samantha Janowitz, Shannon Marlow, Robin Dee, Kristin Lee, Peter Owens and the men’s lacrosse team, Nicholas Merritt, Sean Daly,  Bernie Corbett, Kyle Sinclair, Kelly Tenbus, Alexandra Dratch, John Bugyi, Lisa Miller, Lorin Levins, Michael Forster Rothbart, and our GSRC student staff: Jillian Moczara, Rowan Fitzgibbons, Shinique Smith, Katie Hebert, Geneva Frazier, and Rosana Dejesus.

I also wish to extend my thanks to the following employees and their spouses/partners who attended the Family Weekend Wine Reception and mingled with our SUNY Oneonta families:  Dr. Lisa & Mathew Snyder (Assistant Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Effectiveness),  Dr. Theresa Russo (Department of Human Ecology)  Dr. Sean Shannon (Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting), Dr. Keith & Shelly Jones (Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics), Dr. Tracy and Melissa Allen & (Interim Dean, School of Sciences), Dr. Richard & Ginny Lee (Department of English), Dr. Gwen & Gary Frank (Department of  Elementary Education and Reading), Dr. Elizabeth Dunn & Tom Murphy (Dean, School of Liberal Arts), and Dr. Florian & Laura Reyda (Department of Biology).

This program is sponsored by the Student Association, Office of Student Life and Leadership @ Hunt College Union,  SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association with financial support from the Fund for Oneonta, and the Office of New Student Services.

The dates for Family Weekend 2019 will be announced soon. If you are interested in serving on the Steering Committee next spring and/or have an idea for an activity your office or department might want to coordinate, please contact me at Robb.Thibault@oneonta.edu

Annual Records Destruction Day sees great success

This year’s annual shred day was a great success, and we were able to shred 4,300 lbs. of records in accordance with the Records Retention Guidelines we follow. That is 1,400 lbs. more than 2017. Nearly 30 departments across campus took part in the Annual Shred Day, and it went very smoothly.

-Laura Emmett
Executive Assistant to the VP for Finance and Administration

Congratulations to peer tutors

Please join CADE in congratulating the following peer tutors who have attained NATIONAL TUTORING ASSOCIATION LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION:

In addition to being recommended as a peer tutor by a faculty member in each department for which the tutor provides tutoring, these tutors have completed at least eight hours of training and have completed at least 10 hours of supervised tutoring. Their Level 1 certification is valid for two years.

Claire

Baxter

Matthew

Beitscher

Elizabeth

Bokal

Kayla

Briska

Brendan

Cahill

Brianna

Ceccolini

Wilaysha

Evans

Sebastian

Godinez

Molly

Hayden

Julia

Langro

Angela

Marano

Jaclyn

Marry

Sylvia

Montanti

Taryn

More

Sarah

Newtown

Allison

Nolan

Noelle

Odell

Daniel

Schweikhard

Sean

Teichman

Kelly

Tenbus

Anthony

Tommasiello

Eian

Trenkle

Victoria

Walser

Anna

Zoodsma

Congratulations to Dr. Trudy Thomas-Smith, new faculty lead of Inclusive Classroom Team

The Office of Equity and Inclusion and Academic Affairs would like to congratulate Dr. Trudy Thomas-Smith on her appointment as the new faculty lead of the Inclusive Classroom Team.

Dr. Thomas-Smith is an Associate Professor and a tenured faculty member in the Chemistry department with teaching specialties in Analytical Chemistry and General Chemistry. She is also a prior recipient of the Tapestry of Diversity award and has long worked to create a welcoming and inclusive climate at SUNY Oneonta.

Dr. Thomas-Smith is in her second year on the Inclusive Classroom Team, and we are fortunate to have her work with the Office of Equity and inclusion during the 2018-2019 academic year. Please join us in welcoming her in this new role.

Dr. Giura wins two awards at conference

Dr. Simona Ileana Giura, an Assistant Professor in the Management, Marketing and Information Systems department (School of Economics and Business), presented a paper, “The Impact of Network Centrality on Knowledge Transfers in Alliances,” at the Northeastern Decision Science Institute Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island on April 14. This paper won two awards at the conference: Richard Briotta Best Paper Award in Knowledge Management/Strategy and Overall Conference Best Paper.

This paper argues that network centrality of alliance partners, which is a source of power and measures how embedded a firm is in its network,  facilitates cooperation and promotes knowledge transfer in alliance related areas (intended knowledge transfers) while also reducing spillovers of knowledge in alliance unrelated areas (unintended knowledge transfers) by acting as a predictor of opportunistic behavior.