Athletic HOF Induction To Honor Former Faculty Member Jay Pawa

Jay Pawa

Honorary Inductee

Professor of History (1961-1983)

Pawa, who will be inducted posthumously, spent 20 years as a professor of history until his untimely death in 1983 at the age of 52.  During his tenure, he was a champion for students and student athletes serving as a mentor and role model.  He was an esteemed member of the college faculty and would go above and beyond to help students succeed while leaving a legacy of excellence on campus.

When he wasn’t teaching, or advising students, Pawa could be found in the weight room or on the hills around campus jogging.  He was a boxer as a young boy in New York City and this regimen of being in shape carried through into his adult years.  The weight room in the Chase Physical Education building is named in his honor.

Pawa grew up on the lower East Side of the city during the depression where he worked his way through poverty to earn a college degree.  A farm hand, a taxi driver, a truck driver and a deck-hand on an oil tanker were just a few of the manual labor jobs Pawa worked while attending Oneonta and graduate school at Columbia University.

His son Matt, who is a lawyer in Massachusetts, and his grandson, Jay Zachary Pawa, will be accepting the honor on Jay’s behalf.

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Life of the Mind 8 Faculty Showcase – CALL FOR PRESENTERS

The Life of the Mind (LOTM) Faculty Showcase spotlights the research and scholarship, creative activity, teaching, service, and varied integrated contributions made by our faculty to the intellectual life of the campus community and beyond. This year’s showcase will be held in the Morris Conference Center over two consecutive days: Wednesday, November 8 from noon to 5:00 p.m. AND Thursday, November 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (this should allow for most participants to be present at their display at various times during the event).

Whether you have presented at a recent conference or have a project in progress or just getting underway, consider sharing your work at the LOTM Showcase. Faculty may contribute more than one presentation, and new faculty are encouraged to participate! The event will also include a “SUNY Oneonta Faculty Publications Exhibit” (a display area for books or other publications not suitable for a poster/computer presentation; limited to those published in the last two years).

The deadline for online submission of presentation information is Monday, October 16; visit the LOTM website for the link to complete the Abstract Submission Form. Faculty who wish to display a book(s) or other publication(s) must also submit information via the online form; however, abstracts are not required. Large format poster printing services will be provided at no cost to presenters (October 23 submission deadline for poster printing; contact Diana Moseman if you have questions), and Grants Development Office staff can help facilitate a variety of presentation formats.

If you do not plan to be a LOTM 8 presenter, please mark your calendars and plan to visit the LOTM Faculty Showcase to explore the wide range of scholarship and related activities from across the disciplines and to support your colleagues in their endeavors.

Feel welcome to contact the Grants Development Office, Kathy Meeker (x2632) or Chris Barberio (x2434), if you have questions regarding the LOTM 8 Faculty Showcase. Visit the LOTM website often for updates!

9/11 Memorial Ceremony

This year’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will be held 9 a.m., Monday, September 11, 2017 at the 9/11 Memorial in the quad outside of Fitzelle Hall. SUNY Oneonta was touched deeply by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. Among those who lost their lives in terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania that day were seven SUNY Oneonta alumni. We mark this date with a memorial ceremony each fall. The ceremony will feature the University Police Color Guard, presentation of flowers and a wreath, and special music. The 9/11 monument stands as a tribute to all who perished, and as a pledge that our campus community will never forget.
All are invited to attend.

SUNY Pride 2017

SUNYPride2The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC), Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), the Office of Student Life & Leadership @ Hunt College Union, and the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association with fiscal support from the Fund For Oneonta at SUNY Oneonta are excited to announce the dates of the 5th Annual SUNY Pride Conference at Hunt College Union on October 27-28, 2017. This year’s theme is Artivism: Creative Expression for LGBTQIA Resistance and Healing. Our keynote is Kit Yan, playwright/poet/performer/lyricist.

Registration will go live in late August at

Call for papers/presentations <> proposals are due September 23. For details see:

For more information please contact Robb Thibault 607-436-3013

Klezmer violinist and youth ensemble to perform at SUNY Oneonta

Violinist and composer Alicia Svigals will be featured in the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble’s annual string workshop and free concerts to be held on Sunday, May 7 and Monday, May 8 at SUNY Oneonta.

Svigals is renowned as a contemporary artist revitalizing klezmer, a style of music that originates in eastern European Jewish communities. She is a co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning group, The Klezmatics.

Svigals will perform a free public concert on Sunday, May 7 at 2pm at SUNY Oneonta in the Hunt Union’s Waterfront Room.

A second free performance geared especially for schools will be given on Monday, May 8 at 10am at SUNY Oneonta in the Hunt Union Ballroom. Afterward, string musicians in the community are invited to participate in an improvisation workshop with Svigals and the LDYE at 12 noon.

Founded in 2000, LDYE is a chamber orchestra composed of string musicians, ages 6 to 18, from Delaware, Otsego, Chenango, and Broome counties, and is led by musical director, Uli Speth. The LDYE Preparatory Orchestra, led by Debrah Devine, features beginning and intermediate string musicians ages 6 and up. Musicians are invited to play with LDYE based on auditions, which are held twice a year and by appointment. They rehearse weekly at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.

More information about LDYE, including auditions, is available at

See attached flyer: LDYE workshop

UUP Spring Party: Sunday, May 7, 2017: College Camp, Noon-4 PM

UUP will hold its traditional end of semester party on Sunday, May 7, 2017, from noon— 4:00 PM at the College Camp, one of the area’s treasures. The gathering will start with a brief Chapter meeting at the College Camp lodge. The College Camp provides a spacious, inviting, and picturesque setting for our union party. The lodge at the Camp will allow us to have the party rain or shine.

Complimentary Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q lunch — with delicious food and beverages and all the fixings— will be served. Although the lodge has inside tables and chairs, outdoor enthusiasts may wish to bring chairs, blankets, folding tables, games, musical instruments, and sports equipment.

All those represented by the UUP bargaining unit and their families/significant others are most cordially welcome.

To facilitate food planning, a RSVP is required. To RSVP, please email or leave a message on the UUP Oneonta voice mail at 436-2135 and provide your name, telephone number, and the number of family members/significant others, including yourself, who will attend.

Please call/email back if you are unable to keep your reservation.

Thanks to Special Events Director Loraine Tyler for doing a terrific job organizing this special gathering.

SUNY Oneonta at College Camp is located approximately 2 miles north of campus. The get there, take East St north from campus about 1.5-2 miles until you see a sign on your left announcing College Camp. The road to the camp is just past this sign on the left. Take the road through the white gate and all the way up the hill to the top. You will see observatory domes in a very large clearing, which tells are approaching the College Camp lodge.