Martin-Mullen Art Gallery to feature “Cotton: The Soft Dangerous Beauty of the Past”

The latest exhibition at the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery will be John Dowell’s “Cotton: The Soft Dangerous Beauty of the Past.” The exhibit will run from Jan. 22 until March 16, with a public reception – including an artist gallery talk and dance performance – on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Dowell will display large-scale agricultural and urban landscapes enmeshed in cotton that question the social impact and history of this beautiful yet controversial crop. The “soft and dangerous beauty of the past” is captured in 23 digital color photographs ranging in size from 18 inches by 24 inches to 24 inches by 157 inches.

Dowell’s work presents several series of photographs, Harlem & Wall Street Cotton, Cotton Timetable, Cotton Compositions and Lost in the Cotton. There will be an installation of cotton, a Taffeta fabric photo banner maze and a dance performance in the gallery the evening of the public reception. 

With this project, I want the viewer to feel, remember, wonder, think and examine their consciousness, and still see the beauty of this plant that changed the world,” Dowell said. He chose to collaborate with Philadelphia choreographer, Kareem Goodwin, to create Cotton in Motion, a dance that introduces humane movement and interaction specific to the exhibition at Oneonta. Shannah Kane, dance instructor at Oneonta, will work with Goodwin and Oneonta students in staging the performance.

The exhibit is funded in part through the estate gift of Jean Parish, faculty emerita, Art, to the College at Oneonta Foundation, and in part from the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery and Project Space Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Center, are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through 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

Call for applications for Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence

The Academic Excellence Committee has issued a call for applications for the annual Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence. All full-time, tenured SUNY Oneonta faculty members are eligible to apply for the $1,000 prize.

Monday, March 12, is the deadline to submit all application materials electronically to Written materials should be submitted as a single PDF. The successful applicant will be notified the week of March 26. See selection criteria and checklist of materials to submit below.

The winner of the award will give the Smith Lecture in Otsego Grille on April 10, with a reception to follow in Le Café, Morris Conference Center. At the evening lecture, students with outstanding GPAs will receive awards funded by gifts to the Fund for Oneonta.

The Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence is funded by a gift from Thomas and Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence. The College at Oneonta Alumni Association’s Fund for Oneonta also supports this effort.

If you have any questions concerning the application, you may contact co-chairs of the AEC, Cynthia Falk at 547-2586 or or Joe Pignato, at X3463 or


Selection criteria:

1. Evidence of academic achievement, such as the publication of books or articles, grants for research or other scholarly endeavors, exhibits, presentations at conferences, creative achievements, performance events, or works in progress.

2. Evidence of ability to present a 45-minute lecture on a topic related to the applicant’s scholarly area of expertise that is appropriate for an audience of non-specialists.

Checklist of materials to submit:

1. Statement of up to 500 words regarding academic excellence.

2. Current vita which includes a list of published books, articles, chapters, creative activities, presentations, or other scholarly achievements.

3. A representative example of material listed above.

4. Title and abstract of proposed presentation, identifying subject, thesis/interpretation, mode (e.g., transparencies, slides, video, PowerPoint, demonstration), and relevance to an audience of non-specialists.

5. Two letters supporting your ability to give such a presentation to a general audience, at least one of which must be from an external (non-SUNY Oneonta) reviewer.

6. Audio/visual file of a past presentation or class lecture (optional).

Tuesdays at the Grille to resume Jan. 23

Tuesdays at the Grille is back, and the first lunch will be on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the menu:

Salad Station: Fresh Fruit, Mixed Greens, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions, Carrots, Croutons and 3 Choices for Dressing.

Soup Station: Gouda Bacon Soup

Live Action Station: Omelet Station

Main Buffet: Crab Quiche, Vegetable Quiche, Bacon, Sausage and Sausage & Biscuit Gravy

Dessert Station: Deconstructed Poundcake with Fruit


For Reservations, contact Joanna at 436-3934 or


Other Tuesdays at the Grille dates for this semester are:

Feb. 6, 20

March 6, 20

April 3, 17

May 2 (Wednesday)

Activities Council announces Red Dragon Theatre schedule, seeks faculty hosts

The Activities Council is pleased to be showing 14 movies this semester in the Red Dragon Theatre. Screenings are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 and 9 p.m., with an additional matinee on Sundays at 1 p.m., and it is free with a SUNY Oneonta ID.

The council would also love to have any faculty member who might be willing to speak about any of the films “host” the screening. The host would introduce the film and, hopefully, lead a follow-up discussion. We would provide the movie, LEAD Credit, popcorn, and another dessert or snack if there is a follow-up discussion. Please email if you are interested in hosting a screening.

1/19-21                 Murder on the Orient Express

1/26-28                 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

2/2-4                     Roman J Israel, Esq.

2/9-11                   Thor: Ragnarok

2/16-18                 Justice League

2/23-25                 Coco

3/16-18                 Pitch Perfect 3

3/23-25                 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

3/30-4/1               The Disaster Artist

4/6-8                     Maze Runner: The Death Cure

4/13-15                 12 Strong

4/20-22                 Fifty Shades Freed

4/27-29                 Annihilation

5/4-6                     Wizardhood

Pancake breakfast to benefit Laura Emmett

Please join us at a pancake breakfast to benefit Laura Emmett on Friday, Jan. 26 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Otsego Grille in Morris Hall.

The suggested donation is $10. No reservations are required, and it will be first come, first served.

The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, real maple syrup, juice, coffee and tea.

Laura is battling stage 3 peritoneal cancer and is recovering from recent surgery. She has made great strides but needs a boost from her Oneonta colleagues and friends.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation or send well wishes to Laura, please contact Diane Williams at 436-2085 or

Special thanks to Sodexo for donating their goods and services to this event.

UUP Midyear Mingle planned for Jan. 21  

Come to the annual UUP Midyear Mingle: Party and  Brief Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Depot Restaurant at 41/2 Railroad Ave in Oneonta. There will be good people, good conversation and UUP updates.

The complementary menu will include a variety of pizzas and chicken wings with a green salad and an assortment of desserts, as well as soft drinks, coffee and tea. Each person represented by UUP is invited to bring one adult guest.

RSVP by emailing or by calling 436-2135. Please note your name and how many in your party (just you or you and a guest) as well as your telephone number.

On-campus Martin Luther King Jr. celebration planned

The Office of Alumni Engagement and The Office of Equity and Inclusion invite you to join us for our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., annual celebration event on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the CME Great Room.

Our guest keynote is Karim Adeen-Hasan ‘77, Assistant Comptroller in the Division of Diversity Management at the Office of the State Comptroller, and a graduate from the SUNY Oneonta Class of 1977. The topic will be “Millenials: The Voice of Activism” and he will discuss the power that students have to make change in our ever-changing world.

Adeen-Hasan will also reflect on his time as a student on campus and the activism that took place while he was a part of the EOP Program at SUNY Oneonta.

Light refreshments will be served, and students will receive LEAD credit for attending. If you have any questions, please contact Faith Tiemann at