First Tuesdays at the Grille of the semester

Tuesdays at the Grille is back! The first lunch will be Sept. 25. As a reminder, it is important to make a reservation so we can set aside a table for you. For reservations, please contact Joanna at 436-3934 or We can’t wait to see you!


Tuesdays at the Grille, September 25, 2018, 11:30 a.m.  – 1 p.m.

$12 per person

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

Soup Station: Bean and Ham Soup

Live Action Station: Carved Beef and Pork

Main Buffet: BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Roasted Potatoes and Macaroni & Cheese

Dessert Station: Ginger Pear Crisp and Lemon Meringue Bars


Spots remaining for Safe Space Training

This is a reminder that Safe Space 101 Training has returned and there are still spots available for all sessions!

The Oneonta Safe Space 101 Training builds awareness of the issues affecting LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, etc.) people and provides resources and skills on how to be an ally in the campus community. After completing the 101-style training, participants will be given the option to join the Safe Space Ally Network and display an official Oneonta Safe Space sticker (revamped for this new program) in a visible location. The symbol signifies the individual’s commitment to being a resource and an ally to LGBTQIA+ people.

There are monthly training sessions available for students and employees, beginning the week of 9/24. Those interested will need to RSVP on Campus Connection. To find the dates and times, please log in to Campus Connection and search for Safe Space 101. Also, please make sure to select the correct session (i.e. students RSVP for the Students-Only events, Faculty/Staff RSVP for the Faculty/Staff-Only events). Participants will receive correspondence prior to their session with more information.

If there are any questions or if you have suggestions for session times for the spring semester, please contact Emily Phelps, Assistant Director for Student Life & Leadership/GSRC at More information is available online as well.

Campus-wide Shred Day set for Oct. 5

Mark your calendars for the annual campus-wide Shred Day, which will be Oct. 5, 2018.

From 9 a.m. until noon, Rogers Service Group, the company we have contracted with for on-site shredding, will be on campus for a campus-wide records destruction event. The shred truck will be parked by the loading dock of Netzer. Documents will be shredded on-site and Laura Emmett, Records Management Officer, will oversee the shredding activities. You can deliver documents to be shredded or you can have them picked up.

There will be no cost to departments, but RSVPs are necessary to participate. Attached you will find a Records Destruction Form to be filled out for each set of records you will have destroyed. The destruction forms should be filled out and delivered with the records. To access the Records Retention Schedules that we follow, go to Records Retention Guidelines <>.

RSVP to Laura Emmett at<> at your earliest convenience with the following information:

  *   Your name, department and extension

 *   Approximately how many boxes of records you have

 *   What time you will be dropping off the boxes OR location of records to be picked up (we can arrange to have them picked up anytime between now and Shred Day)

Acceptable items to be disposed of in the shredding bins are:  copy paper, letterhead, computer paper, fax paper, white paper, colored paper, shiny or coated paper, brochures, carbonless forms, staples and paperclips, sticky notes, white envelopes with windows, business cards, manila folders, newspaper and magazines.

SUNY Oneonta is responsible for the items being disposed of in these containers. Should any items be put into these containers that can damage the shredding knives on the Mobile Shredding Unit, SUNY Oneonta will be responsible for the repair costs to the shredder. Items that can damage the shredder are hardened steel items, such as screwdrivers, crowbars, ball bearings, etc.

Items that cannot be put in the bins include: carbon paper, plastic folders, security tapes and microfiche, brown or yellow envelopes, kraft envelopes, paper towels, glass or hanging file folders. Disposal of these items in the standard shredding containers may result in additional charges.

Student art reception, presentations Sept. 13

The “Student Recipient Exhibition, Jean Parish Memorial Scholarship 2017-2018” will be on exhibit in SUNY Oneonta’s Project Space Gallery from Sept. 10 to Oct. 5, 2018.

Please join us for a reception and student presentations Thursday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception is funded through the estate gift of Jean Parish, Faculty Emerita, Art, to the SUNY Oneonta Foundation. 

The Project Space Gallery will feature the artwork of eight recipients of the Jean Parish Memorial Scholarships: Tyler Burke, Henry Feist, Sara LaPell, Christian Liranzo, Teresa Memole, Danielle Thomas, Anna Vanderpool and Xiaoyi Zeng. A range of styles and media–including drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, prints and mixed media–will be presented.

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


Weekly writing workshops set for Thursdays and Fridays

The Student Learning Center, formally known as CADE, is offering two writing workshops for fall 2018. “How to Proofread for Clear and Correct Writing” and “Essay Test Strategies” will be held throughout the semester in Milne Library on the second floor.

“How to Proofread for Clear and Correct Writing” will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6.

“Essay Test Strategies” will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. on the following Fridays: Sept. 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7.

Please feel free to refer your students. To learn more or to sign up, visit or call 607.436.3010.

CASSC seeking faculty, staff volunteers for college/career exploration event

The Catskill Area School Study Council, a partnership of SUNY Oneonta and area schools, is looking for volunteers to support a community outreach program to promote early college and career awareness. We are working with DCMO BOCES as well as SUNY Oneonta Admissions, Career Development Center, Science Discovery Center and multiple faculty members.  We are hoping to bring about 400 students on campus to explore various careers and explore what the college has to offer- think FUTURE STUDENTS!

What: Two (2) 30-minute Interactive sessions/ presentations (12:15- 12:45 and 1:00-1:30) to approximately 20-30 eighth grade students per session.

Who: 400 eighth graders from the local DCMO and ONC BOCES region- 41 schools!

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Where: SUNY Oneonta


  • Provide 8th grade students with a sense of the college experience/ opportunities at SUNY Oneonta in a specific department or career field
  • Create enthusiasm and personal connections for students to college (at SUNY Oneonta!)
  • Students will begin to link interests, abilities and choices to a career field.

We encourage faulty to co-present and invite current students to be a part of this program. Please contact either Suzanne Swantak-Furman, CASSC Executive Director at 436-2584 or Jarrin Hayen, CASSC Assistant Director at 436-2533 if interested in learning more. Thank you!

TLTC announces Sept/Oct training schedule

Below are the TLTC offerings for September and October 2018.  You can read through them here or on the TLTC Faculty Opportunities website . Contact Chilton Reynolds ( or x2673) if you would like more information about any of these workshops or would like to be signed up for reminders about any specific workshop.

Blackboard Trainings

Level 1 Blackboard Training – Blackboard Level 1 training is now fully online.  You can go through all five required modules at your own pace.  However, if you have questions about some of the content or need some help working through the quizzes for each one, we are happy to help. Go to the IT Service Now portal( and submit a request to be added to the course or if you have questions.

How to make your Blackboard files accessible – There is a new tool in Blackboard that will give you feedback on your files in Blackboard and how you can make them more accessible to students.  This tool is called Ally.  This session will show you the different ways you can use this tool to help you work through the process of converting your content to an accessible format.  For more information on this tool you can visit Ally’s web page here:

9/12       1 p.m.

9/13       11 a.m.

9/14       11 a.m.

9/18       10 a.m.

10/3       1 p.m.

10/11      2 p.m.

10/15      9 a.m.

10/23      11 a.m.

(All trainings are in the TLTC Lounge, Basement of Milne Library)

New Tools in Blackboard – There are some new tools in Blackboard.  This session will cover the new tools that have been recently installed in Blackboard including:

  • Blackboard Collaborate – a video conferencing tool that allows you to have online meetings with students
  • SafeAssign – a plagiarism tool that allows you and students to check the uniqueness of written work
  • Attendance tool – this tool allows you to track attendance in Blackboard

9/13       2 p.m.

9/14       1 p.m.

9/18       2 p.m.

10/3        9 a.m.                  

10/11     10 a.m.                         

10/15       2 p.m.

(All trainings are in the TLTC Lounge, Basement of Milne Library)

Blackboard Grade Center Support – These sessions will cover how to use the Grade Center in Blackboard to grade student work, to easily communicate grades with students, and how to have the Grade Center calculate final grades.  It is also a time to come get help setting up your grade book in Blackboard, especially if you are looking for help with calculating grades before mid-term grades are due.

10/10             2 p.m.

10/11             3 p.m.

10/12             9 a.m.

10/15             10 a.m.

10/16             9 a.m.

10/17             3:30 p.m.

10/18             9 a.m.

10/18            3:30 p.m.

(All trainings are in the TLTC Lounge, Basement of Milne Library)

Tech Talk Day

Friday, November 16, 1 – 4 pm,  Butternut Room, Hunt Union

This afternoon conference will consist of sessions for faculty to share how they are using technology in the classroom to engage students. Each session will be approximately 45 minutes so you can come and go as you like throughout the afternoon.  To see a full schedule of the afternoon or to register, go to the Faculty Opportunities page in Campus Connection(

Best Practices in Online Training

October 1 – 31, Fully Online

This is the Level 2 Training course towards the Online Teaching Certification. Successful completion of this training and the Level 1 Blackboard training modules A-E are required to teach online at SUNY Oneonta. It was created to certify new and current online instructors in best practices to provide the highest quality eLearning experiences possible for students. This is a 1-month course, with discussions, three assignments, a reflective exercise at the end, and a final quiz. It is expected to take about 5-hours per week to complete the course work. It is peer-review on most work, and assignments marked on a S/NS basis. Completion of 95% of the work will culminate in the completion certificate.

Teaching Breakfast (Outside Starbucks)

The Teaching Breakfast is an informal gathering to talk about issues of teaching and learning. There is no need to sign-up for this, just show up when you are able. While we start the conversation at 8am you can always come later to join in. This group meets in the space outside of Starbucks in the Hunt Union. You can grab something from Starbucks or bring your breakfast and come chat with other faculty about issues in your classroom.

In addition, this group maintains an email listserv to share interesting readings around teaching and learning. If you are interested in signing up for the listserv, contact Chilton Reynolds ( or x2673). 
(All sessions start at 8am outside of Starbucks, Hunt Union)

  • September 19 (Wednesday)
  • October 4 (Thursday)
  • October 17 (Wednesday)
  • November 1 (Thursday)
  • November 14 (Wednesday)
  • November 29 (Thursday)
  • December 5 (Wednesday)