SUNY Oneonta to host Rotary District Conference, Walk/Run

SUNY Oneonta is hosting the 2018 Rotary District Conference May 18-20, 2018.  Mark your calendar! On Sunday, May 20 at 8:00 a.m. an “End Polio Now Walk/Run” will be held on campus to raise awareness and funds to eradicate polio. There will be a 5K and a 1-mile. We hope you will participate.

Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio go back to 1979, when they began a multi-year national immunization effort to rid the Philippines of the disease. They were successful, and that gave Rotarians confidence that polio could be eradicated. In 1985, Rotary International launched their PolioPlus initiative. With Rotarians from around the world and partners like the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the organization has made great strides in this effort. We’ve gone from nearly 350,000 cases of polio worldwide to 22 in 2017. We want of get to zero, so Rotarians have promised funding and volunteers until the fight is done.

With the End Polio Now Walk/Run, we’re raising awareness and funds for this effort.  You don’t have to be a Rotarian member to walk/run for this effort!  We hope you will register for the event because you care about the issue, want to gather with campus friends and/or just need to get your daily exercise! Free food, drink and give-a-ways!  Your contributions goes directly to polio eradication efforts.

Registration options:


‘Day of’: 7:00 to 7:45 AM

(closes midnight 19 May)

Mailed inregistrations: Post marked no later than 12 May! Forms, with a check made out to ‘Rotary District 7170’, should be mailed to: End Polio Now Run/Walk

c/o Evan Kurtz 10 Hanford Drive Dryden NY 13053


Please contact or call x2446 if you need additional information and/or if you would like to volunteer to help with the event!

College Democrats to host forum April 22

On Sunday, April 22, at 6 p.m. the College Democrats will be hosting a forum with the seven Democratic Congressional Candidates running in New York’s 19th district, which includes Otsego County.

This will be a unique time to see all seven candidates at once and to hear their positions. After a Q&A period, they will be around to talk to voters about the issues and their campaigns.

Please direct any questions to

Time: April 22nd (6 p.m. -8 p.m.)

Location: Lecture Hall 1, HIRC Building, SUNY Oneonta

Participants: Jeff Beals, Erin Collier, Antonio Delgado, Gareth Rhodes, Dave Clegg, Brian Flynn, Pat Ryan

Organized by Shane Digan (SUNYO College Democrats) & Monjori Lundi (Activist)

Moderator: Dr. Gina Keel, Political Science

SURC to put spotlight on student research Friday

Our campus will welcome more than 250 students and faculty from 33 different SUNY and CUNY institutions and other guests to the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) this Friday, April 20. The event features presentations of research and creative activity projects in poster, oral and performance sessions, along with student professional development opportunities and offerings for faculty. Our own student presenters/co-authors number over 200, with 85 faculty mentors. Close to 300 projects from across the disciplines will be presented (~140 SUNY Oneonta projects).

Information is available on the SURC ’18 @ Oneonta website, including the full schedule and program details. Abstracts can be viewed on the SURC app, which includes a build-your-own agenda and other features, and is available in a Web Browser or as an iOS or Android app. Information is available on the Conference Map & App link.

Please review the SURC program and plan to attend as many presentation sessions and other SURC offerings as you can to support our own students and our guests from across the state.

Questions? Contact (x2632).


2018 Common Read programming being finalized

The Common Read Committee is finalizing supplemental programming for the 2018 Common Read – “Just Mercy.” Author Bryan Stevenson will be on campus September 25 to deliver the Mills Distinguished Lecture. The committee is planning events such as book discussions, panel discussions, and a films series related to incarceration and other themes of the book. If you have a program suggestion or are interested in participating in the programming, please contact Theresa Russo (

Seminar Series in Biology to feature “Lessons from a dog…”

The Seminar Series in Biology will host “Lessons from a dog: understanding reproduction for the conservation of endangered canids” by Jennifer Nagashima, Smithsonian Institution on Friday, April 13 at 4 p.m. in Science 1, Room 121.

Dr. Nagashima is a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian institution where her current projects include development of an ovary-on-a-chip for the domestic dog and cat; semen cryopreservation in the Maned Wolf; sperm capacitation and cryopreservation in the red wolf; in vitro oocyte maturation in the domestic dog; and gamete rescue in Canidae.  Dr. Nagashima received her PhD from Cornell University in 2015 where she focused on “Folliculogenesis and Fertilization in the Domestic Dog: Applications to Biomedical Research, Medicine, and Conservation.”  She is the recipient of the National Zoological Park Emerging Scientist Award as well as the Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Postdoctoral Fellowship Award.

In this presentation, Dr. Perkins will discuss conservation of endangered canids.  Five of the 35 species of canids in the world are listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, including the critically endangered North American red wolf. In these species, techniques like sperm cryopreservation, artificial insemination, and in vitro fertilization become crucial to the movement of genetics among fragmented populations as well as ex situ insurance populations of animals. Using the domestic dog as a model for its endangered relatives, we are working on developing these assisted reproductive technologies in canids. I will discuss our recent success in the production of the first litter of puppies born by in vitro fertilization and embryo cryopreservation, as well as progress in developing an ‘artificial ovary’ for gamete rescue. Finally, I will introduce our newest work in translating the technologies we have developed in the domestic dog into on-the-ground conservation efforts for the critically endangered red wolf.

This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.

Biology Department to hold annual award ceremony April 25

On Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Le Café, Morris Conference Center, the Biology Department will hold its annual award ceremony.  The Biology Department will present the Biology Department Scholarship, the Jan Kee Ang Memorial Award to an outstanding Senior Biology Major, the Jan Kee Ang Scholarship Awards, the Student Outstanding Service Awards, the John G. New Scholarships and the Pietraface-Miller Biology Scholarship & the Wilbur Settle Scholarship. The recipient of the Biological Field Station Summer 2018 Internship will also be announced at this time.

All are welcome to attend.

Theatre Department to present “Ugly Duckling” adaptation, “Honk!”

An ugly duckling, a bold bullfrog, a cunning cat, and many feathered friends will be taking the stage at SUNY Oneonta this spring for a wacky and wild production of “Honk!” The musical is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s well-known tale of the Ugly Duckling. Anthony Drewe’s book and lyrics with musical composition by George Stiles has created a youthful theatre experience — not just for children — but for all ages. As one duckling deals with being different on the farm, the story carries a special message of tolerance and acceptance.

Come join the fun at the Goodrich Theatre in the Fine Arts Building at SUNY Oneonta. The show is being produced by The SUNY Oneonta Theatre Department with the Mask and Hammer Theatre Club. Performances are April 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., along with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 21.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Hunt Union or at the theater box office one hour before the show. Tickets are free with a SUNY Oneonta student ID, or $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of twelve for general admission.