SLC offering tutor training for TAs

Will you have a TA who tutors this semester? SLC offers its Tutor Training to teaching assistants. In addition to introducing key concepts of how to plan and evaluate the effectiveness of an individual tutoring interaction, we will help TAs recognize the line between helping a student understand concepts and inadvertently doing the thinking (or the work) for the student.

For more information about how we can help your TA work effectively with your students, please call Amy Crouse-Powers at x2819 or email her

James Ebert, Paul Bischoff lead workshop at 123rd Conference of Science Teachers Association of NYS

James Ebert, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Paul Bischoff, Secondary Education, along with Glenn Dolphin, University of Calgary, led a workshop entitled “New Models for Earth Science Concepts and Processes” at the 123rd Annual Conference of the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS).

The STANYS conference was held in Rochester from November 2 through 5. Drs. Ebert, Bischoff and Dolphin are principal investigators on the NSF grant “GP-EXTRA: Authentic Research Experiences for Earth Science Education Majors.” The main presenters in the workshop were SUNY Oneonta students Melissa Amigon (AEES 2020), Madeline Every (AEES 2019), Sarah Jones (AEES 2018), Ryan Layman (AEES 2019) and SUNY Cortland student Brian Murphy (AEES 2019). These students have been participants in Summer Earth Science Model Research and Design Institutes supported by the NSF grant.

Hunt Union to offer study areas during Finals Week

The Hunt Union will offer open study areas during finals week, December 12 – 18.

A schedule will be posted outside of the following spaces showing when they are free:  Catskill, Glimmerglass, and Butternut Valley.  The ballroom will also be set up with full access and we have tables and chairs in the second floor lobby also available.

The building hours are: Sundays, 10 am – 11 pm; Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am – 11 pm; Saturday, 9 am – 11 pm. Hours of operation will be reduced after finals end on Tuesday, December 18. Signs will be posted on the entrance doors after that time.

Men’s Lacrosse lends support to local Habitat for Humanity work

On three separate occasions, most recently Nov. 10, the SUNY Oneonta men’s lacrosse team worked side-by-side with local volunteers to help Habitat for Humanity in West Oneonta. The organization is in the midst of building nine Habitat Partner Family homes.

The current project is located on Route 205 North in the Town of Oneonta. The land that the project is being built on is part of McFarland Meadows, which is land that was donated to HFHOC by an anonymous donor.

During the days that the team has been helping, they have been involved in all aspects of the actual construction of the first house being built on the property. The team was broken into groups of five for each day and they were busy working on roofing, window installation and other general construction tasks. Several of the players had experience working summer jobs in construction and never thought that those skills would come in handy right here in Oneonta supporting the less fortunate.

Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Pete Owens reached out to the organization of which he has been active with for quite some time when he was coaching in Maryland. Coach Owens pressed himself and the team into action to support the organization’s mission right here in Oneonta. The team quickly and willingly put all hands on deck to help and at the same time support Community Partnership, which is one of the missions of SUNY Oneonta.

“Service is important to us,” said Owens. “We want to give our guys these kinds of opportunities. Frankly, we didn’t have to twist anyone’s arm to come out on a Saturday morning; they have been and will continue to look forward to coming out and helping on this project and future projects.”

HFHOC Volunteer Coordinator Marjorie Pietraface stated, “The importance of volunteers willing to come out and swing a hammer cannot be understated. They are the lifeblood of HFHOC. Having representatives of the Men’s Lacrosse team at the work site was great. They were a tremendous help each and every day on the site in not the best weather conditions.”

New student exhibition to open in Project Space Gallery

INTIMATE MOMENTS WITH MOM, An exploration of maternal roots by Mikala Gallo will be on exhibit in the Fine Arts Center, Project Space Gallery from November 15 to December 14. A gallery reception will be held Thursday, November 15 from 5 to 7 pm.

The student exhibition will feature photographs by Mikala Gallo. About her show she states: “INTIMATE MOMENTS WITH MOM is an exploration of my maternal roots as a way to navigate my relationship with my mother as well as my relationship with myself through photography. … INTIMATE MOMENTS WITH MOM is more than a simple collection of photographs, it is my recording of the soul force my mother emits.”

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 through Friday when 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