Florian Reyda and students attend, present at Cancún meeting

Last week, Florian Reyda, Biology, and two graduate and four undergraduate students traveled to Cancún, Mexico for the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists.

Graduate student Maggie Doolin gave an oral presentation about her Masters research on species of thorny-headed worms in fishes. Graduate student Brian Mullin and undergraduates Jessica Schoeck, Byron Peregrim, Sisina Macchiarelli and Daniela Aguilar presented posters on the results of their own parasitological research projects on host-parasite systems of Otsego Lake, or of marine stingray tapeworms. Sisina’s poster received an honorable mention at the meetings. Reyda also gave two presentations.

Several of the student research projects were supported in part by Student Research Grants from SUNY Oneonta. Student travel to these meetings was supported in part by the Caroline ’67 and David D’Antonio Student Travel for Excellence Fund. 

Biological Field Station interns find first American Eel in upper Susquehanna River in recent decades

Summer interns at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station in Cooperstown stumbled on a surprise recently when they caught a 12-inch American eel more than 440 miles from the ocean in a habitat from which the species was thought to have been extirpated.

The interns, high school seniors Alexa Platt and Lauren Saggese, were electrofishing on June 29 in the Susquehanna River near the base of the Cooperstown Dam at Otsego Lake, NY, when they discovered the eel.

American eels were reduced below detection during the late 20th century, which is largely attributed to construction of dams, and this find represents the most-upstream record of the fish in the system in decades. Needless to say, the find is generating much excitement among those enamored with the American eel.

Platt and Saggese are working to, respectively, characterize fish assemblages and invasive rusty crayfish densities prior to the planned stocking of juvenile eels in the watershed. This is part of larger eel restoration efforts in the Upper Susquehanna River involving the state Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SUNY Cobleskill, Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta.

From its origin at Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, the Susquehanna River flows for more than 440 miles, making it the longest river on America’s east coast. It eventually empties into the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The location of the eel represents the very upstream extent to the Susquehanna River and is the terminal point to what historically was the longest fish migration on the east coast.


Kayla Clohessy selected as Delores Bogard Award recipient from the SUNYAC

The State University of New York Athletic Conference announced in late June that recent SUNY Oneonta graduate Kayla Clohessy is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Delores Bogard Award recognizing a cumulative academic and athletic career while a student athlete in the conference. Clohessy becomes the fourth woman in school history to receive this prestigious honor and the first since 2006 when Hall of Famer Adrienne Jackson-Buckner was chosen.

“It’s such an honor to receive the Dr. Delores Bogard award,” said Clohessy. “Four years ago, as a freshman I never thought that I would be able to achieve what I have as a student athlete at SUNY Oneonta. As a recent graduate, I have quickly learned how special the athletic department is and how the relationships I built with my coaches, staff, teammates and professors helped to shape the person I am today. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of SUNY Oneonta’s track and field team and I will cherish the memories, friendships, and accomplishments forever.”

The award is named after Dr. Dolores Bogard, who was an administrator and coach at SUNY Cortland for over twenty years. She served as SUNYAC President during the 1987-88 year.

The Bogard Award is given annually to a senior athlete who exemplifies the best combination of academic and athletic ability as voted upon by the membership body. In addition to needing to be a senior, the nominee must show evidence of outstanding academic and athletic achievement while having a cumulative GPA of 3.30 through the spring semester.

“Kayla has always shown a strong commitment to both academics and athletics since she first arrived here at Oneonta,” said her coach, Chris Wilber. “Her accomplishments in the classroom and as a school record holder, conference champion, and All-American, demonstrate her desire for success. We are proud of her and thankful that we were able to support her during her time here at Oneonta.”

Clohessy graduated in May with a degree in Fashion and Textiles while achieving a 3.52 GPA for her four years. Her academic and athletic accolades are numerous and include the following:

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Team MVP in 2016 & 2018

Three-time NCAA Division III All-American (Long Jump)

Five-Time NCAA Qualifier

SUNYAC Indoor Long Jump Champion, 2016

ECAC Outdoor Long Jump Champion, 2016

Six-Time All-Conference

Six-Time SUNYAC Medalist (top 3)

Indoor and Outdoor Long Jump School Record Holder

Inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma National Athlete Honor Society

SUNYAC All-Academic Team & Commissioner’s List

Dr. Joseph Heissan ’63 Senior Achievement Award

CSRC to present Senior Service Awards

You are cordially invited to join our seniors in recognition for volunteering for 350 hours or more. Our recognition ceremony will be held May 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the Alumni Hall Theater.

Our senior class has 589 seniors who have logged in 60,517 hours of service in their four years with us! Please join us and show your support.

Congratulations to peer tutors

Please join CADE in congratulating the following peer tutors who have attained NATIONAL TUTORING ASSOCIATION LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION:

In addition to being recommended as a peer tutor by a faculty member in each department for which the tutor provides tutoring, these tutors have completed at least eight hours of training and have completed at least 10 hours of supervised tutoring. Their Level 1 certification is valid for two years.

















































Admissions seeking summer Tour Guides

The Office of Admissions is looking for student representatives who would do well in assisting with campus tours, among other opportunities, this summer. If you know of any students who may be interested, please consider reaching out to them and encouraging them to apply.

The Summer Tour Guide application can be found here. Questions? Please contact Eric Scheer at eric.scheer@oneonta.edu.