Alumni Association Scholarship application open

The SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association is proud to support student success by annually providing over $82,000 in student scholarship support.
The scholarships are awarded to full-time undergraduate students who excel in the classroom and distinguish themselves as leaders. Selection is based upon a variety of criteria, including academic excellence and service to the college and community. Students
must have completed one semester at SUNY Oneonta. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The recipient must have paid the Undergraduate Alumni Fee.

Students will have until September 25, 2017 to submit complete application with all the accompanying materials including:

Personal contact information

A Resume

A 500-word essay that describes the importance of receiving this scholarship, the campus activities in which you are involved in, campus
and/or community organizations which you volunteer, and your future goals

One letter of reference in support of your application from a SUNY Oneonta faculty member or college administrator

Recipients will be selected by a committee of Alumni Association Board members. Scholarships range from $1,500 – $3,000 and will be awarded
in the spring semester. Full-time enrollment in the Spring 2018 semester is required to receive the scholarship.

The scholarship is renewable for future academic years as long as the recipient continues to demonstrate service to the college and community,
financial need, pay the Undergraduate Alumni Fee, and maintains a GPA of 3.0.

Visit for more information and to access the application.

Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement with any questions:, 607436-2526, 128 Alumni Hall


Through generous gifts from Caroline (class of 1967) and David D’Antonio to the College at Oneonta Foundation, the D’Antonio Student Travel for Excellence Fund was created to provide assistance to students for expenses related to travel to professional meetings and conferences. Both full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in any academic discipline are eligible to apply for and receive travel awards (priority is given to undergraduate students who are presenting). Requests for travel funding may not exceed $750 per student application. There will be five grant rounds throughout the academic year. Applications submitted by September 18th will be reviewed/acted upon by September 27th.

Further information and the on-line application form is available at

Hoff, Santangelo, Hughes and Byrne to represent USA

Three SUNY Oneonta men’s soccer players have been selected to represent the United States as part of a USA D-3 Select Soccer Team that will tour Brazil. In addition, Red Dragons chief Iain Byrne will serve as the head coach of the men’s team. The trio of representatives who were selected to the team are seniors Kevin Hoff (LaGrange/Arlington), Cory Santangelo (Sayville/Sayville), and Austin Hughes (Clifton Park/Shenendehowa).

 “I am really proud of these three players that will be representing Oneonta and the USA on this trip,” stated Byrne.  “This is a richly deserved honor after their performances that has propelled our team to two Final Fours and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in their first three seasons at Oneonta. This tour promises to be a once in a lifetime experience.”

Hoff started 19 of the 20 games he played last fall and posted three goals including two against Eastern University in the NCAA tournament second round.  He was named to the All-SUNYAC second team.

Santangelo started 17 of 19 games last fall and registered four goals and two assists.  He was named to the SUNYAC All-Conference third team.

Hughes started 22 of 23 games he played last fall and had two assists.  He was named to the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team.

The USA D-3 Soccer tour will run from May 29-June 7.  The teams will begin with an orientation in Orlando before flying to Sao Paulo, Brazil for practice on May 30 and games on May 31 and June 1.

Teams will then travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for two additional games on either June 3, 4 or 5. While in Brazil the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits.

The team will be staying on the famous Copacabana Beach in Rio and touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.

The USA D-3 Soccer Teams will also visit sites and venues from the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.










Class of 2017 Pass Through the Pillars

The Office of Alumni Engagement and the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association invites you to celebrate the Class of 2017 as they Pass Through the Pillars of Old Main.  Please join us to show your support and cheer for our graduates on Friday, May 12 at 3 p.m. 

 *Please arrive at the Pillars of Old Main on the quad by 3 p.m. so that you can be in place prior to the students beginning to pass.

This time-honored tradition holds special meaning for our students and your support makes the event even more meaningful. We look forward to seeing you there.


The Office of Alumni Engagement is also seeking volunteers to assist with this event, as well as, the Senior Class BBQ on Thursday, May 11 from 1-4 p.m.   If you are available for either or both events, please contact Danielle Tonner, Associate Director of Alumni Engagement at or by calling ext: 2526.

Volunteers needed for:

  • Crowd Control
  • Wristbands for students
  • Pouring Champagne and staffing beverage stations
  • Cheer Squad

Rain date for Senior Pass Through the Pillars is Thursday, May 11 preceding the Senior Class BBQ.  Please check for up-to-date information.Pass Through the Pillars

Students Present Research at SURC East and West

Congratulations to the SUNY Oneonta students who presented research projects at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) on April 21 (at Suffolk County Community College–SURC East) and April 22 (SUNY Fredonia–SURC West). One student attended and presented at SURC East. Six students attended and presented at SUNY Fredonia, accompanied by faculty members Chien-Wei Lin and Kristen Roosa, and Kathy Meeker of the Grants Development Office. Student attendees/presenters are bolded in the project titles below. Thank you, students and faculty, for representing SUNY Oneonta at SURC with these impressive projects!

Student: Brian Adrian
Faculty mentor: Philip Sirianni (Economics, Finance & Accounting)
Oral presentation: “A Study of the New York Craft Brewing Industry and Alcohol-related Motor Vehicle Accident Rates”

Students: Celena Chiu, Dina Rose Cornell, Anthony Santor
Faculty mentor: Chien-Wei Lin (Management, Marketing & Information Systems)
Poster presentation: “The Influence of Cause Marketing Alliance on Donation Types”

Student: Thomas Franzem
Faculty mentor: Daniel Stich (Biology)
Oral presentation: “Factors Impacting Amphibian Abundance in Anthropogenic Vernal Pools”

Students: Paula Rebancos, Shannon Crehan
Faculty mentor: Kristen Roosa
Poster presentation: “Effect of the Circadian Rhythm on Phosphoramide Mustard-induced Toxicity in the Urinary System”

Students: Christopher Santana, Meaghan Kincaid, Christian Lopez
Faculty mentor: Chien-Wei Lin (Management, Marketing & Information Systems)
Poster presentation: “The Financial Motivations of Cause Marketing Campaigns”

Congratulations English Department Award Winners

Susan Sutton Smith Scholarship Award…..….Cheyenne Dorsagno
Susan Sutton Smith Award…………………….Anna Paige Welch
Susan Sutton Smith Award………………….……Amber Mercado
Minnie P. Olive Memorial Award. ……….….………Aliya Ladha
Minnie P. Olive Memorial Award. ……….….….Rebecca Pollard
Harry Bloom Prize: Fiction Writing ……………. Jason Birkelbach
Goodrich Prize: Poetry.….…..……….………….Jonathan Albert
Goodrich Prize: Poetry Honorable Mention…………Gemma Pinto
Goodrich Prize: Creative Non-Fiction & Memoir…..Anna Graziosi
Goodrich Prize: Personal Essay…………………..Caitlyn Conway
Goodrich Prize: Critical Essay………………Cheyenne Dorsagno



BIOL 271 students contribute microplastic samples to a global microplastic pollution data repository

Students in Fall 2016 BIOL 271 (Janine Clark, Richelle Cremo, Emily Manley, Blair O’Brien, Sydney O’Gorman, Rafael Olan, Jr., Jaime Rinaldi, and Silas Sleeper) (instructor: Kiyoko Yokota) collected beached plastic wastes on beaches on Chichijima (父島), Ogasawara Islands, Japan, during their faculty-lead study abroad in December 2016 to January 2017 as experiential and service learning activities.  The team also collected and contributed sea water samples to the Global Microplastics Initiative ( Our samples covered an area that was not studied by the 2014 Trans Pacific Plastic Pollution Survey by Matt Rutherford and his colleagues ( and provide new insights into the fate of suspended microplastics through the complex ocean currents that travel over the ~ 10 km (~ 6.3 miles) deep Izu-Ogasawara Trench. The final lab results were recently made available by the Principal Investigator Abby Barrows at