CASSC seeking volunteer judges for debate

CASSC is seeking volunteers for it upcoming Forensics, Speech and Debate Tournament on Saturday, February 2 on the SUNY Oneonta Campus in Fitzelle Hall.

We are looking for student, faculty or staff volunteers who will serve as Forensics Judges in a variety of categories (Lincoln Douglas Debate, Humorous Interpretation, Declamation, Public Forum, etc.) This is a wonderful opportunity to earn community service hours while having fun watching some very talented students at the same time. This opportunity is not limited to just SUNY Oneonta students — we welcome adults from the SUNY Oneonta community, as well.

No prior experience is required. If interested, please contact Suzanne Swantak-Furman, CASSC Executive Coordinator, or Jarrin Hayen, Assistant Coordinator at 436-2533 or stop by the Catskill Area School Study Council office at 243 Fitzelle for more information.


Student Nicole Faraci receives prestigious psychology award for research

Nicole Faraci, an undergraduate research student in psychology, is receiving a 2019 Psi Chi Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) Regional Research Award for her work titled “Disordered Eating Behaviors, Social Closeness, and Greek Life Membership,” with Professor Katherine Lau from the Department of Psychology. Nicole will be publicly recognized at the Psi Chi awards ceremony at EPA in Times Square in March, and she will deliver a presentation summarizing her research.

Photo Society to host photographer Ed Kashi

The SUNY Oneonta Photo Society is presenting a lecture by photographer Ed Kashi. Ed Kashi is known for his coverage of the impact of the oil industry in the Niger Delta as well as the strife between the Shiites and Sunnies in Iraq. Mr. Kashi and his wife are co-founders of a non-profit multimedia company called Talking Eyes Media which delivers issue-oriented stories to the general public. Mr. Kashi has been working with National Geographic since 1990 and his clients include the New York Times Magazine, Time, Mediastorm, Ford Foundation, Newsweek, and He is very excited to come and speak to the students on campus as a whole, so please join us on Friday, February 1 at 4 p.m. in Hunt Union Ballroom!



Florian Reyda and former student have article published

Dr. Florian Reyda, Professor and Researcher, Biology Department and Biological Field Station, recently published an article entitled, “A new species of Neoechinorhynchus (Acanthocephala: Neoechinorhynchidae) from white sucker (Catostomus commersonii) in New York.” It was published in the December 2018 issue of the Journal of Parasitology.  

In the article, Reyda and his former Masters student, Margaret Doolin, document their discovery of a new species of fish parasite in Otsego Lake. Neoechinorhynchus bullocki was found in white sucker during fish parasite survey work that Reyda and his students have been doing during the last several years. This work contributes to knowledge in the area of biodiversity and continues to add a parasitological perspective to our knowledge of a locally important water body that has been the subject of research by biologists at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station during the last 50+ years. Margaret Doolin, who was lead author, is continuing her education as a Ph.D. student in biology at the University of Utah. 

This work was supported by a collaborative National Science Foundation grant on which Reyda was a participant, as well as two student research grants (SUNY Oneonta research foundation) and a Smithsonian fellowship awarded  to Margaret Doolin. 

The graphic below includes a scientific illustration and a scanning electron micrograph of the new species described in the article. 


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