Thank you to helpers of Holiday Craft Fair

We would like to thank everyone who was involved in making the Dec. 1 SUNY Oneonta Holiday Craft Fair a success.

We had over 50 vendors present with all handmade items, our biggest fair yet.

Scott Bennett & Stan Smith, Maintenance Operations – Custodial – set up

Kevin Meenan and Chuck Colella, Maintenance Operations – Custodial – additional set up (Friday)

Brian Davis, Maintenance Operations – Custodial  – day of fair assistance

CSRC – Linda Drake, TyAra Gordon (Student Coordinator) – volunteer assistance

Sahel Shah, Mikhail Vainblat & Marina Porrata – CSRC volunteers

Harry Potter Club – Gift wrapping and attendance count

Erin Meehan, Student Building Manager, Hunt Union – ongoing assistance

Marie Tucker & The String Ensemble, Music Department – phenomenal music

Steve Matteson, Starbucks – Carts

Bill Harcleroad and the Activities Council – Carts

Sodexo Catering – refreshments for craft vendors

Lorin Levins, Office of Communications & Marketing – promotion

Robb Thibault & Angela Deleski, Hunt Union – supporting the craft fair

 

We couldn’t have done it without you.  Thank you!

-Laura Emmett & Kathy Hewlett

Organizers: SUNY Pride was great success

On October 12 and 13, SUNY Oneonta hosted its 6th Annual SUNY Pride Conference. More than 200 attendees from 28 different institutions were present, along with local attendees from Oneonta Job Corps Academy and Walton High School. This year’s theme was Pride Without Borders: Sharing Our Stories Beyond the Rainbow, which was reflected in 17 different sessions that included topics such as intersectionality between race and sexuality, coming out experiences, supporting LGBTQIA+ immigrants, and more. This year, we introduced a Professional Track, to allow for educators, advisors, administrators, faculty, and staff to share resources between campuses.

Notable presentations by the SUNY Oneonta community include “Who Am I? The Politics of Erasure Within the Black Queer Narrative” by Emmanuel Woolard; “Analyzing Asexuality: What Does It Mean To Have Sex?” by Jillian Moczara; “Defining ‘Queer'” by Katherine Hebert; “Restorying the Binary: A Model for Gender Educators” by Dr. Kristen Blinne, “Mentorship as Bridgework: Queer Women of Color” by Dr. Melinda Brennan; “Beta Inclusivity” by Alexa Rojas and Angelica Duran; “Intersectional Normativity in the 21st Century” by Cassidy Herrera and Rosario Rodriguez; and “The Role of The Friendly Stranger: Helping the migrant LGBTQ Community at the US-Mexico Border” by Pathy Leiva and Dr. Alejandra Escudero.

Feedback on the event was overwhelmingly positive, with an overall 95% average rating of the conference meeting expectations. A few pieces to note include praise surrounding the variety in sessions presented, organization of the event itself, the opportunity to network with peers and professionals from different institutions, and a memorable keynote presentation by Doctor Jonathan Paul Higgins. Some notable off-campus resources invited to table at the conference include The Otsego Pride Alliance, The Gender Wellness Center at Susquehanna Family Practice, the Violence Intervention Program at Opportunities for Otsego, and Family Planning of South Central, New York.

Ron Zacchi, a representative of the NYS Governor’s Office presented on LGBTQIA+ Rights and Protections within the state, as well as sharing enthusiasm and support for the conference from the Governor.

The keynote for this year’s event, Dr. Jonathan Paul Higgins, provided a thought-provoking and engaging presentation about understanding truth to power, personal capacity within diversity and inclusion work, embracing your authentic self, and self-care. There was also tabling available to showcase on-campus student organizations and local off-campus resources.

Let’s take a moment for a special thanks to this year’s planning committee…

Emily Phelps, Chair, Student Life & Leadership/GSRC

Robb Thibault, Student Life & Leadership

Kathy Hewlett, Student Life & Leadership

Shinique Smith, GSRC

Emmanuel Woolard, GSRC

Rosana DeJesus, GSRC

Geneva Frazier, GSRC

Katie Hebert, GSRC

Jillian Mozcara, GSRC

Rowan Fitzgibbons, GSRC

Kayla Whispell & Gender & Sexuality Alliance E-board

Faith Tiemann, Equity & Inclusion

Melinda Brennan, Women’s & Gender Studies

Greg Hummel, Communications & Media

Pathy Leiva, College Assistance Migrant Program

Rob McCaffery, Residential Community Life

Elizabeth Brady, SUNY Central

Hunter Grey

Naiomi Santiago

Also, a huge thank you to our sponsors for this year’s event…

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, SUNY Oneonta

Office for Student Life and Leadership, SUNY Oneonta

Gender and Sexuality Alliance, SUNY Oneonta

Office of Equity and Inclusion, SUNY Oneonta

Office of Continuing Education, SUNY Oneonta

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, SUNY Oneonta

Sodexo Dining Services, SUNY Oneonta

The SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association with fiscal support from the Fund for Oneonta at SUNY Oneonta

Additional thanks to Cheyenne Pommelle, the Equity and Inclusion intern who photographed the conference, and to Quwabe (Q) Rose and the SUNY Oneonta students who contributed artwork for this year’s buttons.

Lastly, a very grateful thank you to Dr. Franklin Chambers for providing the Welcome and sharing remarks, to Pitch Slapped for performing during the Welcome, and to Andrew Kahl and the Identity Play Reading Group for their performance at closing.

Next year’s SUNY Pride conference will be on October 18 and 19. If you are interested in participating in the planning committee for next year’s event, please contact Emily Phelps at Emily.Phelps@oneonta.edu and stay tuned for more information, as we will begin planning early next semester.

CASSC Hosts “Career and College Destinations” for 450 students

On Oct. 9, 450 8th grade students from 15 area schools gathered for “Career and College Destinations,” a day of college and career exploration. The Catskill Area School Study Council and DCMO BOCES led the initiative and were proud to partner with multiple departments on the SUNY Oneonta campus to bring this event to life, including Anna Legname of the Career Development Center, Doug Reilly of the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center and Admissions.

The program began at the Foothills Performing Arts Center with a morning filled with career preparation adventures including an interest assessment led by Anna Legname from the Career Development Center and breakout sessions with local employers. The program culminated at the SUNY Oneonta Campus where students received a warm welcome and an early introduction to the “College Experience.”

CASSC hopes this program will strengthen the relationships between the college and our local communities. Building early career and college awareness in students from our rural area through interactive programming opens the door to possibilities!

We could not have offered such a robust program without individual faculty members volunteering their time during fall break. In addition to the organizations named above we would like to thank: Dr. Sallie Han, Cultural Anthropology, Dr. Tracy Betsinger, Biological Anthropology, Clara Tanner, Graduate Student, School Counseling program/ Career Development, Pamela Hilton, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Eric Scheer, Admissions Counselor, Dr. Nicole Waid, Secondary Education, Social Studies and Educational Technology, Dr. Lee Graham, Secondary Education and Educational Technology, Dr. Jiang Tan, Secondary Education and Educational Technology and David Geasey, Director of Communication and Media Technologies and Engineering.

We are already planning for next year’s event due to the positive reviews from the students and schools! If you have questions or would like to be a part of this program please contact Suzanne Swantak-Furman, CASSC Executive Coordinator at 436-2584 or Suzanne.swantak-furman@oneonta.edu.

Family Weekend 2018 was a success!

Family Weekend 2018 Recap

More than 560 families registered with 2,076 people visiting campus and participating in more than 45 activities and programs during the weekend of September 21-23.

· 79% of families came from first year students and 10% from families of transfer students

· 76% indicated high satisfaction with the overall experience

· 86% felt it was very organized

· 96% felt the employees and students on hand were very helpful

· 85% indicated they would return to the event next year

As chair for the Family Weekend Steering Committee, I wish to extend by deepest appreciation to the members of our steering committee for their time, sacrifice and leadership in delivering a very well received weekend of family friendly events!  Many thanks to Angela Deleski-Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union, Kathy Hewlett– Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union, Angie Eichler-Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union, bill harcleroad– Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union,  Emily Phelps –Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union,  Rebecca Lynch-Office of Continuing Education, Michelle Hansen– Office of Alumni Engagement,  Laura Lincoln-Office of Alumni Engagement, Natasha Fisher-Career Development Center, Valery Worden-OAS, Laura Emmett-Finance and Administration, Kate McMichael– New Student Services, Ryan Hooper-Athletics, Jessica Stahl-Inter-Greek Council, Jaimin Shah-Activities Council (A/C), Jenny Holtz-RSO, Rebecca Molloy-Dining Services, Samantha Palermo-SA, and Leslie Kitner-Residential Community Life.

Some of the events featured our academic faculty and professionals facilitating or presenting programs: Phil Bidwell, (Office of Facilities, Safety and Physical Plant) presented a session on college history- Constructing a College—Thirteen Decades of Development;  Doug Reilly, Outreach Coordinator organized a series of hands-on activities at the Science Discover Center (Electricity Alive! and Evolution Explained!);  Tim Sheesley, Gallery Director opened the galleries for the exhibits  The Floating World–3D Animation, and Jean Parish Memorial Scholarship: 2017-18 Student Recipients Exhibition;  Dr. Josh Nollenberg (Physics and Astronomy) provided several Planetarium shows;  Dr. Ronald Bishop (Chemistry and Biochemistry) offered two demonstrations “From Forensics to Materials to Life: Viewing and Manipulating the World of Molecules; David Geasey, Director of Media Technologies and Engineering lead a series of interactive television studio production experiences for families; and Oscar Oberkircher (Human Ecology) coordinated and hosted and a wine tasting/reception event.

Family Weekend is a major college program which requires the goodwill and time of our students and college employees to lend a hand. It’s an opportunity for our SUNY Oneonta families to get together and build community with our students and their families. In this spirit I wish to thank our volunteers who stepped up and helped make the weekend shine: Michelle, Tess, and Zosia Thibault, Nicola Gray, Tracey Ranieri, William Woodward, Amanda Finch, Erin Meehan, Bri Supensky, Bharath Ramkumar, Snapper Petta, Stephanie Peguillan, Nicolette Lukacs, Kim Fierke, Angelica Duran, Shyanne Sherwin, John Mullins, Odalis Barzallo, Marianna Wesolowski, Collen Engle, Kthari Han, Jackie Schrom, Samantha Janowitz, Shannon Marlow, Robin Dee, Kristin Lee, Peter Owens and the men’s lacrosse team, Nicholas Merritt, Sean Daly,  Bernie Corbett, Kyle Sinclair, Kelly Tenbus, Alexandra Dratch, John Bugyi, Lisa Miller, Lorin Levins, Michael Forster Rothbart, and our GSRC student staff: Jillian Moczara, Rowan Fitzgibbons, Shinique Smith, Katie Hebert, Geneva Frazier, and Rosana Dejesus.

I also wish to extend my thanks to the following employees and their spouses/partners who attended the Family Weekend Wine Reception and mingled with our SUNY Oneonta families:  Dr. Lisa & Mathew Snyder (Assistant Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Effectiveness),  Dr. Theresa Russo (Department of Human Ecology)  Dr. Sean Shannon (Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting), Dr. Keith & Shelly Jones (Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics), Dr. Tracy and Melissa Allen & (Interim Dean, School of Sciences), Dr. Richard & Ginny Lee (Department of English), Dr. Gwen & Gary Frank (Department of  Elementary Education and Reading), Dr. Elizabeth Dunn & Tom Murphy (Dean, School of Liberal Arts), and Dr. Florian & Laura Reyda (Department of Biology).

This program is sponsored by the Student Association, Office of Student Life and Leadership @ Hunt College Union,  SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association with financial support from the Fund for Oneonta, and the Office of New Student Services.

The dates for Family Weekend 2019 will be announced soon. If you are interested in serving on the Steering Committee next spring and/or have an idea for an activity your office or department might want to coordinate, please contact me at Robb.Thibault@oneonta.edu

Annual Records Destruction Day sees great success

This year’s annual shred day was a great success, and we were able to shred 4,300 lbs. of records in accordance with the Records Retention Guidelines we follow. That is 1,400 lbs. more than 2017. Nearly 30 departments across campus took part in the Annual Shred Day, and it went very smoothly.

-Laura Emmett
Executive Assistant to the VP for Finance and Administration

5K raises $9,300 to fight hunger in Oneonta

SUNY Oneonta’s second annual Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K event on Sunday, Sept. 23, raised more than $9,300 for the Riverside Elementary School’s Action Hero Backpack Program, a weekend meal-assistance initiative for local children.

The Backpack Program provides food for 107 children on the weekends. Nearly 50 percent of Riverside families receive backpacks, and the program is completely funded by donations from Oneonta community members, with food from local grocery stores.

Riverside Principal Melinda Murdock said the funds raised by the event will help ensure that the program can continue and grow.

“With a school poverty rate hovering around 65 percent, our mission is to support children and their families holistically,” she said. “Providing backpacks filled with three complete family meals every Friday is an important part of this support. A full belly helps foster a healthy mind, and a healthy mind allows people to be at their best.”

More than 200 runners and walkers turned out for the race, which looped around the SUNY Oneonta campus, starting and ending at the Alumni Field House. SUNY Oneonta student Lane Steele finished first with a time of 21:16. Fellow Oneonta student Abigail Williams was right on his tail, crossing the finish line just 4 seconds later.

Participants included groups of SUNY Oneonta student athletes, faculty, staff, alumni, Riverside teachers and other community members. About 40 Riverside children ran or walked in the event, which ended with a full barbecue spread put on by Sodexo.

Sodexo’s partnership with Riverside began last year when Food Network Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. visited SUNY Oneonta classes, prepared his signature dishes in the dining halls, and planned a special dinner, where guests were asked to bring donations of food for the Backpack program. McCargo works with Share Our Strength, an organization that helps nearly 12.6 million American children in their fight against hunger.

“We’re passionate about supporting the Riverside Backpack Program,” said Sodexo General Manager Jimmy Hamm. “It was an eye-opener for me – and I think to all of us – to realize the number of kids in our own community who are going without food.”

The inaugural Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K last year raised more than $2,600 for the Lord’s Table feeding program and Hurricane Harvey relief. At the end of this year’s race, proceeds totaled $9,326, with additional donations still trickling in.

“I am humbled by what I see today,” Murdock told the runners gathered at the award ceremony after the race. “What you have done for us today is not only solidifying this program for this year, but you’ve also helped us into next year. The funds that you have raised today will allow us to give every family a backpack, every week.”