Oneonta Fights Cancer Walk a success

The Oneonta Fights Cancer club’s second annual Cancer Walk, held March 29 from 6 p.m. to midnight inside the Alumni Field House, raised around $13,000 for a local family battling cancer.

The club took over SUNY Oneonta’s official Snapchat. Student Ashley Quintana, a cancer survivor, gave a beautiful opening speech. It was a night full of activities, music, memories and hope. Thank you to all who helped out.

Thank you from Cindy Meres

“I just wanted to thank everyone in the College Community for the cards, gifts, party and well wishes on my retirement. Most of all, I want to thank you for the help, cooperation, patience, friendship and sense of humor you provided to make my years at SUNY Oneonta so memorable. I will miss you, but it is time for me to move on to do my own traveling instead of auditing travel for all of you.

A special thank you to Terri, Krissy, Julie and Kristin, my Procurement and Travel family.  I’ll be keeping in touch with them so they will be able to give you any updates that you may want.

Once again, I appreciate everything you have all done for me.  Take care and be well.

Cindy Meres

Procurement and Travel Office

Surplus campus items donated to local schools

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle….. Repurpose!

As you know, the college and its employees are responsible for the stewardship of state-owned property. This includes the disposition of used items that are considered no longer of use to the institution, yet still in good, usable condition.

If we are unable to find a campus home for surplus items, The Office of Property Management is able to donate them by following the state protocol offering other SUNYs, and NY state government agencies and municipalities the opportunity to claim these objects.

Typically, surplus items are examined and those that are considered of value to local schools and not for profits are listed as available through the CREATE program. Registered entities are eligible to receive direct donations from our campus through the State Education Department.

Since the fall semester, the Office of Property management has had notable success recycling items that might otherwise sit in storage or be discarded.

To date, we have donated the following items to local school districts:

* 153 gym lockers

* 259 wooden library chairs

* 120 assorted Dell computers

* 10 Wooden library tables

Should your department have items they wish to surplus, please contact Property Management to begin the donation process. William Wood at 3232 or or Deb Wolfanger, x 2621 or

Help us continue our progress toward our mutual goal of sustainable campus practices!

Finance and Administration contributes to Food Shelf at Hunt Union

Hunt College Union extends its thanks to the Division of Finance and Administration for contributing to the Food Shelf. In December, the Division collected and donated 187 pounds of nonperishable food items and a gift card to Hannaford’s. The Hunt Union staff used this to purchase an additional 203 pounds of food items to combat food insecurity.

The Food Shelf, supported by the Office of Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union, Center for Social Responsibility and Community, Student Association, Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Sustainability, is located on your left as you enter the lower level entrance to Hunt Union (near the pond).

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 and stay tuned for more information, as we will begin planning early next semester.