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.”

Thank you from Laura Emmett

From Laura Emmett:

“Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the continued love and support I receive from my campus family. From the cards, flowers, visits and phone calls to the monetary donations and leave time donations, I could not get through this without all of you. This has been a true test of my resilience, but I think I’m on the winning side. I still don’t know when I’ll be back to work, but I am looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces when I do get back.”

Thank you from Todd Foreman

I would like to thank the many members of the campus community that shared their well wishes with me prior to my departure. Your kind words and generosity underscored the amazing 25 year experience I had at SUNY Oneonta. I won’t be too far away, and I’ll enjoy watching SUNY Oneonta prosper.

Todd Foreman

Thank you from Laura Emmett

Words can not express my and my family’s appreciation for the outpouring of support from my campus family. Thank you to everyone who came to the breakfast, donated to the fund, sent flowers, gifts, cards, sent a meal and came to visit. It’s been a tough and long journey, but your support is certainly helping me get through it. A great big thank you to Diane Williams and OAS, Jimmy Hamm and Sodexo, Monica Gray and everyone who helped put the breakfast together and serve at the breakfast.

—Laura Emmett