Martin-Mullen Art Gallery to feature “Cotton: The Soft Dangerous Beauty of the Past”

The latest exhibition at the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery will be John Dowell’s “Cotton: The Soft Dangerous Beauty of the Past.” The exhibit will run from Jan. 22 until March 16, with a public reception – including an artist gallery talk and dance performance – on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Dowell will display large-scale agricultural and urban landscapes enmeshed in cotton that question the social impact and history of this beautiful yet controversial crop. The “soft and dangerous beauty of the past” is captured in 23 digital color photographs ranging in size from 18 inches by 24 inches to 24 inches by 157 inches.

Dowell’s work presents several series of photographs, Harlem & Wall Street Cotton, Cotton Timetable, Cotton Compositions and Lost in the Cotton. There will be an installation of cotton, a Taffeta fabric photo banner maze and a dance performance in the gallery the evening of the public reception. 

With this project, I want the viewer to feel, remember, wonder, think and examine their consciousness, and still see the beauty of this plant that changed the world,” Dowell said. He chose to collaborate with Philadelphia choreographer, Kareem Goodwin, to create Cotton in Motion, a dance that introduces humane movement and interaction specific to the exhibition at Oneonta. Shannah Kane, dance instructor at Oneonta, will work with Goodwin and Oneonta students in staging the performance.

The exhibit is funded in part through the estate gift of Jean Parish, faculty emerita, Art, to the College at Oneonta Foundation, and in part from the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery and Project Space Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Center, are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday when the college is in session and during special events. For more information about the gallery or upcoming exhibitions, contact Gallery Director Tim Sheesley at (607) 436-2445, (607) 436-3456 or visit

Call for applications for Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence

The Academic Excellence Committee has issued a call for applications for the annual Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence. All full-time, tenured SUNY Oneonta faculty members are eligible to apply for the $1,000 prize.

Monday, March 12, is the deadline to submit all application materials electronically to Written materials should be submitted as a single PDF. The successful applicant will be notified the week of March 26. See selection criteria and checklist of materials to submit below.

The winner of the award will give the Smith Lecture in Otsego Grille on April 10, with a reception to follow in Le Café, Morris Conference Center. At the evening lecture, students with outstanding GPAs will receive awards funded by gifts to the Fund for Oneonta.

The Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence is funded by a gift from Thomas and Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence. The College at Oneonta Alumni Association’s Fund for Oneonta also supports this effort.

If you have any questions concerning the application, you may contact co-chairs of the AEC, Cynthia Falk at 547-2586 or or Joe Pignato, at X3463 or


Selection criteria:

1. Evidence of academic achievement, such as the publication of books or articles, grants for research or other scholarly endeavors, exhibits, presentations at conferences, creative achievements, performance events, or works in progress.

2. Evidence of ability to present a 45-minute lecture on a topic related to the applicant’s scholarly area of expertise that is appropriate for an audience of non-specialists.

Checklist of materials to submit:

1. Statement of up to 500 words regarding academic excellence.

2. Current vita which includes a list of published books, articles, chapters, creative activities, presentations, or other scholarly achievements.

3. A representative example of material listed above.

4. Title and abstract of proposed presentation, identifying subject, thesis/interpretation, mode (e.g., transparencies, slides, video, PowerPoint, demonstration), and relevance to an audience of non-specialists.

5. Two letters supporting your ability to give such a presentation to a general audience, at least one of which must be from an external (non-SUNY Oneonta) reviewer.

6. Audio/visual file of a past presentation or class lecture (optional).

Tuesdays at the Grille to resume Jan. 23

Tuesdays at the Grille is back, and the first lunch will be on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the menu:

Salad Station: Fresh Fruit, Mixed Greens, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions, Carrots, Croutons and 3 Choices for Dressing.

Soup Station: Gouda Bacon Soup

Live Action Station: Omelet Station

Main Buffet: Crab Quiche, Vegetable Quiche, Bacon, Sausage and Sausage & Biscuit Gravy

Dessert Station: Deconstructed Poundcake with Fruit


For Reservations, contact Joanna at 436-3934 or


Other Tuesdays at the Grille dates for this semester are:

Feb. 6, 20

March 6, 20

April 3, 17

May 2 (Wednesday)

Tuition assistance support for SUNY employees (Spring 2018)

Tuition assistance programs are available for SUNY employees based on the employee’s negotiating unit and also through the SUNY Tuition Waiver Program.

For those wanting to take advantage of the tuition assistance offered by your negotiating unit, please contact your union office or the Human Resources staff (x2509) for information on how to apply. Employees must meet certain requirements to be eligible for this support.

Tuition assistance is also available through the SUNY Employee Tuition Waiver Program. Employees can receive partial reimbursement for a maximum of six credits per semester for courses taken at a SUNY institution. The applications for this program are available in the Office of Human Resources, Netzer 208, and should be returned to the Human Resources Office after completion. The deadline for submission of applications for this program for courses being taken during the spring 2018 semester is Thursday, January 25, 2018.

You may want to look into both programs in order to see which provides the greatest amount of assistance. If you have any questions, please phone Betty Tirado at ext. 2583.

Activities Council announces Red Dragon Theatre schedule, seeks faculty hosts

The Activities Council is pleased to be showing 14 movies this semester in the Red Dragon Theatre. Screenings are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 and 9 p.m., with an additional matinee on Sundays at 1 p.m., and it is free with a SUNY Oneonta ID.

The council would also love to have any faculty member who might be willing to speak about any of the films “host” the screening. The host would introduce the film and, hopefully, lead a follow-up discussion. We would provide the movie, LEAD Credit, popcorn, and another dessert or snack if there is a follow-up discussion. Please email if you are interested in hosting a screening.

1/19-21                 Murder on the Orient Express

1/26-28                 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

2/2-4                     Roman J Israel, Esq.

2/9-11                   Thor: Ragnarok

2/16-18                 Justice League

2/23-25                 Coco

3/16-18                 Pitch Perfect 3

3/23-25                 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

3/30-4/1               The Disaster Artist

4/6-8                     Maze Runner: The Death Cure

4/13-15                 12 Strong

4/20-22                 Fifty Shades Freed

4/27-29                 Annihilation

5/4-6                     Wizardhood

Pancake breakfast to benefit Laura Emmett

Please join us at a pancake breakfast to benefit Laura Emmett on Friday, Jan. 26 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Otsego Grille in Morris Hall.

The suggested donation is $10. No reservations are required, and it will be first come, first served.

The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, real maple syrup, juice, coffee and tea.

Laura is battling stage 3 peritoneal cancer and is recovering from recent surgery. She has made great strides but needs a boost from her Oneonta colleagues and friends.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation or send well wishes to Laura, please contact Diane Williams at 436-2085 or

Special thanks to Sodexo for donating their goods and services to this event.

CADE opens Tutor Training to TAs

Will you have a TA who tutors this semester?  CADE is opening 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 work (or the thinking) for the student.

For more information about how we can help your TA work more effectively with your students, please call Amy Crouse-Powers at x2819 or email her at