Shahin Kachwala presents paper at NWSA

Dr. Shahin Kachwala (Women’s and Gender Studies) presented her paper “Gender, Islamophobia, and the Crisis of Secularism in India” at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Atlanta on November 9, 2018. This paper is part of Dr. Kachwala’s new project on the contemporary debates around secularism, gender, and women’s emancipation in India.

NWSA is the national conference in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies.

2019 Health Insurance for state employees


If you want to make certain changes to your health insurance enrollment, you may do so NOW THROUGH JANUARY 18, 2019.

Do you want to:

            Change plans (The Empire Plan vs. an HMO)?

            Change from family coverage to individual coverage?

            Cancel your coverage?

            If you opted-out in 2018, do you want to enroll in The Empire Plan or an HMO?

To find rates and coverage details, visit NYSHIP Online at or contact us in Human Resources.

To make changes, complete the PS-404, Health Insurance Transaction Form, available at and submit it to Human Resources, 208 Netzer, no later than January18, 2019.

If you have any questions, visit us in Human Resources, 208 Netzer, or call us at 436-2509 or email Gail Feuer at or Lorraine Hall at

David Fieni publishes article in online journal

David Fieni, French, has published an article in the b2o Review, an open-source online journal. The article, “‘Hold to poetic knowledge without creating a fetish,’ or How to Resist Disfiguring the Maghreb in Theory,” is part of a dossier celebrating the 40th anniversary of Edward Said’s field-defining book, Orientalism.

In the piece, Fieni asks how critique today can resist turning knowledge about the Maghreb – poetic or otherwise – into a fetish. He works through some of the ramifications of the confluence of Khatibi and Said regarding figuration and knowledge as it relates to the disciplines of Francophone studies, comparative literature, and postcolonial criticism.

The full text is available at

2018 SEFA Campaign underway until Fri, Dec. 14

Make your SEFA pledge today!!

We urge you to join us, as members of the campus community, in giving back through SUNY Oneonta’s 2018 SEFA Campaign. Sincere thanks to those of you who have already contributed to the campaign. Through your generosity, we have raised more than $7,000 so far. However, this is through the participation of only 32 current employees, and it is only about half of the amount we raised in 2016.

Employees can give to organizations that are located in their own backyards – whether in the Oneonta area or elsewhere – or to regional, state or national organizations. SEFA contributions can be made through an easy payroll deduction process or payment by check (or a combination of the two); payroll deduction spreads the contribution over whatever number of pay periods an employee chooses. The choices are many, but the most important choice is the one to participate.

New this year is a SEFA ePledge site where your pledge and payroll deduction authorization can be completed fully online. Or, if you’d prefer, links to a fillable form and instructions and a database of participating agencies are available here. Visit the Oneonta SEFA website for more information about the SEFA campaign and donation instructions.

To thank you for your contribution, everyone who makes a SEFA pledge will be eligible to participate in 2 more random drawings for a Starbucks gift card. (Congratulations to Audrey Porsche who was the winner of the first drawing on November 30!)

We know how busy this time of year is for everyone, but time is running out for us to again show, as we do time and again, that collectively we are an incredibly caring community! Feel welcome to contact a committee member if you have questions or concerns.

Christine Barberio (Grants Development Office), x2434

Faith Tiemann (Multicultural Student Initiatives) x2663

Kelly Pinter  (Student Accounts), x2682