Don’t get hooked!

We’ve all seen the Hollywood depictions of hackers drinking energy drinks in dark rooms while pounding away at keyboards as they try to ”hack the company’s firewall” and take over “the system.” Meanwhile, the company has another darkly light room with their own staff pounding away at keyboards in attempt to stop the hackers from get through. It’s a battle of who can type faster! A very exciting, made-for-TV, depiction of hacking, but not very accurate. A more accurate depiction would be this popular technique:

  1. Hacker gathers list of company email addresses. Many of which can be found publicly on the Internet.
  2. Hacker sends email to all on the list purporting to be “IT Support” stating the recipient needs to “tell us their password. So, we can upgrade their account.”
  3. Hacker takes nap.
  4. Hacker wakes up from nap and makes some coffee.
  5. Hacker comes back to their computer to find five people gave up their password.
  6. Hacker logs in as those five people and takes whatever data he can access.

This technique (nap and coffee optional) is known as “phishing.” Phishing emails, and sometimes even text messages, is one of the biggest threats to information security. It’s not only effective, but simple and cheap for a hacker. Making it widely used and successful in many widely-publicized breaches. Of course, it’s also a bit boring for television and the movies.

To learn how to spot a phishing email, check out this pamphlet from the Department of Homeland Security: NCSAM Poster Revised 9.25.17- 508 compliant.pdf

If you would like more information on phishing, or would like arrange a phishing awareness presentation for department or campus group, please contact IT Security via the IT Service Desk at x4567.

State employees – did you save the date?

Come to the Retirement Education Fair on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Hunt Union. Chat with financial representatives or listen to a presentation about your various income options during retirement. This event is scheduled in conjunction with National Retirement Security Week (NRSW) to put focus on long-term financial planning for retirement and the resources available, particularly through your employment here as a state employee.

If anyone has any questions please contact Gail Feuer, Benefits Administrator at or at 436-2509.


Campus Safety Report

In compliance with the federal law, Title 11 “Campus Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act”, SUNY Oneonta provides a report about campus safety and security programs, incidents of crime on campus, and information regarding registered sex offenders. In accordance with changes to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (P.L. 110-315) in 2008, the College annually includes information on campus fire safety procedures and standards. This report is available on line at:
You may obtain a paper copy of this report from the Vice President for Student Development, 119 Netzer Administration Building, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, New York 13820, 607-436-2513, and at these additional locations:
Admissions Office, Alumni Hall, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, New York 13820, 607-436-2524;
University Police Department, Alumni Hall, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, New York 13820, 607-436-3550;
At our University Police website,, at the tab labeled Campus Crime Report;
Office of Equity and Inclusion, 133 Netzer Administration Building, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, New York 13820, 607-436-2830;
Campus crime statistics are available from the United States Department of Education web site at
Information concerning registered sex offenders is transmitted to the campus by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and may be obtained from the Chief of Police, c/o University Police Department, or on the University Police website listed above.

Admissions Events for Fall and Spring

The Office of Admissions will be hosting several special events for our prospective students and families. Please be sure to mark your calendars; additional details will be shared closer to each event.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Open House
Friday, February 16, 2018 – Scholar’s Day
Friday, February 23, 2018 – Scholar’s Day
Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Academic Exploration Day (for accepted students)

Thank you in advance for your continued support with our recruitment events. Please contact LeAnne Shaler at or x3005 with any questions.

CSRC Blood Drive

The Center for Social Responsibility and Community is sponsoring a double day blood drive. The drive is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, September 11 & 12 from 12 Noon until 5:00 PM. The drive will take place at the Hunt Union in the Ballroom. If you are able, please consider donating. Your donation can save 3 lives. Let HOPE begin with you!

“The Thinking Dog” is topic of Anthropology TALKS lecture

Evan MacLean, PhD, a biological anthropologist and comparative psychologist, will give a lecture on “The Thinking Dog” on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7pm in Craven Lounge (Morris Conference Center).

Dr. MacLean is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona School of Anthropology and Director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsors include the Public Events Committee, the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology, and the Anthropology Club.

A PDF of the poster is attached.

The lecture is the first in the Anthropology TALKS series organized by the Anthropology Department. The series will feature presentations by guest speakers and faculty and students and offer the insights of anthropological perspectives across the subfields of archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. See the poster for upcoming events in 2017-18.

For more information, please contact the Anthropology Department at (607) 436-3345.

Anthropology Talks – Maclean


Join us at the Hunt Union pond from 1-4 PM on Wednesday, September 13th for some paddling fun. We will have canoes, kayaks and SUPs (stand up paddleboards) and all the related equipment, provided by the staff of Canoe & Kayak Rentals of Portlandville, NY, for you to use throughout the afternoon. Staff members from the Otsego County Conservation Association and the Otsego Land Trust will also be on hand to let you know about the numerous locations you can paddle in our region. This program is free and everyone is encouraged to come out and go paddling on the pond. In case of bad weather, the rain date for this event is Thursday, Sept. 14th from 1-4 PM.