Have you come across an outstanding student paper this semester? Please encourage students to submit a paper to the Center for Social Science Research’s Fifth Annual Student Paper Competition. Any paper written by a SUNY Oneonta student is eligible, as long as it addresses some aspect of the competition theme, “Social Entrepreneurship: Creative Responses to Social Problems.” The committee encourages students to submit papers on that discuss, evaluate, or propose innovative solutions to recurring social challenges. Papers may cover topics or issues like sustainability, poverty, environmental change, peace and conflict, education, politics, history, architecture, religion, identity, diversity, etc. Awards will be given in two categories: Long essay (6-15 pgs, $100) and Short essay (up to 5 pgs, $50).

Submission deadline: March 12, 2015.

For the complete submission guidelines or more information about CSSR, please visit http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/ssr/

The seminar series of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics for Spring 2015 will be as follows:

Introduction to Elliptic Curves
Friday, January 30
Patrick Milano, Mathematics, SUNY Binghamton

Title TBA
Friday, February 27
Jonathan Brown, Mathematics, SUNY Oneonta

Title TBA
Friday, March 27
Joshua Nollenberg, Astronomy, SUNY Oneonta

Cloaking: The Mathematics Behind Invisibility Friday, April 24 Silvia Jimenez Bolanos, Mathematics, Colgate University

Please direct any questions to the organizers:  Toke Knudsen (toke.knudsen@oneonta.edu) and Jim Ruffo (james.ruffo@oneonta.edu).

CSEA Local 635 Scholarships are available for high school seniors (children of Local 635 members) going into college. Every student that qualifies will be awarded $1000. To apply, go to:  http://csealocal635.org/ and click on the scholarship application. You can also obtain one from Cindi Hall, ext. 2456.

NEW this year, the executive committee voted to give $100 towards books to employees taking classes. If you would like to cash in on this deal, keep your receipts and call Cindi Hall for the application. It is not available online at this time. FILING DEADLINE IS APRIL 1, 2015 for both applications.

Please join Dr. Loli Tsan, Dr. David Fieni and Dr. Achim Koeddermann for a discussion on the recent Paris attacks on Wednesday, February 4th at 7pm in IRC LH#3. We will discuss misunderstandings, fear, politics, and what principles can and should be upheld in liberal democracies in the aftermath of those events​.

Elliot Ruggles, the Director of SUNY Oneonta’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, published a short article in his undergraduate institution’s alumnae magazine about his experiences as a transgender man attending a women’s college, tied to his work on a college campus today. Mt. Holyoke College, one of the few women’s colleges in the U.S., recently updated its admissions policy to include transgender students.  This has been in response to a national conversation about transgender inclusion at single-sex institutions.  Read the full article here: http://alumnae.mtholyoke.edu/blog/my-voice-being-transgender-at-mount-holyoke/#sthash.BT2ekTND.WdVRVJKq.dpbs

Denise Dirienzo, Director of the Center for Experiential Learning at SUNY Oswego will be hosting a “Train the Trainer” workshop on Thursday, March 26 from 11:00a.m.-3:30p.m. in the Hunt Union Butternut Valley Room. The workshop will introduce the online preparatory course that was developed to assist faculty in preparing students for experiential learning opportunities.

The curriculum is an online pilot that offers modules that support campuses’ career development, internships, co-ops, service learning, volunteering, and other experiential opportunities.  The modules are designed to teach non-cognitive skills and enable campuses to enhance their student experiences and provide support on fundamentals while individual campuses focus on students. Assignments in the modules include mandates to visit and work with the career development offices on their campus.

This workshop is free to attend and lunch will be provided.  Modules are available at no cost to our campus, and faculty members can select what modules they wish to utilize based on department needs.

If you are interested in attending and did not receive an outlook invitation for RSVP purposes, please contact Megan Scrivener at X2534 or by email: Megan.Scrivener@oneonta.edu.

Proposals now being accepted for the 2nd round of funding 
for grants supporting the “Domestic Intercultural Immersion Project”
Deadline for submission: February 2, 2015. 

There will be a second call for proposals for the 15-16 academic year in late March with a due date of April 15, 2015!

Funded by the STAR process, this initiative is designed to support implementation of domestic intercultural immersion experiences for SUNY Oneonta students.  Projects may focus on issues, themes, and location with historical and/or current significance in the United States or on its borders.  Interdisciplinary proposals, in particular, are encouraged.  1 and 2 year grants proposals accepted.

Funding for this project could support staff and faculty to coordinate the details of student recruitment, development of a learning experience/curriculum and outcomes, travel costs for faculty/staff and students, and student worker stipends.

Last August the first round of funding was available for proposals in support of the Domestic Intercultural Immersion Project.  The committee received 5 proposals.  We were able to fund the following three.

  • Anita Levine and Wendy Lascell proposed to take a group of students to New Orleans 9th ward to continue to assist in Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.
  • Fanli Jia and Qiong Wong will be developing relationships with the Chinese Community Center in Flushing, Queens, to take a group of students to Chinatown there, where they will work in various programs.
  • Eliot Ruggles and Theresa Russo will be working with non-profit agencies in Philadelphia to set up opportunities for our students to work with homeless youth in the Philadelphia area.

For more information and for proposal guidelines please visit: http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/conted/dii.asp

To be considered for funding for the 2015-16 fiscal year, proposals must be submitted electronically to Kelly Spettel (Kelly.Spettel@oneonta.edu ) by February 2, 2015.

The Employee Recognition Program annually honors employees who have demonstrated excellence. This year, the program guidelines and procedures have changed: there is only one “Making a Difference” ceremony, and the ceremony will include a luncheon to which awardees and their nominators will be invited.

Members of the campus community are invited to put forward a nomination for a co-worker. Nominations may be made in one of two categories, Single Effort Excellence and Sustained Excellence.

Single Effort Excellence: This award is given to those who acted above and beyond the call of duty on a single, specific occasion.

Sustained Excellence: This award is given to those who have consistently demonstrated excellence at his/her job for a minimum of five years.

To access the nomination form, click here.

If you do not have access to the internet, please call Angie Eichler at 436-3591 and she will send you a form to fill out by hand.

To be considered, nominations must be received no later than Friday, Feb. 27

The Academic Excellence Committee has issued a call for applications for the annual Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence. All SUNY-Oneonta full-time, tenured faculty are eligible to apply for the $1,000 prize.  The deadline for applications is Friday, March 6, 2015.  A campus-wide electronic mailing of the award criteria has been done. If you have any questions concerning the application, you may contact Ho Hon Leung, Chair of the AEC, at x2239 or HoHon.Leung@oneonta.edu.   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 event. A copy of the application can be accessed at the following link:

The Educational Opportunity Program invites the campus community to attend the annual recognition ceremony for new members of the Beta Eta Chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society set for 5:30 pm on Thursday, February 5 in the Craven Lounge of the Morris Conference Center.  Members of Chi Alpha Epsilon are EOP students who have held a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for at least two consecutive semesters.  Each inducted student pledges “to continue to excel academically, promote academic excellence in others and to assist those who genuinely aspire to the same goals.”  Under guidance of the founder Dr. Elbert Sadler, the Alpha chapter of XAE was chartered in 1990 at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.  Today there are over 200 chapters nation-wide including most SUNY colleges and universities.  Among its members are NYS Assemblyman Honorable Bill Magee and Vice President for Student Development Dr. Steven Perry.