The Life of the Mind (LOTM) Faculty Showcase spotlights the research and scholarship, creative activity, teaching, service, and varied integrated contributions made by our faculty to the intellectual life of the campus community and beyond. Based on feedback from previous LOTM events, this year’s showcase will be held in Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center over two consecutive days: Wednesday, November 4 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. AND Thursday, November 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (This should allow for most participants to be present at their display at various times during the event.)

Whether you have presented at a recent conference or have a project in progress or just getting underway, consider sharing your work at the LOTM Showcase. (Note that faculty may contribute more than one presentation.) The TLTC will again provide large format poster printing services for the LOTM Showcase (October 21 submission deadline for poster printing), and Grants Development Office staff can help facilitate a variety of presentation formats. The event will also include a “SUNY Oneonta Faculty Publications Exhibit” (a display area for books or other publications not suitable for a poster/computer presentation; limited to those published in the last two years).

The deadline for online submission of presentation information is Wednesday, October 14; visit to complete the Abstract Submission Form. Faculty who wish to display a book(s) or other publication(s) must also submit information via the online form; however, abstracts are not required.

The Community of Scholars Recognition Luncheon will precede the LOTM VI Faculty Showcase on Wednesday, November 4. Submit your 2014/15 publications, honors, awards, grant awards, or other significant scholarly work via the online survey by September 25 for consideration.

If you do not plan to be a LOTM VI presenter, please mark your calendars and plan to visit the LOTM Faculty Showcase to explore the wide range of scholarship and related activities from across the disciplines and to support your colleagues in their endeavors.

Feel welcome to contact the Grants Development Office ( x2632 or x2434) if you have questions regarding the LOTM VI Faculty Showcase. Visit the LOTM website ( often for updates!

Interim Provost Dr. James E. Mackin is pleased to announce that Dr. Gina Keel (Associate Professor in Political Science) is the 2015 winner of the Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva Faculty Award and will deliver this year’s lecture titled, “From Civic Projects to Political Action: Challenging Students to Embrace Change Agency,” on Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Craven Lounge.

Created in 2008 to recognize faculty service both in and outside the classroom, the Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva Faculty Award is made possible by an endowment from Dr. Ashok Kumar Malhotra, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy, to the College at Oneonta Foundation.  Criteria for receiving the $1,000 award include:  community service – locally, nationally, or internationally, the ability to motivate and inspire others to perform community service, and the integration of community service in the teaching and learning process.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  A dessert reception precedes the lecture.c

Robert Compton, ALS and POLS, delivered a lecture and facilitated discussions at the “Policy Dialogue Session on SDG’s” for the Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST) in Harare, Zimbabwe on Friday 28th August, 2015.  His presentation was titled, “From MDGs to SDGs: What Role for Parliament/Civil Society and Regionalism?” The session was attended by members of parliament and civil society leaders from Zimbabwe.  He also met with the Director of SAPST regarding future collaboration efforts and for establishing an internship for students in Zimbabwe.

Andrea Denekamp, Ph.D., lecturer in the English department, published a chapter, “‘Transform stalwart trees’:  Sylvan Biocentrism in The Lord of the Rings” in Representations of  Nature in Middle-earth.  The book, which offers considerations of how Tolkien portrays the natural world, was published by Walking Tree Publishers in 2015.  Dr. Denekamp’s contribution delves into post-war deforestation and forestry science and examines how Ents, being neither trees nor Men, demonstrate the biocentrism of the biotic Other as central components of Tolkien’s model of ethical stewardship. The chapter further argues that, as separation of place and culture is a cornerstone of his mythos, Tolkien portrays Ents as a sustainable cultural community–one that cares less for humanity than the biotic and ecological environments.

SUNY Business Intelligence (BI) Finance is a new finance tool that is available to Account Managers and their designees (Alternate Managers and Account Viewers).  It has been developed by SUNY System Administration IT and uses dashboards and reports to provide account information to Account Managers.  It has more functionality than the current SUNY SMRT system which will be de-supported later this fiscal year.

Group trainings on the use of BI Finance will be held in Milne Library room 305 and are currently scheduled for the following dates: September 16th from 10:00 – 12:00 and September 22nd from 1:30-3:30. Please e-mail your campus User ID and department name to to register for one of these trainings. There are 20 seats available for each session. Registering for the training allows the Accounting Office to set up your security access and to reserve a seat. There will be additional training sessions scheduled throughout the fall semester. All Account Managers and their designees are encouraged to attend a training session. If you are interested in one-on-one training or would like additional information please contact Rebecca Porter-ODonnell at x2113 or or Diana Portalatin at x3530 or

Some workshops have been scheduled about the Chancellor’s Awards for those of you interested in nominating your colleagues or students for an award. We have a lot of terrific people on campus and this is a great way to recognize them locally and state-wide.  Information on the process is  available at the following website:

Friday, September 11

  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service, Netzer 310, 11- 12 p.m.
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, Netzer 310, 1-2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 16

  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, Netzer 341, 1-1:30 p.m.
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship, Netzer 341, 1:30-2 p.m.
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship & Creative Activity, Netzer 341, 2-2:30 p.m.
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Netzer 341, 2:30-3 p.m.
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, Netzer 341, 3-3:30 p.m.

Friday, September 25

Monday, October 2

  • Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, Netzer 341, 9 – 10 a.m.
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President Nancy Kleniewski has scheduled a series of coffee hours at  Fitzelle Hall this semester to chat informally with members of the campus community. Look for her in the Fitzelle atrium from 8:30a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: September 9, 16 and 30; October  7 and 21; and November 4 and 11.

A complimentary beverage from Seasons Café will be offered to all who join the conversation.

Please save those out-of-date commercial phone books and bring them or send them to the Art Office in the Fine Arts building. The printmaking classes will reuse them in keeping with the campus effort to be environmentally conscious. Reduce, REUSE, Recycle!

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Through generous gifts from Caroline (class of 1967) and David D’Antonio to the College at Oneonta Foundation, $34,000 has been made available this year to assist undergraduate students with expenses incurred for travel to professional meetings and conferences. Both full- and part-time undergraduate students in any academic discipline are eligible to apply for and receive travel awards. Preference will be given to students presenting research or creative activity projects conducted with a faculty mentor(s), but this is not a requirement. Requests for travel funding may not exceed $750 per student application. Further information and the on-line application form is available at

The Center for Multicultural Experiences will celebrate its grand re-opening Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, September 9th from 4-5:30pm at the CME, Lee Hall. Please join us for remarks from Dr. Nancy Kleniewski, SUNY Oneonta, Dr. Carlos Medina, Chief Diversity Officer and Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for SUNY, and members of the SUNY Oneonta campus community. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.  Please RSVP for the Ribbon Cutting here.