The Action Hero Committee invites members of the campus community to wear Action Hero shirts/pins on Friday, April 18th, 2014 in support of the Moustache for Respect Campaign sponsored by Residential Community Life in the QUAD at 1pm. Moustache for Respect Campaign is about promoting respect for others and speaking up on behalf of those who are unable to speak for themselves.

Thursday, May 1st,  6 pm—IRC Lecture Hall #1

UUP will host a meeting on Thursday, May 1st, at 6 p.m. in IRC Lecture Hall #1 to discuss compensation, job security, respect and other issues related to adjunct, contingent, and professional part-time concerns. This meeting is for UUP adjuncts, contingents, and professional part-timers and their supporters—and is limited to members of the UUP bargaining unit.


The Division of College Advancement would like to congratulate the many students who presented research and creative activities and the as part of the 2014 Student Research & Creative Activity Day.  The College at Oneonta Foundation and Division of College Advancement are pleased to provide financial support to help make these activities possible.  We salute and thank the members of the faculty who offer special time and attention as mentor to our students taking part in research and creative activities.

May 13, 2014 from 1-3p.m.
Morris Conference Center Room Craven Lounge

Sponsored by the Career Development Center

  In light of recent challenges to internship programs by federal and state departments of labor and the plaintiff’s bar, employers are continuing to be confused by their obligations in setting up and managing these programs.

Many colleges, universities and employers have begun questioning if internship programs, whether paid or unpaid, are still feasible in today’s ever-increasingly litigious environment. This webinar will explore employment law issues and best practices for colleges and universities as well as employers that host or are considering hosting student interns and internship programs, including:

  • The Millennial Intern – What is it that students want today?
  • To pay or not to pay – the benefits and pitfalls of compensating your interns
  • Protecting your organization with internship agreements
  • Strategies to avoid joint liability with sponsoring educational institutions
  • Avoiding liability for workplace torts
  • The current lawsuits you’ve read about in the news and what they really mean for the future of internships.
  • Some of the most common areas of liability for companies – and colleges…and how to avoid them!
  • LIVE Q&A and more…

Slides and a video recording of the session will be available after the webinar.  Attendees will have the ability to interact in a LIVE Q&A with Joanne Seltzer from Jackson Lewis, LLP.



Bill and Robb at ACUI 100 Gala

Bill Harcleroad, Director of Campus Activities and Robb Thibault, Director of Hunt Union attended and presented at the 100th anniversary conference of the Association of Colleges Union International (ACUI) on April 6-10 in Orlando, Florida. Harcleroad co-presented with Kent Sumner of Oregon State University on “It’s a Marketing Thing: Effective Multichannel Marketing” which addressed how to maintain a consistent message over different channels and provided attendees with the tools to analyze the effectiveness of marketing; offered dynamic examples of online media and how they connect across platforms; and posed strategic considerations for costs and time needs to create unified campaigns. Thibault presented the session “Poetry Slam and Community Building” based on two years of research and results with students involved in the national poetry slam movement on college campuses. The session examined student learning outcomes associated with poetry slam activities across campuses; evidence of community building and student engagement; cross cultural implications and the value of inclusion; cited current trends and themes explored in student work and featured video testimonials on student learning. Harcleroad and Thibault were also featured in the 100th anniversary museum exhibit which told the story of the college union. Harcleroad was recognized as a two-time regional director. Thibault was chosen as one of the faces of ACUI and described as “Passionate about the arts” and recognized as the founder and chair-person of the annual college unions poetry slam invitational (CUPSI) program which debuted in 2001 at the University of Michigan.

The fourth and last talk in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Seminar Series for Spring 2014 will be on Friday, April 18, at 3 PM in the Craven Lounge of Morris Conference Center:  Kevin Schultz, Physics, Hartwick College, will present  How to Make a Really Cheap Quantum Graph.  For more information please click on the following link:  sem18apr

Contact one of the organizers with any questions:  Toke Knudsen ( and Jim Ruffo (

Reminder:  All interested UUP members, will have the opportunity on Thursday, April 17 from 10AM to 2PM to sit down  with AFLAC representative and SUNY Oneonta alumnus Shawn DeCelle ’89 in the UUP Office (IRC 105),  to review and learn about some benefit options on a variety of AFLAC plans.

UUP members have discounted payroll-deducted rates and there are many policies available. Here is a brief description of a few of the many plans available:

  • Short Term Disability:  Protect your paycheck!  We now have GUARANTEED issue policies.  Maternity leave (ask about this).  We pay on top of sick time so you don’t have to exhaust your sick leave.
  • Accident Indemnity Advantage Plan:  Accidents happen to all kinds of people every day.  Out of pocket expenses associated with an accident are unexpected and often burdensome; the impact on your finances and your well being, can be reduced.   
  • AFLAC Cancer Care Plan/Critical Illness Plan: Cancer, Stroke, Heart Attack, End-Stage Renal Failure (kidney failure) and organ transplant are some of the major diseases that generate significant out-of-pocket costs.
  • Personal Sickness Plan: Hospital protection plan can help with those major expenses in the event of hospital stay or surgery (Part of Maternity Package).

You will be very surprised at the many perks to plans that you will find yourself using over and over again.  There is something very affordable for everyone.

Take the time to stop by and get to know Shawn and to look at the many ways to add that additional protection we may find we need in the future.  If nothing else, stop in to say “hello” to one of our alumni and pick up a benefit packet that you can review in your own time.   You will be pleasantly surprised!  For further information about Shawn’s visit, please contact Mona Hughes, UUP Oneonta Benefits Officer at x2490 or  Please call the UUP Office at x2135 before visiting Shawn i to see how busy it is so you can meet your time constraints.

SUNY Oneonta’s 125th commencement is on Saturday, May 17. In an effort to make the day run as smoothly as possible, there is a need for approximately 40 volunteers. The overall commitment would be from approximately 9am-4pm as we have moved to three ceremonies. The duties are to help direct guests to appropriate ceremonies, collect tickets, be a resource, help with pedestrian traffic flow, and be supportive to our graduates. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be available. If you are interested in volunteering to help with our graduates, families, and friends please contact Graig Eichler, Volunteer Coordinator, by April 25th. It truly is an enjoyable day to be a part of!

The 2012-13 SUNY Oneonta President’s Report and Charitable Giving Update won Best of Category in the SUNYCUAD Awards for Excellence: Donor Programs and Fundraising Publications. The annual report, published by the Division of College Advancement, reports on major College activities, student and faculty awards, and special events that occurred on campus over the course of the year.  In addition, the President’s Report provides updates on fundraising activities, charitable giving highlights—including progress reports on campaigns and special initiatives, and reports on the status and College at Oneonta Foundation’s Endowment funds and investment performance.

The purposes of the Awards for Excellence Program are to identify projects that have achieved outstanding results through good planning, well-conceived goals, and effective solutions, to share models of performance with the SUNYCUAD membership, and to reward institutions and individuals for their singular achievements.

Click here to view the online President’s Report and Charitable Giving Update.

Nancy Cannon, Milne Library, recently published a book, The Enga People, Papua, New Guinea, 1955: Photographs and Letters of Norma Lenschow.  The book, which includes original photographs, letters, and commentary, provides a window into the lives of a people only recently exposed to Western civilization. The book constitutes the rediscovery and first publication of the Lenschow collection, previously lost for over half a century. Nancy Cannon’s commentary contextualizes these primary source materials.