Open enrollment for AFLAC ends on Wednesday, April 30th.  To sign up, please make an appointment with Shawn DeCelle at 518-229-0339.  UUP has discounted, payroll deducted rates for AFLAC benefits!  Take a look at brief descriptions of the policies offered by clicking on the following link:  AFLAC.   Rates never go up and you can own policies for life.  Cover and protect you and your family financially.  Sit down, talk to the duck!

The Women’s & Gender Studies Department invites you to join us for a Gender Out Of Bounds Student Symposium on Thursday, May 1, 2014, 5:00-7:00 pm, Otsego Grille, Morris Conference Center.  For more information, please click here:  May2014StudentSymposium.

Ashok Kumar Malhotra’s last three Yoga Life columns on “Yoga for (S)aging,” (January 2014); “Science of Yoga Part I,”(February 2014); and “Science of Yoga Part II,” (March 2014) that appeared  in the January, February and March 2014 issues of the O’Town Scene of the Daily Star are available for your reading pleasure.

REMINDER!  SUNY Employees! There is still space available in each of the one-hour seminars, Planning for Financial Security, VALIC.04.24.14,  to be presented on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10AM, noon and 2PM, in 104 Morris.   This is open to all SUNY employees!  Registration is requested, but by no means required.     Mark your calendar and plan on attending one of these sessions to assure your own financial security!

The Friday Seminar Series in Biology presents “A New Reason to Fight the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: Waiting on Ecosystem Adaptations”  By Paul Lord, SUNY Oneonta Biology & Physical Education departments. Paul’s research interests include molluscs and invasive aquatic plants. His research uses SCUBA and is centered at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, though his research projects span habitats throughout the Northeast.

Synopsis of presentation: Traditionally, we justify our efforts to thwart the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) as necessary to prevent widespread damage by AIS, to provide time to develop new control methods, to protect pristine waters, and to delay AIS management and property devaluation costs.  We propose a new justification for our AIS control efforts:  to provide native organisms & ecosystems time to adapt to the AIS. We provide examples from 70 years of Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) research for the traditional justification and from the last 25 years for the adaptation argument.  We conclude with a discussion of recent Hydrilla verticillata challenges – and some reasons for hope in regards to Hydrilla.

This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday April 25th in Science I room 313.

About this seminar series: This series is offered weekly to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists from elsewhere. All are welcome.

The Oneonta Science Cafe will hold its inaugural event tomorrow night, April 23, at Stella Luna Ristorante, starting at 6:30 pm.  You are cordially invited.

The Oneonta Science Cafe is an informal meeting for scientists, and for anyone interested in science, to meet over food and drink, for friendly informal conversation and discussion.  The $15 ticket price includes buffet food, a cash bar, and a public science presentation.

This month’s presentation will be given by Dr. Michael Faux, Associate Professor and Chair of the department of Physics and Astronomy.  The talk is entitled “The Universal Puzzle” and will begin at 7:30 pm.  Please arrive at 6:30 for the preliminary reception with buffet.

Following the presentation, guests are encouraged to remain for open-ended socializing.

Send inquiries to fauxmg@oneonta.edu.  Hoping to see you at the Science Cafe!

The know violence committee is nearing the end of its Spring 2014 awareness campaign. You have likely seen students wearing know violenceshirts these last few weeks. If you would like the opportunity to advertise your support for a violence free community, there are some additional shirts as well as tie-tack style pins with “know violence” written on them that the committee would gladly provide to you.

If you would like to request a shirt and/or a pin please fill out the form here:  https://helpdesk.oneonta.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1397765696028

Once the weather forecast is a little more accurate for next week, a day will be chosen for wearing shirts and pins. Pin and shirt recipients will be notified by email the specific date once it is known.

If you have any questions about this campaign, other campaigns or questions in general about know violence please contact Rebecca Harrington, Health Educator. 436.3540.

As part of my Service Learning Project for my Consumer Resource Management class at SUNY Oneonta taught by Rosemarie Avanzato, Family and Consumer Science/Human Ecology, Lecturer, I am working with Delaware Valley Humane Society located in Sidney, NY. They house a number of cats and dogs that are abandoned, lost, or mistreated. The Humane Society helps to create a safe and happy temporary home for these animals.

They are in need of the following donations: Advantage or Frontline Flea Treatment, Dry dog and cat food, Canned dog and cat food, Non clumping cat litter, New large covered littler boxes, Treats and Toys for dogs and cats, Bedding – old clothing, blankets and sheets, Towels and Washcloths, Bathing supplies for the animals, Laundry soap HE, Dish soap, Paper Towels, Twist Mops, Copier paper, Playtex rubber gloves

Donations will be accepted from April 21st to May 1st.  All donations can be placed in the donation box, located in Human Ecology 100. Thank you for your time and attention. If you would like to learn more about the Delaware Humane Society, you can call 607-563-7780. They are located at P.O Box 182 Sidney, NY 13838. If you are looking for a pet, there are many loving dogs and cats of all breeds and ages looking for good homes

Thank you for your support. If you have any further questions feel free to contact me, Stefanie Kraly at 516-220-5446.

Congratulations to the student finalists and recipients of the 2014 College at Oneonta Foundation Awards for Excellence in Student Research & Creative Activity (see below). Prior to the March 26th Student Research & Creative Activity (SRCA) Day, in which close to 200 students participated, presenters were nominated for these prizes by their faculty sponsors and finalists were selected by a group of reviewers that included members of the Committee on Research. The selected finalists presented their work to a review team at the SRCA Day event, and awardees were chosen.

The entire campus community is invited to a reception, co-sponsored by the Divisions of College Advancement and Academic Affairs (Faculty Convivium Committee), to be held in honor of the student finalists on Wednesday, May 7 from 4:30–6:30 PM in the Otsego Grille. Award recipients will make brief presentations, posters will be displayed, and all finalists will be acknowledged. An invitation to the reception, listing of awardees and their projects, and information on the selection process are all available at http://www.oneonta.edu/advancement/grants/2014awards.asp. Read more…

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, UUP Oneonta will again staff Saturday’s Bread, a community kitchen that dispenses hot meals and good cheer.  Linda Drake will, as previously, co-ordinate participation in this worthwhile community service.  Although Saturday’s Bread is housed at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, the program is a non-denominational and humanitarian service open to all.  To be part of the volunteer group at Saturday’s Bread on April 26, you must be willing to work from 9 AM to 2 PM.  As we need an exact list of the names and numbers of participants, please e-mail Linda Drake at  Linda.Drake@oneonta.edu to volunteer. When you contact Linda, provide her with your full name, e-mail address, and telephone number.