Participation by a broad spectrum of the faculty is needed to successfully develop a General Education curriculum for the 21st Century. As a way to begin this discussion of SUNY-Central mandates, the approaches of our sister campuses, the importance of high-impact practices, and employer expectations for the 21st Century, the General Education and Transfer Committee is offering the following seven open forums:

  • Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Milne Reading Room  118
  • Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - Communication, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Milne Reading Room 118
  • Thursday, September 04, 2014 - Natural and Social Sciences, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Milne Reading Room 118
  • Monday, September 08, 2014 - Cultural Awareness, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Milne Reading Room 118
  • Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - Creativity and the Arts, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Milne Reading Room 118
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Humanities, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Milne Reading Room 118
  • Thursday, September 11, 2014 – Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Collaboration, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Milne Reading Room 118

Additional open forums on these topics will also be offered at a later date. In addition, a wiki for each initiative will be created to provide faculty with an additional means of providing faculty views on these initiatives.

Dear SUNY Oneonta Faculty:    The State Times has interviewed professors in the past but this year we hope to take things one step further and invite you all to contribute directly to a weekly faculty column. If you’re at all interested in writing opinion pieces, analyzing current events, examining the latest technological/scientific advancements or critiquing literature/music, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our newspaper staff. The more submissions the merrier.

The other editors and I feel that this could be a great opportunity for professors to connect with students and make their voices heard on whatever it may be they are passionate about, whether it be campus politics, fashion or world music.
Articles and reviews are typically no less than 500 words and must be submitted by Sunday nights. If you are interested in writing please contact

[Events] August 29, 2014 7:33 am

Colleagues;  The semester has just begun yet it already seems to be moving a 90 mph!  The luncheon menus are ready and posted to the web.  You are welcome to review them and start sending me your reservation requests.  I am away over the weekend so hope to be buried by requests on Tuesday and will start responding then.

We have a great season and great students this year and I am looking forward to any leftovers (that is if you leave any)!!!

We look forward to serving you!

Oscar Oberkircher, Foodservice and Restaurant Administration Program Director

Class attendance is a matter to be resolved between the instructor and student. The definition of excused absence is stated in the COLLEGE HANDBOOK,

As a faculty member, you can do the following things to handle student absences:

  • Refer to excused absence policy in COLLEGE HANDBOOK
  • Decide what requirements you will have for verifying absences, i.e., doctor’s excuse, obituary notice, etc. Do not send students to another office to verify reason for absence
  • Delineate when and how students can make up work missed because of their absences
  • Communicate this information to your student

The Office of Student Development will notify faculty of student absence when students are unable to contact their instructors. This will be done when we are notified of the following situations:

  • When a student is unexpectedly hospitalized for several days
  • When a student leaves campus quickly and unexpectedly due to reasons beyond his/her control and will not return for several days
  • When a student unexpectedly cannot return to campus due to reasons beyond his/her control

Under these circumstances, notifications of absence from class will be sent from Student Development to faculty at their campus email address.

Please contact the Student Development Office if you have any questions regarding this information.

The Student Development and Campus Enhancement Endowment to support student development and campus enhancement programs and projects is accepting applications for programs and projects for the 2014-15 academic year.

An application for funds is available at:  Endowment REQUEST FOR SUPPORT FORM and also available from the Student Development Office, 119 Netzer. Applications are due no later than October 10, 2014. Final decisions regarding funding will be made by the OAS Board of Directors upon recommendation of the Vice President for Student Development and the OAS Auxiliary Services Committee. As a general rule, awards from this fund should be for one-time projects or pilot programs not to exceed three years in duration. No more than 40% of the annual investment earnings shall be committed to ongoing program support.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to apply.

[General Announcements] August 28, 2014 3:05 pm

I am pleased to announce that the name of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in the Division of Student Development has been changed to the Office of Student Diversity and Advocacy. I believe that this name is more transparent than the previous name and communicates more directly to the campus community the purpose of the office. Mary Bonderoff, formerly the director of the CME, is now the director of the Office of Student Diversity and Advocacy. The CME is now under the direction of the chief diversity officer, Terrence Mitchell. The CME space in Lee Hall is closed for programming this year while it is being renovated.

Steven Perry, Vice President for Student Development

[Events] August 28, 2014 2:45 pm

SUNY Oneonta will be hosting a brief silent memorial ceremony on Thursday, September 11, 2014 beginning at 8:45 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial just outside of Fitzelle Hall.  The ceremony will feature a University Police Color Guard and special music led by Ben Aldridge. A representative from the Student Association will place a floral wreath at the memorial, and a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors will place flowers in honor of the seven alumni who passed away on September 11, 2001.  The renovation of the 9/11 Memorial was made possible through the generous donation of John Jermyn `81, Alumni Association Board of Directors Past President.  The ceremony is free and open to the public.  All are welcome to attend.

The SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association would like to present to you the Celebration of the college’s 125th Anniversary on Red Day, September 5, 2014!  There will be several events going on throughout the day to recognize the college’s legacy and its many traditions.  You are invited to attend and participate in all of the day’s activities.

At 12:30 p.m. in the Otsego Grille of Morris Hall, the Alumni Association will host a lunch featuring a presentation by Dr. David Brenner ’57 on the history and values of SUNY Oneonta.  Tickets will be available at for $11 each.

At 6 p.m. in the Waterfront of Hunt Union, the Alumni Association will host a celebratory reception in recognition of the College’s 125thanniversary as well as a ceremony to honor Alumni of Distinction, the college’s most accomplished graduates.  Tickets to this reception will be $50 each.  For more details and tickets, please visit

These are just of few of the celebrations going on around our campus.  For a full schedule of events, please visit

The schedule for the Seminar Series of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics for Fall 2014 is as follows: 

  • Fish, Forests, and Functions: Friday, September 5 – Karl Seeley, Economics, Hartwick College
  • Title TBA: Friday, October 3 – Jens Christensen, Mathematics, Colgate University
  • Bhāskarācārya: 900th Birth Anniversary: Friday, November 7 – Keith Jones and Toke Knudsen, Mathematics, SUNY Oneonta
  • My Favorite Groups: Friday, December 5 – Rachel Skipper, Mathematics, SUNY Binghamton
All talks will be at 3 PM in Fitzelle Hall 205. All are welcome.  Please direct questions to one of the organizers: Toke Knudsen ( and Jim Ruffo (

Through generous gifts from Caroline (class of 1967) and David D’Antonio to the College at Oneonta Foundation, $30,000 per year for five years has been made available to assist undergraduate students with expenses incurred for travel to professional meetings and conferences (priority is given to students who are presenting work). Both full- and part-time undergraduate students in any academic discipline are eligible to apply for and receive travel awards. Requests for travel funding may not exceed $750 per student application. Applications submitted by September 22 will be reviewed/acted upon by October 1. Further information and the on-line application form is available at