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 -, Chair of the AEC, at x2239 or   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:  Smith call for applications 2015

Richard Lee, English, has had an article reprinted by Infobase Publishing. The article, “Narrative Point of View, Irony and Cultural Criticism in Selected Short Fiction by George Saunders”, was originally published in 2010, and is now included as a chapter in the e-book George Saunders, part of the Bloom’s Literary Criticism series. Lee has also been invited to contribute a chapter to the first book-length treatment of contemporary American writer Saunders’s work: George Saunders: Critical Essays, edited by Philip Coleman and Steve Gronert Ellerhoff (Palgrave/Macmillan), scheduled for publication in 2016.

Shiao-Yun Chiang (Department of Communication) co-authored a research article “International Students’ Culture Learning and Cultural Adaptation in China” with Ran An (Dean of School of international Education at South China University of Technology) in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (JMMD). This article examines international students’ cultural adaptation at a major national university in China. A survey was designed to measure international students’ adaptation to the Chinese sociocultural and educational environments in terms of five dimensions: (1) cultural empathy, (2) open-mindedness, (3) emotional stability, (4) social flexibility and (5) language proficiency. International students (n = 330) from 57 countries participated in the survey. The findings here support the existing proposition that the first year is the critical period for cultural adaptation as there are significant changes in some adaptation indicators (especially emotional stability) over the first year and thereafter changes in these indicators became less and less significant. The present study discusses the adequacy of existing theories in explaining these results and their implications for international students’ adaptation as a culture-specific experience in China.JMMD is a peer-reviewed international journal (ISI listed) published by Routledge. Dr. Chiang is the corresponding author and the article may be found at

The Oneonta State Men’s Soccer Team is hosting an indoor/outdoor soccer camp from Monday, March 30 to Thursday, April 2 during the school holidays. The Camp will be held on the SUNY Oneonta campus, and will run from 9AM – 1PM at a cost of $80/camper (or $20/Day). Registration on Monday morning will be in the atrium in the Alumni Field House, and thereafter all pick-ups and drop-offs will be at the same location. The Chase pool will be available to those campers interested in swimming. Campers will be able to purchase a pizza lunch at $4/day. Designed for boys and girls in Grades 2-11, the camp will serve as a fundraiser for the men’s soccer team!

For your convenience you can access the brochure/application by clicking on the following link: 2015 Spring Soccer Camp Brochure-Reg

For more information, please contact head coach Iain Byrne at 607.436.2102 or

In this month’s NYS EAP Frontline NewsletterBe An Active Listener; Nutrition Awareness; Dangers of Marijuana; The Mindfulness Movement; Improving Your Creativity; Stress in America; Vitamin D Health Awareness and When a Nap Comes Knocking.

Fanli Jia’s (Department of Psychology) research article has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Emerging Adulthood. The paper is entitled “Generative Concern and Environmentalism: A Mixed Methods Longitudinal Study of Emerging and Young Adults”. Based on mixed-methods analyses, this article revealed three themes that highlight the developmental process that ties generative concerns to environmentalism: (1) Wanting to feel more empowered to help the environment, (2) the role of having children as a focus for crystallizing environmentalism, and (3) the passing on of specific family traditions from earlier generations. Environmentalism thus may be one important domain of expression for generative care in youth.

In celebration of Black History Month, Dr. Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, Director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, will lecture tonigth, Thursday, February 26 on the Negro Motorist Green Book. The book served as a guide for African American families traveling during Jim Crow, providing a comprehensive list of safe places to rest, eat, and more. The program will begin promptly at 7pm in the Cooperstown Graduate Program building, located at 5838 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326

The lecture is the fifth in the Created Equal series, hosted by the Cooperstown Graduate Program at SUNY Oneonta, and is funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Foundation. Students, Faculty, and community members are invited. The event is free to the public.

Please call 607-547-2586 for more information.

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, March 6.

Reminder: The deadline for applications to the faculty and professional staff research and creative activity grant programs is Wednesday, March 18, 2015. For 2015/16, $50,000 is available to fund grants of up to $3,000 to support research or new creative work by faculty and professional staff. Grant guidelines and application forms are available on the Grants Development Office webpage at For questions or more information, contact x2434, or x2632.

[UUP] February 24, 2015 8:48 am

Attention All UUP Members: Our Oneonta Chapter Aflac Agent, Shawn DeCelle is planning on visiting our UUP Office on campus on March 25th.  This visit will be based on any appointments that chapter members have scheduled with him.

Aflac offers members discounted, payroll deducted rates.  Take a look at brief descriptions of policies offered here:  UUP Oneonta AFLAC visit

Please take the time to schedule your appointment today with Shawn at 518-229-0339.  If you have any questions ahead of time, please contact Shawn too.  He will be happy to answer them!    Remember, this visit on March 25th hinges on schedule appointments.