On Saturday, April 12, SUNY Oneonta faculty and students participated in the New York State Archaeological Association meetings in Oneonta, NY.  Faculty members Cynthia J. Klink, Renee B. Walker, and Nicole S. Weigel (Anthropology) and Les Hasbargen (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) presented papers and posters on their research on the Pine Lake site.  Walker, Klink and Weigel gave an overview of the fieldwork at and research about the site in “Pine Lake: A Multi-Component site in Delaware County, New York.” Weigel’s talk “What’s the Point? Evaluating the use of Projectile Point Typologies at Pine Lake” discussed the results of her statistical analyses of stone projectile points from the site.  In “Exploring the Archaic period at the Pine Lake Archaeological site”Klink ,Weigel and Walker summarized the site’s stratigraphy, evidence for time frame of site use, and drew attention to unusual aspects of the artifact assemblage.  Harsbargen, Klink, Walker, and Emmon Johnson (SUNY-Oneonta alum) presented the results of geophysical research and sediment analyses at the site in “Combining Archaeology, Sedimentology, and GPR Stratigraphy To Elucidate Floodplain Development, Charlotte Creek, NY.”

Two recent SUNY-Oneonta graduates presented the results of their individual research projects at the site.  Kasey Heiser examined the spatial distribution of different types of features in “Pits, Posts and People: An Analysis of Features at Pine Lake,” while Randouth Palmer described his use-wear replication study with “Utilizing Experimental Use-Wear Analysis as an Aid for Identifying Artifact Functions at the Pine Lake Archaeological Site.”

One current SUNY-Oneonta student, Marielle Genovesi, collaborated with two Hartwick College students, Holley Reynolds and Amanda Phelps, to relate their experiences as students and community educators during the most recent archaeological field school in “The Pine Lake Archaeological Field School.”

Archaeological fieldwork at the site is done through The Pine Lake Archaeological Field School, a course taught jointly with Hartwick College since 2003. SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College students participate in a month long excavation at the site in Delaware County that dates to around 4,000 years ago. Students learn site excavation techniques, mapping, recording and artifact analysis. In addition, school students and local community members visit the site to learn about archaeology and Native American Culture. The next field school will be in June 2015.

The History Department will sponsor a “How to Get Into Graduate School” Program on Wednesday, April 23rd, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Morris Complex, Room 130Although some of the material presented will focus on the experiences of History majors, all students contemplating graduate school will find the program informative and useful. Please alert students to the program.

Topics to be covered include: deciding to apply to graduate school or not; researching programs and graduate schools; history or another program of study; traditional or online instruction; graduate application process and filling out forms; essays; obtaining letters of reference; preparing for an interview; GRE and other tests to take—and test preparation;  setting up a placement file; cost of graduate education and funding sources; types of acceptance, full-time vs. part-time, and opportunities created by graduate study.

Following formal remarks by the panelists, audience questions and discussion will be welcome. Panelists: Amy Benedict-Augustine, Director, Career, Development Center, SUNY Oneonta;   Marie Sall, Campus Manager, Kaplan Test Prep;  Patrick J. Mente, Director of Graduate Studies, SUNY Oneonta; April Harper, Associate Professor, History, SUNY Oneonta;  Anna Tittl, SUNY Oneonta alumni (History major); MLS, University of Buffalo; Reference and Instruction Librarian, Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute; William Simons (moderator/event coordinator), Professor, History, SUNY Oneonta.

The program is open to the entire College community.  Complimentary light refreshments will be available.  For further information, please contact program coordination and moderator William Simons at William.Simons@Oneonta.Edu

The Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education congratulates Dr. Dawn Hamlin on her selection to the Pathfinder Village Board of Directors.  Pathfinder Village is a community near Edmeston, NY, where people with Down syndrome and developmental disabilities can live independent, fulfilled, and engaged lives.  Dr. Hamlin also serves on Pathfinder’s Advisory Board for the Kennedy Willis Center (the Village’s research and resource arm).  In the press release announcing Dr. Hamlin’s new role, Paul C. Landers, President and CEO of Pathfinder Village, said, “We value the work that she has done in conjunction with the Kennedy Willis Center, and are excited about the new perspective she brings to the table, especially in light of the opening of Pathfinder’s two-year post-secondary program, Otsego Academy, next fall.”

Laser Jet ink cartridges. The Center for Social Responsibility and Community has colored and black ink cartridges for a HP color Laser jet printer series 4500-4550.  If you could use these cartridges, please give the office a call at extension 2262.

The panel discussion, “Crisis in Crimea and the New World Order”, will take place at the Hunt Union Water Front, April 22, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  The presenters are: Dr. Paul Macharia (Political Science), Dr. Yuriy Malikov (History), and Dr. Pavel Vasiliev (Sociology).  Everyone is welcome to learn and contribute to the panel while the crisis is unfolding.  The panel is organized by the Sociology Club, Sociology Department and the Center for Social Science Research (CSSR).  To view the flyer:  Crimea flyer final

WellNYS has a new monthly challenge every month.  Some Monthly Challenges may already be part of your daily routine.  The goal is to practice the Monthly Challenge healthy behavior for at least 21 days of each month.  They say that is the estimated time it takes to form a habit.  April’s monthly challenge is to Spend 20 minutes in meditation or quiet reflection, or write in a journal.

Please go to http://www.worklife.ny.gov/wellnyseveryday/behavior_challenge/login.cfm and set up an account or register for the new monthly challenge if you are already registered.  At the end of the month you will receive a button and a participation wristband and the satisfaction of knowing you did something good for yourself.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Nicosia, EAP Coordinator x2452.

The College is committed to fostering a healthy campus community.  The Tobacco Free Task Force is charged to explore and implement initiatives that provide opportunities for individual campus community members to learn how to reduce tobacco use and maybe quit!  To assist the Task Force in this initiative, the Tobacco Free Task Force has developed an anonymous survey.  The results of the survey will help to identify ways in which the campus can offer services to employees and their families who may be interested in cessation assistance.  Please click on this link to complete the survey.   It should only take a few minutes of your time.  Thank you in advance for your assistance in this important effort.  https://aristotle.oneonta.edu/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=84LI3682

You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Thursday, April 24, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Morris Hall’s Le Café. Jason Smolinski, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, will present a talk titled, Star Clusters as Building Blocks for Galaxies” Abstract: The serene beauty of today’s galaxies masks a turbulent past involving billions of years of extensive star formation.  Globular star clusters exist as the most massive single structures within galaxies and have ages dating back to the formation of the host galaxies themselves.  For this reason, they have much to tell us about the chemical history of the Universe, and evidence recently uncovered suggests that clusters have even made significant contributions to the formation of galaxies.  This talk will briefly summarize this story, highlighting the scientific importance of these clusters and dismissing the notion that they are strictly “simple stellar populations”.

Seating is limited.  To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to April 22. Vegetarian meals are available.

UUP will hold its traditional end of semester party on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 1:00 — 4:00 PM at the College Camp, one of the area’s treasures. The gathering will start with a brief Chapter meeting. The College Camp provides a spacious, inviting, and picturesque setting for our union party. The lodge at the Camp will allow us to have the party rain or shine.

Complimentary Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q lunch — with delicious food and beverages — will be served. Although the lodge has inside tables and chairs, outdoor enthusiasts may wish to bring chairs, blankets, folding tables, games, musical instruments, and sports equipment.

All those represented by the UUP bargaining unit and their families/significant others are most cordially welcome. To facilitate food planning, a RSVP is required. To RSVP, please reply to this email or leave a message on the UUP Oneonta voice mail at 436-2135 and provide your name, telephone number, and the number of family members/significant others, including yourself, who will attend.

Thanks to Special Events Director Loraine Tyler for doing a terrific job organizing this special gathering.

Amie Doughty, English, presented the paper “Gaea Gone Bad: Mother Earth as Antagonist in Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus” at the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Chicago on April 18. The paper argues that though Gaea is presented as an antagonist, if the Riordan’s series is read as a continuation of his Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and Gaea is seen through the lens of James Lovelock’s Gaia Theory, The Heroes of Olympus presents a strong message about the need for cooperation to protect the environment.