The 3rd Annual Global Movement Festival will take place at the Hunt Union Ballroom on Monday, November 17, from 6-9pm.

The mission of the annual Global Movement Festival is to promote cross-cultural understanding, tolerance, and a sense of global connectedness through the education and presentation of music, dance, art and culture and, to unify the city of Oneonta and SUNY Oneonta in a collaborative effort to raise funds for charities. 

The event will include a buffet of international cuisine, an international fashion show, and performances by numerous SUNY individuals and student organizations, including Xclusive, Voices of Serenity, Hooked on Tonics, World Percussion Ensemble, World Dance Class, Chamber Singers, D Moss, Kyle Schauss, Alena Rajbhandari, as well as guest artists Anissa and Tinny Wilkens, and students from Valleyview Elementary!!

This year we are raising funds for the Disaster and Emergency Relief Services West Africa (DERSWA). DERSWA will provide critical education, health and safety materials to the grassroots organizations who are leading their communities on the front lines of the ebola crisis. During the first hour of this event, our guest speaker Daniel Pneuman (SUNY alumni) will be giving a 15-minute talk entitled: “The Grassroots Response to the Ebola Epidemic”. Mr. Pneuman will provide an overview of how the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) became an epidemic across West Africa and what governments and major international organizations are doing to end the epidemic. Then, he will discuss how grassroots Liberian and Sierra Leonean community organizations are critical to this process, and how Disaster and Emergency Relief Services West Africa (DERSWA) is supporting their critical work. Mr. Pneuman will close with remarks on how American media depictions of the Ebola epidemic are problematic, with inaccurate depictions of the crisis, misleading the American public on how to best apply their aid, and how American aid policy can better serve the crisis.

Suggested donation is $3. The event will also include the live creation of artwork, made by student artists, alumni, and YOU, the audience! The art will be made available for sale near the end of the event. Again, all proceeds will go to DERSWA.

Sponsored by: Office of International Education, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Music Department, Alumni Engagement Office, SAAC, Multicultural Student Council, School of Arts and Humanities. For more information, please contact Julie Licata at or (607) 436-3441.

An information session for faculty/staff interested in the Drescher Leave Program will be held on Thursday, October 30 from noon–1:00 PM in Le Café (a light lunch will be served). The Drescher Leave Program (a grant program of the NYS/UUP Joint Labor-Management Committees; assists full-time, term employees eligible for continuing or permanent appointment; preference is given to minorities, women, and employees with disabilities or military status. Funding supports such costs as salary for the applicant and replacement, and other related project/activity expenses.

UUP, Human Resources, and the Grants Development Office are the joint sponsors of the information session. Important information will be shared regarding the program guidelines and the application process, including securing required campus support. For planning purposes, please RSVP by contacting Kathy Meeker at, x2632, no later than Monday, October 27.

Delegations from UUP Chapters throughout New York State participated in the Friday, October 17- Saturday, October 18, 2014, Fall Delegate Assembly (DA) in Albany. The DA is State UUP primary entity for the adoption of rules and resolutions. The three-times-a-year conference also provides a venue for discussion, debate, elections, reports, committee meetings, and workshops.  UUP Oneonta leaders received two prestigious awards at the DA.

Loraine Tyler received the Pearl H. Brod Outstanding Retiree Award. Loraine received the Outstanding Retiree Award for compelling reasons, amongst them:  “They say that every community has a heart and soul. For UUP, that place belongs to Loraine Tyler, former UUP Oneonta Vice President for Academics. Although she officially retired in 2003 as Professor of Human Ecology, a department that she chaired for many years, Loraine remained on the College Professional roster for several years as a student advisor. Loraine has spent the last decade serving as Special Events Director and COARM Representative for UUP Oneonta. As Special Events Director for UUP Oneonta, she has arranged numerous Chapter events, encompassing responsibilities as varied as evaluating and reserving venues, planning menus and placing food orders, pitching tents, securing care of dependent children for members, and coordinating program content. Loraine continues to serve on Oneonta’s Executive Board, actively participate in the DA as a Delegate, contribute frequently to Sentinel newsletter articles, providing counsel to the Chapter President, and joining Legislative Outreach. Loraine is a key figure on the State UUP Retiree Legislative Action Group. Loraine has been instrumental in organizing informational meetings for Delhi and Oneonta retirees; she raises their issues as a board member of the SUNY Oneonta Retired Faculty, Professional, and Administrator’s Association.

J McDermott, UUP Oneonta Contingent Concerns Officer, received the Fayez Samuel Part-Time Award for the following contributions:  J McDermott has a knack for seeing the big picture and a flair for injecting humor into difficult situations. Both attributes were greatly appreciated by fellow members of the Negotiations Team that bargained the 2011-2016 agreement with New York State. McDermott’s tireless advocacy for contingent employees kept Team members on their toes, while his clever retorts kept them amused during difficult negotiations. McDermott, an adjunct lecturer in writing composition, was Chapter Part-Time Representative from 2002-2008. He continues to speak for Contingents as a Chapter Executive Board member and elected Contingent Officer since 2013 and Co-Chair of the Statewide Contingent Employment Committee. McDermott served on the Presidential A-47 Committee, convened after the 2007-2011 contract to gather information and recommend future negotiation strategies on behalf of SUNY’s Contingent workers.

FACT2 Symposium: Protect, Use and Share Content in Online Education will take place on November 7, 2014 at  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in SUNY Plaza Courtroom, Albany, N.Y.

As the State University of New York successfully increases its online educational opportunities, faculty and staff are sharing materials electronically to support new methods of delivering instruction and acquiring knowledge. At times, questions arise about the electronic distribution of materials protected by copyright. You are cordially invited to attend a Symposium to hear experts and to share your thoughts and experiences about the use of protected content in online education. Speakers include:

  • Janet Nepkie: FACT2 Chair
  • Karyn Temple Claggett, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs, United States Copyright Office
  • Robert Clarida, Partner,Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
  • Members of the SUNY Counsel’s Office
  • Lenore G. Horowitz, Teaching Faculty of Informatics, SUNY Albany
  • Sarah Morehouse, Information Resources Coordinator, Empire State College
  • Carine Surdey, Senior Instructional Designer, SUNY Broome Community College

There will be ample time available for networking and sharing ideas with other attendees. Cost: $35 (includes morning beverages and lunch)

To register and to view the Symposium agenda, obtain hotel information, directions and additional information on speakers, please go to

April L. Ford, English,  has signed an offer of publication with Santa Fe Writers Project for her debut novel, Gentle. The novel is set for worldwide release in Spring 2016. Since February of this year, Gentle has received honors as a Finalist for the Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction (Gorsky Press), and as a Semi-FInalist for the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society).

The Continuing Education Office is sponsoring non-credit Yoga classes in the spring. Vinyasa will be offered Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm starting January 21 in the Hunt Union Waterfront. Hatha will be offered Thursdays from 6:00-7:00pm starting January 22 in the Hunt Union Butternut Valley Room. They are both 10 week classes. Vinyasa is $80.00 and Hatha is $70.00. You can register for

If you have any questions, feel free to call the Continuing Education office 436.2548

Lisa Curch, Sociology,  will be presenting Aging in the 21st Century at a brown bag lunch seminar from noon to 1PM, in the Butternut Valley Room on Thursday, November 20th.

The talk will address experiences of, and attitudes towards aging in the United States and the implications of such notions for everyday life as we grow older. A general conclusion can be made that we as a society, as local communities, and as individuals need to do a better job of planning and preparing for later life. To do so, we need to be familiar with and work with changes that come with age – physical, psychological and social – rather than continually fighting and/or denying that such changes happen. And while the challenges of aging will be brought up, the rewards and opportunities, for society and ourselves, will be highlighted.

The Women’s & Gender Studies Department invites you to attend a Gender Out of Bounds Faculty Seminar presented by Jorge Estrada, Visiting Assistant Professor of the Women’s & Gender Studies Department on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 3-4pm in 318 Milne Library.  Presentation title: From La Llorona to Gay Vampires: Gender and the Supernatural in Mexican Literature and Folklore.  For more information please click on the following:   GenderOutOfBoundsJorgeEstrada2

Dr. Simona Giura, Assistant Professor of Management, will make a presentation at the Fall 2014 School of Economics and Business Faculty Seminar Series. The title of Dr. Giura’s presentation is “The Impact of Network Resources on Firm Competitive Behavior.”  The presentation is open to faculty, students, and the public. It will be held 4:00 pm Wednesday, October 29, 2014, in SCHU 202.

To view the flyer:  facsem

[General Announcements] October 23, 2014 7:20 am

In 2012, SUNY Oneonta began a three-year partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as part of a strategic commitment to foster greater understanding of the strength that diversity brings to our campus. Through this partnership, co-facilitators—who are members of the college community—lead educational sessions several times each semester to examine the role of culture in shaping interactions, and to discuss strategies for responding to bigotry and prejudice. Follow this link to register:

A light snack and drink will be provided at each session. Although registrants will receive a reminder email close to the training date, be sure to add the session you select to your calendar.

Contact Mary Bonderoff or Theresa Russo with any questions about the “A Campus of Difference” program.