The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year grant (effective September 1) in the amount of $799,941 in support of The SUNY Oneonta Noyce Scholars Program (Phase II) under the direction of  Paul Bischoff (Secondary Education), Paul French (Physics & Astronomy), and John Schaumloffel (Chemistry & Biochemistry). Nathan Gonyea (Ed Psych, Counseling & Special Ed) and Leanne Avery (Elementary & Reading Education) will conduct project assessment and evaluation.

The new program goals are to prepare and graduate twenty additional highly qualified middle and high school science teachers for careers in high-need school districts, contributing to the development of a national culture of scientific literacy. Furthermore, the project team will expand and extend the evaluation and research activities initiated under the original award (2009-2014), which succeeded in recruiting and preparing 23 undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry, earth science or physics for the demanding work of teaching middle or high school science in high-need rural and urban schools. Research results from the first SUNY Oneonta Noyce Scholars grant has recently been published in a peer-reviewed article in the journal School Science and Mathematics (114[1]: 40-49, 2014).

The SUNY Oneonta award is one of approximately 40 Noyce Scholars grants made nationwide (of 176 projects submitted), and one of only 4-6 Phase II nationwide awards.

[Events] July 23, 2014 9:28 am

On July 29th at 7:00 pm, come to the Hunt Union ballroom to meet Josh Fox and watch the “The Solutions Grassroots Tour!” ,The production is an interactive music, theater, and film event that motivates towns to adopt renewable energy solutions for individual, community, and commercial settings, as well as campaign for pro-renewable energy legislation.

For more information, check out:  http://solutionsgrassroots.nationbuilder.com/the_tour.   If you have any questions, please contact Hannah.Morgan@oneonta.edu.

Sue Nelson is retiring at the end of July. Come help us celebrate her decades of service to the college at a reception to be held in Craven Lounge from 2-4pm on Wednesday July 30th. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP necessary. Stop by to wish Suze well in her retirement, and perhaps share a story or two. If you would like more information, please contact Charlene Christie at charlene.christie@oneonta.edu.

Dr. Bernadette Tiapo is leaving her position as director of Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at SUNY Oneonta to become the Chief Diversity Officer at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. This is an excellent opportunity to advance her career.  Please join in congratulating Bernadette, thanking her for her contributions at SUNY Oneonta, and wishing her well in her new position.  Her last day on campus will be July 25.

State employees travelling for personal reasons are welcome to take advantage of the NYS contract pricing with Hertz.  However, the only benefit available for these personal rentals IS the reduced price.  Travellers must pay sales tax and there is no campus vehicle delivery or early pick-up / late drop-off service available.  (You may be able to arrange a campus drop if you are a gold member.) If you have any questions, please contact Terri Thomas at x2555.

The August Monthly Challenge is to make water your beverage of choice three times each day.  To participate in the Challenge go online to register and track your behavior at http://www.worklife.ny.gov/wellnyseveryday. Please click on the following Monthly Challenge Promotional Fill-in POSTER_user to view more information on the Challenge.  If you have any questions, contact Melissa Nicosia, EAP Coordinator at x2452.

The Telecommunications Office has extra copies of the December 2013-2014 Verizon Superpages phonebook for the local area. If you would like one, please email a request to telecomm@oneonta.edu or stop by our office in Milne Library.

[General Announcements] July 14, 2014 12:09 pm

Bassett’s “Butt Stops Here” program for those wishing to quit smoking will begin August 5.  The program cost is $40 and financial assistance is available. Call 547-3028 for more information or to register. If you would like information on smoking cessation go to www.nysmokefree.comor call 1-866-NY-QUITS. You may also call the EAP Coordinator at x2452.

[UUP] July 14, 2014 7:16 am

Starting Monday, July 14th the UUP Office will be open from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, office hours for Fridays will remain the same 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Office hours will return to normal starting Monday, September 22nd.

NOTICE: The Facilities Operations HVAC Department is scheduled to be in the Netzer Administration Building the week of July 14 -18, 2014 to complete preventative maintenance procedures on the unit ventilators located in all the offices.  During this week, please insure that all plants and personal items are moved away from heaters to permit easy access to these units.

If you have any questions please feel free to call Rick Roberts in the MOC office at x 2254.