Mette Harder (History) has published a chapter entitled ‘Odious and Vile Names: Political Character Assassination and Purging in the French Revolution’ in the edited collection Character Assassination Throughout the Ages (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

The chapter highlights the destructive impact of attacks on character amongst revolutionary politicians and shows how they contributed to political violence, especially parliamentary purging. The revolutionaries’ continuous use of calumny, libel and slander, it argues, was symptomatic of major difficulties in their experiment with democratic practices, contestation and political responsibility.

MACRO (Museo d'arte Contemporanea Roma)

Orlando Legname, Music,  gave a lecture on June 18, 2014 at the Universita di Roma Tor Vergata entitled Introduction to Gesture Capture for Interactive Systems.

This was followed by two performances: one at the Ennio Morricone Auditorium when he performed A Thousand Things: Rising and Falling. The second performance took place at the MACRO (Museo d’arte Contemporanea Roma) with the piece Micro MACRO.

Both pieces were created in collaboration with Choreographer Lisa Naugle and Media Artist John Crawford from the University of California Irvine.

[Events] August 27, 2014 7:30 am

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.

As federal and state elections approach, the college reminds you that SUNY policy and/or executive order govern political campaign activity, political speech, the use of university facilities for political purposes, employee political activism, and the use of state property at SUNY Oneonta. Earlier this year SUNY issued a memo providing further details. It summarizes the applicable regulations and includes links to resources offering additional guidance.

Registration for the 10th Annual Best Practices in Teaching and Counseling Conference on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 is now open!

The theme for the conference is “Creating a Passion for Learning: Insights from Multiple Perspectives.” The conference will take place in Hunt Union at SUNY Oneonta. Please see the links below  for more information and to register. You may pre-register at a reduced rate by Sunday, October 3rd, 2014. Online payment with credit card is accepted. If you wish to pay by check, please complete the online registration process and follow the instructions provided. On-site registration is also available at the conference, but at an additional cost.  Please click the following  Student Flyer to view information.   For additional information and to register:  We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,  Best Practices Committee

Faculty members who wish to request a locked carrel for either one semester or for the academic year should complete the online form at  The appended guidelines establish the priority order for a carrel assignment and include the rules governing carrel use.

All applications for library carrels must be submitted by Friday, September 5, 2014, after which assignments will be made in accord with library guidelines.  Because the number of carrels is limited, qualified applicants who do not receive assignments will be placed on a waiting list and notified should a vacancy occur.

Those with questions should contact Reva Baldwin, Milne Library Secretary, at 436-3702, or

Provost Dr. E. Maria Thompson is pleased to announce that Ms. Rosemarie Avanzato (Human Ecology/Secondary Education) is the 2014 winner of the Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva (Compassionate Service) Faculty Award and will deliver this year’s lecture titled, ”How Easy It Is To Incorporate Service-Learning Into The Classroom,” on Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Craven Lounge.

Created in 2008 to recognize faculty service both in and outside the classroom, the Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva Faculty Award is made possible by an endowment from Dr. Ashok Kumar Malhotra, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy, to the College at Oneonta Foundation.  Criteria for receiving the $1,000 award include:  community service – locally, nationally, or internationally, the ability to motivate and inspire others to perform community service, and the integration of community service in the teaching and learning process.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  A dessert reception precedes the lecture.

The Friday Seminar Series in Biology presents:  “Bryophyte research in Delaware County, New York with an emphasis on epiphytic bryophyte diversity and host specificity”  By Elli Mazeres, an MS student in the SUNY Oneonta Biology Department. Elli is a bryologist; one who studies moss! Her research focuses on the diversity and host specificity of species of mosses that grow upon tree trunks locally. In this seminar Elli will present the results of her research towards the completion of her Masters degree.

Synopsis of presentation: This research focuses on epiphytic bryophyte (moss) communities and the differences observed between those communities when comparing the bryoflora of gymnosperms and angiosperms. Epiphytic bryophyte diversity is discussed, as well as the tendency of some bryophyte species to show preference towards one host type. This is part of a county-wide bryophyte flora, and a working list of all bryophyte species in the county will be available. The collection of a rare moss species, Plagiothecium latebricola, is also discussed.

This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place at 4 pm on Friday August 29th in Science I room 313.

About this seminar series: This series is offered weekly to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists from elsewhere.  All are welcome.

Veronica Diver, ALS, took first place in the Humorous Speech Contest held by the Oneonta Toastmasters on August 25th. The title of her speech was Golden Years. She advances to the next level of competition in Binghamton at the end of September. Oneonta Toastmasters meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at the Green Earth health market, 4 Market Street. For more information, please email:

Regular Semester Hours (beginning  Monday, Aug 25):

  • Monday – Friday           8 am  –   9 pm
  • Saturday                      Noon  –  6 pm
  • Sunday                        Noon  –  9 pm

Please mark your calendar!  The Help Desk will be CLOSED:

  • Saturday (Aug 30), Sunday (Aug 31), and Monday (Sept 1) in observance of Labor Day
  • Monday  (October 13)  in observance of Columbus Day
  • Thursday (Nov 27) and Friday (Nov 28) in observance of Thanksgiving