Move-in August 27-August 30

  • Thursday & Friday, August 27, 28 – 8 am – 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 29 – Noon – 6 pm
  • Sunday, August 30 – Noon – 8 pm
  • Regular Semester hours resume Monday, August 31
  • Monday – Friday  - 8 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday – Noon – 6 pm
  • Sunday – Noon – 9 pm

Closed on the dates below in observance of the following holidays for the Fall 2015 semester:

  • Saturday, 9/5 – Monday, 9/7 ……………….Labor Day
  • Saturday 10/10 – Monday 10/12……………Columbus Day
  • Thursday, 11/26 – Saturday 11/28…………Thanksgiving
  • Thursday 12/24 – Sunday 1/3/16…………..Christmas/New Year
  • Note: we will open Sunday, 11/29 6 pm – 9 pm

The Catskill Area School Study Council announces the Enrichment Seminar Program for the fall semester will begin on October 10, 2015.  The objective of the program, which is in its 57th continuous year, is to enhance the intellectual horizons of students in grades 3-12 by offering stimulating experiences in courses not offered by their own schools.  Classes are held on the campus of the State University College at Oneonta, on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

The elementary and middle school classes will meet on October 10, 17, 24 and 31.  Courses for younger students include:  Karate for Beginners, Just Dance, Fantastic Fitness, Cool Science Lab, Munching Math, Arts & Crafts, and Create Your Own World (Story Writing).   Courses for older elementary and middle school students include: Babysitting Training and Theatrical Auditioning.

For high school students, there is a four-week course on Creative Writing.

There is also a six-week S.A.T. Preparation Course for students in grades 11-12, which begins October 10th and ends November 14th.

The deadline to register is September 28, 2015. Students must register through their school district’s guidance office, and districts must be members of the Catskill Area School Study Council in order for their students to participate.

For more information, contact the Study Council office at: (607) 436-2533.

The Milne Library would like to introduce the new User Experience (UX) group. “User Experience” focuses on putting the user at the center of all interests, so that the experience in the library is intuitive, helpful and enjoyable. Throughout the year we will be asking you for your opinions on how we can improve our services, physical space and online presence in order to make the library a vibrant place for everyone to enjoy and use.

We are located in Room 102A on the first floor of the library. Our librarians include Molly Brown, Lyndsie Robinson and Heather Beach. Please feel free to come visit us or contact us via email or phone, with any questions or ideas. We are thrilled to be working with you and for you to make the Milne library an exciting space that fulfills all your needs.

Tuition assistance programs are available for SUNY employees based on the employee’s negotiating unit and also through the SUNY Tuition Waiver Program.  For those wanting to take advantage of the tuition assistance offered by your negotiating unit, please contact your union office or the Human Resources staff (x2509) for information on how to apply.  Employees must meet certain requirements to be eligible for this support.  Tuition assistance is also available through the SUNY Employee Tuition Waiver Program.  Employees can receive partial reimbursement for a maximum of six credits per semester for courses taken at a SUNY institution. The applications for this program are available in the Office of Human Resources, Netzer 208, and should be returned to the Human Resources Office after completion.  The deadline for submission of applications for this program for courses being taken during the fall 2015 semester is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  You may want to look into both programs in order to see which provides the greatest amount of assistance. If you have any questions, please phone Betty Tirado at ext. 2583.

Self-Nominations are being sought to serve a two-year term on the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC).  At this time, we have a vacancy for one (1) teaching faculty member. All other posts are currently filled. If you are interested in serving in the capacity on the BAC, please send your nomination by email to by September 18th.  Bill Vining will continue in his second year as Chair of the BAC which meets once per month on a Friday afternoon during the academic year.

The purpose of the Budget Advisory Committee is as follows:

  1. Maintain a highly transparent, informative, and participatory operating fund budgeting process;
  2. Integrate campus strategic planning with the budgeting process;
  3. Analyze the budget context (e.g., state funding) and its impact on the institution;
  4. Advise the president regarding the process of constructing annual divisional budgets and overall college budget;
  5. Hold open meetings on the proposed budget to inform and gain input from the campus.

Make up of Committee
Chairperson (2-year term)
VP Finance and Administration
VP Institutional Advancement
VP Student Development
Senior Executive Employee Services Officer
Faculty at large (2-year term)
Faculty at large (2-year term)
Non-teaching faculty (2-year term)
Classified staff member (2-year term)
Chair of the College Senate or designee
Chair of the Senate Committee on Academic Planning and Resource Allocation
Chair of the Strategic Planning Council or designee
Student Association president or designee
Student Association Treasurer

Staff (permanent appointment)
Senior Assistant to the President, Colleen Brannan
Budget Director, Julie Roseboom

For more information on the BAC, visit

Many students and employees use preferred first names other than their legal/primary names on a day-to-day basis.  Beginning with the start of the 2015-16 academic year, SUNY Oneonta will be implementing a “preferred names process” within the college’s information technology and communications systems. The SUNY Oneonta preferred names process allows students and employees to officially notify the college of the their preferred first names, and have this change reflected in on-campus communication systems like Blackboard and email.  There are limits to the process, so for more information about these changes, please see the college Preferred Names website, here.  Title IX federal law protects students against discrimination based off of gender identity and expression. However, this service is available to anyone who uses a preferred first name on a daily basis other than their legal/primary name.  Please direct further questions about this process to Elliot Ruggles, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center Director, or Terrence Mitchell, the Chief Diversity Officer at the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Time and Place: 1-3 PM on each Wednesday (Fall 2015 Semester) at the Fabulous Fitzelle Hall Snack Bar (Seasons)

Dr. Malhotra will share his 48 years of experience teaching at SUNY Oneonta: his ventures into writing his first book in the Fitzelle Snack bar during the 1970′s and  then publishing 16 books and more than 100 articles, reviews, poems, essays and a monthly Yoga Life Column for the newspaper. Chit chat with him about starting the philosophy department, the joys and frustrations of directing the SUNY Oneonta study abroad program in India, building six schools for the female and  minority children of India and establishing the Ninash Foundation, a charity to promote literacy globally.

He would  also love to talk about his scholarly/educational travels to some of the major continents of the world by attending international and national conferences (in India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, South Asia, South America, Canada and the USA) by making them as opportunities to learn about globalization and to gain a vision of a peaceful 21st Century. You can also chit chat about how he was able to get a grant from the Metanexus Institute (Templeton Foundation) to start a Yoga Center and about topics of your choice.

Come and join Prof. Ashok Malhotra between 1-3 PM Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the Fitzelle Hall Seasons Snack bar! All are welcome to this informal chit chat in Ashok’s favorite place!

In this month’s edition of the Frontline Newsletter: Frontline September 2015,  you’ll find these articles: Cholesterol Awareness; Meeting Project Deadlines; Alternate Health; Fact, Fiction and In Between; Are you a Morning Person?; When You Discover Teen Drug Use; Preventing Teen Diabetes; Be Internal-Customer Savvy andNever Too Late To Exercise.

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Participate in Common Read 2015 programming.

September 23 Events

Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone, will be on campus Wednesday, September 23rd. He will be meeting with students and faculty during the day and then provide the Mills Distinguished Lecture in the evening.  If you have not yet picked up your copy of A Long Way Gone, there are still free copies available at Red Dragon Book Store with your campus ID.

  • 1:00pm-2:00pm: An opportunity to have students who are reading the book for their class to meet the author in a smaller venue. If you are using the book in your class, please encourage your students to attend and come prepared with pedagogically related questions for Mr. Beah. Students should RSVP at this link. Reservation is first come-first serve for 150 students.
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm: A session for faculty and staff to meet and talk with Ishmael Beah. This sessions is for those who are using the work in their classes or professional lives. Interested faculty and staff should RSVP at this link.
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm: Mills Distinguished Lecture will be held at 7:00pm in Dewar Arena, Alumni Fieldhouse. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are needed for the event. They can be picked up at Hunt Union Information Desk. Those not on campus or unable to get to the Union can reserve tickets here.

Additional Common Read Events

We have also planned supplementary programming to support the common Read. Please encourage your students to attend some or all of these events.

  • September 3rd, 8:30pm. The movie Blood Diamonds will be shown outside on the Milne Library steps. Bring your chair or blanket and join us in the President’s Garden. Learn more about the movie here.
  • September 17th, 7:00pm. Book Discussion Groups in the First Year Experience Residence Halls. Students not living in one of these residence halls are welcome to attend. If you are interested in helping to facilitate a discussion group, email by September 10th.

The Common Read Committee

Welcome back!  Information Technology Services has been very busy this summer.  We have put together some highlights of upgrades and changes.

Topics include:

  • What’s in a Name?
  • New IT Support Software
  • Technology Upgrades for Learning Spaces and Computer Labs
  • Follow me Printing Now Available for Students
  • New Classroom Control Software  – Faronics Insight
  • Office 365 is Here
  • How to Contact us

Click this link to read the article: Updates from IT