Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive: If you have any gently used sweaters, jackets, vests that you no longer need and have been wondering what to do with them….How about donating them to Mister Rogers’. Drop off location is in Alumni Hall, 101C. Drop off dates are October 1 ~ October 31st. Sponsored by the Otsego County Retired Teachers.

[Events] October 20, 2014 2:13 pm

The Northeast Kidney Foundation is holding its annual ONEONTA WALK FOR KIDNEYS on Sunday October 26, 2014.  The event will take place in the Alumni Field House from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Enjoy family, fun, entertainment, refreshments and more, all while making a difference for those affected by kidney disease and organ donation.

Lunch and official event T-Shirts for anyone that raises $100 or more in donations. There is a $5.00 registration fee.  You can register online at healthykidneys.org

Let’s get our sneakers on and walk, walk, walk!

Nigerian poet Obiwu will read from his memoir, “Cresent Crossing,” at 2:00 PM in the Alden Room of Milne Library.  Cresent Crossing is a narrative about the eleven years he lived in Northern Nigeria, from 1986 to 1997. During this time he witnessed and several times escaped dangerous encounters with Islamist extremists, whose rampages and killings terrorized different parts of the North. This is the background of the present-day Boko Haram terrorism.

At 7:30 PM he will give a poetry reading in Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center.  Both events are free and open to the public.  To view the flyer:  Obiwu

Obiwu is a Nigerian American writer, poet, and scholar. His first collection of poems, Rituals of the Sun (1982), established his reputation in the Nigerian literary canon. His second collection,Tigress at Full Moon (2012), has been called “a triumph of poetic wish fulfillment…the stuff of which the mythic imagination is made.” He has also completed two new poetry manuscripts,Unspeakable and Mad River. His poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals. He has published scholarly essays on the poetry of Chinua Achebe, Dennis Brutus, Roy Campbell, Michael J. C. Echeruo, Langston Hughes, Christopher Okigbo, and Ezra Pound, and others. His essay, The Ecopoetics of Christopher Okigbo and Ezra Pound,” won the 2009 Donatus Nwoga Prize for Literary Criticism in Poetry. His most recent book is The Critical Imagination in African Literature (Syracuse University Press, Spring 2015). Obiwu is a Fellow of the International School of Theory in the Humanities, Santiago, de Compostela, Spain, and a Fellow of the Presidential Leadership Institute, Wilberforce, Ohio. He has taught at universities in Nigeria and the United States, and currently teaches English and creative writing at Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.

Redfield Lecture Series Presents:  Holocaust Journey:  Facing History, Finding Hope in Eastern Europe, with Ellen Cassedy on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014, 7:00 pm, IRC 2.  The winner of many literary awards, EllenCassedy embarked on a personal journey to connect with her Jewish heritage. Her personal quest expanded into a larger exploration of a nation¹s struggle to move forward toward a more tolerant future. Probing the terrain of memory and moral dilemmas, Cassedy conveys a cautious message of hope, with implications far beyond Lithuania.  Ellen Cassedy, the author of  We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2012), is a former columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News whose articles, essays, and translations have appeared in Hadassah, The Jewish Forward, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and other publications.  She lives in the Washington, D.C., area.  Sponsored by the Redfield Grant and the Oneonta History Department.  All are invited to attend.

The EOP Office’s Student Opportunities And Leadership (S.O.A.L.) Group will be hosting their annual basketball tournament, now in honor of a recent alumnus who passed away, Terrence Parker. The event will take place on Sunday, October 26th 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the Alumni Field House. If you are a faculty, staff or alumnus interested in playing in the tournament please contact ryan.harrington@oneonta.edu.

We would also welcome any support you can offer in notifying students of this event. Team registration forms can be picked up at the EOP Office at 115 Alumni Hall or printed here:  http://www.oneonta.edu/development/eop/2014%20SOAL%20Madness%20Registration%20Form.pdf

Feel free to stop by and check out the event yourself, spectator admission is $1. Thank you for your support of our initiatives.

Ashok Kumar Malhotra, Philosophy, published a paper on “Going Beyond Religion to Spiritual Dimension of Civilization” in the International Journal of “Dialogue and Universalism” E Volume 5, Number 4, 2014. It is a unique journal that highlights only one paper or an essay that deals with a significant or an important issue of major concern to the 21st Century. The entire issue is devoted to Malhotra’s essay followed by a commentary and critical evaluation of the essay by Dr. John Koller, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy from RPI, NY.

Abstract: This essay on “Going beyond Religion to Spiritual Dimension of Civilization” presents an unusual imaginary discussion that involves both fact and fiction. I call it faction, where factual information is infused with creative imagination. For a peaceful 21st century, I believe that we should provide a vision of going beyond all religions toward universal spirituality. First, this vision needs to be based on facts about the history or story of the major religions in terms of their origin, interpretations by the followers and their zest with which they broadcasted their unique doctrines and second it should be culled with creative imagination involving a dream, which might be construed as a wish or fantasy that is practical and which offers a hope of bringing a peaceful world order for the 21st century.

The essay starts with my experience of attending an inter-faith conference at one of the universities in the USA where accidentally, I was exposed to and participated in the Hindu, Jewish and Islamic prayers. This chanting of prayers together uplifted me from a mundane experience to something much higher aspired by many but experienced by a few lucky ones. Read more…

Daniel Patrone, Philosophy

You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Wednesday, November 5, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Morris Hall’s Le Café.  Daniel Patrone, Lecturer of Philosophy, will present a talk titled, “Rethinking the Ethics of Human Subjects Research (Again): Alternatives to Research, Pediatric Oncology, and the Researcher-Physician Problem.”

Abstract: Pediatric oncologists have been particularly successful in aligning clinical and research practice in response to serious obstacles to conducting research in this field. While this success has created significant benefits for children with cancer by promoting much needed research, it also raises serious ethical questions about how this research is conducted and how the needs of current patients are being understood.  This paper argues that, as a result of the researcher-physician model at the center of pediatric oncology, nearly all of the clinical research in this field is conducted in violation of the federal regulations that govern human subjects research.  Surprisingly, these violations occur in full-view of the physicians who are in charge of the care of these children and the IRBs that are supposed to oversee this research.  I then examine the main ethical arguments that attempt to defend the this shift in thinking about human subjects protections and argue that each of these defenses violates the fundamental ethical principles upon which the responsible conduct of research is based.

Seating is limited.  To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to November 3. Vegetarian meals are available.

The Personal Safety Committee at SUNY Oneonta is a broad-based advisory group that is charged to assess the campus environment and procedures and to recommend measures which might be instituted to resolve identified issues.  If you have concerns you’d like to be reviewed and addressed please forward them to Michele Luettger, Chair, at  Michele.Luettger@oneonta.edu, at your earliest convenience.

On Sunday, October 12, Dr. Matthew Hendley (Department of  History) presented a paper entitled “The Metropolitics of Modernization and Multi-Storey Housing in Britain, 1945-70”  at the biennial Urban History Association conference at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. This conference is the largest conference of urban historians in North America and featured panels on a wide range of international housing topics. Dr. Hendley’s paper focused on the efforts of postwar Labour and Conservative governments to tackle public housing shortages in Britain. By the mid-1950s, multi-storey apartment buildings organized in public housing estates were hailed as a panacea to provide modernized, efficient and hygienic housing to replace Britain’s ageing slums. Dr. Hendley shows how for a variety of reasons, including high costs, safety concerns, poor quality construction and fears over the destruction of existing communities, multi-storey apartments for public housing would fall out of favor in Britain by 1970 and would no longer be seen as central to the project of a modernized and properly housed Britain.

The Academic Excellence Committee has issued a call for applications for the annual Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence.  All SUNY-Oneonta full-time, non-tenured faculty are eligible to apply for the $1,000 prize.  The deadline for applications is Monday, October 20, 2014. If you have any questions concerning the application, you may contact Ho Hon Leung, Chair of the AEC, at X2239 or at HoHon.Leung@oneonta.edu.  The Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is funded by a gift to the College at Oneonta Foundation from Alice Siegfried in memory of her husband and in honor to his commitment to academic excellence.  The Alumni Association’s Fund for Oneonta also supports this event.  A copy of the application can be accessed at the following link:  2014 CallforApplication