On Saturday, February 14, 2014UUP Oneonta will again staff Saturday’s Bread, a community kitchen that dispenses hot meals and good cheer. Linda Drake will, as previously, co-ordinate participation in this worthwhile community service. Although Saturday’s Bread is housed at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, the program is a non-denominational and humanitarian program open to all. To be part of the volunteer group at Saturday’s Bread on February 14, you must be willing to work from 9 AM to 2 PM. As we need an exact list of the names and numbers of participants, please e-mail Linda Drake at Linda.Drake@oneonta.edu to volunteer. When you contact Linda, provide her with your full name, e-mail address, and telephone number.  More information about Saturday’s Bread can be found here:  http://www.saturdaysbread.org/

William A. Starna, Emeritus Anthropology, and Jack Campisi, Independent Scholar, are co-editors of A Quaker’s Tour of the Colonial Northeast and Canada: The 1773 Travel Journals of Jabez Maud Fisher of Philadelphia, published in Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 14, Pt. 4 (2014). Philadelphia.

The Women’s & Gender Studies Department invites you to attend a Gender Out of Bounds Seminar presented by Dr. Leigh-Anne Francis, History Department, on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 3-4pm in 318 Milne Library.  Presentation title: “Bad Little Black Girls.” African American Women, Work, and Legal Violence in New York State, 1893-1910.  For more information see attached flyer.  GenderOutOfBoundsFrancis

James Ebert, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has published an on-line teaching module entitled Exploring Geoscience Methods(http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/geosci_methods/index.html) through the InTeGrate Project, the National Science Foundation’s STEP Center for the geosciences. The module passed a rigorous field-testing and peer-review process using the InTeGrate Rubric and is considered as equivalent to a chapter in a peer-reviewed textbook. Dr. Ebert’s co-authors for the module are Scott Linneman, Western Washington University, and Jeff Thomas, Central Connecticut State University.

Designed for use in secondary education methods courses, the module begins with an exploration of how the methods employed by geoscientists are similar to and different from the stereotypical experimental scientific method. Pre-service teachers then use the methods of geoscience in a data-rich, interdisciplinary investigation on the socio-scientific impacts of global climate change. The module concludes with an exploration of geoscience curricular resources and preparation of an interdisciplinary lesson plan that incorporates the methods of geoscience.

Mark S. Ferrara, English, has been appointed Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.  At Berkeley, Ferrara is penning a third monograph about the religious, ceremonial, and medicinal uses of cannabis in world cultures. He explores that central role in Hindu asceticism, Sufi Islam, traditional Chinese pharmacology—as well as in African dagga cults, the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church, and the Rastafari movement. A cultural critique of literary works by Western pioneers of consciousness—from Crowley to Yeats, Ginsberg to DeLillo—brings his book to a close.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites your participation in a Faculty Discussion on the Chief Diversity Officer Role at SUNY Oneonta.

An experience tailored for faculty, regardless of rank, discussing the CDO role, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, motivators for the work and the direction of the effort.  Also important to the discussion are observations made from this administrative vantage point that impact SUNY Oneonta Campus Constituents.

Tuesday February 24, 20153:00 pm – 4:30pm st LeCafe, Morris Conference Center.

Facilitated by:  Terrence Mitchell, Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Oneonta

To RSVP, email Barbara.Felter@oneonta.com

Call Terrence Mitchell at 607-436-2830 for more information.

If you are participating in the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), effective immediately, Fidelity is an authorized investment provider of the ORP.  Fidelity joins your other investment provider choices – MetLife, TIAA-CREF, VALIC and VOYA (formerly ING).  ORP participants are now eligible to direct their active contributions, as well as transfer any post-1990 ORP contributions invested with other ORP vendors, to Fidelity Investments.  To welcome Fidelity to the ORP family, our Fidelity campus representative, Ken Woods, will be on campus several days this semester to assist employees plan their financial futures.  Go to the HR website to view Ken’s schedule http://www.oneonta.edu/admin/humres/HR/.

WARN is a tool accessed from the Faculty Web Services on each faculty member’s class roster.  To use WARN, faculty members can click the WARNlink on their roster next to each student’s name. This will take the faculty member to a page where they can indicate the nature of the concern. When the faculty member clicks submit, an email will be sent to the student indicating the WARN notification. Students will be able to view who sent the WARN email and any comments. Please note that any comments submitted are considered a part of a student’s educational record.

A separate category called “Other” is used when there are special situations related to behavior and emotional conditions, such as sleeping in class, crying, outbursts of anger, or a sharp decline in grades, etc. Comments may be noted here as well.  Again, please note that any comments do become a piece of the educational record. However, when “Other” is used, the email does not go to the student, but instead is directed to Dr. Jeanne Miller, Student Development.  Dr. Miller or Ms Grau will notify the appropriate office and/or person to intervene.

If you should ever want to contact either of them directly about a student of concern or suggestions to improve WARN, please use either their email: Jeanne.Miller@oneonta.edu or Monica.grau@oneonta.edu or their phone numbers: (#2513 for Dr. Miller) (#2255 for Ms Grau).

The UUP Individual Development Awards Program is designed to support a variety of professional development projects or activities by assisting eligible employees to develop their full professional potential and to prepare for advancement.  The maximum amount that can be awarded to an applicant is $1000.  Employees may only be funded for one project or activity per award period.  This allocation covers projects/activities that have occurred or will occur between July 2, 2014 and July 1, 2015.

To view the guidelines: UUP Individual Development Awards Guidelines

On Wednesday, February 11 at 8pm in the Hunt Union Waterfront, SUNY Oneonta Red Dragon Reading Series presents two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Buddy Wakefield, who has been featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO, and has most recently signed to Strange Famous Records. He has recently toured with Ani DiFranco and appeared in hundreds of venues internationally, from Comedy Central’s Hudson Theater and Scotland’s Oran Moore to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues (New Orleans) and CBGB’s.  A Board of Directors member with Youth Speaks Seattle and member of Team Seattle 2006 for the National Poetry Slam Finals, Buddy is known for delivering raw, rounded, high vibration performances of humor and heart.

The reading will be followed by a book signing.  For more information, contact George Hovis (436-2571) or Ruth Carr (436-3446).

This event is made possible by the generous support of the SUNY Oneonta Office of the President, the Committee on Public Events, Hunt College Union, Big O Poetry Slam, and the Department of English.