It appeared from the opening whistle that the SUNY Oneonta men’s soccer team was determined to let nothing stand in its way of getting back to the NCAA Division III national championship weekend. When the final whistle sounded, the Red Dragons overpowered Brandeis, 3-0, to win the sectional championship and, with it, punch their ticket to Kansas City, Mo., in two weeks.

“Another great game,” said coach Iain Byrne afterward. “Brandeis is a quality team and a classy group of men. It was a physical game and I thought we controlled the tempo of the game.”

As has been the case all year long, Oneonta (21-0-2) came out attacking. In the third minute, sophomore Hans Purtell played a cross from the left flank that ended up on the head of senior Justin Rivera at the left post. Rivera sent the ball across the front of the goal, where junior Jake Sutherland just missed getting a foot on it.

Five minutes later, it was Sutherland who gave Oneonta a 1-0 lead. Classmate Dylan Williams made a great through pass to Sutherland, who was able to get a touch on it and break free from his defender. Once he had control of the ball, Sutherland slid a shot between the legs of Brandeis keeper Joe Graffy. It was Sutherland’s 11th goal of the season and his second straight game-winning goal. He leads the team with seven game-winners this season.

“When we score early we are that much more dangerous,” said Williams.

Dangerous they were, as the Red Dragons could have easily added a couple more goals to their ledger, but had to settle for a 1-0 lead at halftime.

“I thought we were tremendous in the first half,” said Byrne. “We brought the game to them. When we scored the second goal we instinctively sat back and defended, but then the third goal came and it was in hand.”

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A new, volunteer-run thrift shop opened Nov. 18 in the basement of SUNY Oneonta’s Netzer Administration Building.

Conceived out of concern for the responsible reuse of materials and keeping as much consumer product out of the waste stream, the Red Closet Thrift Shop is a concerted effort by an enthusiastic group of SUNY Oneonta students and staff to find homes for quality clothing and household items that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

The shop is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 to 2. Clothing, shoes, accessories and books are sold on a “pay what you will” basis, with a suggested price of $3 for most items. The store is open to the public, and anyone can donate quality, clean items with re-use potential.

Proceeds from sales will eventually benefit a scholarship being established for SUNY Oneonta students who demonstrate a dedication to sustainability initiatives at the college and beyond.

Sustainability is one of six pillars in SUNY Oneonta’s Strategic Plan 2010-2015.

SUNY Oneonta will hold its third annual Global Movement Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the Hunt Union Ballroom.

The festival will benefit Disaster and Emergency Relief Services West Africa (DERSWA), a nonprofit organization co-founded by SUNY Oneonta alumnus Daniel Pneuman. During the first hour of the festival, Pneuman will provide an overview of how the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) became an epidemic across West Africa, and what governments and major international organizations are doing to address it, in a 15-minute talk titled, “The Grassroots Response to the Ebola Epidemic.”

Pneuman graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2011 with a degree in Africana and Latino studies and political science. After graduation, he moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where he worked at a civil rights law firm and was elected president of Peace Action WI, a grassroots organization working with a coalition of Peace Action affiliates across the country to advocate on foreign policy and social justice issues. In August, he was hired to work as a program manager in Freetown, Sierra Leone, but the ebola epidemic postponed the beginning of the job until 2015. In the meantime, he helped found DERSWA, a network of African community organizations providing EVD education, prevention and trauma-support efforts in their countries.

The festival will include a buffet of international cuisine, an international fashion show, the chance to create and purchase artwork, and performances by several SUNY Oneonta individuals and student organizations, including Xclusive, Voices of Serenity, Hooked on Tonics, World Percussion Ensemble, World Dance Class, Chamber Singers, D Moss, Kyle Schauss and Alena Rajbhandari. Guest artists Anissa and Tinny Wilkens of Oneonta will perform Indonesian dances, and students from Valleyview Elementary School will show off their African drumming skills.

This event is sponsored by SUNY Oneonta’s offices of International Education, Equity and Inclusion, and Alumni Engagement; Department of Music; Student Association Activities Council; Multicultural Student Council; and School of Arts and Humanities.

"Waldo Crossing the Alps" by Sven Anderson

An exhibition of digital landscape photography and computer-manipulated digital prints of old master paintings—in which the artist has substituted the original faces with his own—opened Monday in the college’s Martin Mullen Art Gallery. “Sinking Into Obscurity,” featuring the work of Associate Professor of Art Sven Anderson, will be on view through Dec. 12. Anderson will give a gallery talk about his work at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the gallery lobby.

The exhibition is a study of colorful, vivid landscapes from many of America’s national park s caught in singular light. Anderson, who grew up spending family vacations camping and hiking at national parks west of the Mississippi, says he feels a responsibility to show people why America’s natural treasures are worth preserving. “If they don’t see it, how can they know?” he says. “Most of my students have never been west of the Mississippi. The only national parks they have seen are Acadia and Shenandoah. They are nice parks, but nothing on the scale and grandeur of the western parks. If we don’t act to save them now, they will sink into obscurity.”

The landscape photos are juxtaposed with humor by the accompanying computer-generated images of the artist visage in a series of old master manipulated paintings such as “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” by Jacques Louis David. Anderson has not only exchanged his face for Napoleon’s but swapped out the horse for his golden retriever, Waldo, in the new piece, titled, “Waldo Crossing the Alps.”

Anderson earned an MFA in Printmaking from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He studied printmaking with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris.

Anderson has exhibited in, and has work in many museums and collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Kansas City Museum of Art; the Newport Harbor Art Museum; the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum; the Bibliotheque Nationale and the Harriet Hale Wooley Gallery in Paris; Stanley William Hayter/Atelier 17; Arthur Young; Stanley Marsh III; the Orange County Museum of Art; the Jesse Besser Museum; and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

In recent years, Anderson has made a transition from hand-pulled printmaking to the digital arts. The earliest phase of the transition included using a computer CAD program to design artwork that was then engraved onto magnesium plates for further engraving by hand and etching. He also experimented with printing onto plaster, and one of his computer-assisted plaster prints was selected by the Los Angeles Printmaking Society for the frontispiece in the prestigious “Survey of Contemporary American Prints.”

In addition to teaching all levels of computer art SUNY Oneonta, Anderson serves as an assistant for several of the Ansel Adams Gallery Photography Workshops in Yosemite. He lives in Oneonta with wife, Karen, and their daughter, Annika. Sven and Karen are the owners and operators of Volcano Editions in Oneonta, a professional archival print service for digital images and reproductions of original works of art.

SUNY Oneonta won three awards at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, held Oct. 16-19 in Lancaster, Pa.

The college received a pair of program awards. The inaugural SUNY Pride Conference in October 2013 took top honors in the Outstanding Leadership Program category, and a program by transgender punk rocker Laura Jane Grace won the award for Best Multicultural Program.

The SUNY Pride Conference, now in its second year, brings students, faculty and staff from SUNY campuses throughout the state to Oneonta for a weekend of workshops and activities aimed at creating a more inclusive SUNY environment through education, collaboration and networking. “An Evening with Laura Jane Grace” was a hybrid conversation and acoustic performance by singer, songwriter and guitarist Grace (formerly known as Tom Gabel), who came out as transgender in a 2012 Rolling Stone magazine article in which she discussed her lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria.

In addition to the program awards, University of North Dakota student Amanda Heubach, who worked at SUNY Oneonta as a Campus Activities summer intern, won the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for her work in developing a Student Association social media guide and launching the #OneyEvents social media campaign.

“The recognition extended to SUNY Oneonta by virtue of these NACA awards is a tribute to the quality work our staff is doing, especially in the areas of diversity and multicultural awareness,” said SUNY Oneonta Vice President for Student Development Steven Perry. “Everyone benefits from these efforts, but particularly the students we serve.”

SUNY Oneonta nominated the award-winning events from hundreds of hours of programming offered each semester. Last year, the college offered more than 1,700 social, cultural, educational and recreational activities for the campus community. Both of the award-winning programs were largely planned and executed by students. “I always say that I work with great students trying to do good things for our campus, and it is gratifying to see their hard work recognized by others,” said Bill Harcleroad, director of campus activities.

The National Association for Campus Activities encourages and supports campus engagement through participation in campus activities and involvement. In addition to participating in the awards competition, SUNY Oneonta students and staff presented two workshops at the conference, which drew attendees from approximately 90 colleges and universities in the region.

SUNY Oneonta will hold its annual Open House for prospective students on Saturday, Nov. 8, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Alumni Field House.

Reservations are recommended and can be made online here.

Prospective students and their families will have the chance to:

• Take a student-led campus tour;
• Meet with faculty and staff, both informally and through academic presentations geared toward their interests;
• Attend our academic and student services fair, featuring information on academic programs, student clubs and organizations, athletics, volunteering, residence life, orientation, academic advisement and more;
• Hear from current students about clubs and student life;
• Tour college facilities, including the music recording studios; theaters; science labs; art studios, computer labs and galleries; and TV and video production facilities; and
• Attend presentations on admissions criteria and how to apply, financial aid, study abroad and international internship opportunities, student services, and transfer student success.

Can’t make our Open House? Visit us any time! Find out about other visit opportunities here.




John Cronin

John Cronin, senior fellow for environmental affairs at Pace University in New York City, will deliver the 15th annual Cornell-Gladstone-Hanlon-Kaufmann Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 6, at SUNY Oneonta. His presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Hunt College Union and be followed by a dessert reception. Both the lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Cronin first gained international attention for his work as Hudson Riverkeeper from 1983-2000, for which Time magazine named him a Hero for the Planet. During his tenure, he helped bring enforcement cases against more than 100 environmental lawbreakers, resulting in more than $50 million in environmental mitigation projects. He negotiated the installation of fish-saving technology at the Indian Point nuclear plants, was lead environmental negotiator for and a signatory to the New York City Watershed Agreement, and was the author of the Hudson River Estuary Management Act, considered a model for state management of estuarine resources.

With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Cronin authored “The Riverkeepers,” which is recognized as a leading handbook on environmental activism. In 1991, the Motion Picture Academy Foundation recognized his film “The Last Rivermen” as an outstanding documentary short.

Cronin is co-founder of the Pace Law School Environmental Litigation Clinic, co-founder of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities, and founding director and CEO of Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries at Clarkson University. He has also worked as an educator, author, lobbyist, legislative aide and commercial fisherman.

The Cornell-Gladstone-Hanlon-Kaufmann Annual Lectureship on Environmental Education and Communication was established by Virginia and William Kaufmann through a gift to the College at Oneonta Foundation in 1999. The lecture series is named in honor of several families from the Oneonta and Stamford areas who exemplified an enduring love and appreciation for the natural resources of the Catskill region. Virginia Kaufmann was a 1944 SUNY Oneonta graduate.

The SUNY Oneonta men’s soccer team made history on Tuesday, completing an unbeaten regular season for the first time in more than four decades. The Red Dragons shut out visiting Scranton, 3-0, to finish the regular season 16-0-2. It was the ninth straight victory for the team, which will rest for a week in preparation for its SUNYAC semifinal next Wednesday at home against the winner of the SUNY Potsdam/SUNY Geneseo quarterfinal game on Saturday.

“Today was another impressive performance,” said head coach Iain Byrne after the game. “Defensively we kept another clean sheet, while up front we were always a threat to score.”

The only other team to complete an unbeaten regular season was the 1973 squad, which finished with 12-0-2. That season ended with a loss in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The 1971 team is the only team to finish the season without a single loss, 11-0.

The game was still scoreless entering the latter part of the first half until a pair of goals in the final six minutes gave the Red Dragons a 2-0 advantage at the break. The first goal came after junior Greg Silvestro of West Sayville slotted a perfect pass to classmate Dylan Williams of Monroe, who redirected a shot to the lower right corner of the goal. It was Williams’ seventh goal of the season.

“Ever since our Barcelona trip, it just seems that our team has been clicking,” said Williams. “This year’s team is very deep, including our freshmen, who have contributed to our success. We never have to rely on just one guy, and I think that has really helped us solidify such a great regular season. Now it’s time to really get focused and see how far of a run our team can make.”

Freshman Cory Santangelo of Sayville continued his impressive rookie campaign with his team-leading 11th goal of the season right before halftime. Classmate Brandon Arango of Ronkonkoma played a ball into the box from the right flank that deflected off a couple of Scranton defenders. Santangelo collected the loose ball and put a ball about halfway up the left side of the goal just inside the post.

Oneonta’s final goal came in the 77th minute on a perfectly executed corner kick. Silvestro served a perfect ball from the right flag to the back post, where junior Jared Van Brunt of Sayville headed it into the back of the goal.
The shutout was the team’s fourth straight and its 12th of the season. Senior Vincent Pellegrino of Baldwin didn’t have to make a save, running his record to 12-0-1. Pellegrino has also collected nine shutouts this season.

Byrne concluded, “To go through the regular season undefeated brings back memories of some of the great Oneonta teams of the past. The boys have earned a rest with a bye weekend, and then we will begin our preparation for the SUNYAC tournament.”

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Children and families from Oneonta and the surrounding area are invited to participate in back-to-back Halloween events on Thursday, Oct. 30.

From 5 to 6 p.m., the Order of Omega, an honor society for sorority and fraternity members, will host a Halloween carnival in the Hunt College Union on campus.

Beginning at 6 p.m., student volunteers will guide trick-or-treaters and the adults who accompany them to the residence halls, where students will have snacks and other treats for the children. Trick-or-treating will conclude at 8 p.m.

Additional information about the event is available from the SUNY Oneonta Office of Residential Community Life at (607) 436-2514.

Marjane Satrapi

Celebrated Iranian-born author, illustrator and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi will present SUNY Oneonta’s Mills Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the college’s Alumni Field House.

Through generous support of the college foundation, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Satrapi is the author of the acclaimed graphic novel “Persepolis,” which has been translated into more than 40 languages. Set in Tehran in the 1970s and 1980s, the book chronicles Satrapi’s childhood against the background of the Islamic Revolution and Iran-Iraq War. The book was first published in France, where it won several prestigious comic book awards. In London, The Times named “Persepolis” one of its “100 Best Books of the Decade,” and in the United States, the book was chosen by the Young Adult Library Association as one of its recommended titles for all students. The animated film adaptation of “Persepolis” won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2008.

Satrapi is also the author of “Embroideries,” “Chicken with Plums” and several children’s books. Her live-action film adaptation of “Chicken with Plums” won the Best Narrative Film award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and was named Best Foreign Language Film at the São Paulo International Film Festival. Satrapi lives in Paris, where her illustrations appear regularly in newspa¬pers and magazines all around the world.

The Mills Distinguished Lectureship honors the memory of Professor Albert Mills and his wife, Helena, whose bequest to the College at Oneonta Foundation led to the establishment in 1988 of a fund to bring prominent speakers to the SUNY Oneonta campus.

Satrapi’s appearance at SUNY Oneonta is the culmination of the “common read,” a college initiative to enhance first-year student engagement and further infuse cultural literacy into academics by asking all incoming freshmen to read a diversity-related book. At summer orientation sessions, first-year students received copies of “Persepolis,” which is being discussed in courses across several disciplines this fall.

In 2010, the college committed to advancing diversity as one of six pillars supporting its strategic plan. The common read aligns with this goal by encouraging students to examine and better understand topics such as equity, inclusion and personal history through many lenses.