“Painting the wall” is a longstanding tradition for students at SUNY Oneonta and neighboring Hartwick College. Throughout the year, students take turns painting the concrete wall on West Street, just below the Hartwick campus and a few blocks from the main SUNY Oneonta campus entrance, to advertise campus and community events. An enthusiastic group of SUNY Oneonta seniors painted the wall Thursday morning in celebration of the college’s 124th commencement, to be held on Saturday, May 18.
Watch a video of this year’s seniors at work after the jump.
The SUNY Oneonta Model UN delegation, shown here with Croatian diplomat Lada Curkovic.
Sixteen SUNY Oneonta students spent part of their spring break at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City. More than 3,000 students representing 150-plus colleges and universities from almost 30 countries participated in the conference from March 24-28.
This year’s delegation, representing Croatia, was one of 29 groups from around the world selected to receive the Distinguished Delegation award at the end of the five-day conference. This is a high honor, placing the Oneonta delegation in the top 10 percent of participants. In addition, Oneonta students Vanessa Griffith, Cady Kuzmich and Marybeth Carswell were recognized for writing the best position papers in their respective committees.
SUNY Oneonta has received a $612,515 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for “Critical MaSS: Math and Science Scholars,” a scholarship program aimed at enabling students who would otherwise face significant barriers to graduate and enter careers or advanced degree programs in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
The five-year grant, which was awarded through the NSF’s S-STEM Program, will support 24 SUNY Oneonta students in the fields of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science & Statistics, Physics & Astronomy, or Environmental Science with scholarships of up to $5,400 per year.
“I am delighted that the NSF has recognized SUNY Oneonta’s critical contribution to the pipeline for STEM careers and graduate studies,” said SUNY Oneonta Provost Maria Thompson. “This grant will help ease the financial burden of college among highly qualified students enrolled in the sciences and related majors. Such a large investment in the college also signifies the excellence of our faculty in mentoring undergraduates and preparing them to continue scholarly research and pursue advanced degrees after graduating.”
Seminar field trips included a hike at Kaaterskill Falls and visits to John Burroughs’ Boyhood Rock and gravesite.
More than 40 SUNY Oneonta students participated in a unique summer seminar highlighting the area’s connection to celebrated 19th-century naturalist John Burroughs. “Sharp Eyes VII: Is Nature Writing Dead?” was the seventh in the John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar series, presented every other year by the SUNY Oneonta Department of English.
The conference featured 25 presentations by top-flight scholars, including Oneonta alumna Dr. Andrea Braunius Denekamp of Drew University, who gave a talk titled “J.R.R. Tolkien’s `The Lord of the Rings’ as Environmental Literature.” In between lectures, the group went on hikes and visited Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, N.Y., where Burroughs was born and is buried. Continue reading