BARBARA JEAN MORRIS ON CAMPUS TODAY
ONEONTA – As she begins her new job today, SUNY Oneonta’s news president, Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, has already assumed her first civic assignment: She will be Grand Marshal of the city’s Hometown Fourth of July parade this Wednesday.
The parade marks the first public event for the new president, who arrived on campus last week to begin her tenure as SUNY Oneonta’s eighth president.
Morris, the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., is the college’s second female president – after Nancy Kleniewski, who completed her 10-year tenure June 22 – and proud of her Native American ties.
COOPERSTOWN – Paula DiPerna, global environmental policy strategist and former Congressional candidate from Otsego County, is attending a special Vatican conference of environmental leaders in Rome.
An audience has been scheduled between conference attendees and Pope Francis to discuss environmental issues, especially climate change, reforestation and plastic pollution in the oceans.
Grace LeCates, center, one of the four top scholars in the Class of 2018, poses with her dad, Dr. Bill LeCates, the Bassett Hospital president, mom Debbie and her siblings after this afternoon’s outdoor Cooperstown Central graduation on the lawn behind The Fenimore Art Museum, which was punctuated by downpours. At left, smiling grad Tre ‘Mesha Harrison, right, was joined by Emily Manzer, center, and Mae Loewenguth. Grace LeCates’ cousin, Heidi Edmonds, was another of the four top scholars, along with Kelly Mooney and Sophia Lesko. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Leroy Williams, Jr. embraces one of his teachers, Kelly Tavarone, as the Oneonta High School Class of 2018 exits the auditorium following the 149th annual Commencement at the high school’s Belden Auditorium at this afternoon. The graduates, lauded by Principal Tom Brindley, right, for their caring and compassionate nature, had an unheard of number fights during the school year: zero. “This is a group that cares about each other, looks out for each other and cheer each other on,” Brindley remarked. “(They) are a friendly smile on a bad day. What you do does not compare to who you are.” It was also announced that Brindley is being promoted to assistant superintendent, a new position. “I consider it a privilege to graduate with you.” he said. Brindley’s successor will be his assistant principal, Anne Wolstenholme. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
The OHS Class of ’18 celebrated its Senior Prom last night in the Foothills Atrium, where they danced and enjoyed food and photo booths. Above, Nate Southwick and his date Kirsten Lester sway on the dance floor among their classmates to one of the evening’s slow songs. Later, students headed to the OHS Cafeteria where they played games of chance to win a wide selection of prizes and money. At right, Christian Holoquist and Danielle Basdekis, left, as they deal cards to Jada Fisher and Christina Mattocks. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)