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SUNY Oneonta

SUNY Chancellor Visits Oneonta Campus

SUNY Chancellor Pays

Visit To Oneonta Campus

Dr. Johnson is seen talking with new SUNY Oneonta President Dr. Barbara Jean Morris. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

State University of New York Chancellor Dr. Kristina M. Johnson visited SUNY Oneonta this morning, and answered questions in front of a large audience in the Welcome Center. Johnson, who was scheduled to visit in April but had to cancel, revealed that a she had suffered a 3rd degree heart blockage which prevented her from making the trip to Oneonta in the spring. Johnson joked about the issue, saying that the pacemaker that she received was invented by a SUNY student. “So I’m thrilled to be here in Oneonta, but I’m also just thrilled to be alive, and its all thanks to the SUNY system,” she said. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Michael H. Seigel, 83; Chaired SUNY Psychology Department
IN MEMORIAM

Michael H. Seigel, 83; Chaired

SUNY Psychology Department

Michael H. Siegel

ONEONTA – Michael H. Siegel, 84, who chaired SUNY Oneonta’s Psychology Department for almost three decades, passed away July 6, 2018.  He had lived in Oneonta and Unadilla.

He retired in 2002 after 28 years as department chair, becoming professor emeritus.  A research psychologist rather than a clinician, his original area of expertise was color vision, but expanded to include perception generally and memory.

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New SUNY President Named Parade Grand Marshal
BARBARA JEAN MORRIS ON CAMPUS TODAY

SUNY President’s 1st Duty:

4th Parade Grand Marshal

Barbara Jean Morris

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.

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SUNY Oneonta Bids Farewell To Dr. Nancy Kleniewski

SUNY Oneonta Bids Fond

Farewell To Dr. Kleniewski

Retired Oneonta Mayor David Brenner, left, applauds Dr. Nancy Kleniewski as she approaches the podium to give her farewell remarks after 10 years as president of SUNY Oneonta. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – With two standing ovations, a few tears shed and the unveiling of her official portrait, retired college president Dr. Nancy Kleniewski said goodbye to SUNY Oneonta during a reception held this evening at the college.

“After working for 37 years, it’s going to be a little weird,” she said. “I looked at my July calendar and for the first time, there’s nothing on it.”

Kleniewski teared up as she talked about the 10 years she spent at the college. “This is a day of mixed emotion,” she said. “I’m proud of what we’ve done together and how we’ve made this campus better and more welcoming. And I’m sad to be leaving. The people here really care about the students.”

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 14

Photographing Upstate New York

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COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 6:30 p.m. Photographic Art of Upstate New York presented by Sam Ross. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-0600 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/

MUSIC AT THE MANSION – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Musical open mic followed by performance by Curtis Osgood on the Hammered Dulcimer and Annie Simpson on Guitar. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/musicmansion-curtis-osgood-annie-simpson/?instance_id=1035

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OH Fest Dominates Yet Another City Meeting

OH Fest Dominates

City Council Meeting

OHS Sophomore Abigail Dening reads from her article, criticizing Oneonta college students for their destructive behavior. Dening’s article appeared in the latest edition of the school’s newspaper, The Echo. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

“We got here slowly,” says Council member Joe Ficano, “and I think its going to take some time to reverse this trend.”

ONEONTA – In the ongoing debate over the behavior of college students in Oneonta, specifically pertaining to OH-Fest, the annual joint college festival, Common Council members still cannot come to an agreement as to what needs to happen, or how to solve the issue of binge drinking in residential areas in the city.

Concerned citizens petitioned once again, pleading for council members to work together to solve the issue sooner rather than later.

“I’ve noticed that we have a huge problem with drinking and drugs. There is actually a store on Main St. that has t-shirts and sweatshirts that have ‘Stoneonta’ printed on them,” said Oneonta High School Sophomore Abigail Dening.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 17

Writers Open Mic!

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WRITERS SALON – 7:30-9 p.m. Present your writing at the open mic then enjoy a reading by featured author Bradley J. Fest. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/writers-salon-bradley-fest/?instance_id=979

FILM SCREENING – 6 – 8:30 p.m. The community is invited to a showing of the documentary “Screenagers: Growing Up In A Digital World” followed by a moderated conversation with Bassett Pediatrician Dr. Heavner who will present on the impact of screen use on the brain. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2800 or e-mail cooppta@cooperstowncs.org

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Common Council Approves $25,000 For Artspace Survey

Common Council Approves

$25,000 For Artspace Survey

Though initially concerned that the city wouldn’t get their money’s worth, Council member Michele Frazier, First Ward, joined the unanimous vote to give SUNY Oneonta the $25,000 technical assistant grant, through the DRI to bring Artspace to survey the city as a possible site for affordable living and studio space for artists. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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