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Dr. Barbara Jean Morris

SUNY Postpones Commencement Until Fall


SUNY Postpones 2020

Graduation Until Fall

ONEONTA – SUNY Oneonta has announced that the 2020 commencement, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 9, has been postponed until fall.

“We know this is absolutely heartbreaking for our seniors,” said President Barbara Jean Morris. “Unfortunately, there is just no way to safely move forward with commencement, our largest gathering of the year.”

Classes will resume online Monday, March 23, and the college has developed a staggered move-out process that will limit the number of people entering the residence halls at any one time, in accordance with the CDC’s recommendations.

Springbrook Names SUNY President, Ommegang CEO To Trustee Board

Springbrook Foundation

Names SUNY President,

Ommegang CEO To Board

The Springbrook Foundation named their 2019 Board of Trustees on Friday, Aug, 30.  At left is Stacey Grady, Springbrook Foundation director of development.  Then, from left, are the Springbrook Foundation Board of Trustees: Patricia O’Brien, Jim Kelsey, Doug Campbell, Patricia Kennedy, Amanda Mirabito (vice president and secretary), John Anderson (board president), Patrick Prior (board treasurer), and Barbara Jean Morris.

MILFORD CENTER – SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris and Ommegang CEO Doug Campbell are among the new board members of the The Springbrook Foundation, the fundraising affiliate of Springbrook NY Inc.

Dr. John Anderson, former Millersville University president and past Hartwick College provost, was named as board president. “One of the most rewarding experiences of my career was serving over 12 years as a board member, and at times an officer, of Springbrook,” he said. “This new opportunity is a tremendous honor. I am absolutely delighted that I can help support Springbrook in this new position.”

SUNY Oneonta Sponsors Food Drive

SUNY Oneonta Sponsors

Inauguration Food Drive

ONEONTA – Ahead of Barbara Jean Morris’ inauguration as SUNY Oneonta president on Oct. 5, the campus will collect non-perishable food items on campus.

Sixty percent of the donations will be given to Oneonta-area food banks and 40 percent will go to the campus food pantry in the Hunt Union.

SUNY President Hosts Cookie Bake-Off

SUNY President Hosts

Christmas Cookie Bake-Off

SUNY Oneonta President Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, left, readies a tray of Double Double Chocolate Chip cookies for the oven as part of a staff-wide cookie bake-off held at SUNY this afternoon. But My Kitchen chef Donna Bond and Angie Eichler, Student Life, have their own entry coming out of the oven – Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies. The cookies will be blind taste-tested this afternoon and a winner announced. (Ian Austin/
New SUNY President Named Parade Grand Marshal

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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