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Hartwick Christens New Field After Wright Benefactors


Hartwick Christens Field

After College Benefactors

During Hartwick College’s True Blue Weekend, the Hartwick Hawks football team Saturday played its first game in the newly re-done Wright Stadium. At half-time, Hartwick President Margaret Drugovich, middle, officially re-named the field after college benefactors Clyde and Millie Wright.   Drugovich is seen with, from left, the Wrights’ son Brian,  Special Counsel, Howard & Kattell, the Binghamton law firm; Hartwick lacrosse player Tim Watson, Swoop, Brian Wright’s wife Josie, board chair David Long, and lacrosse player Rachel Hedden, underneath the new sign at the entrance to the field. The sign will eventually spin so it will read “The Clyde” during boys games, and “The Millie” during girls games. (Ian Austin/

Farmers’ Harvest Festival

Continues For Second Day


HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Two-day fest continues today, featuring live performances, music, family activities to celebrate the seasons bounty. Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit

FALL FEST – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Explore the environmental campus this True Blue weekend. Includes apple cider making, cob oven bread baking, hay rides, live music, opportunity to do the ropes course (closed toe shoes required). Pine Lake Environmental Campus, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4064 or visit

TEDx Oneonta Inspires At Slade Theater


Oneonta’s TEDx Evening

Includes CADE Executive

Phoebe Schreiner, Oneonta, Center for Agricultural Development &  Entrepreneurship executive director, presents he talk, “Why America Needs a New Foodshed,” at this evening’s TEDx Talk At Slade Theater at Hartwick College. She was one of five speakers who spoke at the event, but the one local ones.  Others were: “The Real Reason Relationships Fail” by  Abby Medcalf, “Ubuntu 2.0: Humanity’s Operating System” by Getrude Matshe-Kanicki, “Personal Power; Establishing Connections For Success” by Matt Episcopo, and “Rising is a Risk. Do it Anyway,” by Cait Scudder. TEDxOneonta is a locally organized TED event associated with the national TED Talk movement. (Ian Austin/
SUNY, Hartwick Students Come Back On Same Day


SUNY, Hartwick Students

Come Back On Same Day

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – Some 2,000 freshman were returning here Wednesday, Aug. 21, arriving the same day at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College.

That’s 1,525 at SUNY and 425 at Hartwick.

But arriving students are already looking beyond settling in.

For instance, as part of their orientation this year, SUNY Oneonta students have to learn to think fast.  “Fast O,” that is.

“The ‘Fast O’ is the athletic logo,” said Kim MacLeod, SUNY Oneonta associate director of communications. “Students in shirts with the ‘Fast O’ colors – white, red and black – will run out in the afternoon during the picnic and create a human ‘Fast O’.”

The picnic, part of SUNY’s Founders’ Day celebration on Thursday, Sept 4, celebrating the start of the college’s 130th anniversary year.

At Hartwick, the student body will be looking forward to the True Blue Weekend, its largest alumni-engagement event of the year, which is being moved up to mid-September instead of early October, three weeks earlier than usual. “It just worked out that the home game was happening earlier,” said David Lubell, Hartwick College’s media manager.

U.S. Orthodox Archbishop Headlines Annual Institute Hosted At Hartwick College

U.S. Orthodox Archbishop

Headlines Annual Institute

Hosted At Hartwick College

Orthodox Archbishop MIchael Dahulick keynotes weeklong institute at Hartwick College.

ONEONTA –  Orthodox Church in America Archbishop Michael Dahulich will discuss a bishop’s role in teaching the faith at the annual Hartwick Seminary Summer Institute of Theology at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday at Hartwick College.

Bishop Dahulich will teach on “Wisdom from the Psalms,” part of the annual Institute of Theology underway this week.

Oneonta clergy offering classes this year include Father David Mickiewicz, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church; Father Vasil Dubee, St Innocents Orthodox Church; The Rev. Cynthia Walton-Leavitt, Red Door Presbyterian; Cindy Korb, retired teacher and missionary, and Carmel Sperti, Director of Faith Formation, St Mary’s.

First Day For New Provost At Hartwick College

First Day At Hartwick College

For John Ehmann, Provost, VP

Dr. Bill Ehmann started as Hartwick College’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs this morning. succeeding Dr. Michael Tannenbaum, who retired this year after a decade with the college. He’s returning to the area after working at Marymount University in Arlington, Va, and had previously been a provost at SUNY Plattsburg, an associate dean at Empire State College and on the faculty at Mercy College.  Dr. Leamor Kahanov from Misericordia University, Dallas, Pa., joins SUNY Oneonta next Monday as provost, the top academic post at colleges and universities.  (Ian Austin,
Of Hartwick’s RN Grads, 80% Already Have Jobs

Of Hartwick’s RN Grads,

80% Already Have Jobs

ONEONTA – Of the Class of 2019 nursing students who graduated last month from Hartwick College, 80 percent of those employed upon graduation were hired by the site at which they completed their practicum.

In other words, if a Hartwick nursing student trained at a facility, they were more often hired there after graduation than elsewhere, the college said in a press release issued yesterday.

Newly minted Hartwick nurses were hired at facilities including:

N.H. Exec To Lead Hartwick College’s Fundraising Efforts

N.H. Exec To Lead

Hartwick College’s

Fundraising Efforts

Paul Lee Hobson Just Completed

$30M Plymouth State Campaign

Paula Lee Hobson is Hartwick’s new vice president/college advancement.

ONEONTA – Paula Lee Hobson, who just completed a $30 million “Imagine a Way” fundraising campaign at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, has been named Hartwick College’s vice president for college advancement, President Margaret L. Drugovich announced today.

At Plymouth State, Hobson served as vice president for university advancement for five years. In all, she has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, and the private sector for an additional 15 years.   The appointment begins effective Aug. 1.

Hobson takes over for Peg Luy, who has served in the position on an interim basis since January.  Gregg Fort, who served four years in the post, is now with the Epilepsy Foundation Iowa.

‘Broadway Revealed’ At Hartwick’s Foreman Gallery

‘Broadway Revealed’

At Hartwick’s Foreman

Irene Weinburg, Oneonta, above, enjoys an in-depth panoramic look into the workshops, offices and stages of Broadway in some of the 113 works in “Broadway Revealed: Behind the Theater Curtain” by photographer Stephen Joseph now on display at Hartwick College’s Foreman Gallery. At right, Stephen Joseph, Hartwick President Margaret Drugovich and Sophie Richardson, Oneonta, enjoy conversation amidst the many images after the opening day crowds have died down. A 90-minute tour of the exhibit and lecture will be given at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, by Patrice Macaluso, retired SUNY Oneonta theater professor. (Ian Austin/

After Hanging  ‘Broadway Revealed,’ Photographer Turning Lens On Opera


After Hanging ‘Broadway

Revealed,’ Photographer

Turning Lens On Opera

Photographer Stephen Joseph lays out some of the 113 canvases of his “Broadway Revealed” exhibit, going on display at Hartwick College on Sunday, June 9. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

ONEONTA – Stephen Joseph’s elaborate “Broadway Revealed: Behind the Theater Curtain,” photograph series got started right here in Oneonta.

While in Oneonta to hang his “Broadway Revealed” exhibit at Hartwick College, Joseph has begun capturing Glimmerglass Opera with his 360-egree lens. (Allison Cadel/Glimmerglass Opera)

“Ten years ago, I was having lunch with artist Julia Clay and I told her I would love to find a project based in New York City,” he said. “I live in California, but I wanted an excuse to come back here more often.”

Clay suggested he meet with Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, a Broadway set designer living in Treadwell. “I photographed her in her studio with all the models she built of the sets,” he said. “And that started the whole thing rolling.”

The show, which had a run at Lincoln Center in 2012, opens 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Hartwick College’s Foreman Gallery. “I’m psyched to have the show come to Oneonta,” he said. “A lot of people didn’t get to see it when it was in New York.”

For eight years, Joseph, son of painter Bunny and Howard Joseph, photographed costume designers, set builders, shoemakers, and other behind-the-scenes artists of Broadway shows including “Chicago,” “American Idiot,” “Hair,” and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

“People know the actors, the dancers, the celebrities,” he said. “But I wanted to show the people who create the shows. People don’t recognize that everything on that stage has to be made.”

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