OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate opening of exhibits “Made In New York: The Art Of Wood” and solo show “Keeping It Real: Hand Drawn Stone Lithography in the 21st Century” by Amy Silberkleit. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Coopersotwn. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com
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.
SUMMER CELEBRATION – 3 – 7 p.m. Celebrate summer by the waterfront with OPA. Bring a dish to share, enjoy BBQ. Come prepared for swimming, outdoor games, other park activities, relax with friends. Gilbert Lake State Park, Mount Vision. 607-386-1508 or visit www.facebook.com/otsegopride/
ART EXHBIT – 5 – 7 p.m. ARC Otsego celebrates opening of 15th annual Voice! Of work by artists with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Reception includes refreshments, art for sale, prize, people’s choice voting, more. Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, SUNY Oneonta. 607-432-8595 or visit www.arcotsego.org/voice/
ONEONTA – Albert J. Read, 93, a SUNY Oneonta physics professor who founded the Science Discovery Center, died peacefully at home Saturday, June 29, 2019.
He was the founding Director of the Science Discovery Center of Oneonta, renamed in his honor in 2015.
Albert was born in Albany to Dr. Albert J. Read and Dana Weitzel Read. He was married to Hazel Roberts Read from 1953 until her death in 2006. They received the College at Oneonta Foundation Distinguished Service Award in 2000 for their community service. In 2010 he married Dr. Frances Gailey, who survives him.
ONEONTA – Albert J. Read, 93, the SUNY Oneonta physics professor who founded the Science Discovery Center at the college, died Saturday, June 29.
Read taught at SUNY Oneonta from 1957 until his retirement in 1985, serving as chair of the physics department from 1983-84. He founded the Science Discovery Center in 1985, serving as director until 2005.
RACE – 9 a.m. Run the 4.4 mile Council Rock to Council Rock Race sponsored by Clarks Sports Center. Proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Kid’s Camp. Registration: $25/indiv, $55/family (5 ppl max). Race starts at 11 a.m, Council Rock Park, Lake & River Sts., Cooperstown Info, www.clarksportscenter.com, 547-2800, ext 111.
COOPERSTOWN – Ink, said George Hovis, has a way of getting under your skin.
In the ’90s, the SUNY Oneonta English professor worked as a process chemist in an ink factory in Charlotte, N.C. “Ink got into my subconscious,” he said. “And it came out as the ink on the skin of these characters.”
His debut novel, “The Skin Artist,” just released from SFK Press, follows Bill Becker as his upwardly mobile life begins to spiral out of control.
He is joined by a tattooed dancer, Lucy, as the two of them leave the city of Charlotte to confront the pasts that lie in wait in the Carolina countryside.
Some 1,500 graduates took their final walk across the stage at this morning and afternoon in three-session SUNY Oneonta’s 130th Commencement in the Dewar Arena. Above, graduate Michael Bagby, Oneonta, shakes hands with SUNY President Barbara Jean Morris, who gave her first commencement to the class of ’19. At right, Oneonta’s Sapphira Koerner beams as she and her fellow students march out during the recessional. Two alumni delivered commencement addresses at separate ceremonies: James C. Zachos, ’81, a widely published paleoclimatologist, professor of geology, and National Academy of Sciences member,, spoke at the first session; Crystal L. Williams, ’77, CEO and executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, spoke at the two others. Also, eight faculty members and four students received Chancellor Awards for Excellence (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)