Local students were among the 1,600 SUNY Oneonta students named to the 2021 Spring Dean’s List. Named as receiving the honors were:
Madison Bancroft of Schuyler Lake; Alyson Bookhout of Laurens; Riley Bowen of Hartwick; Rabiatu Braimah of Cooperstown; Riley Brown of Fly Creek; Zachary Brown of Fly Creek; Gabrielle Bush of Hartwick; Brian Butler of Oneonta; Olivia Card of Oneonta; Mary Catella of Oneonta; Lucas Chiappisi of Oneonta; Raynella Clarke of Richfield Springs; Nicole Connolly of Richfield Springs; Alexandra Donaldson of Cooperstown; Michaela Eastman of Oneonta; Kaitlyn Ehlers of Cherry Valley; Amethyst Gardner of Oneonta;
Sherry Georgeson of Oneonta; Bethany Gorence of Oneonta; Kidane Haile of Oneonta; Logan Haney of Hartwick; Abigail Hubbard of Oneonta; Macy Jordan of Oneonta; Kimberly Kamina of Oneonta; Olivia Litzinger of Oneonta; Ajare Malcolm of Oneonta; Alicia McArdle of Cooperstown; Madison Messina of Oneonta; Montanna Miller of Davenport; Xaviar Morrison of Milford; Karah Morton of Cherry Valley; Jade Osterwald of Gilbertsville; Jessica Payne of Burlington Flats; Bethany Peters of Oneonta; Michelle Platt of Otego; Willis Raym of Oneonta; Evelynn Ritter of Oneonta; Cailynn Rogers of Mount Vision; Daniel Rudloff-Rico of Cooperstown; Samantha Ruisi of Oneonta; Nathaniel Schwed of Oneonta; Jillian Segina of Mount Vision; Luke Sementsov of Richfield Springs; Olivia Smith of Oneonta; Samantha Spina of Davenport; Erika Spranger of Schenevus; Kimberly Tefft of Maryland; Erica Thomas of West Oneonta; Elizabeth Thompson of Morris; Reece Thorsland of Oneonta; Jason Van Brunt of Oneonta; Autumn Welsh-Travis of Milford; Jeremy Wise of Gilbertsville; Nanlyett Yulfo Matos of Oneonta; and Dorothy Zeisler of Schenevus.
The Friends of the Oneonta Theater are hosting a benefit car show to raise funds to purchase the historic theater. Come see 100 custom and vintage cars, enter the bucket and silent auctions, and enjoy live rockabilly music by Mark Pawkett and the Mopar Cams. Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase from Soda Jerks. Admission and parking are free. Action Lube Car Repair, 458 Chestnut St. in Oneonta from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 10. Call 607-287-8483.
PLANETARIUM – 7 p.m. Explore the night sky with SUNY Oneonta and Nebula Society students. The theme of this weeks show is TBA. Registration required for virtual show, hosted on Microsoft Teams. Presented by A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2011 or visit www.facebook.com/AJReadSDC/
Bassett Healthcare to partner with museum studies program for inclusive artwork
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SUNY Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program, which focuses on museum studies, has partnered with Bassett Healthcare to create inclusive artwork which represents greater diversity for patient spaces.
Professor Cynthia Falk’s “Gender-Taste-Space” class selected art which depicts different racial, gender, ethnic and religious persuasions.
The Gender Wellness Center team selected pieces to be purchased for display.
“The principles of diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to good health care,” Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould, of the Gender Wellness Center, said in a press release. “Now we have images on our walls that reflect racial and ethnic diversity. If you’re a person of color, or if you use a wheelchair, or if you’re in the LGBTQ community, you’re going to see images that celebrate these groups of people. This artwork is one way to express our aspiration to be inclusive and to make everyone feel welcome.”
The Gender Wellness Center provides support for transgender specific issues such as mental health, education, legal advocacy, surgical procedures and other services.
TROLLEY TOUR – 1:30 – 3 p.m. Explore the architecture of Oneonta from it’s earliest days of European settlement to the exponential expansion of the Victorian era and the Railroad. Led by Dr. Cindy Falk, Cooperstown Graduate Program and professor of Material Culture at SUNY Oneonta. Registration required. Cost, $10/person. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required. Presented by Otsego 2000. Pick-up and Drop-off at Riverside Elementary School parking log, 39 House, St., Oneonta. 607-547-8881 or visit www.facebook.com/otsego2000/
ONEONTA—The Kings Kakery on Main Street in Oneonta had a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, June 25 in which the community came out in support of the business.
Around 30 people which included community leaders such as Mayor Gary Herzig, councilman Mark Drnek, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, SUNY Oneonta acting President Dennis Craig and others gathered outside the business.
Kings Kakery makes pastries as well as Caribbean food such as jerk chicken and oxtail, which owner Allison King said is “different from what’s around here.”
“It’s great to know we have such great support from such a great community,” King said. King is originally from Guyana but was living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn before moving to Oneonta.
“You’ve really must have done something right because look at the turnout,” Herzig said. “It’s this type of a business that makes the community feel at home.”
One of King’s son is an alumni of SUNY Oneonta, which Craig said was “another example of Oneonta families and alumni making us proud.”
Kings Kakery was originally operated out of King’s home before becoming a brick and mortar business.
In addition to the opening, Kings Kakery also hosted raffles with proceeds going to the Otsego Pride Alliance.
Explore the architectural gems found in the city of Oneonta. Trolley tour will be led by Dr. Cindy Falk, professor of material culture at SUNY Oneonta, and will visit the historic districts of Downtown Oneonta and Walnut Street, featuring examples from the first European settlement to the boom of the Victorian era, when the railroad came to town, and more. Registration, masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required. The cost is $10 per person. Presented by Otsego 2000. Pick-up is at the Riverside Elementary School parking lot at 39 House St. in Oneonta. Tours are at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 27. Call 607-547-8881 or visit facebook.com/otsego2000/ for information.
DRIVE WITH PRIDE – 2 p.m. Decorate your car for pride month and participate in parade down Main Street with the Otsego Pride Alliance. Line-up is at 1:30 in Neahwa Park. Also includes socially distanced and safe LGBT+ remembrance ceremony. Neahwa Park & Main Street, Oneonta. 607-386 1508 or visit www.facebook.com/otsegopride/
ONEONTA – Stanley G. Smith, 61, lost his courageous battle with lung cancer on Sunday, May 23, 2021.
He was born on April 27, 1960 in Delhi, to Francis “Smitty” and Elizabeth (Slater) Smith.
Stan was a 1979 graduate of Oneonta High School, where he played football and baseball. He worked for several years at Brook’s BBQ. Stan worked also for Otsego County Senior Meals on Wheels.
In between he worked as a bar bouncer, helped his dad “Smitty” with the family paving business, and at the Holiday Lanes doing several different jobs. Stan worked in the maintenance at SUNY Oneonta for several years until the devastating diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer, forced his retirement last August.
Stan married Dolores Hugues on December 21, 2002. He became step-dad or as they liked to call him, “their extra dad”, to Peter Hugues-Simmons of Manchester, CT and Joseph Simmons of Laurens. Stan jumped into fatherhood with both feet, coaching the Sunday morning kids bowling. Taking teams all over the state to tournaments and taking a team all the way to the States in Syracuse. He also coached city of Oneonta pony league baseball, going from last place the first year to being undefeated the next. Stan, in his own rite, was an excellent bowler; 14 career 300 games, numerous 299’s. At one point, Stan was on the
An Oneonta resident whose art thrusts viewers into a world of abstract thoughts and concepts is on display at The Community Arts Network of Oneonta.
Originally from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Madeline Silber is a professional artist, graphic designer and art teacher at SUNY Oneonta.
Her show is called ‘Along the Way,’ which shows old and new work that reflects her life journey as an artist.
“Along the Way is a connection between the older and newer drawings,” Silber said during a tour of the gallery Thursday, May 14. “I’m primarily a painter but I’ve been drawing for the past year and I love it.”
Some of Silber’s drawings bring to mind otherworldly dimensions. The drawings were created with charcoal, ballpoint pen, colored pencils and gel-rolled pens.
Editor’s Note: In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we asked some of the speakers at the recent rally against violence against people of Asian descent to submit their speeches as columns. This week’s submission came from SUNY Oneonta Professor of Anthropology Sallie Han.
Thank you to the organizers for inviting me to take part in this gathering and to all of you here today for being present and taking a stand for truths and against lies and myths. Our commitment to truths brings us together, Asian and Black and White. Lies and myths manipulate and divide us.
Let me speak a little truth, or at least my truth, about what it means to be the American born daughter of Korean immigrants in this moment. Because I am also a professor of anthropology, I sincerely believe in the importance and necessity of learning and particularly of the study of humanity as a foundation for the understanding and unity that we need. Because I am standing here at this gathering today, I know that I am not alone in desperately wanting to find the ways toward righting the wrongs of the lies and myths.
I want to speak a little truth against one specific myth, which segregates people like me from the rest of American society by holding up Asians as a “model minority.” Some of us might already know this term—the model minority myth—and be familiar with the concept. Others of us might not have realized that this is the name given to set of assumptions that are likely familiar to a lot of Americans. All of us, I hope, can learn to question and criticize it. The model minority myth goes like this:
Of all the ethnic minority groups represented in the U.S. today, it is claimed that Asians are the highest achieving and most successful.
We’re good at math! We become doctors or work in tech! We’re living the American dream! Our tiger moms put pressure on us, but we’re otherwise uniformly uncomplaining and non-problematic.
Some claim it’s due to traits in our genes. Others claim it’s due to “Asian” culture.
On surface, this myth seems like it might be a “positive” one, but I think all of us understand that true freedom comes from justice and equity and our recognition of unhappy truths and our rejection of even the happiest lies. Like every other stereotype, the model minority myth conceals a diversity of experiences. It distracts us from the histories and circumstances that make the American dream realistic or not for every one of us. I can assure you that Asians do not inherit a math gene and particularly as a cultural anthropologist, I can assure you that the values of learning and teaching are foundational to every human culture. The chances that I would have attended and graduated from college as well as earned a doctoral degree likely have less to do with my being Asian and more to do with the fact that both of my own parents, too, graduated from college and earned medical degrees.
Over time, I have come to understand that the model minority myth is not so much about lifting up Asian Americans, but more about putting down other Americans. The model minority myth barely conceals a condemnation. If Asians are the “model,” then what about the other “minorities”?
The model minority myth is one that in fact my parents and their closest Korean immigrant friends and their families and even myself at one time embraced and aspired to. The fact is it felt good not to be seen as “bad.” It was about as close to acceptance and being valued as it seemed possible for us to imagine.
The minority myth was alluring, I think, because the alternative was to be invisible. Indeed, invisibility is a strategy for being where we are made to feel we do not belong. Try not to draw attention.
Get along and get by quietly. Do not speak up to avoid being spoken about or worse, acted against.
For me, the myth of the model minority is that it makes us free to be visible. We are not. I am not free from the fear of harm to myself or to the people I love.
The model minority myth also extorts from me the high price of my silence. The awful, hard truth about the myth is it invites my complicity and participation in the institutionalized racism that threatens harm to me. It is a lie that divides Asian and Black and other racialized communities from each other and divides all of us as Americans from each other.
So, this is our moment. Let’s build a new model for a new majority acting in coalition. Here. Now. We can speak and listen to each others’ truths. Together.
ONEONTA — After a tumultuous year, SUNY Oneonta is celebrating the graduation of the class of 2021, on Saturday, May 15.
A virtual graduation highlighted student life, achievements and an acknowledgement of the particular difficulties faced during the past year due to COVID.
“Today we acknowledge a major life achievement for not only the graduates but also their families and those they care about,” acting president Dennis Craig said during the ceremony. “If we learned anything over the past year it’s that our successes are only possible from the support of those we love and those that we have been inspired by.”
The ceremony opened with video showcasing student life and videos of congratulations from students and staff. The Leatherstockings District Pipe Band played bagpipes and drums and Zoe Johnson sung the national anthem.
Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also made remarks via video congratulating the class of 2021.
Oneonta will be closing Main Street from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 15, in celebration of SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College graduates.
The street will be closed between Elm Street and Chestnut Street for the purpose of outdoor shopping and dining.
Council to revisit mask ordinance
The Oneonta legislative council discussed the city’s mask ordinance Monday, May 10, and the matter is expected to be brought up at the next Common Council meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 18. Questions with the ordinance included whether to have different criteria depending on whether an individual was vaccinated.
Garden Club to hold sale
The Oneonta Federated Garden Club will be holding their Spring plant sale 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday May, 29 at Huntington Park.
Cooperstown and SUNY Oneonta track champion Lucy Ford took a step up the coaching ladder this school year.
Ford, a former state champion in high school in the high jump and a former SUNYAC champion in the high jump and heptathlon, accepted a coaching position at Brandeis University, a Division III school in Waltham, Massachusetts in November.
Although the job began in the fall, the season didn’t, as the University Athletic Association canceled winter sports for 2020-2021, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the spring season began last month and Ford told Iron String Press that she is happy with her new position.
“It is going pretty well,” she said. “I am having fun.”
Ford graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 2014 and SUNY Oneonta, where she transferred after beginning college at SUNY Brockport, in 2018. She was an assistant track coach at SUNY Delhi from 2018 to 2020, but the college eliminated most paid sports assistant positions during the pandemic.
PLANETARIUM – 7 p.m. Explore the universe, learn whats new in the field of astronomy in fun virtual planetarium show with the SUNY staff and Nebula society students. Free, registration on Eventbrite required. Presented by the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2011 or visit www.eventbrite.com/o/science-discovery-center-and-planetarium-14332374215