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SUNY Oneonta president seeks to improve student experience
Cardelle (contributed)

SUNY Oneonta president
seeks to improve student experience

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

ONEONTA — The new SUNY Oneonta President, Alberto Cardelle, said he is aiming to make things easier and safer for students as well as to improve town-gown relationships.

Prior to taking over the role of SUNY President, Cardelle was a provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fitchburg State

University in Massachusetts. Before that, he spent 15 years at East Stroudsburg University, where he began as an assistant professor for public health in 1999, eventually becoming a department chair in 2001.

Cardelle spoke about his experiences growing up and what led him to take over the mantle of president at the largest college in the area.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Poetry at Harwick College 10-13-21

Poetry at Harwick College


VISITING WRITERS – 7 p.m. The Hartwick College department of English presents the first reading in the Visiting Writers Series. This month will feature poet Roger W. Hecht (Associate professor of English at SUNY Oneonta) reading from his works, meeting with students, and giving insights to what its like to be a professional writer. Free. Masks, vaccination required. Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4921 or visit

Pit Run draws thousands of spectators, runners
Runners begin the Pit Run at Main Street and Neahwa Place on Sunday, Oct. 3. (Kevin Limiti/

Pit Run draws
thousands of spectators, runners

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

ONEONTA — Rain had just started to drizzle in Neahwa Park, Sunday, Oct. 3, as the start of the annual Pit Run was set to begin.

But some of the runners said they were thankful for the rain as it cooled things down, making it easier for them.

There was a diverse group of runners who came from seven states other than New York, including California, Maine, New Hampshire and Virginia.

Brian Reis, 32, a Cooperstown native*, came in first place for the men’s 10K and called it a “dress rehearsal” for the Boston marathon, which he is set to run Monday, Oct. 11.

TedxOneonta to return Friday

TedxOneonta to return Friday

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

TedxOneonta returns for its fourth event in five years, with an evening of presentations beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in Oneonta.

This year’s theme, a holdover from the canceled 2020 event, is “Changing World.”

“We basically have been planning this for two years,” said Dan Buttermann, TedxOneonta co-founder and executive director.

The local version of Ted talks — the x means it is an independent event and not run by the national organization — this year will feature four speakers.

Fully vaccinated students at SUNY Oneonta at 88%

Fully vaccinated students
at SUNY Oneonta at 88%

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

ONEONTA ⁠— COVID numbers for SUNY Oneonta have steadily improved with more students getting the vaccine.

Danielle McMullen, chief of staff at SUNY Oneonta, reported to the Common Council on Tuesday, Sept. 21, that 94% of students had at least one dose of the vaccine while 88% are fully vaccinated.

McMullen said SUNY Oneonta was doing “really well, when compared to other SUNY schools,” and credited the “strong messaging campaign” with the rising numbers of vaccinated students.

“Students came back to campus really wanting that in-person, robust experience,” McMullen said. There was a “spike (in COVID cases) that we anticipated” McMullen said who spoke of the erroneous notion that the vaccine is a “silver bullet” but they took a look at “a lot of data points including students social activity” and were able to make determinations on how they could improve their response.

McMullen called it a “testament of our campus coming together” and “being honest with the local community.”

Patricia S. Gourlay, 97 March 25, 1924 – August 19, 2021

In Memoriam

Patricia S. Gourlay, 97

March 25, 1924 – August 19, 2021

Patricia S. Gourlay

ONEONTA – Patricia S. Gourlay, 97, died peacefully at home on August 19, 2021. She was Professor of English at SUNY Oneonta 1963-2003. Born in 1924 in Lakewood OH, daughter of Alice and Walter P. Southard, she earned a BA from Wellesley, MA from Stanford, and PhD from Columbia, specializing in Shakespeare, mythology, and classical culture. In addition to SUNY Oneonta, she taught at Temple University, Dutchess Community College, and, following her retirement, at Oneonta’s Center for Continuing Adult Learning where she had a devoted following well into her nineties.

Her classes with her CCAL students brought her great joy.

Miller’s homecoming takes surprising turn with CSO
Cassandra Miller does publicity with the cast of ‘One Night in Miami’ at the Baltimore Center Stage, where she was the public relations manager of the professional theater and managed publicity for the East Coast premiere of the play, which is now a 2021 Golden Globe-winning film. (contributed)

Miller’s homecoming takes surprising turn with CSO

By PHOEBE SMITH • Special to

Oneonta native Cassandra Miller said she never imagined leading the Catskill Symphony Orchestra when she returned home two years ago, but now that she has officially been upgraded from interim to full-time executive director, she is excited about upcoming plans.

Miller, who had been in an interim role since March, spoke with AllOtsego not long after she shed the tag in July.

“(I hope to) bring my background and be able to open up the organization to new audiences,” she said.

Miller graduated from Boston University in 2006 with a degree in journalism.

Colleges preparing to avoid repeat of August 2020 outbreak

Colleges preparing to avoid repeat of August 2020 outbreak

By Kevin Limiti • Special to

ONEONTA — In light of the disastrous SUNY Oneonta outbreak of COVID at the start of the fall 2020 semester, both local colleges are increasing measures to avoid a repeat this month.

SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College told AllOtsego this week that various restrictions to ensure the safety of both the students and the community will be in place as students move in and go through the fall 2021 semester.

Richard Lee, provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs at SUNY Oneonta, as well as the co-chair of the COVID response team, said the school is constantly learning and adapting to the situation with COVID.

“We have to be more adaptable,” Lee said, in order to “make sure that we can commit to students.”
Some of the restrictions include masking being required in all buildings, including classrooms and labs, as well as all students being required to be pre-screened before arriving on campus. Students have to be approved with a green check mark before they can enter campus.

“Although we can’t predict the future, we’ve learned from the past,” Lee said. “I don’t think anyone wants to be masked but I think it’s a small price for us being together. Of course, nobody is thrilled about it.”

Alum, SUNY Oneonta grad take CCS jobs
Shirley Tyler and Karl O’Leary have been hired as Cooperstown’s director of athletics/extracurricular activities and high school principal, respectively. (Greg Klein/

Alum, SUNY Oneonta
grad take CCS jobs

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Cooperstown Central School has new leadership in its middle/high school again.

The school’s Board of Education has made two hires in the past month, picking Karl O’Leary as the new
principal and Shirley Tyler as the new coordinator of athletics and extra-curricular activities.

O’Leary started his career as an English teacher and served as principal of Moravia Central School for two years and most recently as assistant high school principal at Middle Country Central School on Long Island. He graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2002 and then got advanced degrees from SUNY Cortland and University of New England.

Dr. Robert Duncan Moynihan, 85 June 26, 1936 – July 23, 2021

In Memoriam

Dr. Robert D. Moynihan, 85

June 26, 1936 – July 23, 2021

Dr. Robert Duncan Moynihan

Dr. Robert Duncan Moynihan, professor emeritus of English Literature at the State University of New York Oneonta passed away on the 23rd of July 2021 at the age of 85. Robert was deeply loved by his family and close friends from all over the world. He was born on the 26th of June, 1936 in Denver, Colorado. His early childhood and adolescent years were spent there, as well as, Grand Junction, Durango and Aspen where he won a scholarship to a summer program for the arts igniting a lifelong passion for classical music.

Robert graduated from Regis College in Denver Colorado and then completed a masters degree in English Literature at the university of Colorado, Boulder. After earning a PhD. from the university of Arizona Dr. Moynihan went on to do his post-doctoral work at Yale.

Student News: July 15, 2021

Student News

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.

Best Bets: July 8, 2021

Best Bets

July 8, 2021

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.

Bassett Healthcare to partner with museum studies program for inclusive artwork

Bassett Healthcare to partner with museum studies program for inclusive artwork

STAFF REPORT • Special to

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.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Tour Vernacular Architecture of Oneonta 06-27-21

Tour Vernacular Architecture of Oneonta


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

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