Faculty Convivium


Dr. Philip Sirianni

Assistant Professor
Economics, Finance & Accounting









We investigate whether voluntary sustainability commitments made by institutions of higher education provide a private benefit to the institution by attracting more and better students. Our evidence comes from the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (PCC), a highly publicized initiative that has been signed by a large number of schools. Controlling for other factors that affect admissions outcomes, we find that, on average, signing the PCC is associated with an increase in the number of undergraduate applications received by an institution of about 6 percent, as well as an increase in SAT scores of the incoming class of 5-9 points. Our results also show that these increases are sustained in the years after signing the agreement. However, we find that these effects are seen only for public institutions. We find no significant effect for private institutions. These results suggest that commitments to sustainability may be a way for public institutions to close the gap in desirability between themselves and private institutions.



Next Convivivium - Thursday, 15 March 2018

Dr. Theron Verdon

Associate Professor
Communication & Media


For 16 years the western coalition of the United States and their fellow members of NATO have been in Afghanistan working to help provide security and stability leading to a sustainable and sovereign Afghanistan while combating an ever-changing insurgency. To better comprehend the current conflict in Afghanistan you have to look past the physical war and explore and analyze the influence war taking place. This influence war is not just between the western coalition and the Taliban but a multitude of interests including but not limited to the western coalition, Taliban, ISIS, Pakistan, Russia, and the Failed State Narrative. All of them battling it out for the future of Afghanistan and potentially Central Asia. This talk will explore and explain the current influence war in Afghanistan and its impact on the world.
Dr. Theron Verdon is a published author and Associate Professor of Communication studies in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at SUNY Oneonta. He was deployed to Afghanistan where he worked with NATO officials. While there he assessed and rewrote the NATO Resolute Support Mission strategic narrative, strategic communication themes. He also authored the Resolute Support Strategic Communication Playbook and ISIS and Taliban counter-narratives. He also served on the United States Embassy in Afghanistan’s Counter Violent Extremism working group.



Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Dr. Adam Kent

Assistant Professor


Andalusia, Spain’s southernmost region, was the cradle of Roman senators, the birthplace of the Jewish philosopher Maimonides, site of the most extensive Islamic Caliphate outside the Middle East, and a gateway to Africa for the European continent. Since the Middle Ages, Andalusia has been characterized by the co-existence of diverse peoples, all of whom left their imprint on the area’s popular music. In the nineteenth century, the gypsy population of Andalusia developed a unique musical style known as Flamenco. Spain’s great classical composers—Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, and others—found their own personal paths to transmitting the sounds and sensations of this deeply expressive, participatory art form to musicians and music lovers the world over. In Flamenco: Co-Existence in Music, SUNY Oneonta Music Department member Adam Kent situates this musical phenomenon in an historical context, explores the cross-pollination between popular and classical idioms, and provides live performances of Flamenco-inspired solo piano works.

The Faculty Convivium is a luncheon series presented by SUNY Oneonta faculty. Summaries of faculty research, accessible to the non-specialist, are presented in a collegial atmosphere.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Le Cafe
Morris Conference Center