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Teaching, Learning and Research

Dr. Susan Bernardin

Dr. Susan BernardinDr. Susan Bernardin understands the importance of getting students out from behind their desks and engaging in professional experiences.  If you’re looking for evidence, look no further than the Seneca Falls Dialogues Conference which Dr. Bernardin traveled to with six SUNY Oneonta underclassmen this past academic year. 
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Dr. Sallie Han

Dr. Sallie HanDr. Sallie Han, Associate Professor of Anthropology—and faculty advisor to the Anthropology Club—understands teaching and learning.  Thanks to a gift supporting student travel, Dr. Han led a group of her students to the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in San Francisco, CA. 
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Myles Moore

Myles MooreGeo Fyrst, a summer program for first-year students sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Earth and Atmospheric Sciences department, gave Myles Moore his first field experience and sold him on pursuing a degree within the discipline. 
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Conor McElhearn

Growing up on Staten Island, Conor McElhearn ’14 always dreamed of working on Wall Street. Conor came to SUNY Oneonta to pursue his dream, and for four years has worked hard both in and outside of the classroom.  
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Global Connectedness

Lisa Ceccato

Lisa CeccatoAs a recipient of the College Foundation 30th Anniversary Scholarship, a scholarship specifically established to help students study abroad, Lisa received financial support while spending a semester studying at the Foundation for International Education in London, England. Read more

 

Jared Kirk

Jared KirkComing from a small town in upstate New York, Jared Kirk viewed studying abroad as the opportunity of a lifetime. With his eyes set on spending a semester in Japan, Jared found himself staring at one obstacle in particular - money. Read more

 

Colleen Whitehurst

Colleen Whitehurst ’16 had high expectations for her study abroad trip to Ecuador from the start. Read more

 

 

 

Scholarships

Mifuyu Otsuka - Recipient of the OAS International Scholarship

Karl Lange

Sometimes, changing your major really can pay off.  In Karl Lange’s case, changing his major to Business Economics paid off in a way he never thought possible.  Based on his academic performance and campus engagement, Karl was awarded the Joel Meyerson ’80 Scholarship, a scholarship established for well deserving Business Economics majors.  Read more


Taylor Hogan

Taylor HoganComing from Queens, NY, it didn’t take long for Taylor Hogan to find her second home among the hills upon her arrival in 2010.  Now in her senior year, Taylor finds herself busier than ever.  As a resident advisor in Hulbert Hall, the Business Manager of Alpha Psi Omega (APO, a nationally recognized theatre honor society), a summer on-campus conference assistant, a member of Phi Delti Chi sorority, and admissions tour guide, Taylor champions a sense of community and open-mindedness.  Read more

Danielle Kennedy

Danielle KennedyDanielle Kennedy’s competitive drive, time management skills, work ethic and confidence have been on display since her arrival as a freshman in 2009. Her leadership and nationally recognized abilities led Danielle to being named SUNY Oneonta Female Athlete of the Year in 2013. Academically, Danielle is pursuing a degree in Mass Communications with hopes of a career in network television news. Read more

Felicia Magnan

Receiving a scholarship allowed Felicia Magnan ’14 to channel her mental focus away from figuring out how to pay for college and direct it towards achieving greatness. Read more

 


 

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Maggie Dean, recipient of the Alumni Association Scholarship

 

Michaela Arnold

Michaela ArnoldIt’s not every day you hear about a college freshman taking a day mid-semester to meet with alumni in Manhattan.  But for Michaela Arnold, this opportunity became a reality through SUNY Oneonta’s Backpacks to Briefcases program.  Primarily reserved for upperclassmen, Backpacks to Briefcases gives 50 SUNY Oneonta students the opportunity to interact with alumni holding high level positions in the Business, Economics, and Accounting industries. Read more

Josh Burger

Earning a degree is a huge step on the path to professional success. But when recent college graduates find themselves vying for highly coveted employment opportunities, it’s great to be able to brandish not only a degree, but experience too. For Josh Burger ’13, the experience made all the difference. Read more

Dr. Susan Bernardin

Donations supporting the D’Antonio Student Travel for Excellence Fund allowed students to engage in leadership skill development, roundtable discussions, and professional networking with fellow student’s as well as women’s studies professors and researchers.  Mary Nardella ’13 is a perfect example of how important professional development experiences are for undergrads – “I was able to connect and interact with many professionals in the area of women's and gender studies, and I have since maintained contact with several graduate professors who are interested in me as a potential doctoral student. I have identified two graduate programs of which I was previously unaware, and because of that, I have changed my whole course of action as I plan my future.”
 
Regarding SUNY Oneonta’s development opportunities, Dr. Bernardin noted that, “One of the extraordinary things we can do here—with help such as yours—is to provide motivated students with opportunities for professional development. Such opportunities are usually reserved for graduate students, and hence our ability to bring students to conferences sets SUNY Oneonta students apart at a particularly critical time”.  Student travel is a primary component of Possibilities Full of Promise and your support will enable students to engage in regional and national development opportunities for generations to come.

Dr. Sallie Han

“Not only were the students inspired and exhilarated, but participating in the meetings allowed them to see themselves as more than bystanders passively taking in the knowledge that others have produced,” said Dr. Han.  “They became drawn into the practice of anthropology in a way that I wish could be replicated in a lecture hall.  However, we have some of our most important and meaningful experiences of teaching and learning outside of our classrooms”.  

Dr. Han’s students attended panels, heard papers and met and interacted with the anthropologists and scholars whose work they found most intriguing.  The students also networked with other anthropology students and professionals from across the country. For Dr. Han, it was a pleasure to be able to offer her students a glimpse of what it means to be an anthropologist with her while exposing them future career opportunities.  Giving supporting Possibilities Full of Promise helped make it all possible. 

Myles Moore

Geo Fyrst, a summer program for first-year students sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Earth and Atmospheric Sciences department, gave Myles Moore his first field experience and sold him on pursuing a degree within the discipline.

“The program changed my life and led me to declaring a major in Water Resources. Also, none of my friends at other schools can say they completed a week of field work before even moving into their dorm room.”

Myles is now preparing for grad school after completing a 10-week paid internship at the Biological Field Station in Cooperstown, NY and presenting his research at both the Northeast and National Geological Society of America conferences.

“You need to complete research in order to stand out and get into a good master’s degree program. Every year, I’ve received scholarship and grant money from SUNY Oneonta to cover research costs and conference expenses”.

Conor McElhearn

Growing up on Staten Island, Conor McElhearn ’14 always dreamed of working on Wall Street. Conor came to SUNY Oneonta to pursue his dream, and for four years has worked hard both in and outside of the classroom. A special fund created through charitable giving helped Conor travel to New York City with a team of SUNY Oneonta students to take part in the Federal Reserve College Fed Challenge, a competition for undergraduate college students inspired by the working of the Federal Open Market Committee.

“It was a singular honor to represent our college against some of the top schools in the northeast,” said Conor.

Working closely with Associate Professor of Economics Dr. David Ring, the team went to work researching and analyzing economic data, developing forecasts and reviewing future economic risks for a presentation to some of the preeminent fiscal minds in the nation. Conor and the team reached the semi-finals of the competition.

“This experience opened my eyes to the importance of monetary policy, and created a newfound passion in my study of economics”.

Lisa Ceccato

Communications Studies major Lisa Ceccato says she chose SUNY Oneonta for, "its beautiful campus, imtimate class size and amazing faculty". Last year she became seriously interested in pursuing a study abroad experience. As a recipient of the College Foundation 30th Anniversary Scholarship, a scholarship specifically established to help students study abroad, Lisa received financial support while spending a semester studying at the Foundation for International Education in London, England.

“I have been meeting people from around the globe, traveling across Europe, touring iconic historical sites, interning at a Human Resource firm, and growing into a more cultured adult," she said.

Lisa hopes to pursue a job that will put to use her communications degree and also her passion for travel. The scholarship, "allowed me to have the experience of a lifetime" she said.

Gifts supporting Possibilities Full of Promise will provide students like Lisa with opportunities to expand their horizons and be better prepared to compete in an increasingly global world.

Jared Kirk

Coming from a small town in upstate New York, Jared Kirk viewed studying abroad as the opportunity of a lifetime. With his eyes set on spending a semester in Japan, Jared found himself staring at one obstacle in particular - money. The challenge of finding an affordable means of traveling was putting Jared’s adventure in a chokehold. But his dedication and persistence eventually paid off when he received the College at Oneonta Foundation 30th Anniversary scholarship. Established with the purpose of providing resources to students for international travel, the scholarship placed Jared’s trip comfortably within reach.

“The scholarship award lessened the burden of my expenses. Heading abroad, every penny counts – travel, food, study materials – are just as important as paying your semester bill.”

Why Japan? “I hosted an international student from Japan during my senior year of high school. We became close friends and I promised him I would try to visit his homeland one day. In my junior year at Oneonta I ventured into the international education office and already knew where I wanted to go. Before too long, I was on my way to the Land of the Rising Sun.”

Jared spent a full semester immersed in Japanese culture and bonding with other students from around the world. “It was a short four months, but the I-house dormitory felt like home and saying goodbye was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. My study abroad is something I will remember for the rest of my life. I am thankful that SUNY Oneonta gave me this opportunity.”

Colleen Whitehurst

Colleen Whitehurst ’16 had high expectations for her study abroad trip to Ecuador from the start.

“I was so excited to see what Ecuador had to offer,” said Colleen. “I wanted to gain new insights to a world that was unfamiliar to me and use the experience as a springboard for my career as a Spanish teacher.”

Studying abroad allowed Colleen to immerse herself in Ecuadorian culture, spending time in Quito, the country’s metropolitan capital, as well as Canoa, a small fishing village on the Pacific coast. While in Ecuador, the future Spanish teacher was constantly refining her Spanish-speaking skills. The experience allowed Colleen to teach local children, hike to 15,000 feet up Catopaxi (a snowcapped volcano), and visit the equator.

“Studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country gave me the invaluable experience of interacting with native speakers which will help me become a stronger teacher. And being immersed in Ecuadorian culture definitely increased my sense of global awareness,” she said.

Karl Lange

“SUNY Oneonta helped me accomplish many things I had not dreamed of before. I was chosen as a recipient because of my substantial academic improvements after re-declaring my major to Business Economics”.

As a Business Economics major, Karl spent multiple semesters on the dean’s list and participated in the Federal Reserve Challenge during his junior and senior years. Outside of academics, Karl held a job in the Mills Dining Hall, was member of the Joint Student and Business Advisory Council, and President of the Mountain Biking Club. Upon graduating, Karl moved out to California and now works at the North Face in their Master Data Management department.

“SUNY Oneonta provided me with an excellent foundation to enter the business world. Challenges from my professors and the financial assistance from my scholarship both played a major role in shaping who I am today”.

Charitable gifts to SUNY Oneonta and Possibilities Full of Promise helped turn Karl’s possibilities into reality.

Taylor Hogan

“My RA helped me adjust to college and led me to getting involved on campus.  I became an RA so I could give back to my residents what my resident advisor gave to me”.

“APO is one of the largest theatre societies for college students and being a member has shaped my career path.”

The future looks bright for Taylor but the last three years would have looked a lot different if not for the support of the Muriel & Kenneth Kellerhouse ’57, ’60G scholarship.  Taylor’s scholarship gave her the freedom to move away from the city and experience something new.  “I did not want to live at home and go to college in New York City.  I knew I would get more out of college away from where I grew up, but the housing cost was going to be a big problem.  Without my scholarship, I would have been forced to stay home and commute to a college I did not want to go to”. The Muriel and Kenneth Kellerhouse ’57, ’60G scholarship is awarded to Theatre majors in good academic standing.  It now sits as an endowed scholarship though generous charitable gifts and will continue to support well deserving students for generations to come.  

Danielle Kennedy

Danielle Kennedy’s competitive drive, time management skills, work ethic and confidence have been on display since her arrival as a freshman in 2009. Athletically, she’s a three-season athlete and captain of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Her leadership and nationally recognized abilities led Danielle to being named SUNY Oneonta Female Athlete of the Year in 2013. Academically, Danielle is pursuing a degree in Mass Communications with hopes of a career in network television news. Knowing that she needed real world experience to supplement her class time, Danielle landed an internship last summer at CNY Central, the central New York affiliate for NBC, CBS, and the CW. But as an unpaid intern, Danielle needed a stream of funds to afford her experience. Luckily, Danielle was a recipient of the Dorothy A. Wemple ’36 Scholarship and used the support to pay for her internship-related expenses.

"The Dorothy A. Wemple scholarship has played a huge role in shaping my future. There is no way I would have been able to afford my internship without it. In the future, I hope to help students achieve their goals as this scholarship has helped me pursue mine." 

The Dorothy A. Wemple ’36 Scholarship is an endowed fund, established through planned giving. SUNY Oneonta will continue to develop the leaders of tomorrow through generous support to Possibilities Full of Promise.  

Felicia Magnan

Receiving a scholarship allowed Felicia Magnan ’14 to channel her mental focus away from figuring out how to pay for college and direct it towards achieving greatness. Today, the Dean’s list fashion and textiles major spends her time as Vice President of the Student Fashion Society, Student Manager at the Center for Multicultural Experiences, and as a member of the International Student Organization. Felicia’s talents, focus and abilities led her to internship experiences with Dresses for Haiti, a nonprofit organization, and Elle Magazine, both based in New York City.

“My scholarship played a major part in helping to pay for my education,” said Felicia. “It allowed me to concentrate more on my passions and pursue professional experiences in the epicenter of the fashion world.”

The Dorothy A. Wemple ’36 Scholarship is an endowed fund, established through planned giving. SUNY Oneonta will continue to develop the leaders of tomorrow through generous support to Possibilities Full of Promise.  

Michaela Arnold

“This experience meant a lot to me because it was my first year at SUNY Oneonta and I was able to see where my major could take me in the future,” said Michaela.

“The alumni were very relaxed and answered questions regarding their careers, experience at SUNY Oneonta, and their personal lives.” 

Michaela met with three Oneonta alumni in their workplaces and enjoyed an evening networking reception with additional alum’s. “Thanks to the support and funding provided to students, Backpacks to Briefcases has reinforced my decision to major in Business Economics.  By being able to meet three successful alumni, I believe that Oneonta is the place for me.” 

Michaela plans to pursue a second degree in Accounting after receiving her bachelor’s degree and hopes for employment near her hometown of Harpursville, NY.  Backpacks to Briefcases is just one example of the unique development opportunities SUNY Oneonta students can take advantage of through generous giving to Possibilities Full of Promise.

Josh Burger

Earning a degree is a huge step on the path to professional success. But when recent college graduates find themselves vying for highly coveted employment opportunities, it’s great to be able to brandish not only a degree, but experience too. For Josh Burger ’13, the experience made all the difference. As a junior majoring in Music Industry, Josh was eager to apply what he was learning in the classroom to the working world.

“Every student should pursue internship opportunities. They’re so helpful in making contacts in the professional world” he said.

Josh attended a SUNY Oneonta Internship Fair where he met with—and impressed—representatives from the Frontline Entertainment Agency. The meeting allowed Josh to secure a summer internship. Better yet, Josh’s knowledge and performance as an intern translated into a job offer before graduation.

“The internship fair has absolutely helped me jumpstart my career in the entertainment industry,” he said. “The opportunities the fair and the internship provided me to network with professionals in the field are immeasurable.”