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Teaching and learning will always be at the core of our educationalmission. Central to this mission are students fully engaged in learning experiences inside and outside the classroom, and a faculty community that is active, accessible, up to date across disciplines and informed in the very best practices of how students learn and understand.

Research shows that students learn best by doing. For this reason, a major goal of our campaign is to expand experiential learning for our students. Funds raised will support student-faculty collaborations outside the classroom, such as research and creative activities, field study experiences, attendance at professional conferences and internships. In addition to facilitating learning, these experiences will better position our students for graduate school and employment.

Every day, SUNY Oneonta competes with other top colleges and universities from across the country to attract and retain the very best faculty. Possibilities Full of Promise will raise gifts and grants to expand professional development for our faculty allowing them greater opportunities to pursue research and scholarship, attend conferences and intensive trainings, and stay current and relevant in their fields. This, in turn, will lead to knowledge and benefits to society through research and scholarship, increased retention of talented faculty, advances in the teaching profession and, most importantly, long-lasting learning for all our students.

Feeling the impact

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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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”.