ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Hundreds of alumni, parents and community members will visit SUNY Oneonta for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2011 onOctober 14-16. Scheduled events range from a faculty showcase of teaching and research to a performance by actor and comedian Dave Coulier, best known asUncle Joey from the TV series “Full House.” Admission to many events is free, and members of the community are invited to participate. The full schedule of events is available at www.oneontaalumni.com.
In conjunction with Homecoming & Family Weekend, SUNY Oneonta will offer its second annual Life of the Mind on Friday, Oct. 14. The event will highlight the teaching, research, creative activity, service andother contributions of SUNY Oneonta faculty to the intellectual life of thecampus community. SUNY Oneonta Class of 1970 alumnus William Jankowiak, Barrick Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will be the keynote speaker. His lecture, titled “Between Love and Sex: Culture’s Dilemma,” will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Waterfront Café at the Hunt College Union. A faculty showcase of posters and exhibits will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Hunt Union Ballroom, and recent work of the SUNY Oneonta art faculty will be on display in the Fine Arts building.
One of the highlights of the full day of events on Saturday will be the performance by stand-up comic Dave Coulier at 8 p.m. in the Hunt Union Ballroom. Coulier starred on the long-running hit ABC television series, “Full House,” hosted “America's Funniest People” for four seasons and provided voices for a variety of cartoons, including “Scooby-Doo” and “The Jetsons.” His stand-up comedy has earned him appearances on “The Tonight Show” and HBO's “Detroit Comedy Jam” and “Comic Relief at Radio City Music Hall.” Tickets to the show can be purchased at www.oneontatickets.com.
Other events on Saturday include the annual craft fair from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Hunt Union and a “Raptors and Birds of Prey” program by wildlife rehabilitator Cindy Page at 1 p.m. at the College Camp Lodge, located off Upper East Street at 119 Hoffman Road.
The annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House. The2011 inductees will include Oneonta residents David Ranieri, a 1982 SUNY Oneonta graduate who was a four-year starting midfielder/defender for the Division I Red Dragons and is now the associate head coach of the women’s soccer team, and Jane Grastorf, a retired SUNY Oneonta physical education professor who is this year's honorary inductee. Joining Grastorf and Ranieri in the 13th class of inductees are former athletes Frank Barbuto '64, Christine Fitzpatrick Monfett '74, William Tremont '99 and Lacey Musso '04, along with longtime coach and physical education instructor Cornelius Lynch.
Highlights of the weekend’s intercollegiate athletic competitions include the men's soccer team, which will take on SUNY New Paltz at 1 p.m. Saturday. The women’s field hockey team will face SUNY Brockport at 4 p.m. Friday and SUNY Geneseo at 1 p.m. Saturday. The complete schedule of athletic events is available at www.oneontaathletics.com.
The events of Homecoming & Family Weekend will conclude on Sunday morning with the 2.6-mile campus Fun Run/Walk sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Inter-Greek Council. Event registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the race is at 9:15 a.m.
More information about Homecoming & Family Weekend 2011 is available from the SUNY Oneonta Office of Alumni Affairs at (607) 436-2526 or www.oneontaalumni.com.