SUNY Oneonta News

October 21st, 2011

SUNY Oneonta to hold 11th Annual Volunteerism Conference


ONEONTA, N.Y. --The Center for Social Responsibility and Community at SUNY Oneonta will present its 11th annual Conference on Volunteerism and Social Responsibility from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Morris Conference Center on the college’s campus. Admission is free, and community members are invited to attend. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and every participant will receive an official conference T-shirt.

New this year is an essay contest on “The Benefits of Volunteering,” with a $300 prize. Details will be announced at the conference.

Designed to inspire participants to make a difference in their communities, the program will open with a keynote address by Stephen G. Post, professor of preventive medicine and director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. The award-winning author of “The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times,” Post is recognized as a leader in the study of altruism, love and compassion in the context of scientific research, health care delivery, philosophy and spirituality.

Following Post's presentation, participants will choose three of the following workshops:

  • How Can I Help? What to Do (and Not Do) When Someone You Care About is in Need, presented by Julie Dostal of the LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions;
  • Meditation for Stress: Stress Relief for the Over-worked and Super Busy, by  Rebecca Harrington of SUNY Oneonta;
  • Together WE win: Fun Activities for Effective Team Building, by Glenda Bolton of SUNY Delhi;
  • Putting the “Community” in “Sustainable Community,” by Jack Tessier of  SUNY Delhi;
  • Pathfinder Community Partners:  An Experience You’ll Never Forget, by Bonnie Loigin of Pathfinder Village;
  • Alternate Spring Breaks: Rebuilding America One House at a Time, by Peter Campbell of SUNY Delhi;
  • Cow Poop Turns Things Beautiful, by Christian Vesterfelt of SUNY Delhi; and
  • Community Connection:  Connecting Campuses for Social Justice, by students from SUNY Oneonta and the Oneonta Job Corps Center. 


The conference is co-sponsored by SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community, the O'Connor Center for Community Service at SUNY Delhi and the Oneonta Job Corps Center. More information is available from Linda Drake, director of the Center for Social Responsibility and Community, at (607) 436-2098 or by e-mail to



For more information about the College, please call the Community Relations Office at (607) 436-2748 or send e-mail to Hal Legg, Director of Communications.

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