From President Kleniewski
To All Faculty and Staff
                                                   Dr. Kleniewski

August 26, 2009   

I look forward to collaborating with you on another productive academic year. Your work on behalf of our students and our college distinguishes SUNY Oneonta as a unique campus community where students, faculty, and staff can accomplish extraordinary things. You exemplify our commitments to quality, diversity, sustainability, and community.

Your commitment to SUNY Oneonta has helped us earn even more recognition.  Recently, our college has moved up to 45th in the top tier of "universities master's--north" in the 2010 rankings of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News and World Report.  We have climbed steadily from 83rd three years ago, 57th two years ago, and 49th last year.  This year for the first time, we have also made the U.S. News Top 10 list among public colleges in the North.

In the 2009-2010 academic year, we will learn about ourselves and our world, serve our local and global communities, face new challenges, and plan the exciting future of SUNY Oneonta. Several key factors will be significant in the coming year. 

Campus Budget

Through a combination of efficiencies and effective use of resources, the college overcame a substantial decrease in state financial support in 2009 without significant impacts to positions or programs. I appreciate your personal efforts to conserve resources and limit expenditures as we will again face an uncertain state budget in 2010. Your strong advocacy on behalf of SUNY Oneonta has helped and will continue to help our cause. Through careful planning and fiscal responsibility, we will meet budgetary challenges and continue to strengthen our college.

Academic Quality

The popularity of SUNY Oneonta continues to grow. For this year’s freshman class, we received an all-time record 12,571 applications and maintained a highly selective acceptance rate under 39%. Our freshman class will include approximately 1,050 students. The mean combined SAT score in this year’s freshman profile is 1134 and mean high school GPA is 90.3. We have clearly established SUNY Oneonta as a top choice in SUNY. I look forward to the excitement generated by the collaborations among our highly motivated students and exceptional faculty.  My congratulations in particular go to Dr. James Ebert of our Earth Sciences Department, who was recently promoted by SUNY to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Building a Better Campus

Furthering our reputation as a signature campus within SUNY, we celebrate the re-opening of Tobey Hall, which has been beautifully rehabilitated and now houses 46 additional students and a new fitness center. Wilber Hall will be offline this year, and its complete rehabilitation has already begun. The renovation of the Fine Arts Building, which will be completed later in the fall, includes the construction of a new music wing, the renovation of the visual arts wing, and the rehabilitation of the wardrobe and costume areas in the theater wing. We now have a new entrance from Ravine Parkway to the Physical Science and Human Ecology parking lots. Because the city’s rebuilding of Bugbee Road will limit access to the campus from East Street, the new entrance will be especially convenient with more traffic using West Street to reach campus.

College Advancement

Despite global economic challenges, the college continues to receive outstanding support from both internal and external communities. Visions Solutions: The Fund for Science and Technology has made significant progress towards its goal of $4 million by June 2010. We have re-affirmed our commitment to providing scholarships to our students, and we will offer over 1,000 awards this year with a total value of more than $1.75 million. The College Foundation received our largest gift ever from an alumnus--$2 million from the estate of Dorothy Anderson Wemple ’36--which will fund more than 40 scholarships for English and Adolescence Education--English majors.

I appreciate all that you do as a member of the campus community to make SUNY Oneonta the wonderful college that it is. I look forward to working together with you to make the college even better in 2009-2010.


Nancy Kleniewski


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August 26, 2009