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Dennis Craig
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SUNY Oneonta will welcome back roughly 25 percent of its students to campus this semester, after a COVID-19 outbreak forced the college to shutter its doors and return to remote learning in the fall. The outbreak – in which over 700 students were infected – led to the ouster of Barbara Jean Morris as college president. Former Purchase College Interim President Dennis Craig was tapped by SUNY to lead the push for spring, with 20 percent of classes expected to take place in-person as part of a “dual modality” model. Craig discussed the college’s plans with WAMC’s Jesse King.

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig is set to deliver his State of the City address Tuesday night. It’s a busy time for the Otsego County city, with college students set to return in the coming days, a new police chief to hire, and ongoing concerns around COVID-19. Herzig, a Democrat, is now in his sixth year as mayor. He spoke with WAMC’s Jesse King.

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After shutting its campus down amid one of New York’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks in September, SUNY Oneonta has released its reopening plan for the spring semester. As WAMC’s Jesse King reports, some faculty are worried about returning to the classroom.

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After a failed attempt to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic this fall, officials at SUNY Oneonta are working out how they can safely bring students back for the spring semester.

SUNY Taps New Acting President At SUNY Oneonta

Oct 15, 2020
Dennis Craig
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The SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed a new acting president for SUNY Oneonta, whose campus has been largely shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak. 

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The city of Oneonta says so far, testing shows community spread of COVID-19 from the local SUNY campus has been averted. 

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Jesse King

Colleges across New York state are increasing testing as they grapple with spikes in COVID-19. 

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Friday was the first day of an unexpected move-out at SUNY Oneonta, where more than 500 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of classes on August 24. The outbreak caused a two-week shutdown, followed by a move to all-virtual instruction this fall. WAMC's Jesse King spoke with resident assistants at the college, who have been under particular pressure during the outbreak. 

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With 507 COVID-19 cases among its campus community as of Thursday evening, SUNY Oneonta is ceasing all in-person classes and sending students home for the rest of the fall semester. 

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Jesse King / WAMC

SUNY Oneonta says 289 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of classes last week. The outbreak forced the campus to halt in-person learning until at least September 13. For year-round residents of Oneonta, New York, the news is nerve-wracking – but not surprising. 

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig

Just one week ago, the fall semester began at SUNY Oneonta. Now, the campus has been shut down for in-person activities for two weeks as authorities try to control the spread of COVID-19. Governor Andrew Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras made the announcement Sunday after 105 students tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Officials say off-campus parties appear to be the culprit, and Malatras says students who violate safety rules face discipline. Free community COVID testing will be available for all residents of Oneonta starting  Wednesday. Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus Monday morning.

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After 105 students at SUNY Oneonta tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, the campus will closed for in-person learning for two weeks.

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Almost 30 SUNY Oneonta students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of classes on Monday. College President Barbara Jean Morris says school officials are investigating reports of off-campus gatherings — including complaints of rush parties hosted by fraternities and sororities. WAMC’s Jesse King spoke with Abigail Perrin, a SUNY Oneonta senior currently living in town.

Natalie Costanza, SUNY Oneonta

Colleges and universities were some of the first to close because of the coronavirus pandemic. To comply with social distancing guidelines, campuses moved online for the rest of the spring semester. Many students headed for spring break and never came back — except to move out. With the initial shock of the pandemic waning, students and administrators are now focused on how to move forward. 


Students on campuses across the country are walking “Out of the Darkness” to fundraise for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

University police have taken a suspect into custody in connection with a threatening message found Saturday on social network YikYak at SUNY Oneonta. In an online statement, the college announced Sunday that the message mentioned a shooting planned for Monday. While the investigation is still ongoing, the University Police Department says it is confident there is not a current threat. Read the full statement here:

The Academic Minute for 10.27-10.31

Oct 31, 2014

Monday, October 27
Alex Müller - University of Cape Town   
Health Care and LGBT Discrimination

2014.10.27 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Oct 27, 2014

Monday, October 27
Dr. Alex Muller of The University of Cape Town analyzes health care discrimination amongst LGBT patients.  

Tuesday, October 28
Dr. Andrew Gallup of SUNY Oneonta presents a theory on yawning.

Wednesday, October 29
Dr. Heidi Appel and Dr. Rex Cocroft of The University of Missouri share their groundbreaking research on plants' ability to hear.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sallie Han of the State University of New York Oneonta discusses what the items we accumulate during pregnancy say about our culture. 

Dr. Brian Lowe, SUNY Oneonta – Analyzing "Big Data"

Aug 5, 2013

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brian Lowe of the State University of New York Oneonta explains why "Big Data" is becoming a focus of academic inquiry. 

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that displaced nearly 180 students living in a State University at Oneonta dormitory was sparked by the improper use of a power strip.

SUNY Oneonta officials say Thursday the fire started around 4 p.m. Wednesday because of the improper use of an electrical power strip in a bedroom in a third-floor suite in Matteson Hall.

Officials say the 177 residents of the dorm all got out safely from the four-story building. The fire was under control in less than an hour.