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Dear Members,


 The 2019 TEDxOneonta Speakers Friday, September 13, 2019 (See attached details)

Cait Scudder “Rising is a risk. Here's why it's worth taking”

Abby Medcalf “The Real Reason Relationships Fail”

Matt Episcopo “Personal Power: Establishing Connections For Success”

Phoebe Schreiner “Why America needs a new foodshed”

Getrude Matshe “Imagine if we could solve the world's problems like our

blood heals wounds”


Hartwick Welcomes New Faculty for 2019-20


ONEONTA, NY—Hartwick College will welcome 13 new full-time faculty members for the 2019-2020 academic year. They are:


Kathleen Ash, Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing (term appointment)

A.A.S., Sage Junior College of Albany

B.S., Russell Sage College

M.S.N., Sage Graduate School


Matthew Chick, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science (term appointment)

B.A., SUNY Potsdam

M.A., University of Maryland at College Park

Ph.D., Washington University


Christopher Collins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology (term appointment)

B.S., Houghton College

M.S., Albany Medical College

Ph.D., SUNY Albany


Melissa Davis, Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing (term appointment)

M.S., Excelsior College

D.N.P., Yale University


Pamela Hunt, Assistant Professor of Nursing (tenure track)

A.A.S., Ellis Hospital School of Nursing (now Belanger School of Nursing)

M.S.N., Walden University


Amber Kerwin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice (term appointment)

A.A.S., Corning Community College

B.A., Empire State College

M.A., Boston University


Laura Landertinger, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology (term appointment)

B.A., York University

M.A., Queen’s University

Ph.D., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education


Patricia Manocchi, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing (term appointment)

A.A.S.N., J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

B.S.N., M.S.N., St. Joseph’s College


Heidi Rivera, Assistant Professor of Psychology (tenure track)

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University


Aaron Stephens, Assistant Professor of Business Administration (tenure track)

B.S., M.B.A., Ball State University

Ph.D., Pusan National Graduate School of International Studies, Busan, South Korea


Weian Wang, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems (tenure track)

B.S., San Francisco State University

M.B.A., Xavier University

Ph.D. (ABD), University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Melonie Walcott, Assistant Professor of Public Health (tenure track)

M.P.H., University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

D.P.H., University of Alabama at Birmingham


Tessa Yang, Assistant Professor of English (tenure track)

B.A., St. Lawrence University

M.F.A., Indiana University




Join us for a Complimentary Business Workshop on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 1:00p.m. at the Otsego Chamber Office with Jason Tabor, Financial Representative of Principal Financial Group.  Title of Presentation: “Solutions to common challenges business owners face: Protect your business, employees, and lifestyle” RSVP to [email protected] or call 432-4500


Key action items include:

Putting a business succession plan in place

Making sure your business can survive without you or key employees

Determining the value of your business

Recruiting, retaining, rewarding and retiring key employees

Personal financial planning to maintain your lifestyle


Jason Tabor, CFP®

Financial Representative

Principal Securities Registered Representative

Financial Advisor

Principal Financial Group®

55 Grove Street

Cooperstown, NY 13326






The Education Committee of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce invites you to submit proposals for the

2019 2nd Annual Mohawk Valley Workforce Summit “Pathways to Prosperity”

Hosted by Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, October 10, 2019

SUNY Oneonta-Otsego Grille

15-30-minute workshop sessions will be scheduled between 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, September 16, 2019

Please e-mail proposals to Otsego County Chamber Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO at: [email protected] call with questions at (607) 432-4500


The 2019 Workforce Summit will be held Thursday, October 10, 2019. Educators, workforce and economic developers, Work Ready Community leaders, employers, and industry partners will get the inside track during our second annual Workforce Summit. #Pathways to Prosperity Workforce Summit will showcase collaborative and innovative practices to help students and job seekers succeed and communities thrive and prosper.

We expect diverse attendance at the Summit, representative of secondary education, including Career and Technical Education, post-secondary education, community and technical colleges (credit and non-credit), adult education and literacy programs, state and local workforce development, youth program specialists, vocational rehabilitation, re-entry programs, chambers of commerce, industry associations, employers, and human resource specialists.

Proposal Criteria

The 2019 Workforce Summit workshops should demonstrate evidence-based best practices or innovative programs/practices that convey new ideas or approaches in the Mohawk Valley Region.


This year, there will be 4 general tracks for workshops, but we welcome all ideas for proposals:

4 General Tracks include:

·        1.)Proven strategies for improving outcomes for individuals with low-income and/or barriers to education/employment, including adult basic education, re-entry, adults/youth with disabilities, substance misuse/addiction

·        2.) Effective employer/business strategies with education and workforce development

·        3.) High-performing Career & Technical Education/career readiness programs that lead to credential attainment, postsecondary, apprenticeship and/or workplace success

·        4.) Successful collaboration and partnerships, such as relationships with education and industry

Summit attendees appreciate workshops that present useful and practical information, that focus on solutions not (problems), and how the model/strategies can be replicated. Lessons learned, obstacles overcome, key drivers, and useful tools are also valued.  Thank you in advance for your submissions.

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