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Students Attend World's Largest Music Product Trade Show

Just one week before he became a five-time Grammy Award winner, musician/producer Finneas O’Connell spoke to SUNY Oneonta music industry students about what it was like recording a hit album with his sister, superstar Billie Eilish. It was just one of many memorable moments students experienced last week while attending the The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show in Anaheim, Calif.

College Recognized for Community Engagement Efforts

SUNY Oneonta is one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities selected to receive the Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification, awarded in recognition of the college's strong commitment to community service, civic partnerships and service learning.

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I’ve been fortunate to have really great teachers that I feel like I can go to if there’s an issue with an assignment or if I need guidance with anything, within the class or outside the class. And then with the students, there’s this family atmosphere with everyone being really accepting.
Faculty and Staff
When the lights are turned down, music is turned up and models hit the catwalk for the Student Fashion Society’s Spring Fashion Show at SUNY Oneonta each year, Associate Professor of Fashion and Textiles Annacleta Chiweshe is the one cheering the loudest. “It gives me a lot of satisfaction when I see students learning the skills I teach them and producing something unique,” she said.
My best experiences so far have definitely been just hanging out with the friends I’ve met in my dorm. Everyone in my hallway, we all get together, hang out, go out to lunch together and go into town as a group. It’s just great being a part of a community, whether we’re in the dorm room spending time with neighbors or volunteering at an event with friends.
One of my best experiences has been joining the college President's Cabinet. I was the first student to ever sit in on Cabinet meetings. We’re working on a lot of things. Being a part of that and helping create change is the best experience. Not only am I representing a large population of campus but I’m also learning so much about myself and what I can do in the future.
I want to be a middle school Spanish teacher, probably like eighth grade. It’s a good age where you can interact with them and they can start to form their own opinions and add substance to a conversation. It’s really when they dive into language and start learning about why it’s so important to learn other languages and how it can connect people.
I love how there are a lot of women in my major because computer science doesn’t really have a lot of women in the field. So that’s great to see. I wanted to prove – especially as a black woman – that anyone can be a computer science major. If men try to talk down to you, just show them what you can do!
My dream job would be to be a CEO of a company. I can see myself making pitches, being in that corporate setting in a conference room and being a leader. It fits my personality.
I really want to be a lobbyist. There are a few different fields I’m interested in, but I think I would love to be a lobbyist for Tesla. I’d love to work with their public relations team and help get their product out to people and grow that industry. I’m really interested in the environment, and I think it’s so important that we’re coming up with these alternatives to gasoline.
Faculty and Staff
Every day that doesn’t begin with ‘S,’ Snapper Petta and his assistant, Juneau, pack up their things and make their way at about 8:30 a.m. to 459 Hulbert Hall, home of SUNY Oneonta’s Outdoor Adventure Office. On Friday, Jan. 17, they will do this for the last time, as Snapper is retiring after 40 years with the college.
The labs have given me a lot of experience with techniques and tools that I couldn’t even imagine. It really helps me to actually feel like I’m in the field already. We’re wearing lab coats, gloves and goggles. We work together in groups and that gives you a chance to get to know your classmates more. It becomes a community just within the department.
My sophomore year, I was chosen with five other students to go to Ghana over spring break for a pilot study abroad trip. On that trip, we put together a nutrition-focused lesson and taught it to 120 rural students in Western Ghana. The second half of our trip was spent in a hospital, helping them establish a dietetics program and healthcare system. That trip changed my life!
It will feel so good when I graduate. I am a first-generation college student, and I grew up in Mexico. My parents decided to bring me to the U.S. when I was 12. Education is important to them, and I always had that in my mind because of them. I never thought I’d be here. My parents are very proud of me.

Fast Facts

Average Class Size
Average Class Size
21 students
Excluding internships, independent studies, practicums
and partial-term courses
Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 83%
Student to faculty ratio: 17 to 1
Student/Faculty Ratio
17:1 students per one faculty
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