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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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Students
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.
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.
Students
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.
Students
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.
Students
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.
Students
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!
Students
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.
Students
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.
Students
I love the Communication Studies major and how broad and applicable it is. I have a minor in business, and I’m very active in that, as well. One of my best experiences was the Backpacks to Briefcases networking event in New York City, which I helped coordinate.
Students
Junior year, I visited a bunch of SUNY schools with my high school, and Oneonta was the last one we went to. It was such a nice day, I loved the scenery and the hills. The vibe felt so much different from where I grew up, in the city. I thought maybe a slower way of life would be nice. That was the main reason I wanted to come here.
Students
I’m interested in fair trade and also artisans’ products. So in the future I want to work for a company that is doing fair trade and selling artisans’ products from developing countries. I want to stay in the U.S., if it’s possible. My dream is for the people in developing countries to have a better life and also I want many people to feel happy about their lives through their working opportunities.

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