Community Relations

Downtown Oneonta

An Economic Engine for the Region

With an annual general budget of $106 million, SUNY Oneonta is an economic engine for the Oneonta region. The college employs a work force of more than 1,250 and enrolls approximately 6,000 students, many of whom purchase goods and services from businesses in Otsego County.

The college collaborates with a variety of community organizations to enhance the quality of life in our region. We offer space on our campus, financial and in-kind support, and the enthusiasm and expertise of our faculty, staff and students, who volunteer in the community and present educational and cultural events ranging from science fairs to theater productions.

Local and regional internship partnerships give area businesses and nonprofits an extra pair of hands, and the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Contact Information

Email: communityrelations@oneonta.edu

Phone: (607) 436-3025

Regional Innovation Council

In an effort to strengthen the symbiotic relationship between the college and surrounding community, SUNY Oneonta established a new Regional Innovation Council (RIC) in spring 2022. With a membership comprising representatives of the business, government, education and nonprofit sectors, the RIC aims to identify collaborative projects to support community development and help the Greater Oneonta region grow economically and culturally.

Government Relations

SUNY Oneonta is actively involved in public education advocacy at the local and state level. We are committed to using our voice to improve higher education access and opportunity, and to establish partnership programs that strengthen both the college and Oneonta community. We frequently host local and state government representatives on campus. For more information about the college’s government relations efforts, please contact SUNY Oneonta Chief of Staff Danielle McMullen at danielle.mcmullen@oneonta.edu.

Community Partnerships

SUNY Oneonta is committed to developing strategic partnerships with community business and organizations. The college and community are stronger, together.

5K Raises $5,000 to Fight Food Insecurity in Oneonta

5K Raises $5,000 to Fight Food Insecurity in Oneonta

SUNY Oneonta’s fourth annual Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K event on Sunday, Sept. 18, raised more than $5,000 for Riverside Elementary School’s Action Hero Backpack Program, a weekend meal-assistance initiative for local children.

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Researchers Monitor Harmful Algal Blooms on Otsego Lake

Researchers Monitor Harmful Algal Blooms on Otsego Lake

Teaser text: A $9,695 grant from the Fernleigh Foundation is allowing staff at SUNY Oneonta's Biological Field Station to conduct regular testing of Cooperstown's Otsego Lake, monitor the effects of harmful algal blooms (HABs), and mitigate risk for the community.

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Student Volunteers Go “Into the Streets"

SUNY Oneonta students headed “Into the Streets” for the college’s annual volunteer day on Saturday, May 7, bringing back a long-running tradition that had been on hiatus for two years due to the pandemic.

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Future Teachers Get Experience at Local School

Twenty-two Elementary Education majors paired up every Tuesday during the spring 2022 semester to put their lesson plans to the test with students in a special STEM classroom at Worcester Central School. 

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MVCC and SUNY Oneonta Create Partnership 

Mohawk Valley Community College and SUNY Oneonta signed an agreement that extends an existing agreement between the two colleges and creates a cohesive pathway for students to complete all their grades 1-6 requirements.

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Annual Move-Out Event a Great Success

Annual Move-Out Event a Great Success

Approximately 34 tons of gently used items donated by SUNY Oneonta students were saved from the waste stream at the end of the 2021-22 academic year, thanks to the college’s annual Move-Out Donation and Reuse Collection program.

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Community Resources

From science activities to fine arts events to hiking and biking trails, SUNY Oneonta offers many resources open to members of the Oneonta community.

Planetarium 

Planetarium 

SUNY Oneonta’s planetarium features a digital projector system capable of bringing you sharp views of the stars, planets, constellations visible in the night sky. Shows are offered each semester to the general public and school groups, and the planetarium can be booked for private events.

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Science Discovery Center

Science Discovery Center

SUNY Oneonta's A.J. Read Science Discovery Center is a free, hands-on museum for people of all ages and abilities. Its mission is to connect visitors to the joy and power of the scientific process through a variety of authentic, interactive exhibits.

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Observatory

Observatory

The College Camp Observatory offers regular public events. weather permitting, beginning at 8:30 pm after each public planetarium show, The Observatory is home to the largest optical telescope in the state of New York, and several smaller telescopes.

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Art Galleries 

Art Galleries 

Located in the Fine Arts Center, SUNY Oneonta’s Martin Mullen and Project Space galleries offer several exhibitions each year by nationally and internationally recognized artists, faculty and students. Major exhibitions include an opening reception and artist’s talk.

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Theater Productions

Theater Productions

The Mask and Hammer student theater club and Theater Department stage several productions each year, including a musical and at least two student-directed shows. All productions are presented in the 487-seat Goodrich Theater or the “black box” Hamblin Theater.

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College Camp

College Camp

Located adjacent to campus at 119 Hoffman Road, the College Camp consists of 276 acres of former farm and woodland. It includes trails for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing and has a lodge that can be rented for picnics, weddings, retreats and other events.

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Oneonta Opportunities

SUNY Oneonta employs a work force of 1,200, connects local organizations with volunteers and enriches the region with educational and cultural events.

Employment Opportunities 

Employment Opportunities 

SUNY Oneonta offers a wide variety of employment opportunities for faculty, professional staff and maintenance and clerical positions. The college’s indeed.com rating is 4.5, with one recent review noting that it is the people that make SUNY Oneonta so special.

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CSRC 

CSRC 

The Center for Social Responsibility and Community provides a variety of opportunities for students, faculty and staff to work together on service-learning courses, individual community-service activities and group volunteer efforts such as the annual Into the Streets event. 

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Campus Events 

Campus Events 

From theatre productions and art exhibitions to nationally known speakers, SUNY Oneonta is a hub for cultural and educational events. Annual events include the Mills Distinguished Lecture, Cornell-Gladstone-Hanlon Kaufmann Lecture and Red Dragon Reading Series.

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