Award Opportunities

Empire Star Public Service Award

Recently, Governor Cuomo announced the Empire Star Public Service Award that recognizes exemplary public servants and their contributions to building a better New York. Awardees from work locations in every region of New York State will receive a $5,000 professional development scholarship, enabling them to further develop their knowledge and skills.

Nominations are now being accepted through January 31, 2018. Current New York State Executive Branch employees may be nominated by colleagues or members of the public through an online application available at Empire Star Public Service Award Nomination Form. Nominees will be notified and asked to submit an Empire Star Public Service Award application for consideration by a panel of reviewers. Final applications are due by March 15, 2018.

Details are available at Empire Star Public Service Award Description.

Chancellor's Award Classified Service

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service was established by SUNY to give system-wide recognition for superior performance and extraordinary achievement by employees in the Classified Service. Employees selected for the awards receive a personal certificate of recognition and a Chancellor's Excellence medallion. Since this is a system-wide recognition program, SUNY Oneonta is only allowed to nominate ONE employee per year. Oneonta awardees will be recognized in the College Bulletin and at the May graduation ceremony.

UUP Individual Development Awards

Deadline for UUP Individual Development Awards:
Funding is not available at this time. Please check this web page periodically for updates. In addition, an announcement will be posted in the College Bulletin when funding is available.

Full-time employees must be in the bargaining unit at the time of the award and during the dates of the project or activity. Part-time employees who meet the eligibility tests for 26 weeks coverage for health benefits, and are eligible for health benefits during the summer, will also be eligible for funding for a project or activity that occurs during the summer whether or not they are on the payroll.

The proposed project or activity must: 

Enable the employee to meet one or more of the criteria specified in the following SUNY Policies of Board of Trustees: Title A. Evaluation of Academic Employees, §4. Criteria (a) - (e); Title B. Promotion of Academic Employees, §2. Criteria (a) - (e); or Title C. Evaluation and Promotion of Professional Employees, §5. Criteria (a) - (e), of Article XII Evaluation and Promotion of Academic and Professional Employees, of the Policies of the Board of Trustees.

Meet particular areas of interest or activities within the categories eligible for support as identified by the Campus Professional Development Committee.

Projects or activities must fall within the following categories:

  • Basic, applied, or historical research.
  • Curriculum or instructional material development.
  • Workshop, seminar, internship, or coursework not covered by Article 46, Program for Tuition Assistance or SUNY tuition waiver.
  • Conference participation or attendance.
  • Preparation of material for publication.
  • Grant proposal development.
  • Artistic or creative endeavors.
  • Other work-related professional development projects or activities.

A complete application consists of two forms:

The Statewide Application

The Oneonta Cover Sheet

PLEASE NOTE - Change in Process:

The statewide application, Oneonta cover sheet, and any attachments should be emailed to Hope Lambrecht at Please send them in one pdf document labeled with your last name and first initial (e.g., lambrechth).  Hard copies will not be accepted. Applications must be received by the close of business on November 11, 2016. Applicants will be notified by December 16, 2016.  Contact members of the Joint Labor Management Committee with questions - Sue Clemons, Hope Lambrecht, Kathleen O’Mara, Venkat Sharma, Keith Schillo, Robb Thibault.

If awarded, you will be assigned an account number in which to submit your expenses. Actual expenditures against your award are only for receipted expenses within normal State limitations. Submit travel vouchers and purchase requisitions to Terri Thomas in Procurement and Travel.

The final step in the process is to complete an "Evaluation/Expenditure Summary for Individual Development Awards Program" form and send to Hope Lambrecht at 208 Netzer.

IDA Contact

Sue Clemons
200 Netzer Admin

Hope Lambrecht
208 Netzer Admin

Kathleen O'Mara
268 Fitzelle Hall

Venkat Sharma
334 Netzer Admin

Keith Schillo
323 Science Bldg 1​​​​​​​

Robb Thibault
220C Hunt Union​​​​​​​