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Summer interns at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station in Cooperstown stumbled upon a surprise recently when they caught a 12-inch American eel more than 440 miles from the ocean in a habitat from which the species was thought to have been extirpated.
SUNY Oneonta students are making a difference in Puerto Rico this summer, assisting in recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the U.S. territory’s lush landscape and many homes.

A group of 11 students recently returned from a service-learning trip there with geography faculty members Justin Hartnett and Trevor Fuller. Three other students – Ivette Mendoza, Julia Beattie and Jenna Ferraro – are among a select group of SUNY students chosen to participate in the “NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative” organized by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
SUNY Oneonta welcomed its eighth president, Barbara Jean Morris, on Monday, July 2. In a campus-wide message, President Morris said that it is “a thrill and an honor to inherit a strong and vibrant college,” adding that she looks forward to the challenge of leading SUNY Oneonta.
In her 10 years as SUNY Oneonta's president, Dr. Nancy Kleniewski cheered on thousands of students during Pass Through the Pillars, a beloved tradition for graduating seniors and incoming freshmen. In June, it was her turn to pass through the pillars of Old Main, the college’s first building, signifying her time at Oneonta coming to an end. Campus and community members gathered June 21 for a farewell reception, where Dr. Kleniewski's presidential portrait was unveiled. She retired effective July 1. She was SUNY Oneonta's seventh president, and the college's first female president.
SUNY Oneonta Professor of English and English Department Chair Daniel Payne has been appointed to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. The State University of New York Board of Trustees approved the appointments of 15 faculty to the Distinguished Faculty Rank in April.