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December 21, 2013

Chamber, college team up for business course

The Daily Star

---- — A new SUNY Broome Community College course, “Personal and Professional Development,” will debut in February at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.

According to a media release, the course focuses on soft skills with topics that include, personal direction, discovering personal and professional strengths, setting and achieving goals, understanding self-esteem, learning to think critically, the power of motivation, defining and visualizing success, managing resources (time and money), and communicating assertively.

President and CEO of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Ann Heegan, who recently joined the Broome Community College faculty as an Adjunct Instructor, will be teaching the course.

“It is an exciting opportunity to bring Broome Community College to Otsego County,” Heegan said in the release. “These are skills employers are looking for across the board. Any working professional or student seeking to obtain a degree, or enhance professional development can benefit.”

This course will be the first in a new Otsego County Chamber of Commerce initiative designated as “Campus Otsego.”

The goal of Campus Otsego is to help promote Otsego County, build student attachment to the region, and connect student with employers in the region.

“BCC is extremely excited to partner with the Otsego Chamber of Commerce to increase leadership training, community engagement, and innovative partnerships across the region,” said Beth Mollen, dean of business and public services at SUNY Broome.

BIT 270 is a 3-credit course that is transferrable as an elective (within the SUNY system). It can also be applied to the NYS Entrepreneurial Certificate Program or the Business Information Management AAS degree, both at SUNY Broome Community College.

The course will meet Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon from Feb. 1 to May 17 at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. It will have an online component mixed with experimental learning and face-to-face meetings.

For more information, visit or contact Barbara Ann Heegan at 432-4500, ext. 202, and by email


A local fitness instructor and gym owner has published a book on his specialty. 

Roger Hall’s book, “Kettlebell Fitness,” is published by Hatherleigh Press, a division of Random House Publishing, located in Hobart. In the book, Hall outlines “a comprehensive and challenging workout regime for people of all levels from the beginner who is looking to gain strength, loose weight, and get back in shape to the seasoned athlete who wants something new to change up their regular workout routine,” according to a media release. 

While Body Sculpting with Kettlebells for Men is geared towards men, the workouts in the book, as with the classes at my gym are accessible, challenging, and effective for both men and women.

Hall is the owner of Catskill Kettlebells, located at 2 Depot St. in Delhi. Workouts featured in his book at at his gym utilize kettlebells, round weights with large handles based on a Russian design. 

Hall became involved in fitness while completing a master’s degree in education at the University at Albany. While working as a high school teacher, Hall trained for and received certification as a kettlebell instructor. He began teaching at a friend’s gym before opening his own space, where he has more than 70 group fitness and personal training clients. 


The Utica School of Commerce will debut an online associate’s degree in business administration program online, according to a media release from the school. 

Graduates from this program can continue their studies at a four-year college where they can earn their bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in their specific field of concentration.

The spring semester will begin Jan. 21. For information, visit