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December 27, 2013

Colleges saw year of growth, changes

Awards for excellence, changes in leadership, contract negotiations and national recognition are some of the things that put area colleges in the news in 2013.

Sometimes the local SUNY schools — State University College at Oneonta, State University College of Technology at Delhi, and State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill —  shared some or all of the headlines.

In late February, a new contract was announced between the state and the United University Professions union. The pact was approved in the spring.

UUP, which has more than 35,000 members on SUNY campuses and system administration, including about 1,400 in the area, had been without a contract since 2011. Under the proposal, members would receive a zero-percent wage increase for the three years, 2011 to 2013, and 2-percent increases in 2014 and 2015. Contributions toward health coverage would increase.

In early April, a number of college scholars with local connections received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

The annual awards recognize students for academic achievement and integrated accomplishments in other areas, such as leadership, career achievement, campus involvement, athletics, community service or creative and performing arts.

At SUNY Oneonta, Emily Hunter from Cooperstown, and Dylan Nealis from Delhi were honored. Meghan Wallace of Roxbury was honored by SUNY Delhi.

Celina Furman of Norwich, a student at the State University College at Potsdam; Gwendolyn Nieves of Sidney, a student at Broome Community College; and Shane Delameter of Arkville, a student at Herkimer County Community College; were also recognized.

In mid-June , fifteen faculty and staff at the three schools were awarded the 2012-13 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

At SUNY Oneonta, seven staffers received the recognition, while five at SUNY Delhi and three from SUNY Cobleskill were honored. The awards are presented in six categories — faculty service, librarianship, professional service, scholarship and creative activities, teaching, and classified service, and local recipients were honored at recent on-campus events.

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