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October 24, 2013

Programming at SUNY Oneonta wins awards

A State University College at Oneonta student council has won four awards for work presenting programming at the campus.

The Student Association Activities Council at the State University College at Oneonta won the awards at the National Association for Campus Activities Mid Atlantic Regional Conference in Buffalo held from Thursday to Sunday.

Two awards were for programs, according to a media release from the college. The Leaders Lunch series took top honors in the Outstanding Leadership Program category, and a lecture by social justice activist Zach Wahls won in the Outstanding Civic & Service-Learning Program category. 

In the graphic arts competition, SUNY Oneonta won one award for a faculty/staff-designed poster, and another for theme publicity by faculty/staff.

Ten SUNY Oneonta students attended the conference, Kainat Malik, SUNY Oneonta Student Association vice president for activities, said. 

The awards reflect that SUNY Oneonta students are doing a “great job,” she said.

“I’m proud to be part of such an amazing delegation,” said Malik, who was present for the awards, said. “It’s an honor to be recognized for all the amazing effort put forth by all our students. It just feels amazing to be recognized against over 90 different colleges that were present at NACA.”

The council generally plans programming for the next semester, Malik said, and the conference was an opportunity to work with students from other schools and learn about programming and budgeting. The council previously was called the College Union Activities Council and has been moved under the umbrella of the Student Association government, she said. 

About 500 delegates, including college students and staff, attended the conference, Dan Puccio, communications director for the event, said. The NACA region represented included participation by universities and colleges from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, he said, and educational and professional development sessions also were presented. 

The conference showcases entertainment and programming acts to give students opportunities to check out options for activities at their schools, said Puccio, associate director of student affairs at Penn State University-York, and students also can work with peers at other colleges to schedule programs in blocks at reduced rates. 

“The conference is a huge networking opportunity for them,” Puccio said Wednesday. “It went really well.” 




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