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April 15, 2013

Area News Briefs

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---- — City to recognize ‘Trailblazer’ women

The city’s 2013 Trailblazer Award reception will be at the Oneonta Middle School Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Charlotte McKane and Sarah Patterson will be honored by the city Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights, a media release from the city said.

McKane is being recognized in the Young Leader and Community Service category, and Patterson is a recipient in the Career and Community Achievement category.

Sidney man arrested in Connecticut

A former Sidney village man has been arrested in Connecticut as a fugitive, Chenango County deputies said in a media release.

James J. Keeney, 41, was arrested April 13 on an active arrest warrant issued in Chenango County Court on June 17, 2011, for third-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny, felonies, and petit larceny.

Keeney was transported by deputies to the Chenango County Court from Connecticut superior courthouse, the release said. Keeney was arraigned in local county court and sent to jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail, pending reappearance at a later date.

College Relay event raises $50k

Students from SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College raised $50,000 at their annual Relay for Life event, an official said, and donations still are coming in.

The fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at Alumni Field House at the State University College at Oneonta started Friday night and ended Saturday morning. The event featured walking laps, entertainment and activities.

Relay for Life is organized by the Colleges Against Cancer student groups with support from SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community. About 1,400 students participated, Linda Drake, center director, said Sunday.

“Students did a terrific job organizing it,’’ Drake said. 

Last year, more than 1,200 students participated in the event, which raised $52,000.

SUCO sets priorities for funding programs

SUNY Oneonta has set aside more than $600,000 for programs to enhance student learning, a media release said.

The funding is the result of the Strategic Allocation of Resources program, an internal process implemented last year as part of a strategic plan at the State University College at Oneonta, which enrolls about 6,000 students.

Nearly $592,000 will fund proposals ranging from a language immersion program to the acquisition of specialized equipment for several disciplines, such as Bloomberg terminals for use by economics students and a liquid chromatograph for use in biochemistry research, the release said.

About $90,000 in recurring funds has been allocated for a biology lab coordinator position, the release said, and for personnel to lead development of a center for excellence in teaching, learning and engagement. Other initiatives will be the acquisition of computers for science labs and computer tablets for fieldwork and the implementation of a comprehensive recycling program.