To Oneonta Police Chief Dennis Nayor’s efforts to promote training and professionalism within the department.
Some of what Nayor has done, including repainting and reorganizing the station, may seem like window dressing. But it is part of a larger picture — of a man who is dedicated to the betterment of his department, and of an ethos that stresses continual improvement.
Nayor recently completed work on a training area that will enable officers to complete refresher courses without leaving the building. And when we say “Nayor completed work,” we mean it. The chief painted the walls and hung mats, as well as removing old equipment.
The station has also been adorned with messages aimed at reinforcing what Nayor calls the core values of the department and profession — such as the sign that simply says “integrity,” over the door to the police-car garage.
“I want it to be very clear what I expect,’’ Nayor said.
We applaud Nayor’s continued efforts to keep the department headed in the right direction.
To a $612,515 grant to SUNY Oneonta from the National Science Foundation.
The five-year grant will offer scholarships for students who face barriers to graduate and will focus on the fields of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, earth and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, computer science and statistics, physics and astronomy, or environmental science.
These disciplines are part of the so-called STEM curriculum, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that STEM workers make significantly more money than the national average for salaries. In addition, STEM careers are expected to grow in the coming decades.
John Schaumloffel, local project coordinator and chair of the college’s chemistry and biochemistry department, said SUNY Oneonta may be known for having low student-debt for its graduates, but many students and their families have difficulty paying for college.
“The S-STEM program will offer a wide variety of experiences and opportunities to help students graduate in their major, in four years, as engaged scientists and mathematicians, while helping to reduce their debt burden,” he said.
We look forward to the opportunities this grant will bring for students at the college.
To the community service work performed by Laurens Central School students during their spring break.
While we don’t doubt there was plenty of time for fun in the sun during the Caribbean cruise that 25 students took in late March, we’re also proud to see that the group took time to bring donations to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home.
School Superintendent Romona Wenck said the stop was part of a larger initiative to emphasize community service. And it seems to have made an impression on some students.
The cruise was a lot of fun, Eric Ericson said, but the orphanage stop made it special.
“It will be something we always remember,” he said.
We commend the students and the school for their efforts.