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Reporter's Notebook

June 1, 2013

Hillside information available on city website

Oneonta has posted site plan, environmental impact and many other documents pertaining to the proposed Hillside Commons on the city’s website.

Regularly at municipal meetings this year, officials would say materials would be posted if they weren’t already online.

That access had a noticeable impact during the city’s review of the project, according to the developer.

Public comments and concerns about major developments aren’t unusual these days, Jeffrey Smetana of Newman Development Group said recently. The group plans to build Hillside Commons, a 330-bed complex for college students on Blodgett Drive.

However, online access to documents such as provided by Oneonta wasn’t available 10 years ago, Smetana said. Cities instead would have “hard copies” available at municipal offices.

With broader access online, Smetana said, he has seen audience members attend city meetings with their own copies of documents. 

``At the end of the day, it’s a really good process because people really are well-informed,’’ Smetana said.

A Hartwick College tradition pinpoints undergraduates’ views of their learning experience.

The Margaret B. Bunn Award for Outstanding Teaching is an annual award presented to a faculty member judged by students who graduated five years before the presentation. It is given to the most outstanding faculty member with whom they studied.

The 2013 Bunn Award was announced and presented during commencement ceremonies at the Oneonta campus to Douglas Zullo, associate professor of art and art history, who joined Hartwick in 2005. Zullo teaches courses on the art of the 19th and 20th centuries, contemporary art, world cinema, history of photography, and topics in Buddhist art, according to a biographical statement. 

Michael Tannenbaum, Hartwick provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented Zullo with the award.

“Contemporary art, one of his specialties, can provoke controversy,” Tannenbaum said in a prepared statement. “Doug particularly values classroom discussions `in which nearly every student participates and in which students disagree with one another in a civilized manner that keeps momentum going.’”

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