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June 1, 2013

Hillside information available on city website

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The Daily Star

---- — 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.’”

Hartwick, a private liberal arts and sciences college, enrolls about 1,500 students. About 300 seniors graduated May 25.

Hartwick College’s nursing program has been re-accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the college announced recently.

The re-accreditation will last for the 10 years, the longest period of accreditation granted, Hartwick said in a media release. In October, a team of CCNE evaluators reviewed the college by studying documentation and participating in meetings with students, staff, faculty, alumni, administrators and others.

During the 2012-13 year, 202 students were in the nursing program, studying with 11 full-time faculty, plus some adjunct clinical instructors, college officials said.

The CCNE in Washington, D.C., accreditation standards include mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and student and faculty outcomes. As the accrediting body of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the CCNE is the autonomous, national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education.

SUNY Delhi recently announced that its automotive technology program has received “Master Automobile Service Technology Accreditation” by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. 

The rating is the highest level of achievement recognized by NATEF, according to a media release from the State University College of Technology at Delhi. 

“We have maintained the NATEF credential for nearly 15 years now and very few automotive programs are able to obtain the master level,” Eric Robert, dean of applied sciences and building technologies at SUNY Delhi, said.

Standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment were considered, the release said. The program has been given full certification for five years. The master level ensures that Delhi students will have completed more than 1,000 hours of classroom and lab activities upon graduation. 

Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that SUNY Delhi be accredited by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a national non-profit organization that certifies repair technicians and accredits automotive training programs.

Within SUNY, the Delhi college is one of two NATEF/ASE certified colleges at the master level, the release said.

Denise Richardson can be reached at drichardson@thedailystar.com, or 432-1000, ext. 213.