Jessica Reynolds

Theodore Peters, an assistant professor of business administration at Hartwick College, was recently honored at an Otsego County Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon for his dedication to the college’s Community-Based Learning Program, which he helped create in 2008.

The industry-based internship-like program pairs Hartwick management students with local organizations and businesses to provide them with real-world, on-the-job learning opportunities, according to Peters. The program was featured in a January edition of The Daily Star.

Seven years after its inception, Peters continues to facilitate the program each semester as part of his Organizational Behavior course.

For the projects, groups of four or five students work with senior managers at local workplaces in undertaking an assignment on behalf of the sponsor organization. Project teams are on-site for four hours per week for approximately ten weeks, according to Peters.

More than 400 Hartwick students have participated in the program at 70 different organizations within a 25-mile radius of Oneonta, including for-profit, nonprofit and government-related agencies. Multiple projects have been completed in cooperation with the Otsego County Chamber.

“It takes an entire community to educate a student,” Peters told me in January. “The genesis of these projects was my belief that students learn more organizational behavior by living it than by reading it.”

Peters’ program has been extremely well-received by both students and area businesses. I was excited to hear that he was honored by the Chamber and I can’t wait to hear about this semester’s projects.

The SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen Team is hosting the seventh annual intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Competition today from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Schoharie County Sunshine Fairgrounds, officials said recently.

The close-knit team was featured in The Daily Star last year after a string of successes in regional competitions.

Today’s competition will include participants from the University of Connecticut, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Paul Smith’s College, Finger Lakes Community College and more, according to officials.

Timbersports combines precision and speed while employing traditional woodsmen techniques. Participants will be throwing axes, tossing wood, working with chainsaws and using old-fashioned logging practices. 

Linda Serdy, adviser to the Woodsmen Club, said she is “very proud” of the team’s hard work.

“Unlike other athletic teams, the SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen are a club,” Serdy said. “They raise money for the majority of their equipment and travel expenses. Instead of practicing indoors, they practice in a field at the college which requires shoveling in the winter. The club members are very dedicated and still manage to maintain strong grade point averages.”

Proceeds from the event’s lunch, provided by the Ag Engineering Club, will go toward a scholarship in the name of Nicholas Failla, a SUNY Cobleskill student who was killed in a November motor vehicle accident.

Failla was in his senior year at SUNY Cobleskill, working toward a Bachelors of Technology degree, officials said. He would have graduated this spring.

The State University College of Technology at Delhi is launching an academic option in the hospitality field, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Event Management, according to college officials.

Development of the event planning program was in response to a demand expressed by students, recommendations from the industry and the job market outlook, according to David Brower, SUNY Delhi’s Hospitality Management Department Chair.

According to Brower, student inquiries for event management studies at Delhi have steadily increased in the past five years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 33 percent increase in employment growth in the field. This will result in more than 31,000 new positions created over the next decade.

SUNY Delhi students interested in the major will be required to take a blend of courses in event planning, marketing, advertising, catering, logistics, decor, human relations and budgeting, Brower said. They will also learn how to host “green meetings,” a trend in the industry that means holding events with minimal impact to the environment.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work independently as wedding planners, for example, and will be trained to organize social events for nonprofits, hotels and large corporations and organizations, Brower said. They will have knowledge in planning trade shows, leadership summits and product launches.

The degree will be the only one of its type offered in the State University system, according to SUNY Delhi officials.

Jessica Reynolds is a staff writer at The Daily Star. Contact her at jreynolds@thedailystar.com.

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