Loraine Tyler HeadshotI am humbled and pleased to receive the Outstanding Service-Emeritus Faculty Award. SUNY-Oneonta has been part of my life for over fifty years. After graduation in 1969, I taught home economics in Ellenville, then to Cornell to study Design and Environmental Analysis. A teaching assistantship provided my first college teaching opportunity in the apparel design lab—and I loved it! I returned to Oneonta to teach in the Home Economics Department.

In 1979, I entered Virginia Tech’s Ph.D. Program and was offered a part time faculty position teaching Family Housing. I returned to Oneonta to teach classes in apparel marketing and design and housing. As Department chair from 1993 to 2003, I supervised the renovation of the building and renaming the department, watched our department grow, and worked to expand relationships with the Fashion Institute of Technology and to create a dual degree with the American InterContinental University in London.

After teaching 35 years, I retired in 2003 and worked part time in Student Advisement. While there, I had the unique opportunity to be Academic Mentor for the men’s soccer team. To celebrate our 50th anniversary, Rich and I started two scholarships—Human Ecology and Mathematics. Once endowed, they will be awarded to nontraditional students.

Now for a more personal note, Rich and I were married in 1969, and Jessica arrived in 1975. Oneonta is a wonderful, family oriented community. To give back to the community, I became active in local government serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals for 13 years, 12 as chair. Since 1979 I’ve served the Greater Oneonta Historical Society in several leadership roles. Serving our church, I was on the Pastor’s Council for six years, taught 4th grade Sunday school for 12 years and am a Eucharistic minister. I was president of Newman Board, an organization for Catholic students at Hartwick and SUNY. We volunteer at the Farmer’s Museum and at the Swart-Wilcox House Museum. To serve the retired members of SUNY, I was elected as the Retiree Officer on the Oneonta UUP Chapter Executive Board and as Retiree rep for the colleges in the Southern Tier.