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The Reporter - December 11

Reporter No.1029 12/11/09

There will not be an updated issue of The Reporter for the weeks of December 21 and December 28 due to the holidays. The next issue will be January 8. Happy Holidays.


Faculty Senate Update

The following proposals were approved by the Faculty Senate at their November 19 meeting, and are hereby endorsed by President Schwaller:

BFA in Creative Writing
Revision to Literature Concentration for English Major
Revision to Writing Concentrations and Minor
Revision to BS in Community Health

If you have any questions, please contact Ramona Ralston at x2154 or Diane Brown at x2100.

Personal Car Mileage Rate

Effective January 1, 2010 the personal car mileage rate will be $0.50 per mile.

Late Night Breakfast

The annual PACES Sponsored Late Night Breakfast for all SUNY Potsdam students is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 10 p.m. - midnight, at Lehman Dining Center. Please join us if you would like to volunteer to help greet and serve our students on this fun-filled evening break during exam week.

Please contact Susan Randall at x2657 or e-mail if you are interested in volunteering again this year.

Final Exam Policy

Once again it is time for the reminder about our final exam policy. Please remember that the hours scheduled for final exams are included in the total semester hours necessary to be in compliance with the State regulations regarding hours in class and course credits. Therefore, classes must be held during final exam time. If you do not choose to give a final examination, you may use this time for other course activities.

In addition, The Faculty Final Examination Policy states that, "No test of any kind may be given during the last week of classes unless a final examination is also scheduled during the regular final examination period." (See page 53 of the 2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog for additional policies regarding final exams.)

Each semester I receive complaints from faculty members about colleagues who are not complying with this policy, whose students are then resentful of faculty members who do follow appropriate procedures. If you have concerns or questions, please contact your dean.

Grade Change Policy

Grades submitted to the Registrar?s Office are final. The only permissible reasons for changing a grade are: a) to correct an error in recording or computation; b) to remove a grade of ?Incomplete?; c) to reflect the judgment of a department acting in accordance with established College procedures concerning grade appeal.

Changes in grades already recorded in the Registrar?s Office can be made only by: a) the instructor who awarded the grade; b) by the department chair in cases where the instructor is unable to do so (because of leave, resignation, etc.); or c) by the department chair acting in accordance with established College procedures concerning grade appeal.

All grade changes for a semester must be submitted by the end of the next regular fall or spring semester. Any grade changes submitted after the stated deadline require the additional approval of the dean of the appropriate School.

Performance of ?The Nutcracker?

The Non-Credit Ballet program will be featuring a performance of ?The Nutcracker,? choreographed by Haley Billings. Forty-eight Non-Credit ballet students will be participating along with five SUNY Potsdam students and 11 members of the local community. Professional sets and costumes and a first class venue promise to make this a magical performance for all.

An evening show will be held Friday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m., as well as matinees on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in the College Theatre in Satterlee Hall on campus. Admission is $5 per person.

To purchase tickets, you may contact the Non-Credit office at x2167. Tickets will also be sold at the door, pending availability.

Potsdam Holiday Fund is Seeking Your Help

The Potsdam Holiday Fund is a local annual charity that assists in giving gifts, winter clothing vouchers, hats, mittens, books, sleepers for children and food baskets to community members who are in need. Last year we provided gifts, food baskets and winter clothing vouchers to 415 children from 185 families and 100 senior citizens with food baskets.

The fund is in great need of your assistance. To help, the fund is looking for monetary donations and for community members to donate children?s gifts. Giving trees are located outside of the College Store and in Becky?s Place. To participate in the giving tree aspects of this program, take a gift tag from one of the trees, purchase a gift and bring it back unwrapped to the College Store, Becky?s Place or to Karen Ham in Career Planning, 206 Sisson Hall, by December 17.

Giving trees are also located in many local businesses around Potsdam. To make a donation to the program, make a check payable to Potsdam Holiday Fund, Inc. and mail it to Potsdam Holiday Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 827, Potsdam, NY 13676. Your support for this program will help make a difference in the lives of many local families in need of a little kindness.

Invitation to Contribute to the Student Success Center Student Award Fund

The Student Success Center Student Award Committee invites faculty and staff to contribute to the Student Success Center Student Award: Success through Achievement and Commitment. This award is presented annually to an undergraduate student to provide financial support to encourage the student?s persistence and continuing success. The student must have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA, have an economic need, have shown perseverance amidst personal and/or academic hardship and must have used the services of at least two (or more) offices in the SSC. The award is funded through donations from SSC staff and other interested faculty and staff at the College.

To contribute online, access the SUNY Potsdam home page; under the heading Potsdam, click on Giving to Potsdam; on that page under Giving, choose Ways to Give and on that page, choose the Online Giving Form or the Fund for Potsdam for payroll deduction. On either of these forms, check specific program for your deduction, and type in Student Success Center Student Award Fund. A College Foundation account is set up for the SSC Student Award. If you choose not to complete the form online, print it, complete it and send the payroll deduction form to Donna Burgoyne, Human Resources, Raymond Hall 219 or the Online Giving form to Lisa Murphy, College Advancement Services, Raymond Hall 502.

Last year?s contributions made possible a Student Success Center Student Award of $500 to a very deserving student. This year, the SSC Student Award Committee seeks to raise funds for two $500 Student Success Center Student Awards. Your donations would be greatly appreciated.

Student Teaching in Fall 2010

If students are planning to Student Teach in the fall 2010 semester, the Office of Student Teaching and Teaching Certification have begun accepting on-line Student Teaching Applications.

Access application directions by going to

* Complete Part I of the application and submit on-line by Friday, Feb. 5, 2010; and
* Complete Part II of the application and submit to 111 Satterlee Hall by Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.

Placement I
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010 - October 21, 2010

Placement II
Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 - December 21, 2010

Seminar dates
August 23, 24, 25, 2010 and October 22, 2010

The Office of Student Teaching and Teacher Certification wishes students continued success as they begin taking that next exciting step in their goal toward becoming an educator.

Important Message from Computing & Technology Services

All areas within CTS will be closed during the holiday season, December 25, 2009 through January 1, 2010. Offices will re-open January 4, 2010.

? Administration & Operations, Stillman Hall
? Administrative Information Systems (AIS), Stillman Hall
? Host & Network Services (HNS), Kellas Hall
? Network Infrastructure & Media (NIM), Kellas Hall
? TelCom, Bowman Hall West
? Computer Labs, Kellas Hall
? E-mail & Directory Services, Kellas Hall
? HelpDesk, Kellas Hall
? Instructional Technology Center (ITC), Stillman Hall

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Irene M. Haverstock at x2089.

SUNY Tuition Waiver Program (B140W)

Limited funding is available for tuition waivers for the 2009-2010 academic year. All current full-time and part-time New York State and Research Foundation employees interested in pursuing career-related coursework at any SUNY institution are eligible to apply for a partial waiver of up to 50 percent of tuition for a maximum of two courses per semester. An application form is available in the Office of Human Resources. Please note, the application does require the signature of your supervisor.

Message from Human Resources

?W-2s (Wage and Tax Statement for 2009) will automatically be mailed from Albany to employee home addresses prior to February 1, 2010. Please take a moment to review your paycheck/direct deposit stub to ensure that your home address is correct. You may submit an address change via your secure menu page within the time and attendance system at, or by calling Human Resources at x2093 and requesting a change of address form.

SUNY Potsdam in the News

The following are selected headlines from local newspapers featuring SUNY Potsdam and its people.

Wednesday, December 9
North Country This Week:
?Nutcracker? ballet in Potsdam
?Turandot? make-up

Tuesday, December 8
Daily Courier-Observer
SUNY Potsdam Basketball Teams in Action Tonight

Watertown Daily Times
Presidential Portrait (photo)
Fundraiser at SUNY Potsdam (photo)

Sunday, December 6
Watertown Daily Times:
Face-off (photo)

Saturday, December 5
Daily Courier-Observer
Team Excellence Cup Presentation

Thursday, December 3
Wyse Donates Portrait (photo)

Still Time for 2010 Summer Session Course Proposals

There is still time to submit your proposal so that your course can be included in our printed 2010 Summer Session schedule brochure. If you plan to do so, please e-mail your detailed course information, via your department chairperson to Lee Ghostlaw at by Friday, Dec. 18, 2009.

2010 Summer Session Dates:

Session I (5-week): May 27 ? July 2, 2010
Session I-A (3-week): May 27 ? June 15, 2010
Session I-B (3-week): June 16 ? July 2, 2010
Session II (5-week): July 6 ? August 10, 2010
Session II-C (3-week): July 6 ? July 22, 2010
Session II-D (3-week): July 26 ? August 11, 2010

Classes will not meet on Monday, May 31, 2010 (Memorial Day) and Monday, July 5, 2010 (July 4 weekend).

For further information or assistance, please contact Lee Ghostlaw at or 267-2166 in the Office of Extended Education.

Jewish Holy Days 2010 - 2011

In scheduling events on campus for 2010-2011, please be observant of the Jewish holy days. All Jewish holy days with Sabbath-like restrictions require that all normal business, school or secular activities cease approximately two hours before sundown on the eve of the holy day to allow for adequate preparations. Work prohibitions are required during the holy days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Passover.

For the spring 2010 semester, the holy days are:

Passover March 30 ? April 6*, 2010

*The first two days and the last two days of this holy day are days in which no work is permitted (30, 31 5, and 6).

For the fall 2010 semester, Jewish holy days are:

Rosh Hashanah September 9, 2010
Yom Kippur September 18, 2010

For the spring 2011 semester, the holy days are:

Passover April 19 - 25, 2011

*The first two days and the last two days of this holy day are days in which no work is permitted (19, 20, 24, 25).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at x3372.

Optional Retirement Reps on Campus

Dave Howe, a representative from TIAA-CREF, will be on campus on December 16, January 27, February 24 and March 24. If anyone would like to meet with him, please call the Rochester office at 1-877-209-3144.

Employee Assistance Program

The SUNY Potsdam Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has two EAP Coordinators, Toby White, at x3434 and Ada Santaferra, at x2229. Both are available to discuss personal concerns and make appropriate referrals. You may contact Toby or Ada at the numbers listed above, or you may call the Statewide EAP in Albany at 1-800-822-0244. EAP is a confidential referral service available to all campus employees, retirees and their families.


Grant Writing Techniques

When: January 11 ? January 12, 2010
Time: 9 a.m. ? 4 p.m.
Location: Finger Lakes Community College

Participants can attend either day 1 or day 2. A reduced rate is offered to attend both days.

CPD Member - $145 both days/$80 single day
Non-CPD Member - $180 both days/$100 single day

CPD points can be used for payment of this event.
To find out if your campus is a CPD member, view our list of member campuses online.

Registration & Details:

Visit the Grant Writing Techniques Workshop Web site at Or, go to the SUNY CPD Calendar at Select the event you are interested in for complete details and a link to online registration.

Questions? Contact the SUNY Center for Professional Development by phone at 315-233-3052 x-112 or e-mail:



11 Last Day of Classes
CSA Sponsored Holiday Convocation @ Snell Theater, 3 p.m.
The Nutcracker @ Satterlee College Theater, 6:30 p.m.
Women's Hockey vs. Buffalo State, 7 p.m.
12 Men's Basketball vs. Ithaca, 6 p.m.
The Nutcracker @ Satterlee College Theater, 2 p.m.
14-18 Exam Week
15 First Day of Chanukah
18 ONNY Holiday Concert @ Hosmer Hall, 7 p.m.
19 Last Day of Chanukah
Met Live "Les Contes D'Hoffmann" @ Roxy Theater, 1 p.m.
22 Final Grades Due
25 Christmas Day
26 Kwanzaa begins
31 New Year's Eve

Faculty and Staff Excellence

Gary Galo (Crane), has published "The Metropolitan Opera Historic Broadcast Recordings" in the fall 2009 issue of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal. The article contains the first complete discography of this entire series of recordings, which the Metropolitan Opera began releasing in 1974. In the same issue, he has reviewed "Dame Nelly Melba: Her First Recordings,? a collection of 8 double-faced vinyl 78-rpm records pressed from original metal matrices, originally recorded in 1904. The reissue was produced in England by Historic Masters, a label specializing in the repressing of 78-rpm vocal recordings. Galo has been the Sound Recording Review Editor of the ARSC Journal since 1995.

Gerald Lee Ratliff (academic affairs) recently attended the annual meeting of the National Communication Association in Chicago, November 10 to November 12 to receive the Distinguished Scholar Award from the theatre division membership for his contribution to educational theatre. He also addressed the division on a topic titled "Through the Looking Glass: The Paradox of Pedagogy and Praxis in Theatre Education."


PACES End of Semester/Winterim Operational Hours

Lehman Dining Center
Open through Saturday, Dec. 19
Special hours 7:30 a.m. ? 10:30 a.m.
Opens Saturday, Jan. 23, 9:30 a.m.

Student Union Dining Court

Fifth World Grill
Closes Friday, Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Opens Saturday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.

Chips Old Time Deli
Closes Friday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
Opens Saturday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.

Tomassito?s/Firehouse Grill/Saguaro Burrito
Closes Thursday, Dec. 17, 1 a.m. (late night)
Opens Sunday, Jan. 24, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Plate Diner/Meds
Closes Thursday, Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m.

Cookies, Cream & Co.
Closes Wednesday, Dec. 16, 10 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 25, noon

Snack Bars & Cafs

Crane Snack Bar
Closes Thursday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 25, 7:15 a.m.

Dexter's Café  
Closes Friday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m.

Minerva?s Café  
Closes Thursday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 25, 7:45 a.m.

Becky's Place
Closes Wednesday, Dec. 23, 3 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 4, 7:30 a.m.

January 4 & 5: 9 a.m. ? 4 p.m.

Becky's Café  
Closes Friday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m.
Opens Monday, Jan. 25, 7:30 a.m.

The College Store and Union Market

Sales and Events
Union Market
December 14 ? December 18
25 cent small slushy, 8 a.m. ? 11 p.m.

College Store
December 14 ? December 18
Used book buy back, 9 a.m. ? 4:30 p.m.

Free gift wrapping on purchases.

Week of December 14
The College Store will close at 4:30 p.m.
Regular hours remain in effect for the Union Market.

December 21
The College Store and Union Market will be closed for computer maintenance.

December 22
Open 9 a.m. ? 4 p.m.

December 23
9 a.m. ? 2 p.m.

December 24 & 25

December 28- 30
Union Market closed
College Store open serving coffee
9 a.m. ? 4 p.m.

December 31
Union Market closed
College Store open serving coffee
9 a.m. ? 3 p.m.

January 1
College Store and Union Market CLOSED

January 4-8
College Store open serving coffee
Union Market closed

January 4 & 5
Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

January 6
Open 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. - 1st day of Winterim

January 7 ? 22
Open (Monday - Friday) 9 a.m. ? 4 p.m.

January 11
Textbook orders available on-line

January 23
College Store
Open 10 a.m. ? 5 p.m.

Union Market
Open noon ? 5 p.m.

January 24
College Store
Open 10 a.m. ? 5 p.m.

Union Market regular hours begin

January 25 ? 28
College Store
Open 8 a.m. ? 7 p.m.

January 29
Regular hours begin

PACES Business Office
Monday, Dec. 21 closed 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon until 2 p.m.
Closed Wednesday, Dec. 23, 4 p.m.
Reopen January 4

PACES Executive & Marketing Offices
Closed December 24
Reopen January 4

Late Night Breakfast
December 15, 10 p.m. - midnight

PACES Operations on Reduced Schedules for Break
December 19 ? January 4

PACES? is looking for volunteers to help cook food, serve and welcome students at the annual late night breakfast on December 15. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Susan Randall at x2657 or e-mail at The event is from 10 p.m. - midnight and we ask volunteers to arrive at 9:30 p.m.

Seasonal Cards by Joan Bamann are available for sale at The College Store. Bamann is an artist and former art teacher from the Rochester area with family ties to Potsdam. Her cards are made from original pencil drawings and are available for sale in packets at the store.

New Meal Plans Announced for 2009-10
For a complete listing and description of meal plans, visit


Web Production Associate

SUNY Potsdam is accepting applications for a Web Production Associate within the Office of Public Affairs, which is responsible for communications, marketing, media relations, publications, government and community relations and the Web site at SUNY Potsdam. The selected candidate will work under the Director of Web Communications.

Projects include: Organizing and writing site content, making updates to existing College Web pages, formatting images and implementing special page features, working with individual departments and organizations on campus to help them create, maintain and improve their Web pages, and providing support to the Director of Web Communications. Bachelor?s degree required.

Preferred qualifications: Expertise in both written and interpersonal communication, as well as the ability to master new software quickly is essential. Two years experience using HTML authoring software/image editing software, such as Adobe Creative Suite strongly preferred. Background in journalism and/or digital photography a plus. For more information and/or to apply go to Position is open until filled.

Admissions Assistant

SUNY Potsdam is accepting applications for an Admissions Assistant. This dynamic, energetic and enthusiastic team player will be responsible for all aspects of recruitment of prospective students in a territory management setting.

Responsibilities include: Seven to ten weeks of travel per year, review of college applications, tele-counseling, interviewing prospective students and families, attendance at on and off- campus events for the purpose of recruitment and other project responsibilities. Evening/weekend hours required during certain times of the year.

Required qualifications: Bachelor's degree, excellent written and oral communication skills and valid New York State driver's license. Master?s degree and 1-3 years admissions experience preferred. Position is open until filled. For further information and/or to apply go to


Institutional Review Board

The SUNY Potsdam Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews and approves all research activity involving the use of human subjects or activities involving data collection from, or related to, human subjects. State and federal laws require that all projects involving human subjects be reviewed.

Please allow adequate time for your proposal to be reviewed prior to the intended start date of the project. The board requires sufficient time to review the proposal and to suggest any revisions prior to project approval by the institutional official. Please use the following as a guide for submission of proposals:

Fall 2009 Meeting Schedule

Meeting Date Time Proposal Date
Deadline Room
Tuesday, Dec. 15
1 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 4
5 p.m.
Satterlee 113

Application materials, sample consent/assent forms and instructions on how to apply are available online at under the Institutional Review Board. *NOTE ? the most current revision date of application materials is March 27, 2009. Researchers are asked to verify the revision date on their application materials with the on line version to make sure you are using the most current version prior to submission. If you have any problems opening any of the forms please contact Kathy LaMay in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at x3121 or by e-mail at

An electronic copy of the application should be submitted to the chair, Maureen McCarthy, at In addition, the signed cover page with original signature(s) should be mailed to Maureen McCarthy, Dunn Hall 100C.

If you are unsure whether the research you plan to conduct should be submitted for IRB review or if have any questions about the IRB process, please contact McCarthy at x2919 or by e-mail at

The research proposal ?Crane's Education for the Future? submitted by Dr. Debra Campbell, Department of Music Education, has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board. It has been determined that the use of human subjects in that research meets the criteria of exempt research on November 23, 2009. This exemption is applicable for a period of one year.

The research proposal ?HIV Prevention Outcome Monitoring Survey (HPOM),? submitted by Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke, Department of Community Health, has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board and by the provost of the College. The researcher and the use of human subjects in that research have been approved as of December 3, 2009.

The research proposal ?Program Evaluation of the North Country Adolescent Outreach Program,? submitted by Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke, Department of Community Health, has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board and by the provost of the College. The researcher and the use of human subjects in that research have been approved as of December 3, 2009.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Meetings

The SUNY Potsdam IACUC reviews any use of live animals in research, teaching, service or display by faculty, staff or students affiliated with SUNY Potsdam, regardless of where the activity occurs and of the activities funding source.

Please allow adequate time for your proposal to be reviewed prior to the intended start date of the project. The committee requires sufficient time to review the proposal and to suggest any revisions prior to project approval by the institutional official.

If you are unsure whether the project you plan to conduct should be submitted to the IACUC or have questions about the approval process, please contact Steve Marqusee, chair of the IACUC, at x3186 or by e-mail at

Researchers are reminded that state and federal laws require that all projects involving animal subjects be reviewed. Application forms are available in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Researchers may contact Kathy LaMay at x3121 or by e-mail at for application materials.

Title III Undergraduate Research Programs for 2009-2010

SUNY Potsdam is the recipient of a five-year, $1.6 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant Award from the U.S. Department of Education to promote undergraduate research across-the-curriculum, enhance faculty professional development related to undergraduate research and support student/faculty participation at regional and national conferences. For additional information, please contact Gerald L. Ratliff, Title III project director at, or Julie Ellingsen at, Title III administrative assistant. The following campus award program applications are available at

Faculty Professional Development

The goal of the faculty development travel program is to provide professional enrichment opportunities for faculty to attend regional/national association meetings or conferences to cultivate instructional skills or teaching techniques related to undergraduate research.

Application deadline: February 26.

Faculty Curriculum Development

The goal of the faculty curriculum development program is to integrate undergraduate research into an individual course that will have significant impact on a substantial number of students. The curricular proposal may focus on plans to revise an existing course or design a new course that introduces and promotes active research opportunities for undergraduate students.

Application deadline: April 2.

Student/Faculty Travel

The goal of the student/faculty undergraduate travel program is to increase the current number of students/faculty engaged in collaborative projects of high quality whose preliminary research results are competitively presented at regional or national conferences.

Application deadlines: February 15 and March 29.

Department Curriculum Development

The goal of the department curriculum development program is to permanently incorporate additional or new undergraduate research opportunities in at least three required or elective courses in the academic and/or minor degree-granting curricula. The curricular proposal may focus on plans to revise existing programs and courses or design new courses that promote active research opportunities for undergraduate students.

Application deadline: March 22.

Research and Creative Endeavors Program for 2009-2010

The Research and Creative Endeavors Program is designed to provide faculty with seed money to pursue a research or scholarly project and eventually seek and attract external funding for their work. As in the past, in making awards, the Committee will especially emphasize projects that have the potential to encourage new faculty, women and minorities; to support research and creative endeavors across the disciplines; and to attract external resources. The maximum award per project is $1,000. Generally, this program does not provide funding for conference travel, computer equipment and general office expenses.

DEADLINE: April 7, 2010

Grant Development Program 2009-2010

This program will provide awards of up to $1,500 to full-time faculty or professional staff to pursue the development of new proposals for submission to external funding agencies. All successful applicants will be required to submit a full proposal (with a budget of at least $50,000/yr.) to an external sponsor within one year from the time of award. It is expected that those interested will have identified a potential sponsor and contacted that sponsor to discuss funding possibilities. The application form requires a description of the proposed project and a project time line that incorporates the applicant?s plans for meeting the grant submission deadline. Allowable budget items include travel, supplies, books, duplicating, telephone, etc.


Grant Writing Initiative (GWI)

The Research and Sponsored Programs Office will make up to 6 awards of $250 each to faculty and professional staff who develop and submit viable proposals to external funding agencies during 2009-2010. All grant proposals submitted through the Research and Sponsored Programs Office (excluding continuation and fellowship applications) will automatically be eligible.

Awards will be made based on the following considerations:

?quality of proposal

?match between proposal and sponsor (likelihood of success)

?institutional support of proposal

Up to three awards will be made in June 2010 for proposals submitted up to May 31, 2010.

In affirming its commitment to equal opportunity for all individuals, SUNY Potsdam actively seeks faculty, staff and students without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or veteran status.