Alex Bissell, English 485 writing consultant for Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation
Student Involvement Awards
Awards recognize and reward students and their organizations whose involvement has made SUNY Oswego and the surrounding community a better place to live and learn. Free; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 -- see oswego.edu/administration/parking. 312-5420; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Arena and Convocation Hall, Campus Center
Tuesday, April 22, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Indie concert: Arms & Sleepers, American Royalty and Gianni Paci
Arms & Sleepers is an electronic duo from Boston. American Royalty is a psych-pop trio from Brooklyn. Guitarist Gianni Paci is a recent graduate of New York University and is influenced by Buddy Holly and The Beatles. Performer Magazine recently featured him on its cover. $5 at the door; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 -- see oswego.edu/administration/parking. 312-4581.
Location: Lounge, Hewitt Union
Friday, April 25, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse vs. Brockport
Location: Oswego, NY- South Athletic Field
Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Softball vs. Potsdam
Location: Oswego, NY- Laker Softball Field
Sunday, April 20, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
GOLD Third Thursdays
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Location: Various Cities
Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Reunion Weekend 2014
More information: alumni.oswego.edu/reunion
Location: SUNY Oswego, New York 104, Oswego, NY, United States
Thursday, June 5, noon - noon
For the outsider, writing can provide a wonderful opportunity to get involved. That's exactly what English 485, Words in the World, did for me. My background in Cinema and Screen Studies, and my experiences with professors like Dr. Bennet Schaber and Dr. Amy Shore, taught me to think critically and adapt my thinking into many different kinds of writing. I'd always wanted to work in activism, but never had the motivation to take the first step.
That changed last spring, when I became a writing consultant for the non-profit organization Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON). I created a white paper, "Wastewater Wasteland: An Investigation of Flowback Fluid Disposal," about hydraulic fracturing wastewater. The paper was distributed by activist groups like the Cayuga Anti-Fracking Alliance in Auburn.
I consider my work successful because it did more than earn me a grade in a class. It made an impact in the proverbial "real world." Last summer, the Cayuga Anti-Fracking Alliance organized a series of petitions and demonstrations to protest the local wastewater treatment plant's accepting hydro-fracking waste. One of the documents they distributed to city council members was my white paper, containing research about the plant in Auburn. In July, the city passed a moratorium against wastewater with a vote of three to one.