Gwen Girsdansky, presenter at the 2011 National Conference on Undergraduate Research
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
As a writer with a strong journalism background, I'm constantly questioning the human condition. This curiosity overflows from journalism into literary studies and creative writing, and focuses my attention on identity. During the examination of the novel as a form in English 265, my first literary criticism class with Dr. Karol Cooper, I sought to explore the emergence of the tripartite identity.
"Identity is not one stagnant fixture, but rather it is put into motion by catalysts, which appear in the novel as events. These events forcibly move the narrative forward, pushing the character from one role to another through minute rhetoric. This allows the novel as a form to break down the meaning of identity by forming three distinct identities, generally universal to each protagonist, which they transition through a collective group."
At Dr. Cooper's encouragement, I submitted an abstract of the paper to the Second Annual New Critics Conference at SUNY Oneonta, and the 2011 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Ithaca College. Both of the abstracts were accepted and Dr. Cooper taught me another aspect of theory development: presentation. We are encouraged not only to explore and apply established theories, but to take risks and create our own. Through infusion of other theories and by developing our own, it gives us respect and deeper understanding of the theory process.
The novel itself is a mirror to reality, and to suggest that events are the keystone to identity, I believe, instigates internal reflection. The novel as a form forces retrospective reflection into reality, and I hope my essay will initiate further self-investigation of motives and quests.