FUN AT REUNION 2007
Join us back on campus June 8 to 10 for another
fun-filled Oswego family Reunion!
With Reunion 2007 just around the corner, Reunion
class volunteers have been hard at work planning
events for classmates and mini-reunion groups!
Along with the Reunion events, there are many
exciting new building renovation projects for
you to see on campus. Alumni can stay in the newly
renovated Johnson Hall. Rooms will be assigned
on a first come; first served basis. We will do
our very best to keep class years and mini-reunion
groups together, based on when reservations are
received. So register early to insure a better
chance to be near your friends!
Alumni will have the opportunity to check out
CALENDARS FOR MAY ALUMNI EVENTS
Oswego graduates will have the opportunity to
gather with fellow alumni at two special events
Join President Deborah F. Stanley and Oswego alumni
and friends Thursday, May 31, for a reception
at the United Nations in New York City, hosted
by His Excellency Heraldo
Muñoz ’72, Chile’s ambassador
to the U.N. Due to United Nations security regulations,
all confirmed reservations can only be accepted
until Tuesday, May 15. There is limited space
remaining so register
for the event today.
Join us on campus Friday, May 18, for one of Oswego’s
longest-standing traditions — the Torchlight
Ceremony. Celebrate with the class of 2007 as
they are welcomed into the Oswego Alumni Association.
The ceremony begins at 9 p.m. in Sheldon Park
(between Hewitt Union and Culkin Hall). Retired
RETURN TO CLASSROOMS
Work together, build a network and always act
with honesty and integrity, were among the messages
students heard this spring from alumni who returned
to campus to share their advice, expertise and
experiences with them.
Scientists, CEOs, athletes and others returned
as part of the Oswego Alumni Association’s
program. Speaking to students in classes,
panels and one-on-one, they did what Oswego alumni
do best: pass on the fruits of an Oswego education
to a new generation.
George Wurtz ’78,
CEO of WinCup, had six tips for students in Sarfraz
Mian’s “Management Policy and Simulation”
class April 16. Among his words of advice: “Invest
:::Days Gone By:::
ITS HISTORIC DEBUT ONLINE
After years of being stored on microfilm in Penfield
Library, the Oswegonian
is now available to read online for the first
time in its 72-year history.
The campus newspaper recently became an addition
to an online newspaper collection managed by the
Northern New York Library Network. The microfilm
files were scanned to make Internet files so that
Oswego alumni can read issues of the paper online
from as early as July 29, 1935, to 2002.
“As a member of the class of 1975,
I am proud of it,” Associate Librarian Tom
Larson ’75, said.
Larson, a writer for the Oswegonian
during his time as a student, is excited to see
and read some of his published work while other
alumni can now access photos and articles of...MORE
:::The Will to Win:::
NAMED DIVISION III ICE HOCKEY COACH OF THE YEAR
Leading the Oswego State Lakers to a 23-3-3 record
and the school’s first NCAA Division III
Men’s Ice Hockey title, Coach Ed
Gosek ’83, M ’01 was recently
named the Men’s Division III Ice Hockey
Coach of the Year.
Gosek received the AHCA Edward Jeremiah Award,
in honor of the great Dartmouth College head coach,
after completing his fourth season as head coach
of the Lakers. Prior to being hired as head coach
Gosek spent 13 years as an assistant hockey coach
under the direction of Don
Unger ’71 and George Roll.
Although this is his first time receiving a national
award, Gosek has been recognized in the past for
his hard work and dedication to the Lakers by
being named the...MORE
INSPIRES WITH STORIES OF HER LIFE, CAREER
Journalist, author and human rights advocate Ruth
Gruber LLD (Hon.) ’01 spoke to a
full audience during Oswego’s College Hour
Wednesday, April 11, in the Hewitt Union Ballroom.
Gruber became the world’s youngest Ph.D.
at the age of 19 and has written 19 books about
her international travels and experiences.
In 1944, Harold Ickes, secretary of the interior
under President Franklin D.Roosevelt, sent Gruber
as a special assistant to accompany 982 Jewish
refugees to Oswego’s Fort Ontario.
Gruber wrote the book Haven,
about the only American safe haven camp for Jewish
refugees in World War II, which became the basis
for a four-hour miniseries on CBS.
During her speech Gruber also shared her experience
JOINS DEVELOPMENT TEAM
As a student, Robin McAleese
’93, M ’95 benefited from the
generosity of donors. Now acting as the major
gift officer at SUNY Oswego she has a chance to
offer similar opportunities for future students
and help enhance the campus.
Development has always been an interest for McAleese,
since she received multiple awards and scholarships
as a student. A SUNY Oswego employee for more
than a decade, she began her career in Student
Affairs as a graduate student and worked there
for several years. She knew that she would eventually
get into development.
like I’m coming home,” she said.
Since starting her new position in April, McAleese
GILCHRIST FOR DOT POSITION
Gov. Eliot Spitzer recently appointed Timothy
Gilchrist ’79 as deputy secretary
of transportation for economic development and
infrastructure. In his new position, Gilchrist
will oversee the economic development, infrastructure
and transportation agencies and authorities in
New York state.
Gilchrist has worked for the New York State Department
of Transportation for more than 25 years, filling
several positions, including chief of transportation
strategy. In that role Gilchrist provided leadership
for state transportation policies, plans, and
strategies. He also supervised financial planning
efforts for the department, including all allocation
of resources to regional offices and the management
of public transportation operations...MORE
400TH CAREER WIN IN SWEEP OF ONEONTA
Oswego State Baseball Coach Frank Paino reached
an impressive milestone by winning his 400th game
in charge of the Laker dugout when the Lakers
swept Oneonta in a SUNYAC doubleheader April 22.
The Lakers won 3 to 1 behind an impressive pitching
performance from Justin
White ’08, who was named SUNYAC and
ECAC Upstate Pitcher of the Week.
Paino entered the season with a 389-279-1 career
record and has led the Lakers to a 13 and 8 overall
record and the team looks to qualify for the SUNYAC
Paino has been at the helm of the Laker baseball
program since 1987, doing an impressive job of
continuing the standards set by former coaches
Max Ziel and Walt "Doc" Nitardy.
Paino is a 1981 graduate of Coastal Carolina where
“The Internet is a powerful, influencing
force. So use the force – for good,”
Sharon Friedlander Newman
’79, an executive producer with MSNBC,
told students and their families, faculty and
staff gathered for Honors Convocation April 20.
those of us in the mainstream media to help keep
you as informed as possible, in as fair and honest
a way as possible,” she said.
Newman is currently the executive producer for
MSNBC's Internet-centric program "The Most
with Alison Stewart." Newman joined MSNBC
in 2003 as executive producer of "Lester
Holt Live" and then became executive producer
of "Connected Coast to Coast" with hosts...MORE
OSWEGO STUDENTS EARN CHANCELLOR'S AWARDS
SUNY Chancellor John Ryan honored seven SUNY Oswego
students with the Chancellor’s Award for
Student Excellence at a ceremony Wednesday, April
18, in Albany.
The awards go to students who earn high grade-point
averages and make a significant contribution to
their campus or local community.
Oswego’s recipients are Shelly
Dann ’07 of Central Square, a double
major in psychology and public justice; Sarah
Haig ’05 of Saranac Lake, a graduate
student in graphic design; Samantha
Mason ’06 of Portland, Ore., who
graduated summa cum laude with a major in theatre
and a minor in medieval and Renaissance studies;
Sarah Scherer ’07
RECOGNIZES ALTSCHULER FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP
The author of four books and a widely interviewed
expert on the presidency, polling and American
politics, SUNY Oswego Professor Bruce Altschuler
is the recipient of a 2007 SUNY Chancellor’s
Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative
He has been a member of Oswego’s political
science faculty since 1976.
together, his body of scholarly work is focused,
mature and important in the contributions it has
made to political science,” wrote Robert
Spitzer in support of Altschuler’s nomination
for the award. Spitzer is a distinguished professor
of political science at SUNY Cortland, who also
specializes in the presidency and public opinion.
Altschuler’s first book, Keeping
a Finger on the...MORE
COURSE TO FOLLOW EXTREME WEATHER
SUNY Oswego will present a new summer program,
“Storm Forecasting and Observation,”
from May 28 to June 16, studying extreme weather
where it strikes.
The course may have the biggest classroom of any
college offering, as the class may spend time
anywhere in Tornado Alley — from Texas to
North Dakota, Colorado to Missouri — on
any given day, said Scott
Steiger ’99 of SUNY Oswego’s
Steiger said the new course, presented by the
college’s Division of Continuing Education,
is the only one he knows of in the Northeast.
The handful of existing offerings are located
at Midwestern colleges.
The first week will include six hours of daily
ADDS COMMUNICATION, SOCIAL INTERACTION MINOR
A new minor at SUNY Oswego in communication and
social interaction aims to bolster the interactive
knowledge and ability of students not majoring
in that field.
“I think it’s
going to appeal to a broad range of majors,”
program coordinator Nola Heidlebaugh, a professor
of communication studies, said of the minor that
becomes official this fall. “We’ve
never had a communication minor before. There
has been a lot of interest expressed. We’re
pleased to have responded to that.”
Around 20 percent of those taking communication
courses are enrolled in other majors, coming from
such programs as anthropology, business, English,
music, psychology, sociology and...MORE
:::Leaders of Tomorrow:::
FOR PROJECT SMART’S 'KIDS AT WORK' PROGRAM
The Entergy Charitable Foundation has recently
granted a third year of funding, $25,000 per year,
to SUNY Oswego to support the Project SMART—Science
and Math Applied Resources for Teaching—
“Kids at Work” program.
Project SMART is a 20-year K-16 professional development
initiative that involves college community personnel
with area teachers to develop hands-on, inquiry-oriented,
equity-based teaching connected to the real world.
Project Coordinator Sue
Witmer ’02 has engaged a team of
teachers from Oswego and Onondaga counties to
work on this project. Over the past two years,
this dynamic group of...MORE