President Deborah F. Stanley has announced the establishment of a new School of Communication, Media, and the Arts at SUNY Oswego. The new school begins operation this month and initially will include the existing departments of communication studies, art, music and theatre.
There will be an interim dean, as yet unnamed, and a search for a founding dean will begin in the fall. Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences, Rhonda Mandel will continue to serve in that role through the next academic year so the visioning and goal-setting process she has begun may be completed.
The faculty will seek the advice of experts as they look outward for models to study and perhaps adapt for SUNY Oswego.
"This is an exciting new endeavor that will allow SUNY Oswego to highlight yet another area of differentiation and distinction among master's granting institutions in the Northeast and beyond," President Stanley said. "The school will bring together traditional and emerging disciplines in ways that correspond to student demand and marketplace need as well as expand opportunities for scholarship and prospects for innovative and creative partnerships internal and external to our campus.
"Establishing the School of Communication, Media, and the Arts sets us on a positive path to forge an additional academic entity with significant potential to strengthen and enrich the entire campus community."
The support and loyalty of alumni from the theatre, music, art and communication studies departments have long been a source of great pride to SUNY Oswego, the president noted.
She invited alumni to be part of this important new chapter in the life of the college through continued interest and support. "As alumni, you can help add that 'margin of excellence' for the students who will follow in your footsteps," Stanley said.
Further information about the new school will be forthcoming through alumni publications, Oswego's Web site and related department communications.
(Upper) Monica Bartoszek '80, senior editor/operations at the Albany Times Union, returned to campus, as part of the Oswego Alumni Association's Alumni in Residence program, to share her experiences with first year class "History of American Journalism," taught by Linda Morley Loomis '90, M '97. Students, from left, are Johanna Rosario '11, James Paladino '11 and Kate Boswell '11.
(Lower) Music students perform in a December holiday concert.
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