From the Editor’s Pen

Most days, when I’m pounding the keyboard to write a story or poring over proofs, red pen in hand, I stop to think how fortunate I am. I have been able to build a career around my passion for the written word. So when I looked at this issue’s feature stories, I was naturally struck by the art alumni feature.

Here are 35 artists who were able to fashion careers and make a living doing what they love. Their stories inspire our current students, and I hope, you as well. But read deeper and you see it’s true for all our feature stories, as well as class notes and profiles.

Tom Niziol ’77 took the passion he honed for winter weather on the roof of Piez Hall to a national audience. Dr. Richard Shineman pursued his passion for chemistry as founding chair of our chemistry department and a leader in the sciences faculty at Oswego. His wife, Dr. Barbara Palmer Shineman ’65, M ’71 has been a passionate educator and supporter of Oswego. Now her generous gift of $5 million ensures Dick’s influence will continue on for generations of students in the discipline he so loved.

As we begin a new calendar year and look at all our blessings and dreams, I hope you find that your Oswego education has served you well, and fuels your passion for life.

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