Sharing Music for a Purpose

Jim Van Arsdale '08

When a student in a guitar class of Jim Van Arsdale ’08 suggested that they sponsor a concert to raise money for a fellow student’s medical expenses, the fifth-grade teacher at Millard Fillmore Elementary School in Moravia, N.Y., agreed. And so was born, Perform 4 Purpose. Since that initial concert, Central New York students and

GOLD Profile

GOLD Profile

Oswego is a long way from home for Priya Ravindran ’09. She grew up near Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India, and left home after 17 years to earn two bachelor’s degrees in journalism and global and international studies at Oswego, picking up a minor in French along the way. After earning a master’s at Fordham University

Social Worker’s Goal: ‘I Did My Job Today’

Social Worker’s Goal: ‘I Did My Job Today’

When Joseph A. Twumasi-Ankrah ’06 has elicited a smile from a heartbroken child or brought insight to a confused teen, then he can say, “I did my job today.” Twumasi-Ankrah, a licensed social worker, is site director for Partnership With Children, which works with 12 underserved New York City public schools to provide support for

Rochester Alumnus Rules Real Estate

Lyjha Wilton '99

When he’s not accepting awards, buying real estate or breaking land speed records in one of his vintage vehicles, Lyjha Wilton ’99 is probably spending time with his five children, singing and playing guitar. The 36-year-old real estate mogul started buying properties almost immediately after earning a bachelor’s in communication studies at SUNY Oswego. After

Mr. Hoffman is Teacher of the Year—‘He Totally Deserves It’

Jay Hoffman '81

Among those announcing the news that Jay Hoffman ’81 was 2013 Vermont Teacher of the Year were his media students at F. H. Tuttle Middle School. They grasped the magnitude of his honor, declaring, “He totally deserves it.” Hoffman came late to teaching. “I’m a hands-on guy,” he explains. “I studied industrial arts education at

Global Experiences Inform Alumnus’ Approach to Life

Rick Zinter ’74

During his work overseas, Rick Zinter ’74 has procured much more than supplies for his employers. He acquired a unique worldview that has shaped his life philosophy. “The travel I’ve done for work helped me realize we need to enjoy the journey, not just the destination,” he says. “Whether the destination is to reach retirement,

Alumna Applies Legal Skills to Help Nonprofits

M. Catherine Richardson ’63 H’05

Any attorney worth her salt could make a case that the results retired attorney M. Catherine Richardson ’63 H’05 has achieved in her exceptional legal career are balanced equally by the impact she has made through her volunteer work. For nearly 40 years, Richardson has donated her time and talents to a wide range of

Here’s Alice: Award-Winning Author of Seven Novels

Award-Winning Author of Seven Novels: Alice McDermott '75

Preface: The artist’s life began early for Alice McDermott ’75. She was always writing, creating stories, as children do, as a means of shaping and controlling her world. At a very young age, she was in love with short stories and novels, in love with fiction. Here’s Alice. She is filling page after page with

Professional Playwright Credits Oswego for Success

Ryan Sprague ’06

Ryan Sprague ’06 has had a one-act play, Some Just Do It Naturally, selected for the Outworks GLBTQ Play Festival in Baton Rouge, La. It is a revision of his first student work at Oswego. Sprague’s thriller, East in Red, was produced at Kraine Theatre in New York City in February, and several other plays

Texas Poet Credits Oswego With Changing her Life

Viktoria Valenzuela '10

Viktoria Valenzuela ’10 dispels every stereotype of the isolated writer. No garret room, no solitary pursuits for this San Antonio author. It’s as if, having found her voice at SUNY Oswego, she can’t stop using it. Valenzuela’s calendar is as packed with commitments as her poetry is rich with images—a writing workshop at Gemini Ink,