Visual Arts Alumnus Found Calling in Clay

Matt Wilson ’09 M’11

When Matt Wilson ’09 M’11 isn’t teaching middle-schoolers in Norwich, N.Y., about visual arts or coaching the varsity track and soccer teams, he’s experimenting with new ceramic techniques or creating, displaying and selling his artwork online and at galleries around the region. An Elmira, N.Y., native, Wilson found his passion in ceramics during high school.

Alumna Finds Home in Oz, Again

Alumna Finds Home in Oz, Again

For many women and children with unruly, curly hair, Tomasina Boyd Boone ’93 may be revered and considered the wonderful wizard of Oz. She launched an online haircare and beauty company, Afro Puffs (www.afropuffs.com.au), a division of Beauty Named Ltd., after trying for years to find haircare products in her new home in Australia (often

Political Science Grad Goes From Campus to the Capital

Nels Olson ’89

It’s a passion for Nels Olson ’89 to help others succeed. Olson splits his time between the Washing­ton, D.C., and New York City offices of Korn Ferry, the world’s largest executive talent firm, ensuring that the top-tier executives his team identifies and coaches are the best fit for his clients. Olson serves as vice chairman

Oswego Alumni Team Up to Win Onondaga County Sheriff’s Race

Benedicte Harris Doran ’91 (left) managed last year’s successful campaign for former DeWitt, N.Y., Police Chief Gene Conway ’77 in the Onondaga County sheriff’s race. Irene Scruton, who directs SUNY Oswego’s MBA program, is a former member of the DeWitt Town Board.

Gene Conway ’77 spent a lifetime in law enforcement, but didn’t know politics. When he ran last year for Onondaga County sheriff, he turned to Benedicte Harris Doran ’91, a veteran political consultant. It turned out to be a great move. Conway, a Republican, defeated Democrat Toby Shelley by a vote of 66,569-58,829. “I should

The Evolution of Lakers Men’s Ice Hockey

The Evolution of Lakers Men’s Ice Hockey

Looking Back on 50 Years of Tradition, Looking Ahead to the Future Event: NCAA Division III men’s ice hockey national championship game. Date: March 18, 2007. Place: Wessman Arena, University of Wisconsin-Superior. The score: Middlebury College 3, SUNY Oswego 3. End of regulation. Sudden-death overtime: At the 7:17 mark, Brendan McLaughlin ’09 settles in for

Winning the Game of Life

Winning the Game of Life

 SUNY Oswego Division III Athletics Program provides students with skills that translate to success in their work and play   Anne Sarkissian DeRue ’04 was coming off an impressive junior year season of swimming at Oswego High School, and she was ready to secure an athletic scholarship during an even better senior year. It was

Alumna’s Memories Revived on Broadway

Naida King Rasbury ’51 as a young girl on the stage.

As a 7-year-old girl in 1935, Naida King Rasbury ’51 made her Broadway debut in the classic American opera “Porgy and Bess.” Nearly 80 years later, she strode the red carpet on opening night for the Broadway revival that would later win the Tony Award. When she learned the 2012 revival was in the works,

Former Oswego State Goalie Scores as ‘Prolific Writer’

Paul Ferguson ’69

Coach George Crowe built SUNY Oswego’s first hockey team by recruiting Canadian athletes, including Ottawa goalie Paul Ferguson ’69. That team established Oswego as a power hockey school by winning the 1964-65 championships. Fifty years later, at Reunion 2014, Ferguson recalled his college days. “I was a history major, spending a lot of time in

Zoology Researcher, Author Models Teaching Methods After Oswego Professor

Steve Sheffield ’78 (right) and Dr. Ma Ming, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, pose at the 4,000 meter mark in the Tran Shen Mountain range outside of Urumgi Xinjiang Province, People’s Republic of China.

For Steve Sheffield ’78, SUNY Oswego was, at first, just another college—far enough away from his home in Syracuse. That is, of course, until Sheffield met Al Lackey, then a zoology professor at SUNY Oswego, who jump-started Sheffield’s passion for zoology. Not knowing what career path to pursue, and two years into sampling courses, Sheffield

Fred Floss ’79 Finds Career in Finance Rewarding

Fred Floss ’79

Fred Floss ’79 works hard to ensure that low- and middle-income families in New York State are better off. Floss is the executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, an independent, non-partisan “think tank” of researchers tasked with improving the well-being of New Yorkers by analyzing the state budget and tax policy. Floss has served