Costumers Add the Finishing Touch

Gutierrez, as drag queen Nina York, and Miss Fame show off the custom attire of Gutierrez.

Michelle Gore ’95 helps grown men transform into rhinoceroses eight times a week. “Actors can pretend to be a rhino or a hyena, but the complete change into character comes when they put their costume on,” Gore says. As a dresser for the Broadway musical Lion King, she is responsible for pre-setting the costumes, including

The Right Actor for the Right Role

Kevin Kennison ’82

K2 Casting, the multi-purpose studio of Kevin Kennison ’82, is the logical outgrowth of his varied career. As a theater professional and a faculty member at several academic institutions—including his alma mater and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts— as well as through his involvement in major New York City acting studios and the Walt

The Sound of Success

Brian Ronan ’84

A train passes by, a ship gets repaired, glass breaks, a band rocks out and an actor whispers an aside to the audience. If all goes well, audience members won’t think about—or even be aware of—the mechanics behind the sound. “You work so hard to not be noticed,” says two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway sound designer

Communicating through Lens, Language and Stories

Frank Semmens ’64 M’68

Never sure where life would take him, Frank Semmens ’64 M’68 found direction through travel and education. Now, he is celebrating 25 years of successful business with Translation Services International in Naples, Fla., which helps companies translate their documents into more than 30 languages. An Oswego native, Semmens says his first immersion in another language

Changing Lives and Discovering Beauty in Kenya

With her friend, Christy Miller, Susan Feola Wain ’69 teaches a group of Kibera children at the St. Vincent de Paul Nursery and Rescue Center outside Nairobi.

“Why haven’t you responded?” asked a friend, who had invited Susan Feola Wain ’69 to join a 2002 humanitarian mission to Kenya. Wain had not received the invitation, but she says something clicked, and she declared, “I’m going.” With that, Wain made a commitment to children who live 9,340 miles from the Scottsdale, Ariz., home

William Seymour ’79 Named President of Cleveland State Community College

William Seymour ’79

William Seymour ’79 began his tenure in January as the sixth president of Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tenn. He says it is an exciting time to be leading a community college and helping expand access to higher education to a diverse pool of students. He says his Oswego experience helped him make two

Visual Art Becomes ‘Obsession’ for Alumnus Who Was a Math Major

“Ode to New York,” is an eight-foot high wooden sculpture created in 2008 by New York artist Mahmoud Hamadani ’81, who began to show his art in the late 1990s.

Oswego seemed exotic to Mahmoud Hamadani ’81, who arrived from Iran in the late 1970s to study mathematics—exotic and foreboding. Dropped in front of Culkin Hall in a blizzard, he followed shadow-like figures through the snow to Cayuga Hall. “I could not see more than a few feet ahead,” he recalls. “It took 15 minutes for a

Donald E. Kelly ’87 Named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer for 2014

Donald E. Kelly ’87

Donald E. Kelly ’87, a partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC in Syracuse, N.Y., was invited into the prestigious Top 100 Trial Lawyers organization based on his peer nominations and third-party research of his more than 18 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney. He traces his initial interest in law school back to Dr.

Alumnus’ Aerial Photography Startup Takes Flight

Mike Ouimet ’98

When asked which direction he sees his aerial video and photography company heading over the next couple years, Mike Ouimet ’98 responds with a laugh: “Certainly upwards.” A public justice graduate and native of Fulton, N.Y., Ouimet founded Aerial Captures last fall after flying model airplanes with his son Mason, 11, an aspiring pilot. “I

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