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

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

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,

Composer Nick Gianopoulos and His Life ‘Con Variazioni’

George “Nick” Gianopoulos ’07, right, top, composer-in-residence for the LA-based Symbiosis Chamber Ensemble, turns pages for Oswego music professor Robert Auler, who performs Gianopoulos’ classical piece, “Theme and Variations,” during a concert in Sheldon Hall Ballroom.

Enrolling without specifying a major, George Nicholas Gianopoulos ’07 expected his SUNY Oswego journey to proceed “con variazioni,” with changes. He was leaning toward computer science, when—as one of 126 students enrolled in MUS 101, a general education music appreciation course—he discovered his passion. He played no instrument. He did not read music. He insists

Visual Artist Jeffrey Newell Prospers in ‘Amazing Learning Environment’

Jeffrey Newell ’12 M ’13

“I call my under­graduate peers and faculty my film family . . . [Oswego] wanted me to stay . . . I came back for grad school in the art program. Now I have an art family, and they’ve adopted me.” — Jeffrey Newell ’12 M ’13 Jeffrey Newell ’12 M ’13 shared his talents in photography, videography and the