State Champ Conquers the Hills in Tour de Syracuse

Thomas Hill ’96

In his career as a guidance counselor at Newburgh Free Academy, Thomas Hill ’96 helps students identify their interests, set reasonable goals, and plan actions to reach those goals. The 2013 first-place winner of Tour de Syracuse and the New York State Bicycle Racing Association Championship (both category 4) uses the same strategies in his

Commentary Editor stands ‘on the front line of history’

Michelle Rene Garcia ’06

Landing a job in Los Angeles after graduation, Michelle Rene Garcia ’06 continues to work for a cause she values. At The Advocate, a gay rights magazine, she began as a temporary hire and advanced to com­mentary editor. “We’re on the front line of history,” she says. “In the seven years I’ve been here, I’ve

Journalism Degree Leads Alumna to Dream Job as Cook

Nicole Castro Pursel ’09

We call it “serendipity” when dreams come true. Nicole Castro Pursel ’09 says she’s had a brush with that unexplainable good fortune in her career. After completing an internship at Time Warner Sports and earning her degree in journalism, she accepted an administrative assistant position at Wegmans in her hometown of Rochester. One lucky day,

Oswego Service Projects Sparked Fire for Volunteering in Peace Corps Worker

Oswego Service Projects Sparked Fire for Volunteering in Peace Corps Worker

Shannon Linehan ’10 has returned from a 27-month long journey to Zambia, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer under the Rural Education Development Program. While in the Peace Corps, Linehan taught eighth and ninth-grade English, established a secure and functioning community preschool and created a Parent-Teacher Association. She also coordinated a pen-pal exchange project

Alumna Takes a Stab at Reality Cooking on ‘Chopped’

Alumna Takes a Stab at Reality Cooking on ‘Chopped’

COOKING IS A BIG DEAL TO MAUREEN O’DONNELL SANCHEZ ’87. She sells luxury ingredients to Chicagoland restaurants, she blogs about her family’s kitchen adventures and Feb. 24, she competed in front of a national television audience on Food Network’s “Chopped.” “Chopped” tests chefs’ skill, speed and ingenuity. Each week, four chefs compete before a panel of expert judges and

Publication names Oswego a ‘military-friendly college’

Publication names Oswego a 'military-friendly college'

Oswego has been designated a military-friendly college in Military Advanced Education’s 2013 guide. The publication, which helps inform education service officers, transition officers and the service members they counsel, named SUNY Oswego to its annual list in the 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, noting that schools on the list “go out of their way to

Newsmaker: Mike Lukajic ’04

Mike Lukajic

Former Laker Mike Lukajic ’04 made d3hockey.com’s list of top 15 goal scorers of the last decade. Lukajic’s 33 goals in 2002-03 for the Oswego men’s ice hockey team placed him at No. 9.
Lukajic was the sole SUNY Athletic Conference representative on the list, which ranked NCAA Division III players’ best individual seasons. In addition to a one-goal-per-game average in the 2002-03 regular season, he also scored at least one goal in each of Oswego’s postseason victories that year en route to the Division III national championship game.

Newsmaker: Howard Gordon ’74, M ’78

Howard Gordon '74, M '78

Howard Gordon ’74, M ’78, executive assistant to Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley, received the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education 2012 Award for Distinguished Service at the organization’s annual conference this past March in Los Angeles.

Newsmaker: Lou Borrelli Jr. ’77

Lou Borrelli Jr. '77

New York City-based start-up NimbleTV has named cable and broadband industry veteran Lou Borrelli Jr. ’77 as its new chief marketing officer.