Patterson Wins Long-Sought Title

Jessica Patterson ’09

The same independence and drive that Jessica Wilkinson Patterson ’09 used to trudge her wheelchair through Oswego’s snow-covered campus helped her achieve a long-sought goal. Patterson was crowned Ms. Wheelchair New York in August, winning the title after giving a speech on surmounting the challenges of physical disability. “I came across the Ms. Wheelchair pageant

Education Professor to Assist in Brazilian State’s School Development

Education Professor to Assist in Brazilian State’s School Development

Dr. Alfred Frederick, distinguished service professor in SUNY Oswego’s School of Education, is a visiting professor and scholar in residence at the State University of Piaui in Brazil at the invitation of the State Secretariat of Education of Piaui and the State University of Piaui. Frederick said he would continue his cross-cultural work on culturally

Four “W’s” and an “H”: Journalist Helps Reveal the “How” as Newtown Strives for Healing

Matthew Sturdevant ’97

We’ll always wonder why. But, for Matthew Sturdevant ’97 the story of Newtown, Conn., is about how. How will the community repair itself? Sturdevant, a journalist who has essentially been embedded since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, is telling that story. “My task has always been to follow the people,” says Sturdevant who, along

‘A Christmas Carol’ Evokes Memories of 1973 Campus Performance

Carl Whidden ’75

As plans solidified to bring repertory actor Carl Whidden ’75 to campus Dec. 6 to perform his one-actor version of Charles Dickens’s beloved classic, “A Christmas Carol,” 40-year-old memories began to surface and circulate among Oswego alumni and the ARTSwego staff. People remembered a cast of 158, including 130 local children, who had staged an

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