Going to college wasn’t even something Debbie Poland MacAvoy ’81 considered pursuing until she sat down with her guidance counselor in 1977 to talk about her options. She grew up in McDonough, N.Y., and graduated with fewer than 100 people. “My guidance counselor said, ‘I think you need to go to college,’” MacAvoy said. “And
Aunrèe J. Houston ’00 fondly reflects on his time at Oswego as he glances at a photo of his Commencement Eve Torchlight Ceremony displayed on his desk. As a student he created his own production company, and today, he serves as the director of marketing operations for programming sales at HBO and works as an
Stefen Short ’10 likes to be on the front line of change. When Short came to SUNY Oswego from Centerport, N.Y., to study political science, he immediately got involved. He was a member of the New York Public Interest Research Group, a student interest and rights advocacy group, served as vice president of the Student
Melisa “Missy” Verdoliva ’99 (left) and Megan Daley were married Aug. 3, 2013, at Springside Park in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. Picture from left, Tammy Atkinson, Barbara Verdoliva Carroll ’93 M’99, Maryann Grimshaw, Missy Verdoliva ’99, Megan Daley, Sarah Daley, Dana MacDonald and Victor Licatese ’87 M’89. Annette Kellogg ’05 married Ryan Utegg on July 4,
Warren Weinstein, former professor at SUNY Oswego, died Jan. 14, 2015, in a U.S. counterterrorism drone strike while being held hostage by Al Qaeda in Pakistan for four years. Weinstein was a tenured professor who taught political science between 1970 and 1979. He left the position to help people of developing nations with the U.S.
Observer, Absorber in Education Heaven My fourth-grade teacher had one major criticism during her parent-teacher conference with my parents so many years ago. “He doesn’t participate enough,” she told Mom and Dad. “I know he understands the material, but he doesn’t raise his hand or participate much. He’s like a sponge.” I guess I always
Allison Tuttle ’10 M’12 and Griffin Perry ’08 were married Sept. 27, 2014, at Crane Mountain in Adirondack, N.Y. From left, back row, are Stephanie Graudons ’07, Griffin Perry ’08, Matthew Peirson, Ted Lechter, Mac Dillman; front row, Emily Seirup, Allison Tuttle ’10 M’12, BriAnne Wilson and Kelly Tuttle Stadtmiller. Bich Van ’11 M’12 and
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.
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
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