The Willing Suspension of Disbelief

Theatre alumni

Let’s say the script calls for a moonlit tryst to end at dawn with the execution of the lovers. The challenge is to move the audience from euphoria to grief, show the passage of night and create chaos out of tranquility all in a few moments. Teamwork kicks in, and the challenges are met through

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

Alumni Bookshelf

Nice Girls Still Don't Get the Corner Office

We celebrate and share the success of Oswego alumni authors, illustrators and recording artists, who may ask their publisher/distributor to send a copy of the work to the Oswego alumni office to be considered for this column and our website, where cover photos of all works in this column will be displayed. Lee R. Clendenning

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: Adam Vezer ’11

Adam Vezer ’11

Long Island native Adam Vezer ’11 always knew he wanted to teach. He chose technology education after meeting some of the professors and visiting the technology labs at Oswego. Now working at Old Mill Middle South in Millersville, Md., Vezer was named Western Anne Arundel County Teacher of the Year and is described in his nomination as

Writer Makes Case for Support of Cambodian Children

Anthony Karge ’08

Like others who hold SUNY Oswego diplomas, Anthony Karge ’08 has soared. His 8,560-mile journey has taken him to Phnom Penh, where he is communications officer, handling social media, newsletters and external communications for the Cambodian Children’s Fund. “I’m using journalism and creative writing,” Karge says, “to make concrete contributions in one of the most