2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards Recognize Student, Employee Excellence

2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards Recognize Student, Employee Excellence

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are system-level honors conferred to acknow­ledge and provide SUNY-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. These programs underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction and serving the public good. 2015 SUNY Chancellor’s

Remembering a Health Care Advocate through a New Peer Health Educator Award

Remembering a Health Care Advocate through a New Peer Health Educator Award

Jean Grant, the former director of the Mary Walker Health Services Center at SUNY Oswego, shared her extraordinary skill, compassion and empathy with students and campus members for 37 years. She died in 2013 at the age of 65, but she left behind a legacy that helped improve American healthcare and established SUNY Oswego as

Calendar of Events: Summer 2015

Calendar of Events: Summer 2015

For the most up to date listing of events, visit alumni.oswego.edu/events. Sept. 1 SUNY Oswego at the NYS Fair in Syracuse* Sept. 26 Apple Picking in Syracuse* Sept. 17 Alumni & Friends Event in N.J.* Sept. 19 Mets/Yankees Game & Reception in New York City* Sept. 24 Alumni & Friends Event in Boston* Sept. 25-26 Men’s

Alumni Band Together to Establish a Greek Life Fund at Oswego

Alumni Band Together to Establish a Greek Life Fund at Oswego

In spring 1979, then 18-year-old Sue Tighe-Cushman ’82 had no idea that pledging Alpha Delta Eta at SUNY Oswego would change her life. She had no idea that years later at 3 a.m., her sorority songs would be the only thing she could think of to sing her infant son back to sleep. Nor did

Bridging the Chasm: Dyslexia Scholar Applies Research to Benefit Diverse Learners

Bridging the Chasm: Dyslexia Scholar Applies Research to Benefit Diverse Learners

As a newly minted Ph.D. graduate, Gordon F. Sherman ’75 was studying the donated brain of a dyslexic individual, and he and his colleagues at a Harvard University lab noted unusual clusters of neurons in the left hemisphere—the part of the brain responsible for language. But while the senior researchers were concentrating on those clusters,

Communication Alumnus Commands Canals from Capital Region

Communication Alumnus Commands Canals from Capital Region

In 1905, Vaudeville Musician Thomas S. Allen wrote the famous song “Low Bridge” about the early years of the Erie Canal, which opened in 1825. As director of the New York State Canal Corporation, Brian Stratton ’79 probably relates to the song’s chorus: “Every inch of the way I know, from Albany to Buffalo.” Stratton

Alumna Mentors Incoming Freshman

Alumna Mentors Incoming Freshman

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

From Oswego to HBO, Alumnus Finds His Passion

From Oswego to HBO, Alumnus Finds His Passion

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

Alumni Bookshelf

Alumni Bookshelf

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. Guy Abell ’65

Wedding Album: Summer 2015

Wedding Album: Summer 2015

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,