In Memoriam – Winter 2015

In Memoriam – Winter 2015

Elizabeth O’Brien Gumaer ’34 of Niskayuna, N.Y., died May 5, 2014, at the age of 100. She taught in the Watertown, N.Y., area and worked as an accountant for the federal government. She is survived by four children and three grandchildren. Alfred Johns ’42 of Webster, N.Y., died Sept. 15, 2014. He was an elementary

The Last Word – Winter 2015

Diana Abu-Jaber ’80

Diana Abu-Jaber ’80 shares an excerpt she adapted from her new memoir, Grace at the Table, slated to be published in spring 2016 by W.W. Norton. Her novel, Birds Of Paradise was awarded the Arab-American National Book Award. Her novels, Origin, Crescent and Arabian Jazz, and her memoir The Language of Baklava, also won several awards, including

Faculty Hall of Fame – Winter 2015

Hugh Burritt with his wife, Grace

The next time you hear the ceremonial trumpets at Torchlight or Commencement, you can thank Hugh Burritt. Burritt, the former chair of the Music Department, is responsible for bringing music to SUNY Oswego ceremonies. The herald trumpets that play during public ceremonies are the original ones he bought 40 years ago. Initially, the trumpets were

Jenal Joins the College Foundation Board

Matt Jenal ’78

Matt Jenal ’78 began a three-year term on the Oswego College Foundation Board of Directors on July 1. Jenal is principal at MAJ Finance, a consulting and directorship for alternative investments, with specializations in the financial, operational and compliance areas. In 2010, he retired as senior advisor and director of Cadogan Management, where he was

Fall 2014 Events

Fall 2014 Events

Visit alumni.oswego.edu for complete listing. August 28 Oswego Day at the N.Y. State Fair* August 29 Green and Gold Day* October 3-4 Soccer Alumni Reunion* October 16-17 Fall Celebrations, including: Presentation of Honorary Doctorate to Charlie Rose, Media Icon 10th Annual Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit Schools, Alumni Association and College Foundation Board Meetings

Men’s Ice Hockey

Men's Ice Hockey

The Laker men’s ice hockey team, under head coach Ed Gosek ’83 M’01, became back-to-back SUNYAC champions in the 2013-14 season. Oswego finished 22-7-2 overall and 10-5-1 in conference play while capturing its 10th SUNYAC championship after defeating No.1 Geneseo on the road. By winning the conference title, Oswego earned the automatic qualifier to the

Scholarship Makes On-Campus Living Available to Local Student

Alice Ericksen Nykaza ’65

Because residence life meant so much to her, an alumna has established the Alice Nykaza ’65 Endowed Scholarship that will provide a scholarship, preferably for an Oswego County student who lives on campus. Alice Ericksen Nykaza ’65 says a significant portion of her education took place among other students in the “dorms” and snack bar.

Taking Center Stage

George Dummitt ’69

AT CURTAIN: GEORGE DUMMITT ’69 is sitting on the hood of a cream-colored American Motors Gremlin on the set of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre in New York City. He is wearing a Local One union T-shirt, blue jeans, work boots. A quick-link hangs from his belt and holds his keys.

Stagecraft Behind the Magic

Bob Frame ’77 designed the lighting for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.

In the technical world of stagecraft, where specialists give substance to the designer’s vision, artistic traditions meet and mingle with practical skills. While the audience perceives enchantment, Abby Rodd ’96, production manager since 2008 of Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., sees reality: 2,000 pounds of pig iron to counterbalance scenery; solidly constructed sets that won’t

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