Last Word: Bell Bottom Blues

Last Word: Bell Bottom Blues

by Ermine Calandra Cunningham ’73 I was trying to lie low in my dorm room after the raucous lunchtime incident. There was nobody I could talk to about it, either; the other girls spoke little English, and my Spanish wasn’t good enough yet to describe what had happened. It was Friday afternoon and classes were

Last Word – Public Justice: Education, Career and History

FBI Agent Nelson B. Klein

I’m from a family of SUNY Oswego graduates; father, sister, two brothers and a cousin. I entered Oswego as a junior in the Public Justice program in the fall of 1979. My schedule included Public Justice 301 with Dr. Norman Weiner in one of the large lecture rooms at Lanigan Hall. I had never been

Last Word: Jeff Stage ’77

Last Word: Jeff Stage ’77

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

Odes to Oswego: An Oswego Poetry Anthology

Odes to Oswego: An Oswego Poetry Anthology

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of National Poetry month, we invited all alumni to submit a poem about how SUNY Oswego ignited their passion and helped them find their life’s purpose. We are pleased to share with you our alumni’s submissions.   Oswego Haiku Oswego Spring bloom awakens passion to teach darling buds of

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

The Last Word: Lois Frankel ’73

Lois Frankel ’73 Ph.D.

Lois P. Frankel ’73, Ph.D., writes in the introduction to Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office, that she wishes she did not have to revise her original best-seller on the 10th anniversary of its publication. She points out, however, that dismal statistics continue to show women in the workplace lag behind their male counterparts

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Getting Away With Murder

The following excerpt is from Getting Away With Murder: Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan by Heraldo Muñoz ’72. In the book, he provides his personal account as the lead investigator on the United Nations Commission of Inquiry into the death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. He has written and edited

TV Reporter Determined to Run Boston Marathon Again

Jason Holder ’05

When I crossed the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, the first thing I said audibly and to no one in particular was: “That’s enough of that for a while.” Then, as I do at the conclusion of every marathon, I began thinking about how I would summarize the most important race of the

The Last Word: Alice McDermott ’75

Alice McDermott ’75

(This excerpt from Someone, a work of fiction, is set in the aftermath of World War II. In this chapter, author Alice McDermott ’75 writes about a returned airman telling his near-death story and explaining his miraculous reprieve. McDermott’s lyrical novel examines an ordinary woman’s life as it is lived day by day in an

The Last Word with John Gray ’85

 The Last Word with John Gray '85

Getting Away With It I stole. It’s hard to believe those two little words follow a man around for 28 years like a shadow but they do. Do the right thing and you forget it in a day, do the wrong thing and you regret it for years. And you can try to justify what