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

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

Steven Abbass ’03 Becomes Youngest Current Managing Partner at Northwestern Mutual

Steven Abbass ’03

On his walk from his campus job at the Mary Walker Health Center to his second job in Cooper Dining Hall, then junior business administration major Steven Abbass ’03 swung by a career fair in the Hewitt Union ballroom and dropped off his resume with three companies. That simple act set in motion a series

Sharing Music for a Purpose

Jim Van Arsdale '08

When a student in a guitar class of Jim Van Arsdale ’08 suggested that they sponsor a concert to raise money for a fellow student’s medical expenses, the fifth-grade teacher at Millard Fillmore Elementary School in Moravia, N.Y., agreed. And so was born, Perform 4 Purpose. Since that initial concert, Central New York students and

Rochester Alumnus Rules Real Estate

Lyjha Wilton '99

When he’s not accepting awards, buying real estate or breaking land speed records in one of his vintage vehicles, Lyjha Wilton ’99 is probably spending time with his five children, singing and playing guitar. The 36-year-old real estate mogul started buying properties almost immediately after earning a bachelor’s in communication studies at SUNY Oswego. After

Alumni Bookshelf

School Shadows

Heraldo Muñoz ’72 As chair of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry into the 2007 suicide-bomber killing of Pakistani political leader Benazir Bhutto, Muñoz led the investigation into her death. His book, Getting Away With Murder: Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan, presents inquiry results and the author’s critical analysis of the larger

Mr. Hoffman is Teacher of the Year—‘He Totally Deserves It’

Jay Hoffman '81

Among those announcing the news that Jay Hoffman ’81 was 2013 Vermont Teacher of the Year were his media students at F. H. Tuttle Middle School. They grasped the magnitude of his honor, declaring, “He totally deserves it.” Hoffman came late to teaching. “I’m a hands-on guy,” he explains. “I studied industrial arts education at

Global Experiences Inform Alumnus’ Approach to Life

Rick Zinter ’74

During his work overseas, Rick Zinter ’74 has procured much more than supplies for his employers. He acquired a unique worldview that has shaped his life philosophy. “The travel I’ve done for work helped me realize we need to enjoy the journey, not just the destination,” he says. “Whether the destination is to reach retirement,