Communication Alumnus Supports SCMA with $30,000 Gift

Mark Lobel ’85

As a principal at Pricewaterhouse­Coopers, or PwC, Mark Lobel ’85 is responsible for providing consulting services to major entertainment media companies on cyber security issues. Since graduating from Oswego with a broadcasting and mass communication degree, he has witnessed major changes in the media, and says that this change is not over yet. “I think

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.

Backstage Stars

Backstage Stars

“Don’t look at us like we are, sir. Please… See make-up, caked, in glowing powder pink! Imagine a beard, full blown and blowing, like the whiskers of a bear! And hair! Imagine hair. In a box I’ve got all colors, so I beg you — imagine hair! And not these clothes. Oh no, no, no. Dear God, not rags like any beggar has. But

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.

Costumers Add the Finishing Touch

Gutierrez, as drag queen Nina York, and Miss Fame show off the custom attire of Gutierrez.

Michelle Gore ’95 helps grown men transform into rhinoceroses eight times a week. “Actors can pretend to be a rhino or a hyena, but the complete change into character comes when they put their costume on,” Gore says. As a dresser for the Broadway musical Lion King, she is responsible for pre-setting the costumes, including

The Right Actor for the Right Role

Kevin Kennison ’82

K2 Casting, the multi-purpose studio of Kevin Kennison ’82, is the logical outgrowth of his varied career. As a theater professional and a faculty member at several academic institutions—including his alma mater and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts— as well as through his involvement in major New York City acting studios and the Walt

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

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