Wicked Weather: The Blizzard of ’66

Wicked Weather: The Blizzard of ’66

In January 1966, 10-year-old Jim Farfaglia ’77 was cele­brating his grandmother’s surprise 70th birthday party in Fulton, N.Y., when what would become known as the Blizzard of ’66 started blasting the region with snow and winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. Luckily, his family in their trusty ’58 Ford Fairlane arrived safely at their

Top Historian, Author, Engineer Helps Students Discover ‘Amazing STEM Women’

Top Historian, Author, Engineer Helps Students Discover ‘Amazing STEM Women’

Jill Tietjen, chief executive officer of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, author and electrical engineer, spoke to a standing-room only crowd on Sept. 10 about scientific and technical women, whom she featured in her bestselling and award-winning book, Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America. Her visit was part of the

Author Finds Inspiration in the Performing Arts

Author Finds Inspiration in the Performing Arts

For Jennifer Thompson Jackson ’94, the process of writing books is “only one piece of [her] own artistic puzzle.” “There’s no one right way to be a writer,” Jackson told more than 100 attendees at an Artswego Living Writers Series public event on Sept. 9. She returned to campus through the Oswego Alumni Association’s Alumni-In-Residence

Former Oswego State Goalie Scores as ‘Prolific Writer’

Paul Ferguson ’69

Coach George Crowe built SUNY Oswego’s first hockey team by recruiting Canadian athletes, including Ottawa goalie Paul Ferguson ’69. That team established Oswego as a power hockey school by winning the 1964-65 championships. Fifty years later, at Reunion 2014, Ferguson recalled his college days. “I was a history major, spending a lot of time in

Zoology Researcher, Author Models Teaching Methods After Oswego Professor

Steve Sheffield ’78 (right) and Dr. Ma Ming, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, pose at the 4,000 meter mark in the Tran Shen Mountain range outside of Urumgi Xinjiang Province, People’s Republic of China.

For Steve Sheffield ’78, SUNY Oswego was, at first, just another college—far enough away from his home in Syracuse. That is, of course, until Sheffield met Al Lackey, then a zoology professor at SUNY Oswego, who jump-started Sheffield’s passion for zoology. Not knowing what career path to pursue, and two years into sampling courses, Sheffield

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

Greg Mortenson visits campus

Adventurer-turned-humanitarian Greg Mortenson signs his book Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace, One School at a Time for graduate student Melanie Hogaboom Berry M ’12 after Mortenson’s Oct. 28 presentation in the Campus Center arena. His appearance was part of the “Oswego Reads” communitywide reading initiative. Mortenson’s New York Times bestseller, published in 45 countries, recounts his experiences building schools in the mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson, who founded the not-for-profit Central Asia Institute, also signed copies of his sequel, Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Adventurer-turned-humanitarian Greg Mortenson signs his book Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace, One School at a Time for graduate student Melanie Hogaboom Berry M ’12 after Mortenson’s Oct. 28 presentation in the Campus Center arena. His appearance was part of the “Oswego Reads” communitywide reading initiative.