Throughout our 150-year history, a hallmark of an Oswego education has always been an emphasis on learning by doing. As I travel around the country, alumni from every era share stories of Oswego professors who involved them as equals in important research and creative projects. The pages of this magazine are brimming with examples, like Peggy La Tulip Focarino ’77, whose love of physics was nurtured in Oswego’s labs and now inspires her as she leads the U. S. Patent Office. RIT Chemistry Professor Todd Pagano ’96 has become a national advocate for involving undergraduates in scientific inquiry and has personally opened the doors to meaningful research for hundreds of deaf students. Debra Schutt ’77 takes skills she learned alongside Jon Vermilye ’66 and Ken Stone ’68 in Waterman Theatre to adorn the sets of HBO productions.
Two Oswego alumni were on the podium as a panel of industry experts dug into all things digital, social and mobile during the sixth annual Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit Oct. 14. Co-anchor for Albany’s NewsChannel 13 Benita Zahn ’76 moderated a panel that included Michael Cassidy ’98, founder of digital marketing and media-buying firm Undertone.