Gift Supports International Education

John Christian '87 and scholarship

An alumnus who was the first in his family to have a passport and had his life changed by a study abroad experience through Oswego has made a generous gift to the college to pass on the opportunity of international experience to current and future students.

John Christian ’87, president and chief executive officer of CAPA International Education and CAPA have pledged nearly $200,000 over three years to foster international education at SUNY Oswego.

Faculty Hall of Fame: Dr. John Demidowicz

Demidowicz

Dr. John Demidowicz, professor emeritus of Spanish, liked to play a little joke on the first day of class. He would let a golf ball slip out of his pocket and tell the students, in Spanish of course, that he was on the golf course when he remembered he had to teach. “You ruined a great game,” he would say.

Invariably, they would laugh, and that was just what he wanted. “A burst of laughter is like an unexpected quiz, “ he says. “It shows they understand.”

Photo: International Day

International Day

Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers of the Onondaga Nation perform a traditional dance at International Day this spring in the Campus Center. The event, sponsored by the Office of International Education and Programs, featured food, faculty and student participation and study abroad information.

Grant Supports Undergraduate Research in Brazil

Banco Santander, SUNY and Brazil representatives

Oswego students Earl Bellinger ’12 and Janet Buckner ’12 eagerly tell how their summer 2010 work at the college’s global laboratories in Brazil studying the stars and surveying wildlife has opened opportunities for them as future scientists.

As they prepared to return this summer, they had a chance to share their stories with representatives of the international partnership that is supporting a Brazilian research experience for them and 13 other SUNY students this year and another 15 next year.