Kamal Mohamed, right rear, SUNY Oswego professor of biological sciences and a Sudanese native, traveled to South Sudan last summer, saw the barren shelves of the library at Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology in Bor, South Sudan, and came away determined to help. Through Books International Goodwill in Annapolis, Md., some 5,000 donated textbooks are making their way to Bor. Two former “Lost Boys” of South Sudan, Moses Kohr Joh, who works for SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Abraham Achiek ’09, second and third from the left in the back row, joined SUNY Oswego organizers and other volunteers to load 52 boxes of donated textbooks onto a truck which Marcellus Rotary volunteers Ed and Anita Diefes, left rear and left front, drove to Annapolis. Together with other books from Le Moyne College and Syracuse University, the cargo joined 15,000 more donated books bound for the university in South Sudan. Patricia Clark, third from left, associate professor of English and creative writing and director of African and African-American studies, was co-coordinator of the SUNY Oswego effort, with the support of Interim Provost Lorrie Clemo, second from left in front, and Ginny Donohue ’88, at right in front, founder of On Point for College.
Josephine Akulang Abalang, state minister of finance of Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan, speaks to an audience March 3 in Sheldon Hall. The session, “Nation Building After the Referendum: The Birth of a New Nation,” chronicled South Sudan’s vote earlier this year to secede and form a new nation.