Distinguished Teaching Professor Marilynn Smiley recently celebrated 50 years as a faculty member at SUNY Oswego. The Indiana native ‘cut a deal’ with her father to pursue music in college. Smiley, who came to Oswego in 1961, still carries a full load as a professor of music with a specialty in musicology — and a long résumé of eclectic research, talented students, women’s equality efforts, organization work with such groups as Vega and the American Association of University Women, musical groups like the SUNY Oswego Recorder Consort and much more. Hear an interview with Smiley and share your comments below.
Discovery Communications executive and April 15 Honors Convocation keynote speaker Jocelyn Sokolski Egan ’84 reminded more than 100 of SUNY Oswego’s top scholars of their potential and urged them to follow their respective roads to success, bumpy though they may be. “Some paths are easier than others; few are level,” said Egan, senior vice president of Discovery Solutions, the Discovery Communications division dedicated to network-wide advertising sales and partnerships.
KaeLyn Rich ’05 has been an advocate for social justice as long as she can remember.
As Genesee Valley chapter director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Rich advocates for women’s, LBGT and immigrant rights among many other social issues.
An English Writing Arts and women’s studies major, she served as co-director of the Women’s Center, treasurer of Vega and cast director of the peer-education theatre troupe Melodramatics.
“I have been attracted toward jobs that allow me to get paid for activism and standing up for justice,” Rich said. “The Women’s Center inspired me to truly do work that I love, that feeds my activist soul.”