From the President’s Desk

President Deborah F. Stanley portrait

Fifty years ago, our college had newly graduated from teachers college to comprehensive college of arts and sciences; we had just opened our new science building, Piez Hall; and President Foster Brown had recruited a young chemistry professor from Purdue University — Dr. Richard Shineman — to help expand Oswego’s science programs. Now, at another exciting time of growth and innovation for the sciences on our campus, the Shineman name is once again at the forefront.

From the Editor’s Pen

From the Editor's Pen

Most days, when I’m pounding the keyboard to write a story or poring over proofs, red pen in hand, I stop to think how fortunate I am. I have been able to build a career around my passion for the written word. So when I looked at this issue’s feature stories, I was naturally struck by the art alumni feature.

Recent Graduate Quickly Climbs Adirondacks’ 46

Brieanne Wilson '10

As BrieAnne Wilson ’10, M ’12 trudged upward, wind and cold gnawed at her face. It was only November, but the weather had surprised her and her friends with snow and temperatures that dipped below freezing.
Now they were caught in a snowstorm on the side of a mountain in the Adirondacks. Unlike Wilson, who brought winter gear, half the group forgot hats and gloves. Some even neglected to bring winter coats.

VIDEO: Election night coverage

VIDEO: Election night coverage

All three campus media outlets — WTOP, WNYO and The Oswegonian — pooled resources to create an entire evening of election 2012 coverage Nov. 6. Learn how some 60 young journalists collaborated to produce remote broadcasts from both parties’ headquarters in Syracuse, moderate in-studio roundtable discussions and interact with the audience via social media.

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.

Newsmaker: Mike Lukajic ’04

Mike Lukajic

Former Laker Mike Lukajic ’04 made d3hockey.com’s list of top 15 goal scorers of the last decade. Lukajic’s 33 goals in 2002-03 for the Oswego men’s ice hockey team placed him at No. 9.
Lukajic was the sole SUNY Athletic Conference representative on the list, which ranked NCAA Division III players’ best individual seasons. In addition to a one-goal-per-game average in the 2002-03 regular season, he also scored at least one goal in each of Oswego’s postseason victories that year en route to the Division III national championship game.

Alumnus’ Passion, Research Earn High Award

Charles Pagano '96

Todd Pagano ’96 has been named one of only four “U.S. Professors of the Year” by two prestigious higher education institutions.
The director of the Laboratory Science Technology Program at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester was recognized in the “Outstanding Master’s Universities and Colleges Professor” category. The institute is based out of the Rochester Institute of Technology, where Pagano is an associate professor of science and mathematics.

Longtime Sports Journalist Becomes NBA ‘Voice’

David Benz ’92 most recently hosted, anchored and reported for Comcast Sportsnet in San Francisco. Last fall he became the TV play-by-play voice of the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolves.

David Benz ’92 wanted to skip walking the stage for his December Commencement to make sure he wouldn’t miss his final chance to call Laker basketball.
Mom put the kibosh on that idea, but Dave was able to grab his degree, make his first and only collegiate play-by-play broadcast and launch a career that has made him the television voice of the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolves.

10×10+10: Cameron Jones ’09

Cameron Jones '09

Every day starts with a good morning for Cameron Jones ’09.

As operations coordinator for “Good Morning America,” Cameron processes hires, tracks freelancers and runs the internship program among other tasks. The former WSTM-TV (Syracuse) and WNYW-TV (New York) intern hopes to make his way to the front of the cameras eventually, but loves learning all aspects of the broadcasting business.

Oswego Matters

Betsy Oberst

There continues to evolve a myriad of ways you can stay connected to your alma mater and to fellow Oswego alumni. Two current priorities in the Oswego Alumni Association strategic plan address this. We are launching a new and improved OsweGoConnect alumni social network. Look for news about our exciting new online community later this spring!