Campus Update

Tue Oct 21, 2014

Since Oct. 6, University Police have investigated several cases of theft and vandalism and made 12 arrests.

Motor vehicle misdemeanors

An 18-year-old Waterbury Hall resident was charged with driving while intoxicated, first-degree operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (Ecstasy). He was also charged with possession of marijuana, a violation, and several traffic infractions.

A 19-year-old Onondaga Hall resident was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or above, and possession of marijuana, a violation.

A 22-year-old Volney man was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and an infraction. Police charged a 19-year-old Moreland Hall resident with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. They charged two men with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and infractions: an 18-year-old Tully man and a 22-year-old Baldwinsville man.


A 20-year-old commuter student was charged with disorderly conduct. He is accused of displaying his middle finger and yelling obscene language to a crowd of people while riding in a vehicle. Police said he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

Officers charged five teenage students with possession of marijuana: two residents of Seneca Hall and one each from Cayuga, Oneida and Scales halls.

Mon Oct 20, 2014
College campaign launch sets stage for a bright 'Tomorrow'

SUNY Oswego publicly launched “With Passion and Purpose: A Campaign for SUNY Oswego” in one record-shattering day—Thursday, Oct. 16.

Mon Oct 20, 2014
Few Frozen Dome Classic tickets still available

Tickets are available to Oswego fans for the Frozen Dome Classic on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome. The Oswego State men’s ice hockey team will play in the historic tripleheader’s second contest, against Utica College at 3 p.m.

The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League is host and will play the final game, against the Utica Comets.

Purchasing a ticket will allow fans to see all the action that day. Sections of tickets have been blocked off for Oswego fans and students.

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations is selling tickets for alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college at These $25 tickets are available until Oct. 30 or until they sell out. In addition, people may register at this site for a SUNY Oswego pre-game reception at a cost of $15; registration is due no later than Nov. 12.

The SUNY Oswego Student Association made 300 game tickets and 135 bus transportation tickets available free to students on Oct. 18, and additional student tickets are available for purchase at the Marano Campus Center box office at a cost of $18.50; student ticket sales will end at noon Oct. 31.

Beyond the special Oswego options, Ticketmaster is selling general admission tickets.

The ice rink will be set up similarly to the Carrier Dome’s basketball configuration. Using this layout, the renowned Carrier Dome can seat more than 30,000 fans. The Crunch and Comets will attempt to break the AHL’s single-game indoor attendance record that was set in 1997 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carlina.

“It will be a honor to be a part of this day and to have another classic battle with Utica College,” said Laker head coach Ed Gosek.

Mon Oct 20, 2014
Winter storms may cancel classes

To find out if classes are canceled because of inclement weather, members of the campus community have several options: sign up for NY-Alert, listen to television or radio, check with the front desk of the residence hall where they live, check, or call 312-3333, the SUNY Oswego Information Line.

Among the TV and radio stations making this college’s class cancellation announcements are TV Channels 3, 5, 9 and 10 in Syracuse; the WRVO Stations (FM 89.9 to 91.9 throughout Central and Northern New York); WSYR AM 570 and Y94 FM 94.5 in Syracuse; and WHAM 1180 in Rochester.

The public announcement of class cancellations only occurs when the entire campus of thousands of students and faculty are affected. Faculty members wishing to cancel their own classes should follow the same procedure used when they are ill.

Faculty teaching classes off campus should follow the weather closing policy governing the class site and inform students how to find out if their class is canceled. More information is online under Severe Weather Procedures: Class Cancellations.

College does not ‘close’

Under the state’s regulations, only the governor has the authority to close a state agency such as SUNY Oswego. Unless the governor closes the college, employees who choose not to come to work or to leave work early are required to charge their time. The only exception is for instructional faculty when classes have been canceled.

Mon Oct 20, 2014
Nominations sought for two employee chancellor's awards

SUNY Oswego nominations for two awards that the SUNY chancellor makes to outstanding employees—professional and classified—are due in early November.

Any member of the college community may nominate an eligible state employee who is serving in a full-time service capacity and who has completed three years of continuous full-time permanent service in the position.

Nomination letters for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, to Michele May in Room 145 of the Marano Campus Center.

Professional employees serve the college in professional service capacities (not necessarily professional service titles) with more than 50 percent of their assignment in a non-teaching status including: academic administration, business affairs, student affairs, institutional support technologies, instructional and research support technologies or director of campus libraries.

Classified award

Nominations for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service are due by 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in the President’s Office, Room 708 of Culkin Hall.

Classified employees include members of the clerical staff, maintenance staff, custodial staff, university police and nursing staff and are represented by the Civil Service Employees Association, Public Employees Federation, Police Benevolent Association of New York State or New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.

Further information regarding the nomination and selection process for Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service are available from Associate Dean of Students Kathleen Evans, chair of the Selection Committee. Further information regarding the nomination and selection process for Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service are available from Howard Gordon, executive assistant to the president.

Mon Oct 20, 2014
Oswego's Beta Alpha Psi wins top status

The national Beta Alpha Psi organization, the premier honor society for accounting and finance students, has named SUNY Oswego’s Lambda Zeta chapter “Superior” for its performance in 2013-14.

In a letter to School of Business Dean Richard Skolnik, the honor society’s national president, Kevin D. Stocks, called recognition as a Superior Chapter “a significant accomplishment.”

“Under the leadership of Andrea Pagano, the Lambda Zeta Chapter has far exceeded the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and has excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism and leadership,” Stocks wrote.

Mon Oct 20, 2014

Lt. Matthew Barbeau of University Police received a grant of $14,274 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase five ballistic vests and two ballistic shields for the department’s tactical team. 

David Crider, an adjunct instructor of communication studies, is the author of “For Those (Men) About to Rock: Rock Radio and the Crisis of Masculinity” in the issue of the Journal of Radio & Audio Media published online this month by Routledge. His textual analysis of four American rock stations revealed a marginalization of female voices, the bawdy humor of shock jocks, and music that exemplifies overtly masculine themes. He reported, however, that other evidence suggests contradictions and challenges within the stations’ presentation of masculinity, further pointing to an ongoing crisis of masculinity.

Students performing for education team in BrazilSeveral members of the college community participated in an international seminar at the School of Medicine at the State University of Piaui in Brazil in August as part of an ongoing teacher training partnership. They included Alfred D. Frederick, distinguished service professor in the curriculum and instruction department; Barbara Streets of the counseling and psychological services faculty; Elliot Boyce, a former adjunct instructor in the public justice department; and emeritus associate professor of health promotion and wellness Bernard Boozer. They joined colleagues from Brazil and the United States, including Edwin J. Nichols, former clinical administrator at the National Institutes of Mental Health, and Eric A. Galm, chair of the music department at Trinity College of Hartford. The 200 attendees included elementary and secondary teachers from Piaui. This was the second seminar in a series. The first in 2013 focused on educational research: theory and practice. This year’s seminar expanded to add music, health and cultural diversity. Presenters were students and professors involved in research in these areas. Streets delivered two presentations: “Evaluating Student Learning in Educational Research via Cultural Immersion (a focus on West African dance camp experiences)” and “Culturally Competent Outreach Programming: Storytelling to Address Trauma, Loss and Grief.” Frederick made a presentation on “Teaching for Cultural Relevancy and Cultural Justice.” Boyce spoke on a panel concerning classroom climate. Boozer spoke on a panel on the interrelationship between physical and mental health. Their participation and contribution to the seminar are activities of the School of Education’s African and Brazilian Academic and Cultural Exchange and Project CLIMB, as well as the partnership between the State Secretariat of Education in the State of Piaui, the State University of Piaui, the Municipal Secretariat of Education in Terasina, the Federal University of Piaui and SUNY Oswego. Before the seminar, Frederick taught an extension course titled “Education of Diverse Populations Utilizing an Interdisciplinary Perspective: Theory and Practice” to 35 professors and students of education. After the seminar, the Americans visited the Quilombo of Palmares in Mimbo. (Quilombos are Brazilian settlements founded by fugitive African slaves.) There met they with a group of activists who are planning a black women’s equivalent in Brazil of the Million Man March that took place in the Washington, D.C. Pictured are several of the seminar presenters with elementary students at the Escola Meio Norte who performed for them when they visited on Aug. 14.

John Lalande II and Ana Djukic-Cocks of the modern languages and literatures department attended the fall conference of the Central New York State Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German on Oct. 4 at Onondaga Community College. Accompanying them were students Christopher Byrne, Michael Kaefer and James Robello. The conference featured speakers from Binghamton University on the topic of Turkish-German and German-Turkish cultural influences.

In Memoriam

John E. Cooper, 92, emeritus professor of elementary education and former chair of the department, died Sept. 15 at his home in Columbus, N.C.

Joe Heydenburg, 52, a former assistant women’s coach, died Oct. 10.

Susan Keim Weber, 73—a former adjunct instructor of communication studies and wife of the college’s ninth president, Stephen L. Weber—died Oct. 12 at her home in Hancock Point, Maine.

Mon Oct 20, 2014
Honors student Sasha Padilla casts wide net of friendships

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Sasha Padilla, a junior biochemistry major. Far from a study grind, the talented and multifaceted student delights in exploring people’s differences through her wide variety of interests.

Q. Where are you from?
I’m originally from Brooklyn. My sophomore year of high school, we moved up to Orange County in a small town called Pine Bush.

Sasha PadillaQ. When did you know you wanted to pursue science in college?
I always liked science and I always kind of knew that I wanted to go into that general field. My mom and my sister and her fiance were all police officers for the NYPD. I kind of had this idea of joining, but I didn’t just want to be a cop, because I love science. So for a while I was thinking forensics. I’m not so sure right now. Recently I’ve been considering med school.

Q. Why did you choose SUNY Oswego?
I grew up in the city, so it was a completely different atmosphere. I visited several schools and when I came here, I saw the lake and felt the atmosphere. It really stood out.

Q. What has been your favorite class or group of classes at Oswego?
I’m in the Honors program, and I’ve really enjoyed taking all of the Honors classes. The professors get to know you on a one-on-one basis. (For example) I took Honors 141 with Laura Halferty; the class is on Western intellect. It was history like you’d take in a regular class, but then we did fairy tales and folk tales and explored them on an intellectual basis.

Q. What’s the reward for a biochemistry student taking outside-major classes?
It’s good stress relief. I know a lot of science majors get overwhelmed with the course load. It’s a healthy balance, and you just get well rounded.

Q. What do you think about SUNY Oswego professors?
They are very approachable. I feel comfortable going to any of my professors if I don’t understand something. I like that I can always talk with them and that they’re available on office hours or they reach out to the class to offer help.

Q. What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had at Oswego to date?
I was here all summer working in the lab with Kestas (Bendinskas). I was in the lab for six hours a day. It was a good learning experience. Over the summer we did a lot of testing and testing and retesting, and some of the results weren’t what we expected or really wanted. That was something I took away—that you’re not always going to get to the end result you had in mind, but as long as you are actively researching and doing an efficient job, then that makes it all worth it. I started working under graduate student Ashlee Mein. We were looking at how metals bind to different proteins. What we focused on was trying to develop a method to separate cytoplasmic and nuclear proteins from liver cells.

Q. What do you think about SUNY Oswego students?
I think in general we have a very diverse population in terms of interests. I’m involved in a lot of different organizations on campus. To see different personalities, different interests, I think it’s amazing. I hang out with my science friends, with my sorority, with the RAs—a lot of different kinds of people. I love science and it’s a huge part of my life, but I feel that someone who just relies on their major, it doesn’t give them as many opportunities. I love learning about new people and meeting new people.

Q. So let’s go over your activities outside the lab.
I’m now an RA in Funnelle Hall, sixth floor. I joined a sorority, Alpha Sigma Chi. I’m also in Vega, the women’s honor society. I’m actively involved on the Honors Advisory Board—we get all the Honors students together to fund-raise. This past Saturday, we had an ice cream social and held it in the Onondaga basement lounge. We had a pretty good turnout ... Honors is a big program and students are busy, so they don’t always get to meet each other.

Q. What are your interests in your small amount of down time?
I like to paint and draw. I mostly like acrylics for painting. Back in high school, I took a lot of art classes. It’s very stress relieving.

Q. What else can you tell us about your family?
We’re really close. My siblings and I would do anything for each other. We don’t fight. We’re very spaced apart—my sister is 32 and my brother is 14. My mom worked for 20 years as a cop and then she retired two years ago.

Q. What is about you that most people don’t know?
The fact that I’m in a sorority. Most people are very shocked when I tell them, because there’s a lot of stigma in association with Greek life right now. People get to know me on a personal level first and when that comes out, everybody is like, “Wow, I had no idea.” I really like that I can be that person—just to be (part of a group) stigmatized and to try to wash away the stereotypes that are associated with Greeks in general. We are very involved in the community. We did a fund-raiser last week for Alex’s Angels—we did basket raffles for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We do community service. We do Relay for Life every year, Baskets of Caring, the United Way walk. We are doing the Pumpkin Run as well.

Sat Oct 18, 2014
Technology drives deals, student opportunities with manufacturers

A wealth of advanced manufacturing equipment, labs and talented faculty and students have positioned the college to “go public,” offering businesses around the region a place to develop and refine products and designs.

Senior technology management major Edward McCormack works in advanced manufacturing labThe effort will provide technology students hands-on, commercial experience and provide advanced services to companies in computer-assisted design, 3D printing and prototyping, materials processing, computer numeric control milling and more.

The Advanced Manufacturing and Design Labs Showcase in Park Hall recently marked the launch of the collaborative venture, with 28 participants in attendance, including such companies as National Grid, Novelis and the Fulton Companies.

“President Stanley is interested in leveraging the assets we have on our campus—both human and capital—to support innovation and economic growth in our region,” said Pam Caraccioli, deputy to the president for external partnerships and economic development.

Mark Hardy, technology department chair, expressed excitement at the possibilities for assisting companies and for helping technology management students secure experience in commercial project teams, additional internships and cooperative education placements.

“This work could take the form of assisting a company in product development or helping a marketing department communicate a concept to a client,” Hardy said. “Or it could mean full fabrication here in our labs, in woods, polymers and metals. We’ve got the capability to machine parts and produce products from raw materials.”

Jeff Grimshaw, director of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, said the initiative is strategically important for the college and for area businesses.

“We are looking to foster collaboration and strong relationships with innovative companies in the region,” Grimshaw said. “The Advanced Manufacturing Jam helped lay the groundwork. Several organizations have expressed interest and we are working on those relationships and are very interested in additional ones.”

Capital investment

Two years ago, the college opened a 13,700-foot addition to Wilber Hall that includes two state-of-the-art manufacturing labs built at a cost of $3 million. The college has outfitted the labs with $1.6 million in high-tech equipment, including Stratasys’ Fortus 250mc 3D production printer, an AXYZ 4008 ATC precision router, and a Haas Mini Mill, a laser cutter-engraver.

All the gear uses modern computer-assisted design, computer-assisted manufacturing and-or computer numeric control, which synthesizes design and fabrication via sets of instructions for precision machines. Hardy said the technology department has courses that teach Mastercam software skills, computer-assisted design and materials processing.

Senior technology management major Edward McCormack said his experience interning with D-K Manufacturing in Fulton—a company that mills, turns, die-stamps and can reverse-engineer or prototype machine parts—has helped ratify for him that the technology department is keeping pace with industry demands.

“If D-K needed me to do homework or product development here, I could do it,” McCormack said. “I already know how to use the advanced manufacturing equipment. At D-K, they are using the Mastercam software, setting up similar machines and running the parts.”

Hardy said the technology department has begun the process of redeveloping the technology management major to a multidisciplinary advanced manufacturing management major.

“We are training people who can step into management roles with a strong technological background and the people skills to develop an innovation culture among employees,” he said. “It’s the best of both worlds.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Advanced tools—Senior technology management major Edward McCormack works at the brain center of a Haas Mini Mill, a computer numeric control device that is emblematic of all that the college’s new advanced manufacturing labs can offer to area businesses for product design, development and fabrication.

Sat Oct 18, 2014
Technology conference to raise bar of innovation

The keynote speaker for Oswego’s 75th Technology Fall Conference—set for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31—will focus on the T and E in STEM, seeking to inspire teachers and students to carry the torch of innovation into an evolving landscape for technology education.

Yvonne Spicer, a 1984 Oswego alumna in industrial arts and technology who also earned a master’s degree here the following year, will introduce 400 to 450 technology educators and interested members of the campus public to best practices for improving the pipeline of STEM-literate students in technology and engineering.

Spicer, vice president for advocacy and educational partnerships at the Museum of Science in Boston, is a sought-after speaker and advocate for pre-college science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Her talk will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Sheldon Hall’s ballroom. For an in-progress agenda, visit

The conference has evolved into a premier professional-development opportunity for technology educators. Program chair Mark Springston of the technology education faculty said the conference’s agenda will reflect that Maker Movement in education that is sweeping the country.

Dozens of sessions will cover high school robotics, micro electro-mechanical systems for the classroom, the Google Classroom suite, the tiny Raspberry Pi computer for electronics projects and teaching computer programming, incorporating common core STEM concepts in bridge building, the next wave of 3D printing and advance manufacturing, and much more.

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