Campus Update

Wed Nov 25, 2015
December graduates prepared for road ahead

Around 500 students are eligible to graduate at the Dec. 12 commencement ceremonies, prepared for the next steps in their journeys.

Wed Nov 25, 2015
Zest for challenge drives Esther Gabriel in philosophy, lacrosse

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet All-SUNYAC Second Team lacrosse midfielder Esther Gabriel, a three-time captain as well as an honors program major in philosophy with a logic minor.

Tue Nov 17, 2015

Since Nov. 2, SUNY Oswego police have investigated several cases of found property, drug possession and intoxicated persons, and officers made five arrests.

An 18-year-old Seneca Hall resident was charged with fourth-degree possession of marijuana.

Police charged a 20-year-old Rome woman with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, and fourth-degree criminal mischief as well as a violation—possession of marijuana—and five traffic infractions.

A 19-year-old Syracuse man was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1 percent alcohol as well as three violations: making an improper right turn, failing to keep right and using another’s driver’s license.

Officers charged an 18-year-old Bronx man with attempted obstruction of governmental administration. They said he tried to interfere with medical and police personnel as they performed their duties.

A 24-year-old La Fayette man was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle plus two infractions and a violation.

Tue Nov 17, 2015
Campuswide emergency alert test today

SUNY Oswego will conduct a simultaneous test of all of the college’s emergency messaging systems Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Mon Nov 16, 2015
Program waives library fines for food donation

Penfield Library’s annual Food for Fines program offers forgiveness for fines on overdue items in exchange for food helping those in need during the holidays.

Every item of non-perishable food brought to the Check-Out and Reserves Desk through Nov. 25 can relieve up to $1 of fines for patrons. Only pre-packaged, unopened food in cans, boxes or plastic jars can be accepted. The program cannot accept glass, perishables or damaged/expired items. Food accepted reduces fees only, not lost book costs.

Items will be donated to the Human Concerns food pantry in Oswego.

Any food donations will be gratefully accepted, even from those without fines to pay off.

For more information, contact the Check-Out and Reserves Desk at 315-312-2560 or

Mon Nov 16, 2015
Oswego earns 2016 Best for Vets recognition

Military Times has named SUNY Oswego a 2016 Best for Vets College, ranking it among only 125 four-year colleges and universities nationwide for the second consecutive year.

Fri Nov 13, 2015
Student-produced 'Spectral Transmission' to air on WCNY-TV

WCNY-TV public television in Syracuse will air three episodes of a 1960s-style sci-fi horror series titled “Spectral Transmission,” produced start to finish by students of Jacob Dodd in cinema and screen studies.

Fri Nov 13, 2015

Faculty, students attending bioarchaeologists conferenceAttending the Bioarchaeologists Northeast Regional Dialogue Conference last month at SUNY University of Buffalo were Kathleen Blake, pictured in back, assistant professor of anthropology, and students O’Neal Perez, former student Alexa (Lucera) Colletta, Ariel Ashline-Winters, Hallie Gaffney, Hannah Kruse and Kaili Morris.

Students who attended education conferenceCandidates in the master of science in education childhood special education program recently presented their work together with Amanda Fenlon, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at the fifth annual Adirondack Assistive Technology Expo, held at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake and sponsored by Clarkson University. Jennifer Hand, Catherine Furletti, Susan Sumell, Emily Monette and Brianna Streeter presented case studies of teaching students with disabilities to reach Common Core Curriculum standards in writing using assistive technology tools. Their poster sessions were well attended and received. Participants commented on the candidates’ knowledge of assistive technology tools and passion for teaching students with disabilities. The candidates attended several conference sessions and got a private tour of the Wild Center while in attendance. They enjoyed a new exhibit, “The Wild Walk,” which allows guests to explore the treetops and natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains. The students’ travel and conference participation was funded in part through the RISE (Research and Individualized Student Experiences) office. Pictured from left are Sumell, Furletti, Monette, Hand and Streeter.

Christine Courtade Hirsch, assistant professor of communication studies, was one of three panelists in a Syracuse Symposium at Syracuse Stage on Oct. 25. “Glamour and Damage: Women, Scandal and Social Media Networks” was inspired by Steve Martin’s farcical adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1911 play “The Underpants.” The panel discussed the media’s portrayal of women—from gossip circles in the early 20th century to modern-day social networks—and its ensuing impact on gender bias, and explored how women have been characterized, victimized, shamed and sensualized throughout history. Hirsch shared the podium with Kal Alston, professor of cultural foundations of education at Syracuse University and Syracuse’s senior vice president for human capital development, and Harriet Brown, associate professor of magazine journalism at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Tracy K. Lewis, distinguished teaching professor of Spanish and Portuguese, is the author of the article “‘Powerpoint Was Not His Thing’: A Poem on Teaching and Technology,” which was published Nov. 8 on The Conversation.

Students doing fieldworkSeveral Oswego students and faculty attended and presented at the Rochester Academy of Science’s 42nd annual fall scientific paper session, held Nov. 7 at Finger Lakes Community College. The Rochester Academy of Science is a 134-year-old organization that promotes interest in the natural sciences. Pictured: Students—from left, Matthew Wagner, Rafael Capinzaiki Ottonicar and Colleen McLaughlin—in Eric Hellquist’s “Wetland Ecology” class last month sample invasive cattails colonizing a local wetland of conservation significance. Data collected by the class were presented at the meeting. Papers presented by students and faculty from the biological sciences department included: “Multi-year Trends of Virus Infection in Northeastern Amphibians” by Rachel Cary, Jennifer Olori, Brett Corbett, Tyler Worzel, Christopher Chandler and Sofia Windstam (with SUNY Albany); “Population Trends of the Rare Bog Buckmoth (Hemileuca SP1). In a Fen Being Colonized by Invasive Typha (Cattail)” by Faith Page, Sandra Bonanno and Hellquist; “Lake Ontario Plastic Wrack and Its Potential Influence on Spider Abundance in Strandline Communities” by Melissa Ferris, Alexis Rank and Hellquist; “The Effect of Seed Identity and Habitat Structure on Seed Selection by Granivorous Animals at Rice Creek Field Station (Oswego, NY)” by Kathryn McWilliams, Kayla Smith and Hellquist; “Identifying Neonate and Juvenile Archosaur (Reptilia Archosauria) Microvertebrate Fossil from Ghost Ranch, NM, USA” by Robert Katz and Olori; “Characterization of the Impact of Carbon Source on Biofilm Formation by Acetobacter sp. DsW_54” by Sofia Magalhaes Moreira and Peter D. Newell; “Species Richness of Microscopic Communities within Interstitial Water of Sphagnum Mosses in Oswego, NY” by Jeremy Purce; “Chemical Analyses of Water and Aquatic Macrophyte Tissue in Yellowstone National Park” by Irene J. Putzig, Zachary W. Gerber, Martha L. Miller, Paul Tomascak and Hellquist; “The Influence of Plants on Habitat Structure and Insect Abundance in Pre-existing and Newly Established Garden Beds” by Sandy Sanchez and Hellquist; “Is Mechanical Control an Effective Method for Reducing Invasive Cattail (Typha) in an Oswego County, NY, Fen?” by Holly Eden, McLaughlin, Ottonicar, Putzig, Wagner, Eric Wilmarth and Hellquist; and “Evolution of the Neo-Y Chromosome in Male Caenorhabditis elegans” by Karen Alvarado and Chandler. Nicholas C. Jira presenting posterPapers presented by students and faculty from the chemistry department included: “Method Development for Analyzing Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography” by Christopher McMullen and Vadoud Niri, and “Analyzing Heavy Metal Content of Local Fruits and Vegetables” by Hilda Posada, James Calvert and Niri. Papers presented by students and faculty from the physics department included: “Theoretical Analysis of Plasmonic Solar Cells” by Nicholas C. Jira, pictured, and Carolina C. Ilie and “Analysis of Capillary Condensation and Polymer Blends” by Ian R. Evans, Matthew Cohen, Jira, Julia D’Rozario, Marie T. Romano and Ilie.

Joshua McKeown, director of international education and programs, was named to the outcomes assessment and research committee of the Forum on Education Abroad, the national standards development organization in the field of education abroad. Also, he was named as a peer reviewer to Frontiers: the Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, which is published by the Forum on Education Abroad and Dickinson College.

Marketing and management professor Sarfraz Mian, recently was noted as the No. 1 scholar in the world —in terms of total number of citations for his articles—among studies on business incubators from 1985 to 2015. The finding appears in a review of the peer-reviewed literature on business incubators in a paper titled “A Bibliometric Analysis of International Impact of Business Incubators” in the September issue of the Journal of Business Research, an Elsevier publication. Four papers of Mian’s were cited 234 times—more than four times as many citations as the next-closest scholar’s works, according to a chart in the paper. Also, Mian co-chaired online professional development workshops on business incubators and on entrepreneurship for the past two annual meetings, respectively, of the Academy of Management. The first workshop, titled “Technology Business Incubation Mechanisms at Focal Points of Innovative Entrepreneurship,” with co-chair Wadid Mohamed Lamine of Toulouse Business School, featured presenters from Johns Hopkins University, SUNY at Albany and several European institutions. The second, “Show Cases of Entrepreneurial University Ecosystems Supporting Student Startups,” with co-chairs Lamine and Maribel Guerrero of Deusto Business School, highlighted presenters from Syracuse University, the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Tsinghua University and others.

Tim Nekritz, associate director of communications and marketing and director of digital communications, gave an invited presentation “‘Am I the Only One?’: Personalizing ‘Social’ to Connect with Students” at the Confab Higher Ed conference, Nov. 4 to 6 in New Orleans. His session included a presentation and interactive discussion of how issues of student adjustment, transition and mental health play out through social media, and what colleges can do to help. Nekritz also emceed a series of lightning talks by presenters from institutions that included Dartmouth, Temple and New York University.

Lisa Seppi, associate professor of art, was among nine distinguished scholars, artist and curators making presentations at a special symposium at the Smithsonian Institution on Nov. 5. Titled “Seizing the Sky: Redefining American Art,” the symposium celebrated the opening of a major retrospective of acclaimed Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick at the National Museum of the American Indian. Seppi’s presentation was titled “With Love to Rome: Art, Memory and Mythology.”

K. Brad Wray, professor of philosophy, is the author of an article, “Pessimistic Inductions: Four Varieties,” in the journal International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.

Thu Nov 12, 2015
Fast-developing field of 'smart' wireless fascinates ECE’s Bkassiny

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet electrical and computer engineering faculty member Mario Bkassiny (the “B” is pronounced),who involves his students in research that has promise for making wireless communications faster, more reliable.

Thu Nov 12, 2015
Seeking wider participation, SEFA offers electronic pledges

Awareness-raising events for the college’s annual State Employees Federated Appeal will crescendo in the next few weeks, pushing the 2015-16 campaign—themed “Positive Community Impact”—along the path to its $35,000 goal for charitable organizations around the community and the globe.

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