Campus Update

Fri Jan 23, 2015
CTAB ratifies $75,000 in TIP grants

Oswego’s 2014-15 Technology Initiative Project (TIP) grant awards were ratified at the December meeting of the Campus Technology Advisory Board. Ten requests were selected for some level of funding.



Fri Jan 23, 2015
Deadline soon for faculty awards

Early February marks the deadlines for most campus awards recognizing outstanding faculty and professional staff for their contributions in teaching, service and scholarly and creative work.



Thu Jan 22, 2015
Athletics challenge scores big

The college can officially put the first-ever Lakers Athletics Challenge in the record books as alumni-athletes surpassed the initial goal of 400 donors just halfway through the challenge.

Laker student-athletes gather to celebrate fundraiser's successBy the end of the four-month fundraising challenge, a total of 619 alumni-athletes, current and former coaches and current student-athletes had donated $85,562 to The Fund for Oswego.

At the 400-donor mark, Dan Scaia of the Class of 1968, a member of the 1966 men’s championship soccer team and an Oswego Alumni Association board member, gave $25,000 to the Athletics Department to establish the Dan Scaia ‘68 Student Athlete Excellence Fund that directly benefits student-athletes.

“The Lakers Athletics Challenge exceeded my expectations,” Scaia said. “Thank you to everyone who participated and to Nancy Smith Salisbury ‘93 for offering an additional gift to ensure the success of the first-ever challenge. It is such a wonderful feeling to see our alumni stepping up and giving back to Oswego State.”

Salisbury, a member of the women’s field hockey team from 1989 to 1992 and a former Oswego Alumni Association board member, issued a second challenge after Scaia’s had been met: If 600 current and former athletes made gifts, she would give $15,000 to The Fund for Oswego.

“I loved providing the motivation for a late-game rally in this challenge,” Salisbury said. “I knew my fellow Lakers would step up to meet the new goal. As athletes, we’re naturally competitive, and this was a fun way to use that drive to benefit the college and keep us in the game—long after some of us have retired our green and gold jerseys!”

To spur the challenge, the men’s and women’s teams with the highest alumni participation rate would each receive $1,000. In the end, the men’s swimming and diving team and the women’s basketball team had the highest participation rates, with 15.1 and 14.4 percent, respectively. 

In total, the Lakers Athletics Challenge raised $125,562 to support success in competition, in the classroom and in the community.

“We are grateful to our alumni-athletes, current student-athletes and our current and former coaches who showed their Laker pride and participated in this challenge,” said Joy Westerberg Knopp, director of annual giving and a 1992 Oswego graduate. “Gifts to The Fund for Oswego support our student-athletes on and off the field as well as a range of other programs.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Grateful gathering—Representatives of Oswego’s 24 varsity athletic teams gather to thank donors in the successful first-ever Lakers Athletics Challenge.



Thu Jan 22, 2015
College's community service commitment draws national plaudits

President Stanley with staff, students conducting clothing driveThe Carnegie Foundation and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recently recognized the college and its students, faculty and staff for sustaining a culture of community service.

SUNY Oswego, recipient five years ago of the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, retains the designation on the new list of just 361 colleges and universities nationwide for 2015.

The tribute from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes colleges and universities that deeply intertwine community engagement in their leadership, curriculum, outreach programs, strategic planning and community partnerships.

Additionally, Oswego is among only six dozen colleges and universities nationwide—and one of three in the SUNY system—to receive the “with Distinction” honor from the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll this year, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, which uses the program to encourage “meaningful, measureable outcomes” in communities through service.

“There is great support from staff and faculty, but I give the most credit to students who choose to volunteer and participate in service-learning courses on top of their already hectic schedules,” said Alyssa Amyotte, coordinator of the Center for Service Learning and Community Service. “We would not be receiving recognition such as this without them.”

The athletics department last week added yet another national honor. For the third consecutive year, the National Association of Division III Athletics Administrators recognized Oswego’s student athletes with a Jostens Community Service Award for the array of 58 community service events athletics undertook in 2013-14.

Such recognition has helped drive Oswego to continue expanding student community service and service learning opportunities and participation, according to Christy Huynh, associate director of career services.

“The honor itself helps to remind us this is a priority,” Huynh said. “Community service and service learning have the support of the organization here from the top down, both personally and institutionally. It’s embedded in the culture of the college.”

‘Opened my eyes’

Joshua Drake, a senior biology major, considers it a privilege to be a part of SUNY Oswego’s tradition of community service. He has worked on service projects since his freshman year, weaving volunteerism into the fabric of his college experience.

“What I find in volunteerism is students come in with preconceived notions that it’s an obligation or that they must do these hours for an internship or course credit,” said Drake, president of SUNY Oswego’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity. “Then what I’ve found is people have a transformation of some sort. It stops being about the hours very quickly.”

Drake said he has had rich experiences during his time at Oswego, among them two Alternative Winter Break trips to high-need urban areas in New Jersey, Habitat for Humanity projects in Oswego County, and work for Oswego Health’s community center and hospital emergency room. He has assisted a variety of people, from preschoolers with learning disabilities to an older couple burned out of their home.

“You find out a lot about yourself,” the Fulton native said. “Being a volunteer opened up the world to me. It opened my eyes and shed new light on the blessings I have. It makes it easier to handle stresses in your own life.”

The college’s Center for Service Learning and Community Service coordinates programs and courses that are responsible for tens of thousands of student volunteer hours annually around the region, according to Amyotte.

Nationally and globally, dozens of SUNY Oswego students volunteer annually during winter and spring breaks to help communities from Atlantic City to Omaha, from El Salvador to the Dominican Republic. Other programs include Adopt-A-Grandparent—which teams students with senior citizens in care facilities throughout Oswego County for activities, shows, games and a gala annual dinner dance—and Mentor Oswego programs at three schools in the Oswego City School District and two in Fulton, along with Hannibal Middle School and the Oswego Salvation Army, providing tutoring and mentoring to hundreds of children.

Courses geared toward service learning or with a community-service component continue to expand, Amyotte said. The college also maintains partnerships with other community efforts, such as the BOCES Migrant Education Outreach Program. Student groups play a big role in community service as well. Besides Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross Club, Colleges Against Cancer and other organizations across campus sponsor human services benefits and relief efforts.

PHOTO CAPTION: Helping the community—For SUNY Oswego’s Martin Luther King Day of Service event a year ago, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the college’s Center for Service Learning and Community Service conducted a clothing drive. For its many service activities, SUNY Oswego recently earned recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. From left are Sunday Bamgbose of Alpha Phi Alpha, then a senior; Alyssa Amyotte, coordinator of the Center for Service Learning and Community Service; President Deborah F. Stanley; and Mohamedou Gueye, then a senior and president of Alpha Phi Alpha.



Thu Jan 22, 2015
'People person' Gerry Roy enjoys students, fast-paced custodial job

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet custodian Gerry Roy, who cleans the Poucher wing of Marano Campus Center and Swetman Gym, taking pride in her duties and enjoying her encounters with students, faculty and colleagues.

Gerry RoyQ. What is your full first name?
A.
Geralyn. It came from St. Gerard, the patron saint of mothers. My husband’s name is also Gerard, so we’re both Gerry. I’m Gerry1 and he’s Gerry2. (Laughs.)

Q. Where were you born and raised?
A.
Oswego. The East Side, down by the lake, Second Ward. I’m still on the East Side.

Q. When did you start working for SUNY Oswego?
A.
I came in ‘93. I started at the president’s house for Dr. Weber and his wife, part time. I went full time in Housing and now I’m full time in Academics, 6 to 2:30. I have been in Academics since 2000.

Q. What are your duties?
A.
I’m a Grade 7 janitor and building supervisor. My responsibilities are keeping up my building, Poucher Hall, and the Swetman Gym area. I do think of my building as “Poucher Hall.” When I first came here, that’s what it was named, but we’ve gone through two changes already—Campus Center and now it’s the Marano Campus Center and it’s all connected. I’ve just got to get used to it—it’s a change. I take care of classrooms, offices, bathrooms, hallways, entrances, the gym, the locker rooms. I have five entranceways that I shovel in the winter. I would love snow if it wasn’t part of my job. (Laughs.) I also help with the Parking Office once or twice a week.

Q. What do you think of SUNY Oswego students?
A.
Sometimes, when I’m outside shoveling snow, the students will walk by and they’ll thank me: “Thank you for doing this.” “Thank you, you’re doing a great job.” And I’ve even had male students offer to help me. To me it’s kind of rewarding, even though I don’t like shoveling, that they see what I do and appreciate it. I love the students. They are just wonderful, it’s like I’m their Mom away from home. They’ll come in the bathroom if I’m in there and they’ll go, “What do I look like? Does this look good on me? What does my hair look like?” In my area, I have the EOP and OLS department, and the kids are just a great group of kids. If there’s something going on with them, they may talk a little bit, and I’ll listen and say, “You’ll get through it.”

Q. What do you like about your job?
A.
There’s a great group (of faculty) that I work with. My custodial department is a great group, too, along with my supervisors—all great people. I’m a people person. I love to meet new people, and there’s always somebody new coming in and out. The job is good exercise for me. I’m constantly moving, and my job is pretty physical. I guess I like the fast pace of it. I get exhausted sometimes with the shoveling and then I’ve got to still come in and clean my area. But it keeps me going, it keeps me fit. My house? I let that go! (Laughs.) Cleaning my house is the last thing I want to do, but I know it has to get done.

Q. What do you do on the job when the students are on break?
A.
We have projects that we need to do. We do top-to-bottom cleaning, a lot of shampooing, moving—we do a lot of moving of offices and classrooms, different people who are moving from office to office. Right now in my area, we took out a classroom and we’re making two offices out of it. And we keep up with the snow.

Q. Were you here when the Marano Campus Center was being built?
A.
I think Campus Center was here a year when I came. This (Swetman Gym part of the wing) wasn’t even open yet. It was all torn apart and you couldn’t even walk down the hallway. I vaguely remember old Swetman (Hall), what it looked like from before to what is now: the big circle, the nice entranceway—all of it has changed so much. A lot more windows to clean! (Laughs.)

Q. What do you like to do off the job?
A.
My husband and I are starting to travel. We went to St. Martin last April—very, very beautiful. We went to Washington, D.C., and that was an awesome experience, a very emotional experience. Just to see all the history, the Vietnam Memorial—very emotional, seeing men sobbing. We’re hockey fans—we love Oswego State hockey! My son and husband and I also went to Montreal for a Canadiens hockey game against the Rangers. My son and I are Rangers fans and my husband is a Canadiens fan, so it is a fun night at our house game night when they play. In summer, I’m always out gardening in my flower garden. I love my birds in my backyard. I volunteer for things like a cancer benefit, and I volunteered for the first time for Toys for Tots at Christmastime in Swetman Gym. I was an elf helping family members choose their gifts. Mostly, I enjoy my grandchildren—spending lots of time with my family.

Q. What else can you tell us about your family?
A.
I have five grandchildren—four girls and one boy. My daughter, Amber Roy, is an art therapist and lives in the Ithaca area with her fiance and my grandson. My other daughter, Erin Trapasso, lives in Oswego with her husband and my four granddaughters and is a teacher at Fitzhugh, and my son Shane is at home. My husband works at Upstate Medical University hospital.



Wed Jan 21, 2015

David Andrews, a professor in the economics department, presented an invited paper on “Keynes and Christian Socialism” at a workshop on “The Conflict-ridden Development of Modernity: Theology and Political Economy,” sponsored by the research program “The Constitution of Modernity: Reason, Politics and Religion” at the University of Lyon in France in December. The paper explores the theological background of the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes, the creator of macroeconomics, focusing on the affinity of Keynes’ ideas with the writings of Frederick Denison Maurice, the founder of the 19th century Christian Socialist movement in Great Britain. Also, on Jan. 1 Andrews became a member of the editorial board of the journal History of Economic Ideas.

Oswego faculty and students contributed to a community report called “Shaping an Age-Friendly CNY” that FOCUS Greater Syracuse issued in the fall. Kim Armani, director of the SUNY Oswego Metro Center, was on the five-member project investigator team. “Our faculty, students and staff were very active in planning and conducting the research and analysis,” Armani said. The report acknowledges the work of Laura Brown of the human development faculty along with students in her “Research Designs and Applications in Human Development” class.

The Society of Forensic Anthropologists has awarded Kathleen Blake of the anthropology department $750. The grant will fund research into current metric and nonmetric methods for estimating sex from the pubic bone. Blake, along with Kristen Hartnett-McCann, a forensic anthropologist at Connecticut’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, will examine a modern forensic skeletal sample housed at the Maricopa County Forensic Science Center in Phoenix, Arizona, during the summer. 

Diana L. Boyer, a member of the atmospheric and geological sciences faculty, published a paper titled “The Last Gasp: Trace Fossils Track Deoxygenation Leading into the Frasnian-Famennian Extinction Event” in the December issue of the journal Palaios, with co-authors Emily E. Haddad, a doctoral candidate at University of California-Riverside, and Emily S. Seeger, an Oswego graduate in geology.

Two modern languages and literatures faculty members delivered presentations at the Joint Annual Conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the American Association of Teachers of German, held in November in San Antonio, Texas. Ana Djukic-Cocks delivered a presentation titled “Multikulti and Beyond: New Voices in German Poetry and Prose,” while John Lalande II delivered a presentation on advocacy for German through membership in Delta Phi Alpha, the national German honorary society. Lalande also attended the executive board meeting of Delta Phi Alpha in his role as first vice president.

Troy FeldmanSophomore Troy Feldman, pictured, will travel to South Korea in February to study for a semester at Seoul National University under a prestigious program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. He is one of 800 American undergraduate students from 356 colleges across the United States selected to receive a spring 2015 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education. “I always knew I wanted to study abroad,” said Feldman, who is majoring in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). “I want to teach in South Korea after I graduate,” he said. He lives on campus this year in Hart Global Living and Learning Center where his roommate is from Seoul. He said he looks forward to the prospect of meeting his roommate’s family and studying at what is one of the top universities in South Korea. Most of his classes will be conducted in English, he said, but he will take a course to learn Korean as well. Oswego has had four previous winners of Gilman Scholarships, studying in Japan, Egypt and New Zealand.

Shashi Kanbur, professor of physics, is a co-author of a paper accepted for publication in The Astronomical Journal, a leading astrophysics journal. It is titled “VI-Band Follow-Up Observations of Ultra-Long Period Cepheid Candidates in M31.” The lead author is Chow-Choong Ngeow of National Central University in Taiwan, one of Oswego’s Global Laboratory partners. Other co-authors are involved in the Indo-U.S. Joint Center for the Analysis of Variable Star Data, which Kanbur initiated. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has accepted a paper Kanbur co-authored, “On the Variation of Fourier Parameters for Galactic and LMC Cepheids at Optical, Near-Infrared and Mid-Infrared Wavelengths,” which is also a product of the Indo-U.S. Joint Center. The lead author is A. Bharadwaj of the University of Delhi, and other co-authors are H.P. Singh of the University of Delhi, Lucas Macri of Texas A&M University and Ngeow. Kanbur said the paper represents the culmination of an idea he has pursued for years and “will provide a rigorous test bed with which to test theories of stellar pulsation and evolution.” The paper reveals “a new feature on the light curves of some ‘bump Cepheids’ that have the potential to be used for asteroseismology,” he added. Several additional presentations and posters have resulted from Kanbur’s work as the U.S. lead investigator with the Indo-U.S. Joint Center for the Analysis of Variable Star Data. At an international workshop on “Current Trends in Infrared Astronomy in India,” the team made an oral presentation titled “On the Distance Scale Using NIR Period-Luminosity Relations for Cepheids.” Kanbur said the work shows the seminal nature of the dataset that the team has just published and that relied mostly on startup funds that Kanbur received from SUNY Oswego. “The data from this are in fact in competition with some major multinational surveys in Europe,” he said, and the U.S.-Indo team has initiated a new collaboration with a Rochester Institute of Technology scientist and a research group in Europe. The team presented a poster on “Multi-wavelength Fourier Decomposition of Cepheid Light Curves” at the workshop, and it has been accepted as an oral contribution at the Astronomical Society of India’s February meeting. Kanbur was one of the speakers at a workshop for master’s students, titled “Variable Stars and Astronomical Transients,” held Jan. 15 at the University of Delhi. The workshop came at the end of a four-day meeting of the two Indo-U.S. Joint Centers in Astronomy (the other joint center studies astronomical objects and feature characterization and classification).

A new composition by assistant professor of music Paul Leary will premier on March 9 at Carnegie Hall. The Colby College Chamber Choir will perform Leary’s setting of the Latin “De Profundis” in a program titled “Between Heaven and Hell: The Human Experience and Journey of the Soul” in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.

Jerret LeMayRegistrar Jerret LeMay, pictured, has been appointed to a two-year term on a customer advisory board at Ellucian serving the Degree Works community. Wayne E. Holt, senior product specialist for Degree Works at Ellucian, said LeMay’s selection was based on criteria that included recommendations from peers, reviews with Ellucian staff with whom he has interacted, and his essay answers to questions that included his vision of how the product should support retention and student success. Provost Lorrie Clemo commended LeMay. “Jerret is regarded as a leader and expert among the 64 SUNY campuses in Degree Works, and with this appointment he is now being recognized on a national level for his notable contributions to the Degree Works community,” she wrote. “His efforts to implement Degree Works in early 2013 marked Oswego as one of the first colleges in SUNY to implement the degree audit solution aimed at increasing graduation rates.”

John MacDonald, assistant professor of finance and risk management and chair of the accounting, finance and law department, is the featured expert in Wallet Hub’s 2014 Mortgage Insurance Report.

Joshua McKeown, director of international education and programs, contributed a chapter to the fourth edition of NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators. His chapter is on “Strategic Planning for Education Abroad Programs.”

Ulises Mejias with studentsUlises Mejias of the communications studies department was invited to give a talk in June to the faculty of fine arts at the University of Granada in Spain. The talk, delivered in Spanish, was titled “El Orientalismo de las Tecnologías de Liberación: Dinámicas entre los Activistas, Hackers y Periodistas.” Last summer, Mejias taught a seminar on digital networks at the St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture, a program sponsored by SUNY Stony Brook and St. Petersburg State University in Russia. In October, Mejias delivered a keynote lecture by invitation at the Inverting Globalisation conference organized by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. The title of the lecture was “Inverting and Subverting Global Networks: A Paranodal Critique of Social Media.” In the fall, Mejias taught a graduate seminar on critical Internet studies and digital humanities to Young India Fellows, pictured with Mejias, at Ashoka University in India. The hybrid course combined classroom activities with a gamified online learning environment that Mejias designed and implemented using open source software. Taking advantage of his teaching across three continents, Mejias launched an online project called TeknoHaiku. This ongoing poetry collaboration between students in Russia, India and the United States will conclude this semester at Oswego. Finally, in December Mejias published a translated chapter titled “Odmapowuja?c siec?” in the Nowe media = nowa partycypacja (New media = new participation) online reader distributed by the Instytut Kultury Cyfrowej, a non-governmental organization in Poland operating in the field of media education and cultural activity.

At its fall induction ceremony last month, the Oswego chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the national German honorary society, inducted four new members: Allison Provost, Mariah Goering, Johanna Henry and Gregory Parsons. John Lalande II, chair of the modern languages and literatures department, serves as faculty adviser.

Damian Schofield speaking at conferenceDamian Schofield, pictured, director of the human-computer interaction program, was a keynote speaker at the international WebMedia 2014 conference held in Joao Pessoa in Brazil in November. He presented a speech titled “Why Doesn’t It Look Like It Does on Television? Using Established Technologies in New and Exciting Ways.”

The Charles Koch Foundation has awarded a grant of $1,025 to Lyudmyla Sonchak, an assistant professor of economics, to fund a research assistant. The major focus of Sonchak’s research is the effects of early investments and interventions on the health and well-being of children.

James M. Lindsay summarized the legacy in world affairs of the late Garrick Utley, senior fellow at SUNY Oswego, in a Council on Foreign Relations blog post titled “Ten Americans Who Died in 2014 Who Shaped U.S. Foreign Policy.”

The collaborative “Identity Tides” art installation opening Jan. 31 in Penfield Library will superimpose communication studies faculty member Jane Winslow’s digital video of ocean tidal movement and a sound bed of interviews onto art department instructor Barbara Stout’s ink wash portrait triptych of what the artists term “gender-full” people. Winslow’s video-audio loop runs 14 minutes and will be projected onto Stout’s 42- by 72-inch-wide triptych.

Physics student Daniel Wysocki and physics professor Shashi Kanbur are co-authors of a talk given at a recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society titled “Optimal Model Discovery of Periodic Variable Stars” along with by Earl Bellinger, an Oswego alumnus who is now at the University of Indiana.


In Memoriam

J. Sherwood “Sherry” Dunham, 92, former acting president of the college, vice president for academic affairs, director of elementary and secondary education, principal of the campus school and occupant of other faculty and administrative positions, died Dec. 12 at Oswego Hospital.

Gisela Nordby, 78, a former adjunct faculty member in the English department, died Oct. 12.

Charles Rhinehart, 84, a former music teacher in the campus school, died May 7 at his home in Bristol, Virginia.



Wed Jan 21, 2015
Faculty, students receive campus grants

Faculty and students will commence work on 20 scholarly and creative projects this semester with funding through campus grants. The college’s Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee reviewed the grant proposals in the fall and made the funding recommendations to the provost.

Five faculty proposals were approved this fall, of eight submitted. The five faculty members received a total of $8,500 for their scholarly and creative projects.

Fifteen student projects received funding, of 18 submitted, for a total of $12,688.16 in grant awards.

Faculty and students will have more opportunities to apply for campus grants this semester. The deadline to apply for Faculty-Student Challenge Grants and the next round of Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Grants is Feb. 9.


Fall rounds of awards

The newly approved faculty projects are: “Improving Ion Conductivity in Lithium Ion Batteries through Efficient Use of Nanoionics” by Mohammad Islam of the physics department; “Mi Casa” by Julieve Jubin of the art department; “Conceptual Learning in Traditional and Non-traditional Classrooms” by Christina LeClerc of the psychology department; “Chemical Analysis of E-cigarette Vapor” by Vadoud Niri of the chemistry department; and “Recording Sessions for Two Original Compositions” by Eric Schmitz of the music department.

The 19 students receiving support for 15 scholarly and creative projects are:

In anthropology: Shannon Cilento for “Art Exhibit of Artifacts Excavated from the Fort Haldimand Archaeological Site,” Suzanne Jacques for “Interdisciplinary Display of Art Artifacts,” and Kaili Morris for “Picturing Arctic Health,” all with faculty sponsor Douglas Pippin.

In biological sciences: Karina Cruz for “Visualize and Analyze Structural Features in Turtle Embryos” with faculty sponsor Poongodi Geetha-Loganathan; Abigail Ellert for “The Effect of Organic Toxicants on the Freshwater Bivalve Elliptio Complanata” with faculty sponsors James MacKenzie and James Pagano (of the chemistry faculty); Robert Katz for “Microvertebrate Fossils” with faculty sponsor Jennifer Olori; Lauren Saroli “Analyzing Toxicant Levels Through Enzymes in Fish Liver” with faculty sponsors MacKenzie and Pagano; and YaDong Wang for “Genetic Diversity and Interactions Between Rickettsiella and Wolbachia Within Terrestrial Isopods in Central New York” with faculty sponsor Christopher Chandler.

In chemistry: Abdulkhaliq Alawaed for “N-Phenyl Picolinic Amide Ligand in Direct C-H Amination (C-N Bond Formation)” and Jason Biasini for “Total Synthesis of Fimbricalyx B, a Novel Natural Product with Medicinal Properties,” both with faculty sponsor Fehmi Damkaci; Cory Pschierer for “Monitoring Heavy Metal Ions in Drinking Water Using Anodic Stripping Voltammetry” with faculty sponsor Vadoud Niri; Cody Robenski for “Amino Acid Esters of Betulinic Acid” with faculty sponsor Joseph Lefevre; and Justin Sbarra for “Detection of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate in Hibernating Animals” with faculty sponsor Kestutis Bendinskas.

In English/cinema studies: Cameron Ebersold, Mollie Clark, Joshua Parisi, Jessica Hebblethwaite and Derek Sexton for “Xeniathan!” with faculty sponsor Jacob Dodd.

In physics: Martin Dann for “Thin Film Solar Cells: Enhancing Efficiency Using Various Nanoparticles” with faculty sponsor Carolina Ilie.



Mon Jan 19, 2015
College endowment marks another strong year of returns

Scholarship payouts will increase again, thanks to another year of industry-leading returns on investments by the Oswego College Foundation.

Chart showing SUNY Oswego's growing endowmentAccording to preliminary survey results from the National Association of College and University Business Officers, SUNY Oswego’s endowment recorded a rate of return that outpaced the higher education industry by nearly 2 percentage points (17.7% vs. 15.8%) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

“President Deborah F. Stanley and the Oswego College Foundation board members are loyal and steadfast stewards of our growing endowment,” said Kerry Casey Dorsey, vice president for development and alumni relations. “These alumni and friends take their fiduciary responsibilities very seriously and utilize their collective professional expertise to help build a margin of excellence for SUNY Oswego.”

Mark Slayton, the foundation’s director of finance, said the foundation board and its investment committee took a conservative approach to growing the endowment since the 2008-2009 market crash by investing heavily in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, which has done well over the past few years.

“The move was somewhat non-traditional in the sense that many endowment portfolio managers would say that we’re not as diversified as we should be,” Slayton said. “But our investment committee and board made a decision that this is where there’s the best potential benefit for our endowment, and it’s paid off well over the last four or five years, as evidenced by our continued strong performance.”

Perhaps even more impressive is the 10-year rate of return, which is used as a determining factor for the value of the scholarships the school can award, Slayton said.

Oswego targets a greater than 8 percent 10-year rate of return so that scholarships can fund not only annual awards, but also offset the effect of inflation, Slayton said. Oswego recorded a 10-year 8.5 percent rate of return.

“The industry average is only at 7 percent,” Slayton said. “That really cuts into their ability to award scholarships. It affects potential payouts. Our strong historic performance has led to that strong foundation.”

The Oswego College Foundation manages SUNY Oswego’s endowment, and Slayton credited the foundation board and its investment committee with their incredible stewardship.

“We’ve had this strong tradition of really great oversight from the investment committee that has led to a string of very good returns,” Slayton said. “So many donors have made so many investments in Oswego in the form of endowed scholarships. We do our very best to steward their dollars and grow the scholarship payouts. That was their goal, after all.”



Mon Dec 01, 2014
New strategic plan launched online

SUNY Oswego’s new strategic plan debuted Dec. 3. Titled “Tomorrow,” the document charts a course for the college that builds on the last plan and focuses on the college’s capacity to advance the greater good.

Screen capture of Tomorrow strategic plan website“At Oswego, we have a firm grasp of our purpose and promise and have demonstrated great resilience and optimism,” President Deborah F. Stanley writes in the “opening of the plan. “‘Tomorrow’ will lead to a better understanding of the way SUNY Oswego pursues its mission and values. We will assess our activities and refine our actions accordingly to meet desirable outcomes tied to the public good. And, in doing so, we will have a new story of success to tell.”

The president anticipates scheduling a campus gathering early in the spring semester to begin the college community’s work of implementing the new plan. A print version of the document will be published in January.


Planning team charts college’s future

“Tomorrow” is the result of work over the past two years by the Strategic Planning Advisory Board, a diverse and widely representative team of 41 people appointed by President Stanley. Its members included representatives of all segments of the college community, including six students, and people from the Oswego County community. In addition, the team gathered input from 21 focus groups involving more than 250 additional stakeholders in the college’s future.

The plan is conceived from the perspective of the difference SUNY Oswego has the potential to make in the world and identifies five “impacts, ways the college adds value to the lives of its students and the wider community.

The new strategic plan is being introduced online to the college community in Campus Update, the Lake Effect alumni newsletter and the Parents Newsletter this month, and the alumni magazine Oswego in January.



Mon Dec 01, 2014

Since Nov. 17, University Police investigated a case of vandalism, two of drug possession and one each of possession of stolen property and possession of a forged instrument, and made eight arrests.


Felony

University Police arrested a 19-year-old Seneca Hall resident on a charge of third-degree criminal mischief, accusing him of kicking out the glass in the residence hall’s entrance door after losing his student identification card. The college priced the damage at $465.


Misdemeanors

A 20-year-old commuter student was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of more than 25 grams of marijuana and with violating the speed limit.

University Police charged an 18-year-old Waterbury Hall resident with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, psychedelic mushrooms.

A 26-year-old commuter student was arrested in Penfield Library on charges of third-degree criminal trespass and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property—a screwdriver taken from the college’s central heating plant in Lee Hall.

University Police charged a 21-year-old commuter student with third-degree possession of a forged instrument, a photocopied employee parking permit.

A 20-year-old Massapequa man was arrested on a charge of third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation; he also was charged with violating the speed limit.


Violations

University Police charged two 19-year-olds with possession of marijuana: a Port Jefferson Station man and a Moreland Hall resident.



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