Plumber by trade, dog rescuer by passion: Fred Matteson lives fully
In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Fred Matteson, a man of many skills and interests who rescues the college from water leaks, then goes home to rescue dogs for the Oswego County Humane Society.
Q. Where did you grow up??
A. I was brought up here in Oswego, went to Oswego High School. I was a football player for Oswego and also did basketball, wrestling, track—I played just about everything. I then went to prep school in Manlius.
Q. Where did you work before SUNY Oswego??
A. I started out as an apprentice pipefitter/steamfitter for four years. I worked for Hammermill Paper Co. for 29 years. I was a steamfitter, welder, became a boiler operator and then supervisor of the boiler house and did the safety for the plant. They closed in ‘02. I ran security at Oswego Speedway for 30 years, something I did on the side.
Q. Did you come to work for the college after the plant closed?
A. I had different job offers, out of state and in Syracuse. The college offered me a job, and I saved the 40-mile drive to Syracuse. I started here Oct. 4 of ‘02 as a custodian. Sometime in ‘03, I bid out to the plumbing department, first in a temporary job, and I later got the position.
Q. What are your responsibilities?
A. I take care of all the locating of underground utilities, I do all the treatment of heat systems and then I share the plumbing and steamfitting with six guys. I work a lot in the academic buildings and the housing buildings. I jump all over campus. We do a lot of showers, toilets, sinks, leaks through the roof—which usually turn out not to be ours, but anytime folks see water, we get called. I am on the employee safety committee and we meet with management and Christine (Body) and go down the best avenue to do the right thing. I also do the asbestos removal for the college.
Q. What do you like about your job?
A. My thing—and you can ask the guys this—I like the dirty work. I like the hydrant work—I do all the testing of hydrants on campus and all the installations. I like to work with my hands. And I like to work with the young guys coming in. The young generation today doesn’t always want to go in and get dirty, but you need that. I can understand them—at the end of the day, you go home and have a sore back or arms. I enjoy teaching, and we’ve got a great bunch of guys.
Q. Do you have a lot of contact with students?
A. We do all the time. I have fun with them. You’ll see a kid on the elevator with an iPhone, and I’ll go, “Are you texting?” He’ll say, “Yeah, why?” and I’ll go, “Well, there’s a law—no texting in an elevator.” He says, “There is?!” (Laughs.) We’ll kid around—there’s a great bunch of students here and it’s a fantastic college.
Q. Can you tell us about an interesting work experience here?
A. I can tell you about one we just had—it was a water main break. I got the initial call-in on a Saturday morning and went out to find a valve system that I could shut off to knock down water for the least amount of buildings. Open and close, open and close. We had a big lake of water with ice over the top. The pumps couldn’t keep up. We tried to find the break. We called Malone’s in, found the line before they got here and we worked together and did the repair. I worked 22 hours straight.
Q. How do you get along with colleagues and supervisors?
A. We were close at the (Hammermill) plant, but we’re close here, too. That’s a good thing. Generally, all around, it’s a nice place to work. Management is good to you—they’ll listen to you. Right now, I’m drawing up a map of our water system, where we can add valving to try to keep water service to parts of campus that we’re now losing. I enjoy doing things like that.
Q. What are your interests outside of work?
A. My wife and I foster for the Oswego County Humane Society. We’ve been involved about five years now—over a hundred-plus dogs we’ve taken in and rehabilitated and gotten good homes for them. Right now we have 11 dogs. When my horse passed away at 26, our last one, I took the stalls in the barn and made them into kennels. I can have the worst day away from home, and in 10 minutes I am laughing my head off. I do a lot of hunting and fishing. We go up to Seaway Island Resort on Wellesley Island. My wife, Christine, loves to fish. She likes to soak up the sunshine while I’m snorkeling. I like watching SU (sports) on TV—I don’t know about lately ... (Laughs.)
Q. What else can you tell us about your family?
A. We live in Scriba—Lycoming. My wife has a unique job; she is the director of the weatherization program for Oswego County for almost 20 years. I have three children. My son, Fred Jr., is a border patrol agent in Arizona. My youngest daughter, Rebecca, is a nurse practitioner in Dover, Del. My oldest daughter, Regina, is a software specialist for a medical company in Syracuse. My wife and I have six beautiful grandchildren. My stepsons are Derek, in the Navy, and Jimmer, who is a carpenter.
Fri Mar 07, 2014
Noteworthy alumni Bocko, Baum, Clement to speak at Commencement
Accomplished alumni Peter Bocko, Mark Baum and Linda Clement each will address a Commencement audience as SUNY Oswego moves to three May graduation ceremonies for the first time.
All will be Saturday, May 17, in the Campus Center convocation hall.
Bocko, chief technology officer for Corning Inc.‘s Glass Technologies Group, will address candidates for graduation in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 9 a.m.
Baum, senior vice president of industry relations and chief collaboration officer for the Food Marketing Institute, will speak at the ceremony for the School of Business and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at 1 p.m.
Clement, vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland, will be the speaker for the School of Education graduation at 4 p.m.
“Peter Bocko, Mark Baum and Linda Clement—each highly respected in their field—bring outstanding professional credentials to Commencement,” said President Deborah F. Stanley. “Each has continued to have enduring commitments to our students and initiatives at SUNY Oswego and will serve as an inspiring example to our graduates.”
A foremost expert in glass for display and electronics applications, Bocko earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Oswego in 1975. His responsibilities now center on building and sustaining the global influence of Corning Inc.‘s largest business group, developing and bringing to market glass—such as ultra-thin, super-tough Corning Gorilla Glass—used in cutting-edge devices.
Bocko earned a doctorate in physical chemistry from Cornell University, joining Corning in 1979 as a senior scientist with research interests in glass composition, surface chemistry and novel optical fiber materials. He was on a team that early on explored the market value of fusion glass, now well known for large-screen LCD televisions, and served as technical adviser for Corning’s popular futuristic videos “A Day Made of Glass.”
Food industry advocate
As a top executive advocating on behalf of the retail food industry and representing nearly 40,000 grocery stores and 25,000 pharmacies, Baum engages retailers, suppliers, manufacturers and service providers to help raise the bar on industry collaboration at all points of the food retail chain. He has spent more than 25 years in the food, beverage and consumer products industries, since his graduation from Oswego with a degree in political science in 1981. He has a master’s degree in marketing from Marymount University.
Baum formerly was managing partner with MARCAT Group LLC, an independent consulting/advisory firm specializing in business, market and customer development.
Since 2006, Baum has served as a board member for the Oswego College Foundation. A former chair of the Foundation’s development committee, he was a member of the campaign cabinet for “Inspiring Horizons,” the college’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, and has served as national annual fund chair.
Higher education leader
With oversight of 15 departments and more than 1,500 employees at the University of Maryland, Clement’s duties involve her in all aspects of student life. As a faculty member in counseling and personnel services, she regularly teaches undergraduate courses and teaches and advises master’s and doctoral students.
She began her career at Maryland in 1974 as a staff member in the departments of resident life and orientation. From the late 1970s until 2000, she served as director of undergraduate admissions and later as assistant vice president for academic affairs.
A native of Oswego and a 1971 graduate of the college’s secondary education English program, Clement earned a master’s degree at Michigan State University and doctorate at Maryland. She has chaired the board of trustees of the College Board. She is co-author of a book on student services leadership.
Fri Mar 07, 2014
GENIUS Olympiad adds music, invites 2014 entries
The college will host the fourth annual GENIUS Olympiad June 16 to 20, unveiling a new category—music composition and performance—in the growing global high school environmental competition.
SUNY Oswego’s GENIUS Olympiad (Global Environmental Issues—U.S.) aims to inspire high school students and the public to become aware of and contribute to the protection and improvement of the environment.
Entries are open until April 1. The competition last year drew more than 1,200 applications, welcoming 530 participants from 53 countries and 38 states to campus for the finals. Besides music, students can enter projects with environmental-sustainability themes in science, art, writing or design.
Those numbers showed substantial growth from the inaugural year. In 2011, among 630 GENIUS Olympiad applicants, 223 finalists in science and art from 34 countries and 31 states competed in Oswego.
Fehmi Damkaci, GENIUS founder and director, believes this year will draw more applicants than ever.
“We are already drawing applications from new countries this year, such as Chile, Uruguay, Holland, Colombia, etc., making GENIUS Olympiad get bigger, which excites me,” said Damkaci, associate professor and graduate coordinator of chemistry. “Also, each time we add a new discipline, I am excited to see how many applications it will get.”
Mentors—teachers, parents or other educators or family—accompany the finalists, swelling the number of visitors to Oswego and to other destinations that week, including Niagara Falls and Destiny USA.
In the most popular category, students in science enter a 15-page research paper in environmental quality, ecology and biodiversity, resource and energy or human ecology. Finalists also create a scholarly poster and often present a demonstration for the public and judges, this year June 16 and 17 in the Campus Center arena.
Damkaci and the competition’s advisory board encourage entries from around Central New York; for example, Manlius Pebble Hill School student Emerson Czerwinski Burkard won a silver medal last year for his presentation on “Application of Renewable Wind Energy to Improve Aircraft Efficiency.”
The art category invites environmentally themed photographs, short films, posters and satirical illustrations. Design encompasses architecture, urban planning, interior environment and innovative ideas for novel products or processes. Writing subcategories include short stories, essays and poetry.
The inaugural music category encourages appeals to emotion in order to affect listeners’ attitudes toward the environment.
“GENIUS Music heightens public concern for environmental problems and offers solutions by pulling at the auditory heartstrings through composition and performance,” organizers write on the competition’s website, geniusolympiad.org. “Compositions/performances may be in any style, but must exhibit a high degree of performance acumen, rehearsal, care, and thought.”
Every competitor receives a participation certificate, and winners receive medals and other prizes, such as tablets and MP3 players. Finalists and their mentors also have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., and New York City.
Besides founding sponsors SUNY Oswego and the Terra Science and Education Foundation, SRC Inc. once again has signed on to support the GENIUS Olympiad.
GENIUS will hold events throughout the program for participants and the public. On June 17, for example, the colorful GENIUS International Culture Fair from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Campus Center arena will display clothing, food, entertainment and more among attendees from around the world. A College Fair from 9 to 11 a.m. June 19 along the Campus Center concourse will provide information about applications, financial aid and other topics for students applying for higher education.
Competitors will arrive on campus June 15. The opening ceremony, free and open to the public, will begin at 6:15 p.m. June 16 in the arena, followed by a public viewing of the students’ exhibits. For more information, email email@example.com or visit geniusolympiad.org..
PHOTO CAPTION: Scientific innovation—The fourth annual GENIUS Olympiad, June 16 to 20 at SUNY Oswego, will accept environmentally themed entries through April 1 in science, art, writing, design and, new this year, in music from high school students around the world. Here, 2013 Costa Rican finalists Alexander Paniagua Campos, right, and Kerlin Yaradaxniz Murillo Camarena explain their coffee roaster based on solar energy to Kim and Russell Lupo from North Carolina in the Campus Center arena.
Thu Mar 06, 2014
College signs national pact to boost study-abroad participation
SUNY Oswego has signed on with the newly launched Generation Study Abroad program, agreeing to increase the college’s participation in study abroad opportunities to 20 percent of undergraduates—1 in 5—by 2019.
Citing the challenges of rapid globalization, the Institute of International Education announced the five-year Generation Study Abroad in early March. Its ambitious goal: bringing leaders in education, business and government together to double study-abroad participation nationally, reaching 600,000 students by the end of the decade.
Oswego joined 150 higher education institutions in 41 states as early partners in the effort, including large universities such as Cornell, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Purdue, as well as four other SUNY colleges and universities.
Joshua McKeown, Oswego’s director of international education and programs, said the help of new short-term options for study-travel, the Global Laboratory summer-research program and other initiatives have increased participation in the last five years to 15 percent of the college’s undergraduates from about 5 percent, and Oswego is poised to make the next move upward.
“I think this is the perfect time to take on this challenge,” McKeown said. “As an institution we have moved deliberately and strategically towards expanding education abroad over the past decade, embedding it well into the curriculum of all four schools and colleges, creating more experiential programs abroad, research and service opportunities, and ways for our faculty to teach and lead students abroad in every discipline where there is interest. This represents a further growth opportunity that we are ready for as a campus.”
The college has sent students to 40 countries the past seven years, from Argentina to United Kingdom, from Mexico to China.
“We recently made the top ten list nationally (IIE’s Open Doors report) for master’s level study abroad enrollments, regularly are at or near the top rank for SUNY comprehensive college study abroad enrollments, and were cited by the Middle States reaccreditation team for our international programs,” McKeown said.
IIE found in its annual study conducted with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that with 295,000 students in credit and non-credit programs abroad in 2011-12, less than 10 percent of U.S. college students participate.
“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” said Allan Goodman, president of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”
Through partnerships with governments—early signatories included France, the German Academic Exchange Service and Norway’s Centre for International Cooperation in Education, as well as the U.S. State Department—and donors in business and community organizations, IIE hopes to overcome financial and other barriers to broader participation of undergraduates in study-abroad initiatives.
McKeown said he believes the culture shift in study abroad—from expensive option to achievable necessity—is well under way at Oswego. The key to achieving the Generation Study Abroad goal, he said, has been support from across campus and from top administrators for a wide range of sustainable study-travel programs.
“I know with the right commitment to creative programming, student financial assistance and incentives for faculty involvement, we can reach that 20 percent participation threshold,” he said. “My counterparts at other institutions are sometimes envious of the great support my office receives from, and relationship we have with, senior leadership. It really creates the right climate for growth, innovation and experimentation, reasonable risk-taking and for us as an institution to be committed more than ever to being a genuinely internationalized campus.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Research and travel—SUNY Oswego has added short-term research and study-abroad options such as the summertime Global Laboratory to scores of other study-travel options, positioning the college to meet the challenge of the newly launched Generation Study Abroad of the Institute of International Education. Here, at the end of a day spent tested the effectiveness of medicinal plants used to treat diabetes in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Medical Center Mwinda in Kinshasa, SUNY Oswego biological sciences faculty member Webe Kadima, standing third from left, meets with medical center staff members, far left and standing, fourth from left, and students, three of from SUNY Oswego. Standing from left are Jesse Vanucchi, Amanda Shedd and an intern at Center Mwinda; seated from left are students Jaydon Kiernan (New Paltz) and Yvaline Dorce.
Tue Feb 25, 2014
Sigma Xi recognized for excellence
The SUNY Oswego Chapter of Sigma Xi was named a Sigma Xi Chapter Program of Excellence for 2013, recognition bestowed on the top 2 or 3 percent of Sigma Xi chapters nationally.
Mon Feb 24, 2014
Acting Company's visit complements classroom efforts
This week’s residency and performances by the Acting Company—William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” tonight and Sir Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” Thursday in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre—aim to tie into and inspire classes for writers, actors, artists, future scientists and others.
Artswego Director John Shaffer said he has been pleased that so many professors have taken him up on offers to incorporate the play and speaking opportunities from members of the renowned troupe into their classes and syllabi.
Robert Moore discusses his “Transformations” sophomore seminar.
Courses that will benefit from in-class visits or seeing the performances include Robert Moore’s sophomore English seminar “Transformations,” inspired by the productions coming to Oswego, and three taught by Patrick Murphy, an English professor who is also the college’s resident Shakespearean scholar—“Shakespeare: An Introduction,” “Literature and Psychology” and “Shakespeare: Interpretative Theories.”
But the productions also will help Craig DeLancey and his “Introduction to Philosophy” students examine existential issues, provide opportunities for graphic design students to interpret and communicate the productions, show theatre majors the richness of the craft, potentially inspire creative writing students and engage some students of Anne Caraley of the physics department.
“Physicists need to be broadly educated in college because they’ll only get more narrow in their studies in the future,” Caraley said of why she wants her students to enjoy the performances. “Better expose them to everything while we can.”
Moore, an English professor and director of the college Honors Program, created “Transformations” as a course that examines literary works and how they are adapted and transformed—with “Hamlet” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” as primary examples.
“A play is meant to be performed . . . whereas when you’re reading a poem or a short story or something, it’s basically your interaction with the text. You’re really interacting with the writer,” Moore said.
“But when you see a performance, you have not just the words that the playwright created, but you have the intervention of the director, you have actors interpreting the roles, you have lighting, sets, costumes, all that contributes to your experience,” Moore explained. “You will be amazed at how what is difficult to understand when you’re reading in early-modern English in a text, how clear it becomes when you have actors who are embodying this language.”
“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern” is “both a profound and very funny play,” Moore said. “When you see actors doing it, that humor becomes lots more evident.”
Patrick Murphy explains the nuances and timeless nature of “Hamlet,” and how “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” relates to it.
Murphy said one reason “Hamlet” has remained popular over the centuries is how it expertly tackles timeless issues including certainty and uncertainty in well-crafted and compelling storytelling.
Hamlet’s actions, especially toward his love Ophelia, are full of seeming contradictions sometimes left to readers to interpret. “The text of ‘Hamlet’ is constantly wavering between showing and telling,” Murphy explained.
“Stoppard’s ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ is a comic telling of a certain aspect of ‘Hamlet’: that we all live under a death sentence,” Murphy said. “In between the beginning of the sentence and the final period where we all lose our heads, so to speak, what we find is that there’s a lot of room for humor in between.”
Craig DeLancey ponders Shakespeare, Stoppard and existentialism.
The introductory philosophy class DeLancey teaches addresses such questions as “does human life have any purpose?” and “does the universe have any purpose or order?”
The world of Shakespeare tends to portray a sense of order and purpose, he noted. “Obviously something’s rotten in Denmark, things have gone wrong, but the very fact that that they can go wrong shows that there can be a right to it all,” DeLancey said.
“And ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ portrays arguably a world in which the protagonists are unable to find any order,” DeLancey said. “Even in the opening scene it seems they can’t find a reliable disorder. And yet they’re in the same world it seems, right? The same events are surrounding them. They’re talking to each other.”
Similarly, many of us co-exist with people who think the world has more or less purpose, said DeLancey, and these plays reflect how we try to live with others who may have different views of the world. “Nothing is quite like theatre for engaging us and making us sympathetically feel . . . the import of those questions,” DeLancey added.
Tickets for each Acting Company performance in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre are $18, or $25 for both plays. Student tickets for college or secondary school students cost $5 per performance. Tickets are available at any SUNY Oswego box office, online at tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 315-312-2141.
Mon Feb 24, 2014
Since Feb. 10, University Police have investigated several cases of vandalism, theft and marijuana use, and made 11 arrests.
A 21-year-old Onondaga Hall resident was charged with third-degree assault. He is accused to beating up another student during an argument while exiting the “D” bus. The victim was transported to Upstate Medical University Hospital with a concussion and broken nose.
A 25-year-old Brewerton man was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors, and refusal to take breath test and driving with sub-standard lights, both infractions. A 22-year-old West Monroe man who was in the vehicle was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.
Both are accused of possessing cocaine.
A 21-year-old commuter student was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, both misdemeanors, and refusal to take breath test, failure to use signal, unsafe left turn and moving from lane unsafely, all infractions.
An 18-year-old Rochester man was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors, and speeding, an infraction. When officers pulled him over, they said they noticed an odor of marijuana. They said they discovered more than 25 grams of marijuana and Rice Crispies treats made from marijuana in his vehicle as well as a small wooden billy club.
An 18-year-old Riggs Hall resident was charged with second-degree criminal trespass. As a prank, police said, he entered another resident’s room without permission while she was sleeping and put sticky notes all over the room.
An 18-year-old Oneida Hall resident was charged with third-degree criminal tampering. He is accused of breaking an exit sign in Oneida Hall.
A 22-year-old Oswego man was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor, and following too close, an infraction.
Three teenage students were charged with possessing marijuana: one Cayuga Hall resident and two Seneca Hall residents.
Mon Feb 24, 2014
International scholar Hyeji Kim plans to help women, children
In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Hyeji Kim, a senior majoring in global and international studies, with minors in women’s studies and in peace and conflict studies. She transferred here under terms of SUNY Oswego’s agreement with Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, has been very active on campus and is on track to graduate in December.
Q. Where did you grow up?
A. My hometown is in Busan, South Korea, very southern part. It used to be called Pusan. It is South Korea’s second largest city. It is on the ocean and has a beautiful beach.
Q. How did you and other South Korean students adapt to Oswego life??
A. I was first president of Korean Oswego Student Association, KOSA, with help of friends and Dr. TJ (Taejin Jung of communication studies). When I first came here, there were only eight students from South Korea on SUNY Oswego campus. There were more than 40 students from program after one year. I felt the necessary organization to give us a voice here and also with American students, to share our culture.
Q. What kinds of things has KOSA done?
A. We had a lot of programs from our association. Do you remember “Gangnam Style”—Psy? We had a (Psy) flash mob between Campus Center and Cooper. And in ALANA fashion show we had a K-pop dance performance. People loved it, so we were invited to a charity party for the dance performance. We also offer a Korean language class that is 1-on-1 tutor system. So Korean students have more opportunity to speak out in English with American students, and American students can learn Korean language.
Q. Have you made many American friends at Oswego?
A. Yeah, I did. (Big smile.) They are really open-minded here, especially Hart Hall, which is an international building. And the students in Hart Hall helped me to be open-minded to American students and helped me to be able to easily speak out and make new friends on campus. It would have been hard to make friends in America if I wasn’t prepared for English. Hankuk program helped me a lot to be prepared for that, too.
Q. What do you think of your professors at SUNY Oswego?
A. They are really, really nice, really helpful. They don’t mind put extra time for help. I need more help, comparing to American students, because English is my second language. I really appreciate that. I can really ask questions and get answers. All the professors know my name, they know all the students’ names, because they are interested in their students.
Q. What has been your favorite course at SUNY Oswego?
A. It’s really hard to pick out one ... One is “International Perspectives on Women.” It helped me to narrow down that I want to work for (women). I learned the reality of the women in this world, like dowry or honor killing, that’s still going on in some parts of Asia. I also liked (the course) “Human Trafficking”—I went to India over winter break. I want to work to block that and on empowerment for women.
Q. We understand education is a high priority in South Korea.
A. Education is very important in my country. In the past, they didn’t push girls to go to high school. Now they do. There are two kinds of high schools in South Korea, one for studying and going to a university and the other is for getting a job right after high school. I went to study. It is really competitive.
Q. What was high school like?
A. We need to decide our major before we apply for the university. Medical school starts from undergraduate years. I had to be the best in my school to go to medical school. (So) I started to think about other career that I can work for people who are in need of help like my father (a doctor) does. Students in high school study very hard. We go to the school at 7:30 in the morning and come out at 11 in the night.
Q. What kinds of experiences have led you to want to help others?
A. Every Sunday after church—I’m Christian—my father gave free treatment to foreign workers. I went to help my father when I was young. That was the first time I started to meet foreigners. I also went to the Philippines two summers in high school as a medical missionary. In the capital, I was shocked. Rich is richer, poor is poorer. I worked with poor children. I told myself, “I need to get a job to help people, not only for me.” I have gone to Cambodia in two summers. I educated children how to wash themselves and brush their teeth.
Q. How did you decide to go to Hankuk University?
A. Since I was really young, even in elementary school, I wanted to study abroad. But my parents were not ready (then) to send me to another country. After I took the SAT, I was looking for a university in America. It was really a miracle—they made a program between Hankuk University and SUNY Oswego and several other SUNY colleges. It was really competitive.
Q. What do you want to do in the future?
A. I want to enter international organizations—I’m starting to narrow down what field I want to work for. I went to India with my “Human Trafficking” class. I met girls who are mistreated and forced (into sex work). I want to work for children and women who are minorities in their society. I’m pretty sure I want to work in the UN or NGO (nongovernmental organization).
Q. What are your other interests?
A. I like College Choir. I’m doing that every semester. I think it’s really helped my pronunciation. They require clear pronunciation when you’re singing for the audience. Also, the meetings at KOSA help me to have time with my Korean friends and feel like home.
Q. Can you tell us about your mother and any siblings?
A. I have a younger brother, 17, and younger sister, only 9. My mom didn’t work when I was young, but my father wanted her to work now so she can make her own money and feels empowered, so she manages art gallery now—it’s half art gallery and half cafe.
Mon Feb 24, 2014
Richard Cocks of the philosophy department is the author of two recent online articles. Both draw on the work of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, specifically, his book “Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder.” Cocks’ “Taleb, Mystery and Conservatism” appeared in The Brussels Journal. His “Damage Done: Philosophy, Medicine, and the Preventable Harm We Do” appeared at People of Shambhala. Both articles appeal to Taleb’s thoughts about the limitations of theory. One of his key concepts is summed up in a quotation from Nietzsche: “What is unintelligible is not necessarily unintelligent.” In other words, just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean it isn’t true or doesn’t exist, Cocks said.
Shashi Kanbur, professor of physics and earth sciences, conducted a webinar on “The SUNY Oswego NSF S-STEM/STEP Bridge Camp: An Assessment Strategy” on Feb. 20. The camp is designed to help STEM students navigate through their first-semester math and chemistry courses, which have typically been bottlenecks and problem courses for them. He described the development of the camp, logistical and administrative issues, and analysis of the results using both qualitative and quantitative measures.
Oswego students, from left, Shaune Killough, Joseph Salvatore and Daniel Frohm, pictured, tied for third in the instructional-educational video category of the national Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts. The writing, videography and production team of broadcasting majors shot some scenes from Onondaga County’s Air 1 helicopter for their video made under contract with the Central New York Interoperable Communications Consortium. The consortium is working to modernize radio communication between emergency responders in Central New York. Through communication studies faculty member Marybeth Longo and a production company she helped form, Great Laker Communications at SUNY Oswego, the three set to work on the Motorola-sponsored $10,000 film explaining the need for reliable communications among the wide variety of first responders in the state. Nine counties in Central and Northern New York cooperate with the consortium’s project for an effective cross-agency mobile radio communications system for E-911, fire, law enforcement and other responders. The project had mentoring and assistance from Longo and from sound and lighting professionals. In the BEA competition’s category for radio hard news reporting, Patrick Malowski took honorable mention for a piece titled “Harlem Shake Translation Possibly Controversial.” The senior broadcasting and mass communication major put together his audio report as part of a multimedia package for a broadcast journalism course. Malowski seized on the opening line of Baauer’s version of “Harlem Shake” that, translated from Spanish, says, “with the terrorists.” The resulting news package—with interviews from students, a professor of Spanish and others—was published on the broadcast journalism students’ blog, Oswego News. Malowski is spending this semester interning in the newsroom at WOIO, the CBS affiliate in Cleveland. The BEA festival, “one of the most competitive student media competitions in the country,” according to Michael Riecke of the communication studies faculty, drew hundreds of student entries in 38 categories and more in categories for faculty. Judging focused on professionalism, the use of aesthetic and creative elements, structure and timing, production values, technical merit and overall contributions to the discipline.
The Ice Effects, pictured, the college’s synchronized figure skating team, competed at the Eastern Synchronized Figure Skating Competition on Feb. 1 in Hershey, Pa., and advanced to the nationals in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 17 skaters leave today with their coaches Melissa Manwaring and Marie Driscoll of the college’s staff. They will compete March 1 against 12 other collegiate division teams from across the country. The Ice Effects will be the only team from New York. Oswego is the only SUNY institution with a team. The Ice Effects won a gold medal at the recent Empire State Games in Lake Placid. The team is currently ranked 10th in the nation. The Ice Effects finished 11th at the nationals last year. They also went to the nationals in 2010 and 2009. (Photo by Paul Harbour)
Roberta Schnorr, professor in curriculum and instruction, on Feb. 8 received the Celebrate Literacy award from the Central New York Reading Council. She was selected for the award because of her commitment to preparing teachers to provide students with disabilities the rich and effective literacy instructional opportunities they deserve and because of her service and collaboration with the council over the years, as well as her published contributions to the field. Schnorr, Amanda Fenlon of the curriculum and instruction department, and 17 students in the master of science in education special education program attended CNYRC’s February conference.
K. Brad Wray, professor of philosophy, published a paper, “Specialization in Philosophy: A Preliminary Study,” in the March issue of the journal Scientometrics.
Garrick Utley, 74, senior fellow and professor of broadcasting and journalism, died Thursday night, Feb. 20, at his home in New York City after a battle with cancer.
Fri Feb 21, 2014
Trustees schedule hearing
The board of trustees of the State University of New York will hold a public hearing March 19 in conjunction with the March board of trustees meeting in Albany. It will be held at 3 p.m. in the Front Courtroom at the State University Plaza, 353 Broadway.
The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony and statements from concerned individuals about university issues.
People wishing to present prepared testimony are asked to get a letter to SUNY Board of Trustees, State University Plaza, T-11, Albany, New York 12246, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than noon Friday, March 14. The communication should identify the subject of testimony and provide a telephone number and an address. Such testimony will be limited to five minutes, and the speakers are asked to provide seven copies of their written testimony on the day of the hearing.
People who wish to make extemporaneous comments of no more than three minutes are asked to file their names with the hearing registration officer on the day of the hearing.