Campus Update

Thu Aug 21, 2014
Excitement of teaching keeps inspiring psychology's Jacki Reihman

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Jacqueline “Jacki” Reihman of the psychology faculty, whose research includes partnership in the globally respected Oswego Children’s Study. A distinguished teaching professor, she values the classroom experience most of all.

Q. When did you start at SUNY Oswego?
In 1981. My husband, (psychology colleague) Ed Lonky, and I were in the same graduate program at the University of Wisconsin. He was a year ahead of me in the job market. We agreed he wouldn’t take a job at a place I refused to go, and I refused to go a lot of places. (Laughs.) I was brought here by a man, I’m humbled to say.

Q. And what has kept you at the college?
The stock answer: It’s a good community to raise children. That’s certainly part of it. I had opportunities to leave early in my career, but decided that this was the place that allowed me to enjoy the teacher-scholar model without a great deal of external pressure. I knew I’d publish and get grants, and I didn’t need someone telling me to do that.

Q. You teach statistics and use of data; how do you engage fearful students?
Most kids, Day One of class, don’t want to be in my class. The first thing I try do is reduce anxiety in any way I can. I encourage lots of give and take. The message is actually pretty simple: Statistics are tools to answer questions. I ask them to fast-forward. I say, “You have a child who’s 7 and who is exhibiting hyperactive behaviors. How do you decide which kind of treatment modality you need?” I use gazillions of real-life examples, and hopefully can show them that statistics is really no more than logic. I also torture them. I do so by hammering things over and over again, so that it becomes natural for them to ask questions. We have fun in class. At end of the semester, they can’t believe they did it, but they did! It’s exciting. Being in the classroom is just the very best part of my job, which is why I’m still doing it.

Q. Why did you choose psychology as your field of study?
I was originally in a pre-med program as an undergraduate at Wisconsin. I really didn’t think I’d be able to go through night after night of not sleeping, as an intern. I had taken a lot of psychology courses, liked them and had the good fortune of being a research assistant for Loren Chapman, who did a great deal of work in schizophrenia, and Harry Harlow, who was the pre-eminent primatologist in the country. So I got to work with monkeys at the zoo. I was captivated by the ability to ask questions through research.

Q. Where did you focus your early research?
Because I was a product of the ‘70s, I always thought research needed to have a functional focus. I wanted to do work that I thought might have some social impact. Early on, I was involved in a lot of what we called client outcome studies, trying to find out whether there was any efficacy in various treatment modalities. I worked with Oswego Mental Health Center and Hutchings Psychiatric Center—at the time, computers were a new thing—developing information systems that would enable us to collect data, track data, analyze it.

Q. What have been your research and evaluation interests here?
When I came to the college, I got involved very early with the Honors College program, a focus of Virginia Radley, who was president at the time. Sara Varhus and I wrote a monograph that is still being used in terms of developing a protocol, a prescription, for evaluating honors programs. I also got involved with evaluation at what I call third-sector kinds of agencies, like Farnham in its early years, and later with Oswego County Opportunities. Then I got involved with the local school systems evaluating after-school programs. I was almost always able to involve some of my students in those efforts. I did internships with them and hopefully sparked their interest in research.

Q. How did you get involved in the Oswego Children’s Study?
(The late) Helen Daly, Ed Lonky and I began a study in behavioral teratology, which was looking at the long-term consequences—behavioral, educational, psychological and so on—of prenatal exposure to environmental toxins. What began as a three-year grant morphed into grants that went on for more than 20 years. After Helen’s untimely death, we hired Paul Stewart. We are just now finishing that work. We had three separate cohorts (of children) spread across three birth years that began prenatally with their mothers and extended to these kids who are now 19, 20 and 21 years old. We have a wealth—I mean 50,000 data points—for each one of these kids. It is amazing. That’s one of the reasons we kept getting funding, because we have more data on more children than anyone in the country.

Q. What are you most proud of in your career here?
I think certainly that participating in the efforts to bring all that (grant) funding here was big. There were all kinds of consequences, even for the psychology department. Early on, there were indirect monies that were funneled back to the department and we were able fully outfit the computer lab, we bought out time for other young faculty to begin some research and so on. In that regard, I think it ended up being win-win for everybody. But as I said, I still really enjoy being in the classroom.

Q. Do you have a plan when you do retire?
I’ll play a lot of golf. (Laughs.) I’ll enjoy my grandson, and likely still stay involved with some of these third-sector agencies—I’ve served on lots of boards, so I’ll keep my hand in the mix of community involvement and engagement. I do lots of reading. I like gardening. Anything outside—walking, biking.

Q. What more can you tell us about your family?
My daughter Meg, her husband Jerry and their 16-month-old son Jack have recently relocated to Oswego. I could not be more pleased. They were in New York City for 12 years, and it is a gift to have them in the area. Meg is a guidance counselor at the middle school in Hannibal and Jerry works in (the college’s) Development Office.

Thu Aug 21, 2014
Police chiefs reunite to recognize former top cop

SUNY Oswego honored its former University Police Chief Tom Ryan on July 25 by dedicating the police communications center to him and his wife, Lynda Ryan. The Ryans, both Oswego alumni, are generous supporters of The Fund for Oswego.

Tom Ryan’s legacy carries on in the officers who succeeded him since he retired in 2002. The next three chiefs—Larry Jerrett, Cynthia Adam and current Chief John Rossi—are all people promoted by Ryan at some point.

“That’s such a good feeling, to know that other people had the same faith that I had in people who I knew would be good leaders,” Ryan said during a brief ceremony for about two dozen people.

Besides his three successors, college President Deborah F. Stanley and SUNY’s police commissioner attended. R. Bruce McBride, who oversees police and security on all 64 SUNY campuses, received his bachelor’s degree from Oswego in 1970 and master’s in 1973.

McBride said dedicating the communications center is a fitting way to honor a man who set a great example for all SUNY police departments. He called Oswego “one of the pace-setters for the State University of New York police.”

President Stanley said Ryan moved the department toward improved relations between students and police, seeking a more collaborative approach to public safety. “Tom was a consummate law enforcement professional,” Stanley said. “He always placed the safety of our students first.”

Ryan served 13 years as chief and earned respect from his former officers, as well as from students, faculty and staff, as chief Rossi attested. “As a young officer, I had two different chances to leave this agency and go on to larger agencies,” Rossi said. “I just valued the way Tom ran our department, the way we fit into the campus as a whole, his dedication to the safety of the students. I appreciate Tom’s leadership over all these years, because I try to lead the same way that he does.”

The college’s police station, located just north of Glimmerglass Lagoon, was redesigned for University Police while Ryan was chief.

PHOTO CAPTION: 25 years of leadership—Oswego’s four University Police chiefs stand in order of when they served: Tom Ryan, 1989 to 2002; Larry Jerrett, 2002 to 2006; Cynthia Adam, 2006 to 2012; and current Chief John Rossi.

Mon Jul 14, 2014

Since June 16, University Police have investigated several cases of theft and made five arrests.


Officers charged a 54-year-old Oswego man with two felonies—third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree attempted grand larceny—following an investigation into an incident in Funnelle Hall. He is accused of dismantling a generator on the ninth floor of the residence hall June 20 and moving parts containing copper to a lot behind Laker Hall. The generator was valued at $10,000, police said.


A 35-year-old Oswego woman was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1 percent or more, and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors, and making an unsafe turn/failure to use signal, an infraction.

A 25-year-old Central Square woman was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1 percent or more, both misdemeanors, and speeding and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle while on the highway, both infractions.

A 70-year-old Pennsylvania man was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated, both misdemeanors, and driving with no headlights, an infraction.

A 35-year-old Oswego man was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, an infraction.

Mon Jul 14, 2014

Bruce Altschuler, emeritus professor of political science, wrote a review of “Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America” that was published in the May issue of Choice.

David Andrews, professor of economics, presented a paper, “Adam Smith’s Natural Price, the Gravitation Metaphor and the Purposes of Nature,” at the 18th annual conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought. The conference was held in May at the Centre Pareto-Walras at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. The paper examines the philosophical roots of Adam Smith’s concept of natural price and offers an alternative to the prevailing interpretation of Alfred Marshall. Also, Andrews was elected by the society’s general assembly to a third two-year term on the council of the society.

Marketing and management faculty member June Dong recently received a grant of $8,294 as the SUNY Oswego portion of a U.S. Department of Transportation-funded study based at the University at Buffalo titled “The Ties that Bind: Developing a Bi-national Transportation-Combined Economic Simulation Model to Assess Security and Policy Implications of U.S.-Canada Border Bridges.” Dong is teaming with Buffalo’s JiYoung Park of the department of urban and regional planning, Changhyun Kwon of the industrial and engineering systems department and Kathryn Friedman, director of cross-border and international research in the School of Architecture and Planning. The group will collaborate with researchers at the University of Windsor in Ontario. Under the grant, Dong and her colleagues will develop a model to simulate economic implications of bridge policy and security scenarios along the New York-Ontario border, including spillover effects of such scenarios for Michigan, Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Dong has expertise in supply-chain networks and in spatial economics around such infrastructure-dependent economic systems as transportation.

C. Eric Hellquist and collaborators C. Barre Hellquist of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Jennifer Whipple of Yellowstone National Park published a paper, “New Records for Rare and Under-collected Aquatic Vascular Plants of Yellowstone National Park, in the peer-reviewed botanical journal Madroño. Their research documents more than 150 new collections of 26 rare species of water plants found in Yellowstone. Locating populations of these plants provided new distribution records for Yellowstone National Park as well as the states of Montana and Wyoming. Dried plant specimens from this research have been archived in the Yellowstone National Park Herbarium.

At the biannual conference of the Council on Undergraduate Research, Shashi Kanbur of the physics faculty, Cleane Medeiros of the biological sciences faculty and Provost Lorrie Clemo presented an interactive session on SUNY Oswego’s Global Laboratory that illustrated how other colleges could use it as a model of undergraduate STEM-based research abroad. They said that the program began in 2011 with 21 students and grew to 55 students in 2013 and that it doubled the number of students involved in scholarly and creative activity at Oswego. The conference, themed “Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All,” was held June 28 to July 1 in Washington, D.C.

Alok KumarAlok Kumar, pictured, professor of physics, is the author of the recently published book “Sciences of the Ancient Hindus.” Kumar covers various topics in the natural sciences showing the discoveries and advances centuries ago of the inhabitants of the nation now known as India. He cites accounts of contemporaneous Greek, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Roman and other sources crediting the immense scientific contributions of the Hindus. The book was published earlier this year by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Martha Miller looking at samplesOswego’s Research Foundation/SUNY STEM Undergraduate Research Award this year supports the work of Martha Miller, pictured, a senior geochemistry major, with geology and geochemistry faculty member Paul Tomascak. The title of their summer project is “The Sedimentary Record of Lake Level Change: Geochemical Climate Proxy Development.” Saline lakes in topographically closed basins are sensitive to climate fluctuations and leave behind time capsules of their responses to these changes in the form of carbonate sediments. Tomascak and Miller are seeking to expand on previous work in the Mono Basin of eastern California to include trace element and isotopic proxy evaluation of radiometrically dated ancient carbonate (tufa) deposits. The grant award, directed by Provost Lorrie Clemo, is part of a systemwide initiative, coordinated by SUNY Stony Brook, to increase undergraduate research across the State University. Last year at Oswego, Jake Mulholland, a senior meteorology major, received the award.

The New York Sea Grant Extension Office at Cornell University announced that Sea Grant coastal community development specialist Mary Penney, based at SUNY Oswego, received the 2014 Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Mid-Career Award. The network of Sea Grant programs in the eight Great Lakes states presented the award at its 2014 Great Lakes Sea Grant Network conference June 17 in Erie, Pennsylvania. “In just eight years of service with New York Sea Grant, Mary Penney has applied a community-driven needs assessment approach to identify and respond to the priority issues of decision-makers in the Eastern Lake Ontario region and its inland water areas including the Salmon River,” said New York Sea Grant Associate Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth. Penney assists local leaders interested in land use planning, watershed protection, managing climate impact, coastal business retention and development, and developing stewardship volunteerism. New York Sea Grant is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program of NOAA.

Casey Raymond has been appointed associate director of the Honors Program, beginning in August 2015 following his sabbatical in 2014-15. He will continue to serve as assistant professor of chemistry. Raymond has taught HON 300 “Natural Sciences in the Human Context” and developed a section in 2012 that involved an international study experience in Rome. He has served as an honors thesis adviser to several students in recent years. Raymond has been on Oswego’s chemistry faculty since 2003. His research interests are in inorganic chemistry, geochemistry, and food and fermentation science.

Medal presented to Damian Schofield for Best Paper AwardDamian Schofield, director of the human-computer interaction program, won the best paper award, pictured, at the
(Informing Science and Information Technology Education) Conference at the University of Wollongong in Sydney, Australia. His paper was titled “A Virtual Education: Guidelines for Using Games Technology.” HCI student Carly Karas also traveled to Australia and delivered a paper, “Augmenting a Child’s Reality: Using Educational Tablet Technology,” at the conference, which was held from June 30 to July 4.

Pathfinder Bank recently awarded a $75,000 grant over three years to the Oswego Renaissance Association, a group directed by psychology faculty member Paul Stewart and dedicated to restoration and revitalization of Oswego neighborhoods. The SUNY Research Foundation administers the grant. Stewart’s letter of thanks to Thomas Schneider, the bank’s president, notes that $20,000 a year will be used as matching funds for the association’s Block Challenge Grants to encourage homeowners to undertake renovation or spruce-up projects, and $5,000 a year will go toward Neighborhood Pride Grants to undertake streetscape, park, playground and other public improvements in blocks identified by a study as ripe for revitalization or preservation to boost property values and neighborhood appeal to potential homeowners. Oswego Renaissance Association last year received a $150,000 grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.

Paul Tomascak, associate professor of geology and geochemistry, spent 10 days in May in the Czech Republic as part of a joint research project with Tomáš Magna, a scientist at the Czech Geologic Survey in Prague. As a visiting scientist on the project “Continental Lithosphere as a Source of Differentiated Alkaline Lavas and Genetic Role of Basic Magmas,” funded by the Czech Science Foundation, Tomascak participated in laboratory work in the isotope clean lab and the mass spectrometric analysis of samples. The goal of the project is to use lithium isotopes to better understand the origins of a variety of igneous rocks that had previously received little study. These include rocks from a large group of geologically young volcanoes in the Czech Republic and broadly related suite of circa 50-million-year-old lavas from Montana, the latter contributed by Tomascak. Tomascak and Magna are currently collaborating on a book on lithium isotopes, to be published in 2015. The visit was supported primarily by the Czech Geologic Survey, with additional travel funds from the SUNY Oswego Office of International Education and Programs.

Jason Zenor of the communication studies faculty has recently published four scholarly articles and made four conference presentations. “But Where Are Those Good Old Fashioned Values? Reception Analysis of Offensive Humor in ‘Family Guy’” was published in the June issue of Operant Subjectivity. “Video Privacy Protection Act” and “Search and Seizure of Social Media” appeared this year in the three-volume “Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics.” “Countdown to the Apocalypse: Lyndon B. Johnson’s ‘Daisy’ Ad” appeared this year in the three-volume “We Are What We Sell: How Advertising Shapes American Life … And Always Has.” Zenor’s conference presentations included three at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Montreal: “Decoding the ‘Code’: Reception Theory and Moral Judgment of Dexter,” “Return of the King: Audience Reception of The Boondocks in the Post-Racial World” with communication studies colleague David Moody, and “Sins of the Flesh: Obscenity Law in the Era of Virtual Pornography.” In April, Zenor presented “Misrepresentative Government: Garcetti Dilemma” at the annual Conference of the Eastern Communication Association in Providence.

In Memoriam

Robert W. Rock, 88, former vice president of student affairs and dean of students and emeritus professor of health and physical education, died June 22 at Oswego Hospital.

Mon Jul 14, 2014
Waterman Theatre, 'classrooms of the future' receive $1.5 million

The renovation of Waterman Theatre and new high-tech classrooms planned for the School of Education benefited recently from $1.5 million in special state funding, according to an announcement from state Sen. Patty Ritchie.

“At SUNY Oswego, $1 million in funding will be used to construct three high-tech classrooms in the School of Education that will help give future teachers real-world experience and help to familiarize them with new types of technology to enhance learning,” Ritchie said. “Additionally, $500,000 in funding will be used to upgrade the college’s theatre, which is used by both the school and the community.”

Wilber Hall’s three-story tower, undergoing top-to-bottom interior renovation, will house the new “classrooms of the future.” The additional funds for Waterman Theatre will enhance the $22.2 million first phase of Tyler Hall’s renovation.

Mitch Fields, associate vice president for facilities services, said working groups for each project will be meeting to discuss in detail how the additional state funds will be used for the classrooms and the theatre.

The $1.5 million for SUNY Oswego—Ritchie announced the same amount for SUNY Canton—was part of $49 million in budgeted but previously unallocated capital funding for SUNY campuses, according to Nicholas Lyons, the college’s vice president for administration and finance.

Fri Jul 11, 2014
Always willing to adapt to student needs, Roberts pursues top-quality orientation

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Dan Roberts, coordinator of new student orientation, who helps lead a variety of transitional programs to give first-year and transfer students the launch they need for SUNY Oswego success.

Dan RobertsQ. What’s your hometown?
I was born and raised in Whitesboro, just outside of Utica—I’m “Central New York” all the way. I did my educational track for college and my graduate degree at James Madison University in Virginia. I had always had my eye on Virginia, because I was a Civil War buff and that was sort of the epicenter of it all.

Q. What did you study at James Madison?
I had known since the eighth grade that I wanted to teach history, so I concentrated in U.S. history. The way it works in Virginia is you minor in education until you’re a graduate. They advised me if I wanted to teach and have a more marketable license, I should really also consider getting into interdisciplinary social science in addition to history. So I ended up double majoring.

Q. Did you teach?
I did some substitute teaching, and I teach as an adjunct now. After I received my graduate degree, I had come back to CNY and reconnected with some family and friends and realized there was still a very personal pull, a connectedness I had thought I had lost to the area. I turned down what was sort of a dream job teaching U.S. history in Colonial Beach, Va. My license in Virginia was reciprocal in this state, but nobody had told me that social studies jobs in New York state were really hard to come by.

Q. So where did you work?
I had been an R.A. in college, so I started expanding my job search. I ended up applying for a live-on residence hall director job at Colgate. I got it, and that was my introduction to student affairs.

Q. When did it click that student affairs was a career path for you?
It came near the end of my years at Colgate. I still had this pull toward teaching, but at that point I had to make a pragmatic decision toward a career. I was moving on to a job with Pratt Institute’s upstate campus in Utica. I was going to be in student activities, student leadership development, orientation, the whole nine (yards). As I was leaving Colgate, I got a really unexpected and remarkable sendoff from our student staff.  At our final staff training banquet before I left, many of the students had prepared speeches, and I started realizing that the impact I was having in the work that I was doing was a lot more powerful that I thought it was. Students were saying that their interaction with me and the residence hall staff was the reason they got through college.

Q. What brought you to SUNY Oswego?
After four years at Pratt, I moved on to Onondaga Community College as assistant director of housing operations. My girlfriend, Leigh, and I had been in a long-distance relationship for about five years, so we were shooting for (jobs in) the Syracuse area in general—her family is in Sandy Creek and mine in Utica. (Eventually) a position at Oswego as residence hall director for Oneida developed for her. The orientation position came up here just after she was hired. I took a look at the job description and said, “Wow, this really is the best of everything I’ve had a chance to do.” I started in March. Leigh and I are married now and couldn’t be happier with where we are.

Q. What are your duties here?
First, coordinating the summer orientation program. I supervise the Laker Leaders staff. I also coordinate the winter orientation for mid-year transfer students. I help to coordinate opening week events during August, as well. I supervise the first-year peer advisers—it’s my responsibility to make sure they are supplementing the academic advising that their faculty advisers are doing, but that they also are providing sort of holistic support to students in their transition to their first year of college, helping them get connected with interest opportunities, with other first-year students, with developing support networks among their peers.

Q. What do you think of SUNY Oswego students?
In my interactions with R.A.s, Laker Leaders and other student leaders, I’m blown away by their passion for Oswego, their desire to help their fellow students get the most out of their experience here and their candor. They’re very willing to share their feedback about things they don’t feel are going well to support the new students, but they present that feedback in a way where they’re open to conversation, so that at a certain point we come to agreement, and that shows maturity beyond their years.

Q. What do you think about interactions with your colleagues?
For lack of a more refined term, it’s been absolutely amazing. The investment and the buy-in that other departments and staff and faculty have in the summer orientation program is truly remarkable. People think that in the summer, colleges just shut down. If they could sit in my chair for five minutes and see all the various departments and people ... it really is a marvel the commitment people have to making sure first-year students have the kind of start they need.

Q. What characterizes your approach to this job?
I never like to be set in my ways. Students are changing, developing and growing faster than the research can keep up with them. Orientation is the foundation for student retention. If you don’t have an orientation program that meets the students’ needs, it’s not going to set them off to connect with the college and their fellow students. So I’m always willing to change and adapt to their needs.

Q. What are some of your interests, besides the Civil War?
I read a lot of nonfiction. Right now, I’m reading Nate Silver’s book “The Signal and the Noise”—it’s about predictive analytics, why some predictions fail and some are successful. I play basketball when I can. I love to play golf, as well. My wife and I love movies, though we have differing tastes. We both love really good food, so we’re kind of eating our way through town. (Laughs.) We like to take time to get away; we both love Washington, D.C.

Fri Jul 11, 2014
New minor to build theatrical skills for producing live events

The theatre department will offer a new minor in live event design starting this fall, which can lead to potential careers in lighting, effects, stage management, makeup, sound design and multimedia to enhance special events of all kinds.

“A lot of us in the department know people and are friends with people who started in theatre and then made their careers outside the theatre using technical theatrical skills,” said Jessica Hester, department chair. “(For example,) friends of mine work in a corporate events setting.”

Working on ladders setting up stagingLive events—rock concerts, political rallies, broadcasts, museum exhibitions, educational demonstrations, trade shows and other promotional events—often demand skills traditionally honed in theatre, she said. Jobs can include production and stagecraft of all kinds, from carpentry to computer applications.

“It’s easy to think of fine performing arts as these discrete fields that make culture worthwhile,” Hester said. “The idea that these theatre skills can be transferred on a practical basis ... it’s exciting to us to be able to train students in other fields who don’t necessarily want to major in theatre.”

The live event design minor consists of a variety of classes the department already offers, from core courses such as “Introduction to Technical Theatre” and “Advanced Theatre Production” to such skills-driven electives as “Stage Electronics and Mechanics,” “Computer Applications for Theatre,” “Stage Lighting Design,” and traditional crafts such as scene design, costuming and makeup.

“Our students in theatre and design technical fields consistently graduate and find jobs,” Hester said.

Among Oswego alumni working in theatre technical arts are 1984 graduate Brian Ronan, who has won Tony Awards for sound design for Broadway musical hits “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and “The Book of Mormon”; Jef Billings ‘70, an Emmy-winning costume designer who has worked with a variety of productions including “Stars on Ice,” designing figure skating costumes for Kristi Yamaguchi, Katarina Witt, Sarah Hughes and Scott Hamilton, among others; Greg Brewster ‘05, who returned to SUNY Oswego as electronics specialist for the theatre department and has taught “Advanced Theatre Production” and “Sound Design”; and Suzayn MacKenzie-Roy ‘08, the college’s theatre facilities manager, who teaches “Stage Management.”

Hester said the department expects to attract students to the new minor from programs as diverse as broadcasting and mass communication, technology education, business, music and visual arts.

PHOTO CAPTION: Theatrical skills—The theatre department will offer a new minor in live event design starting this fall, presenting students in other majors the opportunity to develop skills—lighting design, stage management, computer applications, makeup, costuming and more—for live presentations in such careers as business, broadcasting, museums and educational demonstrations. Student Jesse Lesnar (center) and theatre department Facilities Manager Suzayn McKenzie-Roy (right) scale ladders to help with the setup of the Acting Company’s performances in Waterman Theatre this spring.

Mon Jun 16, 2014

Since May 7, University Police have investigated several cases of theft and made nine arrests.


Following a six-month investigation into thefts of mail from student mailboxes in Oneida Hall at SUNY Oswego, University Police arrested a 20-year-old Oneida Hall resident. Officers charged him with three counts of grand larceny, a felony, and five counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

University Police charged a 26-year-old Florida man May 11 with a felony count of marijuana possession as well as a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and several infractions.  Officers observed the man driving erratically on Route 104 near the college entrance. They stopped him at Hillside Avenue. Police said he had 17.9 ounces of marijuana. They also charged him with refusing to take a breath test, failing to obey a traffic device, drinking alcohol in a vehicle on the roadway and having insufficient taillights.


A 21-year-old Honeoye man was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1 percent or more, both misdemeanors, and driving the wrong way down a one-way designated road, an infraction.

A 21-year-old Riggs Hall resident was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to return license plates and an equipment violation, an infraction. A 42-year-old Bloomfield man was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration.

A 22-year-old commuter student was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration and operating a motor vehicle without insurance, an infraction. A 43-year-old Oswego woman also was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration.


Three teenage students were charged with possession of marijuana: one each from Cayuga, Oneida and Seneca halls. The Seneca Hall resident was also charged with unauthorized use of a license. The Oneida Hall resident was also charged with disorderly conduct.

Mon Jun 16, 2014
College's annual report, 24-hour fundraiser win awards

Two SUNY Oswego projects—an online interactive report of 365 days of activity and a successful six-figure fundraiser focused on 24 hours—earned regional and international awards.

Mon Jun 16, 2014

Bruce Altschuler, professor emeritus of political science, is the author of a book review published in the Law and Politics Book Review. He reviewed “The President as Commander in Chief: A Constitutional Vision” by H. Jefferson Powell.

Communication studies faculty member Arvind Diddi, coordinator of the journalism program, has published an article in the June issue of the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media titled “Partisan Balance and Bias in TV Network Coverage of the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Presidential Elections,” with co-authors Frederick Fico and Geri Alumit Zeldes of Michigan State University. The study examines partisan bias in the broadcast news coverage of the 2008 Obama-Biden and McCain-Palin campaign, replicating measures Fico and Zeldes used to research bias in the campaigns that sent George W. Bush to the White House. The new study indicates a Republican tilt, in aggregate, to the coverage by ABC, CBS and NBC news in 2008, where there was more even balance in 2000 and 2004. But the research indicates that structural bias—news values (including a last-minute rush of McCain-Palin coverage), work routines, news organizational resources and news organization interactions with other social institutions that affect the gathering and dissemination of news—was likely a better explanation for the tilt than partisan bias generated by reporters’ or editors’ own views.

Students Bridget Jackson and Neely Laufer attended the 29th National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in June at the University of Maryland.
The conference is a partnership between the American Association of University Women’s Leadership and Training Institute and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. From Buffalo, Jackson is a junior public relations major with a minor in business administration. Next year she will be president of Public Relations Student Society of America. Laufer, also from Buffalo, completed her freshman year majoring in political science and has been elected vice president of the Student Association. Jackson and Laufer received support to attend the conference from SUNY Oswego and two local women’s groups: the Oswego branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Zonta Club of Oswego.

Three SUNY Oswego students have artwork in the 2014 “Best of SUNY” Student Art Exhibition at the New York State Museum Cultural Education Center in Albany. Oswego student creations “chained” by Kendi Kajogo, “T.O.O.T.H.” by Justin Mastrangelo and “Betrayal of the Gods” by Zachary Wilson are among 69 pieces representing noteworthy student work created over the past year from across the SUNY system. The exhibition will run through Aug. 31.

Shashi Kanbur, professor of physics, gave a talk last week at the Extra-Galactic Distance Scale Workshop at the Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics. The title of his talk was “Using the Structural Properties of Cepheid/RR Lyrae Light Curves in Distance/Metallicity Estimation.” The three-week workshop was by invitation only for astrophysicists working on the extra-galactic distance scale. Also, Kanbur will give a talk June 30 at the bi-annual Council on Undergraduate Research meeting in Washington, D.C., on “The SUNY Oswego Global Laboratory Model.”

Joseph LeFevre, professor of chemistry, took the top professional prize in the “most inspirational moment” category of the Wilderness Forever photo competition. His photo (third from left, top row, on this Facebook page) is titled “Milky Way Over Second Beach” and was taken in the Olympic Wilderness area of Washington state. The “Wilderness Forever” Exhibition will open Sept. 3 at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The exhibition celebrates the 50-year-old Wilderness Act. The images to be displayed were chosen from the past year’s photo competition where more than 5,000 submissions were reviewed, judged and selected by professionals in the fields of photography, science and conservation. The winning photos and the stories behind the shots, along with a selection of honorable mention images, will be featured in the 2014 spring/summer issue of Nature’s Best Photography magazine.

Matt Wagenhauser in late May earned both All-American recognition and a milestone for the Laker track program at the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Ohio. In placing fifth in the 800-meter run in 1:52.01, Wagenhauser became the first men’s track All-American for Oswego since the college relaunched the program in the 1990s. The junior cinema and screen studies major from Greenlawn has also scored two All-SUNYAC first team selections, two individual SUNYAC championships (indoor and outdoor 400), one SUNYAC relay championship (4x400), and two All-ECAC individual awards for his performance in the indoor (third place) and outdoor 400 (second place). In addition, Wagenhauser owns a pair of individual school records in indoor (400 and 500), one in outdoor (800) and three in the relays (indoor 4x400, outdoor 4x400 and sprint medley). Senior Katie Bott of the women’s track team also earned her way to the national championship meet and finished 23rd in the 800-meter run with a school record time of 2:12.45. The two Laker athletes at nationals came a year after the college’s Romney Field House reopened with an upgraded indoor training space for Laker student-athletes.

Miranda WhitmanZink Screen Printing in Oswego will exhibit during July the works of paper manipulator Miranda Whitman of the college’s Office of Publications, including her hand lettering and paper sculpture. A free public opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. July 19 at the store at 19 E. Cayuga St. Whitman also won the People’s Choice award for another work, a collage/assemblage titled “Faux Forest,” during SUNY Oswego’s “On My Own Time” exhibition in May at Penfield Library. That piece was among four selected for display at Syracuse’s Everson Museum of Art in October and November. The other three winners include Barbara Beyerbach of the curriculum and instruction department for “On the Way to Taos” in pastels and watercolor, Lisa Drake of Environmental Health and Safety for a photograph titled “Kingsford Bell,” and Eric Olson of curriculum and instruction for “Probability Function #1,” a sculpture in Vermont verde antique serpentine stone on walnut base. Organized by CNY Arts, in cooperation with the Everson Museum of Art, “On My Own Time” at SUNY Oswego celebrates the creative talent of faculty and staff who are visual artists outside of work.

Oswego physics major Daniel Wysocki presented a poster at the summer meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The poster was titled “Principal Component Analysis of Cepheid Variable Stars” by Wysocki, Zach Schrecengost, Earl Bellinger, Shashi Kanbur, Sukanta Deb, Harinder P. Singh and Chow-Choong Ngeow. Wysocki and Schrecengost worked with physics professor Kanbur on his National Science Foundation-funded International Research Experiences for Students grant in Taiwan; Bellinger is a former Oswego student who is now a graduate student at Indiana; Deb and Singh are researchers from Delhi University; and Ngeow is a researcher from National Central University in Taiwan.

Oswego students in ChinaThe first Shanghai Normal University and SUNY Oswego Student Academic Research Forum took place in May in Shanghai. Fifteen student research presentations covered a variety of topics: bitcoins, insurance, housing endowment, international accounting standards, culture differences between China and the United States, e-commerce, online shopping, sustainable air travel and more. The forum awarded one first prize of 2,000 RMB (about $350), two second prizes of 1,500 RMB (about $250), three third prizes of 1,000 RMB (about $150) and 12 awards of excellence of 500 RMB (about $75) each. Oswego finance student Eyub Yegen received the first prize award, MBA student Jason Macleod received a third prize, and the other six Oswego students received awards of excellence. Hong Wan of the School of Business faculty accompanied the Oswego students to Shanghai. Provost Lorrie Clemo started conversations about this international research forum three years ago on her visit to Shanghai Normal University. Next year SUNY Oswego will host the conference with multiple international universities invited to participate. 

In Memoriam

Alexandra Parry, 22, of Waterford, who graduated in May with a degree in public relations, died June 8 in a car accident.

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