Campus Update

Thu Mar 05, 2015

Twenty Oswego students met with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher last week as part of her series of Student Speak Outs around the university system. The meeting took place at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and included 15 ESF students as well. The Oswego students were Peterly Jean Baptiste, Chris Beaulieu, Darlynda Brownlee, Griffin Bruce, Roodline Cineus, Carlos Clemenz, Christopher Collins-McNeil, Dianora DeMarco, Chelsie Frisbie, Bridget Jackson, Garrison Kingston, Katy Kubinski, Molly Matott, Sherade McKitty, Staceyann Reid, Tucker Sholtes, Anny Sigaran, Kelsey Thomas, Wei Wang and Michelle Ziemba. The upbeat conversation touched on such topics as the value of a SUNY Oswego degree and low student debt; the career readiness Oswego provides through internships, co-ops, alumni mentors and faculty-student research opportunities; and the importance of providing access to college through the Educational Opportunity Program and the success of Oswego’s EOP students.

Samantha Bielli, a graduate student in human-computer interaction, and Christopher Harris of the computer science faculty co-authored a paper titled “A Mobile Augmented Reality System to Enhance Live Sporting Events.” It was accepted for presentation today during the Sixth Augmented Human International Conference in Singapore. Harris attended, and presented a demo that Bielli designed, an Android-based augmented reality tool that can store and provide augmented information about each participant in nearly any sporting event, not just those, such as the Super Bowl, that appeal to large numbers of spectators. “This AR tool provides for a more engaging spectator experience for viewing professional and amateur events alike,” according to the paper’s abstract.

Christopher Harris of the computer science faculty received a Best Paper Award, one of only six such designations among 600 submissions and 161 acceptances, for the 18th Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. Harris will present the findings of his research, titled “The Effects of Pay-to-Quit Incentives on Crowdworker Task Quality,” at the conference to be held March 14 to 18 in Vancouver. In part, the paper’s abstract reads, “Companies such as Zappos.com and Amazon.com provide financial incentives for newer employees to quit. The premise is that workers who will accept this offer are misaligned with their company culture, which will therefore negatively affect quality over time. Could this pay-to-quit incentive scheme align workers in online labor markets?”

Taejin Jung, associate professor of communication studies, recently received a $3,000 grant from the Oswego County Health Department for a health campaign evaluation. The smoking-cessation project is titled “Smoke Free for My Baby and Me.”

The Zeta Chi chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the national German honorary society, was recently awarded a grant to help defray the expenses of two visiting speakers at SUNY Oswego this semester. The chapter adviser is John F. Lalande II, professor of German. The first speaker was Leroy Hopkins Jr. of Millersville University who spoke on Afrodeutsche or the Afro-German diaspora. The second speaker will be Michael Baxter of DePaul University, who on March 23 will speak on Franz Jägerstätter and other members of the Austrian and German resistance during the Nazi period in Austria and Germany.

Distinguished teaching professor Tracy K. Lewis of modern languages and literatures has been made a member and honorary professor in the Ateneo de Lengua y Cultura Guarani, in recognition of his career-long dedication to Guarani, the co-official language, with Spanish, of Paraguay. A Paraguayan national organization, the ateneo (atheneum) does for the Guarani language what the Spanish Royal Academy does for Spanish, making its mission to promote use and development of the language. Certificates from the organization credit Lewis for his “long and meritorious trajectory promoting and spreading the Guarani language.” Throughout his career, Lewis has perpetuated Guarani—the only indigenous language of the Americas whose speakers include a large proportion of non-indigenous people—through his poetry, many literary translations, conference appearances, advocacy for the language and other scholarship.

John MacDonald, associate professor of finance and risk management and chair of the accounting, finance and law department in the School of Business, recently received a $2,000 grant from the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation to expand the college’s degree program in risk management and insurance. The grant is part of the foundation’s Robert P. Ashlock Risk Management and Insurance Development Program. The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation is a non-profit educational organization that promotes the study and teaching of risk management and all lines of insurance through educational programs targeting students and public policy makers. The Griffith Foundation is affiliated with The Institutes, which serve the risk management and property-casualty insurance industry.

Mary McCune, director of the gender and women’s studies program and an associate professor of history, is to give a talk this evening at Utica College’s Center for Historical Research in conjunction with Women’s History Month. It is titled “Intimate Quarters: Gender and the History of Racial Segregation in the North.”

David Owens, a senior art student pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree, has a solo exhibition of his paintings opening March 28 at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn. “Time and Place: Studio and Open Air Landscapes” will be on display to May 24. Some of the paintings are from a project funded by a campus scholarly and creative activity grant. Owens is one of this year’s recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Joshua Seymore of University Police was among 57 graduates of the Syracuse Regional Police Academy from 10 police agencies last month.



Thu Mar 05, 2015
New Ozfest to feature premium contemporary acts

The college’s Student Association last week announced the major acts for a festival that is designed as an alternative to the traditional student activity on the last day of classes, the Bridge Street Run.

Dubbed Ozfest, the festival will last much of the day and incorporate the annual spring concert. This year’s concert will feature Timeflies, B.O.B., Mac Miller and Big Sean. It is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the Marano Campus Center convocation hall.

Tickets for everyone who is not a SUNY Oswego student will be available for $85 beginning March 30. They can be purchased online, by phone or at the box office in the Marano Campus Center.

Student tickets went on sale Sunday. Students who have paid their SA fee can purchase one ticket for $45 until March 20 at the Marano box office. On March 23, student ticket prices will increase to $60, and students will be able to purchase two additional tickets from then until the day of the concert.

For more information, contact Justin Costello at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Tucker Sholtes at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



Wed Mar 04, 2015
Fulbright to send Christopher Harris to Finland for teaching, research

The Fulbright Scholar program has awarded Christopher Harris of the computer science faculty an opportunity to travel to Finland this August for nearly a year, where he plans to explore cross-cultural user experience and user design, plus a variety of other research and teaching interests in human-computer interaction and business.

Thanks to the Fulbright award, Harris will teach “HCI and Big Data” at Tampere University of Technology, the University of Tampere and University of Oulu in Finland. His main pursuit, besides teaching courses on big data and cross-cultural user experience, will be to continue research in human-computer interfaces, particularly as it ties to crowdsourcing, data mining, the business of game development and other spheres of human-computer interaction. A SUNY Oswego faculty member since 2013, he also will seek collaborations with scholars and business people.

Among the questions Harris ponders: Why do companies in Finland, Sweden and other countries of Scandinavia seem to have a magic touch in designing multi-platform video games—“Angry Birds,” “Clash of Clans” and “Minecraft,” to name a few—that fascinate children and absorb adults? Yet why can’t the designers find the “secret sauce” to repeat their global success at will? How could unearthing the secrets of such cross-generational, cross-cultural hits inform and influence other realms, such as student engagement in learning?

“Why are Scandinavian companies successful producing items that the world wants?” he wondered. “How do they get this collaborative environment to work so well? You want to make it so you give your users a chance to provide input on what to change. These are not big companies, staffed with maybe 20 to 30 people, but they are able to use information from the hundreds of thousands of users to make the product design better.”

‘Flow’ control

Finnish developer Rovio’s mega-hit “Angry Birds,” for example, has been downloaded more than 2 billion times worldwide and spun off cartoons, toys, other games and, coming in 2016, a movie. Yet the Finnish company has been hard-pressed to repeat the success, said Harris, who teaches courses in the School of Business as well as in HCI and computer science.

“The gaming industry competes in a very cutthroat market to gain eyeballs, to gain attention,” Harris said. “It’s very expensive to develop a game, and usability is a huge component—making sure that everybody can understand it quickly and be able to maintain what we call ‘flow.’ With flow, designers neither want to make the game too easy, because players get bored, nor too difficult, because players get frustrated. You have to find the sweet spot for everyone, even though the sweet spot may be different for each player. That’s what these game makers are really good at.”

Harris, who worked for more than 15 years in data-related jobs around the world before pursuing a doctorate, said his Fulbright experience will be for 10 months. It will include a side trip to Kenya to study why Vodafone’s M-PESA mobile payment system has gained widespread use there and not in countries with similar economic conditions, such as India and Ghana.

Co-teaching some seminar courses with Finnish scholars will help Harris to also explore what makes Finnish education reputedly among the best in the world.

The core U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants a year to faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields to work for two to 12 months in more than 125 countries worldwide.

Prior to pursuing his doctorate in informatics at the University of Iowa, Harris worked in industry for many years, including stints at as general manager of data consultant Advisa Group in Beijing, senior database engineer at defense and aerospace contractor Raytheon and even as database administrator at E! Entertainment Television.

His years in the field give his research a practical edge, Harris said. “When I’m looking for solutions, I think about it not in pure theoretical terms, but also in practical terms—is this going to benefit society as a whole?”

PHOTO CAPTION: Games as scholarship—Computer science faculty member Christopher Harris has earned a Fulbright Scholar award to spend 10 months in Finland teaching courses in human-computer interaction and working with video-game developers and business people to explore secrets of success that could inform and influence other realms of activity, such as learning and teaching.



Tue Feb 24, 2015

Since Feb. 20, University Police have investigated several cases of theft and vandalism and made 15 arrests.


Felony

University Police charged an 18-year-old Hart Hall resident with first-degree rape. He is accused of entering a residence hall room and sexually assaulting the resident. He was arraigned in Oswego Town Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of bail.


Misdemeanors

A 19-year-old Cayuga Hall resident was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), a misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a violation. A member of the grounds crew found her purse and gave it to University Police, who discovered the drugs inside.

An 18-year-old Seneca Hall resident was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a violation. Police said he had brass knuckles.

A 21-year-old Hart Hall resident was charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct, both violations. Officers and an ambulance were called to the Pathfinder parking lot because a student on the “drunk” bus was unresponsive. When the student regained consciousness, police said, he became belligerent with officers and the ambulance crew.

An 18-year-old Riggs Hall resident was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief. He is accused of damaging a toilet seat, dispenser and shower curtain in Cayuga Hall.


Motor Vehicle Misdemeanors

A 23-year-old Auburn man was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08, both misdemeanors, and operating a vehicle with no license, driving on a sidewalk, and drinking alcohol in a vehicle on the highway, all infractions.

A 24-year-ol Oswego man was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and speeding, an infraction.


Violations

A 21-yar-old student from Syracuse was charged with trespassing. He is accused of entering the lobby of Onondaga Hall while intoxicated and refusing to leave.

A 20-year-old Oneida Hall resident was charged with disorderly conduct and being in possession of multiple licenses after police said he got into a fight with another student.

A 19-year-old Oneida Hall resident was charged with disorderly conduct. Officers said they observed him urinating on the sidewalk on Washington Boulevard.

Five students were charged with possession of marijuana: two 22-year-olds from Onondaga Hall, two teens from Seneca Hall, and an 18-year-old from Scales Hall.



Mon Feb 23, 2015
Students experience joys, intensity of physical theater in Moscow

For 14 SUNY Oswego students, winter break brought a crash course in physical theater and Russian culture during an inspiring—and intense—three-week trip to Moscow.

Henry Shikongo and Jonel Langenfeld of the college’s theater faculty led the group on the visit to the Moscow Art Theatre, home to rigorous training in acrobatics, fencing, unarmed combat, stage movement, voice, improvisation and more.

Theater students working on their craft“I just wanted to facilitate that and make it available to anyone who was inspired to go,” said Shikongo, who as a graduate student at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard spent three months studying at the Moscow Art Theatre. “It is very rigorous training, which the students just experienced.”

The theater school met 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. At night, the students were immersed in the artistic life of Moscow. “They were exposed to as much as possible in a very short amount of time,” Langenfeld said.

One of the students, junior philosophy and theater dual major Nicholas Cocks, said that since he and other travelers who are in the cast of the spring student honors production, “Circle Mirror Transformation,” have returned to rehearsals at Oswego, the Moscow experience has been evident.

“I was able to apply a lot of the techniques I learned in Moscow in that (play),” Cocks said. “Obviously, it is not something you master right away, you have to keep working at it and working at it.”
Langenfeld said it is no accident the students came back stronger, both physically and in theater skills. The students’ eyes opened wide, for example, when they were introduced to acrobatics, but they kept at it. By the end of the course, every single student was able to do a shoulder stand.

“They forget that it’s pain, because they’re engaged,” Langenfeld said. “It’s very empowering. The pride and self-value they had from that was amazing.”

‘Make it a game’

Moscow was the home of the famed Constantin Stanislavski, the late actor and director whose complex theories and techniques revolutionized acting in the early 20th century, evoking deep, believable and disciplined performances. Stanislavski co-founded the Moscow Art Theatre in 1897.

Cocks recalled how his early attempts at etudes—rehearsed improvisations where an actor tries to reach an authentic emotional place for the character he or she is playing—seemed to fall flat with his instructors.  For his final attempt, he took the risk to engage his audience as if they were witness, step by step, to the rise and fall of his love affair with a girlfriend.

“They loved it,” Cocks said. “I was very proud of that moment because I was able to overcome being vulnerable on stage.”

Shikongo said Russian instructors and actors work extraordinarily hard, but certainly without ever reducing rehearsal to a grim and plodding stereotype.

“In Russia, they really focus on the process,” Shikongo said. “Russians are focused on doing things step by step and just trying. Develop your will and your spirit and—probably the most important thing—have fun, make it light, make it a game. The more they’re sweating, the more they laugh. ‘Smile! Smile! Why so serious?’”

The SUNY Oswego group had plenty of fun, attending numerous performances, including one in which a Moscow Art Theatre instructor appeared. They walked at least four miles a day around Moscow, Langenfeld said.
The state-funded theaters in Moscow “are full every night of the week, from children to the elderly,” she said.

PHOTO CAPTION: Challenging rehearsals—SUNY Oswego students attending classes at the Moscow Art Theatre over winter break found the curriculum—acrobatics, fencing, unarmed combat, stage movement, voice, improvisation and more—rigorous but rewarding.



Mon Feb 23, 2015
Quest evolving, continuing 'to showcase excellence'

Organizers of Quest, the college’s daylong symposium celebrating students’ faculty-mentored scholarly and creative activity, have made moves this year to encourage heightened planning and rigor for the presentations.

That does not, said coordinator Norm Weiner, mean that the college will take all the fun out of Quest.

“We’re looking for quality, not quantity,” said Weiner, emeritus professor of sociology. “The fun is still there, but Quest is meant to do two things: To showcase excellence and to share scholarly and creative activity on campus.”

At Quest on April 15, multimedia presentations, scholarly posters, debates, exhibitions, performances, academic awards ceremonies and other events all will take place in the Lorraine and Nunzio Marano Campus Center and in the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation, Weiner said.

Coordinators have set a deadline of Friday, March 13, for submission of a basic outline of each project, presentation and event, using a form that feeds a spreadsheet. Organizers will use such data as presentation titles, presenters’ names, departments and so on to provide information for the printed and online programs.

Organizers, including associate coordinator Denise DiRienzo, director of the Center for Experiential Learning, and chair Roger Taylor of the psychology faculty, set a deadline of mid-February for prospective presenters to fill out space requests.

The Quest team also has encouraged the appointment of departmental representatives to vet student work before submission, and to schedule as many presentations as necessary within each department’s two 45-minute sessions.

Departments may request additional sessions on a space-available basis, Weiner said.



Fri Feb 20, 2015
Grant aims to reduce obesity in children in U.S., abroad

SUNY Oswego recently earned a highly competitive grant from 100,000 Strong in the Americas to train students here and in Brazil to implement a health-and-wellness program to fight childhood obesity in both countries.

Teaming with a Fayetteville doctor and SUNY Ulster and its nursing program, SUNY Oswego’s health promotion and wellness faculty and students soon will begin a study-abroad exchange with Brazil’s Faculdades Integradas de Patos.

Faculty members discussing grantIn the latest round of grants from 100,000 Strong—President Barack Obama’s signature education initiative for the Western Hemisphere—the proposal put together by SUNY Oswego, “Promoting Study Abroad Focusing on Health and Nutrition,” was one of only seven recipients nationally. The Coca-Cola Foundation supported the Innovation Fund grants.

Amy Bidwell of the health promotion and wellness faculty partnered with Cleane Medeiros of biological sciences and Kimberly Armani, director of the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse and its Active Aging and Community Engagement Center, to put the program together.

The $25,000 grant will help bring Brazilian scholar Wendell Soares Carneiro to Oswego and SUNY Ulster in March for six months, bring eight Brazilian students here in May and send eight Oswego and Ulster students, as well as Elizabeth Keida of the health promotion and wellness faculty, to the partner college in Brazil’s state of Paraiba.

The student-and-faculty team will help implement in both countries a wellness program developed by Fayetteville weight-loss physician Wendy Scinta, who wrote the book “BOUNCE: A Weight-Loss Doctor’s Plan for a Happier, Healthier and Slimmer Child.”

Reversing obesity

The grant’s implementation of the program will focus on behavioral elements that trigger unhealthy eating as well as on nutrition and exercise for obese children ages 11-12, Bidwell said.

“We are planning recruitment and intervention in Oswego County through physicians’ offices,” Bidwell said. “The (college) students are going to learn this program and learn how to go into the community to promote and start it up.”

Scinta is developing online modules for the 16-week weight-loss program, Bidwell said. The SUNY Oswego students accepted to assist with implementing the program are in for a clinically rich internship and study-abroad experience.

“Obesity is a stronger predictor of increased disease and morbidity than smoking,” Bidwell said. “We will be teaching children how decisions they make today will affect them two to five years and more down the road.”

Childhood obesity affects 17 percent of children and adolescents in the United States, triple the rate from just one generation ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A 2013 study in the International Journal of Obesity Supplements reported obesity escalating sharply in Brazil among all children’s age groups.

Bidwell said a research study—looking at such factors as parents, grandparents, early education and socioeconomic status—would be part of the program.

“I have specifically studied obesity in college-age people, focusing on physical activity,” she said. “This brings me into a younger population.”

Besides encouraging health and nutrition, SUNY Oswego had a variety of goals in applying for the 100,000 Strong grant: partnering with the Brazilian university as a long-term vehicle for study-abroad exchange, enhancing students’ global cultural awareness and a new opportunity for beneficial community engagement.

Thanks to students and to faculty such as Alfred Frederick, Shashi Kanbur and Medeiros, SUNY Oswego already has developed rich relationships with a number of federal universities in Brazil—including undergraduate research opportunities through Oswego’s Global Laboratory—though the “Promoting Study Abroad Focusing on Health and Nutrition” program would be the first with Faculdades Integradas de Patos, Bidwell said.

PHOTO CAPTION: Combatting obesity—Amy Bidwell (left) and Elizabeth Keida of the health promotion and wellness faculty meet in Mary Walker Health Center to talk about a program to help obese children in Oswego County and in northeast Brazil learn about nutrition, exercise and behavioral triggers for unhealthy eating. Thanks to earning a highly competitive grant from 100,000 Strong in the Americas, Oswego and SUNY Ulster, along with a Brazilian university, will recruit college students to help implement the 16-week program in both nations.



Fri Feb 20, 2015
Talented goaltender Bridget Smith also brings A-game to academics

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet senior chemistry major and women’s hockey goaltender Bridget Smith, an Honors Program student-athlete who has received significant academic recognition as well as leading Division III nationally in saves percentage in the net for the nationally ranked, playoff-bound Lakers (18-6-1 overall and 12-5-1 in the ECAC West, where they are seeded third and hosting a playoff game on Saturday).

Q. Where are you from?
A.
A town called Hamburg, about 20 minutes south of Buffalo. I went to a private school in Buffalo called Nichols that had one of the only girls’ teams in the area. Then I played in Toronto for a year after high school. It’s probably the top (juniors-level) league in Ontario province right now.

Q. Why did you choose SUNY Oswego?
A.
I came on my visit specifically for hockey. We had gotten about 2 feet of snow the day I was here, and I love the snow. I saw the (Marano Campus Center) rink, and that was a big selling point. I met with some advisers and some teachers and liked what the school had to offer and the small class sizes, so here I went!

Q. How did you become interested in the sciences?
A.
I’ve always done better in math and science. I started as a bio major, and when I didn’t like some of the classes they had to offer, I met with my adviser, Casey Raymond, and changed to chemistry. I got into it because I enjoy the math side of it, and I’ve learned a lot. But I think my real interest is in anatomy and physiology and human biology, so I’m most likely going pursue graduate studies in that ... eventually.

Q. What do you think of your professors at SUNY Oswego?
A.
It all depends on their teaching style and how you are as a learner. I’ve definitely had some influential and extremely helpful teachers along the way. If there’s a conflict, between class and practice, class comes first—I have a class where I need to hop off the ice early on Tuesday and Thursday. But if we have to miss (classes) for games, I’ve never had a teacher that was anything but accommodating. I always make sure to make up my work or schedule a time to make up a test or any assignments I missed.

Q. How do you balance Honors work with playing an NCAA sport?
A.
A lot of time management and a lot of stressing out. (Laughs.) I’m usually always at the rink or doing work of some sort. I’ve been doing research lately with professor Raymond. We’re doing starch conversion in cooked sweet potatoes, comparing quantities and qualities of sugars at different temperatures. It’s for my chemistry capstone and Honors thesis.

Q. Off-ice, what do you think of SUNY Oswego students?
A.
I’ve met a lot of great people here. One of my best friends, we met here, and she lives 15 or 20 minutes away from me at home. Small world! Of course, my teammates comprise the majority of my relationships here.

Q. How close of a relationship do you have with your teammates?
A.
It’s been a family mentality from the minute we walked on campus. We hear a lot about teams where seniors don’t talk to freshman and things like that, but that’s never been our mentality. From the moment I came here, juniors and seniors were accepting of new players, and I think that makes a huge difference in the motivation of the team and the morale, and what drives the team toward the end of the year. You know you have the support.

Q. What do you think of your coaches?
A.
Coach (Andrew) Lazarro is new; he started in January. He’s been nothing but good for us, and I think he’s taken a lot of things off Coach (Diane) Dillon’s shoulders. Coach Dillon has been nothing but a great coach over the past four years. … Her 100th win and (the team’s performance) the past few seasons have shown that she’s a winning coach.

Q. How tall are you? Isn’t it difficult for someone so tall to cover all the low shots?
A.
I’m 6-foot. As opponents see it, one of my biggest weaknesses is probably the 5-hole (low between the legs), but at the same time I see my height as an advantage because it’s something you can’t teach ... it’s a natural gift.

Q. Does a goalie need to be in as great shape as skaters on offense or defense?
A.
People are fooled. They think goaltender is an easy position and we don’t do much. We had a few girls dress as goaltenders over winter break, and they came off the ice and said, “I don’t know how you guys do it!” I think they gained a new level of respect. It’s a lot of thigh muscle and quick movement, quick feet, good hand-eye coordination.

Q. Did you ever foresee leading Division III in saves percentage?
A.
I’ll never forget that the captain my freshman year, Kathryn Sbrocchi, texted me last year and said, “I always thought you were going to be the best goaltender in D-III your senior year.” I read it over and over before this season started. This year is almost a dream come true. I owe a lot to my team for playing well in front of me and helping me get there. It’s been a remarkable season for us so far.

Q. Is a national title the team’s goal?
A.
Yes, absolutely! It has been and will be for the rest of Laker history, I believe.

Q. What do you think of the many community service projects our athletes do?
A.
It gives us a chance to give back to the community around us. We (especially) love our Big Sister-Little Sister program—the individual relationships we’ve built with our little sisters. We reach out to youth hockey in the area; it’s to inspire girls to stick with ice hockey and to give them something to look forward to, so that they aspire to play college hockey someday. We go bowling. We worked one of their tournaments. They come to see us. It’s a lot of fun.

Q. I understand you have an interesting trip coming up this summer.
A.
It’s called 4K for Cancer. I’ll be biking from Baltimore to San Diego over 70 days. One of my really good friends did it last summer, and watching her journey inspired me to do it and have an opportunity to give back and to do something that people who have cancer might not be able to do. I definitely think it’s going be quite the trip.

Q. What do you plan to do after the bike trip?
A.
My Dad said, “Seventy days is a long time, and you’ve got a lot of thinking to do. So you’d better know by the time you get back.” (Laughs.) Definitely coaching eventually, but I want to go to grad school or some type of professional school, I’m just not sure what yet.

Q. What else can you tell us about your family?
A.
My relationship with them over the past four years has grown exponentially. I’ve grown closer with my parents and my older brother Tom. They’re at every home game and some away games. My Dad drove up to Plattsburgh on his birthday to watch us play. They sit in the same spot every game and I look for them every game. They’ve been awesome.



Thu Feb 19, 2015
Next December's graduates face deadlines

Seniors who expect to graduate in December should file to graduate by April 1 for their names to be listed in the commencement program.

Degree forms are filed online via myOswego or in the Registrar’s Office, Room 307 of Culkin Hall.


Next step: senior check forms

Senior check forms are mandatory for graduation. These forms are generated by filing to graduate and are sent to students’ advisers. Seniors who have filed to graduate should next meet with their advisers to do the senior check form. Senior check forms for students graduating in December are due back to the Registrar’s Office by May 1.



Thu Feb 19, 2015

Steve Abraham of the School of Business faculty is the lead author of the opening chapter in volume 21 of the book series “Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations,” edited by David Lewin and Paul Gollan and published by Emerald Publishing Group. The chapter is titled “Changing Union Representation Election Voting Regimes: What Can We Learn?” Abraham’s co-authors are Lisa A. Schur and Paula B. Voos. In 2010, the National Mediation Board decided to base Railway Labor Act representation election outcomes on a simple majority of those voting, rather than on the majority of all eligible voters, as had been required earlier. This was widely expected to make it easier for unions to win rights to recognition in the railway and airline industries. The authors found that the current voting process is fairer than the old one, but it has not resulted in the expected tide of union success.

An article by David Andrews of the economics department, titled “Natural Price and the Long Run: Alfred Marshall’s Misreading of Adam Smith,” appears in the current issue of the Cambridge Journal of Economics. It challenges Marshall’s interpretation of Smith’s “natural price” as a long run price, arguing instead that natural price must be understood as a reproduction price, the price that is just sufficient to maintain an ongoing supply of a commodity to the market.

Amy Bartell painting muralArt faculty member Amy Bartell, assistant director of Tyler Art Gallery, traveled to Washington State University this week to work with students in the Compton Union Building art gallery five hours a day as part of the university’s “It Starts Now” campaign. The effort aims to promote commitment to a culture of acceptance and understanding, particularly as it concerns people often discriminated against based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The collage Bartell and her team are creating will be unveiled at a reception Friday. She formerly created art pieces at Washington State that hang in the recreation center and a lounge at the union. Bartell has done murals with students at other institutions, as well, including Wells College, pictured.

Mallory Bower, associate director of career services, was one of 20 professionals selected from around the country to make a presentation at the National Association of Campus Activities 2015 conference, held last week in Minneapolis. Her topic was “It Takes a Village: ‘Raising’ Employable College Graduates Through Involvement.” Because many hiring managers report that college graduates are unprepared for the workforce and do not come equipped with the skills businesses need, Bower explored using campus involvement as a way for students to gain experience and transferable skills and prepare for the workforce. Participants came away with practical applications based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ research on the “Candidate Skills/Qualities Employers Want.”

Shashi Kanbur, professor of physics, is co-author of a paper, titled “Morphology and Metallicity of the Small Magellanic Cloud Using RRab Stars,” that has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Main Journal, a leading refereed journal in the field published by Oxford University Press. The lead author is Sukanto Deb and other co-authors are H.P. Singh and Subhas Kumar, all of the University of Delhi.

John MacDonald of the School of Business faculty received a $2,000 grant from the Robert P. Ashlock Memorial Fund. The fund’s purpose is to help with the development of risk management and insurance programs in higher education. At Oswego, the funding will assist in producing a graphic novel relying on the interdisciplinary efforts and talents of graphic arts, creative writing and risk management and insurance students and faculty. The project aims to show a variety of high school students and insurance industry personnel just how SUNY Oswego produces talented people for the future. The Robert P. Ashlock Memorial Fund is provided through the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation. It is, in turn, associated with The Institutes, which is affiliated with the Commercial Property and Casualty Underwriters Association.

Amy McHugh and students in JapanAmy McHugh of the communications studies department was invited, along with two students from her “Intercultural Communication” course, COM 422, to speak in December at the Collaborative Online International Learning Symposium at Kansai University in Osaka, Japan. She spoke about the collaborative project and how it affected pedagogy and outcomes, while the students, Alyson Costanza and Marissa Sarbak (pictured with McHugh, far left, and Kansai University students), discussed how their intercultural collaboration affected them.


In Memoriam

Carolyn S. Bridgers, 84, who formerly worked for the Oswego Alumni Association, died Feb. 4 in North Carolina.



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