Campus Update

Thu Apr 17, 2014
Diversity task force to work to 'enhance the campus climate'

Jerald Woolfolk, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, has launched a campuswide task force to improve the college community atmosphere and to educate about issues of diversity.

“Our main task is to enhance the campus climate, to enhance diversity in all its forms,” Woolfolk said. “We’ve had some incidents on campus that raised our awareness and our level of responsibility.”

Though she emphasized that the diversity task force is not only about race and ethnicity, but about differences of all kinds, Woolfolk acknowledged that students have reported incidents of racial insensitivity in their dealings with students, faculty and staff.

“Racial and other types of insensitivity happen everywhere,” she said. “We can’t stop that type of behavior. But we show that, as a college community, we don’t appreciate that type of behavior.”

She said she plans to bring in a diversity trainer to work with student organizations, resident assistants and staff, including Student Affairs. Awareness and climate improvement will come through a host of other existing and new initiatives, from coursework to the arts and beyond.

“The college needs to make sure our students are prepared to function in a global society and to embrace the wealth of cultural opportunities,” Woolfolk said.

The task force’s goal is to have an action plan in place by the fall, she said, but before that the group intends to address diversity issues in new-student orientation sessions this summer “and run that thread throughout the orientation process.”

Woolfolk said she is encouraged that Justin Brantley, president of the Black Student Union, and Tucker Sholtes and Neely Laufer, president and vice president of the Student Association, have joined the task force. Departments across campus have been encouraged to send representatives.

In recent years, SUNY Oswego has increased the ranks of students in underrepresented racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. For the first time last fall, students of color topped 20 percent of undergraduates—up from 12.6 percent in fall 2009. Programs such as Possibility Scholars, National Science Foundation S-STEM scholarships and mentoring, Artswego’s multicultural programming and student-driven celebrations during ALANA Week and Black History Month, among others, have served to improve the campus climate.

Those efforts are laudable but not enough given the progress that still needs to be made, said Woolfolk, who was chief diversity officer as a vice president at Mississippi Valley State University before coming to Oswego in January.



Thu Apr 17, 2014
Moody honored for African-American pop-culture research

Communication studies faculty member David Moody has received a national award for his work on African-American visual popular culture.

Moody, who has taught since 2010 in the broadcasting and mass communication program, earned the Harry Shaw Award this month for outstanding contributions to the field of African-American popular-culture research at the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in Chicago.

“Professor Moody’s work on film and popular visual culture has inspired students and colleagues alike,” the PCA/ACA said in its award citation for Moody, an active member of the organization and presenter at conferences. “His presence has enlivened our sessions and helped us to chart a direction for future research efforts.”

In 2012, Moody published “Political Melodies in the Pews? The Voice of the Black Christian Rapper in the Twenty-first Century Church,” and is nearing publication of a book on black identity in film and television. His Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University was in American culture studies with emphasis in critical studies in film, media and culture.

At the PCA/ACA conference, Moody presented on Douglas Sirk’s 1959 film “Imitation of Life,” based on a Fanny Hurst novel that explored issues such as racial prejudice and light-skinned African Americans of that era “passing for white.”

‘Remarkable contribution’

Fritz Messere, dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, said Moody is highly deserving of the PCA/ACA award. The dean cited Moody’s scholarship, his leadership of the college’s Voices of Diversity program and his efforts in raising the profile of the college’s Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit as its lead organizer the past three years, among many other contributions.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Moody on staff,” Messere said. “He is making a remarkable contribution to his field and a remarkable contribution to our understanding and perspective of the importance of black history and culture.”

Jennifer Knapp, chair of communication studies, said that as the Harry Shaw Award recipient, Moody now has the opportunity to “shine an even brighter spotlight on his meaningful contributions to the discipline.”

“Our department is lucky to have a scholar so well-regarded, and who is at the forefront of the intersection between popular culture and African-American culture,” Knapp said.

At SUNY Oswego, Moody—with more than 20 years of experience in Cleveland and Cincinnati television and radio—has taught “Minorities in Film and Television,” “Programs, Programming and Effects” and “Broadcast Sales,” among other courses.

The PCA/ACA award is named for Harry Shaw, who established the African-American culture section of the organization.



Thu Apr 17, 2014
Secretary credits 'down-to-earth' colleagues for longevity in math

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Laurie Seguin, secretary in the mathematics department for nearly 20 years, who first tried everything from human resources temp to refrigeration mechanic before finding her niche at the college.

Q. Where were you born and raised?
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I was born in Niagara Falls, but my parents moved here when I was an infant. I live out in Scriba, where I grew up.

Q. What can you tell us about your education?
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I graduated from here. I think it was in 2000. I got a B.A. in sociology, going part time. It took a long, long time—almost 20 years. During that time, I did an apprenticeship in the maintenance department—I became a refrigeration mechanic. That was a three-year apprenticeship, so for that period of time I wasn’t taking college courses.

Q. Did you work anywhere before SUNY Oswego?
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Well, in February I finished my 30th year with the college. Before that I worked for an attorney, and prior to that, I worked at Nine Mile II while that was under construction. I also worked weekends at the Renaissance Faire—that was one of the more fun jobs.

Q. How did you wind up at the college?
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In 1984, I was hired for a temporary position in educational administration, followed by temp positions in communications studies and HR. My first permanent position was in financial aid. I left there and went to physics. Then I did the apprenticeship for maintenance in HVAC equipment and stayed four more years after that. One of the highlights of working here is you can find your niche. You have enough flexibility to move around so you can find where you’re happy.

Q. How and when did you come to the math department?
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The math secretary was retiring. In Snygg, physics and math were right next to each other, so I knew they were a good department. I took the test and was hired in math in January 1995. I stayed because the faculty are just good people to work for.

Q. How so?
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They’re not pretentious. I’m not mathematically inclined myself, but I like people who are. They’re just logical and down to earth and just easygoing. And I have met people from all over the world. It’s interesting.

Q. What are your duties?
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I assist with whatever needs to be done: copying, reports, maintaining schedules, we’ve been hiring recently so I’ve been making reservations and putting together itineraries. The job has changed a lot in just the last couple of years and become very computer-oriented. I’m technologically challenged. One thing new in math is all the technology they’re utilizing now in teaching. On my end, it’s kind of difficult because I order the textbooks for the department. They have software options—e-books and so on—and the whole area of textbooks has changed significantly. Hopefully, the students and faculty think it’s a good thing.

Q. Why do you like working at SUNY Oswego?
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This is a beautiful place to work. The grounds and the facilities here are beautiful. I feel like I’m just getting settled in (to Shineman Center). When someone comes in and asks me for something, the image that appears in my head is my Snygg office, and I know right where it is. (Laughs.) I still struggle finding things here—I’m getting a little better—but I still go from drawer to drawer and through the cabinets sometimes. I love the planetarium—I took the grandkids there. I loved the old one, so I was very excited about seeing the new one.

Q. What are some of your off-the-job interests?
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I like to garden. We have a camp at Brennan’s (Beach) and we like to spend time out there. I’m a big animal lover—rescuing animals is a big thing. I often say I like animals better than people. We currently have a large mutt, Spike, who is a Rottweiler and lab mix, maybe, and two cats, Finley and Shado.

Q. What can you tell us about your family?
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I’ve been living with same person, Tom, for over 25 years. He retired from here in 2010. I have a son and twin 10-yr-old grandsons. They keep us very busy—they are in a lot of sports and activities. 



Mon Apr 07, 2014

Since March 24, University Police have investigated several cases of vandalism, theft and marijuana use, and made nine arrests.


Misdemeanors

An 18-year-old Cayuga Hall resident was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, both misdemeanors, and several infractions.

An 18-year-old Seneca Hall resident was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and driving with no headlights, an infraction.

A 31-year-old Oswego man was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration and failure to return license plates, both misdemeanors, and driving without insurance, an infraction.

A 22-year-old Oswego woman was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and driving the wrong way on a one-way road, an infraction.


Violations

Five teenagers, four of them students, where charged with possessing marijuana: a resident of Cayuga Hall, a resident of Funnelle Hall, two residents of Waterbury Hall and a Selden resident.



Mon Apr 07, 2014

Ashraf Attia, professor of marketing, and Rana Fakhr, an adjunct faculty member in marketing, of the School of Business are the authors of two recently published journal articles: “Sales Training Evaluation: An Integrated Framework and Research Agenda” in the Journal of Selling and Major Account Management and “Sales Training: Comparing Multinational and Domestic Companies” in Marketing Intelligence & Planning. Co-author of the second article is Nermine Atteya, associate professor of management in the Modern Academy of Management and Computer Science in Egypt and a visiting scholar in Oswego’s School of Business in 2012. 

ACPA, College Student Educators International, bestowed an award on Lisa Evaneski, associate dean of students and Title IX coordinator, at its annual convention March 30 in Indianapolis. She received the Outstanding Service to the Commission Award from ACPA’s Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues.

Biological sciences faculty member C. Eric Hellquist and his father, C. Barre Hellquist of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, this summer will extend the work they have done since 2008 in Yellowstone National Park to another national park in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, Grant Teton, under a grant from the University of Wyoming. The $4,875 award will support the Hellquists’ work with Grand Teton ecologist Kelly McCloskey as they inventory aquatic vascular plants—including invasive species—in the park’s lakes, rivers and wetlands. Work will include trace metal analysis of plants, in cooperation with earth sciences faculty member Paul Tomascak, as well as water chemistry analysis at the University of Michigan and plant specimen collection on behalf of herbaria at Grand Teton, Yellowstone and the University of Wyoming.

Bridget Jackson leads a tourJunior public relations major Bridget Jackson won a $5,000 Charlotte Kelly Veal Scholarship from the New York Women in Communications Foundation. The foundation awards 15 to 20 scholarships each year to undergraduate and graduate students and high school seniors who intend to pursue or further communications careers. Recipients will be recognized April 28 at the 2014 Matrix Awards at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel and are expected to appear as a group on NBC’s “Today” show that morning. Jackson currently interns for Oswego’s Office of Career Services running its #ozmystory social media campaign that shares visual stories from alumni and current students about their jobs, internships and other successful experiences. Jackson also is vice president of Oswego’s Public Relations Student Society of America and a tour guide for the Admissions Office. She is working on an honors thesis studying what factors make video and other content spread rapidly on the Internet.

Taejin Jung of the communication studies department and Donnalyn Pompper of Temple University are the authors of the article “Assessing Instrumentality of Mission Statements and Social-Financial Performance Links: Corporate Social Responsibility as Context” in the current issue of the International Journal of Strategic Communication. Jung’s research was funded by Oswego’s Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee. Although findings have been mixed among research on corporate mission statements’ connection to performance, Jung and Pompper found that looking for links in a corporate social responsibility context lends new significance to mission statement instrumentality. Their findings suggest that higher-performing corporations’ mission statements devoted greater attention to accommodation variable components, such as desired public image, concern for satisfying employees, and concern for relationships. Higher-performing corporations’ mission statements also attended more to advocacy variable components—addressing corporate concern for market/profit/product. Although findings do not definitively establish causality between mission statement and social/financial performance, discovering that higher-performing corporations attend more to stakeholders and to market/profit/product than lesser-performing corporations underscores mission statements’ instrumentality and represents a more nuanced means for investigating mission statement/performance linkages, they wrote.

Shashi Kanbur, professor of physics, presented two posters at the international Cosmic Distance Scale conference, held March 31 to April 2 at the Space Telescope Science Institute at the Johns Hopkins University. The posters were “Search and Follow-up of Ultra-Long Period Cepheids in M31” by C. Ngeow, C. Lee, S. Kanbur, B. Barrett, D. O Neill, H. Hsiao, C. Lin and W. Ip and “The Calibration of Near-infrared Galactic Cepheid Period-Luminosity Relations and a Distance to the LMC” by A. Bharadwaj, S. Kanbur, H. Singh, L. Macri and C. Ngeow. The posters involve collaborations with researchers at the National Central University in Taiwan, University of Delhi, Texas A&M University and SUNY undergraduates. The latter poster represents the culmination of data taken over a three-year period using National Optical Astronomy Observatory facilities in Chile initiated by Kanbur’s startup funds at Oswego and represents, perhaps, an interesting new approach to reducing the errors on the distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud, he said. It is also part of the Joint Center for the Analysis of Variable Star Data for which Oswego is the lead U.S. institution. The first poster involves undergraduates who participated in the SUNY Oswego Global Laboratory funded by the National Science Foundation’s International Research Experiences for Students program. In addition, Kanbur’s application to be on the Transient and Variable Star Working Group of the Large Scale Survey Telescope, a $17 million project at the University of Washington and the California Institute of Technology, has been approved. The National Science Foundation has declared the LSST a national science priority, Kanbur said.

David Owens paintingTwo Oswego students were among undergraduates from State University of New York and City University of New York campuses across the state who showcased their research and creative activity April 1 at the Innovative Exploration Forum at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Students from 47 SUNY and CUNY colleges presented more than 100 poster displays highlighting their research and creative activity in a range of academic disciplines. Alexa Lucera, an anthropology student working with anthropology faculty members Kathleen Blake and Douglas Pippin, presented a poster titled “A Morphological Analysis of Subadult Sciatic Notch Development.” David Owens, (pictured) a studio art major, presented his work “Twelve in Oswego: An Artistic Interpretation of Time and Place,” which was advised by Richard Metzgar of the art faculty. Owens’ oil painting “January-Bridge Street” is currently featured in the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center’s “Made in New York” exhibit, on view at the Auburn gallery through May 25.

Sarfraz Mian, professor and chair of the management and marketing department in the School of Business, will be the lead guest editor of The Journal of Technology Transfer, published by Springer. This special issue (in volume 40) will focus on universities’ organized support for startups via technology business incubation mechanisms to realize sustainable regional development.

Hong Wan of the accounting, finance and law department in the School of Business has co-authored an article in the International Review of Financial Analysis with Lerong He of SUNY Brockport and Xin Zhou of Fudan University. The article is titled “How Are Political Connections Valued in China? Evidence from Market Reaction to CEO Succession.” Also, a paper by He and Wan, “IPO Lockups, Founder Power, and Executive Compensation,” published last year in the International Journal of Managerial Finance, has been selected by the journal’s editorial team as the outstanding paper of 2013. The team noted that “we aim to increase dissemination of such a high quality article as much as possible and aim to promote [the] paper by making it freely available for one year.” See related story on Wan’s research accomplishments.

An article titled “Predicting the Default Characteristics of Microfinance Borrowers in Turkey: A Probit Analysis” by Eyub Yegen, a senior majoring in finance and applied mathematical economics, has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Business and Social Science. He will present his research results Aug. 4 in Boston at the Business and Economic Statistics Section of the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings, the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America. In addition, he is invited to serve as a referee for an article submitted to the Journal of Applied Statistics.


In Memoriam

Michael J. Taylor, 57, former lieutenant in the University Police Department, died April 1 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.



Sun Apr 06, 2014
Three-band bill set for SAPB concert April 26

The Student Association Programming Board’s spring concert will feature a triple-headed rock bill of We the Kings, Motion City Soundtrack and Say Anything on Saturday, April 26, in the Campus Center arena.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the concert set to start at 7 p.m.

We the Kings have scored hits with songs including “Check Yes Juliet,” “Secret Valentine,” “We’ll Be a Dream,” “Heaven Can Wait” and “Say You Like Me”—the latter also winning an MTV Video Music Award for Innovative Music Video of the Year. Their two most recent albums, “Sunshine State of Mind” and “Somewhere Somehow” made the top 5 Billboard Alternative Albums and top 50 overall Billboard Albums.

Motion City Soundtrack first gained notice with their single and video for “The Future Freaks Me Out” in 2003 from their debut album “I Am the Movie.” Subsequent albums did well, including two albums—“Even If It Kills Me” and “My Dinosaur Life”—cracking the Billboard Album chart’s top 20.

Hitting the road in advance of its summer release, “Hebrews,” a follow-up to its successful 2012 album “Anarchy, My Dear,” Say Anything has built a strong following from selling nearly a half-million copies of its four previous records and wide-ranging touring schedule.

Tickets cost $20 ($10 for SUNY Oswego students with ID) and are available from campus box offices or online at tickets.oswego.edu.



Fri Apr 04, 2014
Once 'extremely shy,' Michelle Winkelman blossoms as leader, scholar

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet junior sociology major Michelle Winkelman, who has reinvented the introverted girl she was in high school, and is now interested in leadership, activism and a career in a helping profession.

Michelle WinkelmanQ. Where are you from?
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I was born and raised in Westchester County, right outside the city. My hometown is West Harrison.

Q. Why did you choose SUNY Oswego?
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I didn’t stand out much in my high school. I was extremely shy. It seemed a lot of people were doing way more than me and participating in clubs. A lot of people from my high school were going to Ivy League colleges. I saw SUNY Oswego and I loved the atmosphere of the campus, and I realized nobody else from my high school was going here. I thought it would be a good idea to start fresh—a clean slate, as they call it.

Q. How have you rewritten the slate for yourself?
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It was almost like finding myself again when I got to Oswego. I started to realize my identity as soon as I came here. I definitely feel that participating in class and getting to know my professors has really helped me grow as a student. My professor, Dr. William Rose, suggested I should become involved in the Sociology Club. He said, “I noticed you have a lot of good ideas.” So I did. And I’ll be president of the Sociology Club next year.

Q. What are your goals as president of the Sociology Club?
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We don’t have many members—it’s not a very well-known club. Many people don’t even know what sociology is. So I want to put flyers up, speak in front of every sociology class and encourage sociology majors to come to the club. We host documentaries on campus. This year we did “The Dark Side of Chocolate”—unfair trade in Africa that enslaves children to feed our chocolate addiction—and another on violence against women in India. We managed to get a lot of people to come to that. I’m hoping to do more. We also fundraise for conferences.

Q. Have you attended any conferences?
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I went to a conference in Baltimore last semester, the Eastern Sociological Society. I presented on global activism and invisible labor, like nannies who don’t have unions and rights like other employees would have. It’s a research study with other members of the Sociology Club.

Q. Are you doing a presentation at Quest (today)?
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Yes. It’s on (Thorstein) Veblen’s sociological theory of conspicuous consumption. He’s talking about how capitalism is wasting our resources and how maximizing profit isn’t for the good of the people, it’s for the good of the corporations.

Q. Why did you choose to major in sociology?
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I do like to study other cultures, because I felt Westchester is not exactly the most diverse county. I’m really leaning toward helping people—I want to go into human services. I minor in public justice. My mom works in the courthouse near our town, and she used to always talk about all the injustices that happen to people in places like child protective services, which I believe really needs to be completely reformed. I think the prison system needs to be reformed, as well; the prisoners are not being rehabilitated, and they’re getting out of prison and then going right back into the system. I want to break that cycle.

Q. What other things are you involved in?
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I was doing Adopt-a-Grandparent at St. Luke’s. I was a volunteer at a nature center near my house for about two years. That taught me general responsibility and communication with strangers, because I would have to supervise them while they handled domestic and wild animals, and I had to be very careful, especially with the snakes. I go to the animal shelter at home and walk dogs. I worked at a law firm for my family friend organizing things—I just love organizing, that’s a huge part of me. And I love to swim. I thought last semester, “Why aren’t I a lifeguard?” So I’m getting certified at the end of May to be a lifeguard.

Q. Have you thought about internships yet?
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Yes. My mom talked to the head of probation in White Plains, and he is actually a graduate from here. He asked me if I’d be interested in interning in the sex offender department, and I said yes—hopefully two days a week, since I’ll be lifeguarding.

Q. What can you tell us about your family?
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My parents are stenographers, formerly known as court reporters—they type to record everything in court. That’s how they met. My dad is retired. I have an older brother at the University of Rochester. I have two cats, Creampuff and Hazel, and a hermit crab. The cats are just like dogs. I taught Hazel to high-five and roll over ... when she feels like it.



Thu Apr 03, 2014
Boyer wins NSF grant to probe mass-extinction puzzle

Earth sciences faculty member and paleontologist Diana Boyer has received a three-year, $52,000 National Science Foundation grant to advance understanding of a mass extinction whose evidence lies in ancient layers of black shale in Western New York and Eastern Ohio.

Diana Boyer and Amanda Snyder check samples of dissolved black shaleThe collaborative grant, coupled with another for University of California, Riverside, will allow scientists and students to benefit from each institution’s high-tech equipment and expertise in paleontology and geochemistry to assemble new pieces of a longstanding puzzle: What caused the mass die-off in the Appalachian Basin sea about 375 million years ago?

Boyer said the project will rely on a centimeter-by-centimeter investigation of shale strata, comparing data on five Devonian extinction events—an approach made possible by state-of-the-art analytical techniques at Oswego and in California. A key is identifying trace elements that can potentially indicate what it was about the chemistry of the ocean at that time—in particular, oxygen levels—that could have served as the kill mechanism of this mass extinction.

“From the chemistry of the rocks, we can tell what was happening with the ocean’s oxygen level,” Boyer said. “We are trying to capture even small-scale changes by looking at the signals at the elemental level.”

The importance of investigating prehistoric die-offs is significant in light of human-inflicted ocean inputs—adding nutrients from garbage, pollutants from runoff and so on—that result in reduced oxygen and can reach a threshold where conditions are past recovery, she said.

“Probably the biggest significance (of understanding mass extinction) is how oxygen stress affects ocean life, given what we as humans are doing to coastal waters today,” Boyer said.

Student opportunities

Providing further clues to what happened in the Late Devonian die-off, the college’s Varian ICP-MS (inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer) and UCRiverside’s equipment and techniques for analyzing biomarkers in dissolved samples of rock will probe geochemical similarities and differences across several mass-extinction events.

“I am extremely excited about the grant,” Boyer said. “This is an amazing opportunity for me and for students to work with significant resources from the National Science Foundation on significant questions.”

One student, senior biology major and geology minor Amber Snyder, already has started with the project, analyzing dissolved samples of rock from earlier trips to exposed shale beds in Western New York.

“I got trained on an ICP-MS—that’s something many graduate students don’t get to do. I got that opportunity as an undergraduate, and I’m very happy about that,” said Snyder, who is leaning toward environmental sustainability with a focus on limnology (study of freshwater lakes) when she enters graduate school.

Boyer said another student, Juanita Diaz, will accompany her on a sample-gathering trip to another geological site west of Cleveland this summer.

The University of California, Riverside’s collaborative grant of $206,000 for the project will support significantly more expensive analysis there, as well as a K-12 program among young students—many from underrepresented ethnic groups—to interest and train them in the sciences.

PHOTO CAPTION: Puzzle pieces—SUNY Oswego earth sciences faculty member Diana Boyer and senior biology major Amber Snyder check samples of dissolved black shale that may hold clues to what caused a mass extinction about 375 million years ago. The work, here involving the college’s inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, is part of a $52,000 National Science Foundation grant in collaboration with recipients of a second grant at University of California, Riverside.



Thu Apr 03, 2014
Friedman, Wan earn top college awards for research

Barry A. Friedman, professor of management in the School of Business and author of more than 35 peer-reviewed articles on topics as diverse as corporate reputation and parents’ school satisfaction, is this year’s recipient of the SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.

The Provost’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, recognizing research excellence within the recipient’s first six years at the college, goes to another School of Business faculty member, Hong Wan, assistant professor of accounting.

Barry A. Friedman

Barry FriedmanA faculty member in the School of Business since 2003, Friedman drew praise from colleagues near and far for his research productivity and quality, leadership in creating a culture of scholarship in the School of Business, influence in the classroom and in mentored partnerships encouraging student research, expertise in statistical analysis and the broad impact of his work in human resource management, economics, psychology and higher education.

Dean Richard Skolnik wrote in support of the award that Friedman “has been a catalyst for enhancing scholarship in the school and the college.” Skolnik pointed out that Friedman co-chairs the college’s Human Subjects Committee, overseeing rigorous ethical standards for research; has chaired the School of Business’ Intellectual Contributions Committee, encouraging and assisting research among colleagues; and serves as editorial board member of the Business Research Consortium—comprised of institutions accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—where Friedman has “encouraged wide participation within the School of Business and across the region.”

Ashraf M. Attia of the management and marketing faculty, who wrote the letter of nomination, noted that Friedman’s publications have come in such respected journals as Journal of Applied Business and Economics, Industrial Relations and Business Communications Quarterly, and among his 19 conference presentations are those at the Academy of Management.

“Dr. Friedman’s excellent research has not detracted from his teaching and service accomplishments,” Attia wrote. “He has demonstrated a strong passion for his students’ learning and a high level of course design creativity that fits students’ new styles of learning.”

A past recipient of the campus President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Friedman teaches courses in organizational behavior as well as human resource management. He has mentored—and sometimes co-authored with—many student researchers, and serves as adviser to the student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management.

Friedman has 25 years of industry experience in human resources development and management with ExxonMobil, Xerox and Harris Interactive. He also has taught in Singapore, Turkey and Japan, and collaborated with researchers across the globe. He has doctoral and master’s degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from Ohio State University.

Hong Wan

Hong WanWan joined the Oswego faculty in 2008 and has eight refereed publications in respected journals. He is the current chair of the business school’s Intellectual Contributions Committee.

With research interests spanning initial public offerings, the statistical mechanics of financial processes and the effects of power relationships on corporate governance, Wan has researched and written or co-authored articles on what drives the underpricing of IPOs backed by venture capital, analysis of stock liquidity and “earnings smoothing,” and “exploring the black box” of executive compensation following IPOs in relation to the power of executives such as Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs.

“While building his impressive research portfolio, Dr. Wan has made himself into a highly valued colleague at SUNY Oswego,” Dean Crawford, professor of accounting, wrote in nominating Wan for the award. “He is one of the best-loved finance instructors in the School of Business and receives consistently high ratings from students.”

Wan has given invited talks and seminars in his native China and across the United States. His and co-authors’ research presentations include appearances at more than 20 economic and finance association conferences, from Pingyao to Shanghai, Denver to Chicago and Bangkok to Cape Town.

“In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Wan has been very supportive of students and other faculty,” wrote Skolnik in support of Wan’s award. “He has been the faculty host for a number of visiting scholars, which has resulted in two co-authored, peer-reviewed journal articles. He has mentored 12 students for Quest research presentations and has advised students for the Charter Financial Analyst research challenge.”

Wan received his doctorate in finance at the University of South Florida and his MBA from Virginia Tech. Don Flagg, a former colleague at South Florida and co-author of the article on IPO underpricing, pointed out that among Wan’s honors is acceptance of a paper titled “Do Shareholders Have a Say on Corporate Responsibility Decisions? Evidence from Toxic Release Data” as a semifinalist for Best Paper in Corporate Finance at the annual meeting this fall of the influential Financial Management Association International.



Thu Apr 03, 2014
Delaney, co-author publish book advocating 'thrivability'

Sociology chair Tim Delaney and co-author Tim Madigan of St. John Fisher College’s philosophy department take on some of today’s most difficult socio-philosophical issues—overpopulation, biodiversity and climate change—in a new book titled “Beyond Sustainability: A Thriving Environment.”

Tim Delaney by Lake OntarioThe 236-page softcover book from McFarland & Co. makes the case for a heightened level of cooperation among individuals, corporations and groups to stave off the next mass extinction, which the authors, biologists and other theorists say may already be in progress and accelerating due to humanity’s failed stewardship of the planet.

“The environment is already compromised,” Delaney said. “Why would you want to ‘sustain’ that? We need to move beyond that notion to ‘thrivability.’ Thrivability is realizing we can’t just try to maintain—we have to change our behaviors dramatically.”

Delaney said he and Madigan—who have teamed on an earlier book about environmental sustainability and another on the sociology of sports—support sincere sustainability efforts, but urge embracing new ways of thinking about the interconnectedness of ecosystems, people and governments now and in ensuing generations.

The co-authors were among scholars at the 2011 Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Societal Sustainability in Hamilton, New Zealand. They noted in the book’s preface the deep-rooted sense of guardianship New Zealand’s native Maori show in their intimately natural way of life.

“One thing you learn quickly in rural New Zealand is everything is considered sacred, and maybe that is the way all people should treat the environment, as sacred,” they wrote.

The co-authors both have begun teaching courses in environmental ethics and stewardship, citing education and environmental activism as prime movers for the culture shift they said needs to happen away from petrochemicals, plastics, harmful agricultural practices, deforestation, food waste and other factors they believe are compounding nature’s own forces moving Earth toward mass extinction.

“Sustainability is a great start—at least we are doing something,” Delaney said. “But we need to go beyond it.”

PHOTO CAPTION: ‘Thrivability’ endorsed—Tim Delaney, chair of sociology (pictured), and Tim Madigan of St. John Fisher College, write of many hazards to biodiversity and human life—including threats to the neighboring Great Lakes, the world’s largest source of fresh water—in their new book, “Beyond Sustainability: A Thriving Environment.”



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