Campus Update

Mon Dec 01, 2014
New strategic plan launched online

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

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

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

Planning team charts college’s future

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

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

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

Mon Dec 01, 2014

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Wed Nov 26, 2014
School of Education praised in accreditation renewal

The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education has granted continued accreditation to Oswego’s School of Education for the next seven years. The accreditation board did not cite any areas of concern or areas for improvement.

Discussion during NCATE accreditation visitThe school met all six standards for both initial and advanced teacher preparation at undergraduate and graduate levels. Moreover, the team of reviewers indicated that Oswego excelled in and performed beyond expectations in all of the standards, including the self-identified area of excellence on field experience and clinical practice.

James G. Cibulka, president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, which is succeeding NCATE, wrote college President Deborah F. Stanley to confirm the accreditation formally.

“This accreditation decision indicates that the unit and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community,” he wrote. “Special congratulations are in order because the commission cited no areas for improvement relative to any of the standards.”

NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in primary and secondary student learning.

President Stanley congratulated Pam Michel, interim dean, and the School of Education on this “incredible validation from NCATE.” She added, “It acknowledges the tremendous effort and success achieved not only by the faculty, staff and students within the school but by collaborators in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on campus and in schools in Oswego and Onondaga counties and beyond as well. Oswego’s exceptional professional standing in teacher preparation honors our college’s legacy in this field.”

Before the NCATE review of the entire school, all of Oswego’s subject area programs had been nationally recognized by their respective specialized professional associations, which evaluated the individual programs.

“Institutions aspire to have all their programs nationally recognized,” explained Joggeshwar “Jogy” Das, associate dean for assessment and accreditation. “We achieved 100 percent success. Education preparation programs across the country know that it is not an easy accomplishment.”

Michel said the NCATE board of examiners commended the school’s outstanding faculty, staff and candidates, thoroughness of the School Partnership Showcase and large participation, the beauty of the campus, the hospitality, and the involvement of the entire college family as well as the college’s partners they met from elementary and secondary schools.

Among aspects of Oswego’s teacher education program that came in for special praise were the school’s commitment to diversity and social justice, exemplary opportunities for candidates to use reflection as a means for professional growth, the hiring of an associate dean for assessment and accreditation, the faculty’s active engagement in inquiry and involving students in their research, the Campus Teacher Education Network, the effective use of assessment, the Teaching Resource Center in Penfield Library, and the $42 million in facilities renovations that will improve programs in each of the school’s six departments.

The school’s next accreditation is scheduled for 2021 and will be under the new Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation standards.

Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers legacy (NCATE) accreditation. More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

PHOTO CAPTION: Collaboration on display—During the NCATE visit, the review team members had the opportunity to meet and talk with the School of Education’s many community partners and collaborators at the School Partnership Showcase. Here, Linda Griffin (left), chair of the NCATE review team, hears from two partners from area schools, Phoenix School District Superintendent Judy Belfield (center) and Robyn Proud (speaking), vice principal of Oswego Middle School.

Wed Nov 26, 2014

Julia D’Rozario, a student double majoring in physics and cinema screen studies with a minor in astronomy and a concentration in physics, gave an invited talk at Nano Rising, the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and Center for Nanohybrid Functional Materials Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences, held Nov. 6 to 8 at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. D’Rozario presented “Capillary Condensation Transitions for Cylindrical Geometry,” a topic she worked on under a Student-Faculty Challenge Grant last summer with Carolina Ilie, associate professor of physics.

Carolina Ilie, associate professor of physics, attended the SUNY 4E Network of Excellence Fall Charette Conference held Oct. 26 and 27 at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. She was invited as one of the recipients of the SUNY 4E grant titled “Smart Magnetic Materials for Energy Conversion.” She obtained the grant in collaboration with SUNY University of Buffalo, Alfred College and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany. Hao Zeng from the University of Buffalo physics department was principal investigator for the grant. Each team presented the progress done on the research. Students Martin Dann and Dylan McIntyre were summer research assistants of Ilie working on the project. SUNY 4E refers to key considerations in energy, environment, education and economics.

Group of physics studentsSeveral faculty members and students attended the 41st annual Fall Scientific Paper Session of the Rochester Academy of Science, hosted Nov. 15 by the SUNY College at Brockport:
* Shashi Kanbur and Dale Zych of the physics department led a team of physics students who were trained by Kanbur and Carolina Ilie to the conference. Daniel Wysocki presented “Morphology of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds Using Fundamental Mode Cepheids.” His co-authors were Sukanta Deb, Kanbur and Harinder P. Singh. Gabriel Lauffer Ramos presented “Conditional Entropy Method to Detect Periods on Variable Stars.” His co-authors were Earl Bellinger, Matthew Granham, Ashish Mahabal and Kanbur. Also presented was the poster “CSTAR Analysis at Delhi University, India” by Michael Leone, Kenneth Roffo, Kanbur, Singh and Lucas Macri. Julia D’Rozario presented the poster “Capillary Condensation Transitions for Cylindrical Geometry,” co-authored by Ilie. Mozart Guedes Duarte presented the poster “Capillary Condensation: Wedge-like Geometry,” co-authored by Ilie. Ana Maria Bender Seidenfuss das Neves presented “U.S.A. and Brazil: How to Increase the Vitality in STEM Fields,” co-authored by Ilie. Martin Dann and Dylan McIntyre presented “Energy Conversion: Smart Magnetic Nanomaterials,” co-authored by Ilie. Mateusz Zuba presented “Adsorption of Water on Poly(methylmethacrylate).” His co-authors were Patrick Howard, Brian Familo, Thorin Kane, Ross Netusil and Ilie. Pictured are, first row from left, Ramos and Seidenfuss das Neves; second row, McIntyre, Zuba, Dann and D’Rozario; and third row, Wysocki and Guedes Duarte.
* Thirteen ecology research students working with Eric Hellquist of the biological sciences faculty presented their research as part of the conference poster session. Roodline Cineus presented her study of unusual aquatic tree hole communities in the canopies German forests. Fieldwork for this project was conducted during summer 2014 as part of a field team led by Oswego biological sciences alumna Anastasia Roberts who is now a doctoral student at the Freie Universitat Berlin in Germany. Faith Page and Samantha Manicone described their fieldwork studying an important peatland habitat in Oswego County that is being invaded by the narrow-leaved cattail. The cattail invasion of this wetland has implications for habitat structure, species diversity and the globally rare bog buckmoth that resides at the site. Kristen Harrigan, Angelo Messina and Austin O’Neill collaborated with Paul Tomascak of the atmospheric and geological sciences department to study levels of trace metals and ionic composition of waters in the Rice Creek and Glimmerglass Lagoon watersheds using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and ion chromatography techniques. Lora Benjou and Erin Earl collected plastic debris from four sites in Oswego and Cayuga County and systematically characterized the abundance and diversity of plastic waste washing onto the shoreline of southeastern Lake Ontario. Samantha Boben and Mackenzie Stone-Sweeting presented their experiments that tested how leaf age and chemical defenses influence herbivory by freshwater crustaceans on two aquatic plant species. Katrina Debaun, Allyssa Swilley and Katherine Hilburger presented their work on a continuing project that is describing black-legged tick abundance and the presence of the Lyme disease bacterium at Rice Creek Field Station as related to small mammal populations.
* Students presented two posters sponsored and co-authored by biological sciences faculty member Karen Sime. Robert Harney presented the research poster “Characteristics Related to the Prevalence of Lyme Disease in Dogs in Oneida County, New York.” Carrie Preston presented the research poster “Territorial and Defensive Behavior in the Larval Stages of the European Grapevine Moth (Tortricidae: Lobesia botrana).”

Shashi Kanbur, professor of physics, is the co-author with a number of other members of the Kepler Working Group on Variable Stars of a paper that has just been published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Titled “Kepler Photometry of RRc Stars: Peculiar Double-mode Pulsations and Period Doubling,” it finds period doubling for the first time in first overtone RR Lyrae stars.

Tim Nekritz and Alyssa Levenberg present at Confab Higher EdJunior communication major Alyssa Levenberg, pictured on screen and right and Tim Nekritz, left, the college’s director of web communication and associate director of public affairs, presented “Student Stories and Content Strategy: ‘Alyssa Explains It All’ to Prospective Students” at Confab Higher Ed, held Nov. 5 and 6 in Atlanta. The largest higher education web content strategy conference featured their presentation with a video livestream and recording slot. They discussed Oswego’s student blogging project, Levenberg’s “Alyssa Explains It All” video blogging series (now in its third year) and efforts where current students answer questions from potential students via videos, blogs and other social media. In addition, Nekritz and Ma’ayan Plaut, manager of social strategy and projects at Oberlin College, facilitated a conference-closing discussion on social media community management.

K. Brad Wray, professor of philosophy, has published a
, “Older Scientists Get Their Due,” in a recent issue of the journal Science.

Wed Nov 26, 2014
'Arts corridor' takes shape with banners, sculptures

Sail-like banners of paintings, photos and prints fly high on the face of Penfield Library after crews put four of them up recently to heighten awareness of the arts—and of an art department dispersed around campus by the closing of Tyler Hall for renovation.

Art banners on walls of Penfield Library“The art department’s kind of scattered,” said Cynthia Clabough, art department chair. “We’re in Lanigan and Wilber and Hewitt Union. Tyler Art Gallery is in the library and Oswego State Downtown and the (SUNY Oswego) Metro Center. We thought, ‘What can we do to make sure the arts are in front of people?’”

The campaign so far has planted a sculpture garden near the Marano Campus Center and four banners on Penfield Library, with four more to come on Lanigan Hall’s facade.

“The timing was right,” Clabough said. “That made it easier for the campus public to imagine what public art can do for a sense of community. I hope it will start to create a sense of an arts corridor.”

Clabough designed the 10- by 18-foot banners, and Tyler Art Gallery Director Michael Flanagan sold the concept to campus constituencies. An art department faculty member created each of the works gracing Penfield’s banners: Facing the library from the quad, the artists of each are, from left to right, painter Chris McEvoy, photographer Julieve Jubin, printmaker and graphic designer Kelly Roe and mixed-media artist Juan Perdiguero.

“The artists in our department all are worthy, so it took me a while to get the right mix of imagery,” Clabough said. “I wanted to attain a balance of realism with abstraction. I tried to intermix them so they flow, like hanging artwork for a show.”

The bottom of each banner calls attention to the new Tyler Art Gallery at Penfield, located on the library’s second floor. The Lanigan banners, each designed by a graphic artist, will herald the home of the graphic arts program inside the building. QR codes on each banner send the viewer to the web for more information about exhibitions.

The banners are made of a blended, meshed material developed to withstand Oswego’s harsh weather and strong winds. Edited in Photoshop, high-resolution raw camera files made their way onto the banners using inkjet printing—picture a very large printer—at The Image Press in Syracuse.

The art department hopes to maintain a presence for banners moving into the future, rotating them to keep a fresh look and allow other faculty to exhibit.

PHOTO CAPTION: Heights of artistry—New 10- by 18-foot banners lend color to Penfield Library’s facade, calling attention to Tyler Art Gallery inside the building and to the arts generally. Cynthia Clabough, art department chair, said she hopes the banners and nearby sculpture garden will begin to create a sense of an “arts corridor” on campus.

Wed Nov 26, 2014
Love for counseling has deep roots for compassionate Angel Levy

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Angel Levy, a graduate student in the mental health counseling program who has worked with many students in their most challenging times. The experience has made him more certain than ever about his career path.

Angel LevyQ. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the Bronx. Most people do say THE Bronx, still. I live about five or six transit stops from Yankee Stadium.

Q. How did you develop an interest in mental health counseling?
When I was young I was bullied a lot. I was always picked on. After having no voice through middle school and then finding my voice in high school, I realized how powerful my voice could be when I really tried to help other people. Working with an adviser during high school, I was helping my peers with their FAFSAs, financial aid applications, as well as reading and editing all of their college essays. Even before that I developed a really strong and close circle of friends. I had always been, I’d say, the centerpiece of the circle, the leader. I noticed that people just naturally gravitated to me and I didn’t know why. They just felt comfortable sharing the deepest things with me. After that I knew I had to do something in terms of helping other people.

Q. What is your undergraduate degree?
I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in sociology from SUNY Oswego.

Q. Why did you choose this college?
My Mom wanted me to go away; she did not want me to stay in the city. I’m very grateful for that. I had read that Oswego had a very good psychology program and that they got a lot of snow. I love snow! Also, EOP (the Educational Opportunity Program) was a huge reason I chose this school. Since my start at Oswego, EOP has been my support system. I have been a peer leader since 2011 for the EOP summer program. For summer 2014, I proposed a graduate assistantship, and I filled that position this summer. I did a lot more behind-the-scenes work and I got the joy of overseeing the peer leaders.

Q. What have you found in your graduate program that has really engaged you?
The focus on experience-based learning. It’s really focused on actually counseling: with your peers, in an off-campus setting or on-campus site. It’s practice, practice, practice, while still learning the theory and the different approaches and watching other people counseling. It’s about what you can do in the chair.

Q. What do you think of your professors in the program?
They have been nothing but supportive. If I ever was confused or needed more clarification, my professors always go above and beyond, because the most important thing to them is that I get it. I know if I’ve had a rough situation in terms of a client consultation that I need professional help to deal with, they always have been very open and readily available. ... Michael Mullen, the academic planning counselor in EOP, really has been there for me from the beginning. He is like the father that I didn’t have growing up. He’s a licensed mental health counselor who really pushed me to (apply for) the program.

Q. Where have you done your experiential learning?
I did my practicum at CreekSide Counseling for 300 hours. Now I’m in an internship at the Counseling Services Center for 600 hours. I do crisis hours, too, so if a student needs to talk with someone right then and there, we have people on call if there’s no appointment. I also get to shadow—do dual therapy where I get to sit in the room with a professional if the student is comfortable.

Q. Have you been surprised by the range of issues that you see?
Everybody has so many things that they deal with in life. I wouldn’t use the word “surprised” when somebody walks in and they drop a “bomb,” so to speak, something heavy.  I would be prepared for anything, whether it’s grief or loss of a family member or friend, relationship-related issues, or if it’s anxiety, panic attacks, transitioning in from high school, self-discovery. I have to say I’m very grateful for my friends here and my friends back at home. Going into this program, I gave them a heads-up and said that if I have a really hard day, “Guys, I’m going to really need you,” because self-care is my number one. My friends have always been extremely supportive, amazing.

Q. What’s next for you?
I have a good year left in the program. I haven’t thought too specifically about it. But the good thing is there are employers who have been seeking me out. That has been really nice, very humbling. My heart tells me that I need to work with students, counsel students. If I did that, I wouldn’t be working a day in my life, I’d be doing what I love.

Q. What can you tell us about your family?
I would describe my family as full of energy. Growing up, things were pretty tight in terms of money, but we always managed as a family to make it through. I inspired my Mom (Joyceline Martinez) to go back to college, and she just got her bachelor’s from Lehman College in the Bronx. My sister (Sabrina Ramos), we have our fights as brothers and sisters do, but we’re very close. She’s finishing high school and thinking about where to go and I’m trying to help her with that.

Q. What are your off-hours interests?
I like to write. I also like playing video games—they don’t run my life, but I like the social aspect, just being around my friends. I’ve done a lot of research trying to understand how therapeutic a video game can be. I’m writing up some stuff and getting my notes together on what it does when we all get together and support each other. I think, “How would this look in a group counseling setting, the types of relationships and dynamics that could form from that?”

Wed Nov 26, 2014
December grads prepare for next stage

The more than 500 students eligible for December graduation ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 13, took many roads to SUNY Oswego and acquired experiences to follow many paths after.

Wed Nov 26, 2014
New book combines basic science, politics of energy

Faculty members Lisa Glidden of political science and Tim Braun of chemistry filled a gap in the resources for a course they co-teach on the politics of energy by literally writing the book on it.

Tim Braun and Lisa Glidden with book“Understanding Energy and Energy Policy” will start shipping Dec. 9. The 209-page book aims to be “a one-stop resource for understanding the complexities of energy policy and the science behind the utilization of energy resources,” according to the publisher, Zed Books.

A reviewer, Karen Litfin of the University of Washington and an author in the sustainability field, said of the book, “If education is the safeguard of democracy, this book offers not only a first-rate intellectual synthesis but also a vital political contribution.”

Glidden likes the quote, because it’s at the heart of the main reason she and Braun—the two not only partner in a course and now a byline, they partner in marriage—wrote the book.

“We already know there’s no sustained policy that comes out of a crisis,” she said. “What we are hoping is that an informed, engaged citizenry will start asking these kinds of questions of their representatives and start demanding certain kinds of energy policies.”

The idea for a book on energy policymaking combined with the basic science behind energy sources—nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels, hydropower and fossil fuels—came about as Glidden and SUNY Oswego physics faculty member Alok Kumar developed and co-taught the course “Comparative Energy Policy.” They found multidisciplinary resources lacking.

Additionally, Glidden realized that most books dealing with energy policy were America-centric, and she wanted to do country case studies to take a more global approach.

With Kumar busy on two other book contracts, Braun—who had been answering many questions at home for his wife about science—took over as co-teacher and eventually as co-author. At an International Studies Conference, Glidden said, she described their idea to a representative of Zed Books, and the publisher enthusiastically endorsed it.

Rich mix

There is a chapter on each major class of resource, featuring a rich mix of simply stated scientific explanations, alternative technologies within each resource, U.S. issues and policy, case studies of several other nations and a conclusion that sets the terms for potential solutions that include the resource.

The book does not try to incite controversy, but the authors acknowledge there are many hot-button issues in global energy policymaking, including global warming and hydrofracking. Braun said there was “a little bit” of contention even on the home front.

“We have the same end point, but subtly different factors that we weigh to get there,” he smiled.

The cross-discipline course they teach is no different. Science students see a problem, work hard to reach a solution then, as Braun said, wonder why the government “can’t just go out and spend $2 trillion on all these solar projects.” Political science students see the barriers, nuances and practicalities of policy development, Glidden said.

Energy policy is full of questions, they said: What should the energy mix be to reduce dependency on fossil fuels? What about lesser-known alternatives such as deep-heat geothermal that relies on drilling for miles to access the heat stored within the Earth’s crust? Or solar-thermal storage, where 2 square kilometers of mirrors focus on a 5-square-meter point to boil water for steam-generated electricity that can be stored? And with political gridlock in Washington, is it hopeless to sort through all the alternatives and the issues in a deliberative way to arrive at policies?

“I don’t think it’s hopeless,” Glidden said. “What would give them traction would be people actually advocating for something based on solid understanding. People have a lot more power than they imagine, and we really have abdicated it for a long time.”

Glidden and Braun hope their book interests students, but also potentially a mass market.

“We tried to write it as down-to-earth as possible and not bury people in technical jargon,” Braun said.

PHOTO CAPTION: Energy primer—The husband-and-wife team of Tim Braun of the chemistry faculty, right, and Lisa Glidden of political science wrote “Understanding Energy and Energy Policy,” a book combining the basic science of energy sources—from wind to fossil fuels, from hydropower to solar power—and a global look at policymaking approaches and practicalities.

Tue Nov 25, 2014
Toy drive underway to brighten holiday for county kids

The college community is running its 27th annual toy drive in an effort to make sure each child in Oswego County has a gift to open during the holiday season.

The drive typically garners 500 to 600 gifts and donations used to purchase dozens more.

An employee volunteer in each campus building helps coordinate the effort, which operates in conjunction with Oswego County’s Department of Social Services for the benefit of needy families.

Students look at ornaments with names on Toy Drive treeTrees have sprouted up in buildings around campus with paper ornaments bearing children’s first names and relevant information. Faculty, staff and students are invited to pick an ornament, purchase a gift and return the ornament attached to the unwrapped gift in time for one of the two campus collections, Dec. 12 and 19.

Alternatively, monetary donations may be sent to Casey Walpole in Room 301 of Culkin Hall (checks made out to SUNY Oswego Toy Drive).

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PHOTO CAPTION: Spirit of the season—In the Marano Campus Center, students Alain Pierre-Lys, left, a junior majoring in communication and social interaction, and Adam Wilmot, a junior economics major, consider what gifts to buy for local children during the college’s 27th annual toy drive.

Tue Nov 25, 2014
Public broadcasting leader to speak at December graduation

The December commencement ceremony on Dec. 13 will feature as speaker an alumnus of the college who brought an entrepreneurial spirit to public broadcasting that is transforming the field.

Robert J. DainoAs president and chief executive officer of WCNY Public Media since 2005, Robert J. Daino has launched a number of groundbreaking projects, including Centralcast, which makes the Syracuse-based station a hub for public broadcasting content in the Northeast.

The first collaboration of its kind within the PBS system, Centralcast delivers content for all public broadcasting stations in New York and New Jersey as well as Philadelphia, Charlotte and many other stations across the country, reaching more than 20 percent of the nation’s PBS viewers.

Under Daino’s leadership, WCNY has grown to five digital broadcast television channels and three digital radio channels. Its television and radio producers create more local programming—much of it award winning—than two-thirds of other public media nationwide. And it is the only station in the national PBS system of nearly 175 stations to have eliminated televised pledge breaks, giving WCNY’s 1.8 million viewers an additional 330 hours of programming annually.

In April, WCNY was chosen as CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity’s Not-for-Profit Business of the Year.

Community focus

WCNY built its new Broadcast and Education Center in Syracuse’s Near Westside neighborhood and is now an anchor for the revitalization of this once-vibrant industrial district. The new facility is a model of green technology. WCNY is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification at the platinum level, the nation’s highest green standard.

The public station’s new headquarters includes another industry groundbreaking initiative: a state-of-the-art Education Center. It offers a variety of hands-on programs for area secondary school students, including Enterprise America, which gives students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge while running businesses in a simulated city.

A native of Syracuse, Daino earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science at Oswego in 1986. He began his professional career at Syracuse’s General Electric Co., part time during college and then full time upon graduation.

After serving in many technical and senior management positions during his 13 years at GE, he left to found his own Syracuse-based software company and became a nationally recognized expert on change and workflow management. He has developed software and systems in highly complex integrated electronic environments for the U.S. Navy, the Federal Aviation Administration and a multitude of commercial businesses.

He remains president and chief executive officer of his software company, PROMERGENT, and a second company, ServeCentral.

Daino has been recognized for his transformational business and community leadership with a 2014 Temple Adath Yeshurun Citizen of the Year Award, 2013 YWCA Academy of Diversity Achievers Award and a 2013 Near Westside Initiative Groundbreakers Award. He was honored with a 2003 Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award, 2002 Human Resources Excellence Award from the Central New York Society of Human Resource Management, and the 2002 Fleet Bank Small Business Leadership Award.

Commencement details

SUNY Oswego’s winter commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 13. Open to ticket holders, the Saturday morning ceremony in the college’s Marano Campus Center arena will be publicly viewable online from a link on the college’s homepage.

For more information about December graduation, visit

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