Campus Update

Mon Nov 03, 2014
'I am Oz' campaign celebrates diversity, community

Portraits in diversity, the faces of SUNY Oswego students, faculty and staff peer at viewers across campus from posters and digital signs, declaring with one voice, “I am Oz.”

Jerri Drummond, the college’s new associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students, said the campaign celebrates one or more racial, ethnic or cultural groups a month in line with federal declarations, and carries with it an assortment of events to provide education and information.

I am Oz posterThe program launched in September with National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month, continued in October with Italian-American Heritage Month and moves into Native American Heritage Month for November. Others will follow in 2015.

“‘I am Oz’ means we are a community, even though we are made up of different ethnic and cultural groups,” Drummond said. “We stand together as ‘I am Oz.’ It’s about inclusivity—everyone is equally valued, celebrated and welcomed.”

The effort spins off the college’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, chaired by Jerald Woolfolk, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management.

Derek Rousseau, Laker track and field head coach, made the photos for the posters, and junior studio art major Amanda Perri did the graphic design, according to Drummond.

Upcoming celebrations in the “I am Oz” campaign include Black History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March and, pushed ahead by the academic calendar from their usual May, combined observances of Jewish and Asian American heritage in April.

The college has steadily increased the diversity of the student body, with 26 percent of the latest class of freshmen coming from diverse backgrounds racially, ethnically and socioeconomically.

Fri Oct 31, 2014
Great American Smokeout to key OzQuits! countdown

With the college’s own smokeout set to begin Jan. 1, the OzQuits! campaign plans a big day Nov. 20 to observe the Great American Smokeout, with smoking-cessation workshops, a series of new web-based videos and numerous promotions.

Students spreading health informationOzQuits!—the college’s Tobacco Free 2015 campaign—has worked since Earth Day in April to prepare students, faculty, staff and visitors for New Year’s Day, when SUNY Oswego will join nearly 1,000 other colleges nationwide as tobacco-free and smoke-free.

“We’re coming down to the wire for a healthier and cleaner SUNY Oswego, and we want to remind smokers that they can, if they’re ready to take the step, quit smoking and other tobacco and nicotine use, and we’re here to help,” said Jerald Woolfolk, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management.

The Oswego County Health Department will present workshops on the main campus on Thursday, Nov. 20, for those preparing to quit. Smokers, chewers, electronic-cigarette users and others may attend to explore reasons to stop, identify their personal motivation and confidence level, recognize and address barriers to quitting, develop a cessation plan and learn about available resources.

Workshop registration is online at under the “Preparing to Quit Smoking” workshops link. Those interested may choose sessions from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 133 or 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 143 of the Marano Campus Center.

The workshops go hand-in-hand with cessation resources available in Mary Walker Health Center, through the county Health Department and through 1-866-NYQUITS, the state’s help line, said Donna Jerrett, a member of the Clean Air Committee and a registered nurse in charge of the health center’s tobacco-cessation program.

“We encourage anyone on campus to visit or call the health center to explore what it takes to beat this addiction,” Jerrett said. “It has been done and, with help, others can do it, too.”

Raising awareness

As with President Deborah F. Stanley’s launch of Tobacco Free 2015 on April 22, the Clean Air Committee will join dozens of student volunteers to raise awareness across the college for the Jan. 1 start of the tobacco-free, smoke-free policy and the reasons for it.

Appearances by “Ciggy Butts”—the chronic dupe in a series of upcoming humorous but pointed videos at the OzQuits! website—will highlight multifaceted efforts from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Nov. 20 on the Marano Campus Center mezzanine outside the arena to spread the word about the dangers of secondhand smoke and nicotine addiction. The event will include giveaways, a raffle, informational brochures and food treats.

On Nov. 18 and 19 leading up to the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, members of the Clean Air Committee and student volunteers will staff the kiosk on the Marano Campus Center concourse across from the Point from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. And Lifestyles Center volunteers will use the days preceding the smokeout to wheel their Little Red Wagon loaded with information and promotions to reach out to residence halls on campus.

Athletics and the college’s box office have joined the awareness-raising campaign, letting ice hockey fans know about the Jan. 1 policy change by way of stuffers in season ticket envelopes as well as a public-address announcement and scoreboard slide at each game in the Marano Campus Center arena. Sandwich board-style signs and digital signs have heralded the Jan. 1 policy change as well.

PHOTO CAPTION: Stash the ash—The Lifestyles Center’s Little Red Wagon will reappear and the Marano Campus Center concourse will once again teem with volunteers in the days leading up to Nov. 20, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, to remind students, faculty and staff about the college’s smoking-cessation services and the Jan. 1 date for joining the tobacco-free, smoke-free ranks of 975 colleges and universities around the nation. Here, from left, students Rita Aliperti, Kaitlyn Stahl, Kindra Syphertt, Michelle Callahan, Ashley Devine and Patty Pollard prepare to head out to residence halls on Earth Day, April 22, with information and promotions for the launch of the college’s OzQuits! campaign.

Fri Oct 31, 2014
Philosophy faculty member's book reconsiders work of Plato

A new book co-authored by Mark Zelcer of the philosophy department aims to elevate one of Plato’s overlooked works to greater recognition.

Fri Oct 31, 2014
Senator advocates for college role in shipping grain from Oswego

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer last week threw his considerable political weight behind a budding Oswego partnership that could mean new experiential learning opportunities for students, a new revenue stream for SUNY Oswego, and new jobs for Central New York.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer speaks as Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley looks onFaculty and students from the biological sciences and chemistry departments turned out for the senator’s press conference in the Shineman Center. (See stories by WSYR-TV, the Central New York Business Journal and the Palladium-Times.) Schumer personally greeted each faculty member and student in the Environmental Research Center on the top floor of Shineman before President Deborah F. Stanley stepped to the microphones to welcome the senator and the media.

It all started with an inquiry from Perdue, the agribusiness that brings tons of grain into the Port of Oswego each year, said Pam Caraccioli, deputy to the president for external partnerships and economic development. Currently, to continue to move the grain beyond Oswego, Perdue loads it on trains to Virginia for shipping to destinations domestic and overseas. To ship it by water to those destinations directly from Oswego through the St. Lawrence Seaway, the U.S. Department of Agriculture needs to approve a weighing and testing facility in Oswego.

The Port of Oswego, Perdue and SUNY Oswego recently began investigating how to make that happen. When he learned of their collaboration, Schumer jumped on board with both feet. He said he sees the volume of exports from Eastern ports vastly expanding as the dredging of the Panama Canal facilitates access to Asian markets. “The port of New York can’t handle it all,” he said.

‘A tremendous lift’

“There is a great collaboration in the works between both the university and the port that—if we can turn it into a reality—would increase commerce, create jobs and be a tremendous lift for the local economy here in Oswego,” Schumer said in prepared remarks. “SUNY Oswego has the tools, talent and technology to conduct the required weighing and inspections, and the Port of Oswego has the need.”

Initial discussions are pointing to the port for the location of a new USDA-credentialed lab facility to weigh, test and grade grain—including corn, wheat and soybeans.

Anthony Contento interviewed by mediaIn addition to possible positions in quality analysis for SUNY Oswego students, faculty and staff, the port facility would open new research opportunities for faculty and students, noted Anthony Contento, the plant biologist at the college who has been closely involved in the talks with port and Perdue officials.

The initiative has no timeline yet, Schumer’s staff said, but the senator said he would get it moving by calling Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. He noted that he helped boost the young Greek yogurt industry in New York with a similar call to the USDA secretary a few years ago.

“This will not get done overnight,” Schumer explained. “It will take concerted time and effort, but it is worth it because of how much this could mean to the city and region. I will work with the USDA, the port and SUNY to figure out a way to move the ball forward, and I will not stop fighting until we get this done.”

After the press conference, President Stanley took the senator on a quick tour of the Shineman Center, including the fourth-floor observation deck overlooking Lake Ontario, an electrical and computer engineering class and the planetarium, where Scott Roby of the atmospheric and geological sciences department explained the facility and how it serves students and the community.

PHOTO CAPTION 1: Senator at work—Sen. Charles Schumer held a press conference in a Shineman Center lab last week to advocate for expanding exports from the Port of Oswego through a partnership with SUNY Oswego and agribusinesses like Perdue. President Deborah F. Stanley introduced him, as Terrence Hammill—now of the Port of Oswego Authority but also emeritus distinguished teaching professor of biology at SUNY Oswego and former mayor of Oswego—Anthony Contento of the biological sciences faculty and Dennis Lard of Perdue stand by.

PHOTO CAPTION 2: TV news—Rachel Polansky of WSYR-TV Channel 9 interviews Anthony Contento of the biological sciences faculty following the press conference in the college’s Environmental Research Center. The plant biologist has been closely involved in the college’s talks with port and Perdue officials.

Fri Oct 31, 2014
Karen Hogan enjoys change, variety in ever-evolving library

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Karen Hogan, managing clerk in Penfield Library’s cataloging/serials department, who keeps up with the endless ebb and flow of printed, audio, visual and online materials to inform library patrons .

Karen HoganQ. How long have you worked for the college?
Seventeen years now. I worked for Niagara Mohawk for nine years before that, and for Stone & Webster when they were building Nine Mile Point II for about five years. At Penfield Library, I’ve worked in all but three departments. I think that’s what helped me get this job as a principal clerk III. I’m the manager of cataloging/serials under Kathryn Johns-Masten, the librarian for the department.

Q. What are your duties?
I assign tasks to the clerical staff as well as to the student assistants we hire each semester. We’re responsible for cataloging all formats of materials: print, media, online and serials. Students do the processing, the labeling and stamping, getting them shelf-ready. It kind of feels like Christmas when we receive new material whether they are books, music CDs or DVDs. Our serials clerk is responsible for checking in all the new periodicals and I’m responsible for maintaining that collection on the second floor and dealing with serial vendors.

Q. What other jobs come your way?
There are various projects that come down the pike. It’s a constant cycle deciding what old material is going to go—we always have to make room for the new material. We help coordinate deselection, as far as pulling the material and removing it from the catalog and then getting the deselected material to its final disposition, whether it’s going to go to our book sale, or to an organization called World Books that donates to communities around the world. And we have transfer projects. The Tyler Art Gallery temporarily located here, so that really affected our serials collection. We had to shift hundreds of volumes. We get in our groove and there’s a timeline, so we have to get right to it and get it done.

Q. How has the digital world changed your job?
It has changed as far as dealing with the online formats, such as e-books—they need to be visible for patrons when they’re doing their searches. The process is a little different, but it’s interesting to learn a new way of doing things. I’m always up for learning something new.

Q. Was there a really big task you’re proud of achieving?
There’s a couple. I started in circulation, and I created the online procedure manual for the department. That was a big project. I had to gather a lot of information from all the staff as far as what the tasks were, and it helped that I had also performed those tasks. I also wrote the office procedures for Interlibrary Loan when I got in that department. I did them for this department eventually, too. About four years ago, we moved all of our Snygg Hall collection when we knew Snygg was coming down. That was hundreds of boxes of volumes. Kathryn and I and a couple of students worked on that and we got it done and nobody got hurt. (Laughs.)

Q. Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Syracuse. When I was 4, we moved to Minetto. I went to the Campus School here because my dad was a biology professor (the late Robert L. Salisbury). Then we moved to Fulton, and I graduated from Fulton High. I attended school here as an art major for a year, then switched gears and got a recreational leadership diploma from OCC. My joke is, “I know how to play professionally.” (Laughs) I just didn’t know what I wanted to do at the time.

Q. Why did you want to work at SUNY Oswego?
When I became pregnant with my son, I wasn’t a big fan of commuting to Syracuse every day. I had a 12-year-old daughter, too, and I really hated being out of town all day when she had school activities. I decided to take the Civil Service exam when I was out on maternity leave, and the rest is history. I live 5 minutes from here. Two of my sisters work here, Susan Salisbury and Melissa Arduini, and my brother Steve Salisbury works out here, too. One of my sisters-in-law used to work here. This campus has been very good to our family.

Q. What else can you tell us about your family?
My son, Joseph Clavelli, just started attending Cayuga Community College in Auburn. My daughter, Gabrielle Hogan, is in Miami, but she is moving back here in three weeks. She just got her master’s in business and human resources from Nova (Southeastern University). She has a psych degree from SUNY Oswego. She is expecting her first child and is due next April.

Q. What do you like to do off the job?
I really enjoy being active. I’ve been working out every lunch hour at Cooper (Fitness Center) for 16 years now. I love to be outdoors, camping, hiking, cycling. I’ve been cycling a lot the last couple of years—there are some great rides out by the lake and out in the country. I like experimenting in the kitchen and watercolor painting. Spending time with family and friends is a big bonus when schedules allow. I enjoy inspirational books—things that are positive thinking—and a romance is fun to get lost in, too.

Q. What else do you do on campus?
I help head up the Toy Drive. I’m involved as a building captain in Passionately Pink for the Cure Day. Within the library, we do events such as the book sale. We do Food for Fines, coming up in November, where students can take care of their fines with food donations.

Q. What else do you enjoy about working in the library?
I love the atmosphere of the learning experience, hearing the kids talking in groups exchanging ideas and hungry to learn more. We all try to be available to help the students get what they need and our Research Help desk plays a key role. It’s great to work in a young environment. Some of our student workers have been with us two or three years, and when they graduate it’s always bittersweet. But then we think, “We helped them get to that point,” and it’s just so fulfilling. It’s like an extended family sometimes.

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Diana L. Boyer of the atmospheric and geological studies department presented results of a study, co-authored with colleague Paul Tomascak, on “The Decoupling of Biological and Inorganic Geochemical Signals in Microstratigraphic Shale Studies” at the Geological Society of America annual meeting last month in Vancouver, British Columbia. In part, the study’s abstract reads, “In order to quantify at high resolution and statistically analyze the variability in biological and chemical signals, over 250 samples from 5 localities were collected and analyzed from Middle and Upper Devonian black shales in the Appalachian basin.” The results were produced at the college’s interdisciplinary elemental measurement facility in the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation. Boyer said the research is continuing under a National Science Foundation grant.

Tucker Sholtes, Imani Cruz and Mary McCuneAt the State University of New York’s fourth annual Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference last week, Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced a class of 2014 Student and Faculty Fellows who will build upon the momentum of the conference by working with SUNY leadership to implement new strategies for collective impact on their campuses and in their communities. Two of the eight students selected—Imani Cruz and Tucker Sholtes—and one of the seven faculty members, Mary McCune, are from Oswego. “This year’s conference has served as a catalyst for collective impact and the idea of affecting meaningful social change at scale, and it is critical that our conversations continue throughout the year on campuses and in communities across New York state,” said Zimpher. “The student and faculty fellows have all demonstrated an aptitude for change leadership on their campuses, and I am confident that they are precisely the right group to help guide SUNY’s strategies for collective impact going forward.” Cruz, a sophomore journalism major with minors in political science and public justice, plans to enter law school upon graduation. She is president of Oswego’s Residence Hall Association. Sholtes, a senior double majoring in business administration and public relations with an international business minor, is president of the SUNY Oswego Student Association and has previously been the president and founder of a variety of organizations on campus. His goal is to pursue a career in management consulting. McCune, associate professor of history and director of women’s studies, has research interests in 20th century women’s history, immigration and ethnic/racial history and is currently working on a project that examines the impact of the Great Migration on settlement houses that were initially created to serve a largely Jewish immigrant base. Pictured from left are Sholtes, Cruz and McCune at the conference.

June Dong of the School of Business faculty attended the SUNY 4E Network of Excellence Fall Charette Invitation Conference at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry on Oct. 27. The invitation-only conference was for recipients of SUNY 4E Network of Excellence grants. With researchers at SUNY Buffalo and Binghamton, Dong received funding for “Hierarchical and Temporal Model Development Measuring Economic Consequences Stemming from Water Disasters to U.S. Freight Movement Systems.”

The British Journal of Social Psychology has published “Embodied Effects Are Moderated by Situational Cues: Warmth, Threat, and the Desire for Affiliation” by Adam Fay of Oswego’s psychology department and Jon K. Maner of Florida State University. Their findings from two experiments indicate that the psychological link between physical warmth and social affiliation depends on the situation in which the warmth is experienced. Participants who had been primed with physical threat (as compared with control conditions) responded to warmth with stronger increases in affiliative motivation. “We found that warm temperature sensations (like holding a hot cup of coffee or using an electric heating pad) made people more interested in affiliating and being sociable toward others in the lab,” Fay said, but only in situations where people felt like they were in danger.

In Memoriam

Gregory Auleta, 71, former assistant director of Oswego’s Educational Opportunity Center and Office of Learning Services and longtime president of the college’s chapter of United University Professions, died Oct. 29.

Raymond H. Schneider, 85, professor emeritus of earth sciences, died Oct. 14 at his home in Oswego.

Tue Oct 28, 2014
Campuswide emergency alert test set for Wednesday

SUNY Oswego will conduct a simultaneous test of all of the college’s emergency messaging systems Wednesday, Oct. 29.

At about 11:15 a.m., the college will send messages via NY-Alert, the college home page, voice mail on campus phones, the campus information line at 312-3333, emergency broadcast system outdoor speakers, digital signage and the SUNY Oswego Mobile app. The test will not involve radio, television and other mass media, as a real emergency likely would.

The timing between classes is intended to minimize disruption while still testing during a fully active period on campus. Because thousands of e-mail, text and voice messages are sent, the transmission process takes more than a few minutes. Faculty teaching 11:30 a.m. classes may wish to ask students to silence their cell phones.

The college home page, outdoor speakers and digital signage will reach anyone within their range, whereas the voice mail will go only to campus phones with that service and the NY-Alert messages will go only to those who have signed up for its phone, text and/or e-mail messages. To learn how to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the NY-Alert emergency messaging service, see

SUNY Oswego tests its emergency messaging systems each semester.

Tue Oct 21, 2014

Since Oct. 6, University Police have investigated several cases of theft and vandalism and made 12 arrests.

Motor vehicle misdemeanors

An 18-year-old Waterbury Hall resident was charged with driving while intoxicated, first-degree operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (Ecstasy). He was also charged with possession of marijuana, a violation, and several traffic infractions.

A 19-year-old Onondaga Hall resident was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or above, and possession of marijuana, a violation.

A 22-year-old Volney man was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and an infraction. Police charged a 19-year-old Moreland Hall resident with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. They charged two men with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and infractions: an 18-year-old Tully man and a 22-year-old Baldwinsville man.


A 20-year-old commuter student was charged with disorderly conduct. He is accused of displaying his middle finger and yelling obscene language to a crowd of people while riding in a vehicle. Police said he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

Officers charged five teenage students with possession of marijuana: two residents of Seneca Hall and one each from Cayuga, Oneida and Scales halls.

Mon Oct 20, 2014
College campaign launch sets stage for a bright 'Tomorrow'

SUNY Oswego publicly launched “With Passion and Purpose: A Campaign for SUNY Oswego” in one record-shattering day—Thursday, Oct. 16.

Mon Oct 20, 2014
Few Frozen Dome Classic tickets still available

Tickets are available to Oswego fans for the Frozen Dome Classic on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome. The Oswego State men’s ice hockey team will play in the historic tripleheader’s second contest, against Utica College at 3 p.m.

The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League is host and will play the final game, against the Utica Comets.

Purchasing a ticket will allow fans to see all the action that day. Sections of tickets have been blocked off for Oswego fans and students.

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations is selling tickets for alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college at These $25 tickets are available until Oct. 30 or until they sell out. In addition, people may register at this site for a SUNY Oswego pre-game reception at a cost of $15; registration is due no later than Nov. 12.

The SUNY Oswego Student Association made 300 game tickets and 135 bus transportation tickets available free to students on Oct. 18, and additional student tickets are available for purchase at the Marano Campus Center box office at a cost of $18.50; student ticket sales will end at noon Oct. 31.

Beyond the special Oswego options, Ticketmaster is selling general admission tickets.

The ice rink will be set up similarly to the Carrier Dome’s basketball configuration. Using this layout, the renowned Carrier Dome can seat more than 30,000 fans. The Crunch and Comets will attempt to break the AHL’s single-game indoor attendance record that was set in 1997 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carlina.

“It will be a honor to be a part of this day and to have another classic battle with Utica College,” said Laker head coach Ed Gosek.

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