Campus Update

Mon Oct 20, 2014
Oswego's Beta Alpha Psi wins top status

The national Beta Alpha Psi organization, the premier honor society for accounting and finance students, has named SUNY Oswego’s Lambda Zeta chapter “Superior” for its performance in 2013-14.

In a letter to School of Business Dean Richard Skolnik, the honor society’s national president, Kevin D. Stocks, called recognition as a Superior Chapter “a significant accomplishment.”

“Under the leadership of Andrea Pagano, the Lambda Zeta Chapter has far exceeded the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and has excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism and leadership,” Stocks wrote.

Mon Oct 20, 2014

Lt. Matthew Barbeau of University Police received a grant of $14,274 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase five ballistic vests and two ballistic shields for the department’s tactical team. 

David Crider, an adjunct instructor of communication studies, is the author of “For Those (Men) About to Rock: Rock Radio and the Crisis of Masculinity” in the issue of the Journal of Radio & Audio Media published online this month by Routledge. His textual analysis of four American rock stations revealed a marginalization of female voices, the bawdy humor of shock jocks, and music that exemplifies overtly masculine themes. He reported, however, that other evidence suggests contradictions and challenges within the stations’ presentation of masculinity, further pointing to an ongoing crisis of masculinity.

Students performing for education team in BrazilSeveral members of the college community participated in an international seminar at the School of Medicine at the State University of Piaui in Brazil in August as part of an ongoing teacher training partnership. They included Alfred D. Frederick, distinguished service professor in the curriculum and instruction department; Barbara Streets of the counseling and psychological services faculty; Elliot Boyce, a former adjunct instructor in the public justice department; and emeritus associate professor of health promotion and wellness Bernard Boozer. They joined colleagues from Brazil and the United States, including Edwin J. Nichols, former clinical administrator at the National Institutes of Mental Health, and Eric A. Galm, chair of the music department at Trinity College of Hartford. The 200 attendees included elementary and secondary teachers from Piaui. This was the second seminar in a series. The first in 2013 focused on educational research: theory and practice. This year’s seminar expanded to add music, health and cultural diversity. Presenters were students and professors involved in research in these areas. Streets delivered two presentations: “Evaluating Student Learning in Educational Research via Cultural Immersion (a focus on West African dance camp experiences)” and “Culturally Competent Outreach Programming: Storytelling to Address Trauma, Loss and Grief.” Frederick made a presentation on “Teaching for Cultural Relevancy and Cultural Justice.” Boyce spoke on a panel concerning classroom climate. Boozer spoke on a panel on the interrelationship between physical and mental health. Their participation and contribution to the seminar are activities of the School of Education’s African and Brazilian Academic and Cultural Exchange and Project CLIMB, as well as the partnership between the State Secretariat of Education in the State of Piaui, the State University of Piaui, the Municipal Secretariat of Education in Terasina, the Federal University of Piaui and SUNY Oswego. Before the seminar, Frederick taught an extension course titled “Education of Diverse Populations Utilizing an Interdisciplinary Perspective: Theory and Practice” to 35 professors and students of education. After the seminar, the Americans visited the Quilombo of Palmares in Mimbo. (Quilombos are Brazilian settlements founded by fugitive African slaves.) There met they with a group of activists who are planning a black women’s equivalent in Brazil of the Million Man March that took place in the Washington, D.C. Pictured are several of the seminar presenters with elementary students at the Escola Meio Norte who performed for them when they visited on Aug. 14.

John Lalande II and Ana Djukic-Cocks of the modern languages and literatures department attended the fall conference of the Central New York State Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German on Oct. 4 at Onondaga Community College. Accompanying them were students Christopher Byrne, Michael Kaefer and James Robello. The conference featured speakers from Binghamton University on the topic of Turkish-German and German-Turkish cultural influences.

In Memoriam

John E. Cooper, 92, emeritus professor of elementary education and former chair of the department, died Sept. 15 at his home in Columbus, N.C.

Joe Heydenburg, 52, a former assistant women’s coach, died Oct. 10.

Susan Keim Weber, 73—a former adjunct instructor of communication studies and wife of the college’s ninth president, Stephen L. Weber—died Oct. 12 at her home in Hancock Point, Maine.

Mon Oct 20, 2014
Honors student Sasha Padilla casts wide net of friendships

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Sasha Padilla, a junior biochemistry major. Far from a study grind, the talented and multifaceted student delights in exploring people’s differences through her wide variety of interests.

Q. Where are you from?
I’m originally from Brooklyn. My sophomore year of high school, we moved up to Orange County in a small town called Pine Bush.

Sasha PadillaQ. When did you know you wanted to pursue science in college?
I always liked science and I always kind of knew that I wanted to go into that general field. My mom and my sister and her fiance were all police officers for the NYPD. I kind of had this idea of joining, but I didn’t just want to be a cop, because I love science. So for a while I was thinking forensics. I’m not so sure right now. Recently I’ve been considering med school.

Q. Why did you choose SUNY Oswego?
I grew up in the city, so it was a completely different atmosphere. I visited several schools and when I came here, I saw the lake and felt the atmosphere. It really stood out.

Q. What has been your favorite class or group of classes at Oswego?
I’m in the Honors program, and I’ve really enjoyed taking all of the Honors classes. The professors get to know you on a one-on-one basis. (For example) I took Honors 141 with Laura Halferty; the class is on Western intellect. It was history like you’d take in a regular class, but then we did fairy tales and folk tales and explored them on an intellectual basis.

Q. What’s the reward for a biochemistry student taking outside-major classes?
It’s good stress relief. I know a lot of science majors get overwhelmed with the course load. It’s a healthy balance, and you just get well rounded.

Q. What do you think about SUNY Oswego professors?
They are very approachable. I feel comfortable going to any of my professors if I don’t understand something. I like that I can always talk with them and that they’re available on office hours or they reach out to the class to offer help.

Q. What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had at Oswego to date?
I was here all summer working in the lab with Kestas (Bendinskas). I was in the lab for six hours a day. It was a good learning experience. Over the summer we did a lot of testing and testing and retesting, and some of the results weren’t what we expected or really wanted. That was something I took away—that you’re not always going to get to the end result you had in mind, but as long as you are actively researching and doing an efficient job, then that makes it all worth it. I started working under graduate student Ashlee Mein. We were looking at how metals bind to different proteins. What we focused on was trying to develop a method to separate cytoplasmic and nuclear proteins from liver cells.

Q. What do you think about SUNY Oswego students?
I think in general we have a very diverse population in terms of interests. I’m involved in a lot of different organizations on campus. To see different personalities, different interests, I think it’s amazing. I hang out with my science friends, with my sorority, with the RAs—a lot of different kinds of people. I love science and it’s a huge part of my life, but I feel that someone who just relies on their major, it doesn’t give them as many opportunities. I love learning about new people and meeting new people.

Q. So let’s go over your activities outside the lab.
I’m now an RA in Funnelle Hall, sixth floor. I joined a sorority, Alpha Sigma Chi. I’m also in Vega, the women’s honor society. I’m actively involved on the Honors Advisory Board—we get all the Honors students together to fund-raise. This past Saturday, we had an ice cream social and held it in the Onondaga basement lounge. We had a pretty good turnout ... Honors is a big program and students are busy, so they don’t always get to meet each other.

Q. What are your interests in your small amount of down time?
I like to paint and draw. I mostly like acrylics for painting. Back in high school, I took a lot of art classes. It’s very stress relieving.

Q. What else can you tell us about your family?
We’re really close. My siblings and I would do anything for each other. We don’t fight. We’re very spaced apart—my sister is 32 and my brother is 14. My mom worked for 20 years as a cop and then she retired four years ago.

Q. What is it about you that most people don’t know?
The fact that I’m in a sorority. Most people are very shocked when I tell them, because there’s a lot of stigma in association with Greek life right now. People get to know me on a personal level first and when that comes out, everybody is like, “Wow, I had no idea.” I really like that I can be that person—just to be (part of a group) stigmatized and to try to wash away the stereotypes that are associated with Greeks in general. We are very involved in the community. We did a fund-raiser last week for Alex’s Angels—we did basket raffles for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We do community service. We do Relay for Life every year, Baskets of Caring, the United Way walk. We are doing the Pumpkin Run as well.

Sat Oct 18, 2014
Technology drives deals, student opportunities with manufacturers

A wealth of advanced manufacturing equipment, labs and talented faculty and students have positioned the college to “go public,” offering businesses around the region a place to develop and refine products and designs.

Senior technology management major Edward McCormack works in advanced manufacturing labThe effort will provide technology students hands-on, commercial experience and provide advanced services to companies in computer-assisted design, 3D printing and prototyping, materials processing, computer numeric control milling and more.

The Advanced Manufacturing and Design Labs Showcase in Park Hall recently marked the launch of the collaborative venture, with 28 participants in attendance, including such companies as National Grid, Novelis and the Fulton Companies.

“President Stanley is interested in leveraging the assets we have on our campus—both human and capital—to support innovation and economic growth in our region,” said Pam Caraccioli, deputy to the president for external partnerships and economic development.

Mark Hardy, technology department chair, expressed excitement at the possibilities for assisting companies and for helping technology management students secure experience in commercial project teams, additional internships and cooperative education placements.

“This work could take the form of assisting a company in product development or helping a marketing department communicate a concept to a client,” Hardy said. “Or it could mean full fabrication here in our labs, in woods, polymers and metals. We’ve got the capability to machine parts and produce products from raw materials.”

Jeff Grimshaw, director of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, said the initiative is strategically important for the college and for area businesses.

“We are looking to foster collaboration and strong relationships with innovative companies in the region,” Grimshaw said. “The Advanced Manufacturing Jam helped lay the groundwork. Several organizations have expressed interest and we are working on those relationships and are very interested in additional ones.”

Capital investment

Two years ago, the college opened a 13,700-foot addition to Wilber Hall that includes two state-of-the-art manufacturing labs built at a cost of $3 million. The college has outfitted the labs with $1.6 million in high-tech equipment, including Stratasys’ Fortus 250mc 3D production printer, an AXYZ 4008 ATC precision router, and a Haas Mini Mill, a laser cutter-engraver.

All the gear uses modern computer-assisted design, computer-assisted manufacturing and-or computer numeric control, which synthesizes design and fabrication via sets of instructions for precision machines. Hardy said the technology department has courses that teach Mastercam software skills, computer-assisted design and materials processing.

Senior technology management major Edward McCormack said his experience interning with D-K Manufacturing in Fulton—a company that mills, turns, die-stamps and can reverse-engineer or prototype machine parts—has helped ratify for him that the technology department is keeping pace with industry demands.

“If D-K needed me to do homework or product development here, I could do it,” McCormack said. “I already know how to use the advanced manufacturing equipment. At D-K, they are using the Mastercam software, setting up similar machines and running the parts.”

Hardy said the technology department has begun the process of redeveloping the technology management major to a multidisciplinary advanced manufacturing management major.

“We are training people who can step into management roles with a strong technological background and the people skills to develop an innovation culture among employees,” he said. “It’s the best of both worlds.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Advanced tools—Senior technology management major Edward McCormack works at the brain center of a Haas Mini Mill, a computer numeric control device that is emblematic of all that the college’s new advanced manufacturing labs can offer to area businesses for product design, development and fabrication.

Sat Oct 18, 2014
Technology conference to raise bar of innovation

The keynote speaker for Oswego’s 75th Technology Fall Conference—set for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31—will focus on the T and E in STEM, seeking to inspire teachers and students to carry the torch of innovation into an evolving landscape for technology education.

Yvonne Spicer, a 1984 Oswego alumna in industrial arts and technology who also earned a master’s degree here the following year, will introduce 400 to 450 technology educators and interested members of the campus public to best practices for improving the pipeline of STEM-literate students in technology and engineering.

Spicer, vice president for advocacy and educational partnerships at the Museum of Science in Boston, is a sought-after speaker and advocate for pre-college science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Her talk will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Sheldon Hall’s ballroom. For an in-progress agenda, visit

The conference has evolved into a premier professional-development opportunity for technology educators. Rich Bush is conference chair. Program chair Mark Springston of the technology education faculty said the conference’s agenda will reflect the Maker Movement in education that is sweeping the country.

Dozens of sessions will cover high school robotics, micro electro-mechanical systems for the classroom, the Google Classroom suite, the tiny Raspberry Pi computer for electronics projects and teaching computer programming, incorporating common core STEM concepts in bridge building, the next wave of 3D printing and advance manufacturing, and much more.

Sat Oct 18, 2014
Trustees schedule hearing

The board of trustees of the State University of New York will hold a public hearing Nov. 6 in conjunction with the November board of trustees meeting in New York City. It will be held at 3 p.m. at the SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St., New York, New York.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony and statements from concerned individuals about university issues.

People wishing to present prepared testimony are asked to get a letter to SUNY Board of Trustees, State University Plaza, T-11, Albany, New York 12246, or email, no later than noon Friday, Oct. 31. The communication should identify the subject of testimony and provide a telephone number and an address. Such testimony will be limited to five minutes, and the speakers are asked to provide seven copies of their written testimony on the day of the hearing.

People who wish to make extemporaneous comments of no more than three minutes are asked to file their names with the hearing registration officer on the day of the hearing.

Mon Oct 06, 2014

Since Sept. 22, University Police have investigated several cases of theft and vandalism, and made 10 arrests.

Motor vehicle misdemeanors

A 30-year-old commuter student was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and operating a vehicle without an inspection certificate, both misdemeanors, and possession of marijuana, a violation.

Four motorists were each charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and various infractions. They included a 22-year-old commuter student, a 25-year-old Oswego man, a 41-year-old Weedsport man and a 21-year-old Oswego man who was also charged with failure to return license plates, another misdemeanor.


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

Mon Oct 06, 2014
Campus signage, gateways project puts safety first

The college has begun work to add definition to four campus entrances and erect nearly three dozen exterior signs around campus—some as tall as 10 feet with color-changeable LED lighting.

“We wanted to improve the safety of pedestrian and vehicle pathways,” said Mitch Fields, associate vice president of facilities services. “These signs will be visible and will help safely guide motorists and pedestrians around campus.”

Sign location near Sheldon HallKicking off the publicly visible part of the $763,000 SUNY Construction Fund-financed project, general contractor PAC & Associates of Oswego has built a wall of native limestone blocks around the southeast corner of Sheldon Hall’s grounds, at Washington Boulevard and Sheldon Avenue. A small wall of the same blocks has risen across Washington, letting motorists know they’re entering SUNY Oswego.

“We’re trying to create the perception, psychologically, that you’ve entered the campus and you need to slow down,” Fields said.

A similar look and feel will greet drivers on Rudolph Road at Iroquois Trail on the west end of campus adjacent to the lakeshore. The project will modernize signs at the entrance on State Route 104 and all along Sweet Road and other key campus roadways—wherever workers have already placed precast-concrete bases for signs.

Along State Route 104 at Romney Field House, a low-rise digital sign will greet passersby with news of upcoming athletic events and, occasionally, other major college events. The sign—16 feet wide by about 2 feet tall—will rest on a stone base, Fields said.

The project, designed by Environmental Design and Research of Syracuse, is a subset of the five-phase project to bring all campus signage in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fields said. Facilities Design and Construction has worked with a cross-campus committee on signage.

The larger exterior signs are acrylic on an aluminum base, and have 24-color LED lights to allow the college to highlight large charitable efforts such as Pink for the Cure and Wear Red for Women, to celebrate big athletic contests and so on.

The first sign, to rise above the new limestone wall at Sheldon Hall, should be in place in time, Fields said, to commemorate the Oct. 16 formal launch of “With Passion and Purpose,” the college’s $40 million fundraising campaign.

PHOTO CAPTION: Sign of the times—A mockup acrylic sign at the new Sheldon gateway to campus shows where a similar, permanent sign will grace a better defined campus entrance along Washington Boulevard at Sheldon Avenue, part of a $763,000 SUNY Construction Fund-financed project to improve visibility and safety of exterior signage as vehicles and pedestrians move into and around campus.

Mon Oct 06, 2014
College leads project on transfers' degree attainment

SUNY Oswego last week won a nationally competitive “First in the World” grant of $2.88 million to lead an innovative program to spur degree completion rates among underrepresented transfer students.

Teaming with On Point for College and Mohawk Valley and Onondaga community colleges, Oswego’s four-year grant was one of 24 awards announced Sept. 30 under the U. S. Department of Education program, which supports innovation in higher education aimed at helping more students access college and complete a degree. Nearly 500 applications were submitted for the grants, part of President Obama’s agenda aimed at keeping college affordable and improving educational outcomes.

Oswego will target more than 1,100 underrepresented and underprepared students who stand to benefit from higher education. The program will encourage community college students to raise their sights to a bachelor’s degree and help them transfer to Oswego and succeed once there, with the goal of increasing both two-year and four-year degree completion rates.

“We’re thrilled to receive federal support for a collaborative effort that targets some of the most vulnerable members of the Upstate New York community, and we are grateful to Congressmen Dan Maffei and Richard Hanna and senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer for helping us win this highly competitive grant,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley.

Lorrie Clemo, vice president of academic affairs and provost at SUNY Oswego, heads up the four-part “Transfer Gateways and Completion” program for improving transfer students’ success and persistence to a bachelor’s degree.

The collaborative effort involves aligning coursework between the community colleges and Oswego in targeted degree programs, advisement and support for students in the program, a transfer bridge camp before they start classes at Oswego, and dual enrollment—enrolling students simultaneously in a community college and Oswego.

“We will begin immediately with our plans to target low-income, first-generation, two-year college students to help them transfer seamlessly on the path to a four-year degree,” Clemo said.

Array of innovations

Grant winners represent an array of innovative proposals from 20 other four-year colleges and universities, such as Purdue University and University of Southern California, and 4 two-year institutions such as Gateway Technical and Community College in Kentucky and LaGuardia Community College in New York.

SUNY Oswego officials noted that a significant number of students already transfer from OCC and MVCC to Oswego, and the project’s plans to expand articulation agreements, dual enrollment programs and course alignment will benefit all transfer students.

Ambitious goals under the new grant include informing and advising 1,175 community college students about transferring; boosting persistence through the community colleges to SUNY Oswego; and increasing the two-year and four-year completion rate to 50 percent, far surpassing the national average for its target population of students.

Professors at the three colleges will meet at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center to promote smooth transition from community colleges to four-year colleges by developing syllabi and coursework on the same knowledge base, according to the grant proposal.

Support for the students is key in the project. Early in students’ community college careers, transfer advisers from Oswego will begin working with them. There will be a tutoring and mentoring program, as well as a five-day summer bridge camp at Oswego focusing on math, writing and computer skills.

Dual-enrollment provisions will guarantee admission to SUNY Oswego for students who meet program requirements, and enable registration for an initial course at Oswego, with transportation provided to Oswego.

Besides Clemo, project collaborators include Virginia D. “Ginny” Donohue and Samuel D. Rowser of On Point for College; Stephanie C. Reynolds, vice president of student affairs at Mohawk Valley Community College; and Cathleen C. McColgin, provost and senior vice president at Onondaga Community College.

Donohue, class of 1988 at SUNY Oswego, created On Point for College, which for the past 15 years has helped more than 4,600 first-generation low-income high school students get into college. The nonprofit organization has offices in Syracuse and Utica. On Point deploys college-access advisers to more than 23 sites, including homeless shelters.

The Associated Press distributed news of the “First in the World” awards based on a Post-Standard story that highlighted SUNY Oswego, and the report ran in top publications across the country, from the Wall Street Journal to the Sacramento Bee.

Fri Oct 03, 2014
Jason Zenor relishes exploring media law, audience appeal of TV shows

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Jason Zenor, assistant professor of communication studies specializing in media law. An avid researcher in the field and in questions of morality in audience reception of media entertainment—from “Dexter” to “Family Guy”—he hopes to move pre-law toward more formal status on campus.

captionQ. What drew you to SUNY Oswego?
After law school, I learned they were looking for a visiting professor with a juris doctor to teach media law. Actually, my job interview was the same week as the bar exam. My first year, I was a VAP (visiting assistant professor). Then they hired me—this is my fifth year, and my fourth on the tenure track.

Q. Where do you hail from?
I was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. Manchester is more like Boston North now, but when I was growing up, it was much smaller. The rest of New Hampshire is like Upstate New York—parks and lakes and trails. So I adjusted here quite well.

Q. Can you talk a bit about your educational background?
I went to Utica College for my undergrad (degree). I just floated around at first—pre-dentistry, journalism, history, political science. I eventually settled down with communications and history as my double major, with a minor in political science. The question was always, “What are you going to do with history? Are you going to teach?” I’d say, “No, I’m not going to teach. I’m not going to teach.” (Laughs.) I decided I wanted go to grad school and study media effects, so I went to Newhouse at Syracuse for a media studies master’s (degree) with a concentration in political communications.

Q. How did you wind up in law school?
I went back to New Hampshire and was teaching at two or three schools every semester, putting classes together to make a full-time gig. I worked at a brewery for a while, as well. I’d get to schools where they’d see my background and ask, “Do you want to teach media law as an adjunct?” and I said OK. I realized that was what I was really interested in. So I decided to go to law school at the University of South Dakota, because it was the least expensive out-of-state school.

Q. Why didn’t you choose to practice law?
I had been a summer associate a couple of places, for the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago and for the First Amendment Project in San Francisco. First Amendment law was my passion, but there are not a lot of jobs in that field. I was also teaching in the journalism program at South Dakota, and I kind of caught the bug again. I realized that I wanted to teach and do research.

Q.  What do you think of SUNY Oswego students?
Many come in thinking (college) is the next step, they have to do it. It’s very expensive, even with SUNY tuition. At first it’s, “What do I have to do? What do I have to learn?” Getting a job after this is very important to them, as it should be. The hard part of that with some of the courses I teach—the law, the politics, the theory—you have a hard time connecting the theory to what’s important to them at the moment. But what about being a critical thinker, a good citizen? Sometimes they don’t see the instant gratification of that. It’s a little more work on my end. But the challenge is fun. ... With the first exam on questions of media law, they’re sort of lost. By the end, to use a sports analogy, they’re seeing the whole field. I find that rewarding.

Q. What are your research interests?
My two areas are media law and audience reception studies. I’m currently doing a lot on obscenity. A lot of my research springs from class discussion and debates. I usually find questions of morality and ethics that are going on in entertainment media. We did a study on “Dexter.” Why do people watch “Dexter,” such a terrible subject? The same thing with “Family Guy”—very offensive humor. It’s the same research question: How do people reconcile their version of morality with these shows? Dave (Moody) and I did a study on “Boondocks.” That paper is going to be part of a collection I’m editing that comes out later this month about how audiences interpret politics in entertainment.

Q. Do you have other involvements on campus?
I’m on the Faculty Assembly. I’m on the Affirmative Action Advisory Council. I was on the climate committee for a while, and civic engagement. I sometimes end up speaking on subjects of interest, like Constitution Week. I also do pre-law advising across the campus.

Q. What can you tell us about your family?
My wife, Rebecca, is an optician in Oswego. We have three kids, a 5-year-old, Toby; a 3-year-old, EJ; and a 7-month-old, Marshall. A house full of boys—my property value is going to go down as they break things. (Laughs.) I lucked out: My parents moved to Oswego about two years ago to help out. They wanted to be closer to the grandkids.

Q.  What do you like to do in your down time?
You never appreciate how much free time you had until you have kids. I worked at a brewery at one time, and I was addicted to the Food Network and taught myself how to cook. I used to make fancy meals and drink homemade beer and wine. Now I just make macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets. (Laughs.) I read a lot of nonfiction—when I have time to read.

Q. What are your goals?
I haven’t had time to stop and think about it. Usually, my goal is to survive the day when I’m home with my kids. Certainly it is to keep writing and researching. I would also like to develop pre-law—something more formalized on campus.

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