Campus Update

Fri Jan 22, 2016
Fire marshal, firefighter Tim Ganey: 'It's not a job, it's a life'

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Tim Ganey, SUNY Oswego’s fire marshal and code compliance manager in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. He has held public office and was in law enforcement for a time, but his primary focus—day and night—is the safety of students, employees and his fellow citizens.



Thu Jan 21, 2016
Campaign, report honored in CASE District II Accolades

The campaign launch of 2014 as well as the college’s 2014 annual report have earned recognition in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education 2015 Accolades Awards District II program, as announced last month.



Thu Jan 21, 2016
Three receive research, creative fellowships

Provost Faculty Research and Creative Activities Fellowships have been awarded to three Oswego faculty members for the 2016-17 academic year



Tue Jan 19, 2016
'Fair and impartial policing' subject of training

SUNY Oswego Police Lt. Matthew Barbeau this month joined 23 colleagues from SUNY police departments across the system in a two-and-a-half-day train-the-trainer program in Syracuse as the State University and its police adopt the “fair and impartial policing” model.



Mon Nov 30, 2015

Since Nov. 16, SUNY Oswego police have investigated several motor vehicle accidents and cases of found property, intoxicated persons, vandalism and theft.

Officers made two arrests, both involving misdemeanor drug charges.

A 17-year-old Scales Hall resident was charged with seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance. Police said he had a small amount of LSD. And a 21-year-old Oswego man was charged with fifth-degree possession of marijuana.



Mon Nov 30, 2015

The essay “Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs on Baudelairean Traditionalism” by Thomas Bertonneau of the English faculty has appeared at the Symposium (2015) of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum. The essay investigates the relation between Charles Baudelaire’s cultural critique and the work of Joseph de Maistre. Part I of Bertonneau’s three-part essay on “Lewis Spence, True Myth, and Modernity” has appeared at The People of Shambhala. The essay explores folklorist and poet Lewis Spence’s interest in the universal deluge-myth and includes a discussion of the influence of Plato’s “Critias” on such writers as William Blake, Jacint Verdaguer, René Guénon, Nicolas Berdyaev and José Ortega-y-Gasset. Bertonneau’s review article, titled “Bradbury the Realist,” about David Seed’s “Ray Bradbury” has appeared at The University Bookman.

Mallory Bower, associate director of career services, served as the keynote speaker for the Association of College Unions International Region IV conference in Ann Arbor on Nov. 13. During her talk, “Drafting a Blueprint for Success,” she spoke with students and higher education staff about articulating accomplishments when trying to secure institutional funding or when searching for a job. Bower shared insider information and research from employers about how to leverage campus involvement in a job search and how to help students tell their story most effectively. She also presented a breakout session, “Building Your Story: Employability Skills through Involvement.”

Provost Lorrie Clemo and SUNY Oswego received the Dream Maker Award Nov. 12 from On Point for College Utica. “The award is to recognize your leadership in the First in the World grant as well as your great compassion and service to low-income, first-generation college students,” Kevin Marken, director of On Point for College Utica, wrote to Clemo. “Your inspirational leadership made possible the First in the World College Transfer Success Program, creating a national model through innovative collaboration among SUNY Oswego, On Point for College Syracuse, On Point for College Utica, MVCC, OCC and CCC. The Utica transfer advisor is already effectively helping students successfully transfer. In the coming years, your national transfer model will transform the lives of hundreds regionally and countless more around the nation.”

Students with professor Ranjit Dighe in New York CityThe SUNY Oswego Fed Challenge team competed Oct. 30 in New York City against nearly three dozen other colleges from the New York Federal Reserve District. Students representing SUNY Oswego were (pictured, from left) Hector Escamilla, in his second year as a Fed Challenge presenter, and first-time competitors Mazen Bouzeineddine, Natalie Metz and James Piccirillo, accompanied by economics professor and Fed Challenge coach Ranjit Dighe. The competition, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the financial district, asked the team to present to two judges who were Federal Reserve staff members. Competing teams were in six brackets of roughly six teams each, with the winner of each bracket advancing to the semifinals. Although Oswego’s team did not advance, the judges were impressed with much of the team’s presentation, notably their analysis of current economic conditions and monetary policy. The judges praised the team’s balance in noting the arguments for keeping policy unchanged versus tightening policy to avoid financial bubbles. The judges also appreciated the group’s explanation of why the standard unemployment rate is not the best indicator of the labor market. The students trained for the competition for two months, meeting once a week in September and twice a week in October. “As always, our students gained a remarkable understanding of the state of the economy and Federal Reserve policy in a short time,” Dighe said. “They came away able to make the best arguments for both sides of the debate over whether or not to raise interest rates. … A win would have been nice, but these students put together a fine presentation and have every reason to be proud. The brackets are always tough.” SUNY Oswego has participated in the Fed Challenge in every year since 2010.

Lisa Glidden speakingPolitical science associate professor Lisa Glidden, pictured, delivered the keynote address Nov. 13 at the 2015 Central New York International Citizen Awards dinner, presented by the International Center of Syracuse. The event took place at Upstate Medical University’s Institute for Human Performance. See related story.

Karen Sime doing field researchBiological sciences faculty member Karen R. Sime, an expert on the state-listed endangered species bog buckmoth, recently received a $20,000 cooperative agreement award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to put together a comprehensive species assessment report in cooperation with project manager Sandra Doran of the service’s New York Field Office. Under the agreement, Sime, pictured, will convene a meeting of other experts on the extremely rare bog buckmoth (Hemileuca sp.) and assemble information on the species’ biology and status. Six of 10 known colonies of the bog buckmoth inhabit Oswego County fens. For years, Sime and her students have studied the behavior and ecology of the bog buckmoth, which is a marker of the health and changing conditions of eastern Lake Ontario wetlands. Also, in Minneapolis in mid-November, at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Sime gave an invited talk with the title “Publishing Science: Advice from an Editor and Teacher” in a well-attended symposium titled “The Art of Writing a Successful Research Paper.” She also presented a poster on her field research, co-authored by fellow biological sciences faculty member Eric Hellquist, titled “Anastatus furnissi (Hymenoptera: Eupelmidae) as a Parasitoid of the Bog Buckmoth (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), a Rare Inhabitant of New York Peatlands.” Also attending the meeting were Abbey Jago, a junior zoology major, and David Ingber, a 2011 graduate in biological sciences who is now a doctoral student in entomology at the University of Delaware. He gave a talk on his recent research comparing Bacillus thuringiensis toxicity in host strains of the fall armyworm.



Mon Nov 30, 2015
Children await toys from a generous campus community

The 28th annual SUNY Oswego Toy Drive has begun, offering anyone the opportunity to give a toy to an underprivileged child in Oswego County.



Wed Nov 25, 2015
December graduates prepared for road ahead

Around 500 students are eligible to graduate at the Dec. 12 commencement ceremonies, prepared for the next steps in their journeys.



Wed Nov 25, 2015
Zest for challenge drives Esther Gabriel in philosophy, lacrosse

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet All-SUNYAC Second Team lacrosse midfielder Esther Gabriel, a three-time captain as well as an honors program major in philosophy with a logic minor.



Tue Nov 17, 2015

Since Nov. 2, SUNY Oswego police have investigated several cases of found property, drug possession and intoxicated persons, and officers made five arrests.

An 18-year-old Seneca Hall resident was charged with fourth-degree possession of marijuana.

Police charged a 20-year-old Rome woman with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, and fourth-degree criminal mischief as well as a violation—possession of marijuana—and five traffic infractions.

A 19-year-old Syracuse man was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1 percent alcohol as well as three violations: making an improper right turn, failing to keep right and using another’s driver’s license.

Officers charged an 18-year-old Bronx man with attempted obstruction of governmental administration. They said he tried to interfere with medical and police personnel as they performed their duties.

A 24-year-old La Fayette man was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle plus two infractions and a violation.



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