Campus Update

Mon Oct 21, 2013
Winter storms may cancel classes

To find out if classes are canceled because of inclement weather, members of the campus community have several options: sign up for NY-Alert, listen to television or radio, check with the front desk of the residence hall where they live, check, or call 312-3333, the SUNY Oswego Information Line.

Among the TV and radio stations making this college’s class cancellation announcements are TV Channels 3, 5, 9 and 10 in Syracuse; the WRVO Stations (FM 89.9 to 91.9 throughout Central and Northern New York); WSYR AM 570 and Y94 FM 94.5 in Syracuse; and WHAM 1180 in Rochester.

The public announcement of class cancellations only occurs when the entire campus of thousands of students and faculty are affected. Faculty members wishing to cancel their own classes should follow the same procedure used when they are ill.

Faculty teaching classes off campus should follow the weather closing policy governing the class site and inform students how to find out if their class is canceled. More information is online under Severe Weather Procedures: Class Cancellations.

College does not ‘close’

Under the state’s regulations, only the governor has the authority to close a state agency such as SUNY Oswego. Unless the governor closes the college, employees who choose not to come to work or to leave work early are required to charge their time. The only exception is for instructional faculty when classes have been canceled.

Mon Oct 21, 2013

Since Oct. 14, University Police have investigated several cases of theft and vandalism and made 14 arrests.


A 19-year-old Cayuga Hall resident was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. He is accused of selling 10 Clonazepam pills to an undercover University Police officer.

An 18-year-old Johnson Hall resident was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. He is accused of selling Adderall pills to an undercover University Police officer. He was also charged with seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance.


An 18-year-old Elbridge man was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree. He is accused of having more than 25 grams of marijuana.

A 19-year-old Cayuga Hall resident was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief. He is accused of breaking a window in the Pathfinder Hall tunnel.

A 21-year-old Poughquag man was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08, both misdemeanors, and driving with no headlights, a traffic infraction.

A 21-year-old Onondaga Hall resident was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, a misdemeanor, and failure to stop at a stop sign and driver failure to wear seat belt, both infractions.

A 20-year-old commuter student was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration.


Seven teenagers were charged with possessing marijuana: four residents of Cayuga Hall, one each from Funnelle and Seneca halls, and a Port Jervis woman.

Fri Oct 18, 2013
'SportsCenter' anchor, WWE exec to appear at sports-themed Media Summit

Steve LevyESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Steve Levy and former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Donna Goldsmith will headline an accomplished, all-alumni panel of sports media and business professionals at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Waterman Theatre for the ninth annual Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit.

Other panelists for the sports-themed summit, titled “Get in the Game,” will include Jay Beberman, managing editor for sports at Bloomberg News, and John Kucko, sports anchor at WROC-TV in Rochester. All of the panelists—Levy and Kucko in 1987, Goldsmith in ‘82 and Beberman in ‘89—graduated from SUNY Oswego.

This year’s theme should resonate strongly with a broad audience, attracting but going well beyond students aiming for careers in sports journalism, broadcast production or public relations, said David Moody, a communication studies faculty member leading the summit’s organizational committee.

“With the Super Bowl coming to metropolitan New York City—along with the college and professional basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer around here—there is top-of-the-mind awareness of sports in this state,” Moody said. “The traditional way we view sports has changed. There are branding issues, marketing issues.”

As a sign of the times in communication, the Media Summit will be televised live on student-run WTOP-TV, live-streamed on the college’s and students’ Media Summit websites and posted, shared, liked, tweeted and Instagrammed online. Seating is free but not reserved.

In-person networking opportunities also will abound for students Nov. 6, as panelists and a team of alumni career connectors appear in classes and other forums. This year’s career connectors—all recent graduates of SUNY Oswego—will include Lewis Karpel, photojournalist for; Samantha Shelton, assistant web editor for Fitness Magazine; Ben Amey, anchor/reporter for WETM-TV in Elmira; Maria Urda, promotional log editor for the new Fox Sports 1 network; and Stephanie Robusto, video journalist and field reporter for WMBF-TV in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

‘Team effort’

Louis A. Borrelli Jr., a 1977 alumnus whose generosity launched the Media Summit in 2005, will moderate. Borrelli, a cable television pioneer, new and traditional media executive and recognized industry leader, currently is chief marketing officer for and an investor in nimbleTV.

Students play a strong role in organizing the summit, Moody said. For example, students in journalism and broadcasting classes have been asked to help craft questions about sports performance on-air and on the field, broadcast production, business models and programming.

Questions about how “SportsCenter” has affected local market sports segments may be directed to Levy, who has been an anchor/commentator for the show since joining ESPN in 1993. Questions about roles of women in sports media from the broadcast booth to the sidelines could come the way of Goldsmith, who also was general manager of operations for the NY/NJ 2014 Super Bowl Host Company and named the second most powerful woman in sports, by annual sports revenue, in Forbes magazine in 2009.

Among the student assistants for the Media Summit, junior communication and social interaction major Marissa Sarbak and senior broadcasting and mass communication major Janelle Francisco have coordinated the effort with their peers and faculty.

“They’ve been a big help,” Moody said. “They do a little bit of everything. They run the student meetings we have every Tuesday night. They do the (classroom) appearance grid we have for the speakers that day. They help put together the itineraries for the panelists, the flyers, the posters, student web pages and other campus promotion.”

Sarbak, who helps coordinate the efforts of more than 30 of her fellow students, said the event-planning experience has been invaluable. “It’s definitely been a challenge to me, something new—and that’s been my favorite part about it. I really feel like it ties in every aspect of a communication major.”

Using a sports image, Moody agreed the summit has been a team effort: “So ‘Get in the Game’ and play ball with us on Nov. 6,” he said.

Following Borrelli’s 2005 founding gift, 1976 SUNY Oswego graduate Al Roker, weathercaster and co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, provided additional funding in 2007 to rename the summit in memory of longtime professor O’Donnell, a seminal figure in the college experiences of Borrelli and Roker.

More information about SUNY Oswego’s 2013 Media Summit is available at

Parking for those without a campus sticker is $1. To obtain a one-day permit, visit

PHOTO CAPTION: At the summit—Steve Levy, an ESPN SportsCenter anchor/commentator and SUNY Oswego alumnus, will appear on the panel of the ninth annual Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Waterman Theatre. The sports-themed summit will air live on the student-run WTOP-TV and stream live on the college’s and student organizers’ websites.

Fri Oct 18, 2013

Bruce Altschuler, professor emeritus of political science, reviewed “The Post-Presidency from Washington to Clinton” by Burton I. Kaufman in the summer issue of The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.

Donna Matteson, an associate professor of technology, gave one of three presentations Oct. 11 at a Workshop on Classroom Design at Princeton University. Her talk was titled “Classroom Environment: Student Perceptions of Biophilia in the Classroom and the Connection Between Biophilia and Collaboration.” Biophilia involves humans’ innate attraction to nature. Matteson said that nature in the classroom environment is more than just plants or view and can be achieved with colors, lighting, asymmetry, patterns, textures, visuals, air, sound and movement. The other presentations were by administrators from Cornell University and the University of Michigan.

Sarfraz Mian of the School of Business is the lead guest editor of a special issue of Technovation: The International Journal of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management. Recently Mian attended the 2013 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference held in Lyon, France, where he presented two research papers and led a pre-conference workshop for doctoral students and junior faculty on the subject of technology business incubation. He also delivered invited lectures on this subject at the Groupe ESC Troyes, a business school in Champagne, France, and at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. 

Scott Steiger speaking with visitors about weather equipment and forecastingEarth sciences faculty member Scott Steiger, pictured, center and co-authors recently published an article about their 2010-11 lake-effect research in the American Meteorological Society’s journal Monthly Weather Review. The study, titled “Circulations, Bounded Weak Echo Regions and Horizontal Vortices Observed Within Long-Lake-Axis-Parallel Lake-Effect Storms by the Doppler on Wheels,” focused on research conducted during intense snowstorms along the eastern Great Lakes, including the Oswego area. Co-authors included Distinguished Service Professor Alfred Stamm; students Robert Schrom, Daniel Ruth, Keith Jaszka, Timothy Kress and Brett Rathbun; Jeffrey Frame, a faculty member at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Joshua Wurman and Karen Kosiba of the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, Colo.

In Memoriam

Lucina Hernandez Laundre, 53, director of Rice Creek Field Station and an associate professor of biological sciences, died Oct. 10 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

Fri Oct 18, 2013
Students in Oswego, Australia team on COIL course, robot videos

Professors and students on two continents—as well as human and robot actors in Oswego—gave a new dimension to collaboration this spring.

Coursework in Australia and Oswego linked graduate students in English literature, human-computer interaction and creative writing. Their studies pulled in topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, philosophy, graphic design and history. And, in a case of campus-community teamwork, their final project teamed actors from the Oswego Players with robot actors.

Scene from filming of robot videoHCI director Damian Schofield and English and creative writing graduate studies director Patrick Murphy co-taught “Transhumanism,” exploring the intersections of the real and virtual worlds in realms such as artificial intelligence, robots and avatars.

Taking it a step further, Schofield connected with a colleague in Australia to turn the effort into a Collaborative Online International Learning course. Once a week for part of the spring semester, students here met by live videoconference with students in Lisa Dethridge’s creative writing class at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Schofield, a native of England who taught in Melbourne for five years before coming to Oswego, said he has many international collaborators on a variety of projects, but this effort brought two classrooms together from opposite sides of the world.

“As a master’s-level faculty member, I involve students in projects in the UK, France and in Australia,” he said. “My students were already working with Lisa before COIL, but it tended to be on individual projects. COIL was a way we could bring more of that collaboration into a classroom format. It was a natural progression.”

Robotic actors

The virtual classroom met real life when the Australian students began crafting questions for the Americans to answer. The goal in Melbourne was to write scripts for short videos starring friends of Schofield’s from the Oswego Players and SUNY Oswego’s autonomous, programmable, humanoid NAO robots.

“Robotics lets us step outside ourselves and allows us to do some problem-solving,” a visiting Dethridge told a Campus Center auditorium audience at the recent Symposium on Learning and Teaching. “That’s a kind of fourth-dimensional space” where people can project themselves onto an inanimate object, observe and learn, she said.

Dethridge said the professors asked their students to question the process of technological and scientific advances—including what makes one human, whether robots can learn to have beliefs or a sense of humor or mental illness, and what human values should be embedded in the processes for making “progress.”

The students in the transhumanism course provided their Australian collaborators with an eclectic set of resources, from academic research to pop culture, from scientific studies of robots and humans to comic books, movies, fiction and the literature of history, philosophy and cognitive science.

Schofield, in an interview that Dethridge conducted with him for RMIT’s website, gave this example: In an experiment involving how people feel toward their robots, the humans had no trouble switching off an “unemotional” machine, but when the robot “begged for its life,” the humans were reluctant to turn it off.

Follow-up trip

Five HCI students from “Transhumanism” followed up by traveling to Australia this summer with Schofield and Tatiana Tavares, a visiting scholar at SUNY Oswego from Brazil’s Science Without Borders program. They continued working with some of the Australian creative writing students to refine the scripts for the robots and the actors from the Oswego Players.

“As HCI students, we spend a lot of time thinking about humans and robots and computers,” said Phillip Moore, who enrolled in the program after receiving his BFA in graphic design. “We brought them a little different perspective just thinking about how to write for robots.”

The playlets were filmed in a home in New Haven. The resulting videos—funny but pointed—portray a robot as surrogate husband for a widowed woman, as the confused foil to a contest winner who speaks in Aussie slang and as a mood-transferal device for a sleepy man.

Anthony Kirkpatrick, another HCI student who made the Australia trip, said the COIL course presented logistical hurdles—the Australians’ semester began later than Oswego’s, the time zones were 14 hours apart and there were stereotypes to overcome. “It was difficult at times, but that’s part of the good thing about it,” he said. “It took me out of my comfort zone. I can sit through a class on artificial intelligence and robots and things like that and enjoy and understand it, in layman’s terms. But throw in literature and philosophy and it’s taking me out of my comfort zone.”

HCI student Carly Karas added, “It kind of feels now like we have a little more experience with the wider world. The classes talked about the past and the present and the future. I think it added some depth.”

Dethridge said COIL courses have specific advantages for students: strengthening cultural experience and ties, attracting new students to the courses and institutions, and enhancing employment opportunities. Yet equally important is the vast potential for faculty development, she said: “We are inventing pedagogical practices as we go.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Robot wranglers—Human-computer interaction graduate students Bobby Tew, left, and Anthony Kirkpatrick ready one of SUNY Oswego’s NAO robots for a scene in a video titled “Rob-ot,” where the programmable humanoid plays surrogate husband for a widowed woman, portrayed by Oswego Players actor Joannie Anderson. Oswego students in a co-taught HCI and English literature course worked with creative writing students in Australia to produce three human-robot videos during a Collaborative Online International Learning partnership. (Photo by Tatiana Tavares)

Thu Oct 17, 2013
Professor's sci-fi novel engages timeless questions about technology

The lines between two of Craig DeLancey’s great passions—philosophy and science fiction—intertwine subtly but surely in his first traditionally published novel, “Gods of Earth.”

Craig DeLancey with bookNew from 47North, an Amazon-owned publisher based in Seattle, DeLancey’s novel follows Chance Kyrien, a 17-year-old orphan who longs for nothing more than a farm, a wedding and a religious life, but who is swept up in the aftermath of a cataclysmic war in a far-future, technologically out-of-control Earth. A dark, brooding god awakens and seeks him out, launching Chance on a quest to save himself, his family and his way of life.

“It’s a novel that reflects on, ‘What are the ultimate ends of technology?’” DeLancey said. “If we are free, how do we decide how to live? If we are radically free, and if technology continues to progress, then technology is going to make us more and more powerful. (Chance) is confronting the possibility of technologies that allow you to be whatever you want to be.”

A faculty member in philosophy since 2002, DeLancey teaches logic and existentialism, among other courses. He also has a scholarly book published by Oxford University Press, more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles in such journals as Philosophical Studies, Metaphysica, and Ethics and the Environment, and numerous presentations on subjects from emotion and the function of consciousness to the concept of wilderness.

Why science fiction?

“I can’t ever remember not being interested in science fiction,” DeLancey said. “At a very young age, I declared—I think I was 6—that I was going be an astronaut. ... My stepfather bought me a boxed set of (Robert) Heinlein’s juvenile novels when I was 13 or 14. That was the end of all resistance for me. I’ve probably been continually writing and reading sci-fi since that time.”

Sci-fi as literature

Science fiction, he said, is the literature of ideas. It’s inevitable that when his love of philosophy and his love of science fiction meet, one informs the other, DeLancey said.

“There is a character in the novel that is an artificial intelligence, not an uncommon presence in sci-fi these days,” he said. “That’s one of my areas of research—the philosophy of artificial intelligence. The philosophy of mind is my primary area of research. How that (an AI character) would work—and the challenges and difficulties for the kinds of things that computation can do and moreover the kinds of things it can’t do—really informed the book.”

Smiling, he added, “I know I just scared away a thousand readers. You can read it as a kind of tale. You don’t need a degree in philosophy to read this book.”

The 503-page “Gods of Earth” had what DeLancey called “a very curious genesis.” About 10 years ago, an artist friend of his wanted to collaborate on a project, and sent DeLancey some artwork.

“One of them was a figure that was strange and interesting—it was just meant to be a lamp, I think—but to me it looked like some kind of strange container, and that’s what spurred me to do a story for this,” he said.

“There’s no doubt that the philosophical questions drive many of the themes of the fiction, and that I think is true of all the things I’ve written,” DeLancey said. “I try not to indulge in theory ever in my fiction—to keep those worlds separate—because I think fiction is about portraying the complexities of life that have difficulty being squeezed into theory. Fiction is about things that are messy and seem to us at first patternless—the accidents of a person’s life and what they do to make meaning of that.”

A month since publication, “Gods of Earth” has sold primarily as an e-book, though it’s also available as a paperback. DeLancey said an audio book read by Nick Podehl, whose credits include Nora Roberts’ “Black Hills,” is due out soon.

DeLancey has published dozens of short stories in science-fiction magazines such as Analog, Cosmos and Shimmer, and won a Cosmos Top 12 Science Fiction Short Stories Award of 2012 for “The Man Who Betrayed Turing.” He also writes plays, many of which have received staged readings and performances in New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne, among other places.

PHOTO CAPTION: Limits of technology—Philosophy faculty member Craig DeLancey’s new book, “Gods of Earth,” follows a young man’s quest through a world brought low by out-of-control technologies. While staying far away from philosophical theory, the science-fiction book raises some large questions that technological advances pose for humankind.

Thu Oct 17, 2013
Human resources major Alycia White learns risk can be its own reward

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet senior human resource management major Alycia White, who has learned to take risks, helping revive the Society of Human Resource Management student chapter as president, mentoring transfer students and otherwise pushing herself to network.

Alycia WhiteQ. Where did you grow up?
I’m from Marathon, a small town between Syracuse and Binghamton—one traffic light. I transferred here from Tompkins Cortland Community College. I went there for a year because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I had a lot of high school credits and got my associate’s (degree) in one year.

Q. Why did you then choose SUNY Oswego and its School of Business?
It wasn’t too far away and it was one of the only schools that offers HR (human resources) as a major, especially at a SUNY school.

Q. What attracted you to human resource management?
I always had an interest in business. I don’t think I’m cut out to be an entrepreneur, so I was researching what kinds of things you can do within business. During my school breaks, I work in a restaurant. The summer after high school, I was working as a hostess making minimum wage. I could see that other people I was working with were doing way more work than they were paid for. It triggered me to think about that and things like compensation, then that rolled into HR and I said, “I’ve got to try it.”

Q. It seems since you enrolled in the School of Business, you’ve gone “all in.”
Go big or go home. (Laughs.) When I went to TC3, I didn’t do any clubs or organizations. I knew I was only going to be here for two years, so I figured I’d better make the most of my time. Last year I joined SHRM, and it was kind of a dying organization, to be honest, so I wanted to kind of foster it, so it could develop into what it should be.

Q. What have you done to breathe life into SHRM?
My fellow officers and I were all in the club last year, and we make a great team. We wanted to make it as fun and useful as possible for students. We partnered with Career Services and we are offering something called LinkedIn Photo Booth at all the major career events. SHRM is sponsoring it because recruiters use LinkedIn so heavily that if a student doesn’t have a photo or has a picture out at a bar, it kind of gives a bad taste. We’ve done a little over 100 (photos) so far. I can’t take credit for the idea, but we figured it would be something that would be helpful and get SHRM’s name across campus. We also put on resume workshops and arrange talks from employers looking for interns. This next month, we have two company tours. One of them is Anheuser-Busch, so that’s kind of a sweet spot for students. We will talk to the HR professionals in the organization.

Q. What is one of your top takeaways from your time at Oswego so far?
One of the things I continue to struggle with—but I think SUNY Oswego has definitely helped me—is to take risks. Coming out of high school, I played it very safe and went to a community college because all my friends were going there. Since coming here, I think I take more risks, I put myself in more uncomfortable situations. Things like networking—I actually hate networking, but in the School of Business they tell you to network every day. So I put myself in situations where I have to network.

Q. What do you think of your fellow Oswego students?
The people that I’m close with, it’s cool because I see similar interests. Everyone’s kind of on the same path—and that’s a good thing, you connect over that. But even people I’m not so close with, everyone here holds the door for you. I love that. It’s the simple things that make it more of a community.

Q. Have you given thought to your next move in life?
No. It’s so unlike me. I’m still kind of up in the air whether it’s grad school or the workforce after college. I am trying to get another internship for next semester, to help me decide. I interned before at Sherwin-Williams last February in Oswego. In June, I worked in the Cortland location. It was more management and sales. I think I need another internship just focusing on HR. With any major, you never know until you’re in it.

Q. Why did you choose to mentor transfers in the MOST program?
I had a lot of issues with transferring classes and making sure I got into the right classes, so I wanted to be a mentor in order to help circumvent that and help current transfer students avoid those issues.

Q. What do you like to do outside school?
I like doing crafts. I guess that makes me sound old. Have you ever heard of It has a bunch of fun things—I love doing stuff like that. I just made a beer-bottle-cap canvas. I stretched canvas over a wooden frame, papier-mached dictionary pages to it and fixed on beer bottle caps to write a word. It was pretty fun. I’m just crafty, I’m not artsy. (Laughs.)

Q. What can you tell us about your family?
They’re fun. They’re all characters. I’ve got a younger brother, 19, and a sister, 13, Mom, Dad, three dogs, two cats and two chickens. It’s a zoo. (Laughs.)

Thu Oct 17, 2013
School of Business makes national 'best' list for 10th year

Oswego’s School of Business appears on Princeton Review’s 2014 list of the nation’s most outstanding MBA-granting business schools, the 10th consecutive year the school has achieved the designation.

Alumna Sarah Kane presenting at classroom symposiumThe private education services company features SUNY Oswego in its new book “The Best 295 Business Schools.” The national listing is alphabetical and not a hierarchical ranking, putting Oswego’s School of Business in the company of those at the SUNY system’s university centers at Albany, Binghamton and Buffalo, plus Ivy League universities and other top academic institutions around the country.

“We recommend SUNY Oswego as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a business school degree,” wrote Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We chose the schools we profile in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from schools.”

The AACSB-accredited SUNY Oswego School of Business offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, business administration, finance, human resource management, marketing, operations management and information systems, and risk management and insurance.

Oswego’s profile in the new book includes survey comments from students, such as “the very small classes promote learning and student-professor interaction” and “promotes a lot of hands-on work and team activities to form a strong work ethic among students.”

‘Create a bond’

Irene Scruton, director of MBA programs, said the school is proud of achieving Princeton Review’s top-schools rating for the past decade in a highly competitive market.

“It’s a testament to our high-quality, dedicated faculty delivering content that keeps pace with the demands of today’s global employers,” Scruton said.

Among the customizable master of business administration programs are health services administration, management, public accounting and a variety of five-year options that combine an MBA with such undergraduate disciplines as broadcasting, psychology and public accounting. MBA delivery options include classroom-based in Oswego and/or at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse, blended classroom-online programs and the well-regarded all-online MBA. 

“We help each other out in our classes,” one surveyed student said. “I think the students in the graduate program really create a bond with one another.”

Princeton Review scores colleges based on academic experience, admissions selectivity, career, student interest in professors’ presentations and professors’ accessibility. The publication produces top 10 lists within the categories based on scores, student comments and information from the institutions; one example is “toughest to get into,” headed by business schools at Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

Oswego’s profile in the new book makes particular note of the school’s cost-effectiveness, saying students “can expect excellent value for their money.”

For more information, visit or, or call 315-312-2911.

PHOTO CAPTION: Career connection—Alumna Sarah Kane, class of 2008 and principal account clerk for Broome County, talks to the “Cost Accounting” class of School of Business faculty member Donald Cram during the school’s annual Alumni Symposium. Recently named nationally to the 2014 “Best 295 Business Schools” list by educational services company Princeton Review, the School of Business helps students prepare and network for careers through its academic programs, annual alumni events, recruitment of top faculty, and internship and cooperative-education positions with area companies.

Thu Oct 17, 2013
New STEM facilities will highlight technology conference

Around 500 educators and professionals from around the state will travel to SUNY Oswego Thursday and Friday for the 74th annual Technology Fall Conference to explore the latest developments in technology education and related work in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Hosted by the technology department with the theme “STEM Engagement,” the conference will feature 50-plus presentations, the Technology Innovation Showcase, numerous vendor displays and other professional-development opportunities for teachers working in levels from kindergarten to college.

Since many educators in technology and other STEM fields are SUNY Oswego alumni, the conference marks an opportunity to bring mid-career professionals up to date on the college’s pre-eminent programs in technology education and STEM disciplines. For example, the college’s new $118 million STEM complex and its technology laboratories, software, processes and state-of-the-art equipment will take center stage.

Presentations will include a behind-the-scenes look at the many environmentally friendly attributes of the new Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation; techniques for developing digital presentations in Shineman’s planetarium; a session on electrical and computer engineering, a new degree program at SUNY Oswego; a new course in materials technology; and a tour of the top-to-bottom renovations in the School of Education’s Park Hall, due to reopen soon.

The Technology Innovation Showcase, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday in [NOTE: Updated 10/22} rooms 117 and 121 of Wilber Hall, will feature such innovative ideas and products as cardboard chairs designed by students in art faculty member Benjamin Entner’s “Design Concepts II” course; a lighter and stronger remotely controlled robotic vehicle, such as the one Team Mini deploys between periods at Laker hockey games; and new techniques human-computer interaction students use for recording and analyzing posture and gesture as means of inferring students’ emotional states.

For more information, including a complete list of presentations, visit

Mon Oct 07, 2013

Since Sept. 24, University Police have investigated several cases of theft, vandalism and disorderly conduct and made 12 arrests.


A 20-year-old Rochester woman was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08, both misdemeanors, traffic infractions and possession of marijuana and fireworks, both violations.

An 18-year-old Onondaga Hall resident was charged with second-degree criminal nuisance. He is accused of discharging a fire extinguisher. He was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said he had Adderall pills.

A 30-year-old Constantia man was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation of another person. He is accused of using his brother’s name.

A 19-year-old commuter student was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and failure to return license plates, both misdemeanors, and an infraction.

A 41-year-old Oswego man was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration.


An 18-year-old Seneca Hall resident was charged with disorderly conduct.

Six people were charged with possessing marijuana, including five teenage students who reside in various campus residence halls and a 21-year-old Oswego woman. The Oswego woman was also charged with a traffic infraction. 

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