Campus Update

Tue Nov 03, 2015
College president elected chair-elect of AASCU board

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley was elected chair-elect of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ board of directors during the association’s annual meeting last week.

Tue Nov 03, 2015

Since Oct. 19, SUNY Police have investigated several cases of theft and vandalism and made 15 arrests.


Police arrested an 18-year-old Cayuga Hall resident on charges of third-degree rape, a felony, as well as second-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree sexual abuse. He is accused of assaulting a female student in the early morning hours in a residence hall.


Two 18-year-old Seneca Hall residents were charged with fifth-degree possession of stolen property. Police said they had a sign reading “In Case of Fire Use Stairs” belonging to the college. One was also charged with possession of a forged instrument, a license. They were both also charged with possession of marijuana, a violation.

Motor vehicle misdemeanors

A 51-year-old Sammamish, Washington, woman was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or above, both misdemeanors, and failing a field sobriety test and going down a one-way street the wrong way.

A 21-year-old commuter student was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or above, and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, as well as speeding.

A 56-year-old Oswego woman was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right.

Four people were charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle: A 25-year-old Syracuse man who was also charged with speeding; a 21-year-old commuter student who was also charged with talking on a cell phone; a 26-year-old Oswego man who was also charged with having a loud muffler; and a 23-year-old Port Jervis man who was also charged with going down a one-way street the wrong way.

A 20-year-old Oneida Hall resident and a 20-year-old Oswego man were each charged with driving with a suspended registration.


Two 18-year-old campus residents were charged with disorderly conduct in a late night incident on Sheldon Avenue. Police said they were urinating in public. One lives in Cayuga Hall, the other in Oneida Hall.

A 19-year-old Oneida Hall resident was charged with possession of marijuana.

Mon Nov 02, 2015
Researchers share new grant to monitor fish for pollutants

Thanks to a $1.5 million share of an Environmental Protection Agency grant, SUNY Oswego and its Environmental Research Center will continue, over the next five years, in a research partnership that has documented marked gains in reducing older chemical pollutants in the Great Lakes.

Fri Oct 30, 2015

Steven AbrahamThe International Journal of Law and Management has accepted a paper by Steven Abraham, pictured, a professor in the School of Business, for publication. The article is titled “The LMRDA. Another Labor Law that Benefits Firms?”

Evelyn A. Clark Benavides of the sociology faculty was one of seven faculty SUNYCON Fellows attending the annual conference in New York City. Fellows also included 13 students. This select group of students and faculty from throughout the university system participated in exclusive events at the conference Oct. 29 and 30. SUNYCON fellows had exclusive access to featured speakers and discussions as national thought leaders in higher education, business, and philanthropy considered the overall theme “Building a New Business Model for the Academy: Partnerships, Affiliations, Mergers and Acquisitions.” They are asked to continue the SUNYCON discussion as they return to their respective campuses. “It is critical that we provide a vehicle for our discussions, discoveries, and ideas to keep moving forward once SUNYCON has wrapped up,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “These SUNY students and faculty were chosen for their interest in innovation in higher education, and we have every confidence that their SUNYCON experience will be an enriching one for them, personally, and for their campuses, as they return home with new tools, clearer vision, and a broader network of connections in their fields.”

Shashi Kanbur, professor and chair of physics, has been named as a collaborator on a project based at Ohio State University to recompute stellar opacities, “a high-profile project that could change a number of things in astrophysics,” Kanbur said. Led by Anil Pradhan at Ohio State, the project was recently funded by the National Science Foundation. Also, Kanbur is the co-author of a paper that recently appeared in Publications of the Korean Astronomical Society. Titled “U-SmART: Small Aperture Robotic Telescopes for Universities,” it tells how a group of universities have come together with the aim of designing and developing Small Aperture Robotic Telescopes (SmART) for use by students to observe variable stars and transient followups. They plan to develop a prototype and replicate it at all the participating universities to provide round-the-clock observations from sites spread evenly in longitude across the globe. Other authors are Ranjan Gupta of the Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics in India, Harinder P. Singh of the University of Delhi, and Andreas Schrimpf and Christian Dersch of Philipps-Universitaet Marburg.

Milton Loayza of the modern languages and literatures department will direct a performance in the international Climate Change Theatre Action project at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 in the basement of Hart Hall as part of the Global Engagement Conference. It will be a staged reading of seven short pieces with the participation of Oswego students. The one- to-five-minute plays are by Deborah Asiimwe of Uganda, Chantal Bilodeau of Canada, Olivier Mayer and August Schulenburg of the United States, Silvia Peláez of Mexico, Elyne Quan of Canada and Stephen Sewell of Australia. The goal of the Climate Change Theatre Action project is to invite as many people as possible to participate in a global conversation. The project’s events are registered with ArtCOP21—Cultural Programme for Paris Climate 2015.

In Memoriam

Rodica Ieta, 48, a visiting assistant professor of English and creative writing, died Oct. 21 at her home in the town of Oswego.

Joan Wallace, 69, longtime secretary in the English and creative writing department, died Oct. 13.

Fri Oct 30, 2015
Democracy now comes in variety of forms, new book argues

Traditional theories of what constitutes a democracy must make way for multiple new approaches to the concept around the world, political science professor Stephen J. Rosow and Australian colleague Jim George contend in a new book.

Thu Oct 29, 2015
Numbers, bones, rescue pets: Cathy Johnston embraces life and learning

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Cathy Johnston, a calculations clerk II in Accounts Payable who pursues a second bachelor’s degree, reads voraciously and has a variety of interests, from collecting bones to seeing the world’s archaeological wonders.

Thu Oct 29, 2015
Anthropologist explores migration among Canada's French-speaking minorities

Anthropology faculty member Lindsay A. Bell recently co-authored a book that traces labor mobility among French-speaking Canadians across the broad sweep of the country, from Alberta oil sands and Arctic diamond mines to a fishing-and-tourism village in northeastern New Brunswick.

Tue Oct 20, 2015
Trustees schedule hearing

Tue Oct 20, 2015

Since Oct. 5, University Police have investigated several cases of theft, harassment and vandalism and made no arrests.

Mon Oct 19, 2015
Financial chapter wins recognition

SUNY Oswego’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi—the international honor organization for financial information students and professionals—has achieved “superior” status based on its performance in 2014-15.

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