Campus Update

Mon Sep 23, 2013
New accord to draw more degree-seeking Korean students

SUNY Oswego moved to continue boosting enrollment from East Asia, signing a first-in-SUNY agreement Sept. 5 that would send selected students from Chung-Ang University in Seoul to Oswego for three years to complete bachelor’s degrees.

Jun Hyun-Hong and Lorrie ClemoThe five-year agreement with Chung-Ang is structured similarly with one the college has with Seoul’s Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, which sent 39 students to SUNY Oswego in January with the goal of completing their undergraduate degrees here in three years following a first year at HUFS.

Lorrie Clemo, provost and vice president for academic affairs, signed the agreement with Jun Hyun-Hong, Chung-Ang’s vice president for international affairs. President Deborah F. Stanley earlier had signed a memorandum of understanding with Chung-Ang’s president, Lee Yong-goo, to set detailed talks in motion.

“With each new agreement in Asia and beyond, we have good academic context that allows us to closely match institutional capacities, disciplines and program levels to meet student preferences and needs,” Clemo said. “This effort helps ensure that the students we bring to Oswego will be well matched and successful here.”

New to the Chung-Ang accord is an incentive for the Korean students to apply, after Oswego graduation, to their first-year college to achieve a second bachelor’s degree, according to Joshua McKeown, director of international education and programs, who made a weeklong trip to Korea and China the week after Labor Day with Clemo and Oswego’s East Asian recruitment manager, Peace Li.

“Korean students who choose this path will not only get their SUNY Oswego bachelor’s degree, but if they perform at a high level, they will have the opportunity—not the guarantee but the opportunity—to submit an application back to Chung-Ang to pursue a double degree,” McKeown said. “This is something within international education worldwide that is growing quickly. Students around the world are trying to make themselves as competitive and marketable as possible.”

With Oswego’s international student enrollment this fall at a record 218, the college stands to gain a significant, though as yet undetermined, number of new students through Chung-Ang, he said. Additionally, another 30-plus Korean students are in their first year at HUFS, undergoing the required intensive English and other preparation for their transition to SUNY Oswego this spring.

Building relationships

McKeown said the college continues to see the results of building relationships, a culturally important process in East Asia. The Chung-Ang agreement, as with HUFS, came with the assistance of recruiting organization Korus after Stanley made a trip last year to Korea, among numerous other visits between officials of SUNY Oswego and Korean institutions over the past several years.

“It was our Korus partner—who I think owing to the level of sophistication they felt exists within SUNY Oswego, the commitment coming from SUNY Oswego, from the president on down, to expanding relationships in Korea and elsewhere in Asia for enrollments, but also for research and general university partnerships—that extended this invitation to Oswego to visit Seoul at this time to solidify the relationship with HUFS, and to finalize and sign the first-in-SUNY agreement with Chung-Ang University,” McKeown noted.

McKeown said the support structure SUNY Oswego has built aimed at the long-term adjustment and academic success of the HUFS students has positioned the college for continued recruitment in East Asia. The college offers active pre-admission communications, transfer advisement, a weeklong orientation, social events, tutoring and mentoring through Hart Hall Global Living and Learning Center and a highly engaged faculty dedicated to internationalization efforts.

“We continue to watch the market in Korea as well as work collaboratively and constructively within SUNY to ensure that our agreements, programs and relationships are all working in harmony,” he said.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher two years ago announced a global recruitment initiative closely tied to the 64-campus system’s Power of SUNY strategic plan and the system’s role as an economic driver for the state. It aims to increase SUNY-wide enrollment of international students from 18,000 in 2011 to 32,000 in five years.

After visiting HUFS and Chung-Ang universities in Korea, Clemo and the SUNY Oswego team traveled to Beijing, at the invitation of Korus, to meet with high-ranking officials in China’s Ministry of Education. The talks were aimed at building a relationship that could eventually lead to potential new partnerships with Chinese universities, including expansion of the Global Laboratory and other research collaborations in China.

PHOTO CAPTION: Agreement in Korea—The college and Chung-Ang University in Seoul signed a five-year agreement Sept. 5 to enroll selected Chung-Ang second-year students for three years of study at Oswego to complete their bachelor’s degrees. From left are signatories Jun Hyun-Hong, Chung-Ang’s vice president for international affairs, and Lorrie Clemo, provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Oswego.



Mon Sep 23, 2013
Professor's new book explores classical, modern social thinkers

A new textbook from the prolific pen of sociology chair Timothy Delaney asks college students to apply 500 years of sociological theory to their own attitudes and actions in today’s world.

Timothy Delaney with latest book“Classical and Contemporary Social Theory: Investigation and Application,” published in August by Pearson, deals with prominent sociological thinkers from Machiavelli in the 16th century to today’s feminist and conflict-theory researchers.

It is one of the few textbooks that attempts to double up on classical and contemporary theory, as well as both inquiry and applications, said Delaney, who has taught for 20 years since earning his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

“When you put it all in one book, you can see that classical theorists influenced the creation of these contemporary schools of thought,” he said. A decade ago, Delaney wrote separate books on classical and contemporary sociological thinkers.

As a practical matter, Delaney said, combining the subjects into a 480-page book means students need to buy just one textbook for both theory and methodology, almost universally taught as separate courses in colleges and universities.

“I’m trying to get students to think—get them to think abstractly—but then realize that social theory is not abstract, we try to support it with data,” Delaney said. “In this book, because it is so new, I consciously try to make sure to show relevance of the material to today’s world and projecting into the future.”

For example, Delaney added, “Why is there homelessness? Conflict theory is perfect for that—class struggle, people who don’t have the power want power, redistribution of wealth. Why would those who control what Marx called ‘the means of production’ want to give it away? Are they morally obligated to?”

Comprehensive volume

Besides Niccolo Machiavelli and Karl Marx, Delaney’s book covers classical theorists such as Herbert Spencer, Emile Durkheim, Georg Simmel and Max Weber, along with contributions to classical theory from women, including Harriet Martineau, Beatrice Potter Webb, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Jane Addams and the women’s rights activists of Seneca Falls.

Among contemporary sociological schools of thought, the book explores symbolic interactionism, postmodern theory, and social exchange theory and network analysis, among others, along with such influential 20th- and 21st-century thinkers as Jurgen Habermas, Herbert Marcuse, Sandra Harding, Barbara Risman, George Herbert Mead, Peter Blau and Karen Cook.

As Delaney’s own book has some 900 bibliographical references, so the noted sociological theorists down through the ages have been influenced by their predecessors and the times in which they lived, he said.

“In this class, you really have to think,” Delaney said, referencing his “Sociological Thought” class. “Obviously, you have to think in all your classes, but in this one, it’s right in the title. If you are not comfortable really trying to think about the world critically and to take this information and try to do something about it, you are missing out on the full benefit of this class.”

Delaney said the book encourages students to discount what they decide does not apply and expand on what does, and to form their own perspectives on the world.

“Classical and Contemporary Social Theory: Investigation and Application” is Delaney’s 14th book in the last 15 years, not counting edition updates. Among other books in the past half-dozen years are “American Street Gangs,” “Shameful Behaviors,” “The Sociology of Sports: An Introduction” and “Connecting Sociology to Our Lives: An Introduction to Sociology.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Real-world applications—Tim Delaney, who last month published his 14th book, combining classical and contemporary sociological thought and methodology, said he consciously tried to relate the key ideas of the great thinkers of yesteryear and today to the 21st century world.



Fri Sep 20, 2013
'Fahrenheit 451,' Banned Books Week inspire classes

With the annual worldwide Banned Books Week in progress and Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” in rehearsals, students in art and creative writing have plans to share projects with the campus public this weekend.

Kelly Cullinan of the theatre department—which starting Oct. 17 will stage Bradbury’s dystopian play where books are outlawed, hunted and burned—said 16 students from the art classes of Amy Bartell and Judith Ann Benedict are illustrating covers from the list of books that have been banned over the years.

The art students will begin a draw-a-thon Friday evening using chalk on Tyler Hall’s exterior wall to make a mural of the covers, wrapping up the project Saturday morning.

At noon Saturday, students in Leigh Wilson’s creative writing classes are scheduled to read excerpts from banned books in front of the Tyler Hall wall.

Among books that various localities or authorities have banned are “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Great Gatsby,” the Harry Potter series and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The theatre department will preview “Fahrenheit 451” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, and run at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, with a concluding matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, all in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.



Fri Sep 20, 2013
Rankings season brings more ways to slice and dice colleges

U.S. News again ranks SUNY Oswego among the top 20 public regional universities in the North. Washington Monthly recognizes Oswego in the top 100 master’s-level institutions nationally. A new outfit, the Alumni Factor, places Oswego in the top 7 percent of all colleges and universities in the country, based on alumni feedback.

And last month President Barack Obama proposed to reward colleges based on yet another rating system.

Analyzing the president’s proposal, the Chronicle of Higher Education called it “a rebuke to the influence of the kinds of prestige-focused annual rankings produced by U.S. News & World Report and perhaps a tribute to another, newer rating that he didn’t mention by name, the Washington Monthly’s college rankings. Those rankings . . . take into account such factors as graduation rates and the proportion of financially needy students a college enrolls.”

Washington Monthly looks at “contribution to the public good,” and Oswego does well there due in part to its strong record in civic engagement and success in sending students on to graduate and doctoral programs. The magazine puts SUNY Oswego in the top 50 public master’s-level institutions nationwide and at No. 95 among all 684 master’s-level colleges and universities, public and private, that the magazine ranked.

Related story: Veterans, staff work to make college ‘military friendly’



Fri Sep 20, 2013
Landmark Celebrations to greet college's newest buildings

Following Monday’s community-wide open house to showcase SUNY Oswego’s new science facilities, the college’s Fall Landmark Celebrations will continue Oct. 3 and 4 with more formal ceremonies dedicating its two newest buildings to scientific learning, collaboration and innovation for generations to come.



Fri Sep 20, 2013
For Kimberly McGann of development, seeing results is best reward

In this issue’s Spotlight, Kimberly McGann talks about why she likes working in the Office of Development and how her own role, as director of advancement services, supports the office’s vital mission to seek gifts to support teaching and learning initiatives.

Kimberly McGannQ. How long have you been working at the college?
A.
Sixteen years, all with development. I spent the first 11 years as director of annual giving, and I’m currently director of advancement services.

Q. How do you like working at SUNY Oswego?
A.
It’s a wonderful place to work, and a great community. Before coming here, I worked in industries such as Miller Brewing Co. and National Grid. I like the atmosphere here. I think it’s a more collaborative and a more flexible place to work. Both my parents worked here. My two sisters graduated here, my mother graduated here and I’m an alum.

Q. So you’re originally from this area?
A.
I am from Oswego. I first came to SUNY Oswego as a nontraditional student. I didn’t start here until I was 26, after I got laid off when Miller closed its Fulton plant.  My major was vocational technical education/business distributive—I guess you could say business education. 

Q. What are your duties with development?
A.
I oversee the database for alumni and development. I do a lot of statistical reporting and also work with staff members to define their reporting needs and see what I can get them to make their jobs easier. As a smaller part of my job, I oversee the human resources function for our private-pay employees. I have projects that I do on an as-needed basis, usually related to streamlining data, technology, those kinds of things.

Q. What role might you play with new buildings, such as the Shineman Center?
A.
What we might do (in development services) is to try to help the major gifts staff find out whose degrees are in the hard sciences, to help the fundraisers determine whether this is a group of people who may want to make a gift to help the Shineman Center or Rice Creek. Or possibly help them obtain a list of organizations that might be interested in such philanthropy. There’s always a need on campus, so there’s always a project to raise money for, there’s always a need for unrestricted funds to support the campus as a whole. There’s never really a down time.

Q. Do you have an achievement you’re proudest of?
A.
Creating advancement services. It was a new position when I came into it. We have two data managers, an administrative associate and a shared programmer/analyst position with CTS so we can more quickly and effectively meet people’s needs.

Q. How do you like dealing with SUNY Oswego students?
A.
Here we have a few student workers. I adore them. They are very enthusiastic, excited to have a job in the office. The part I like about working with student employees is you get to mentor. Especially when you hire one as a freshman, you get to see their growth and change throughout the four years. It’s kind of special.

Q. Many people don’t like to ask for donations; what is it like in development?
A.
What I like about it at this college, in particular—and I don’t know whether I would feel as good about it at another college – you actually see the results of your work. You ask people for gifts and you work closely with them, and you see the Campus Center being built or you see the enhancements to the School of Business. You know that students working in your office have support from the scholarships that you helped establish. It makes it worth it. I know this department makes a difference on campus, and that makes you want to get up in the morning and makes you want to come to work.

Q. Is there a philanthropic project you found particularly satisfying?
A.
There are so many things I could look at that make me feel good about what we do here. (For example), the Presidential Scholars program—many, many people on campus are involved in that. It’s really helped elevate the academic profile on campus. When a student comes here looking for a job and they’re one of the students who has a scholarship funded through this office, you get to put a face to it and that’s a part of my job I really like.

Q. What is one thing about you that many people don’t know?
A.
Two of my uncles, two cousins and one sister were or are all Oswego police officers. One of my uncles was chief for a while. I think there’s been someone from my family on the police department for the last 47 years. I interviewed for a job as a city of Oswego police officer about six months before I got a position at the college. The main reason I withdrew is I just didn’t really see myself in a career as a police officer, I just wanted a new job at the time. But I seriously considered it.

Q. What else can you tell us about your family?
A.
I have a 24-year-old stepson named Shane and a 16-year-old son, Mason. We have a cat named Midnight and a dog named Montana. My parents live in Oswego. My mother, Monica Waters, worked in a lot of departments at the college. Her last was in what is now CTS. My father, Ron Waters, worked in maintenance as a carpenter.



Fri Sep 20, 2013

John Rossi and Kevin VelzyUniversity Police had several personnel changes since the end of last semester. John Rossi (left) was appointed chief, and Kevin Velzy (right) appointed assistant chief. Travis Emmons was hired as a communications officer and assigned to the night shift. Officer Gregory Schultz resigned to attend the New York State Police Academy. Lt. Matthew Barbeau is assigned as the administrative lieutenant in charge of training, event planning and parking. Mark Dermody was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the night shift. Officer Amy Montanez transferred to Oswego from SUNY Old Westbury. She had previously worked as an officer at SUNY Stony Brook and with the Southampton village police. She has been assigned to the dayshift. Brian Clyne became the department’s security systems coordinator in July. He is responsible for the college’s access control systems, CCTV and emergency notification programs.

Alfred D. Frederick, distinguished service professor in the curriculum and instruction department, received an invitation to participate in the State Forum on Education in the State of Piaui, Brazil. The forum is a component of Brazil’s National Curriculum Reform Project. Frederick’s participation and contribution to the forum is an activity of the School of Education’s African and Brazilian Academic and Cultural Exchange as well as the partnership between the State Secretariat of Education in the State of Piaui and SUNY Oswego.

Tucker SholtesTucker Sholtes, a junior majoring in business administration and public relations, has received the ACT for Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship from the Association of Council Members and College Trustees. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship and $250 given in the recipient’s name to the charity of his or her choice. The president of Oswego’s chapter of the Enactus student organization in the School of Business, Sholtes launched a flood relief project in fall 2011 to address flooding in New York’s Southern Tier. Locally, he has been active with Oswego’s community garden and raised funds to develop a program to teach children about the importance of gardening. In his application for the scholarship, he described his “commitment to making the world a better place until the day I die.” Sholtes is a founding member of Oswego’s International Business Student Organization and has been a resident assistant and first-year peer adviser.

Alycia White, a senior in human resource management, is the author of an article, “Lilly Ledbetter: Fighting for Pay Equity Since 1998,” published in the summer issue of the Society of Human Resource Management’s SHRM Student Focus magazine.

K. Brad Wray, professor of philosophy, is the author of a chapter, titled “Social Epistemology,” in the second edition of “The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science,” edited by Martin Curd and Stathis Psillos.


In Memoriam

William Lalande, 79, who formerly worked in custodial services, died Sept. 5 at Oswego Hospital.



Thu Sep 19, 2013
Video series samples student science research

The new Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation and Rice Creek Field Station serve as living laboratories for student scientists. As part of the upcoming celebrations of the new science facility, the college sampled some of the student research taking place over the summer and early fall for an ongoing video series.

Brett St. Pierre discusses using high-powered equipment to examine ancient plants from Martha’s Vineyard to discover their true age and relevance to botanical evolution.

Calee Wilson and Zachary Hall show and tell about their research on how browsing of deer influences amphibian and reptile feeding and disease at Rice Creek Field Station.

Marie Romano looks at how condensation of moving liquids interacts with (and potentially purifies) surrounding elements.

Don Wang discusses his ecological and evolutionary research on isopods at Rice Creek Field Station.

Jake Mulholland discusses using computer modeling to better simulate, track and forecast Lake Ontario’s famous lake-effect snow.

Phillip Moore, a graduate student in human-computer interaction, directed, filmed and edited the videos. Tim Nekritz, associate director of public affairs and director of Web communication, served as producer for the series.

For more information on activities related to celebrating the opening of the Shineman Center and new Rice Creek Field Station, visit oswego.edu/landmark.



Wed Sep 18, 2013
Campus grant deadlines one month away

The Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee encourages faculty, staff and students who are engaged in scholarly research or creative activities to begin thinking now about applying for campus grants next month.

Up to $3,000 is available per proposal under the Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant Program. The deadline to apply is Oct. 28.

Faculty and staff members may want to encourage students who are actively engaged in scholarly and creative projects to apply for Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Grants. The deadline is Nov. 4.

Students may apply for up to $1,000 to support their academic-oriented projects. Students must have a faculty or staff sponsor for their projects.



Mon Sep 09, 2013

Since Aug. 23, University Police have investigated several cases of theft and vandalism and made 11 arrests.


Misdemeanors

An 18-year-old Johnson Hall resident was charged with third-degree criminal tampering. He is accused of defecating on the carpet outside his room.

A 35-year-old Norwood man was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08, both misdemeanors, and drinking alcohol while in a motor vehicle on a highway, an infraction.

A 31-year-old Oswego man was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and driving with equipment violation of the exhaust system, an infraction. Two 21-year-old commuter students were charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. One was also charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. A 25-year-old Oswego woman was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and failure to keep right, an infraction.

A 17-year-old Oswego male was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration and speeding, an infraction.


Violations

Four teenage students were charged with possession of marijuana: three from Seneca and one from Oneida halls.



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