Campus Update

Fri Apr 18, 2014

Since April 7, University Police have investigated several cases of theft, vandalism and harassment, and made 10 arrests.


A 22-year-old commuter student was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. She is accused of stealing a Macintosh laptop computer from another student in Penfield Library.


A 19-year-old Funnelle Hall resident was charged with fourth-degree stalking. He was instructed to not have contact with the victim but continued to attempt to communicate with her.

A 20-year-old Port Jervis woman was charged with second-degree criminal trespass. She was banned from campus, but is accused of being in a resident’s room in Cayuga Hall.

A 42-year-old Oswego man was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and several traffic infractions. A 30-year-old Oswego man was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, also a misdemeanor, and a seat belt violation.


Five people, two of them students, were charged with possessing marijuana: a 18-year-old Cayuga Hall resident, a 20-year-old Seneca Hall resident, a 18-year-old Wantagh resident, a 19-year-old North Syracuse resident and a 19-year-old East Syracuse resident.

Fri Apr 18, 2014
Oswego student scholar earns Fulbright to India

A profound experience while studying abroad and a world of determination have led to Julie Schofield becoming Oswego’s first student Fulbright scholar in more than a decade.

Fri Apr 18, 2014
College's Tobacco Free 2015 campaign launches

President Deborah F. Stanley announced on Tuesday, Earth Day, that SUNY Oswego will become a smoke-free and tobacco-free college on Jan. 1.

Screen capture from video on why campus members don't use tobacco“In our efforts to support the educational mission of the college and to provide a safe, clean and healthy working, living and learning environment, the college will provide cessation assistance and resources to members of the campus community who wish to stop smoking or using tobacco in any form,” Stanley said in a campuswide email. “We’ll also support exercise and nutritional changes to help all of us enjoy the vitality and freedom that a smoke- and tobacco-free lifestyle affords.”

Starting with 2015, tobacco use in all its forms will be prohibited everywhere on college premises, including in any vehicle on college property.

SUNY Oswego joins more than 800 other colleges and universities in the United States that have adopted fully tobacco-free policies, among the nearly 1,200 that are smoke free.

“In accepting the recommendation of the campuswide Clean Air Committee—meeting since the fall of 2011 to consider the evolution of college smoking policy—SUNY Oswego takes this opportunity to make a dramatic but well-supported statement on behalf of all college citizens: No degree of secondhand smoke is safe, no amount of smoking-related pollution is acceptable, and any form of tobacco use is damaging to health and is highly addictive,” Stanley said.

The Clean Air Committee launched a website——to help the college’s faculty, staff and students find cessation resources online and to view the college’s upcoming policy on tobacco use, links to research, answers to frequently asked questions and an online form for expressing their ideas.

Campuswide support

The committee, chaired by Jerald Woolfolk, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, includes student members as well as representatives of such cross-campus constituencies as CSEA, UUP, Residence Life and Housing, Dining Services, Campus Life, Public Affairs and University Police, among others.

“This is about a healthier, cleaner and more vital college,” Woolfolk said. “But it is also about respect for all campus citizens—smokers and non-smokers alike. We are not asking anyone to quit smoking or using tobacco, but we do intend for the new policy to provide the motivation and the means to encourage it.”

A 2012 survey of more than 1,200 faculty, staff and students conducted by the committee reported that 16 percent of students said they used tobacco in the last 30 days. Only 7.1 percent of the surveyed faculty and staff said they use tobacco on a daily basis.

Donna Jerrett, a Clean Air Committee member and registered nurse at Mary Walker Health Center, announced the start of an educational and promotional campaign for Tobacco Free 2015 during a celebration Tuesday afternoon in the Campus Center to mark the president’s announcement.

Committee members and supporters handed out brochures and buttons bearing the “OzQuits!” nickname for the campaign and provided information about cessation opportunities, adverse health effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke, and how the committee developed the upcoming policy.

In her announcement, Stanley said, “Our college has done its own homework: a campuswide survey, focus groups and other input from constituencies across college; talks with other institutions of higher education; and marshaling research from the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Surgeon General, NY Quits, American Cancer Society and many others. One among many numbers stands out: Smokers understand the dangers, and nearly 70 percent report that they want to quit.”

The college will join SUNY Cortland, Cayuga Community College and the 24-campus City University of New York, among several other New York institutions, in the tobacco-free movement. SUNY Upstate Medical University, University at Buffalo, Broome Community College and several other campuses in the state system are smoke free.

The SUNY board of trustees, acting on Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher’s recommendation, passed a June 2012 resolution supporting legislation to make all SUNY campuses tobacco free. The system has actively encouraged remaining members of its 64 campuses to move in that direction even without a law.

While SUNY Oswego’s Clean Air Committee made it clear that the Tobacco Free 2015 campaign is about communication, education, cessation and mutual respect, it also emphasized that the new policy has provision for enforcement.

A section of the upcoming policy titled compliance reads, in part, “Responsibility for complying with the policy rests first and foremost with the individual. Policy non-compliance will prompt an initial educational response, which will include information regarding the existence of the policy, the rationale for the policy and the availability of tobacco cessation support services. Repeated non-compliance will be referred to the appropriate campus student contact or employee supervisory system for resolution. Employees and students will be treated respectfully in the consistent observance of the policy.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Smoke-out—SUNY Oswego will go smoke free and tobacco free everywhere on its premises starting Jan. 1, President Deborah F. Stanley announced Tuesday. A slideshow-style video titled “‘Stache the Ash” on the website of the Tobacco Free 2015 campaign shows some of the numerous reasons many students choose not to light up.

Fri Apr 18, 2014
New interactive map to help visitors explore Rice Creek

SUNY Oswego has unveiled a new interactive, interpretive map for Rice Creek, the college’s 400 acres of streams and fields, marshes and a biological field station south of the main campus.

Rice Creek interactive online map“Visitors can explore the clickable, interactive, color-coded map and learn more about Rice Creek trails and features to plan a visit, find their way along the trails or to document course projects and research,” said Diann Jackson, assistant director of the field station.

Jackson said the new map can be customized to show one trail or one habitat at a time, as well as locations of benches, footbridges and other landmarks.

“Using a mobile device, it can be used instead of a paper trail map, and that is very good for our environment,” she said. “We will continue to add more pop-ups with photos and information about the trails and encourage visitors to send photos of Rice Creek to share.”

Jackson conceived of the online map more than two years ago and worked to create it with assistance from the college’s Office of Public Affairs. Joe Fitzsimmons, associate web developer, and Pat MacNeill, web coordinator, in the Public Affairs Office helped bring the map to fully functional reality. Fitzsimmons said the map utilizes Google Maps’ application programming interface and the talents of other developers and graphic arts students.

“I am a native of Oswego and went there (to Rice Creek) in grade school and high school, ” Fitzsimmons said. “I guess it’s something I always wished I had access to—an interactive map. So it was nice to work on this and help make it a reality.”

The map can be found at

PHOTO CAPTION: Layered look—A new interactive map of SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek allows users to click each or all of the trails on or off, and the same for landmarks, habitats and more. Rice Creek and its biological field station are located off Thompson Road, about a mile south of the main college campus.

Fri Apr 18, 2014
Public safety officer receives SUNY Chancellor's Award

Jamie Enwright’s more than two decades of service to the college as a member of Oswego’s University Police staff has been recognized with a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Jamie EnwrightEnwright said she was “overwhelmed” by the honor when college President Deborah F. Stanley called to tell her of the award last week.

University Police Chief John Rossi nominated Enwright for the Chancellor’s Award. “She has always possessed an excellent work ethic, taking on far more tasks than originally assigned to her,” he wrote.

Enwright joined the department in 1993 as a part-time clerical employee. She received national recognition in 1997 for her handling of a medical call that resulted in saving a student’s life. Woman’s World magazine featured the story: “Jamie Enwright knew she was the only person who could save the girl struggling to speak to her over the phone. But first, she had to find her,” it began.

The SUNY Chiefs of Police Association honored Enwright with an Acts of Professionalism Award.

In 1998 Enwright became the department’s first campus public safety officer, Rossi said, which put her in the role of desk officer, responsible for communications services and dispatching. In 2002 she added the responsibilities of administrative assistant to her duties, essentially doing the work of two people, the chief said.

She works with the chief to administer the department’s compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act as well as to compile the department’s annual report to the college community.

Enwright also serves the college as a member of the Employee Recognition Committee and as her department’s representative for the State Employees Federated Appeal.

“Jamie possesses top-notch people skills whether in person or on the phone,” Rossi said.

The chief added that she boosts the morale of the department with her ever-present smile and by regularly bringing in homemade baked goods and making arrangements for social events.

Enwright is a graduate of SUNY Morrisville.

She will formally receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service at the December commencement ceremony.

Fri Apr 18, 2014
SUNY Oswego names new dean of liberal arts and sciences

Dr. Adrienne McCormick will become dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at SUNY Oswego on July 11, college President Deborah F. Stanley announced.

Dr. Adrienne McCormickMcCormick has served SUNY Fredonia as interim associate provost for curriculum, assessment and academic support since last fall. A longtime professor of English at Fredonia, she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service in 2012.

“I have a deep commitment to the importance of public education in the liberal arts and sciences,” McCormick said. Noting Oswego’s “strong examples of global, interdisciplinary and experiential teaching and learning evident across the campus,” she said she is looking forward to “telling the story of the great work going on at Oswego.”

At Fredonia, McCormick previously served a year as interim assistant provost for special initiatives, which included oversight of the Community Engagement Task Force and a task force on implementation of online course evaluations. She chaired the English department for five years and was director of the women’s studies program for five years before that.

She joined Fredonia’s English faculty as an assistant professor in 1998 after receiving her doctorate in literature in English and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from the University of Maryland at College Park.

She completed her master’s degree with a creative thesis in poetry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and dramatic arts and sciences from Queens University of Charlotte.

McCormick is the author of book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals on contemporary women poets, filmmakers and dramatists. She has presented at national conferences and scholarly gatherings in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Her most recent work in her discipline includes writing an essay for a forthcoming book, developing an online course on poetry, teaching a study abroad course called “Women Writing London” and presenting at an interdisciplinary conference on “London in Literature.”

Fri Apr 18, 2014

At the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs awards ceremony April 11, Michael Ameigh of the Provost’s Office and WRVO and Barbara Garii of the School of Education received gold recognition medals for excellence in sponsored research, and Provost Lorrie Clemo and Cleane Medeiros of the biological sciences faculty and the C-STEP program received silver recognition medals.

Two senior French majors, Kelsey Gillett and Alexis Ponte, have been selected for the Teaching Assistant Program in France for 2014-15. The French Embassy in the United States and the French Ministry of Education oversee the program. Teaching assistants work in France for seven months teaching English to students of all ages. Gillett has been selected to work in Bordeaux and Ponte will work in Nantes.

English faculty member Laura Halferty is the author of “Why Do Feminists Love Don Draper?” published April 9 in PopMatters, an international magazine of cultural criticism and analysis.

Luciano J. Iorizzo, emeritus professor of history, has edited “Italian POWs Speak Out at Last: Italian Prisoners of War Break Their Silence,” a volume of oral history by Carlo Ferroni recently published by Teneo Press. Iorizzo is a founding member and past president of the American Italian Historical Association.

Alok Kumar of the physics department is the author of “Sciences of the Ancient Hindus: Unlocking Nature in the Pursuit of Salvation,” published last month on the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. The book examines the contributions of the ancient Hindus to science and medical knowledge, from cataract surgery to a base-ten number system with zero as a numeral.

Yucan Liu is a new visiting scholar in the School of Business. She is an associate professor in the department of applied economics at Nanjing University of Science and Technology and received funding from the Chinese Ministry of Education to be a visiting scholar at Oswego until April 1, 2015. Liu’s research is in empirical finance, specifically in the areas of initial public offering abnormal return, idiosyncratic volatility, the investment behavior of open-ended funds and corporate finance in the Chinese securities market. Liu will pursue research with finance faculty member Hong Wan. The School of Business has a two-plus-two degree agreement with NUST. Liu is the third NUST faculty member to pursue research at SUNY Oswego.

Christopher McEvoy of the art faculty received honorable mention for his mixed media collage “Inside/Out” in the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center’s annual juried exhibition “Made in New York.” The exhibition features paintings, photographs, sculpture and drawings by 65 contemporary artists from throughout the state, including Ben Entner and Rebecca Mushtare, also of Oswego’s art faculty. “Made in New York” is on view in the Auburn museum through May 25.

David Moody of the communication studies department presented “Does Sarah Jane Really Have a Color Complex? Black Identity and Self-Esteem: Critique of the Film ‘Imitation of Life’” on April 19 at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Chicago. His essay examined the historical and cultural implications of the term “passing” within the African-American community. The essay focuses particularly on the work of émigré filmmaker Douglas Sirk and his 1959 film “Imitation of Life.” It examined the impact and influence of white hegemonic societal suppression within the black community and how this suppression diminishes the opportunity for development of an authentic “black identity.”

Image from Gone Fishing animated shortOswego students collected six awards at the fifth annual SUNYwide Film Festival and Symposium held in April at SUNY Fredonia. Peter Myers’ animated film “Gone Fishing” (pictured) won first place in the animation category. Jeffrey Newell’s “Myopia” received honorable mention in the experimental category as well as the prestigious Audience Choice Award. “Ekiti Son” by Calvin Nemec won first place in the music video category. Myers, of Red Hook, is a junior cinema and screen studies major. Newell, of Liverpool, is a graduate student in art who majored in both broadcasting and cinema and screen studies as an undergraduate here. Nemec is a junior broadcasting and cinema and screen studies major from East Aurora. The top awards for student papers went to Oswego students: first place to “Bits of Jeanne Deilman in Irreversible and Hunger” by Michael Fisher and second place to “Spice World: The Masquerade of the Third Wave of Feminism” by Kelsey Titus. Fisher, of Islip Terrace, graduated in December with majors in technology education and cinema and screen studies. Titus, of Cicero, is a graduate student in technology education who majored in cinema and screen studies as an undergraduate here.

Lawrence Spizman, professor emeritus of economics, last month presented a paper, “How to Use the Ordered Probit Model for the Next Generation Educational Attainment for a Minor Child,” at the Eastern Economic Association’s 40th annual conference in Boston. His presentation explained how to apply the model that he and John Kane, also of the economics department, developed using advanced econometric techniques. Spizman is the president-elect of the National Association of Forensic Economics and is a forensic economist assisting the legal community throughout the United States in matters concerning economic issues in litigation.

Thu Apr 17, 2014
Diversity task force to work to 'enhance the campus climate'

Jerald Woolfolk, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, has launched a campuswide task force to improve the college community atmosphere and to educate about issues of diversity.

“Our main task is to enhance the campus climate, to enhance diversity in all its forms,” Woolfolk said. “We’ve had some incidents on campus that raised our awareness and our level of responsibility.”

Though she emphasized that the diversity task force is not only about race and ethnicity, but about differences of all kinds, Woolfolk acknowledged that students have reported incidents of racial insensitivity in their dealings with students, faculty and staff.

“Racial and other types of insensitivity happen everywhere,” she said. “We can’t stop that type of behavior. But we show that, as a college community, we don’t appreciate that type of behavior.”

She said she plans to bring in a diversity trainer to work with student organizations, resident assistants and staff, including Student Affairs. Awareness and climate improvement will come through a host of other existing and new initiatives, from coursework to the arts and beyond.

“The college needs to make sure our students are prepared to function in a global society and to embrace the wealth of cultural opportunities,” Woolfolk said.

The task force’s goal is to have an action plan in place by the fall, she said, but before that the group intends to address diversity issues in new-student orientation sessions this summer “and run that thread throughout the orientation process.”

Woolfolk said she is encouraged that Justin Brantley, president of the Black Student Union, and Tucker Sholtes and Neely Laufer, president and vice president of the Student Association, have joined the task force. Departments across campus have been encouraged to send representatives.

In recent years, SUNY Oswego has increased the ranks of students in underrepresented racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. For the first time last fall, students of color topped 20 percent of undergraduates—up from 12.6 percent in fall 2009. Programs such as Possibility Scholars, National Science Foundation S-STEM scholarships and mentoring, Artswego’s multicultural programming and student-driven celebrations during ALANA Week and Black History Month, among others, have served to improve the campus climate.

Those efforts are laudable but not enough given the progress that still needs to be made, said Woolfolk, who was chief diversity officer as a vice president at Mississippi Valley State University before coming to Oswego in January.

Thu Apr 17, 2014
Moody honored for African-American pop-culture research

Communication studies faculty member David Moody has received a national award for his work on African-American visual popular culture.

David MoodyMoody, who has taught since 2010 in the broadcasting and mass communication program, earned the Harry Shaw Award this month for outstanding contributions to the field of African-American popular-culture research at the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in Chicago.

“Professor Moody’s work on film and popular visual culture has inspired students and colleagues alike,” the PCA/ACA said in its award citation for Moody, an active member of the organization and presenter at conferences. “His presence has enlivened our sessions and helped us to chart a direction for future research efforts.”

In 2012, Moody published “Political Melodies in the Pews? The Voice of the Black Christian Rapper in the Twenty-first Century Church,” and is nearing publication of a book on black identity in film and television. His Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University was in American culture studies with emphasis in critical studies in film, media and culture.

At the PCA/ACA conference, Moody presented on Douglas Sirk’s 1959 film “Imitation of Life,” based on a Fanny Hurst novel that explored issues such as racial prejudice and light-skinned African Americans of that era “passing for white.”

‘Remarkable contribution’

Fritz Messere, dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, said Moody is highly deserving of the PCA/ACA award. The dean cited Moody’s scholarship, his leadership of the college’s Voices of Diversity program and his efforts in raising the profile of the college’s Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit as its lead organizer the past three years, among many other contributions.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Moody on staff,” Messere said. “He is making a remarkable contribution to his field and a remarkable contribution to our understanding and perspective of the importance of black history and culture.”

Jennifer Knapp, chair of communication studies, said that as the Harry Shaw Award recipient, Moody now has the opportunity to “shine an even brighter spotlight on his meaningful contributions to the discipline.”

“Our department is lucky to have a scholar so well-regarded, and who is at the forefront of the intersection between popular culture and African-American culture,” Knapp said.

At SUNY Oswego, Moody—with more than 20 years of experience in Cleveland and Cincinnati television and radio—has taught “Minorities in Film and Television,” “Programs, Programming and Effects” and “Broadcast Sales,” among other courses.

The PCA/ACA award is named for Harry Shaw, who established the African-American culture section of the organization.

Thu Apr 17, 2014
Secretary credits 'down-to-earth' colleagues for longevity in math

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Laurie Seguin, secretary in the mathematics department for nearly 20 years, who first tried everything from human resources temp to refrigeration mechanic before finding her niche at the college.

Laurie SeguinQ. Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Niagara Falls, but my parents moved here when I was an infant. I live out in Scriba, where I grew up.

Q. What can you tell us about your education?
I graduated from here. I think it was in 2000. I got a B.A. in sociology, going part time. It took a long, long time—almost 20 years. During that time, I did an apprenticeship in the maintenance department—I became a refrigeration mechanic. That was a three-year apprenticeship, so for that period of time I wasn’t taking college courses.

Q. Did you work anywhere before SUNY Oswego?
Well, in February I finished my 30th year with the college. Before that I worked for an attorney, and prior to that, I worked at Nine Mile II while that was under construction. I also worked weekends at the Renaissance Faire—that was one of the more fun jobs.

Q. How did you wind up at the college?
In 1984, I was hired for a temporary position in educational administration, followed by temp positions in communications studies and HR. My first permanent position was in financial aid. I left there and went to physics. Then I did the apprenticeship for maintenance in HVAC equipment and stayed four more years after that. One of the highlights of working here is you can find your niche. You have enough flexibility to move around so you can find where you’re happy.

Q. How and when did you come to the math department?
The math secretary was retiring. In Snygg, physics and math were right next to each other, so I knew they were a good department. I took the test and was hired in math in January 1995. I stayed because the faculty are just good people to work for.

Q. How so?
They’re not pretentious. I’m not mathematically inclined myself, but I like people who are. They’re just logical and down to earth and just easygoing. And I have met people from all over the world. It’s interesting.

Q. What are your duties?
I assist with whatever needs to be done: copying, reports, maintaining schedules, we’ve been hiring recently so I’ve been making reservations and putting together itineraries. The job has changed a lot in just the last couple of years and become very computer-oriented. I’m technologically challenged. One thing new in math is all the technology they’re utilizing now in teaching. On my end, it’s kind of difficult because I order the textbooks for the department. They have software options—e-books and so on—and the whole area of textbooks has changed significantly. Hopefully, the students and faculty think it’s a good thing.

Q. Why do you like working at SUNY Oswego?
This is a beautiful place to work. The grounds and the facilities here are beautiful. I feel like I’m just getting settled in (to Shineman Center). When someone comes in and asks me for something, the image that appears in my head is my Snygg office, and I know right where it is. (Laughs.) I still struggle finding things here—I’m getting a little better—but I still go from drawer to drawer and through the cabinets sometimes. I love the planetarium—I took the grandkids there. I loved the old one, so I was very excited about seeing the new one.

Q. What are some of your off-the-job interests?
I like to garden. We have a camp at Brennan’s (Beach) and we like to spend time out there. I’m a big animal lover—rescuing animals is a big thing. I often say I like animals better than people. We currently have a large mutt, Spike, who is a Rottweiler and lab mix, maybe, and two cats, Finley and Shado.

Q. What can you tell us about your family?
I’ve been living with same person, Tom, for over 25 years. He retired from here in 2010. I have a son and twin 10-yr-old grandsons. They keep us very busy—they are in a lot of sports and activities. 

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