Campus Update

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

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.


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.


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

Mon Sep 09, 2013
'Return to Oz' reunion follows road to fourth installment

Alumni of color will gather this month for Return to Oz, the fourth in a series of reunions that began in 1996, but whose genesis traces to the early to mid-1980s.

Alumni taking lakeside picturesThe reunion will take place Sept. 27 to 29, featuring a networking fair with current students, a welcome dinner, a social with music by alumnus DJ Tumbo, a picnic at Fallbrook, tours of campus and an alumni dinner dance.

“We’ve got a whole bunch of events going on that Saturday (Sept. 28),” said Laura Pavlus, interim alumni director, “including a networking fair where students can do tabling and share with alumni what has happened on campus since they were here. Alumni love to hear that.”

The fair, titled “Ease on Down the Road,” also provides student organizers and attendees of the African, Latino, Asian and Native American Student Leadership Conference with access to the wisdom of those who have made the transition from college to the wide world of work, Pavlus said.

Set to occur in September 2012, Return to Oz IV was delayed by the unavailability of hotel rooms in the Oswego area during a heavy influx of workers dealing with a maintenance power outage at Entergy’s nuclear plant in Scriba.

The first Return to Oz, 17 years ago, took at least a decade to get off the ground, said Howard Gordon, executive assistant to President Deborah F. Stanley.

“It was the end result of more than 10 years of discussions by this campus community, particularly Hubert Smith, former director of the Office of Learning Services, along with the alumni and current and former employees he talked with,” Gordon said, such as Catherine Santos, associate provost for multicultural opportunities and programs.

Gordon, who was one of those employees involved in the early talks about the reunion and who remains active in organizing it, said one of the time-consuming tasks was to build a database of alumni of color. Thanks to persistence of the Division of Development and Alumni Relations and alumni such as Marilyn Mason Bell, class of 1975—she had her own substantial list of alumni and phone numbers—the college eventually built the database.

Many people have made Return to Oz happen, Gordon said, including Stanley and the support she has given the reunions. Volunteers working off-campus have always been key to assisting the alumni office with promoting and organizing Return to Oz, he said.

“The reunion can’t happen without them,” he said. “We have a great group of volunteers.”

To register for Return to Oz IV or for more information, visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Golden memories—Alumni enjoy a tour of the lakeside residence halls at the most recent Return to Oz reunion in 2007. Return to Oz IV will bring alumni of color back to campus Sept. 27 to 29 for networking with current students, tours of an evolving yet familiar campus and many social events.

Fri Sep 06, 2013
President speaks in habits of successful people lineup

“7 Habits of 7 Highly Successful People” Friday morning at CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity featured SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley along with speakers from O’Brien & Gere, Tech Garden, Empire Brewing and other businesses and nonprofits.

Fri Sep 06, 2013
Visual artist Jeffrey Newell prospers in 'amazing learning environment'

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Jeffrey Newell, a graduate student putting into SUNY Oswego’s service his talents in photography, videography and the graphic arts as the dedication ceremonies near for the college’s two newest buildings.

Jeffrey NewellQ. What path brought you to SUNY Oswego?
  I attended Liverpool High School and went to Cayuga Community College. I then transferred to Ithaca College. I was there for a semester, then transferred here. I got my bachelor’s in broadcasting and in cinema and screen studies. Now I’m a graduate student here getting my graphic design M.A. It’s a long road. (Laughs.)

Q. Why SUNY Oswego?
I think it’s an amazing learning environment. I call my undergraduate peers and faculty my film family. The support I had from the faculty was absolutely amazing. Oswego wasn’t the original school of my dreams, but the cinema and screen studies program made it the school of my dreams—it’s the school that made my dreams come true. The fact they wanted me to stay here and supported my work so much that I came back for grad school in the art program ... now I have an art family, and they’ve adopted me.

Q. When did you first become interested in film?
The traces actually go back to preschool. Instead of going out to play with the other kids, I would draw little characters. It was basically storyboarding, almost flipbook things. I watched a lot of films as I grew up. I made my first movie, a stop-motion movie, when I was in middle school. My family came to support me—they got me a limo, and I loved it. Through high school, I produced the senior video for three years, interviewing students throughout the school. My goal was to give everyone a voice.

Q. How did your passion in film develop at SUNY Oswego?
When I first got here, I was doing a little bit of cinematography, a little bit of directing, some acting on camera. I was in a cinematography class and decided I would watch “No Country for Old Men”—the first 10 establishing shots of Texas. I thought they were so beautiful and it was such an immersive experience ... from that point, about 2011, I realized I was a visual person, what I loved about movies was what I saw. To this day, I often watch movies without sound just to study the cinematography.

Q. Yet you stayed here for the graduate program in graphic art. Why?
Amy Shore, the chair of cinema and screen studies, advised me and helped me make this transition. We talked to (art faculty member) Cara Thompson about my doing my master’s in the arts, because I had done a lot of experimental films that were more along the lines of art, performance art—everything including animations. My undergraduate capstone piece was “Photosphere,” and you actually see stills from it around this building (as the photo-montage wallpaper, pictured above, in some of the Shineman Center Observation Wing’s lounges). They have painterly qualities to them. I’m basically an artist who can’t draw. (Laughs.) So I use the world as my canvas.

Q. What do you think of your fellow SUNY Oswego students?
Especially being a grad student right now, the students that I work with are very motivated. I love that feeling of working every single waking hour. Cinema and screen studies students get better and better, and now I come back and see the films that they are making, and I’m just so proud of them all. The senior capstone films, they put their whole heart and soul into them. They don’t look like student films anymore; they look like professional films.

Q. How did you get started doing videos for the Shineman Center and Rice Creek?
When I got into grad school, I needed an assistantship. Amy Shore and (sustainability coordinator) Jamie Adams had me meet with Provost Lorrie Clemo, and we talked about my doing a series of sustainability films. I came up with a series of films I would make, the first one covering The Village. I worked on some smaller pieces, like one for single-stream recycling . Then I proposed to do a series of videos on the biggest design features of Shineman. Jamie and (sustainability engineer) Mike Lotito and I decided on the pieces. My uncle, Bryan Rubenau, a former DJ at WSEN and an alumnus of Oswego, did the voiceover.

Q. What would you like the future to hold?
I’d like to teach cinematography and production. It would be a huge thing if I could be doing videos for SUNY Oswego for years to come. I’m continuing to evolve as an artist, and I’m in love with academia and learning. It only gets better from here.

Q. What do you like to do in your leisure time?
I like to stay active. I don’t have any leisure time to speak of, and any time I do have off I try to be productive in some way. My films are my relationships, I guess. It’s a healthy relationship—I give to my films and they give back to me and to everyone else. I have this passion and I’ve always been really ambitious and this is what I like to do.

Q. What can you tell us about your family?
My parents are William and Linda. I have a ton of support from them all the time. My Dad hangs up the poster of every film I ever made. My grandfather (Royce Newell, the late West Genesee athletic director) is my hero. He was the best grandfather and my best friend. Before I went off to college—before he passed away—he said, “You can always do everything you think you can.” That was the advice I’ve needed to push myself when things are hard. It hasn’t always been a smooth road. His saying those words is constantly in my head and in my heart.

Fri Sep 06, 2013

Thomas F. Bertonneau of the English department is the author of “René Guénon and Eric Voegelin on the Degeneration of Right Order,” an article that appeared in The Brussels Journal; “Third Empire: Politics, Gnosticism and Christianity” that appeared at The People of Shambhala; and “I Get a Kick Out of Fugue I: Mêlée and Free Play in the Most Abstract of Musical Forms” and “I Get a Kick Out of Fugue II: Fugue in the Twentieth Century” that appeared at Reclaiming Beauty. Bertonneau has again been invited to deliver a talk at the meeting of the H.L. Mencken Club. The topic is this time is decadence.

Katelyn Fay, a biology major, is a co-author of the article “New Record of Leopardus pardalis (Linnaeus, 1758) (Carnivora: Felidae) in the Caatinga of the State of Pernambuco, Northeastern Brazil” in Check List, the journal of species lists and distribution. The lead author is Nicholas Kaminski of the Centro de Conservação e Manejo de Fauna da Caatinga, and other co-authors are Ana Paula Brandt, Daniele Santana Sampaio, Luiz Cezar Machado Pereira and Patricia Avello Nicola of that center and the Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco. The article reports a new occurrence of the ocelot in northeastern Brazil. Fay’s contribution resulted from her summer research in Brazil with Global Laboratory partner Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco. Cleane Medeiros of the biological sciences faculty developed the partnership with the Brazilian university.

Three broadcasting students have been selected to make a presentation at College Broadcasters Inc.‘s National Student Electronic Media Convention, set for Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 in San Antonio. Their proposal centered around the design and launch of the morning newscast on student television station WTOP. The students who developed and submitted the proposal are Jaclyn Hart, WTOP news director; Maeghan Roberts, WTOP assignment manager; and Christy Somers, WTOP vice president of production.

Marie Romano presenting posterCarolina Ilie of the physics department and her student Marie Romano, pictured, a junior physics major, made presentations at the Gordon Research Conference on Dynamics at Surfaces: Reaction Dynamics, Scattering Dynamics, and Molecular and Structural Dynamics at Surfaces and Interfaces. The conference was held in August at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. Romano received the Gordon Research Conference Young Investigator Competition Award, the only undergraduate student so honored. She presented “Capillary Condensation Transitions for Simple Geometries,” with co-authors Anastasia Yorke, Katharyn Christiana and Ilie. Ilie presented “Analysis of Desorption Kinetics: Interaction of Water with Poly (methyl methacrylate) Films” with Brian Familo, Thorin Kane, Ross Netusil, J. Bennett, J. St. Leger and Yorke as co-authors. Ilie and Christiana’s work on the physics of roller coasters was featured in the July 1 Washington Post article “Feeling Loopy” by Bonnie Berkowitz and Laura Stanton.

Ampalavanar Nanthakumar, professor of mathematics, has two articles accepted for publication. “Copula Based Discriminant Rule,” co-authored with Selvanayaham Ganesalingam and Siva Ganesh of Massey University in New Zealand, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Statistics and Management System. “On Copula Based Diagnostic Tests to Study Measurement Suitability” has been accepted for publication in the Sri Lankan Journal of Applied Statistics. Also, Nanthakumar recently presented a paper, “On Moment Estimators for the Zero-Inflated Poisson Distribution,” at the seventh International Conference in Mathematics and Statistics in Athens.

Murat Yasar, an assistant professor of history, is the author of the article “Teaching Middle Eastern History in North America” in the September issue of the American Historical Association journal Perspectives on History.

Eyub Yegen speakingEyub Yegen, pictured, a senior double majoring in finance and applied mathematical economics and minoring in applied statistics and a part-time student at the Harvard University’s Extension School, is an invited speaker at the annual Fulbright Association conference set for Oct. 3 to 5 in Washington, D.C. His topic will be “Innovation for Poverty Action and Social Development: Social Business and Microfinance.” He will share his experience on how microfinance was a successful financial innovation for poverty action in Turkey and how Fulbrighters can apply the social business principals developed by Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus in their profession to be more socially responsible. Yegen spent the summer of 2013 as a financial and statistical researcher for the Turkish Grameen Microfinance Program of Grameen-Jameel Foundation where he worked with parliament members and many C level executives. In addition, Yegen has been designated a 2013 Financial Management Association Collegiate Fellow. Also, Yegen wrote a paper that has been accepted for presentation at the Missouri Valley Economic Association’s annual meeting to be held Oct. 17 to 19 in Kansas City.

Fri Sep 06, 2013
Vice presidential, dean searches approach resolution

A finalist for the position of vice president for student affairs and enrollment is under consideration this week, while two dean positions are also on the path to being filled.

The vice presidential finalist, Jerald Woolfolk Adley, has been vice president for student affairs, enrollment management and diversity at Mississippi Valley State University, a historically black institution, for over two years. She was on campus earlier this week.

Adley has served Mississippi Valley State in various roles since 2001, interrupted for one year (2009-10) when she was vice president for student affairs at CUNY’s College of Staten Island. Previously, she worked for 17 years at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 11 of them as associate dean of students for residential life. Adley received her Ph.D. in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Mississippi. Her resume is available online.

A second finalist candidate for the vice presidency fell through, said Howard Gordon, executive assistant to the president and chair of the search committee. He said the committee would reconvene to consider next steps.

Dean of Extended Learning

Three candidates visited campus in late August for the dean of extended learning search. Resumes of those candidates are available online. Mike Ameigh, assistant provost and chair of that search committee, said the committee planned to make a recommendation to the provost this week.

Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

The search committee for the dean of graduate studies position is about to conduct preliminary interviews. Campus interviews will likely be scheduled next month.

Fri Sep 06, 2013
$1.2 million grant to attract STEM majors, professionals to teaching

The National Science Foundation has awarded the college a five-year, $1.2 million grant for a scholarship program to help create a pipeline of science, technology, engineering and math teachers for high-need school districts.

Students, faculty talkingOswego’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Education worked together on the “Full STEM” grant and will collaborate to launch the science foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program at Oswego this spring.

Co-principal investigators Sofia Windstam of the biological sciences faculty and Jean Hallagan of curriculum and instruction picked up where an earlier $300,000 Noyce grant—to develop courses and curriculum, forge new school district partnerships and other supporting infrastructure—left off.

The program has a goal of producing about 30 new STEM graduates with an interest in teaching, and 30 graduate-level STEM teachers with state certification in adolescence education.

Recruitment of Noyce Scholars will aim at current undergraduates in STEM majors and at career-changers among those in STEM-related jobs, Windstam said. The program has strong sales points, she said.

“First, we often come across students very interested in social-justice issues who are asking themselves, ‘What is one way I can help others? Sure, I am interested in my own field. But I am also interested in education,’” Windstam said.

“Second, you can obtain a master’s degree essentially for free,” she added. “Now you’ll have a certification you can take nationwide” to teach STEM courses in secondary schools.

Graduate students in master’s teaching programs would receive scholarships worth $16,000 a year. Undergraduate sophomores and juniors recruited for the program would receive $12,000 to complete their STEM degrees and any foundational coursework they need to prepare for Oswego’s graduate programs in STEM education. There are also opportunities for STEM undergraduates to do teaching and research internships.

Each undergraduate would commit to two years of post-graduate teaching in a high-need school district for each year of scholarship assistance; the commitment is four years for STEM professionals recruited for an Oswego master’s program in adolescence education.

‘Alarming shortage’

A Business-Higher Education Forum report noted that “there is an alarming shortage in our nation’s supply of highly qualified mathematics and science teachers participating in classrooms that serve our nation’s poorest and neediest students.”

Under co-principal investigators Martha Bruch of the chemistry faculty and Diann Jackson, a faculty member in the School of Education specializing in science teaching, the college used a Noyce capacity-building grant to set the table for the scholarship program. The college hired Nichole Thibodeau, an alumna and high school science teacher, as coordinator. Thibodeau said she came naturally to recruiting prospective teachers in STEM.

“I was beginning my junior year when I became interested in science teaching,” Thibodeau said. “There is a lot of support for teaching science on this campus.”

In its applications for the Noyce grants, the college cited a wealth of such support, from Rice Creek Field Station to Project SMART, from 20 years’ worth of collaborations with science and math programs around the region to newer initiatives such as the Global Laboratory and Possibility Scholarships.

“I think with a program like this that’s interdisciplinary, it really has been built by a lot of people,” Windstam said.

For example, Mark Hardy, chair of technology education, is working with the grant team to create two new undergraduate courses, “Intro to STEM Learning” and “Practicum in STEM Teaching.”

Kathleen Flaherty of the Financial Aid Office has worked with Thibodeau to establish ground rules for the scholarships, including repayment terms for any awardees that may not follow through on the teaching commitment.

“You have to have the passion for both the science and education ... and truly believe in the social-justice principle that we have a responsibility to educate,” Thibodeau said.

PHOTO CAPTION: STEM teachers wanted—Biological sciences professor Sofia Windstam, facing camera at left, and Jean Hallagan, right, of the School of Education’s curriculum and instruction department, team on a five-year, $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to provide Robert Noyce Scholarships aimed at attracting science, technology, engineering and math students and mid-career STEM professionals to teach in high-need schools. At left is Nichole Thibodeau, coordinator of the program, as student worker Vanessa De Los Santos, who assists Hallagan, looks on.

Fri Sep 06, 2013
Health and wellness graduate certificate to launch this spring

Starting this spring, the college will offer a new graduate certificate program in health and wellness, aimed at health care workers who are seeking to motivate healthy behaviors in their patients—and in themselves.

Preventative lifestyles—exercise, eating nutritionally and so on—and the study of the mind-body connection have come to the fore as insurers and employers try to develop ways to bring down health care costs. Health care workers themselves often suffer from stress-related illnesses and behaviors produced by such factors as high expectations, workloads and time and budget constraints.

Sandra Bargainnier, a faculty member here in the 1990s, returned to SUNY Oswego as the new chair of health promotion and wellness in time to implement a certificate proposal that she worked with past chair Sandra Moore to develop several years ago.

“Obviously, we have a health care crisis in this country, and a crisis among those providing health care,” said Bargainnier, most recently at Syracuse University and Penn State.

Bargainnier pointed out that any health care worker trying to motivate change in patients must first understand the mind-body triggers for his or her own behavior and addictions.

“The courses in this certificate will help provide a framework for how we can make a behavioral change—a theoretical model—and will help us determine how to motivate behavioral change in others,” she said.

The proposal for the four-course graduate certificate in health and wellness notes that preventable chronic diseases generate 75 percent of the nation’s health care costs.

To explore the issues around this crisis, graduate students will take courses in mind-body wellness, healthy weight management, wellness and addictions, and behavior change process.

The certificate program—tentatively to be delivered in an all-online format through the SUNY Oswego Metro Center—is aligned with the college’s mental health counseling program in the department of counseling and psychological services. The courses are approved electives in the school counseling program as well.

Besides the new health and wellness certificate, SUNY Oswego now offers health-related certificates in gerontology, play therapy, trauma studies, health information technology and integrated health systems.

For more information, visit or call the Division of Graduate Studies at 315-312-3152.

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