Campus Update

Fri Apr 15, 2016
Empathy helps Mallory Bower light students' major, career paths

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet Mallory Bower, associate director of career services. Once a first-generation student seeking her own answers, she identifies closely with students’ concerns about the future.

Thu Apr 14, 2016
Paid-vacations study sharpens student research skills

SUNY Oswego chemistry professor Kestas Bendinskas and his student researchers recently shared in a grant for a preliminary study of stress markers and related effects among workers who take paid vacation time and those who leave some or all of it on the table.

Tue Apr 12, 2016
New Open SUNY textbook bolsters literacy educators

Kristen Munger, associate dean of the School of Education, has edited and co-authored a new Open SUNY textbook on research-driven literacy teaching practices, supported by two current and one former Oswego faculty members among the chapter authors.

Fri Apr 08, 2016
Drawing textbook profiles Juan Perdiguero's work, technique

The new edition of “Drawing Essentials: A Complete Guide to Drawing,” a textbook published by Oxford University Press, profiles mixed-media artist Juan Perdiguero of the SUNY Oswego art faculty among about 20 others in an appendix of top talents influencing modern drawing.

Tue Apr 05, 2016

Fri Apr 01, 2016

Peterly Jean BaptisteCampus Compact has named Peterly Jean Baptiste (pictured), a sophomore majoring in language and international trade and economics, a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow. The award honors college students who have taken action in the pursuit of long-term social change and who engage and inspire others in their communities. President Deborah F. Stanley nominated Baptiste for the honor. He is president of the student-run Go Green Team and served as an intern in the Sustainability Office, where he worked on the American Farmland Trust project educating students on the benefits of buying local food products. He is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service organization, and formerly served as the sustainability coordinator for the college’s Student Association. “His commitment to service, sustainability and community engagement is exemplary,” Stanley said. Baptiste is one of 218 student leaders being recognized from 218 colleges and universities across the nation. Campus Compact is a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.

Mallory Bower, associate director of career services, presented “Industry Model in Motion” at the American College Personnel Association national convention March 7 in Montreal. She discussed national models for industry-centric career services delivery and highlighted SUNY Oswego’s shift to this model in fall 2015. Instead of being “jacks of all trades,” career coaches are now able to become knowledgeable in identified subject areas and customize resources for students interested in these areas. Industry areas include: business and communication; education, public and human services; fine and performing arts; media and entertainment; STEM and health care; and career exploration.

Lisa Evaneski, the college’s Title IX coordinator, became president of the SUNY Title IX Coordinators Association on Monday at the organization’s first formal meeting. Evaneski has been leading development of STIXCA for the past year.

Michael Kolacki, who is majoring in mathematics, physics and computer science, has been accepted for a summer internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab at CalTech. He will work with Andrea Connell, a software engineer with the Cassini mission, on a project to assemble and organize the data that each of the many distributed teams involved in the Cassini mission have been storing. The Cassini mission to Saturn is a joint endeavor of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana. Cassini is a sophisticated robotic spacecraft orbiting Saturn and studying its system in detail. Cassini also carried a probe called Huygens, which parachuted to the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, in 2005. Cassini completed its initial four-year mission to explore the Saturn system in 2008, and the first extension, called the Cassini Equinox Mission, in 2010. Now, the spacecraft is on a second extension called the Cassini Solstice Mission.

Brian SortinoBrian Sortino, a junior and star of the Laker men’s basketball team, has earned All-America status as named him to its third team. In all, the site honored 25 student-athletes, spread across four teams and a group of honorable mentions. Sortino led Oswego to its furthest post-season run in program history, making an appearance in the NCAA Division III championship round of 16. He ranked ninth nationally in total points (649) and 43rd in points per game (20.9). Those stats were also good for first and second in the SUNYAC, respectively. Sortino’s 1,135 minutes played paced the country, while his 36.6 minutes per game average was 17th. A multi-dimensional player, the guard also ranked first for the Lakers in assists per game (3.3) and total steals (28). Sortino also hit a milestone during the season, recording his 1,000th career-point against Cortland on Jan. 23. At the end of the year, the All-American had accumulated 1,380 points in his Laker career, placing him 10th all-time in Oswego State men’s basketball history.

James Wyckoff, a visiting assistant professor of communication studies, is the author of a chapter titled “Ethics in Health Communication” that appears in the second edition of “Health Industry Communication,” edited by Nancy Hicks and Christina Nichols and published by Jones & Bartlett. Wyckoff has worked as a public relations and advertising professional, and on the client side with colleges (College of Mount Saint Vincent), hospitals (Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian) and home care companies (Olsten Health Services). He has written speeches for two U.S. presidents (Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush), won an Effie award for effective advertising and Best Hospital Annual Report recognition from Healthcare Advertising Report, and was co-author of the Public Relations Society of America Code of Ethics and Professional Standards.

Jason Zenor, assistant professor of communication studies, is the author of a paper titled “This Is Just Not Working for Us: Why After 10 years on the Job It is Time to Fire Garcetti.” It was published in the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest. The paper examines the free speech rights of public employees and argues that the U.S. Supreme Court has to refocus legal protections to promote the public trust in government rather than focus on employees and the nebulous distinction of job duties. Zenor teaches in the area of media economics, media and politics, media and morality, and media law.

In Memoriam

Ronald K. Guile, 81, former head of the college’s police department, died March 27 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

Fri Apr 01, 2016
SUNYWide Film Festival to open Friday on campus

Faculty member Joshua Adams and a student committee eagerly await the “premiere” event they’ve organized this Friday and Saturday, as the 2016 SUNYWide Film Festival comes to campus for the second consecutive year.

Thu Mar 31, 2016
Jordan Shutts jump-starts accounting career with internships, Enactus

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet junior accounting major Jordan Shutts, president of the college’s chapter of Enactus, a student organization dedicated to taking entrepreneurial action on behalf of others.

Thu Mar 31, 2016
New graphic design minor to offer broader skills to students

The college will begin offering a new minor in graphic design this fall, providing the tools for visual communication, visual literacy and problem solving to students in disciplines across campus

Mon Mar 21, 2016

Since March 9, SUNY Oswego police have investigated several cases of found property, drug possession and intoxicated persons and made 10 arrests.


Police charged a 20-year-old Oneida Hall resident with criminal possession of a forged instrument, as well as two misdemeanors: petit larceny and attempted petit larceny.  He is accused of being in possession of several counterfeit $50 and $100 dollar bills. Police said that he paid a “D” bus fare with a fake $50 bill, receiving change and that a week later he attempted to pass another counterfeit bill to another “D” bus driver.

Motor vehicle misdemeanors

A 20-year-old off-campus student was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating a mobile device while driving, a violation.

Police charged a 42-year-old Sterling man with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content above .08, driving under the influence of alcohol and following another vehicle too closely, a violation.

A 22-year-old Fulton man was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation as well as driving without a license, a violation, and failure to signal, an infraction. Officers reported that the man claimed to be his cousin and said he had no identification. After a search of his belongings, officers found his identification.

A 22-year-old Bronx man was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving without headlights, a violation.


Four teenage students—three Oneida Hall residents and a Riggs Hall resident—were charged with possession of marijuana.

A 20-year-old Oneida Hall resident was charged with disorderly conduct.  He is accused of urinating outside of Laker Hall.

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