Campus Update

Mon May 02, 2016

Since April 18, SUNY Oswego police have investigated several motor vehicle accidents, lost and found property, and made eight arrests.


Police charged an 18-year-old Oneida Hall resident with second-degree unlawful surveillance. They said he recorded another student taking a shower, in Cayuga Hall, without that student’s knowledge.


A 20-year-old Funnelle Hall resident was charged with criminal nuisance and possession of a weapon on school grounds. Officers say he covered the smoke detector and was in possession of pellet guns in his room.

A 22-year-old Scales Hall resident was charged with petit larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana. Police said he stole a parking sign from Sheldon Hall parking lot.

A 20-year-old commuter student was charged with seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors, and use of a portable device, a violation.

Motor vehicle misdemeanors

A 23-year-old commuter student was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving a vehicle with no inspection, and having an obstructed view of the license plate, an infraction.

Police charged a 22-year-old commuter student with speeding and driving with a suspended registration.

Police charged an 18-year-old Centereach man with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and a headlight violation. In the same incident, a 19-year old Baldwinsville man was charged with third-degree facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Police said the Baldwinsville man was intoxicated and allowed the 18-year-old to drive knowing he did not have a license.

Fri Apr 29, 2016
Team Sheldon works toward academic excellence in schools

Team Sheldon—a partnership for academic excellence among seven Oswego County school districts, the county’s Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation (CiTi) and the college’s School of Education—plans a “slam” this month to mark another year of learning and achievement in the Oswego County Professional Development Schools Initiative.

Fri Apr 29, 2016

Several faculty members and visiting scholars and a student from the School of Business presented at the 11th annual Business Research Consortium of Western New York conference April 16 at the Niagara Falls Convention Center. Barry Friedman, Sarah Bonzo and Gregory Ketcham presented “Got Motivation to Teach Online? Job Design Implications.” Friedman is professor of management and also a member of the BRC board of directors, Bonzo is an assistant professor of health service administration, and Ketcham is director of academic programs for the Division of Extended Learning. Thomas Tribunella, Friedman and Heidi Tribunella presented “Building on Cressey: The Psychological Implications of Fraud.” Thomas Tribunella is a professor of accounting, and Heidi Tribunella is an associate clinical professor of accounting at the University of Rochester. Susan Wright, assistant professor of accounting, presented “Rethinking Principles-Level Accounting Education for Developing Critical Thinking Skills and Enhancing Student Success.” The Tribunellas and their son Thomas Tribunella presented “Understanding Digital and Crypto Currency.” Dean Crawford, professor of accounting, presented “Starbridge Associates, LLP.” Hema Rao, Pamela Cox and Raihan Khan presented “Integrating Scaffolding Learning in an Online Course.” Rao is a professor of accounting, Cox is a professor of management, and Khan is associate dean of the School of Business. Cox and Khan presented “Country Culture and National Innovation.” Visiting scholars Yunfen Bai and Li Lin and professor of management June Dong presented “Modeling Credit Risk Contagion by Spatial Econometric Model.” Visiting scholar Sheng Xu and Hong Wan, associate professor of finance, presented “Research on Financial Agglomeration Effects on Marine Economy of Coastal Area in China.” And junior marketing major Tal Gordon and assistant professor of marketing Napatsorn Jiraporn presented “Time Management Styles and Food Consumption: A Pilot Study of American and Chinese College Students.” Also, Friedman and Wright are co-authors of articles that appear in the BRC Academy Journal of Business. Friedman and Lisa Schnorr, senior vice president for finance and controller of Constellation Brands and a 1987 Oswego graduate, are the authors of “Latent Employee Turnover and Prevention—When Job Creation Catches up with Economic Recovery: An Employee Retention Model and Case Study.” Wright is co-author with Howard Nemiroff and Jim Owens of “An Empirical Analysis of New Rules Adopted Under Regulation National Market System: Pilot Phase Period Implementation Results.”

Taejin JungTaejin Jung of the communication studies faculty contributed formative and evaluation research for a community health project called “Smoke Free for My Baby and Me.” The first year of the project has resulted in a 73 percent success rate, meaning that nearly three-quarters of the women who participated in the program were able to quit smoking, according to program partner the Oswego County Health Department. Other partners in the program include Oswego OB/GYN, Reach CNY, Oswego Health, Oswego County Opportunities OPTIONS (Teen Parenting Program), Rural Health Network, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Services, and Integrated Community Planning’s Tobacco Free Network. The Tobacco Cessation Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse provided training, and Jung collaborated with the group to conduct research and analysis of the program. The group received funding through a grant from the New York State Health Foundation. Additional support came from the Child Care and Development Council of Oswego County, the Elks Lodge Foundation, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Fidelis Care and Rural Health Network of Oswego County.

Sarfraz MianSarfraz Mian of the School of Business faculty was lead guest editor of a special issue of the journal Technovation published in April. The lead article—“Technology Business Incubation: An Overview of the State of Knowledge” by Mian, Wadid Lamine of the Toulouse Business School at the University of Toulouse in France and Alain Fayolle of EMLyon Business School in France—provides a 30-year overview of the business incubation industry. Technovation is one of the top innovation and entrepreneurship journals.

Lyudmyla Sonchak, assistant professor of economics, has received $1,025 for a research assistantship this year from the Charles Koch Foundation. The grant will purchase a student version of STATA, a software commonly used by economists, and recruit a research assistant for the next academic year and pay him or her a small research stipend. Sonchak, senior economics major Mazen Bou Zeineddine and Sonchak’s co-author Anna Chorniy of Princeton University are investigating the impact of new ADHD drugs on children’s health. “Currently, we are at the initial stages of the study and we are benefiting greatly from the research support,” Sonchak said. “Also, my student is acquiring research skills that would make him more prepared for the graduate school or job market. Introducing my students to economics research is something that I really enjoy doing.”

Leigh WilsonLeigh Wilson, professor of creative writing, director of the Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities Center and the Creativity Lab, received a grant of $9,550 from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation and a collaborative SUNY Performance and Investment Grant of $53,000 for the Smart Neighbors Project. This project is an annual program which involves students from a number of majors pooling their talents to benefit a designated small business in the community.

The Campbell Law Review recently published communication studies faculty member Jason Zenor’s article “Reckless Disregard for the Truth? The Constitutional Right to Lie in Politics.” The paper examines false campaign speech statutes, or laws that punish politicians who tell lies during campaigns. These laws seem to be endangered as courts find them to be unconstitutional content regulations, Zenor wrote. The paper argues that false speech on the whole should be less protected and that in the post-Citizens United era of increased quantity of speech, there should be increased regulation on quality of political speech. Additionally, Kate S. Kurtin of California State University in Los Angeles recently produced a two-page review in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly of Zenor’s 2014 collection “Parasocial Politics: Audiences, Pop Culture, and Politics,” published by Lexington Books.

Thu Apr 28, 2016
OzFest offers free afternoon fun, evening concert

The second annual OzFest will feature an afternoon full of games and food and an evening concert with Flo Rida, Rich Homie Quan and Dej Loaf plus host DJ Kobe from Syracuse’s Hot 107.9 on May 6, the last day of spring classes.

Thu Apr 28, 2016
Climate expert Michael Veres aims to share his knowledge widely

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet the college’s first climatologist, assistant professor Michael C. Veres of the atmospheric and geological sciences department. The former first-generation college student says he’s impressed with the motivated Oswego students he’s encountered.

Thu Apr 28, 2016
Two graduates to receive Outstanding Senior Awards

The SUNY Oswego Alumni Association has selected Eric M. Flagg and Darlene Le as winners of the 2016 Outstanding Senior Award. They will be recognized during the Commencement Eve Torchlight Dinner and Ceremony on Friday, May 13, in the Marano Campus Center.

Thu Apr 28, 2016
College community invited to Commencement Eve Torchlight Ceremony

The college community, including graduates and their families, is invited to attend the 2016 Commencement Eve Torchlight Dinner and Ceremony Friday, May 13, in the Marano Campus Center. 

Thu Apr 28, 2016
Campus community invited to Western-themed Reunion

A Western-themed Reunion 2016, June 9 to 12, aims to round up a variety of alumni and campus members for four days of fun and food, memories and music.

Mon Apr 25, 2016
Campuswide emergency alert test set for Tuesday

SUNY Oswego will conduct a simultaneous test of all of the college’s emergency messaging systems Tuesday, April 26.

Tue Apr 19, 2016

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