Campus Update

Fri Feb 19, 2016
Mentor Oswego named 'community champion'

Recognizing Oswego County has named SUNY Oswego students Sahar Rajput, Julie Barton and Shelby Yates, coordinators in the college’s Mentor Oswego program, as “community champions” for February.

The three lead an army of 89 college volunteers to provide social and academic counseling throughout the county and help elementary and middle school students reach their potential.

Recognizing Oswego County co-chair Brandon Morey said the selection “highlights the accomplishments of these amazing young women who have risen in the ranks of the Mentor Oswego program and now run the show.”

He noted that they are paid for their coordinator role but also serve as volunteers for the program.

The Mentor Oswego program evolved from the college’s Big Brother/Big Sister program. In the 1990s, the program was incorporated into the newly formed SUNY Oswego Center for Service Learning and Community Service.

Currently, the program operates in the Oswego, Fulton and Hannibal elementary and middle schools as well as at the Salvation Army and Hamilton Homes.

“Our programs are designed to meet the needs of the site we are working in. We have programs before school, during the school day and after school,” Yates said.

Providing social support is an important aspect of the program.

“Some students have trouble getting along with others or may have anger issues. We have them come to the gym to work in a large group so they can learn to handle their emotions the right way,” Yates said.

Rajput said Mentor Oswego added three new programs this year. The coordinators are also making plans to add a program specifically for disabled children next year.

For more information about Mentor Oswego, visit

Next champions to be musical

For March, Recognizing Oswego County is seeking nominations in the area of “arts appreciation—community music and performance.” Nominations are due by March 4. The nomination form is available on the Recognizing Oswego County Facebook page or by contacting .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thu Feb 18, 2016
Challenges motivate Chantel Diamond to achieve, move on

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet senior sociology major and psychology minor Chantel Diamond, who uses life’s adversities to push herself toward early graduation and on to graduate school.

Thu Feb 18, 2016

Kimberlyn Bailey, a senior philosophy major, gave a presentation at the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, which took place at Syracuse University in January. Presented by the American Physical Society, the three-day event was co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy, and involved talks, panel discussions, lab tours and student research presentations. Bailey presented her honors thesis, “Explaining the Gender Gap: Comparing Undergraduate and Graduate/Faculty Beliefs About Talent Required for Success in Academic Fields,” co-authored by Carolina Ilie of the physics faculty and Ampalavanar Nanthakumar and Scott Preston of the mathematics faculty.

Sarah Bonzo and Mary Rodgers, both of the School of Business faculty, have been named Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors. They were each nominated by the college as “an exemplary online educator, who is both enthusiastic and effective in online teaching, and who can be a positive and strong advocate for online teaching in our SUNY community.” They will receive certificates of recognition and digital badges to denote the distinction and be featured on the Open SUNY website.

Julia D'Rozario doing researchThree physics students, Julia D’Rozario, pictured, Marie Romano and alumna Katharyn Christiana are featured in the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics booklet “Physics in Your Future,” printed in January. This booklet is prepared specially for use in high schools and middle schools to attract more girls to the sciences, especially physics. The students were selected based on their national and international conference presentations on research done under the mentorship of Carolina Ilie of the physics faculty.

Brian McGuire receives awardBrian McGuire, of the SUNY Police at Oswego, pictured with New York State Elk’s Association President John Jacques, was honored as SUNY Oswego University Police Officer of the Year for 2015 at the Oswego Elk’s Lodge No. 271’s annual George Washington Birthday Celebration on Feb. 13. Part of the evening is the recognition of local police and fire departments. McGuire made 33 arrests in 2015, including the felony arrest of Eric Debrosse, who allegedly held an Oswego student in her room in Seneca Hall at knifepoint for four hours, an incident that put the entire college community on alert. McGuire is a certified bike patrol officer, certified RAD instructor and certified child passenger safety technician. In 2015 he completed Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Training and was give the Traffic Safety Champion Award from the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board. Twenty members of the college’s police department attended the award ceremony along with about 150 other guests.

K. Brad Wray, professor of philosophy, is the author of a paper published in the journal Scientometrics, titled “No New Evidence for a Citation Benefit for Author-Pay Open Access Publications in the Social Sciences and Humanities.”

In Memoriam

Pat O’Neil, 79, former assistant director of Penfield Library, died Jan. 30.

Thu Feb 18, 2016
Serdce band from Belarus linking to Oswego in Skype concert

The classically trained musicians of heavy-metal band Serdce from Belarus will perform in a Skype concert at noon on Sunday, March 6, in SUNY Oswego’s Marano Campus Center auditorium.

Thu Feb 18, 2016
IGE Hour to feature range of global topics this spring

The college’s Institute for Global Engagement will sponsor a free series of lunchtime talks throughout the spring, covering topics from the rise of K-pop in Turkey to business expansion in emerging global markets, from representations of infanticide in the British Romantic period to historian Frank Tannenbaum’s work on the Mexican Revolution.

Thu Feb 18, 2016
Anand Giridharadas, Marilyn Chin to appear for Diversity Speakers Series

Presentations by New York Times columnist and author Anand Giridharadas and Chinese American poet Marilyn Chin will complete the spring Diversity Speakers Series that began with social justice leader Bernice A. King and BET TV news anchor Marc Lamont Hill.

Wed Feb 17, 2016
Students harvest rich experiences in courses with travel

A record number of faculty-led second-quarter courses with travel sent students and mentors to the Bahamas, Benin, Cuba, Ecuador and India over winter break, helping students put into immediate context and practice what they learned in class through research, projects and the arts.

Mon Feb 08, 2016

Mon Feb 08, 2016
Endowment again outperforms industry average

The SUNY Oswego College Foundation’s endowment recorded a rate of return that was nearly double that of its peers, according to the 2015 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments released in January.

Sat Feb 06, 2016
Alumnus establishes five scholarships, honors wife's memory

Marilyn Burkell Roth nearly dropped out of college following the unexpected death of her father during her freshman year at Oswego. Now a scholarship endowed in memory of this Oswego alumna, who went on to a life of accomplishment, will provide a second chance for future Oswego students who need support after a setback in their lives.

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