STEM education leader will welcome newest alumni at Torchlight

A leading national advocate of science, technology, engineering and math education will encourage Oswego graduates of all majors to continue pursuing discovery and innovation as alumni when she speaks May 11 at the Torchlight Celebration.

Yvonne Spicer '84The Oswego Alumni Association welcomes 1984 alumna Dr. Yvonne Spicer as this year’s mistress of ceremonies at the Commencement Eve Dinner and Torchlight Ceremony May 11. All graduates of SUNY Oswego are invited to participate in the annual event, one of the college’s longest-standing traditions.

Spicer is vice president of advocacy and educational partnerships for the National Center for Technological Literacy based at the Museum of Science, Boston. She links schools with colleges and other educational partners, speaks at conferences and leads workshops.

“I absolutely love this work and I feel it’s making a difference across this country,” Spicer told Oswego alumni magazine last year.

In 2011, she was named a founding member of a STEM advisory committee formed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices to help governors develop statewide STEM agendas.

Spicer’s Gateway Project has provided intense STEM training to more than 300 educators in 65 districts in Massachusetts. She recently worked with the design team on the National Research Council’s “Next Generation,” a framework for science education.

Spicer joins a diverse cast of recent alumni emcees that includes ESPN anchor Steve Levy; former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Donna Goldsmith; former gubernatorial press secretary and public relations executive Saleem Cheeks; popular Albany area television news anchor and reporter Benita Zahn; and 9/11 hero, Port Authority Lt. John McLoughlin.

With the exception of Commencement, the Torchlight Ceremony is the longest-standing academic tradition on campus. “The Message of the Torch” was written more than 75 years ago by Lida Penfield, for whom Penfield Library was named.

Last year, seven decades of alumni were represented in the Inner Circle. To join the group that will symbolically welcome the class of 2012 to the Oswego Alumni Association, please RSVP by May 4 by calling 315-312-2258 or sending an email.

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(Posted: May 01, 2012)

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