Your Johnson Hall Staff
Rice Creek Ramble
Family-friendly naturalist-led walk. Participants should dress for the weather and call 315-312-6677 on the morning of the hike to check trail conditions. Program size is limited, unable to accommodate groups. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Free.
Location: Rice Creek Field Station
Saturday, Aug 19, 11 a.m. - noon
Reception and Auction: "Judith Ann Benedict: An Illustrated Life"
Exhibition, reception, labyrinth walk and live auction in honor of Benedict, a longtime former art faculty member who passed away in 2016. In a prolific illustration career that spanned over 50 years, her work was published in many forms, including children's books and posters. Live auction will run 3 to 5 p.m. with proceeds to support Judith Ann Benedict Scholarship Fund. Free admission. 315.312.2111 or email@example.com.
Location: Tyler Art Gallery
Saturday, Aug 19, noon - 6 p.m.
Men's Soccer Classic - Oswego vs. Houghton
Location: Laker Turf Stadium
Friday, Sept 1, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Women's soccer vs. Morrisville
Location: Laker Soccer Field
Friday, Sept 1, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug 19, 11:58 a.m. - 11:58 a.m.
Johnson Hall houses only first year students. It features the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) which is a program to help young students become acclimated to their new lives on campus. For this reason, we offer 4 resident mentors per floor (16 total), Residence Hall Director, Assistant Hall Director, Faculty Master and an FYRE Coordinator as valuable resources to these new students.
Hello from the Johnson Hall Staff…
One fine body…
1st Floor EAST :: Rooms 101-118
My name is Christopher Esposito and I am a junior Economics and Political science double major. I am from Selden New York and I am the youngest of three sons. I am currently the President of the Economics club, Sector Leader for the Investment club, Assistant Treasurer and Driver for the Student Association Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and an Eagle Scout of America. I love sports, finance, music, and being with friends. After I graduate I hope to go to law school. This is my first year as a Resident Mentor of Johnson Hall and I became a Resident Mentor because I want others to have as great of an experience as I did my freshman year in Johnson Hall. I’m a friendly and kind hearted person who loves to have fun and meet new people.
Miranda is a sophomore studying Technology Management and is also a part of the Honors Program. On campus she is a member of the Honors Advisory Board and is a new Student Manager at the Telefund. After graduation Miranda hopes to attend graduate school for architecture in a big city. This is her first year as a Resident Mentor and she looks forward to meeting all of her new residents in One East!
1st Floor NORTH :: Rooms 119-135
Hi! My name is Leah Jackson and I am from Coram, NY. I am junior and RM on the first floor of Johnson Hall majoring in Business Administration. I love to travel and hope to see the whole world one day. I am obsessed with Pretty Little Liars and rainbow cookies. I love a good movie. I crave good books. Music that makes me happy is what is usually playing. I enjoy laughing and learning new things. As a first year RM I look forward to getting to know my residents. Stop by and say hi!
Vincent Fredericks, from Babylon NY, is a Junior who is a double major in Biology as well as an Adolescent Education major with a concentration in Biology. He hopes to be a positive role model who is active in his community. He also wishes to share his life experiences and knowledge to future generations to come. He values education and is fascinated with the process it takes for people to learn new things. He is an RM because he wants to prove to freshman that college isn't what everyone makes it out to be, you make your own meaning out of it.
2nd Floor EAST :: Rooms 201-218
My name is Luis Escoboza and I'm a Double Major in Political Science and Public Justice. This fall I’ll be entering my Senior year at SUNY Oswego. I am eager to graduate this coming spring and hopefully begin Law school after I depart SUNY Oswego. I'm a fan of every sport once I understand it, but baseball has always had a special place in my heart. I am a die-hard Yankees fan and Derek Jeter (#2) is my favorite player. I also enjoy reading the news, writing poetry listening to music, and playing video games everyone once in a while. When it comes to music I don't have a preference, I like a bit of everything. Most of all, I love interacting with people and learning new things from them; especially if you want to debate and argue philosophical stances on agency, ethics, and the law. I find that spending time with others is the best of use of my time and it always helps to disconnect from our overly connected lives…you know who you are…social media mongers!
Mikki Pelkey is a sophomore at SUNY Oswego double majoring in Public Relations and Economics with a minor in Creative Writing. She is from Hilton which is a small town in the Rochester area and resides with her parents and younger sister. She lived in Johnson her freshman year and is looking forward to being an RM next semester. She loves to read and write and aspires to write a novel one day. She enjoys watching movies and loves pizza! But most of all she loves getting to know new people and is looking forward to this upcoming year.
2nd Floor NORTH :: Rooms 219-235
Tracey Hagan is a Wellness Management major, with a double minor in Public Justice and Business Administration. She was previously a peer educator with the Lifestyles Center, a health promotion and wellness organization on campus, and is currently an Intern with their program. Tracey spends her free time playing on the club rugby team. She is looking forward to welcoming the new residents to Johnson Hall!
My name is Ray Davis and I am going into my second year at Oswego. This will be my second year living at Johnson and first year as an RM. I am a Cinema & Screenplay major with the intention of becoming a director/ writer for movies. That being said I like most movies, everything ranging from Monster University to American Psycho. I will literally talk all day every day about movies, including movie quotes but only for the films that I know.
3rd Floor EAST :: Rooms 301-318
Sean Breslin, of Fairport New York, is a Business Administration major with a minor in Economics. This will be his first year as an RM, but he knows the building well since he lived here his freshmen year. He loves playing videogames, watching movies and playing sports. Sean enjoys just about every sport but most importantly soccer. Sean is a big Manchester United fan as well as an Indianapolis Colts fan. Sean is hoping to make a positive impact and bring the building together.
Marisa is a Junior studying Communication/Social Interaction with a minor in Business Administration. She is from Saranac Lake, a small town in the Adirondacks. This is Marisa's second year as an RM and third year living in Johnson Hall. Marisa enjoys staying active on campus. She is a member of the Del Sarte Dance Club and is also a Public Relations Intern for Career Services. Marisa enjoys doing many things, but most importantly she enjoys fostering a postive environment for anyone she encounters. Marisa is very outgoing and will talk to you about anything and everything, so don’t be afraid to stop by her room! She is extremely excited to be an RM again and cannot wait to meet all of her residents.
3rd Floor NORTH :: Rooms 319-333
My name is Tiffany Carr and I’m an RM on the third floor of Johnson Hall. I’m from a small town near Binghamton, New York. This is my second semester as an RM. I’m a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Expressive Arts Therapy. I hope to go to graduate school for social work and become a social worker in a high school as a career. In my free time I like to read and sit down by the lake. My favorite book at the time happens to be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I love to meet and help people, so don’t be afraid to swing by and say hi!
William Berntson is a sophomore Applied Mathematical Economics and Accounting dual major, with a minor in Computer Science. He hopes to join an Investment Bank, go to law school, or run his own staru-p after college. Will hails from Smithtown, NY; this will be his first year as Resident Mentor and he will be on the third floor of Johnson Hall. Will is very active on campus and loves the new experiences and friendships that come from participating in various clubs all over campus. If he could be anywhere in the world he would be at Whistler Blackcomb, skiing Whistler’s powder bowls. His other interests include, running, waterskiing, cooking, reading a great book, tennis, and of course, hanging out with friends! Above all Will cannot wait to meet the incoming freshman, and hopes to share his insights and experiences at Oswego with them. Friend or stranger, he aims to help anyone that needs it, and his door is always open!
4th Floor EAST :: Rooms 401-418
Megan DeBolt is a Sophomore from Baldwinsville, New York and this is her first year as an RM, but her second year living in Johnson Hall. She has a double major in English and English Adolescence Education. She is very down to Earth and enjoys meeting new people. Some of her favorite things to do are listen to music, read, write, and eat! She is very excited to start her first year as an RM and cannot wait to meet her new residents!
My name is Kyle Anthony Martindale. I'm a Resident Mentor on the Fourth Floor, East Wing of Johnson Hall. I currently reside in Middletown, NY. I am 20 years old and a Junior here at SUNY Oswego. I'm a double major, working towards a BA degree in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and a BS in Marketing. I am also a member of the Honors Program. I love music, art, sports, and staying active. I'm looking forward to a great year and getting to know all of you!
4th Floor NORTH :: Rooms 419-433
My name is Timothy Jones and I am a Sophomore from a lowly little town called Monticello, NY. My major is Biology, with possible a minor in chemistry. This will be my first year as a Johnson RM and second year living in Johnson Hall. My interests include computer games, card games, running, and generally having a great time. The more nerdy the better. After I graduate I would like to attended medical school and hopefully specialize in some sort of surgery field.
My name is Kelsey Thomas and I am a sophomore with a major in Marketing and a minor in Economics. My dream job would be working with an advertising agency or to be a copywriter. I am from Clifton Park, New York and this is my first semester as an RM in Johnson Hall. I love sports and always encourage people to keep an open mind. I look forward to meeting all my residents and the experiences I will have with everyone this year!
Kelly Giese is thrilled to be returning to Johnson Hall as the Residence Hall Director for a third year. She graduated from The University of Iowa in 2011 with a Master of Arts in Student Development in Postsecondary Education, and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a certificate in Women's Studies. A die-hard Wisconsin sports fan, you'll probably hear Kelly cheering on the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers throughout the year. As a recent Midwest transplant, she also enjoys getting to know her new home by exploring New York State and the surrounding area. Kelly is looking forward to meeting the Johnson residents of 2014-15 and getting to know them throughout the year.
Andrew Houck is returning to Johnson Hall as the Assistant Hall Director for his second year in the position. He graduated in December 2012 from SUNY Oswego with his Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Social Studies Education. Prior to being an Assistant Hall Director, Andrew was a Resident Assistant in Scales Hall, Sheldon Hall, and a Graduate Resident Mentor in Hart Hall. This year Andrew will be finishing his Master’s degree in Human Computer Interaction. When not doing work for classes he can most often be found skipping stones by the lake, catching any cloudless sunset he can, or buzzing by students in the quad on his bike. He is excited to be returning to Johnson Hall to work with the new staff and is looking forward to learning the names and faces of the new residents of Johnson Hall.
Linda LeFevre is excited to be starting her third year as the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) Coordinator and GST-100 instructor for Johnson Hall. Since two of her three children are in college, Linda has a passion for assisting students in the transition from high school to college and helping them achieve a healthy balance between academic success and personal/social development. She is also a full-time faculty member in the Math Department and coordinator of the SUNY Oswego International Student Conversation Partner Program. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, Linda worked as an engineer for several years before taking time off to be a full-time mom. She re-entered the work force some 16 years ago here at SUNY Oswego. Linda has ample experience as a teacher, having taught grades K-12 in various settings (private school, public school, and home school). She is also involved in adult education through the YMCA and various organizations. Linda enjoys reading, crafts, hiking, and spending time with her family. She and her husband Joe (who teaches in the Chemistry Department and is an avid photographer) enjoy traveling and are active in their local church.
Dr. Jay Button
Dr. Jay Button
Jay Button is the Faculty Master in Johnson Hall. He is responsible for supporting and encouraging residents as they transition into college life at SUNY Oswego. He is particularly interested in fostering resident's academic excellence, active involvement in the college community and personal growth and development. He will talk with anyone about any topic. Residents are welcome to come into his office anytime the door is open to talk, listen, get a piece of candy but never to gossip. Jay enjoys downhill skiing, walking/hiking, backpacking, his family and his participation in the life of Johnson Hall. Jay has been an elementary school classroom teacher, a reading teacher (K-12), a Director of Reading (K-12), Director of a college Reading Clinic, Coordinator of 2 national reading conferences, Coordinator of college reading and study courses and Chairperson of a college Reading Education Department. Jay has worked in excavating construction most of his life and has a 25 year pin with the International Union of Operating Engineers. He has been on the board of directors and of two construction companies (E. J. Button and Sons and Button-Chittenango, Corp.) where he also served as secretary for both companies. Jay has a "few years on him", as the expression goes, having been an educator for over 50 years, the past 43 at SUNY Oswego. He keeps "young" by working out regularly in the college fitness centers with the help of excellent personal trainers, walking, hiking, backpacking, and skiing; but mostly by interacting 10-40 hours a week with the wonderful residents and staff of Johnson Hall.
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