Campus Update

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.

Mon Mar 21, 2016
Honors Convocation to celebrate students, feature successful alumna

SUNY Oswego’s annual Honors Convocation will celebrate student academic achievement at 3 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the Marano Campus Center arena and convocation hall, with a keynote by 1986 Oswego graduate Jennifer Shropshire, a principal at Edward F. Swenson & Associates.

Fri Mar 18, 2016
Book explores myths, realities of mass shootings

Through years of research and consolidating lessons learned from rampages in schools, movie theaters and malls, Jaclyn Schildkraut of Oswego’s public justice faculty has co-authored a book that probes myths and hysteria provoked by mass shootings.

Fri Mar 18, 2016

Several works by Oswego art students will be included in the Art Association of Oswego’s 19th annual Lakeside-Statewide Juried Art Exhibition, opening March 26. They are “Thick and Thin” by Olivia Allen, “Three French Hens” by Eileen Arnold, “Blue Green Lust” and “Touch” by Suzanne Gaffney Beason, “Tangled” by Chelsea Burgett, “Self-portrait” by Kathryne Burke, “A Walk Through the Trees” by James Clark, three untitled works by Cody Doran, “Rumination Kubikos” by Victoria Jordan, “Place No. 2” by Brittany McCann, “The Dance” by Jillian McKee, “Portrait #3” by Candice Ribiere, “Simon” by Ashley B. Santmyer, “Amanda” by Brianna C. Santmyer, “At First” by Miranda Shaffer, “Unity” by Claire Slattery and “Alabastrine” by Carlene Smith. Also in the show are “Adirondack Stream” and “Quiet Mind” by emeritus art professor Sewall Oertling, “Golgotha” by emeritus art professor Nick D’Innocenzo, “Photosynthesis: Catching Fire” by curriculum and instruction faculty member Eric Olson and “Florida Sunset” by former biology professor B. Diane Chepko-Sade. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. March 26. The show will run until April 24 during regular gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Juanita DiazGeoscientists from the Northeast and beyond are convening in Albany this week for the Geological Society of America’s 2016 Northeastern Section meeting. The gathering was expected to draw more than 900 attendees from a variety of geoscience disciplines. Paper presentations include “All Extinctions Are Not Created Equal: Comparison of Four Extinction Events Through the Late Devonian” by geology faculty member Diana L. Boyer; “U-PB Geochronology of Pegmatitic Granite at Streaked Mountain, Western Maine” by senior geology major Janelle A. Galster, geology faculty member Paul Tomascak and Syracuse University’s Mariana Bonich; “Granitic Gneisses of the Piseco Lake Shear Zone, Shawinigan Orogen-Parallel Deformation, and Spatial and Temporal Links to the AMCG Intrusive Event in the Adirondack Highlands, New York” by geology faculty member David Valentino and St. Lawrence University’s Jeff Chiarenzelli; and “Anatomy of the Migmatite-Granite Complex, Southwestern Maine” by Tomascak and Buffalo State’s Gary Solar. Poster presentations include “Comparative Analysis of Pyrite Framboids from Late Devonian Black Shales” by senior zoology major Juanita Diaz, pictured, whose minors include geology; “The Pattern and Process of Coastal Barrier System Outlet Closure Evaluated Using GPR at North Sandy Pond, Eastern Lake Ontario, NY” by geology faculty member J. Graham Bradley and senior geology major Benjamin Green; “Mesozoic Strata Preserved in the Miami River Graben, Central Adirondacks, New York” by Valentino, senior geology major Angela Fasano and seven other co-authors from St. Lawrence and Louisiana State universities, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, SUNY Binghamton and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Natural Heritage Program; “Using Multiple Geophysical Techniques to Study Drumlin Deposits in Central New York” by senior geology majors Tracey Garland, Kendell Cozart-Middleton and Alex D’Alessandro, junior geology major Dana Harper, international students Luis Henrique Aguiar de Araujo and Icaro Pacheco, and Valentino; “Characterization of Geological Outcrops in the Upstate New York Region Using Giga-Pixel Panoramic Imagery” by graduate student in adolescent education Paige Haney and geology faculty member Rachel Lee; “‘Cloudsplitter’: Historical Geography and Geology of John Brown’s War Against Slavery” by Jon D. Inners of the Pennsylvania Geological Survey and other Pennsylvania researchers with Oswego’s Dana Harper.

Barry A. Friedman, professor of management, is the author of a paper—“University and Community Collaboration in Management Education: Lessons Learned and Insights after a Decade of Experiential Learning”—that has been accepted at the Eastern Academy of Management 2016 conference, scheduled for May 4 to 7 in New Haven, Connecticut. The paper details best practices in the HRM 464 senior seminar with respect to service learning and community client consulting.

Neha Keshan with Patanjali ParimiTwo research papers from the Advanced Wireless Systems Research Center have been accepted for oral presentation in the peer-reviewed joint IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation/U.S. National Committee for the Union for Radio Science International meeting scheduled to begin June 26 in Puerto Rico. The papers are “Wearable RF Plethysmography Sensor Using a Slot Antenna” by Prapti Ganguly, David Senior and Patanjali Parimi of Oswego’s wireless center and Amlan Chakravarti of the University of Calcutta, and “Planar Wireless Power Transfer System with Embedded Magnetic Metamaterial Resonators” by Senior and Parimi. These two papers follow the previous work from the center presented in the IEEE Big Data conference on Oct. 29 by Neha Keshan, pictured with Parimi, a visiting research scholar at the wireless center from University of Calcutta.

Shashi Kanbur, professor and chair of physics, gave a seminar Feb. 16 at SUNY Oneonta titled “The Undergraduate Astrophysics Research Program at SUNY Oswego.” He discussed Oswego’s program, which has resulted in 30-plus publications (10 with undergraduates) in the last 10 years. The program centers on the study of stellar pulsation and its application to fundamental problems in astrophysics such as the age and distance scales. The program has provided definitive evidence for sharp nonlinearities in the Cepheid period-luminosity relation and provided a plausible theoretical explanation for this nonlinearity. Predictions from this theory have recently been verified using OGLE III data. The program has collaborations in the United States, India, Brazil, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and Taiwan. Undergraduate students involved in the program have been on fully or partially funded research opportunities to Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, University of Delhi, Geneva Observatory, Taiwan’s National Central University and Brazil’s Federal University of Santa Catarina. Future opportunities include working with Kepler and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Project data, among others. Alumni from the program have gone on to doctoral and post-doctoral programs at Dartmouth, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts. Three 2016 graduates are going on to Cornell University and SUNY Binghamton. In other news:
Shashi Kanbur* The European Southern Observatory has accepted Kanbur’s application for a visiting position there from July 18 to Aug. 12.
* NASA has accepted a proposal for satellite viewing time to study Cepheids and RR Lyraes from the Kepler working group of which Kanbur is a member.
* Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Main Journal, published by Oxford University Press, has accepted a paper co-authored by Kanbur. The lead author of “Period-Luminosity Relations Derived from the OGLE-III First-overtone Mode Cepheids in the Magellanic Clouds” is Anupam Bhardwaj, a student from Delhi University in India whose doctoral thesis Kanbur is supervising, and other co-authors are international colleagues Harinder P. Singh and Chow Choong Ngeow.
* And the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute in North Carolina has appointed Kanbur a research fellow in the Program on Statistical, Mathematical and Computational Methods for Astronomy. He is to be in residence there for a week in March 2017.

Senior communication and social interaction major Alyssa Levenberg was the special guest for an episode of the University Pro Podcast titled “Cultivating Student Ambassadors.” Levenberg told host Chris Alexander, the media coordinator at New York University, about the “Alyssa Explains It All” video blogging series for the college, the various ways she helps incoming students and her additional work with the Office of Communications and Marketing, student television station WTOP-10 and the communication studies department.

Tim Nekritz, associate director of communications and marketing and director of digital communications, was part of a four-member expert faculty panel for the Academic Impressions conference “Planning for a Higher Ed Redesign” Feb. 29 to March 2 in Cincinnati. Nekritz presented two interactive sessions: “Goal-Setting and Linking to Metrics” and “The Role of Video in the Higher Ed Website.”

Richard Weyhing, assistant professor of history, will present “Before 1812: The Establishment of Fort Oswego and the ‘Sixty Year’s War’ for North America” at the sixth annual Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium scheduled for April 1 to 3 at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 26 E. First St. in Oswego. His presentation examines David Curtis Skaggs’ idea of a “Sixty Years’ War” that waged for control of North America between 1754 and 1814. This discussion highlights the important role that Oswego played in the conflicts preceding the War of 1812 and the territorial claims made by Britain and France along the Lake Ontario region that led to them. It includes the re-telling of an event in the summer of 1756 that destroyed the outpost and its fortifications and saw 1,500 people taken as prisoners of war; the result radically altered the political landscape on both sides of the Atlantic.

Fri Mar 18, 2016
Ulises Mejias works digitally, collectively, personally to build global ties

In this issue’s Spotlight, meet communication studies faculty member Ulises Mejias, director of the college’s Institute for Global Engagement and coordinator of the integrated media graduate certificate program.

Fri Mar 18, 2016
Students, faculty, departments to shine at Quest 2016

The college’s annual Quest symposium Wednesday, April 13, will promote scholarship and creativity across campus and across disciplines, from accounting to zoology, from music to math, from ocean depths to outer space.

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