Quest '07 grows into Campus Center, evening

Heather SheffieldQuest, the annual daylong symposium dedicated to the scholarly and creative pursuits of SUNY Oswego’s faculty and students, will see a number of innovations when it gets under way at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, says Dr. Jack Gelfand, the college’s director of research administration and development.

Several segments of the program will move to the new Campus Center. An evening portion for graduate students will lengthen the day to 7:30 p.m. A student-designed Web page will introduce the online program. And student radio station WNYO plans to broadcast live in spots throughout the day.

This year’s featured guest speaker, Brad Hill of Weblogs Inc., will discuss “Citizen Media and the Battle for Cultural Control” at 1 p.m. in the Campus Center. Immediately following his talk, Quest posters and demonstrations—including sculpture molding, figurative bronze casting, pot throwing and printmaking—will be featured from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center.

The 20 posters—such as psychology student Christina Sawyer’s on “Religion and the Media”—will be available in the Campus Center throughout the day, but their creators will be on hand to discuss them with visitors during this time.

In the realm of the arts, music students will perform a two-hour recital 2:15 p.m. in Room 101 of Lanigan Hall, and the theatre department will present scenes from “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” live, at 11:15 a.m. and “Lost in a Viral Paradise,” by video, at 2:15 p.m. together with analysis of the works by artists and scholars, both in Hewitt Union’s Bell Auditorium.

As usual, most of the day will be devoted to generally short, overlapping presentations by students and faculty on their scholarly and creative activities, about 150 in all this year. They will take place in Lanigan Hall, Penfield Library, Campus Center and Hewitt Union.

Students from the college’s School of Education, including many teachers who are pursuing master’s degrees, will hold forth in the Campus Center meeting room from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on their research in the teaching and education field.

The graduate session from 5 to 7:30 p.m. will consist of panels, talks and posters.

The day’s 12 panels and discussions will include “The Many Voices of William Blake,” the Romantic English poet, at 10:30 a.m. in the formal lounge of Hewitt Union.

Centro delivers bus riders to the front door of the Campus Center from Wal-Mart, downtown and other parts of Oswego 36 times a day on weekdays. University Police noted, too, that visitors driving to campus that day will not need to purchase parking passes.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Picture this—Senior meteorology major Heather Sheffield begins selecting photographs for the display of “the beautiful and wild weather of Oswego” she will present during April 18 Quest in the hallways of Lanigan Hall. She is assembling about 20 photos that she and her colleagues in meteorology have taken across the seasons in Oswego County, including the news-making snowstorms of February. “I think people don’t even realize everything they see out their window — there’s every type of weather here,” said Sheffield, who chose to come to Oswego from her home in Buffalo because of the college’s meteorology program and lakeside location. The display will be one of more than 150 sessions in the college’s annual salute to scholarly and creative activity.

(Posted: Mar 28, 2007)