Oswego symposia to begin with medical ethics

A SUNY Oswego symposium on medical ethics on Sept. 29 will be the first public event in a School of Education project funded under Auxiliary Services’ Support for Engagement 2000. The symposium will begin at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in Bell Auditorium and is open to the public.

The collaborative School of Education project, “A Community of Leaders and Learners,” involves classes in all six education departments in an online seminar whose discussions will be sparked by a series of three public symposia this fall. Symposia topics in addition to “Medical Ethics” Sept. 29 will be “Professional Collaboration” on Oct. 18 and “Social Justice” on Nov. 19.

Ron Graham, a local health educator, will lead the symposium on medical ethics. Other experts from the community are being invited as guest participants.

Graham works for the Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services as the director of the New Vision Allied Health Careers Program at Oswego Hospital. He is also an adjunct instructor at SUNY Oswego in both the health promotion and wellness department and biology department.

The School of Education project is one of two projects under way with funding from Auxiliary Services’ Support for Engagement 2000, said Mike Flaherty of Auxiliary Services. The program aims to further the goals articulated in the college’s strategic plan.

Dr. Susan Camp of the vocational teacher preparation department and Dr. Suzanne Gilmour of the educational administration department proposed the School of Education project in collaboration with others in the school, including the other four department chairs.

Next week’s symposium will kick off the online discussion in six classes in the six education departments. The classes encompass students from the junior undergraduate to the post-graduate levels.

Steve Frawley, a longtime educational administrator in the area, developed the seminar and will be interacting with the students online throughout the semester. A former public school teacher and principal, he has a background in special education at BOCES and is currently serving as interim director of special education for a local public school district.

Camp said her steering committee plans to apply for funding to continue the project in the spring.

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CONTACT: Dr. Susan Camp, 312-2481

(Posted: Sep 22, 2004)