Quest to spread out as it celebrates 25th anniversary

imageQuest, the annual symposium for scholarly and creative activity at SUNY Oswego, will celebrate its 25th anniversary April 20 with a number of special features, including a full day of presentations, a buffet luncheon, a retrospective session and a keynote alumni speaker.

The scheduled presentations by faculty and students number about 140 this year, according to Bill Bosch, who chairs the committee that organizes Quest. In addition to sessions in Hewitt Union and Lanigan Hall, some sessions are planned for Penfield Library’s Lake Effect Cafe, he said.

Quest’s 25th anniversary guest speaker will be Joseph F. Coughlin. A 1982 graduate of Oswego in political science, he is director of the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also teaches strategic management and public policy in the engineering systems division. He will speak on “Inventing Yourself and Creating the Future Through Undergraduate Research” at 9 a.m. in the Hewitt Union ballroom.

imageMIT’s AgeLab conducts multidisciplinary research to improve the quality of life of older adults. Coughlin’s own work examines how the demographics of an aging society will drive and define innovation in business and public policy. His research is published in a variety of policy, technology, aging and business journals. He recently completed a book on older drivers. Coughlin earned his master’s degree in policy and strategic management at Brown University and his doctorate at Boston University.

A special Quest buffet luncheon, priced at $6.95, will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in The Forum in Hewitt Union.

At 1 p.m. in the formal lounge of Hewitt Union, there will be a retrospective session on the history of Quest and its founder, the late Distinguished Teaching Professor Helen B. Daly. Dr. Al Stamm, professor of earth sciences and an original member of the committee that first organized Quest, will chair the panel.

Bosch added that this year’s poster sessions are expected to be in the main lounge of Hewitt Union, with presenters on hand during the noon hour.

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(Posted: Mar 29, 2005)