Kimberly Armani, director of SUNY Oswego Metro Center and originator of the Wednesday Walk—a guided series organized by Armani and colleagues in several other health-conscious organizations that encourages both fitness and learning—accepted the Downtown Committee of Syracuse’s Urban Innovation Award on June 23 for the “successful, trailblazing activity.” Other organizations involved in the themed walks are American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, the Downtown Committee, Downtown YMCA, Metro Fitness and the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club.

Mallory Bower, associate director of career services, was elected to the Commission for Career Services Directorate for ACPA. The commission examines, addresses and seeks to impact the changing and diverse role of career services in higher education within a student development framework.

Oswego business students with awardsSeveral SUNY Oswego students attended Phi Beta Lambda’s National Leadership Conferences in late June in Atlanta with support of the School of Business, with four of them placing top 10 in their respective events. Mark Prezioso, chapter president, placed sixth in the Future Business Executive category and formed a seventh-place team in Financial Analysis and Decision Making with Nick Schneller. Alyssa Facteau placed seventh in Business Communication. Sam Mitchell had a ninth-place showing in Human Resource Management. Pictured from left are Facteau, Schneller, Prezioso and Mitchell.

Karen Wolford presenting posterKaren Wolford (pictured), professor of psychology, was invited to present the MRM Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction App in June at the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps’ New York City Regional Innovation Node at Baruch College in New York City. With the tagline “By veterans, for veterans,” the mobile app developed by May 2015 master’s degree recipient Arthur Delsing under Wolford’s mentorship provides veterans—or anyone suffering from anxiety—feedback and encouragement for taking affirmative steps to reduce stress. Delsing was in the first cohort of veterans in the Wolford-coordinated trauma studies graduate certificate program, designed to serve a wide range of health care workers who encounter people emotionally shocked by war, disaster, abuse or other stressors. I-Corps grants such as the one Delsing and Wolford received seek to help entrepreneurs bring technological innovations such as the stress-reduction app to market.