Two SUNY Oswego graduates from the Class of 2020 -- Ajaneé Fryar (pictured) and Laura Piekunka -- are among 100 honorees statewide for the new Chancellor’s Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships for the State of New York. Grants of up to $5,000 will support students graduating this academic year with a SUNY associate’s or bachelor’s degree and who are continuing their education at one of SUNY’s 64 campuses for either a baccalaureate or graduate degree, respectively. Fryar, who earned bachelor’s degrees in adolescence education with an English concentration and in English, plans to continue toward a master’s in special education from Oswego. A double major in human development and in sociology, Piekunka was accepted to continue her studies in Binghamton University’s master of social work program, among other SUNY schools. Read full story.

Communication studies faculty member Lindsay McCluskey has earned a competitive fellowship that will support her teaching, research, service and leadership. McCluskey was named a 2020 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Kopenhaver Center Fellow, a designation that will provide training, networking and other support. Read full story.

Fiona Coll of the English and creative writing faculty was part of a “10 Lessons Learned and 10 Goals for the Fall” feature in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Online 2.0 special section. “The most important single lesson I learned from the emergency switch to remote instruction is that slower is better,” Coll said in the article. “It wasn’t entirely a surprise that this reduction in pace resulted in a richer engagement with course materials on everyone’s part.” Coll, who coordinates the college’s Faculty Accessibility Fellows, said it made her realize that her teaching was “overclocked,” adding elements without removing others to compensate. “As a result of this realization, I’m going to more purposefully underclock my courses in the fall, whatever the modality of our teaching might be, by cutting back on the readings I assign, focusing the scope of my learning objectives more precisely, and exploring other ways to reduce cognitive load for my students and myself.”

Lisa Evaneski, the college’s Title IX coordinator, was honored as Volunteer of the Month by One Love for the New York/Tri-State Region. “This past April, Lisa led SUNY Oswego in an incredible virtual Yards for Yeardley campaign where their community walked over 21 million Yards! SUNY Oswego has hosted Yards for Yeardley events for 5 straight years and in that time Lisa, with the help of many amazing educators, have educated over 4,180 students,” One Love wrote. The One Love Foundation honors the memory of University of Virginia student Yeardley Love, a senior in college when she was killed by her ex-boyfriend three weeks before graduation. The foundation works to promote awareness of relationship violence to prevent future acts.

Criminal justice faculty member Jaclyn Schildkraut, Oswego graduate Evelyn S. Sokolowski and John Nicoletti of Nicoletti-Flater Associates published “The Survivor Network: The Role of Shared Experiences in Mass Shootings Recovery” in Victims & Offenders: An International Journal of Evidence-based Research, Policy and Practice. The paper explored how social support from others with shared experiences can serve an invaluable resource for individuals impacted by traumatic events, like school and mass shootings. 

Damian Schofield, director of the master’s in human-computer interaction program, and HCI graduates Khushboo Panchal and Kristen Ray published “Cultural Impact on Website Design: A Study in India and USA” in the American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Research. The paper looked at how user interface and design impacted online shopping across the two cultures.