A promotional spot for student-run TV station WTOP by May broadcasting graduate Griffin Bruce earned fourth place in the Best Promo category, announced during College Broadcasters Inc.'s National Student Electronic Media Convention in Seattle in late October. Then the vice president of creative services for WTOP, Bruce produced the one-minute spot using historical and current footage from WTOP with original music and additional effects. Melissa Wilson, the general manager of WTOP, accepted the award at the convention, which brings together student media in television and radio stations to celebrate what they do and to learn from each other. Read full story

Dean of Graduate Studies Kristen Eichhorn presented "Deconstructing the Strategy in Strategic Communication Plans” to the Central New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America on Oct. 23 at SUNY Oswego’s Syracuse campus. A longtime member of the communication studies faculty and author, Eichhorn defined strategy and discussed its impact on strategic communication planning in the presentation.

Accounting faculty member Andrea Pagano and the students of Oswego's Lambda Zeta chapter of Beta Alpha Psi earned Superior Chapter status. In his letter announcing the award by the KPMG Foundation, Patrick Leitgeb, audit partner of KPMG in Rochester, said, "This recognition reflects your efforts and the combined efforts of your students and the entire accounting department in sustaining a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi which recognizes academic excellence and truly complements the students’ formal education by providing interaction and networking among students, faculty, and professionals." Beta Alpha Psi is the premier honor society for accounting and finance students, an international scholastic and professional fraternity which recognizes academic excellence and complements members' formal education by providing interaction and networking among students, faculty and professionals.

The results of a new integrative health study that measures the effects of owning and training a therapy dog on posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans was recently published in JACM, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, with co-authors including Oswego psychology professor Karen Wolford among the co-authors. In "Dog Ownership and Training Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms and Increases Self-Compassion Among Veterans: Results of a Longitudinal Control Study" with other co-authors Dessa Bergen-Cico, Yvonne Smith, Collin Gooley and Brooks Gump of Syracuse University, and Kathleen Hannon, Ryan Woodruff and Melissa Spicer of Clear Path for Veterans, researchers reported significant reductions in PTSD symptoms -- as well as reductions in perceived stress, isolation  and self-judgment -- and significant increases in self-compassion when comparing the veterans that participated in the Dogs2Vets program over a 12-month period to veterans that were on the waiting list to receive a dog during that time period. JACM is a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert Inc., publishers, dedicated to paradigm, practice and policy advancing integrative health.