Campus Update PUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITY Volume 20 Number 12 Feb. 18, 2009 1 Inside: Darwinian legacy Lisa Walker, a December zoology graduate, discusses a skull from The Descent of Man exhibit with senior zoology major T.J. Stanton (left) and senior anthropology major Adam Kutryb. The exhibit was part of a week of activities devoted to the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwins birth. Oswego continues stay on national service honor roll For the third straight year, SUNY Oswego earned national recognition on the Presidential Higher Edu cation Community Service Honor Roll. Oswegos broad approach to engaging students in community service is one of its selling points. Civic engagement is an important part of the colleges mis sion, a pillar of the current strategic plan Engaging Challenge. SUNY Oswego is also a founding mem ber of the New York Campus Compact, a commit ment to civic engagement, student involvement and community service. Provost Susan Coultrap-McQuin praised efforts through the Compass related to service learning, volunteer services and experience-based education, through leaders such as Alyssa Amyotte, Christy Huyhn and Paul Roodin. She also said actions of the Civic Engagement Coalition, spearheaded by Nola Heidlebaugh and by Thad Mantaro last year, are an important component. Some students get their foot in the door from aca demics, such as Nola Heidlebaughs COM 490 ser vice learning class, said Amyotte, coordinator of the Center for Community Service and Service Learning. The center and other components of the Compass offer internships and academic partnerships, such as a one-credit add-on to students taking Laura Browns gerontology class. By working with our Adopt-aGrandparent program, they are applying what they learn in a local nursing home while also providing an important service, Amyotte said. Students volunteering Students also volunteer for any number of reasons, such as getting to meet other people in the com munity and the satisfaction of helping other people, Amyotte added. A lot of students say they feel like they get more out of it than they give. Opportunities and initiatives are plentiful, ranging from the hundreds of students involved in a commu nity-wide day of wellness and the day of service built into welcoming week to the Alternative Winter Break trip to Jamaica last month and regular Habitat for Hu manity activities. Residents of Hart Hall and Johnson Hall have service-learning requirements, and many of the 150 student organizations engage in different types of community service. The Presidents Honor Roll was launched in 2006 to recognize higher education institutions that sup port innovative, effective and exemplary community service programs. For the most recent (2007-08 aca demic year) honor roll, 47 New York state colleges and universities third-highest in the nation were recognized, nearly half of them SUNY institutions. Selection criteria for the honor roll include scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers service-learning courses. The honor roll is a federal program co-sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Ser vice, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, Campus Compact and the Presidents Council on Service and Civic Participation. The list of honored institutions and other informa tion can be found online at www.learnandserve.gov/ about/programs/higher_ed_honorroll.asp. Julie-Jo Stanton and Tim Nekritz Institute offers opportunities in globalization How to engage Oswegos academic programs with SUNYs internationally oriented Levin Insti tute was the subject of discussions last week when Garrick Utley and Linda Rosansky of the institute were on campus. Faculty and administrators met with them in sev eral small gatherings arranged by Walter Opello, di rector of the global and international studies program, before and after Utleys College Hour talk on Global Media. Utley spent 40 years as a network journalist, much of it covering international affairs. Now president of SUNYs 5-year-old Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce, Utley told one group, Globaliza tion is the issue of our time, and asked, How do we serve as a resource to enrich the campuses? The institute, which does not grant degrees, is focused on short-term graduate and executive edu cation and research through partnerships and col laboration. Located in a 40,000-square-foot building on East 55th Street between Park and Lexington av latest in communications technology. It was created internationally. It has several international partner schools and has a goal, Utley said, of having half or more of students in its educational programs coming from abroad and representing all continents. Rosansky is the institutes interim provost, and she was formerly president of Hult International Busi ness School. She outlined the institutes academic programs and plans. Among the programs it has up and running are the MBA semester in New York, an and global banking, and Globalization 101, an online resource for teaching and learning that the Levin Institute acquired from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Richard Skolnik, dean of Oswegos School of Business, noted that Oswego already promotes Levins opportunity for a semester in New York in its MBA information online. Academic programs in the works, Rosansky said, include those on such topics as global media, sci ence and technology, sustainability, and leadership of nongovernmental organizations. The New York City Economic Development Commission has selected the Levin Institute to create a program to retool work redeploy that talent where it can be useful, such as in small business. Eileen Gilligan, director of Oswegos journalism program, suggested that Oswegos planned masters degree program in new media had potential for part nership with the Levin Institute, and Rosansky agreed. Steve Rosow of Oswegos political science faculty offered several ideas, including using the institute in a new Global Cities quarter course and developing masters programs on political activism and on global democracy. The institute has no residential facilities for stu dents, though residential opportunities open up in the summer at other institutions nearby, and it is still tion with SUNY campuses, Rosansky and Utley said. Julie Harrison Blissert Garrick Utley in the Campus Center
Vol. 20, No. 12 Feb. 18, 2009 Campus Update Globalization on campus American professors who have spent time abroad as adults are more likely to incorporate international perspectives into their teaching and research, according to a new paper written by a group of researchers at Seton Hall University. . But the unpublished paper, which uses data collected in 2007 as part of the Changing Aca demic Profession survey of faculty members United States lag behind their foreign peers in key measures of international engagement, like writing papers with overseas colleagues and un dertaking work that is international in scope. . For the 2007 survey, more than 5,000 faculty members at 80 four-year institutions in the United States received invitations to participate, and 20.7 percent responded. . Martin J. Finkelstein, a professor in Seton Halls College of Education and Human Services, [said] . having faculty members go overseas as adults appears to be more critical to internationalization . than the hiring of foreign-born professors. Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2, 2009 Reading on rise Reading on the Rise: A New Chapter in Ameri can Literacy, a report from the National Endow ment for the Arts, claims that a quarter-century began collecting data on reading, the proportion of adults 18 and older who said they had read at least one novel, short story, poem, or play in the previous 12 months has risen. The proportion of the population that is reading is just over 50 percent and still below what it was in 1982. The increase was most dramatic among 18-to-25year-olds, who had previously shown the most NEA Higher Education Advocate, National Education Association, February 2009 Squeeze Play The proportion of Americans who view a higher education as being necessary to succeed eco nomically has risen sharply this decade, but the percentage who believe that the vast majority opportunity to go has dwindled over the same the 1,009 adults who participated in the nation wide surveyconducted by Public Agenda and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher groups percent said college is necessary, up from 31 percent of those who responded to the same question in 2000. But only 29 percent of students have the opportunity to go to college, down from 45 percent in 2000. The proportion of respondents who said access to higher education was the highest in the 15-year history of the sur vey of public attitudes about higher education. Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 4, 2009 Online skepticism Online courses may be gaining a foothold in higher education, but substantial skepticism over their effectiveness remains, according to results of two recent surveys. The surveys, conducted by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, also found widespread concern that budget cuts would hamper distancelearning programs. . Instructors extra time professionally, and whats more, online education doesnt translate into better learning outcomes, said respondents in the faculty survey. Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 10, 2009 Voices carry Junior public relations major and Student Association Senator Cassandra Watts (left) and senior broadcasting major Ariel Rodriguez log onto SUNYOswegoAdvocates.org to contact legisla tors on the impact of the New York state budget on higher education. Super service For the 20th anniversary of on-campus activities honoring Martin Luther King Jr.s legacy, seated from left, Mary Anne Hogan, Student Association Vice President Andre Fields and Adri anne Morton, director of Oswegos McNair Scholarship Program, received MLK Community Service Awards. Standing from left are keynote speaker Bishop Rufus McGee of the Outreach Temple Church of God in Christ United in Rochester, and the events founders Tony Henderson and Arnie Oudenhoven. Tom Bertonneau of the English department is the author of an essay in three parts, What, Me Read, that has appeared in The Clarion Call, the online journal of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. It has also been picked up by Na tional Review Online His essays on Naming Things by Their Right Names and Epicureanism and Empire have appeared in The Brussels Journal. An earlier Brussels Journal essay, A Meditation on Crowds, appears in German translation at the Blaue Narzisse Web site under the title ber den Geist der Masse. His article on The Gist of Paul Gottfried: Right Principle and the Failure of American Right has just appeared at First Principles. The article ex plores the Hegelian roots of Gottfrieds thought. It is the third in a series of Gist of articles by Berton neau, the previous two having been devoted to Rene Girard and Eric Voegelin. Ana Djukic-Cocks, assistant professor of Ger American Association of Teachers of German peda gogical series Teaching Ideas, Volume VII (2009). A Collection of Successful Classroom Strategies. They included: Posters with Prepositions: Using Maga zines for Reviewing Prepositions, Practicing Ad jectives While Listening to Hildegard von Bingen, Relative Clauses, Marx and Coca Cola and, coauthored with Gunhild Lischke of Cornell University, Role Playing Game. John F. Lalande II, professor of German, is the author of the recently published article German Castles, Customs and Culture: Introducing a New Approach to the Undergraduate Culture Course. The 10-page article appeared in the Vol. 41 (2008) issue of Die Unterrichtspraxis: Teaching German. Senior guard Kyle Reuter averaged 21.9 points, shot 36 percent (9-for-22) from three-point range, and connected on 18 of 22 free throws (81.8 percent) in a 2-1 week for the Lakers mens basketball team, garner ing recognition as a SUNY Athletic Conference Ath lete of the Week last week. The weekends wins over SUNY Cortland and Brockport moved the team into a sixth on Oswegos all-time scoring list. In Memoriam Paul H. Wilbur, 80, emeritus professor of psychol ogy who retired in 1993, died Feb. 8 at a hospital in Gloversville.
Vol. 20, No. 12 Feb. 18, 2009 Campus Update Helen Knowles of the political science faculty has Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, whom she terms a tional categorization. In The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty Knowles explains that he does not fall into the simplistic common view that judges are either liberal or conservative depending on who supports or opposes their decisions. Hes managed to please some people all of the time and displease some of the people all of the time, Knowles said. But its not generally the same people. Observers looking to categorize judges as conser striking down laws against same-sex marriage on the on the other. But Knowles said this is all consistent under what she calls Kennedys moderate libertar ian views, although at no point in the book do I call him a libertarian. Instead, Kennedys decisions usually follow three key principles: human dignity, personal responsibility and tolerance. Under the human dignity belief, she explained, Ken nedy believes all individuals should be treated equally thus his opposition to programs that favor anyone and his belief in tolerance means he does not sup port people being punished for their sexual orientation. He would stand up for your rights even if youre she said, using as an example Kennedys writing a concurring Supreme Court opinion nixing a Texas Knowles admitted that Kennedys decision-making and opinion-writing abilities were two of the things that drew her to study his work, including for her doctoral thesis. She said she agrees with reviewer Mark Tushnet of the Harvard Law School who called her book a sym pathetic but not uncritical view of Kennedy, because it does take issue with some of his decisions in cluding an abortion case that seemed to countervene his usual view of personal responsibility. consistent within his key principles and admires his undying commitment to education and the law. He is very strongly committed to civic education, Knowles noted. A lot of his views are related to sup porting diversity, educating people and encouraging people to be educated citizens. Thats where the per sonal responsibility part of his beliefs comes in. Knowles said she hopes her book will become part of a body of work that will help the public better understand Kennedy as well as the process by which the Supreme Court and other judges interpret law and make decisions. hope its not the last, Knowles said. I hope there are books that come out and challenge my ideas. I think Kennedy would enjoy that. He cares most about cre ating this dialogue about liberty and freedom. Tim Nekritz Judging values Helen Knowles of the political study of the jurisprudence of Supreme Court Jus tice Anthony M. Kennedy. In a tradition becoming as regular as a spring thaw, competition. 2 and 3 in New York City, his achievement marks the third straight year Oswego has had at least one par Nora Abdelnabi and Corey Lemon were among last years reached that level in 2007. The competition starts in individual public relations classes around the country, including Tina Pierac cinis Advanced Public Relations course. While she submits all entries, Pieraccini had a feeling Rusineks campaign for this years client, Adidas, had a really good chance. Doug worked hard on polishing his campaign and showed a command of the client and client needs in his entry, said Pieraccini, a communication studies professor. At this years finals, Rusinek pitched his cam paign proposal to Hill & Knowlton public relations executives. The task for the campaign was to create an integrated PR program for Adidas to use to build authenticity and relevance for the brand in basket ball for the 2009 NBA All-Star week. The experience was interesting, said Rusinek, a senior public relations major from Lancaster. I think it really helped me see the areas I need improvement in and the judges notes will ultimately help me succeed. paign they create for various clients followed by crisis-solving situations using public relations tech the University of Southern California, the University of North Carolina, Oklahoma State University and California State University at Fullerton. The winner of the competition receives a $5,000 cash award, a paid internship with competition spon sors Hill & Knowlton and a paid trip to the annual PRWeek Awards ceremony in New York City on May 5. One runner-up earns a $1,000 cash award and in ternship with Hill & Knowlton Julie-Jo Stanton Joshua McKeown, director of international edu cation and programs, said his new book includes landmark data on how studying abroad can mean the world to a students intellectual growth. In The First-Time Effect: The Impact of Study Abroad on College Student Intellectual Development rience cultivates high levels of intellectual and critical-thinking There has been a gap in as sessment of the outcomes of study abroad, McKeown said, noting that while colleges have insisted international study was a positive thing, quantitative data was pre viously lacking. His study of 226 students found that students those who had not, he said. After about a semester abroad, their peers caught up. This supports the argument educators have long made that even one study-abroad experience could proponents have said our students seem to have developed an objective viewpoint, more worldly atti tudes and the like, but it had never been demonstrated in this way, McKeown explained. The quantitative study also showed that many vari ables traditionally important to study-abroad profes sionals and faculty location (in separate housing or with host families) and whether there is a language barrier did not matter as much as the experience itself, he added. What that says to me is that, as colleges seek to identify ways for our students to gain intellectually and academically, study abroad can contribute to higher education in ways weve never thought be fore, McKeown said. Study abroad is the best way to gain knowledge about the world, even if its just one country in the world. Study abroad has changed and evolved over the years, and Oswegos offerings have led trends in international programs, McKeown said. Facultyled short courses to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America have made it possible for more students to see the world. Oswegos academic solutions-based classes have moved past language and culture study to bring phys ics students to Brazil to work on a computerized tele scope, education students to Benin to help modernize the African nations educational system and biologi cal sciences students to the Virgin Islands to study marine ecology. The number of Oswego students studying abroad has tripled in the past few years and, by Institute of International Education measures, the college now sends more than 20 percent of its students abroad compared to a 1 percent national average. While this is a high measure among peer institutions, McKeown said, at the same time, 80 percent are not studying abroad. Im still working on that majority of students who have not gone abroad, McKeown said. We realize many students may not have had the oppor tunity be fore, and may never have the opportunity again, and heres evidence of how its worthy of our collective support. McKeowns book has gained international notice already, including mention in a letter in the Japan Times citing it as evidence that that country should invest in sending young Japanese abroad to gain in tellectual development and world awareness. Tim Nekritz World view Joshua McKeown, director of international education and programs, recently penned The First-Time Effect: The Impact of Study Abroad on College Student Intellectual Develop ment The book studies the intellectual growth of international study. Study abroad can contribute to higher education in ways weve never thought before. Joshua McKeown
Vol. 20, No. 12 Feb. 18, 2009 Campus Update today Feb. 20 Feb. 21 and 28 Feb. 25 Feb. 26 March 1 March 2 March 3 March 4 For a more complete calendar including Artswego, College Hour and athletic events see SUNY Os wego Events online at www.oswego.edu/calendar/. A multidisciplinary Sportsmanship Day Sympo sium, from 2:20 to 5:45 p.m. March 3, will exam ine whether society is winning the battle for fair play, respect and civility. Tim Delaney, whose specialties include sociology with the 19th annual National Sportsmanship Day. I came up with this idea because I have been teaching a course on sport sociology for many years now and was amazed how few students were aware of National Sportsmanship Day, he said. The reason few people have heard of National Sportsmanship Day is because it is not publicized properly. He assembled a lineup of mostly Oswego profes sors and professionals looking at sportsmanship as it relates to economics, history, media, philoso phy, political science, psychology and sociology. Delaney is also looking into student-athlete panel participation to give even broader perspectives on sportsmanship. All talks will be free and will take place in Room 101 of Lanigan Hall. I have two sport sociology books coming out in the next two months that emphasize sportsman ship, Delaney said. My co-author, Tim Madigan, and I feel very strongly about promoting sports manship. In light of stories like New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez embroiled in steroids, a basketball team beating another school 100-0 and the un ending police blotter involving athletes, Delaney believed it seemed more important than ever to pro mote sportsmanship. Although each academic discipline may have say that it involves fair play, decency and respect ipants in sports, especially fair play, courtesy, good spirit and grace in losing. For more information, contact Delaney at 3123410 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the National Sportsmanship Day Web site at www.international sport.com/NSD. Scholars, scientists, educators and students are in vited to submit proposals for the Rice Creek Associ ates Small Grants Program by March 15. This program is intended to support and encour age research, education and public service projects at SUNY Oswegos Rice Creek Field Station, particu larly in the areas of natural sciences, social sciences and art. Awards generally range between $500 and $1,000. For proposal submission guidelines, click on the Call for Proposals link at oswego.edu/ associates.html. For more information, call Lucina Hernandez, di rector of SUNY Oswegos Rice Creek Field Station, at 312-7961 or e-mail her at Lhernan1@oswego.edu, or call Peter A. Rosenbaum, professor of biological sciences, at 312-2775 or e-mail him at par@oswego. edu. Police report Since Jan. 30, University Police have investigated several cases of theft and harassment and made seven arrests. Police charged three with driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08: a 23-year-old Seneca Hall resident, a 20-year-old Fun nelle Hall resident and an an 18-year-old Liverpool man. Each faces additional charges, from unlawful possession of marijuana to speeding. aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and a seat belt violation. A 21-year-old Oswego woman was charged with driving an unregis tered, uninspected and uninsured vehicle. A 19-year-old Seneca Hall resident was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, providing or selling alcohol to a person under 21. A 20-year-old Cayuga Hall resident was charged with petit larceny. He is accused of taking four com puter mice, a beverage and candy. SUNY Oswego will explore vocal music in the chamber tradition when Chamber Music a la Mode opens the colleges spring Ke-Nekt Music Series today. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, with a pre-concert talk by the mu sicians starting at 7 p.m. On the program are vocal/instrumental collabora tions by Schubert, Schumann, Faure, Spohr and Pou lenc. Guest and faculty artists will include soprano Julia Broxholm of the University of Kansas; pianist Russell Miller of the Eastman School of Music; vio list Wendy Richman of the Syracuse Symphony Or This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Pat Meleski, an administrative assistant/secretary I in the Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities Center and the philosophy department. She has worked on campus since July 2005. Q. How would you describe your job and re sponsibilities? A. I mainly consider myself the right hand man for the director of IPAC and the philosophy chair. In IPAC, I worked on the details of our recent open house the catering, setting it up and advertising it. Ill work on promoting the lecture series we have coming up next. For philosophy, I do similar public ity for the Steinkraus Lecture Series. I keep the ad vising folders for our philosophy students. I also do phone work and some computer work and I maintain Q. What is your favorite part of working at Os wego? A. I love the kids. Ive worked with students all my life. I started with elementary kids, then high school students, now college. Its interesting to see the tran sition, as they have had to become more independent at this level. I like to see what the students are doing, where they are going in life, what their plans are, how they are growing into young adults. Q. What is your impression of Oswegos stu dents? A. I think they are great. Ive never had a problem with them. They have all been very good, very polite, very well mannered. Theyre a lot of fun to talk to. I like to see how they are using the Campus Centers common areas, talking to each other, making good use of that kind of space. Q. What is your educational background? A. I graduated from Liverpool High School. I took a lot of secretarial courses, which help me here, though I majored in Spanish. Q. What achievement are you most proud of? A. Honestly, its my two children, raising them as a single parent. Matthew is my oldest. Hes 22 and goes to college in Rochester part-time and is a fulltime district manager for AT&T. My daughter Julie just turned 17 and goes to school in Mexico. Shes my go-getter and seems to be involved in everything. They turned out to be two wonderful kids. Q. Do you have any hobbies? A. I do a lot of gardening around the house. I like to walk and hike. I try to rollerblade when I can. Im a big animal lover. I have many bird feeders out back and do some bird watching. I also like to travel to visit family, usually out of state. chestra; and Oswego faculty members Robert Auler on piano, Julie Bridge playing horn and clarinetist Trevor Jorgensen. An admission-free College Hour informance at 12:45 p.m. today, in Room 41 of Tyler Hall, will include performances of selected pieces and a discus sion of the vocal chamber music genre. Tickets to tonights full-length concert cost $15 ($10 for senior citizens and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students). For information or reservations, call 312-2141, e-mail email@example.com or visit tickets.oswego.edu. Black History Month observances at Os wego will conclude Saturday, Feb. 28, with the 41st annual Black Student Union dinner at 5 p.m. in the ballroom of Hewitt Union. Tickets are $10. of events throughout February. This Saturday will be a variety show at 7 p.m. in Hewitt Unions main level. Other remaining events, all in the Campus Center, include a presentation on black inventors at 7 p.m. today in Room 233, the movie Bombingham at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 137, a presentation on well ness by Barbara Streets of the counseling faculty at 8 p.m. Monday in Room C114, a poetry workshop at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the activity court, a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 233, and the movie Crooklyn at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 in Room C114. For more information, call BSU at 312-2945.