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Campus Update PUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITY Volume 19 Number 9 Jan. 23, 2008 1 Inside: Oswego forms School of Communication, Media and the Arts New school With the start of the spring semester, courses like Mary Pierces Western Heritage II: Survey of Art class will be part of Oswegos newest college the School of Communication, Media and the Arts. Pierce (center) is joined by students in her Winter Session class (from left) Rebecca Fisher, Tim Bond, David Widrick and Minh Le. Metro Center to open at Atrium in Syracuse SUNY Oswego has leased 11,700 square feet in the Atrium, 2 Clinton Square in Syracuse, with plans to open the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in late March, Now that the lease is settled, the landlord will start the renovation process for the build-out of our space, said Vice President for Administration and The college is in the process of hiring a director for the center, which will be a site for graduate courses and training and professional development opportuni ties for professionals working in downtown Syracuse, said Yvonne Petrella, director of Oswegos Division Among the initial graduate courses now planned for the new center are International Business, In troduction to Play Therapy, Introduction to Geron Petrella said the college began exploring the pos sibility of operating a site in the Syracuse area more business and industry leaders in Central New York to discuss the feasibility so that the college could better understand their workforce needs and future opportu The college began looking for a downtown location with Atrium Associates, LLC, needed approval from the State University of New York, the New York State SUNY Oswego offers off-campus courses at many college has operated the Oswego State Education Center in Phoenix at Oswego Countys industrial Petrella said a grand opening for the SUNY Os wego Metro Center is tentatively planned for late Julie Harrison Blissert SUNY Oswego is adding its fourth school as it launches the School of Communication, Media and The new school combines the departments of art, communication, music and theatre to create greater ing increasingly interwoven and innovative, said Pro The new college will foster innovative thinking, dynamic collaboration, and scholarly and artistic achievement through a balanced study of history, theory and application, according to its initial mis This opens the opportunities for more collabora tion with disciplines within the school for cuttingthat down the road these disciplines are going to be come more and more integrated, sharing knowledge to make attracting top-quality students increasingly competitive, the new school positions Oswego well among SUNY and other colleges in a growing and In terms of new students, it places us in an excit ration of disciplines is a strength of our campus and will provide top-notch programs for students coming The new school collects programs with strong credentials: The communications department is re nowned for its alumni and facilities, while Oswego is among the few colleges that has nationally accredited those departments would maintain connections to complementary programs outside the new school, such as cinema and screen studies, human-computer Collaborating on resources and expertise could lead to team-teaching initiatives and even new academic technology, which could draw on traditional strengths The new school also offers an opportunity to es tablish a greater connection with students as well as alumni, some of whom double-majored or minored alumni involvement could lead to additional intern Administrators also envision synergy among es tablished and popular performing and visual arts programs and broadcasting outlets tht could open the door to further enhancing the cultural and intellectual Earlier this week, faculty from all four departments dean of Montclair State Universitys College of the Arts, which consists of a collection of departments Because of all the work by department chairs in consultation with their departments, we have a good move toward establishing a dean for this school, She named communication studies chair Fritz Messere interim dean and music chair Julie Pretzat initial work to bring the departments closer together, A search for a permanent founding dean will com The addition of the School of Communication, Me dia and the Arts represents SUNY Oswegos biggest change in academic organization since it was reorga nized into the College of Arts and Sciences, School of McHugh secures funds for new energy center at Oswego campus A $300,000 federal earmark secured by Congress create the Center for Energy Education and Economic tion of Oswego, Morrisville State, Cayuga Community College, the Institute for the Application of Geospatial gy, becoming increasingly important, we want to play a leadership role, and the center will allow Oswego and our partners to do that, SUNY Oswego Presi ing resources, research opportunities and education to make tomorrows leaders more aware and engaged in The three colleges and the IAGT have already part nered on a variety of efforts, and the funding allows the groups to coordinate and broaden their work, said eration is a major industry in Central New York, the center also could play a key economic development Especially with the increased interest in, and need for, alternative energy, this partnership will support economic development as well as promote See Energy center, page 4


Vol. 19, No. 9 Jan. 23, 2008 National teach-in As part of a national effort to promote environ mental activism on campus, professors at more than 1,100 colleges have agreed to discuss issues relating to global warming in their classes on Jan uary 31 or take part in panels running throughout on the macro level by a handful of recent college graduates with the help of professors and students Inside Higher Ed, Assumptions challenged More than 60 percent of all American students attend institutions where average tuition and fees total less than $4,750 per year, according to imposing the highest tuition increases matched or exceeded the increases in institutional education ment of Education data spanning the school years 1995-1996 and 2005-2006, seem to contradict two popular perceptions: that a majority of stu dents are facing skyrocketing tuition costs at their colleges and universities, and that colleges and universities raise tuition without making com BriefCASE, Council for Advancement and Outsourcing e-mail Frantic troubleshooting by an overworked staff decide whether to continue running their own email services or outsource them to a professional service like Google Apps Education Edition or More than 1,000 colleges have signed up with those two companies because, college administra tors say, it makes sense to let professionals take weights like Google and Microsoft offering their already-popular services to colleges for free, the e-mail after pressure from students who already used Gmail or Hotmail on their own and per But not everyone has jumped on the outsourcing bandwagon, and others are looking carefully be trators worry whether the commercial enterprises obligations to do so, but companies are bound largely by their stated privacy policies, which can want the college market because it translates into business opportunities, which might involve shar . Colleges that have The Chronicle of Higher Education, Study abroad squeezed As the dollar dips to all-time lows, study-abroad colleges to cut costs, tap reserve funds, or in the dollars value has tumbled 5 percent against the pound, 7 percent against the yen, 10 percent against the euro, and 14 percent against the Ca comes amid efforts to encourage more students to Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Retrospective look The work of ceramic artist and expert Richard Zakin, a professor of art, will be Feb. 1 to March 12 in Tyler Art Gallery. An opening reception, with live music, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the gallery. Zakin will speak at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 312-2113. Bruce Altschuler, professor of political science, presented a paper, Selecting Presidential Nomi Has Come, at the American Politics Group at the lished in The Forum of an item on The Chronicle of Higher Educations Fehmi Damkaci, assistant professor of chemistry, was scheduled to give three invited seminars titled Total Synthesis of Natural Products in Turkey dur planned to talk to chemistry faculty about possible he planned to meet with administrators of universities Mediterranean coast to talk about the possibility of Bruce Frassinelli, adjunct instructor of journalism, has been elected president of the Professional Jour nalists and Communicators of Oswego County for er of the Oswego Palladium-Times between 1992 and he writes a bi-monthly column for Oswego County Business the campus community were Fred Vigeant, pro Matt Seubert, than 50, presents an annual scholarship to a graduat ing Oswego County high school senior who plans a career in journalism, public relations or a related Club, the organization, which is observing its 35th Shashi M. Kanbur of the departments of phys ics and earth sciences gave an invited seminar, The NonLinear Cepheid PL relation: pulsation, evolution Fundamental Theory Group in the Syracuse Univer will be published in the refereed journal Memoire della Societa Astronomica Italiana, edited by Santi James Seago of the biological sciences department was an invited speaker and visitor in the biologi cal sciences department at the University of North gave one presentation to the wetlands biology lab group of faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows on the Structural Adapta of Angiosperms from a Developmental and Phylo and students on developing ways for the universitys undergraduates to explore graduate studies at other universities and for faculty to search for future gradu ate students from colleges like Oswego, where under graduate students do not know about the universities ate programs and courses of available study might be Lawrence Spizman of the economics department Economist Should Employ the Geometric Mean at the Allied Social Sciences Association annual confer a recent publication of Spizmans that examined the misunderstanding in litigation of a basic mathemati cal concept of averages that can miscalculate eco nomic damages in personal injury and wrongful death why the geometric mean should be used rather than the arithmetic mean and provided an extended set of while testifying when the arithmetic mean is used even when the difference between the two means is Cleveland State University Library has established an online archive dedicated to the work of Lewis Turco, Lewis Turco Collection in Cleveland Memory went K. Brad Wray, associate professor in philosophy and director of the Interdisciplinary Programs and 7 issue of Science, titled The Age-Old Question of response from Jeremy Berg, director of the National Campus Update


Vol. 19, No. 9 Jan. 23, 2008 Richard Skolnik to lead School of Business since 1998, Skolnik was chair of the accounting, One of my main areas of focus will be external, the new together local businesses and alumni with students and faculty, and creating an environment of Skolnik, who worked in Ma laysia at an earlier job, said he would like to increase diversity and a world atlas is within reach, just under a paint In announcing Skolniks appointment, Provost Su san Coultrap-McQuin praised him for his thought she noted, he engaged faculty in accreditation activi The dean can be a facilitator to bring people and potential donors will be able to hear about what activities are going on here and further potential for Skolnik said he is excited about reaching across MBA program, and hed like to see other such pro The new dean is committed to building a larger awareness for SUNY Oswego outside of the local area, whether it be internationally or in Central New will raise our level of involvement in the fabric of Skolnik said he has an enthusiasm for possibili ties and hopes to be a positive element in moving A native of Michigan, Skolnik earned his two bach elors degrees at the University of Michigan and mas Michele Reed Festa Fellowships give graduate students opportunity for leadership experience The deadline for graduate students to apply for the second round of Festa Graduate Leadership Fellow applicants in leadership experiences with mentors as Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 to $10,000 for a semester or a summer of full-time work with a se The purpose of the Festa Fellowship is to provide of interest chosen by the graduate students who are selected for the award, said Dean of Graduate Stud disciplines art, business administration, educa tional administration, history and human-computer Three worked with the John Fieschko, executive di rector of the nascent Central New York Biotechnology in several ways, including a comparative evaluation of related biotech centers and creation of a brochure Last year fellows also worked with the president of Med Tech in Syracuse, the director of Fort Ontario tration, spent a lot of her time at the Frazer School ing so extensively with piles of quantitative data wego graduate, established the fellowship program in specialty chemicals and specialty materials used in For more information on the Festa Fellowship Julie Harrison Blissert Richard Skolnik SUNY Oswego to take part in Focus the Nation Jan. 31 SUNY Oswego will be one of more than 1,100 in stitutions participating in Focus the Nation, a national Focus the Nation aims to create dialogue and con nect students and communities directly with local, state and federal decision-makers in discussion about The days agenda at Oswego will include an ad Stanley; speaker, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus Peter Black of the SUNY College of Envi ronmental Science and Forestry; a panel discussion of the science behind global warming and its impacts; a panel highlighting the colleges own green programs and projects; and a town hall meeting with local rep Oswego County Administrator Phil Church and Os of water and related land resources, he has taught and Auxiliary Services will highlight environmentally poster display and other information will be on view Local activities of Focus the Nation are sponsored by SUNY Oswego and its Civic Engagement Coali tion, contact Thad Mantaro, coordinator for civic en Annual King celebration slated bra tion will be held in the Campus Center auditorium at The event is sponsored by the Sigma Omicron more information, call Tony Henderson, chair of the Grants, awards deadlines near grants for scholarly and creative projects by faculty Nominations for the Presidents Award for Schol Provosts Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity The review process is conducted by the Committee Graduating seniors face deadlines Seniors who expect to graduate in May and August should next meet with their advisers to do the senior Sharing Notes Paul Rajeckas will present workshops and lead a panel presentation in addition to two performances of his one-man tragicomic tale Notes to the Motherland Feb. 5 and 6 in Waterman Campus Update


Vol. 19, No. 9 Jan. 23, 2008 Campus Update An educational emphasis will focus on identify ing best practices in the energy industry and creating training modules on topics that could range from em ploying global-positioning technology for alternativeenergy site selection to using biofuels for economic progress to mapping regional energy options and op In addition, an energy institute will be offered at The center will leverage the specialties of various partners and other groups depending on the project advisory board will expand to include members of local industry and other entities interested in perti Coordinating body for submitting grant proposals for our existing part ners or for new partners who may step forward and For Oswego, the effort dovetails with President Stanley signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which pledges to promote sustainability and develop a long-range plan to reduce and ultimately neutralize greenhouse gas into the college strategic plans emphasis on develop The partnership weve had with Morrisville, Ca yuga Community College, the IAGT and our other partners has really been wonderful, and it helps us do things more successfully than we can on our own, Congressman McHugh will allow us to continue our work and to develop new projects in energy educa Tim Nekritz Energy center Continued from page 1 For a more complete calendar, see SUNY Oswego Harrison offers winning attitude with campus recreation This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Scott Harrison, assistant director of campus recre ation, who has worked on campus since 2004. Q. How would you describe your job and re sponsibilities? than 50 student employees hiring, training and supervising them to provide the services we offer to I emphasize the word support because our students really run the programs, and its great hands-on expe Q. What is your favorite part of working at Os wego? I enjoy seeing the students develop, and last May was especially exciting because that particular graduat Q. What is your impression of Oswegos stu dents? principles and opinions, but are still very accepting are genuinely motivated and have a real eagerness to Q. What is your educational background? the counseling and psychological services program Q. What achievement are you most proud of? other departments that contribute to student learning Q. What can you tell us about your family? know my older sister here on campus, Christy Huynh, Q. Do you have any hobbies? 26 scholarly, creative projects by students receive campus funding Twenty-six student scholarly and creative projects have received more than $19,000 in campus grants Seven students in psychology received funding, including three working with faculty sponsor Brooks Gump on the effects of the environmental toxicant its effect on sleep quality; Christie Turenchalk, also Also in psychology, Sabrina Narad, a junior, is Graves project Sex Typing Among Young Girls: Can Childrens Study is supervising Steven DAmbrosio Five in literature, cinema don, a senior, will work on Test Driving a Feminist Analysis of the Girl Gang in Joyce Carol Oates Fox An Examination of Encoded Girlhood Solidarity on Allegories of Vampire Cinema with faculty Neelika Jayawardane sponsors two student projects Daniels is working on Truth Commissions and the Divided Selves in the Damaged Nation: Southern Af Depiction of Secrecy, Ceremonial Truth-Telling, and the Schizophrenic Self, while senior Allison Shukris The Silent Minaret : Intersections Between the Historical Ventures of the Dutch East India Com Group projects in CPS In counseling and psychological services, James McDougal is supervising three projects by groups Academic and Behavioral Supports for Comprehen faculty sponsor of three projects: The Nitrosylation of Plasma Proteins Due to Lead Exposure by junior Thea Hassan, An Examination of Oxidative Stress Markers in a Pediatric Population with Sub-clinical Exposure to Lead by junior Gregory Miller, and Lead Exposure and Cardiovascular Disease: The Ef fects of Lead on Blood Aldosterone Level by senor Of three projects in chemistry, Fehmi Damkaci sponsors two: Synthesis of Analogs of Natural Product Pterocelline A by senior Drew Camelio and senior Tim Humestons Total Synthesis of Natural on The Proteomic Study of Blood and Lead Expo Sue Fettes on The New Language of Data Analysis Junior Meghan McTiernan, sponsored by Steve practices in Eating Unconsciously: The Impact of Politics, Global Trade Policy, and Factory Farming In technology, sophomore Brandon Fromm and Dan Braun are working on Boat-building for High A subcommittee of the Scholarly and Creative Activity Committee reviews proposals for Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grants and makes Police report arrests, both for driving while intoxicated and viola