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CampusUpdatePUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITYVolume 19 Number 12 March 5, 2008 1Inside: Oswego administrator named to head up SUNY professional science masters initiative The State University of New York has a two-year $455,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to establish a number of new professional science masters degree programs, and Oswegos Dean of Graduate Studies and Research David King is coordi nating the effort. King is now director of the SUNY/Sloan Foundation Professional Science Masters Program. In January, the program awarded $15,000 to each of six campuses and $10,000 each to three additional cam puses to begin developing PSM degree programs. Another round of proposals will be considered in April. science-trained professionals to work in business and industry. The degree provides students with supplemental education in such areas as business, project management and communications. Its a full masters in science integrated with nine to 12 hours of business or communication courses, King said. Its a professional degree, an applied degree. One of the $15,000 campus awards went to Oswego to develop new PSM degrees from existing masters programs in chemistry and human-computer interaction, King said. Students pursuing graduate study in these two disciplines will be able to choose from two tracks, with the PSM option providing a professional track.Bridging the gap King has been party to SUNY Oswegos discussions with senior management in Central New York business and industry in recent years aimed at developing aca demic programs relevant to workforce needs. They felt almost across the board that they couldnt ible disconnect between academic preparation and degree identifies a niche area in the job market which higher education typically hasnt addressed. The Sloan Foundation has supported development of the innovative professional science masters degree to bridge this gap for more than a decade at colleges and universities around the nation. In recent years, it has focused more on public university systems, with the University of North Carolina and California State University systems now providing models for PSM development. The national Council of Graduate Schools and the new Professional Science Masters Association also share the goal of making the degree a regular feature of American graduate education.Integrating academe, business At the campus level, each PSM degree program will have an advisory committee jointly made up of faculty members and representatives of business. Its a way of getting the higher education community more inte grated with the business community, King said. In the systemwide approach to degree development, SUNY is divided into three regional clusters, with campuses in each cluster supporting each others program delivery. It promotes not only collaboration between SUNY and business but within SUNY, King said. Its really sharing assets. The SUNY University at Buffalo is the only cam pus in the system that already offers professional science masters degrees. Campuses funded through the Sloan grant to develop new degrees include UB, Albany, Binghamton, Brockport, Buffalo State, Institute of Technology, Oswego, Plattsburgh and Potsdam. Through June 2009, King will devote half of his time to the SUNY/Sloan Foundation Professional Science Masters Program. Picking up his workload professor of curriculum and instruction, who is now part-time associate dean for graduate studies. SUNY Oswego recognized for community service efforts SUNY Oswego has again earned national recognition on the Presidential Higher Education Com munity Service Honor Roll, released in February. The new honor roll acknowledges community service activities by colleges in the 2006-07 aca demic year. Oswego was also listed on the inau gural honor roll for its service in 2005-06. Civic engagement is an important part of the colleges mission, a pillar of the current strategic plan Engaging Challenge. SUNY Oswego is a founding member of the New York Campus Compact, a commitment to civic engagement, student involvement and community service. Criteria for selection for the national Commu nity Service Honor Roll included scope and inno vation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers service-learning courses. Among the 528 colleges honored nationwide this year, 15 were SUNY campuses. Studies show that students who become involved have higher grades, are more likely to stay in school and develop a habit of engagement. The honor roll is a federal program jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, Campus Compact and Presidents Council on Service and Civic Participation. Americans rely on our higher education system to prepare students for citizenship and the workforce, said U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings in congratulating the honor ees. We look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic and economic future of our country. Taking action of the American Red Cross during a recent campus blood drive, one of the Month of Action events.Students take part in community service for Month of Action SUNY Oswego students are helping literacy efand more as part of Month of Action activities. The student initiative Raise Your Voice: A Month of Action began on Feb. 15 with a goal to improve the community through civil service. Students have participated in events including a softball game in the snow to raise funds for the Spe cial Olympics, a political awareness day to have an open discussion about current issues and a movie day at a local nursing home. A Month of Action was started by Campus Com pact and the purpose is to promote, celebrate and increase civic engagement amongst college students, said Alyssa Amyotte, coordinator of the colleges Center for Service Learning and Community Service. Colleges across the country take part in various ways, with a wide range of events that theme around civic engagement. Bailey Feldman, a student co-coordinating the Adopt-a-Grandparent program, saw an opportunity to pitch in. Alyssa Amyotte informed us about the Month of Action events at the beginning of the semester, and I thought it would be a good chance for us to continue our activities and hold an extra program, Feldman said. Students held a movie day at the Pontiac Nursing Home on Feb. 23. We all watched the movie Hairspray and enjoyed each others company while having popcorn and soda, Feldman said. This was a worthwhile program because some residents may not have been feeling very well, but they still wanted to spend time with our students. Making a difference in the lives of the residents makes me feel awesome and very grateful that I have an opportunity to help out in my community. Amyotte saw the same response from students and See Month of Action, page 4


Vol. 19, No. 12 March 5, 2008 CampusUpdateCampus safetyNot only are college campuses safer than they used to be but they also have less crime than the country at large does, according to a report released . by the U.S. Department of Justice. The report, Campus Law Enforcement 2004-5, updates one that the departments Bureau of Justice Statistics published more than a decade ago, using data from the 1994-95 academic year. Over the 10-year span, the new report says, violent crimes on college campuses decreased by 9 per cent, to 62 per 100,000 students in 2004. Private campuses reported twice as many violent crimes per student as public institutions did. But nation ally, the rate was far higher: 466 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. Property crimes on college campuses also declinedby 30 percent, to 1,625 per 100,000 students in 2004according to the report. Private colleges also reported a higher rate of property crimes than their public counterparts did, but the levels at both fell short of the national rate, 3,517 per 100,000 residents, the report says. Its campus crime statistics come from the Education Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the Justice Departments own survey data. That department polled 750 four-year institutions with enrollments of at least 2,500 students and 163 two-year institutions with enrollments of more than 10,000, yielding data from more than 80 percent of each group. Campus law-enforcement agencies are better prepared according to the report, which focuses more on Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 26, 2008Spirituality on campusSpirituality in Higher Education, a project con ducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California Los Angeles, this year (50.4 percent) believed that integrating spirituality into their lives was very important or essential, compared with 41.8 percent in a 2004 survey of freshmen. Students also moved left po litically during that period, with 34.3 percent of juniors identifying themselves as liberal/far left, compared to 28.6 percent of the freshmen group. NEA Higher Education Advocate, National Education Association, February 2008High school to collegeA report issued [Feb. 20] says states have made substantial progress in raising the graduation their high schools academic standards with col lege and career expectations. But the report, by few states put in place key mechanisms for ensur for colleges, such as tests of college readiness. . The report found, among other things, that: Eighteen states and the District of Columbia now make the awarding of high-school diplomas contingent on students completing a college and career-ready curriculum that includes four years of challenging mathematics . and four years of rigorous English courses. . As of three years ago, Nineteen states report that their high-school standards are aligned with the expectations of colleges and workplaces, and 26 are in the process of such a standards alignment. Nine states administer college-readiness tests to all high-school students; 23 plan to administer such tests to all of their high schoolers. . The three states that [the] report described as making the most progress in adopting the recommended policies [are] Louisiana, New York, and Texas. The Chronicle of Higher Education, News Blog, Feb. 20, 2008 James N. Jerose of the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse. The center is now scheduled to open in May. Jerose has served as senior vice president for marketing for PHP/Univera Healthcare, as senior director at RMSCO and in senior staff and volunteer roles at the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Board of Regents of Le Moyne College among many other community involvements. Je rose is an alumnus of Onondaga Community College, SUNY Oswego and Syracuse Universitys Newhouse School of Public Communications. Paul Roodin, director of experienced-based edu cation, made several presentations at the Feb. 21 to 24 conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education in Baltimore. He presented two workshops: a pre-conference workshop on inter generational service learning and a workshop titled Second Generation Service-Learning in Gerontol ogy: What Works? He made presentations at two symposia: Service-Learning: New Directions and Innovations in the Field and Intergenerational Experiences: Promoting a Nexus Between Gerontol ogy and Geriatric Medical Education. Roodin is a member of the national academic program committee for the association and attended the annual committee meeting at the conference. Oswego building fan base through FacebookFinding Fans wego to alumni such as Louis A. Borrelli Jr., founding sponsor of the colleges annual media summit. Oswego is now collecting a community in cyber space with the recent launch of its Facebook Fans page. The SUNY Oswego Fans page keeps well over 200 members and growing, every day current with an RSS feed of the most recent campus news, current events and athletics articles, as well as pictures and announcements. With just a small amount of niche marketing so far, SUNY Oswego now has the second most-popular ofassociate director of public affairs. Founded at Harvard University in 2004, and for a long time focused on the educational community, Facebook currently boasts more than 66 million users worldwide with an average of 250,000 new users cre ating free accounts daily. The sites popularity owes much to its clean look, clever ways of connecting us ers interests, consistent content management system and constant generation of new applications and fea tures, Nekritz said. One feature added in December were Fans pages ritz created Oswegos page and works with a team of administrators that includes Web/New Media Coordinator Pat MacNeill, Web Support Specialist Richard Buck and Sports Information Director Joe Gladziszewski. After the team spent some initial time exploring nounced the Fans page in its Feb. 20 SUNY Oswego News e-newsletter and the number of SUNY Oswego Fans ballooned from 44 to 186 in one week. nar eclipse by Shashi Kanburs astronony students, posted Feb. 21. Many newer fans came through viral marketing: When someone signs up as a fan of SUNY Oswego, their Facebook friends can see it in a news feed of what their contacts are doing, and may choose to join as well, Nekritz explained. The team doesnt see Facebook replacing existing efforts, but instead serving as a complement one more area where recently accepted students and cur rent students, faculty and staff can go to make conhappening at Oswego. Alumni from around the world including Louis A. Borrelli Jr., founder of the col leges media summit are now fans who use the page to stay connected with their alma mater. greater SUNY Oswego Facebook network, with people joining every day, and millions more users on the whole of Facebook, Nekritz said. In todays fragmented media landscape, that Oswego network has more subscribers than many local newspapers. With all those potential eyes looking for information about reliable information is worth the effort.A selling point Administrators expect more fans as Oswegos Ofof the page and other publicity efforts increase. The most-popular fans page among SUNY schools, at New Paltz, now serves as a conduit for prospective mal space where potential students are comfortable cently from a family whose daughter chose SUNY Oswego based on things she found on Facebook. She said she was impressed with the academic activities at Oswego she saw on Facebook, Borden said. We were aware that more students were checking going to Facebook and searching for SUNY Oswego or directly by visiting pages/Oswego-NY/SUNY-Oswego/19148818048.


Vol. 19, No. 12 March 5, 2008 CampusUpdate Professors study on teen relationships gets media loveStudy sensation A recently published study by Andrew Smiler of Oswegos psychology department is posed to just being interested in sex. A recently published study by Andrew Smiler of Oswegos psychology department has drawn attention because it confounds decades of pop culture ste reotypes of teenage boys. Published in the February issue of the Journal of Adolescence, Smilers I Wanted to Get to Know Her Better: Adolescent Boys Dating Motives, Masculinity Ideology and Sexual Behavior found that the top reasons for boys wanting to date revolved around relational and emotional, not sexual, reasons. The study of 105 racially and economically diverse 10th-grade boys did not surprise Smiler but appears to run counter to conventional belief about the mo tives of teenagers, he said. When it came to reasons for dating, boys ranked person second, Wanted to get to know the person third. This really speaks against the stereotype we have of boys as sex-driven, Smiler noted. When rating reasons for having intercourse, Wanted to know what it was like and I felt desire tied the person and My partner wanted to. (In both reason.) Theres a lot of relational stuff going on there, Smiler noted. A New York Times reporter, Tara Parker-Pope, saw the study, wrote a blog item on it on Feb. 15, and the story took off from there. Her blog had more than 50 comments by the mid dle of that day and more than 170 comments by Feb. 21, Smiler said. It was among the Times 20 moste-mailed stories, and its very unusual for an article that is just online to get that kind of reaction.Media head over heels The response convinced Parker-Pope to write a follow-up story, which appeared on page 2 in the Sunday Times Week in Review section on Feb. 24. Parker-Popes blog was noted and analyzed by other sources ranging from the Baltimore Suns BaltAmour blog to to the Feministe Web site. stations in Pittsburgh and Montreal. While the idea of boys wanting to lose their virginity has become an American pop culture staple from the 1982 movie Porkys to the recent Superbad, that this response rated very low seems to indicate this is more fantasy than fact. We have this 25-year history of movies about teenage boys striving to have sex, Smiler said. We didnt have that in the s or s you had Frankie and Annette on the beach. The study also found that peer pressure had little endorsed reasons for dating and sex, respectively. Some male commenters on the Times blog scoffed at the notion, which Smiler and other experts noted may be self-protection. For example, grown men may want to minimize memories of that teenage girl who broke their heart. other behaviors matched national data found elsewhere. If they match all the other data, why would they lie about this part? Smiler asked. The continuing stereotype of sex-crazed boys them feel a need to assume a certain macho role. It also impacts the development of girls, as they think all that boys want is sex, he added. If we dont teach them about relationships when theyre teenagers, how do they learn these necessary skills? picked up in the media, and if it doesnt get widely published, it doesnt pervade our national conscious ness or stereotypes, Smiler said. Hour program Gender and Young Mens Sex Lives at 12:40 p.m. March 12 in Room 107 of Lanigan Hall. Talks, more slated for Womens History Month concert and workshops are on the Womens Center schedule for March in observance of Womens History Month. The student-run centers annual production of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler will be part of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. The play presents real womens stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual selfdiscovery. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday in the food court of Hewitt Union. Tickets are $9 ($7 for SUNY Oswego students) at Families in Oswego County, and 10 percent will ben Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Another highlight of the month is Women Aloud: The Feminine Voice in Our Lives, a series of read ings and performances by members of the campus and greater Oswego community. The 19th annual edition will begin at 7 p.m. tonight in the auditorium of the Campus Center, Room 118. This years theme will be Women and Decision-Making. Participants are scheduled to include Provost Susan Coultrap-McQuin, Connie Cosemento, Peggy Lynn, Jing Li-Kole, Beatriz Salcedo-Strump, Otilia Cortez, Kristine Bushey, Susan Wenyi Guan, Cecilia Ana Tafur, Cathy Santos, Gurdeep Skolnik and Jody Longeill. The event supports the colleges womens studies scholarship fund. Tickets are $5 ($3 for students, $10 Ariel Levy, a journalist for New York magazine and author of the book Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, will discuss the current state of womanhood and feminism in the Campus Center auditorium. Among other guest speakers for Womens History Stopkewich of Vancouver, Canada, during College Hour on March 12 in Room 228 of the Campus details to be announced. Patricia Clark of the English department and African-American studies program will examine antiintellectualism and black womens work at 6 p.m. March 17 in Room 220 of the Campus Center. Other events will include todays College Hour roundtable discussion of global issues in feminism for International Womens Day and the photography project Unseenamerica at 7 p.m Friday, both in Room 220 of the Campus Center; a human rights concert with The Feverfew and Jenny Owen Youngs at 6:30 p.m. March 12 in the Hewitt Union ballroom; and a screening of the documentary Mohawk Girls about teenagers on a reservation at 7 p.m. March 18 in Room 137 of the Campus Center. For a complete listing online, go to www.oswego. edu/news/calendar/ and search for the word history. More information is also available by calling the student-run Womens Center at 312-2967 or Lisa Langlois, director of womens studies, at 312-3234 or Kitka brings East European sound Kitka, an all-female vocal ensemble, will perform music with Eastern European roots at 7:30 p.m. Sat urday, March 15, in Waterman Theatre. The groups distinctive sound has earned exposure through National Public Radio shows and soundtracks to movies, including Braveheart and Jacobs Ladder. For ticket information, call 312-2141 or e-mail Tyler openings rescheduled The opening reception for exhibitions in Tyler Art Exploration of Memory have been rescheduled to 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the gallery. The original opening reception was postponed due to inclement weather. Both exhibitions will run through March 12. Origin to preview next week A free preview of the music and development of The Origin, Richard Einhorns oratorio-in-progress about the life of Charles Darwin, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, in Waterman Theatre. and the College Choir and Oswego Festival Chorus will perform selections from the production. Maus creator to speak March 11 Pulitzer Prize-winning author and comics pioneer Art Spiegelman will discuss Comix 101 in a free talk at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hewitt Union ballroom. Best known as the author of Maus and Maus II, authors in the graphic novel genre.


Vol. 19, No. 12 March 5, 2008 CampusUpdate today today March 6 to 8 March 7 March 7 to 9 March 8 March 9 March 11 March 12 March 12 March 14 March 15 For a more complete calendar, see SUNY Oswego Events online at faculty participating in other events. Softball in the Snow was a great event because it was a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, she said. It not only al lowed participants to better understand the organiza tion, but students as well as community members participated. It was a wonderful collaborative effort. Other activities have included an Adopt-a-Platoon and Cellphones for Soldiers drive, a Political Awareness Day, Literacy Volunteers training sessions, Red Cross bloodmobiles, an activity with children of mi grant workers and a faculty panel on service learning. While most events have already taken place, op portunities remain for student involvement, including in Hewitt Union. vice Learning and Community Services, is an interactive meal that teaches students about world hunger, Amyotte said. Admission is $3 or three canned food items. Tickets can be purchased at the Campus Center local organization working to alleviate hunger. The Month of Action is very worthwhile because it highlights service and involvement opportunities for our students, said Molly McGriff, the Student Association director of civic engagement. Com students to possess. The goal of the program was to make a difference in the community, and Amyotte said she believes that should be a goal for everyone. I feel like thats what we are here to do, she said, I have received help throughout my life and have been very fortunate. I feel like its my responsibility to help out in any way I can. Being involved in com munity service, engaging in the political process, or just expanding ones knowledge of the issues facing us today is invaluable. Christopher HillRusso enjoys being part of colleges educational tradition This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Pat Russo. The professor of curriculum and instruction and director of Oswegos Center for Urban Education has taught here since 1993. A. I teach foundations courses and courses about teaching for social justice. They are mostly under graduate courses, with some graduates in them, and mostly for preteachers, people working toward certi A. I earned my bachelors in childhood education, masters in reading education and education adminis tration degree from SUNY Oswego. I have my Ph.D. from Syracuse University in foundations of education. A. Its hard to pick a favorite. I love teaching. If Im sick, I can walk into a class and not feel sick for that hour or so Im teaching. Working with students opportunity to get them aligned with what we have going. But I also really enjoy advising, working on numerous initiatives in our department, and the op portunity to regularly learn and grow through my own studies. to broaden the horizons of the students who come to Oswego. Many of them are not from urban backgrounds, so when we place them in urban schools, they are gaining valuable experience. The second purpose is to try to recruit more students from urban backgrounds. Its a circular thing in that when our students are placed there, they serve as role models or recruiters. Im also a supporter of our institution bringing urban kids in to see our campus. The program is working really well. Several of our graduates are working in New York City schools, and we have a presence in every building in the Syracuse City School District. A. This is hard to do because I feel such a close connection to the students. Our students are often ones who cant afford to go other places, so they are down-to-earth, real, honest. I started here as a student in 1968, and I feel like I, and our current students, are all part of the heritage going back to 1861 when Edward Austin Sheldon started a college for teacher education. A. Being a successful professor, making it this far professionally in my life, feeling like I am making a contribution to this campus. A. I have two teenage daughters that keeps me very busy. Also, I love to read. I love to watch sports, especially womens sports. I love Oswego womens ice hockey. A. I have two teenage daughters. Nikki, who is 18, will be attending the University of New Haven on a basketball scholarship. My 16-year-old daughter Desjob working part-time at Wendys. We live in Minetto with a dog and two kittens. Faculty, staff callers needed to connect with future students Members of the campus community can reach out to Oswegos class of 2012 by volunteering for a few hours of the annual Oswego Calling phonathon March 17 and 18. Volunteer callers speak with students who have been admitted to Oswego but have not yet enrolled, said nates the annual project. We regularly hear that students and parents really appreciate having someone from Oswego take the time and are impressed that our callers volunteer to support the college, he noted. Its a great way for faculty to reach out to students with an interest in their discipline and help them with their college decision. The drive will run 5 to 9 p.m. both nights. Partici pants will receive dinner in Sheldon Hall at 5 p.m. before taking up calling duties from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room 322 of Sheldon Hall or, if they prefer, their Student volunteers will call prospective students on March 10 and 11. Space usage calendar provides tool for campus event scheduling SUNY Oswego has a new Web-based tool to help members of the campus community schedule events. The space usage calendar showing room reservations and location availability is a joint project of the ofand Registrar. This Web site will allow you to know which events are occurring in which locations. It should be very helpful to individuals and groups who are looking at planning an event and would like to know which spaces are tentatively available, said Registrar Andrew Westfall. The Web site address is Users can search by location or date. The site also provides or class-related activity. A Help link on the site pro vides additional information on how to use it. At this stage, several campus locations are not yet included in the site. Among them are Waterman Theatre, Lab Theatre, Tyler Art Gallery, Lakers Ziel Westfall cautioned that academic departments should not use the site when creating their initial list of course offerings for a semester. For more information about the calendar, contact Westfall at Month of ActionContinued from page 1Police report Since Feb. 15, University Police have investigated several cases and made four arrests. Police charged a 19-year-old Fulton resident with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alco a 20-year-old Albany resident with third-degree assault. He is accused of initiating an altercation after a Police charged two Waterbury Hall residents a 19-year-old and an 18-year-old with unlawful pos session of alcohol. They are accused of attempting to smuggle alcohol into a hockey game. WSJ honors alumnus as innovator SUNY Oswego alumnus and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Joseph Coughlin was recently featured as one of 12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement in the Wall Street Journal. The article published Feb. 16 outlined a dozen slaught of aging baby boomers. As director of MITs AgeLab Engineering Systems Division, Coughlin was included for his work integrating technology into the senior lifestyle and advocating for its use.