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CampusUpdatePUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITYVolume 19 Number 15 April 16, 2008 1Inside: $69.5 million to fund completion of revitalized science facilities Phasing Recent plans call for two additions to Piez Hall, with rehabilitation of Piez as phase two of the overall project. But these plans are not cast in stone and will likely see fur tion now that funding for the entire project is in hand. The 2008-09 state budget approved last week includes $69.5 million for a new science building at Oswego. The strategic initiative funding supports the 1960s-era science facilities. In addition to the strategic initiative funding, the new state budget includes more than $20 million in critical maintenance funding for the rehabilitation of Piez Hall itself, phase two of the overall project as originally envisioned. The entire project will essentially reconstruct Piez Hall and add new construction around it to transform the 46-year-old building into a 262,000-square-foot state-of-the-art science facility that would house the computer science, earth sciences, physics and math departments, plus new programs in engineering. To get this chunk of money to complete this proj ect makes us ecstatic, said Casey Raymond of the chemistry faculty soon after hearing the news last week. He chairs the science planning committee, which has been working toward upgraded facilities since 2000. to begin in summer 2009, Raymond noted, the new space will be coming online around the time of the The facility will be built to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver standard able environmental practices. To get this chunk of money to complete this project makes us ecstatic. Casey Raymond The $69.5 million allocation will support construc Piez Hall and sit on what is now Takamine Street. neering facility will showcase these disciplines on our campus, SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said. It will allow us to attract more highperforming students, recruit top-notch faculty mem bers and produce well-prepared graduates who can put their learning to work in businesses and industries in the region, she said. This project will pay dividends for many decades islature and governor have had the foresight to make this investment, the president said. Two years ago SUNY Oswego received $25.4 million in state funds to begin renovating its science quartered in Buffalo, was recently retained to begin a 50,000-square-foot addition to the 80,000-squarefoot Piez Hall. Cannon Design is currently working on SUNY rector of facilities design and construction. Simmonds said that the design and phasing of the project will be revisited now that all the funding is in place upfront before any construction has begun. Raymond added, Having it all allocated now allows us to think about the entire project which is really He said discussions have included the possibility of connecting the new building to Wilber Hall to the campus. mated at nearly $120 million. The science and math departments are now in Snygg Hall, which dates from its construction. Julie Harrison BlissertNew laboratory building Planning for extensive improvements to SUNY Oswegos science facilities so far has produced this conceptual rendering of the $69.5 million addition to Piez Hall, which would sit on what is now Takamine Street on campus. Abraham honored with Chancellors Award for Scholarship Steven E. Abraham, a professor of marketing and Activities for his research bridging law and business. has enhanced the reputation of the School of Business, and his spiration to faculty and students alike, said President Deborah F. Stanley. More than 30 of his papers have been accepted for publica tion in refereed journals, with around 25 published since he Many have appeared in the most Industrial Relations, American Business Law Journal, Journal of Economic Issues and the Journal of Labor Research. award, Alfred Ngome Ntoko, now dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at Kean output, the quality and breadth of his work, his ability to innovate and his willingness to collaborate. His willingness to share has the tendency to improve people around him, Ntoko wrote. In this sense his contributions to the institution have a much bigger impact than just the number of papers published. Using an innovative interdisciplinary approach, Abraham as been a leader in investigating the effects of public policy and labor law on business, as evidenced by stock price. agement discipline is the failure to demonstrate a link man, his colleague in the School of Business. Dr. Abraham is among a select few researchers that reSee Chancellors Award, page 4 Steven Abraham


Vol. 19, No. 15 April 16, 2008 CampusUpdate The documentary River of Rushes, produced by Assistant Provost Michael S. Ameigh, aired Saturday statewide on the PBS ThinkBright channel, operated by WNED-PBS Buffalo/Toronto and programmed by a consortium of Upstate PBS stations. WCNY schedwetlands features more than 60 species of waterfowl, plants and close-up video of a large waterspout that appeared on Lake Ontario near Oswego. Tim Delaney of the sociology department was a guest speaker at St. John Fisher College on March 26. The event was billed as A Night of Seinfeld: With More than 120 students and faculty members attended. Four Lakers achieved All-American status at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division at Miami University of Ohio. The quartet combined team honors. Swimmer Greg Doyle, a senior, earned American the past two years. Diver Kevin Morgan, 1-meter and 3-meter boards. He is the most decorated Athletic Conference diving record scores and earned Shawn Merlin was an honorable-mention All-Amer ican on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Diver Chris Dotson, a senior, earned honorable mention on the 1-meter board for the second year in a row. Armand Duncan, a graduating senior majoring in philosophy and history, he has been awarded a teach ing assistantship and granted a tuition waiver at Colo rado State University, where he will pursue a master of arts degree in philosophy beginning in the fall. The New York State Technology Education Association has honored Philip W. Gaines, chair of the technology department, with its College Technology Educator Award. Gaines received the award at Syracuse. During his 34 years at Oswego, he has specialized in technological areas of metals and polymer vision of student teachers and interns. He has partici pated and presented in many courses, seminars and workshops across the country. He also participated a team member in Australia. He has authored and coauthored several scholarly articles. He is active in his Oswego community including Rotary Club (past president), Oswego Safe Haven Museum Commit tee, the Heritage Foundation of Oswego and Oswego Minor Hockey Association (past president). Among many professional memberships, he is past president of the Syracuse chapter of the Society of Plastic En gineers. His many honors and awards include Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, Tarleton State Uni versity Outstanding Academic Alumni Award and the Central New York Industrial Arts Teachers Association Regional Teacher of the Year award. Ampalavanar Nanthakumar, professor of mathematics, has co-authored a paper with S. Ganesalingam and Siva Ganesh of Massey University in New Zealand that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Statistics and Management Systems. It with the Discriminant Function Based on Absolute Deviation from the Mean. Frank Ripple, a junior physics major, has received a grant from the Royal Astronomical Society to pres ent initial results of work by a team of researchers from SUNY Oswego, the National Optical Astronomical Observatory and the University of Illinois at the International Astronomical Union symposium this summer at Keele University in England. Ripple developed some data reduction and photometry gigabytes of data taken with the Chilean SMARTS telescope between November 2006 and December The SUNY Oswego Geology Field Program was Northeastern section of the Geological Society of America meeting in Buffalo, held March 26 to 29. Student presentations from Oswego included Three Dimensional Electrical Resistivity Analysis of the Rice Creek Region, Oswego New York by Stephen Soldner, Josh Valentino and Ben Valentino; Systematic Fracture Analysis Using High-Resolution the Lake Ontario Shore, New York by Josh Valen tino, Regina Cuevas and Dave Valentino; Domains of L-S and L>S Tectonite and Evidence for Sinistral Shear in the Piseco Lake Zone, Southern Adirondacks, New York by Rob Peterson, Dave Valentino and Jeff Chiarenzelli of St. Lawrence University; Three Dimensional Modeling of the Groundwater Distribution Within the Cornish Hill Drumlin Using Electrical Resistivity, Oswego, New York by Elise Hewitt, Dan Paccione, Bridget Scully, Peterson and Elise Conte; and Mapping Surface and Groundwa ter Interaction in the Wetland to Upland Transition Within Glacial Deposits Using High-Resolution Elec trical Resistivity Techniques, Oswego County, New York by Conte, Tom Walker, Josh Valentino and Ben Valentino. Faculty presentations from Oswego Honors Convocation moves across quad to Campus Center ments, will move to the convocation hall of the Cam Scheduled at 3 p.m. April 25, the ceremony will take place in the southern half of the convocation hall, said Michael Flaherty, chair of the Public Cer emonies Committee. tarelli, a 1992 Oswego graduate, as guest speaker. from Oswego and now sits on the board of directors of the New York chapter of the American Marketing Association. About 100 students will receive awards for acafeatures a procession of robed faculty and adminis trators. The State Singers will perform the Johnny Mercer/Hoagy Carmichael song Skylark under the direction of Mary Lou Carpenter Bjorkman, an ad junct music instructor. A reception will follow in the Campus Center ac tivity court. We encourage faculty, staff and students to come to the ceremony and to the reception to con gratulate our award winners, Flaherty said. Vitarelli developed branding ads for leading con sumer brands as a member of agencies that included Publicis-Bloom, Bozell Worldwide and Ogilvy & Mather before joining MasterCard International as vice president for brand building. York Jets, currently as senior director of marketing. integrated brand management. Vitarelli will also speak in classes April 24 and 25 in-Residence program, said Betsy Oberst, director of alumni relations. nearly 40 years ago. The week of April 21 is Honors Week at SUNY Oswego. In addition to Honors Convocation, the college will mark the week with Quest, its annual symposium where faculty and students share their scholarly and creative endeavors; the annual induc tion ceremonies of the various disciplinary honor societies as well as Phi Kappa Phi, the all-discipline honor society; and other occasions recognizing stu directory Whos Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities College visit Annie Hidley (center), an accepted student considering majoring in English and creative writing, chats with Steve Granelli of the communication studies faculty while her mother Laurie looks on during the spring campus-wide Open House last week. A busy season will continue with about 350 prospective students and their families expected to attend an Admitted Student Day program on Saturday. included Magnetic Mapping of Adirondack Lakes and Diachronous Taconian Ductile Deformation and Metamorphism in the Western Piedmont of Pennsylvania, both by Dave Valentino and Chiarenzelli; and Isotopic Heterogeneity and Potential Variable Sources of Granitic Rocks of the Sebago Migmatite Domain, Southern Maine by Paul Tomascak. Oswego Jazz Project to host album-release party April 23 The Oswego Jazz Project will celebrate the release Oswego. OJP was the brainchild of Oswego faculty members keyboardist Robert Auler and drummer Eric Schmitz and includes fellow Oswego music faculty department, with student Mike Fadel assisting.


Vol. 19, No. 15 April 16, 2008 CampusUpdate Downloading discussion A student panel will discuss Look Mom! Im Going to Jail!: The Myths and Realities of Illegally Downloading Music and Video at 10:30 a.m. in Room C114 of the Campus Cen ter as part of Quest on April 23. From left are some of the participants: senior broadcasting major Michelle Bier, junior political science major Tim Farnsworth, junior broadcasting major Chelsea Mayo and senior business major Tania Chen. Quest presentation, performance to tackle historical musical mystery Aaron Reece of the music department will present Unresolved Mystery: The Search for Bachs Keyboard Temperament at 2:30 p.m. April 23 as part of Quest. His talk and performance will look at a historical puzzle regarding the tuning of musical instruments. The longhand squiggle shown on his computer may provide a clue to the mystery. Temperament will probe a historical musical puzzle. Center auditorium, will include playing Bach selections on an authentic harpsichord while incorporating music theory, mathematics, physics and history. It is one of about 180 contributions to Quest, the arly and creative pursuits. One of the things that most attracted me to this topic is the way it connects so many different acaOn all musical instruments, the space between different notes in the scale are based on mathematical ratios, Reece said. Unfortunately, he added, it is mathematically impossible to space all the notes over the scale and make them absolutely true. We can try to make certain intervals more pure than impure, Reece said. The system by which we choose which interval to favor when tuning is called a temperament. There are a great variety of temperaments. Much like trying to tweak the calendar by adding a day every leap year, tuning temperaments seek to solve a mathematical problem that can never be perfectly reconciled. Tuning instruments involves tradeoffs to account for this mathematical imperfection. tended to write in keys calling for purer sounds at their intervals to the detriment of more remote, lessused used keys thus it was rare to hear keys like C minor used, Reece noted. Bach decided to create a challenging conundrum major and minor keys, The Well-Tempered Clavier. Bach is the kind of composer who enjoyed intel lectual challenges, Reece said. Well-Tempered Clavier has never been solved, as he or other instrument for that piece, Reece said. My presentation will touch on the mathematical foundations of temperament, the physics of musical instruments and how these issues directly affected the compositional choices made by Bach, he said. Downloading talk, sportscasting competition to be part of Quest activities Illegally Downloading Music and Video and Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Sportscaster? Starting at 10:30 a.m. in Room C114 of the Camel presentation probing such topics as digital rights management, the economics of the music industry, legal aspects of downloading music, the morality of illegally sharing music and the Recording Industry topic, Media Revolution, set for Oct. 1. actually pertains to students, said Amy Bukolt, one of the student interns coordinating the session. Do you Have What It Takes to Be a Sportscaster? will be a friendly competition where students inter ested in joining famous Oswego sportscasting alumni like Linda Cohn and Steve Levy will give their announcing skills a workout at 3 p.m. in Room 120 of the Campus Center. Participants will be presented with a clip of an Oswego State hockey game and perform the playby-play duties. Panelists will be critiqued and given advice on their performance. For more information, visit quest. Christopher HillQuest session to celebrate 40 years of creative writing at SUNY Oswego Oswego will celebrate 40 years of creative writing with student readings and an appearance by emeritus Professor Lewis Turco at Quest at 2:30 p.m. April 23 in Room C114 of the Campus Center. In celebration of our past graduates, and of our fu ture graduates, the Quest day program will offer visitors some superlative readings by students and a look at our history through the eyes of our founder, Lewis Turco, said program organizer Leigh Wilson of the English and creative writing faculty. ing will give brief readings and/or performances of their work. They continue a line of talented and suc cessful graduates in creative writing, Wilson said. Recent graduates are entering elite MFA programs and are publishing novels, stories, poems and essays in major publishing houses (Penguin) as well as topCrab Orchard Review, Esquire, Mississippi Review ), Wilson said. include novelist Alice McDermott, who won the National Book Award for Charming Billy; Robert Buffalo Soldiers and member of the creative writing faculty; Diana Abu-Jaber, the PEN Faulkner-nominated author of novels Arabian Jazz and Crescent; Andrew Miano, producer of films that include The Golden Compass, American Dreams and In Good Company; and screenwriter Jay Garrett, who has worked with Paramount and Lakeshore Pictures and developed a half-hour comedy, Central, for the CW Network. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the The Book of Forms he recalled obstacles to founding a creative writing program, from a lack of teachers who were published writers to the sheer novelty of the idea. programs in the United States, Turco said. The program started with basic writing courses focused on the craft of writing, later building up to advanced classes that were based on a major project. It worked like gangbusters when we started it, and it it became obvious it was going to work, Turco said. Within three years, Turco established concentrates ing for children and journalism. Over time, he spearheaded the hiring of published writers in the various genres, Wilson said. In addition to helping aspiring writers hone their craft, those classes proved helpful and popular to a wide variety of students, Turco said. Some of our best students were non-majors, Tur in writing. Tim Nekritz


Vol. 19, No. 15 April 16, 2008 CampusUpdate today April 18 April 20 April 21 to 23 April 23 April 24 April 25 April 25 April 26 For a more complete calendar, see SUNY Oswego Events online at Austin capitalizing on acting opportunities at Oswego This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Sam Austin, a freshman theatre major and physics minor from Minetto. He has a lead role in the upcom ing theatre production of Cabaret, playing Cliff Bradshaw. Q. What did you think when you learned you earned a lead role? a threeor four-line role, and I get one with a large amount of dialogue in the play. Q. What made you attend SUNY Oswego? A. I have two older siblings who went to different places, and my parents realized it cost a lot. They said Q. How did you end up studying theatre and physics? A. I always liked my physics classes with Dr. Altman at Oswego High School. I always liked know ing how stuff works. I was in two of the high school musicals, had fun and decided to give that a shot. I Q. What is your favorite part of being at Os wego? A. Somehow everybody knows everybody on this Q. What is your impression of other Oswego students? A. Friendly. Helpful. You can go up and ask for was thinking about being a theatre major and physics minor, I heard about another person (Nathaniel Angstrom) who did it. I asked him for advice, and he said if you can manage your time well, you can do it. Q. What have you been doing to get ready for the part? A. A lot of work. Late nights. Some of my classes are pretty early, so I have to work on my time man Occasionally time to do homework. Q. What achievement are you most proud of? A. I had a lot of fun last year when I was Monsieur Thenardier in Les Miserables. Not many people big production. And getting a lead here while being a freshman, which is almost unheard of. Q. Do you have any hobbies? A. I have my share of TV shows that I watch reli giously. I play baseball when I can. I enjoy sports in general. I like singing, even just humming a tune. I Police report Since March 28, University Police have investigat ed several cases of theft and vandalism and arrested three students and one visitor to campus. second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He is accused of hitting another man over the head with a lead pipe outside Seneca Hall. Already on parole for a felony conviction, he was arraigned in Oswego Town Court and remanded to the county jail without bail. dent with third-degree assault. She is accused of attacking her roommate. Police charged two 18-year-old Cayuga Hall resi dents with unlawful possession of marijuana outside Seneca Hall. Cabaret offers musical take on events before World War II In addition to being a Broadway hit and longtime duction offers a look at a tense, telling time in preWorld War II Europe. The play works on multiple levels, said Todd Graber, musical director for the Oswego adaptation opening April 25. It works as simple entertainment of Berlin in the 1920s. It works as a character study about four different people and how they individually choose to deal with adversity and each other. Most importantly, it asks questions. power in Germany, and how many people stood by as events rolled toward the war, misery and the Holo caust, Graber noted. But despite tackling such heavy themes, Cabaret has remained popular because of its outstanding score by John Kander and Fred Ebb plus its gripping story-line, he said. The student cast includes Sara Weiler as Sally Bowles, Samuel Austin as Cliff (see below) and Mike Racioppa in the emcee role famously played by Joel Clean Sweep set for Saturday sponsoring the annual Clean Sweep from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, with Sunday as a rain date. All are invited to join this spring cleaning which will help to beau Individuals and teams ready to pick up trash along itbeck Park at 1 p.m., said organizer Martha Hammill. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. ways will be drawn at the conclusion of the event. Canal Clean Sweep is a statewide event organized through the New York State Canal Corp. in partner ship with the Parks & Trails New York. Last year, the efforts of SUNY Oswego students and employees and city residents were recognized as being the largest community participation in this Earth Day event. For more information, contact Martha Hammill at Among the diverse topics he has investigated in his empirical and descriptive research are alternative dispute resolution in the workplace, the motivation of employees to join and leave unions, total quality management and Canadian labor law. the highest quality rating, from Anbar Electronic Intelligence for one of his articles and the SUNY OsActivity. Abraham has a doctorate in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a juris doctor degree from New York University. In addition to his scholarship and teaching, Abramunity and the Oswego community. Just some of his current roles on campus include serving as pre-law adviser, a member of Faculty Assembly, academic vice president for United Uni versity Professions, assessment coordinator for the basketball team, Chabad and Phi Beta Lambda. He is a member of many committees and councils. In town, he is currently on the board of directors of the Oswego Little League and contributes articles to Oswego County Business magazine. Julie Harrison Blissert Directed by Jonel Langenfeld-Rial of the theatre department, Cabaret will have a preview perfor mance at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, with all seats priced at $6. Additional 8 p.m. curtains are slated at 2 p.m. May 4. Tickets for the regular run cost $14 for adults (with discounts for seniors and students). 312-2141 or Library announces book sale will hold their annual book sale in the basement of the library Monday, April 21, to Wednesday, April 23. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 22, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. ence books and a large selection of videos. Money Smart earns recognition Money Smart, has garnered national recognition, with an honorable mention at the Community Bank Bankers Association. The seven-week program is a Oswego and the Oswego Public Library. Understanding Islam next week The Muslim Student Association will sponsor Understanding Islam with three speakers who will address the stereotypes and misconceptions regarding Chancellors AwardContinued from page 1 For more information, call faculty adviser Ashraf