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CampusUpdatePUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITYVolume 19 Number 16 April 30, 2008 1Inside: Sharing knowledge Senior psychology major Ashley Noble shares research results during a poster presentation in the Campus Center during Quest last week. The biggest Quest to date featured more than 180 presentations, panels, performances and posters throughout the Campus Center. New studios Oswegos student radio station, WNYO, recently cel ebrated its grand opening in new facilities with new equipment in the Campus Center. This month saw the entire student media center fully operational in the new spaces. Shown during the opening broadcast are, seated from left, WNYO General Manager Ed Smith, Ryan Pregent and Mike Paestella, the colleges director of student involvement. 1,450+ graduates ready for future More than 1,450 students are eligible to take part in Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17, in the Campus Center arena and convocation hall. Graduates of the School of Business and School of Education will take part in the 9 a.m. ceremony. Those receiving degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and new School of Communication, Media and the Arts will participate in the 1:30 p.m. event. Joshua Miller, the Student Association president for 2007-08, is among those headed to the workforce. He will take his masters in business administration/ bachelors in accounting degree into audit work for him skills such as time management, negotiating, communication all of which he plans to use in the business world. The SA presidency also taught him that anything is possible if you work hard enough to achieve it, Miller said. Oswego has been an amazing home to perience here for anything in the world. I came here a ate prepared to enter the business world and take on whatever comes my way! Blair Pecka will bring her broadcasting and mass communications degree to WTVH CBS-5 in Syralearned in the classroom at Oswego, as a teaching assistant for Jerry Condras Broadcast Sales class, as sales manager for campus TV station WTOP and Athletic experience a plus Being a Laker swimmer, including holding school records and serving as captain this year, taught me so many key elements such as teamwork and time management, Pecka said. Swimming here was a huge part of my life and helped push me to succeed not only in the pool but in the classroom. I plan on taking everything Ive learned these past four years from being a student-athlete to help me succeed in my career. Some graduates, like physics major Greg Feiden, will continue their studies. A Chancellors Award for offer in a Ph.D. track astrophysics program at Dart mouth College, working toward his goal to become a Grant advances student research, Brazil project Foundations program for developing global scien tists, Shashi Kanbur of the physics department will take a group of physics and computer science students to Brazil this summer. His project, observing Cepheid stars with a robotic telescope in Brazil, will continue work he has done the past two summers, partly through a prestigious threeyear grant from the American Astronomical Society Campus Update). He also received a campus grant to support the project (see page 3). collaborate with astronomers, engineers, computer scientists, faculty and students at the Federal Univer sity of Santa Catarina and the Brazilian Laboratory of Oswego, with three from the University of Rochester and one from Syracuse University. Much of the work this summer will be software telescope at Minas Gerais in Brazil, Kanbur said. They need to complete work that will ensure the observatorys dome and telescope move in sync as it collects raw data in a series of observations and then calibrates the data. In the fall the team will be able to use the telescope remotely when they are back on their campuses. Their observations will involve time-variable astronomical phenomena including Cepheid stars and white dwarfs. Cepheids, the subject of Kanburs ongoing research, are pulsating stars that are used as distance calculators in the universe. Gauging astronomical distances is key to determining the size and age of the universe. The project is eminently tractable to undergraduates, Kanbur wrote in his grant proposal, calling it computing, research methodology and astrophysics and engage them in cutting-edge, publishable research which will be an important cog in increasing tance scale. in Brazil, the students will spend three weeks at Oswego polishing up on their astrophysical knowledge, and also taking classes in introductory Portuguese and learning about Brazilian history and culture from Tracy Lewis of the modern languages department.Weeks long dedication wins him SUNY honor Chuck Weeks, director of residence life and hous Starting as a residence hall director in 1967, Weeks has spent more than 40 years working in residence life and housing at Oswego. He now oversees a $20 million-a-year operation that serves Oswegos nearly 4,000 students residing on campus. His major accomplishments include: developing a 30-year capital facilities renovation and consupport more than $100 million in capital investments, resulting in the complete renovation of three Chuck Weeks See NSF supports Brazil project, page 2 See Chancellors Award, page 4 See Graduates ready, page 2


Vol. 19, No. 16 April 30, 2008 CampusUpdate students, Kanbur said. Theyll be living and work ing in a country which is very different to the U.S. their future careers. He has publicized the program in colleges and graduates in physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. One of his selling points is the white sandy beaches of the island of Santa Catarina. The group will spend in Minas Gerais in Brazils mountainous interior. Students will receive three credits through Oswegos health insurance and a stipend.Link to Brazilian wetlands course Kanburs entire family will spend much of the summer in Brazil. His wife, Cleane Medeiros of Oswegos biological sciences faculty, is teaching the International Environmental Issues class this quarter with a focus on the Brazilian Pantanal region, the worlds largest wetlands area. The travel portion will begin in mid-June. Personally, for me and my wife, its a logistical to transport and look after themselves, their children and the two groups of students to, from and around Brazil on the appropriate dates. Julie Harrison Blissert professor in physics and astronomy. guiding him through college years that included op portunities to present his research at major conferenc es. Their teaching methods have been phenomenal in helping me understand and learn the material, no matter how complicated it may be, Feiden said. Research is another large component, both on campus and in the form of summer internships. Being familiar with performing research and the methods involved are key to preparing for graduate school. Keith Edelman, a junior journalism major and a Presidential Scholar, has won the Syracuse Press Club DeVesty-Williams Scholarship. The $1,000 award goes to one full-time undergraduate student from one of 21 Upstate counties who majors in print or broadcast journalism. Edelman is in the Honors Program and works for The Oswegonian. The awards dinner is May 17 in Syracuse. Jennifer Kagan, a literacy instructor in the cur riculum and instruction department, has received U.S. Tennis Association grants to promote the sport of ten nis among children who might not otherwise have ac Inside Tennis this month credits her with getting tennis started among where she teaches a summer course. The grant she secured allowed the school to purchase rackets, balls and mini-nets for the gym. Mike Pisa, associate director of Campus Technology Services, received an Unsung Hero Award from the Childrens Board of Oswego. He was recognized for his community contributions to improving the to play basketball. Satans Scourge: A Narrative of the Age of Witch craft in England and New England 1580-1697 by Lewis Turco, emeritus professor of writing arts, is scheduled for publication in May. Turco is a descen dant on his mothers side of the Putnam family of the present book more than 30 years ago. Lindsay Webb, a philosophy major who graduated in December, has a publication forthcoming in the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health. Her paper, Above These Badlands: Delusions, Autonomy, and Individual Beliefs in Right to Refuse Psychotropic Medication Cases, also won the journals Bernard Dickens Student Award for Writing in Mental Health Ethics. Five student-faculty teams earn Challenge Grants for hands-on research Ready for challenge Melanie Shaffer-Cutillo (left), a McNair Scholar majoring in history and global and international studies, and Lisa Glidden of the political science faculty will travel to Ecuador under a Five Student/Faculty Collaborative Challenge Grants will fund studies of language, lightning, South American social movements, air pollution and wind power. Funded grants will include: Ambient Levels of Persistent and Emerging Air the chemistry faculty An Investigation of the Phonological and Syn tactic Structures of Luo by junior linguistics and cognitive science major Allegra M. Anka with Jean Ann and Bruce Long Peng of the curriculum and in struction faculty junior meteorology major Francis Carlevatti with Al Stamm of the earth sciences faculty Lake-Effect Lightning Events: Lake Erie vs. Ontario by junior meteorology major Ted Letcher with Scott Steiger of the earth sciences faculty Global Feminisms: Ecuador by junior history and global and international studies major Melanie Schaffer-Cutillo with Lisa Glidden of the political science faculty ences or articles in professional journals. mental Research Center, they will analyze the samples for polychlorinated biphenyls, polybrominated diphe nyl ether and organochlorine pesticides to determine relationship to levels of atmospheric ozone.African language study languages spoken in Kenya, parts of Uganda and northern Tanzania. They will collect and transcribe linguistic data from speakers of the language. Anka will conduct data synthesis and analysis, and study this information using various linguistic theories. language that has received little scholarly attention. of using wind power to help reduce and ultimately Oswego campus. They will research wind-power po tential on campus using meteorological records, study possible environmental and aesthetic impacts, research available types of wind generators, select best options for Oswego and forecast possible energy production. Letcher and Steiger will analyze and compare the frequency and intensity of lake-effect lightning events over Lakes Erie and Ontario to support a little-understood phenomenon relates to the intensity of snow bands. The study also will try to determine how many lake-effect thunderstorm events are associ ated with rain versus snow and if graupel (soft hail) Schaffer-Cutillo and Glidden will travel to Ecuador to interview female scholars and activists to bring their stories into the global picture of feminism. Their corporated into the Global Feminisms Project, which looks to document understudied areas of the women's movement. The stories of movements including edu cation reform and the rights of women, workers and indigenous people will be recorded and preserved in Initiated at Oswego in 2004, Challenge Grants award up to $2,500 each to projects involving under graduate collaboration with faculty. The grants are supported in part by a donation from alumnus TimoResearch Foundation. Tim NekritzNSF supports Brazil projectContinued from page 1 Graduates readyContinued from page 1 Childhood education major Chelsey Hammonds plans include attending the College of Saint Roses professional teacher education program. She also will substitute-teach in Albany-area school districts. A key member of Oswegos Ice Effects synchronizedskating team that won a major regional competition, well as teach skating. the best friends I could ever ask for and I feel like I am more than prepared to teach in my own classroom some day, Hammond said. Im really going to miss it. I try not to think about graduation a lot because I dont really want it to be over. Tim Nekritz


Vol. 19, No. 16 April 30, 2008 CampusUpdateDunne Schmitt, Friedman, Steiner earn awards for teaching excellence Elizabeth Dunne Schmitt of the economics department and Barry Friedman of the marketing and management department are co-winners of the PresiIn addition, Donna Steiner of the English and cre ative writing department won the Provosts Award Dunne Schmitt joined Oswegos faculty in 1995 and has served as economics chair since 2004. She describes economics as her passion, with a goal of bringing the discipline alive as a way of problemsolving and decision-making for life. She is respectful and encouraging of all her stu dents and inspires further study and growth to those motivated students within her disciplines, said student nominator Michael LaMastra. She always at other times) for those students who may be strug gling in her class. Dunne Schmitt has been active in all facets of learning, from developing new courses to publishstudent-retention issues. She has created interdisci plinary courses like The Economics of Gender and established online versions of classes like Money and Banking and Principles of Macroeconomics. Dunne Schmitt also produced a video guide to Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. Friedman spent 26 years in the corporate world in Rochester before joining Oswegos faculty as an assistant professor in 2003, with peers and students alike praising what he brings to academia. Dr. Friedman is a tremendous asset to our instiRelations. He fosters student learning in a variety steps to insure that students get real-world, hands-on In addition to being widely published in refer eed journals and presenting papers nationally and internationally, he is popular with students for his approachability and Friedman Guarantee. This guarantee states that Dr. Friedman will return all as signments by the following class day, said student co-nominator Stephanie Schneider. He has never varied from this guarantee, providing students with Steiner, an adjunct at Oswego since 2003, brings a national reputation for prose and poetry that informs her classroom work, said nominator Robert OConnor of Oswegos English and creative writing faculty. She knows her craft down to her bones and her students recognize this they know, when she and practice as a writer, and they also know that she cares deeply, from the heart, about sharing that wealth with them, OConnor wrote. Her work has appeared in top literary journals and Steiner translates this knowledge into the classroom, student co-nominator Tanya Pratt said. I have learned how to read a piece of work objectively, looking for ways to strengthen it and convey why I feel my suggestions will be useful to the author, Pratt noted. I have learned how to integrate this way of thinking into my own writing. Tim Nekritz Friedman Dunne Schmitt SteinerPsychology, physics faculty members honored for outstanding research Brooks Gump of the psychology department has earned the Presidents Award for Scholarly and Cre ative Activity and Research for 2007-08. Shashi Kanbur of the physics and earth sciences departments is the winner of the Provosts Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity and Research, which honors junior faculty. Gump has earned an international reputation for his work, including a widely cited study showing that not taking vacations can have adverse health effects. His of marriage or lifelong partnerships, how acute stress and terrorism affect childrens cardiovascular and mental health, and how a positive outlook impacts physical health. Much of his work dovetails with Oswegos inter study of the impact of prenacontaminants on the health and response rates of young subjects. Gump and his colleagues have nated biphenyls impact childrens physical and developmental pro cesses. Since arriving here, Dr. Gump has marked a new stanscholarly achievement, said Distinguished Teaching Professor of Psychology Jacqueline Reihman, noting that he has written grant proposals bringing well ings in more than two dozen peer-reviewed journals, including Health Psychology, Annals of Behavioral Medicine and The Journal of Social Psychology and the classrooms and corridors of Oswego. Dr. Gump has invested a great deal of time in a mentoring role with some of our better students; he has directed their research/ honors projects and several have sional meetings, Reihman said. By no means, though, are his efforts directed solely at our bet ter students. the origins and size of the universe, particularly through studying remote pulsing Cepheid stars to calculate peared in Astrophysical Journal, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and Astronomy and Astrophysics. physics, emphasized both Kanburs research brilliance and dedication to students. Many students publish research papers in collaborations with him, attend national and international conferences, pursue gradu ate studies afterward, Kumar said. He is an active pleasant personality that he has established collabora tions with researchers both in the U.S. and abroad. Kanbur earned the American Astronomical Societys Chretien International Research Award to support an ongoing partnership between Oswego and Brazils Federal University of Santa Catarina. The two institutions have mainly collaborated remotely, but starting this summer Kanbur and undergraduates will visit Brazil for grant-supported work with the Brazilian national telescope facility in Minas Gerais. received awards from Entergy to provide planetarium eration of scientists. Tim Nekritz Gump Kanbur12 professors receive campus grants for summer A dozen faculty members have won campus grants totaling nearly $25,000 to support their summer work involving research, creative endeavors and curriculum improvement. Grants in the spring round of awards. They and their projects are: of Presidential Theater cation on the artist Theodore Wendel that can serve as pling Reaction retical Cepheid Models and Classical Cepheid Observations with a Brazilian Robotic Telescope (see page 1) ment for Investigating Mitochondrial Protein Import Using C. elegans sciences department for Genetic Diversity of Striga hermonthica Populations in Ethiopia Atlanta ment for Effects of Plant Structure and Chemistry on Black Swallowtail Caterpillars Three faculty members received Curriculum Innovation Grants for the summer. Michael Murphy and Bennet Schaber of the English and creative writing department are cooperating on Writing Mat Amanda Fenlon of the curriculum and instruction department will work on Enhancing the Quality of Training for Para-educators Serving Students with Disabilities. The Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee reviews proposals for SCA grants. The Committee on Learning and Teaching reviews the proposals for Cur riculum Innovation Grants. Both groups make recom mendations to the provost. Campus community members retire The following members of the campus community fall, according to the Division of Academic Affairs, Retiring (with the year of their initial appointment Learning Services (1975); Kenneth M. Rosenberg, professor of psychology (1969); James A. Lackey, professor of biology (1973); Mary Dorsey, personnel associate of human resources (1998); and William G. Mercier of the facilities design and construction ofAlso, Paloma A. Jalife, associate dean of the School of Business (1989); Leslie K. King, academic tutor in the Office of Learning Services (1975); Sara Varhus, dean of arts and sciences and professor of English (1977); Richard Zakin, professor of art (1967); Mindy Ostrow, technical specialist in art (1978); Kolan K. Bisbee, professor of technology cation studies (1978); and T. Mark Morey, professor of psychology (1973).


Vol. 19, No. 16 April 30, 2008 CampusUpdate May 2 May 3 and 31 May 3 and 4 May 4 May 5 May 8 May 9 May 10 May 16 May 16 May 17 May 22 May 27 June 6 to 8 Events online at Weiner pleased with growth, success of Honors Program This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology Nor man Weiner, who is also director of Oswegos Honors Program. He has worked on campus since 1971 and directed the Honors Program since 1992. Q. What classes do you teach? A. I teach a course in the fall called Beginning the Honors Thesis, a requirement of all honors juniors. In spring, Im back to sociology and various courses such as Popular Culture, Social Problems and American Society. Q. What is your educational background? A. I have my bachelors degree from Boston University. I have my masters and Ph.D. in sociology from Syracuse University. Q. What is your favorite part of working at Oswego? A. I really like seeing students develop in terms of their ideas and their ability to articulate them. Its good to watch students become all they can be. Q: What are your research interests? A. Since Ive been involved in honors education, education? How effective is it? How does it affect students? Oddly enough, I started out as a criminologist. Q. How would you describe the Honors Program? A. The Honors Program is a series of courses that tend to be smaller, discussion-based, emphasize ideas and where students learn to read critically and write clearly. One important thing is the honors thesis required of the programs graduates. Its a major re search project, starting in the junior year, that is very high-quality undergraduate work. Its a very tangible thing for students to be able to show employers or graduate schools that they are good researchers and good writers. Q. What is your impression of Oswegos students? A. I think we have some really good students who often dont realize how good they are or what they can be until they graduate and go to work or graduate school. Thats often when they come to realize how good an education they had. Q. What achievement are you most proud of? A. Building the Honors Program. I didnt create it or take credit for that. The program started in 1982, and it was very small and just part of Arts and Sciences. Im very proud of the growth and quality of portunity for so many students. A. I like to read mysteries. Q. What can you tell us about your family? A. My wife Robin is a program director for a social services agency. My daughter Mollie is a junior in high school. We live in Syracuse. My son Sam is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, and he is now living in Chicago doing improv comedy. residence halls and the approaching construction of a 350-bed residential village, and integrating the residential community with the academic community to improve the overall student ence for freshman in Johnson Hall and specialinterest learning communities in other halls. He has shown adaptability to meet changing cir -Police report Since April 11, University Police have investigated several cases of theft, vandalism and harassment and made 12 arrests. In separate incidents, police charged two stulen property. Police charged a 20-year-old student with driving tent above .08 and failure to keep right. They charged a 19-year-old Oswego man with driving while incated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, driving with a blood alcohol content above .08 and speeding. dent with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Police charged three Oneida Hall residents and one Waterbury Hall resident with unlawful possession of alcohol. They also charged one of the Oneida Hall residents with disorderly conduct. dent with unlawful possession of marijuana. A 20-year-old Oswego woman was charged with false impersonation. on Alcoholism for 10 years as well as on the board of the Oswego United Way. He twice served as presi dent of the Oswego Lions Club. He initiated a college partnership with the alcohol ism council to provide educational services relating to alcohol use to Oswego's students. This initial pro gram evolved into the college's LifeStyles Center. Julie Harrison BlissertLibrary caf to have summer hours Library will have summer hours. the rest of the library is closed. The air-conditioned WiFi-friendly area serves Starbucks coffee, iced and espresso drinks, pastries, sandwiches, salads and as sorted bottled beverages. Passing the torch This years Commencement Eve celebration will include the traditional Torchlight Ceremony at 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, in Sheldon Park. Mistress of ceremonies for this wego graduate and award-winning television news co-anchor in Albany. For more information, call 312-2258 or visit AwardContinued from page 1 Career exploration site goes live The Workforce Board of Oswego County has announced a new Web site to help job seekers and stu The Workforce Development Board is administered nity Relations. The new site,, fea tures career paths in the four industry clusters that ic well-being of the county energy, manufacturing, health care and hospitality. cumstances, according to Vice President for Student in the 1970s, Oswego established a furniture shop for the residence halls, an innovation in a time of tight funding that met a serious need by tapping the talents of wood-working students. Weeks has overseen development of specialized living options such as the apartment-like units in Mackin Hall for older students and specialized facili computer labs. In the early 1990s, said Human Resources Director Marta Santiago, he embraced the concept of diver sifying his residence hall director staff and worked tirelessly to make it happen. He also he encouraged the delivery of coalitionand community-building workshops in the residence halls, which resulted in a decrease in bias-related incidents. Elsewhere on campus, Weeks helped to institute and develop Oswego's Employee Assistance Program, represented the college's professional staff on Faculty Assembly and served on or chaired countless committees. Those writing in support of his nomination consistently commented on his effective interpersonal communications, remarking upon his "warm sense of humor and wit" and his "zeal and humanity" and describing him as "available and supportive" and "a wonderful listener." Beyond Oswego, Weeks has contributed to his pro Life and Housing Administrators Association and the State. One colleague at another campus called him a superb professional role model and a true giant of our housing profession. In the wider community, Weeks served on the board of directors of the County of Oswego Council