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Students, faculty and staff are perusing and ponder ing Elizabeth Kolberts Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change, this years Oswego Reading Initiative selection. The annual ORI selection ties in with campus-wide discussions and related programming, this year addressing one of the most pressing issues of the day. The level of interest among faculty in applicabil ity to their courses was one of the parameters that made it a better choice, Associate Provost Rameen Mohammadi said. A second reason is that we have a sustainability initiative on our campus. President Deborah F. Stanley signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commit ment in spring 2007, committing the college to a leadership role in tackling the challenge of climate change. The books readability and engaging nature helped CampusUpdatePUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITYVolume 19 Number 17 June 25, 2008 1Inside: Memory book From left, Bob DeFrank, Sharon Richards and Paula Knox Chantrell look over the 1977 edition of the Ontarian yearbook during Reunion 2008. Running June 6 to 8, this years gathering brought more than 1,100 alumni and guests to campus.State funding tightens Following a lengthy negotiating session with Gov. David Paterson after the state budget passed in April, SUNY arrived at an agreement to shoulder a portion At Oswego, The cuts will not affect our core oper ations, said President Deborah F. Stanley. No classes will be cut, she said, though discretionary funding will be constrained. Statewide, SUNY made $38.8 million in cuts in state operating funds under the state budget passed in April and the board of trustees agreed to an additional $11.2 million reduction last week. During SUNYs negotiations with the governor, Oswego formed a campus Budget Advisory Commit tee to prepare to deal with additional cuts. The com mittee has faculty, staff and student representation. President Stanley discussed state budget matters before Faculty Assembly, and the Budget Advisory Committee met twice in late spring. She said that the state faces a multi-year revenue slowdown and that future proposals for cuts to SUNY are likely, possibly as early as the fall. The Budget Advisory Committee will remain in place to assist the campus in addressing a possible mid-year budget cor rection and proposals for next years budget. Julie Harrison BlissertAward honors Burch for simple philosophy, advisement activities Rebecca Burch, recently named winner of the 2008 Presidents Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement, said her advising philosophy is not complicated. to them, said Burch, an associate professor of psy chology. That simple approach, and the results, also earned her Adviser of the Year honors during the Stu dent Involvement Awards the past two years. Burch advises about 40 to 50 psychology majors every year, students. She also advised the Psychology Club and Rainbow Alliance the past four years, started advising the International Film Club last year and became adviser for Code: Unity this year. She serves on the student advisement and development committee for the psychology department, where she works on a number of proas career services, graduate schools and why students should become involved in research projects. I also put together a graduate school preparation handbook and a getting involved in research handbook, Burch said. or attending meetings of clubs for which she is an adviser. As a Hart Hall faculty-in-residence, she sees and helps students regularly in that setting as well. I do a ton of programming over in Hart, Burch said. This past year, I know I did more than 50 proAwareness Conference. She especially likes the interaction in Hart because you get to see them in their natural habitat, Burch explained. Theyre not trying to impress you and you get to see them as people. Rebecca BurchORI pick ponders environmental Catastrophe its early standing as one of the dozens of suggested books vetted by members of the ORI committee, information and she does a good job of keeping it plain so someone who is 18 or 19 can easily read it, he said. Its at the right level for incoming students to read it and digest it. The book includes areas other than science and ecology, such as economic development and political reasons climate agreements fail. This multidisciplinary perspective it just naturally offers is another big plus, Mohammadi said. The college is looking into building an upperdivision intellectual issues course related to the book disciplines, he added. compared Kolberts book to Rachel Carsons Silent Spring which galvanized the American public to ban the pesticide DDT in the 1960s. The enduring impression is of deep, sober, rooted authority the same impression Silent Spring conveys, the journal noted. Kolbert is not a scien tist, but she reports regularly on science, and she may well have talked to every researcher on the planet studying global warming. Publishers Weekly noted, Kolberts calmly persua sive reporting stands out for its sobering clarity. . Kolbert . lets facts rather than polemics tell the story.Author to speak Kolbert will visit campus March 17 to speak to classes and give an evening talk as part of a program series on the books topic. Actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. will speak Aug. 25 as part of opening activities. An exhibition titled Eco-Tankers by Oregon art ist and environmentalist Bruce Conkle will appear series will include such fare as An Inconvenient Truth, The Day After Tomorrow and The End of Suburbia. More arts programming is in the works. Tim Nekritz


Vol. 19, No. 17 June 25, 2008 CampusUpdate Dedicated decade SUNY Oswego recently celebrated many workers for their longevity and dedication through the 19th annual Employee Recognition and Awards Ceremony. Among those honored for 10 years of service were, from left, Herbert Haley of physical plant; Patricia Miller of the Lifestyles Center; William Hammond, Karen Lee and Lucille Broadwell of the physical plant; and Tamara Young of the Aylward of the psychology department; Timothy Branch, Frederick Donabella, Michele Dziedzic, Lester Gravlin, Michael Guyer, Michael Johnston and Larry Kyle of the physical plant; Jamie Enwright and Successful scholars Several Oswego students have earned Empire State Diversity Honors Scholar ships. The scholarship program is designed to attract and retain undergraduates at SUNY campuses who demonstrate high academic achievement and contribute to the diversity of the student body. Howard Gordon, executive assistant to the president (left), and Provost Susan Coultrap Mc-Quin (right) congratulate winners, from left, Noelle Dor, Jenna Burgess, Stephanie Sanchez, Gregory Suarez, Andrea Ruggirello, Natasha Rathbun, Tharath Tara Som and Daming Chen. Also receiving Empire Scholarships, but missing from the photo, are Tania Lei Chen, Rochelle Coward, Michele Miller and Maholy Vasquez. Four Oswego students have work in the annual Best of SUNY Art Exhibition at the New York State Museum in Albany. The pieces, selected by jury, include Oswego entries Counterpart Diptych by Katie Bendzunas, Fork Knife by Anastasia Keville, Jesse by Lacey McKinney and Earth by Matthew Rogers. They were among more than 60 works selected from over 200 pieces spanning ceramics, digital images, drawing, mixed-media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture from 24 campuses. The exhibition will remain on view through Sept. 1. The Art Association of Oswego on May 31 opened a new exhibition at the Oswego Civic Arts Center called Four Degrees of Separation featuring the art work of four emeritus art professors: Paul Garland, Nick DInnocenzo, Sewall Oertling and Thomas Seawell. Gallery hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. weekends. The exhibition is also open for viewing during any scheduled art classes or theatre performances or by appointment. Florence Kirk department is promoted to full professor effective Sept. 1. Promoted to associate professor are Kathy Budd, Julieve Jubin and Juan Perdiguero of the art department; Marcia Burrell and Virginia MacEntee of the curriculum and instruction department; Patri cia Clark of the English department; Barry Fried man of the marketing and management department; Todd Graber of the music department; Shashi Kanbur of the physics department; and Paul Tomascak of the earth sciences department. Mary McCune, assistant professor of history, presented a paper What Is Our Community?: Blacks, Jews and the Irene Kaufmann Settlement House in Pittsburghs Hill District, 1900-1950 at the confer ence, Who Claims the City?: Thinking Race, Class and Urban Place in May at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Tim Nekritz, associate director of public affairs, was part of a panel presentation, Theyre Doing It Without You! Creating and Navigating Pages on Fa cebook, at the annual SUNY Council for University Advancement conference June 11 to 13 in New York City. The panel, which also included Brenda Dow of SUNYIT and Rachel Reuben of SUNY New Paltz, discussed the variety of ways colleges are using the popular social media platform in student recruitment, retention efforts, event promotion, community build ing and alumni relations. Nekritz detailed SUNY Oswegos Fans page, which has more than 1,200 members, and the relationship between old media, new media and social media. Diane Ortiz, a second-year student majoring in German and anthropology, was awarded a scholarship for study abroad by the German Academic Exchange Service. She will study next year at the University of Leipzig in conjunction with SUNY Binghamtons study-abroad program there. The six artists invited to participate in the Third Rochester Biennial include Juan Perdiguero of Oswegos art department. The exhibition will open July A recent poll shows that college graduates overwhelmingly believe their education was worth the time and money they invested in it. At the same time, the graduates say they dont believe higher education in general is charging a fair price. The survey by the American Council on Education and its Solutions for Our Future with their college education and experiences. The Solutions for our Future project is organized by ACE in collaboration with other educationrelated organizations, including CASE. According to ACE, results underscore that institutions must strive to contain costs, connect students to the world of work and demonstrate how higher Council for Advancement and Support of Education, June 17, 2008Retention just do itLow graduation rates. High transfer rates. Stu dents who never graduate. Gaps . between minority and white students retention rates. Are Actually not, according to speaker after speaker . at the National Dialog on Student Retention, a conference in Atlanta. . The theme of speakers was that enough research has been done that colleges know what they need to do to get more students through their degree programs. The problem appears to be in execution, espeand we only do them with six dozen students, said George D. Kuh, director of the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University at Bloomington and the founder of the National Survey of Student Engagement. . Too many of programs say undergraduate research or internships or learning communities in which students live and study together exist on their campuses. Its not enough that these programs are around, Kuh said. The question to be asking is: How many students do those things? June 4 2008Americans welcomeA new report by the Institute of International Education says that foreign universities would welcome more students from the United States but that American students increasingly prefer short-term programs to the semesterand year long programs that many foreign universities continue to offer. The report . asks whether universities abroad are able and willing to take in more American students at a time when both colleges and lawmakers in the United States are seeking a rapid expansion of study-abroad num bers. Nearly 225,000 American students study abroad each year, according to the most-recent tively small portion of the college population, which worries policy makers. They say they hear regularly from industry that too many college graduates are ill prepared to work in a multina tional environment. . The institutes report, based on a survey of host institutions outside the United States, . found that virtually every insti tution would welcome more American students but that the programs most institutions offer for study abroad were designed for a full semester or a year. . Much of the growth in recent years has come in trips of eight weeks or less, typically in the summer or during winter break. Today about 53 percent of students who travel abroad from the United States participate in such shortterm programs. Only 37 percent study abroad for a semester and only 6 percent do so for a full year. May 19, 2008


Vol. 19, No. 17 June 25, 2008 CampusUpdateThe Laker online community seeks to boost student connections Online oasis allowing incoming students to make connections with future classmates and members of the campus community. In addition to its social-network functions, administrators hope it will boost student retention. year students, The Laker allows newcomers to make early connections and offers components that could lead to higher retention rates. Incoming students can befriend other students, residence hall staff and FirstChoice advisers before they start school, said coordinator Jackie Campbell, and assessment at the Compass. All freshmen are registered for the system and incoming transfers can sign up as well. First-year stu dents registered for GST 100 will have requirements to participate in The Laker and campus events. Theyll get one credit for logging in, having fun and reading articles, Campbell said. As far as social networking goes, its a way of making connections with other students and the Os wego community, Campbell said. They can meet Student leaders, faculty advisers and staff are in the system to interact with and help guide incoming students. It also provides educational opportunities through a featured article every week on topics like making connections with faculty, study tips, orientation things that are important in their life at that period in time, Campbell explained. The community was designed by Education Dynamics, which purchased Goalquest, a system Oswego has used. The company researches what keeps students attention, so they try to keep articles fun and targeted, Campbell said.Students plunge in Already active discussion boards host topics such as where students are from, which orientation session they will attend and where they will live. Links for and connect with others studying the same subject or living in the same building. as I want to make a lot of friends, I want to get a 4.0 or I want to make a difference in someones life. Student leaders and advisers can make sugges tions on how students can meet their desired goals. Participants will be able to create their own groups to The system also serves as a retention tool, Campbell said, with students encouraged to answer questions about their abilities and how they are doing. Struggling students will have opportunities for support through the system from their residence hall dithey can be contacted privately yet directly. These connections are made earlier so we can identify those students at risk and address their issues, Campbell said. Higher participation rates are shown to lead to higher retention rates, Campbell noted. We want ticipate in the program throughout the year, to keep them actively engaged and to keep them here for their sophomore year. Because access is restricted to incoming students and designated mentors, it represents a more controlled and safe environment not found on MySpace, Facebook or other sites, Campbell said. In addition, a Laker Family and Friends online community will launch in July to keep parents and other student supporters engaged, Campbell said. Its more a support mechanism for the parents than a social networking site, she said. It will feature opportunities to ask questions. Tim NekritzOswegos School of Education reaccredited SUNY Oswego has received continuing national accreditation for its School of Education through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. SUNY Oswego holds a pre-eminent place in teacher education, and we are proud to again receive this stamp of excellence for our programs, said President Deborah F. Stanley. With about 65 full-time faculty in six departments, Oswegos School of Education offers programs in childhood, adolescence, technology and vocational education as well as educational administration, literacy, childhood special education, art education, teaching English to speakers of other languages, school counseling, school psychology, human services/counseling, wellness management, technology management, and industrial training and development. Our programs at both the initial and advanced levels met all six of NCATEs rigorous standards of excellence, said Dean Linda Rae Markert of the School of Education. tion meets state and national standards in providing a broad liberal arts education, an in-depth study of New summer institute to energize education for a better future to offer a summer institute about energy issues both local and global, beginning July 28 on campus. The two-week Energy Institute, Energizing Edu cation for a Better Future, is designed for middle and high school science and technology teachers. Among the topics covered in the institute will be the nature of energy, energy conservation, alternative energy sources such as the sun and wind, nuclear and radiation safety, future energy resources and energys connection to politics and social cultures. Participants will visit a variety of energy facilities in the area. Each participant will build an energy curriculum portfolio that includes handouts, lesson plans and learning activities that can be used in the classroom. From 1985 to 2005, the college operated an institute and workshops in energy education for schoolteachers from around the state with funding from the New York Power Authority and Entergy Corp. These programs affected nearly 600,000 children through the approximately 500 teachers who participated.Government funded The new institute is funded by a state grant from the Department of Labor and a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, said Alok Kumar, chair of the physics department, who co-directs the institute with Thomas Kubicki of the technology department. munity Relations was instrumental in securing the state grant, and Provost Susan Coultrap-McQuin and Director of Research Administration and Development Jack Gelfand secured the federal grant. Because the baby boomers are retiring, there is a shortage of workers for the energy industry, Kumar said. Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicate that by 2012 there will be nearly 10,000 more energy indusWe are going to train teachers to teach about en ergy issues effectively, Kumar said. Not only will the institute help to infuse the workforce with new talent, but it will also help the teachers and everyone they teach to become better consumers and citizens in a global economy driven by energy. The United States has 5 percent of the worlds population but accounts for 25 percent of the worlds energy consumption, Kumar said. This imbalance forces us to be dependent on other nations, creates a scarcity for energy resources in the global market and weakens the ecosystem. Some of the adverse impacts are easily avoidable, he said, through energy conservation, new energy resources and smart energy practices. This is a global issue that requires local action, he said. Brochures were mailed out last week to prospective participants, and registration opened late last week. Up to 20 applicants may be accepted into the institute. Participants will pay tuition for three credits. Julie Harrison Blissert the content to be taught, a foundation of professional knowledge on which to base decisions, well-planned clinical experiences in schools working with diverse students, an evaluation of readiness to practice through many measures of performance, and the abil ity to use knowledge in practice to promote student achievement from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Education is so important to our future. SUNY Oswegos NCATE accreditation means that our teacher candidates, programs and faculty are having a positive impact on our schools, helping to prepare our children to become competent and productive citizens, said Provost Susan Coultrap-McQuin. The reaccreditation decision follows a lengthy self-study internally and a comprehensive review by an outside team of seven professionals, including a weeklong site visit last fall. tions of higher education in New York state to earn this accreditation in 2001, and we are proud to main For more information about SUNY Oswegos teacher education programs, visit education. More information about NCATE is avail able at Julie Harrison Blissert


Vol. 19, No. 17 June 25, 2008 CampusUpdate June 28 and July 12 July 7 July 16 July 28 July 28 For a more complete calendar, see SUNY Oswego Events online at Nadzadi enjoys recruiting, learning about Oswegos students Q. How would you describe your job and responsibilities? A. Day-to-day responsibilities include the recruit ing of students through e-mails, campus interviews, visits, travel and review of applications. My special projects include coordinating the Oswego Calling phonathon for admitted students and assisting with all of our publications. Q. What is your favorite part of working at Oswego? A. My favorite part is reviewing student applica tions. I enjoy reading the personal essays and letters of recommendation for our students, learning about their story and their academic experiences. I also en joy the fall travel season, being on the road meeting with students and their families as well as reconnect ing with colleagues throughout the admissions pro fession. Q. What is your impression of Oswegos students? A. Much of my contact is with the students who on campus. Many are members of numerous clubs and organizations, and are always looking for other opportunities to help themselves, whether on campus, through internships or study abroad to enhance their educational experience. Q. What is your educational background? A. I have my bachelors from Lock Haven University in recreation management and my masters in educational leadership from West Virginia University. Q. What achievement are you most proud of? A. I was recently voted treasurer of the SUNYCAP (College Admissions Professionals) conference by my admissions peers and will be treasurer for SUNY CAP for the next two years. Q. Do you have any hobbies? games . oh and did I mention I had a 3 year old? Q. What can you tell us about your family? A. My wife and I just bought our new home in Scriba that well be moving into soon. My wife, Becky, works for Campus Life as the Campus Center programming coordinator. Our daughter Makayla is 3 years old and going to the Childrens Center on campus. Police report Since April 25, University Police have investigated several cases of theft, vandalism and harassment and made 20 arrests. Police charged a 45-year-old Liverpool woman with issuing a bad check on campus in 2006. University Police made six arrests on charges of driving while intoxicated and various related charges. Charged were two Oswego men 21 and older and four students ranging in age from 19 to 22. Among the related charges, one of the students was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Three 22-year-old men were charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, including a student, a Rochester man and a Syracuse man. Facing a repeat offense, the Syracuse man was remanded to Oswego County Jail in lieu of bail set in the amount of $500 cash or $1,000 bail bond. University Police charged a 43-year-old Fulton man with unlawful possession of marijuana, a viola tion. Police also charged a Cayuga Hall resident and a Waterbury Hall resident with the same violation. residents with disorderly conduct, a violation. 13 and remain on view through Sept. 14. Perdiguero will give an artist lecture at 11 a.m. Sept. 4. The gal lery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays and until 9 p.m. Thursdays. General admission is $10 with discounts for college students, children and senior citizens and for everyone Thursday evenings. The gallery describes Perdigueros work as meticu prompting metaphorical comparisons to the human race. He blurs the boundaries between painting, drawing and photography by selectively exposing sheets of photo paper and manipulating ink, asphaltum and linseed oil into freehand renderings. Marilynn J. Smiley of the music department pre sented a paper, Dont Fence Me In: Refugees from the Holocaust, Feb. 28 at the 34th annual conference of the Society for American Music held in San AntoBurch, who joined Oswegos faculty in 2003, earned her doctorate at the University of Albany, her bachelors degree at SUNY Brockport, and an associ ates degree at Adirondack Community College. As to why she takes on all the advisement opportu nities, that answer is simple as well. I genuinely enjoy it and genuinely enjoy spending time with students, Burch said. Tim NekritzAdvisement awardContinued from page 1 nio. The paper explored the numerous types of musi cal activities engaged in by the European refugees of the Holocaust while they lived at Fort Ontario in Oswego from August 1944 to February 1946. It also included two short recorded excerpts of recently dis covered compositions written by the refugees while in Oswego. The same paper was presented at the annual meeting of the New York State-St. Lawrence Chapter of the American Musicological Society on March 29 at the Eastman School of Music in Roch ester. Also, her book review of Pieter Dirksens book sion, Style and Chronology appeared in the spring issue of the Renaissance Quarterly, the journal of the Renaissance Society of America. Ira Sukrungruang of the creative writing faculty won the Passages Norths Just Desserts Short-Short Fiction Prize of $1,000 for best short story under 1,000 words. He won for his story The Dishwasher, which is part of a novella in progress. Lewis Turco, emeritus professor of writing arts, received the Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award, given by the West Chester University Poetry Conference, on June 6. Prosody is the theory or study of the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry and the rules governing them. Following the award presentation, prosodic expert Thomas M. Cable, professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, interviewed Turco during the conferences panel time set aside for the Fitzgerald celebration. On June 2, the online periodical Per Contra published an interview with Turco by Mir ian N. Kotzin, co-editor of University Police go wireless Oswegos University Police recently received a Committee to acquire three mobile computer termi nals and mobile printers for patrol vehicles. to the station supervisor for review and processing. The department will begin phasing out handwritten traffic tickets and accident reports and will program. TraCS offers timesaving features, such as barcode scanners that scan license and registration information directly into documents. information, increasing their availability for patrol, and also improves accuracy. The less time police of loads of suspended or revoked licenses and registra may be driving illegally. John Perrin of Campus Technology Services set up the hardware and software for the system. University Police will seek alternate funding sources in order to purchase additional units for the People in actionWRVO brings NPRs Says You Public radio listeners in June and July can hear weekly episodes of the NPR quiz show Says You taped in Syracuse, thanks to the WRVO Stations based on campus. Two of those episodes, to air the weekends of July 12 and 19, feature the colleges Oswego Jazz Project. The hour-long show airs in 116 markets including noon on Saturdays and 11 a.m. Sundays on WRVO to a cumulative audience of 460,000 listeners every week, said Matt Seubert, WRVOs assistant general manager for development. Says You bills itself as a game of words and whimsy, bluff and bluster, where panelists generally have fun with the English language, Seubert said. Each spring, WRVO endeavors to put on an event to have our listeners come together, Seubert said. We saw this as an opportunity to bring a show to town that is very popular with our listeners. Says You taped six shows in Syracuse in May. All six sessions quickly sold out, with about 1,800 people participating in all. for ways to tie the college into its activities, so having the faculty-student Oswego Jazz Project perform was Robert Auler, the keyboardist and co-founder of OJP, said, It was wonderful to have the national ex posure, but it was also great to play those live perfor mances in front of hundreds of people, many of them jazz fans already. Tim Nekritz