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CampusUpdatePUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITYVolume 19 Number 18 July 23, 2008 1Inside: Archeological artifacts Lenda Ryan (left), Brian Andrukat and Ashley Barnes are gaining experience in cataloging, categorizing and contextualizing items in the colleges archeology collection this summer. A $75,000 National Parks Service grant supports Ryan and Barnes work to upgrade the collection of arti facts, while Andrukat is helping as an independent study project.Grant supports students updating archeology collection Oswego recently received a $75,000 grant to up grade and maintain its archeology collection while providing students hands-on experience. The grant from the U.S. Department of the Inte riors National Parks Service will mostly pay students to work with prehistorical material about 100 stor age boxes worth in the colleges collection, said Doug Pippin of Oswegos anthropology faculty. occupants of Central New York up through the IroWere looking at items relevant to what people ate, the kinds of tools they made, the pots they cooked in, a very a broad sense of understanding the to make sure anything we have is properly recorded in our collection to try to get a broader picture of Benin partnership continues with summer exchange of educators SUNY Oswegos vigorous partnership with educa tors in Benin continued this summer as a faculty team under the leadership of Oswego Professor Alfred Frederick delivered seminars in the West African nation and a group from Benin traveled to Oswego for additional training. The six faculty members constituted the second team of U.S. subject-matter experts to spend several weeks in Benin delivering training to school inspec summer of 2006. This years team included four Oswego professors department and Bonita Hampton, Harrison Yang and Frederick of the curriculum and instruction department as well as Geneva Gay of the University of New Mexico and formerly of Oswegos curriculum and instruction department. Frederick described Gay as a well-known educator and founder of the multicultural education movement. They conducted seminars and workshops in Benin in such areas as culturally responsive teaching, cur riculum development, health science for educators, learning disabilities and special needs. We talk on this campus about interdisciplinar Amazing bonding supported each other. It was amazing the bonding that Among the more than 200 teacher trainees, school Superieure and Institut where the seminars and work shops were held, the level of motivation was like He and Hampton accompanied 13 school inspectors from Benin to Oswego, where they participated in Project SMART, the colleges 21-year-old professional development program for schoolteachers. They stayed in Moreland Hall on campus and joined the nearly 50 teachers from Central New York and New York City in activities, said Marcia Burrell, codirector of Project SMART. Among the activities were visiting area schools, a is of growing importance in Benin, said Benot Ahle, one of the group from Benin, which also included primary and secondary education in that country. This summers collaboration between SUNY Oswego and Benin was part of Project CLIMB (Col laborative Link for Instructor Mentoring in Benin), which evolved out of research conducted by Fred Specialist in Benin.Valued partnership Ahle commended Frederick for his work: Dr. Frederick started all this. We consider him the ambas sador of SUNY Oswego in Benin. He made SUNY We like this partnership everyone in Benin was Dr. Frederick. He has recognition from all our Julie Harrison BlissertLake study Gregory Boyer (right) of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, discusses the rosette sample collector with SUNY Oswego participants including, from left, chemistry major Colleen Alexander, Jim Pagano of the Environmental Research Center and biological sciences Professor Peter Rosenbaum on the Environmental Protection Agency research boat Lake Guardian last week. Oswego is a partner in a multi-institutional Great Lakes Consortium project using the 180-foot vessel and See Archeology grant, page 3


Vol. 19, No. 18 July 23, 2008 CampusUpdate Feted for 15 SUNY Oswegos 19th annual Employee Recognition and Awards Ceremony congratulated many workers for their longevity and dedication to the college. Among those honored for 15 years of ognized for 15 years of work, but not present for the photo, were physical plant employees Delia Dodge, Andres Hernandez, Cheryl Masuicca and Karen Pittsley. Pamela Cox, associate professor of management, has been appointed associate dean of the School of Business. Jeffrey DeSantis has been appointed director of the master of business administration degree program in the School of Business. He has worked in for sev eral Boston-area business schools, including Boston Universitys Graduate School of Management. Shashi Kanbur of the physics department and his collaborators have been awarded 19.6 nights of remote observation on the National Optical Astronomical Observatory in Chile. They will study Cepheid ters in the ultraviolet to near-infrared range, much in the way that their current study observes these stars in the infrared range. Their observations over nearly three weeks will produce hundreds of gigabytes of data to be analyzed later. Frank Ripple, a senior physics major from John stown, will present a poster at the International Astronomical Union Symposium No. 256, The will be held from July 26 to Aug. 1 at the University Red Observations of the Large Magellanic Cloud under a student grant from the Scholarly and Creative Activi ties Committee. Elena Schermerhorn, a senior majoring in Ger man, was accepted into Middlebury Colleges prestigious German summer language program. She attained the highest placement score of any of the 90 undergraduate students enrolled in the program, and program directors placed her in graduate-level cours es in German language and literature, Ana DjukicCocks reported. Djukic-Cocks, assistant professor of German at Oswego, is spending part of the summer at Middlebury as a visiting faculty member. The Syracuse Press Club bestowed six awards for best journalism in Central New York to staff from 30th annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Dinner in May. The club also recognized Chris Ulanowski with its prestigious Bliven-Ganley-Rossi Career Achievement morning news producer/reporter Jason Smith with its A. Brohmann Roth Newcomer Award. Smith left Jasmyn Belcher for her report Goat Milk: The Next Ulanowski Category, Mark Lavonier was recognized for Lavonier also picked up a second-place award for his category. A second place honor was also given to the The New York State Associated Press Broadcasters excellence. Belcher received a Special Mention Award History professor receives two summer research fellowships two summer fellowships to research a forthcoming book on the evolution and de-gendering of home eco nomics programs on the college level. Human Nutrition offers a current six-week residency A separate fellowship through the State Historical land in August to explore archives at the University of Iowa and Iowa State. The research will inform her planned book, Taking the Home Out of Home Economics: From Home Economics to Human Ecology. My larger project is to examine the de-gendering of home economics that occurs in the 1960s and forces that pressured schools of home economics to in gender roles, the feminist movement and expanded educational opportunities were among the factors that led colleges to transform their home economics programs into more comprehensive programs with titles like human ecology, consumer science and family and consumer science, she said. In the process, the programs became defeminized in both curriculum and enrollment, as men began studying in what were previThe fellowships also will entail a talk at Cornell next spring about her work there and an article submission to the Archives of Iowa on her research at the two universities in that state. Midlife crisis With baby boomers on college campuses nationwide getting ready to retire, those next in line professors, administrators, and staff members in the middle of their careers feel somewhat dispirited. They are more likely than anyone else on their campuses to harbor negative feelings about their jobs, career advancement, and the fairness of the workplace, according to an extensive survey conducted by The Chronicle. respondents at 89 colleges across the country that Colleges to Work For program. . The results show that, in general, academics are most upbeat at the beginning and at the end of their careers. . Over all, the results paint a positive picture of todays academic workplace: 71 percent of facul ty members give high marks to collaborative gov ernance on their campuses; 68 percent of tenured professors agree their colleges support a strong teaching environment; a nearly equal percentage of male employees (82 percent) and female em ployees (83 percent) say their institutions provide resources for work-life balance; and both groups (86 percent for men and 88 percent for women). . Faculty members at public colleges have professors at private colleges (65 percent to 56 percent). Among the more-senior faculty mem bers full and associate professors the news is even worse for public-university leaders. Just under half of public-college professors in the top ship, compared with 66 percent and 60 percent, respectively, at private colleges. . One area where publics performed better than privates: on college campuses that administrators typically think their relations with faculty members are The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 18, 2008 Sustainability advancesThe Association for the Advancement of Susannual report on sustainability efforts at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The report demonstrates continued growth in environmentally conscious efforts such as education programs, research centers, and green building elements of campuses. For example, the number of institutions committing to reduce greenhouse gases grew from 20 to almost 500; the number of green buildings increased by more than 60; and at least 25 universities hired Edlines, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, July 3, 2008Giving predictionsThe rate of growth in giving to education in the United States is likely to slow in the coming year, according to a new forecasting tool that ing Index predicts that philanthropic support for schools, colleges and universities will grow by 5.3 percent for the academic year that began on July 1. Over the last 20 years, the average annual rate of growth for giving to education has been 7 percent. For the 12-month period that ended on June 30, the CFI estimates that educational insti tutions will record a 7.2 percent increase in giv ing, roughly even with the 20-year average. . The CFI is based on a survey of senior fund raising professionals at universities, colleges and BriefCASE, Council for Advancement and See People in action, page 4


Vol. 19, No. 18 July 23, 2008 CampusUpdate Signing in Drew DeLand (on ladder) and Gabe Jaquez of Syracuse Signage install logo and lettering inside the entrance to the SUNY Oswego Metro Center. Located in the Atrium on downtown Syracuses Clinton Square, the Metro Center is open for classes this summer.New name, title in externally focused division and its director have new titles. Current division director Yvonne Petrella assumed the title dean of extended learning on July 1. The Learning coincided with the opening of the colleges Metro Center in downtown Syracuse this summer. When you start to look at the full scope of what we do, extended learning provides a good umbrella joined Oswego in 1977 and the former Continuing The division will oversee Metro Center operations and continue to administer evening and online degree completion programs as well as Summer and Winter training and programs at Fort Drum and in the OsProfessional development offerings and greater use of the Web are part of future plans, which will mainly depend on students and clients. We want to stay in touch with that audience and grams for non-traditional students have broadened to include online degree completion programs, in creased summer and winter offerings, and expanded professional development programs. For a full slate of course offerings and other infor site at Shane LieblerStudents from abroad immersed in English at SUNY Oswego Forty-eight students from such countries Brazil, China, Japan, Turkey and Puerto Rico are on Oswegos campus to improve their language skills At sessions coordinated by the colleges Internaabout four hours of daily classroom time honing their like traveling, poetry readings, teaching salsa dance and working with conversation partners and tutors from the campus and community. Attendees include a range of students and profes engineer building language skills as he enters Oswegos MBA program. Minori Bouchard, a pharma can pass the New York state licensing test. Wenchang Qien and Xuewen Deng are among seven Chinese students starting at SUNY Oswego this fall. Just being immersed in the country has helped, said from University of Puerto Ricos International School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Carolina Francellies Otera, from the same institution, will become rooms care manager at the Marriot Courtyard language. I need more vocabulary, better order of Otera loved the campus and said she would like her oldest son to consider attending Oswego.Personal attention Another Puerto Rican student in hotel and restaurant management, Michelle Santiago, said learning fore I came here, I could not hold a conversation with education here is very personal. The professors are pealed to Gabriela Santana, a Puerto Rican student the United States. I feel very, very, very happy for Mariana Lopez from the University of Puerto Rico noted differences in the learning environment. In Puerto Rico, the professors dont know our names. I like the professors, the way they teach, using dif University in San Juan. And we are not studying all the time. On the weekends, we have time to do some Other cultures While Jessica Laurion hails from Alaska, the hear ing-impaired student knows American Sign Language in high school, so my mom wanted me to see what colso she is happy to learn about other cultures. For longtime program tutors and conversation partners like retired teacher Mary Ann Hogan, working with other cultures is part of the draw. We get to understanding of different cultural concepts. You help them become comfortable speaking aloud. It opens elementary education student at Oswego, tutors and converses with students and took some to Boston to share the citys historic and cultural experiences. Its amazing to see how much theyve improved in the Tim Nekritz The project, which just began and will run through fall 2009, employs two students per semester, includ ing both summers. The grant also covers student trav el to National Park Service conferences for additional training. Senior anthropology major Lenda Ryan said work mass and length, and mapping sites to envision what they may have looked like and where the objects were located. Its very practical, hands-on experience for our students that could potentially help them with their Actually doing it Ashley Barnes, an Oswego alumna gaining experience before entering graduate school, agreed. It makes you understand, when youre on the other side of the excavation, the information you want much you learn about theory, actually doing it and gaining experience is so much more than you can Pippin said that only about a quarter of archeologists work in academics or museums, and that archeology graduates are more likely to work in if proposed construction sites have historic or cultural value. Site digs, while the popular impression of what archeologists do, represent a small portion of their work. The project will also apply new technology to pre historic artifacts. The grant supports tagging the items via a Geographic Information System, mapping sites spatially to provide better context. Updated methods and technology will improve categorization and management, Ryan said. What were taught is so different from what the original opportunity to make sure were properly taking care of it. We can make it a lot more organized and acces Ultimately, its also about connecting the past directly to the present. I think whats interesting is from places near where I grew up, and it really hits major doing an independent study with the collection. resent that to see what their lives were like and how Tim NekritzArcheology grantContinued from page 1Group converses in Deutsch gurated a pilot conversational program for summer. Led by Professor John Lalande and students Miversational groups activities have included travel to a German restaurant in Syracuse, viewing Germanys Tournament, watching a Swiss movie, and, of course, speaking Deutsch. Johanna Henry, an adjunct instructor of German, has also assisted.


Vol. 19, No. 18 July 23, 2008 CampusUpdate July 28 July 28 Aug. 9 Jr., Aug. 25 Aug. 25 and 26 Aug. 27 Aug. 27 For a more complete calendar, see SUNY Oswego Murray keeps campus inventory under control This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Lin Murray, the colleges inventory control coordinator. He has worked on campus since October 1993. Q. How would you describe your job and responsibilities? A. Im responsible for maintaining the complete inventory of all state and Research Foundation equip ment assets approximately 8,800 items of equip ment assigned to the campus. Im also responsible for barcode decaling and recording into the statewide computer network and local database all new equip ment and vehicles registered on campus, properly and trol System, the redistribution of usable equipment on campus, and the search of equipment for faculty and staff. ventory control? A. Security is probably the main thing. Its impor tant to keep track of everything. I also give reports to other areas, like Campus Technology Services, so they know how old everything is and when they may need to replace or upgrade computer equipment. wego? A. The people. I enjoy getting out and seeing ev erybody. Instead of isolating myself in one small area, I go out and meet people and introduce myself as I inventory or re-inventory their equipment. dents? A. They are friendly and very helpful. I reinventory every building on campus, including the residence halls, and they help me locate different items of equipment. A. I did graduate from college here many moons ago, with a bachelors in business administration. Another achievement is that my wife and I will be married for 30 years in November. A. My wife Christine works in an insurance agen cy. We have three sons. The oldest, Troy, is 29, Chad youngest son. Our oldest two live in Syracuse. Im proud of all three of them. I guess theyre three of my proudest achievements, too. Q. Do you have any hobbies? A. My wife and I purchased an old Colonial a few years ago and weve been busy renovating and customizing it to our liking. Weve been landscaping and gardening. We watch a lot of movies and videos. Were very family-oriented. Police report Since June 20, University Police have made one arrest. They charged a 52-year-old Oswego man with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alco hol content above .08, aggravated unlicensed opera tion of a motor vehicle and failure to keep right. SUNY Oswegos implementation of Higher One named best practice nancial services provider Higher One at Oswego was recently named a best practice for the SUNY system The new refund distribution method improved cus reduced postage costs, minimized bank reconciliin CR80News, an online trade publication. Higher One has enabled redeployment of human resources We have observed a significant reduction in accounts. We have been able to drastically improve customer service as a result of eliminating time con suming tasks such as printing and reconciling large up a Special Mention Award for Bell Ringers Get a coverage with a Special Mention Award for Then and ing award with a special mention for a compilation of her work. Ulanowski received a Special Citation for alerting the AP about train tanker car explosion that occurred in March 2007. Sheldon Institute starts next week The 30th annual Sheldon Institute summer enrich ment program, for children entering second through 10th grades, will run July 28 to Aug. 8 on campus. Sheldon, the two-week full-day program addresses the academic and cultural needs of motivated, inquis itive and creative students. The institutes variety of programs, taught by college professors, public-school teachers and experienced practitioners, emphasizes problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Course categories include arts, communication, cultural appreciation, expression, language, mathematics, reading/writing, research, science, technology and wellness. Cost to participate is $300, which includes trans portation to local sites required for some courses. A who qualify. Applications are still open for the Senior (eighth to Parking permits available now The 2008-09 parking permits are available online at or in person ting them early to avoid the student rush in August. For guest permits or for questions related to parking services, e-mail Lee gym, pool open for recreation Open recreation and swim take place in Lee Hall gymnasium and pool from now to Aug. 26. The gym is open to all from noon to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursto 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday. The pool is also open for lap swimming from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays. An adult must accompany children. Admission is free for SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students and their sions, although the Novice I and II divisions (second through fourth grades) are full for this summer. For more information, call 312-2103. House call Stevenson, a high school senior from Rochester, and his mother Alyson in the Campus Center during last weeks Summer Open House. Some 235 families, around 700 people total, attended the two half-day open People in actionContinued from page 2