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CampusUpdatePUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITYVolume 20 Number 2 Sept. 3, 2008 1Inside: Lighting the way Student Association President Daniel Nau addresses a packed Campus Center arena and convocation hall during the colleges annual Welcoming Torchlight Ceremony on Aug. 24. Warm welcome Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan Coultrap Mc-Quin welcomes Lucina Hernandez (seated at right), the new director for Rice Creek Field Station and an assistant professor of biological sciences, during the Opening Picnic.Psychology professors project asks: Whats wrong with masculinity? Oswegos Andrew Smiler will explore the positive attributes of teenage masculinity under a three-year $54,000 federal grant through the USDA Cooperative State, Education and Extension Service at Cornell University. For the project, a collaboration with Ritch SavinWilliams of Cornell, Smiler said he wants to challenge the popular perception that masculinity and male peer groups necessarily represent a societal problem. There has been a lot of press the past several years about what boys do, focusing on the negative, said Smiler, an assistant professor of psychology. But most boys do graduate high school. Most boys dont upstanding adults, and wed like to know how that happens. While its clear that all-male teen groups function differently from all-female groups, Smiler wants to negative choices. He said one thing that will make the study novel is how it looks at what makes masculinity or male-to-male peer interaction a point of strength for individuals as well as society.Adolescent peer pressure . can be a good thing if it supports good behavior. Andrew Smiler We always think of adolescent peer pressure as a bad thing, but it can be a good thing if it supports good behavior, he said. We know as part of mas culinity we encourage boys to take risks, continue solvers. Those are skills that should help all college students. The process involves pencil-and-paper surveys with 500 to 600 high school seniors about behaviors and attitudes, including the search for strengths or positives related to masculinity and male-male friendships. The big issue really is asking what are some of the strengths boys bring to the table, in terms of positive functional development, Smiler explained. In some ways, its part of a larger movement in psychology to get away from just studying problem behavior, Smiler noted. Its only the past 15 to 20 years that have focused not only on the bad stuff but on what allows people to be healthy, to do well. The seniors surveyed include young women as well as men so in addition to having a large data set available to other researchers, this also presents an opportunity to study masculine attributes in women, Smiler said. Its unusual to see how masculinity works in both males and females in the same study, he added. The project also could open the door to follow-up we can identify what they were doing in high school and how that predicted what happened down the road, Smiler said. Tim NekritzRepublican convention is students classroom While many of his Oswego classmates are settling in on campus, senior Tim Farnsworth is getting his lessons at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota. The Washington Centers Presidential Seminar draws together students from more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide to both conventions. Farnsworth was the colleges sole participant this Farnsworth served as former Student Association President Josh Millers chief of staff. The political science and global studies double major also served in the Student Senate his junior year. there is just a thrill about it, said Farnsworth, a nontraditional student who hopes to work in civil service after graduation. The Washington Center trip is an opportunity to re ally get a behind-the-scenes look at national politics. Farnsworth participated in leadership workshops in the days leading up to the four-day convention, which started Monday. During the convention, Farnsworth has been able to converse with state delegates, national party leaders, members of the media and representatives of interest groups. The cool thing about doing it with school is that I can put what Ive learned into practice, Farnsworth said. It moves it well beyond the classroom. Im going to meet so many people over the next two weeks, he said Aug. 24, just before leaving for the Twin Cities. Farnsworth was paired with a member of the media through the program. Oswego-based National Public vide running commentary, via phone interviews, with his take on the convention. Shane LieblerMore convention newsCommunications professor performed educational role at Democratic convention last week, Page 2


Vol. 20, No. 2 Sept. 3, 2008 CampusUpdate 30-year stars SUNY Oswegos 19th annual Employee Recognition and Awards Ceremony congratulated many workers for their longevity and dedication to the college. Among those honored for 30 years of service for three decades of dedication, but not in the photo, were Dizdruvis Ercums, Kenneth Hammond, Thomas Prior and Thomas Siembor of the physical plant, and Michael Taylor of University Police.Attracting foreign studentsOregon State University struck a deal in July with a private company to recruit and educate for eign students in a college-preparatory program. probably wont be the last. Over the past decade, such partnerships have become commonplace in other English-speaking countries. About 20 per cent of Australias foreign students come into the country through these preparatory, or pathways, programs. In Britain, universities are regularly approached by companies looking to strike multimillion-dollar deals. . Champions of the and academically. They allow colleges to recruit students they couldnt have reached with their own marketing budgets, and can give those stu dents the academic grounding to make the transi tion to full enrollment. And because the pathways programs can greatly expand enrollments of in ternational students, they provide new revenue to cash-strapped colleges. . Critics argue that they outsource core educational functions and that academic standards may well be compromised in Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 18, 2008Drinking ageApproximately 115 college and university presidents representing a range of institutions called . for a national discussion on whether to reduce the minimum age for purchasing alcohol as a means to decrease binge drinking and other health related concerns brought on by underage drinking. The Amethyst Initiative argues, The 21-year-old drinking age is not working and has created a culture of dangerous binge drinking. In response, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) argues that statistical trends demon strate the current law saves lives. Edlines, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Aug. 21, 2008Textbook pricesRapidly increasing college textbook prices have driven efforts in Congress and state legislatures to remedy the situation, but it remains unlikely that students will see any savings this fall. Annual textbook costs range from $700 to $1,100, with prices averaging approximately double the rate cades. Legislation passed by Congress will not be implemented until 2010, and while 34 states have introduced legislative proposals on the subject, only 6 states have approved them. Edlines, American Association of State Col leges and Universities, Aug. 21, 2008Federal research dollars decline grew slightly in 2007 even as the the subtotal port. Colleges and other providers made up the difference from their own pockets but they werent happy about it. The federal government is the largest source of funds for academic re according to the report, which was issued by the National Science Foundation. The federal total was $30.44-billion, a net drop of 1.6 percent compared with 2006. Such a two-year decline had never before occurred since the NSF began Academic institutions increased their own spend lion. Contributions from industry also surged, by 11 percent, to $2.67-billion. News blog, The Chronicle of Higher Educa tion, Aug. 25, 2008 of the political science depart ment is the author of Pentagon Papers in The Ency clopedia of the First Amendment, edited by Hudson, wrote a review of The Age of Impeachment: American Constitutional Culture Since 1960 by David Kyvig that appears in the Law and Politics Book Re view and was posted online Aug. 24. Michael Ameigh, professor of communications studies, assistant provost for budget and operations and an avid birder, will speak Sept. 13 in the H. Lee White Marine Museums Lecture Series. He will speak at 1:30 p.m. in the Pontiac Room at the muse um, located on the Oswego harbor at the end of West First Street. Ameigh will discuss Winter Water Birds of Eastern Lake Ontario. He will highlight a number of waterfowl and other birds that visit the Oswego harbor and other Central New York waterways during the colder months. These include divers like the longtailed duck, white-winged scoter, scaup, red-breasted and hooded merganser, red-throated loon and others. Ameigh has produced nature documentaries that fo cus on the wildlife and ecology of Upstate New York. Harold W. Nash, professor emeritus, writes about personal mentors in Three Good Men, a book recently published by Ontarolina Publishing Co. Lori Nash of the philosophy faculty will receive the Fayez Samuel Award for Courageous Service by Part-time Academic and Professional Faculty from United University Professions at its Fall Delegate Assembly later this month in Albany. She has been the Oswego chapter part-time concerns representative since 2005 and is on the unions statewide Part-time Concerns Committee. She also organized Oswegos contributor to the chapter newsletter. She is a UUP academic delegate. Senior and Andrew Smiler of the psychology department presented a poster Who Am I? Adoption of Gendered Identities and Gender Norms at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association on Aug. 14. Smiler also served as the discussant for a paper symposium on Real Men and Masculinities and, later in the conlinity: Contributions of Family Structure, Media, and psychologists in its Aug. 25 story Young guys try to read societys road map for behavior. Professor present for Obama nomination at Denver conventionPresident to stay at SUNY OswegoPresident Deborah F. Stanley announced last week that she has withdrawn her name as a candidate for the presidency of Old Dominion University. Stanley commented that she made her decision after carefully weighing professional and family considerations. I was honored to have had the opportunity to thoroughly explore the presidency there, she said. Stanley, who has served as president of Oswego for the past 13 years, said she remains fully engaged in the many exciting projects under way at SUNY Oswego. These initiatives include the development of innova tive and distinctive new academic programs, a $110 million state-of-the art sciences complex, and the new residential village currently under construction. Stanley said, I look forward to continuing to work closely with the New York State Legislature, business, industry and our alumni to gather additional support for the college and the Central New York region. John Kares Smith, professor and interim chair of the communication studies department, was at the Demo cratic National Convention last week in Denver. He participated in the Junior Statesmen Foundations 2008 Election Symposium, a nonpartisan, indepth, behind-the-scenes look at the convention. As a faculty leader at the convention, Smith supervised and directed activities for small groups of students, planned lesson plans, directed and facilitated smallgroup discussions that enhanced students under standing of a political convention, coordinated a variety of visits to state delegations and other semi nars, forums and speakers programs, and debriefed students on topics related to the convention as well as other activities of a similar nature. The Junior Statesmen Foundation, a 73-year-old young leaders from throughout the country to nation al political conventions for years. Smith has taught courses in politics and public speaking for the foundations Summer School, located at Princeton University, since 2003.


Vol. 20, No. 2 Sept. 3, 2008 CampusUpdate Moving day Senior public relations major Anthony Pignataro (left) gets a little family help from his mother and sister moving into Hart Hall last Tuesday.U.S. News ranks SUNY Oswego among best in the North edition of Americas Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The annual rankings by U.S. News groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Oswego ranked among Best Universities in the North in its Oswego tied with two private institutions, the University of New England and Southern New Hampshire University, and two public campuses, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and SUNY Brockport. Our U.S. News ranking is just one piece of evi dence that Oswego provides an education of the high She noted that Oswego continuously seeks out external review of all its programs to guarantee that they meet or exceed national standards, and its pro grams hold national and international accreditation. The success of Oswego graduates pursuing graduate and professional study and of Oswego alumni in de manding careers is further testimony to the value of an Oswego education, she said. This fall we will have one of the largest and strongest entering freshmen classes drawn from applications that have risen more than 20 percent recently, she said. Our more than 400 extraordinary faculty teach students in outstanding facilities that have benefited from $250 million in capital investment. The rankings appear in the magazines Sept. 1 issue, on newsstands in August, and are available on line at They also appear in the college guidebook Americas Best Colleges published by U.S. News & World Report. Also in August, Random House/Princeton ReNortheastern Colleges. Oswego has appeared in every edition. Prominent poet to keynote ALANA Student Leadership Conference Sonia Sanchez, a well-known African American author and political activist, will be the keynote speaker for this years ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Student Leadership Conference, to be held Sept. 15 to 20 at SUNY Oswego. During the conference, members of the campus community as well as students visiting from other colleges will participate in workshops and other special events that will help them expand their knowledge about ALANA cultures and improve their leadership skills and practices. As of last week, students from SUNY campuses at Albany, Cortland and Alfred were scheduled to attend Oswegos conference, said Grace Mukupa of Student Organization Services, who is coordinating the con ference. Registrations are still coming in. Sanchez will speak at 8 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Hewitt Union Ballroom. Admission to her talk will be free Poet Maya Angelou called Sanchez a lion in literatures forest. The novelist Isabel Allende said of Sanchez, Only a poet with an innocent heart can exorcise so much pain with so much beauty. Active in the civil rights movement and an important member of the Black Arts Movement in the universities and was a pioneer in developing black studies courses. She retired from the Laura Carnell She has written more than a dozen books of poetry. Does Your House Have Lions? was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Homegirls and Handgrenades won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. She is also the author of plays and essays. After her talk, she will be available to sign copies of her books. Emphasis on diverse cultures Other highlights of the conference will include a dance workshop Sept. 16, a presentation on gosAround the Globe marking the 30th anniversary of the womens studies program Sept. 17, a fashion Student groups will give presentations on such top in the Latino Revolutionary Movement and the back ground of Chinese dumplings (with free samples). Among concluding conference events Sept. 20 will be the ALANA dinner, featuring Pedro Cabn as speaker. Cabn is SUNYs vice provost for diversity ies at SUNY Albany. SUNYs Educational Opportu nity Programs and Centers report to him. Most ALANA conference events are free for Os wego students, faculty and staff, but some free events chezs talk and the ALANA dinner. Tickets are avail able at both the Campus Center and the Tyler box An exception is tickets for the step show, which may be purchased only at the Campus Center box of public, and $23 the day of the show. The complete ALANA conference schedule is available online from a link at student/services/campus_life/point/alana.html. Center of Excellence partnership opens opportunities for students, faculty in the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmen tal and Energy Systems. The center, established in 2002, is an industryuniversity collaborative enterprise that works toward creating and then mainstreaming innovations in environmental and energy technologies. It is a resource and opportunity for research and teaching by our faculty, said Nancy Bellow, exec and Community Programs. Their focus areas are energy, air and water, between the center and SUNY Oswego is the Lake Ontario research done by our scientists and social scientists. Oswego administrators have met with people from the Syracuse Center of Excellence several times over the past year. They include Provost Susan CoultrapDavid King, Dean of the School of Business Richard Skolnik and Bellow. tive opportunities, from studies by Oswegos Environmental Research Center to using Oswegos new Metro Center for workforce training in environmental and energy technologies. Oswegos meteorological program has already col laborated with the center. Al Stamm said the center approached Robert Ballentine and Stamm a couple of years ago about installing a meteorological tower 81 at Washington and Almond streets in downtown Syracuse. Data from the tower helped in planning the building. An Oswego student, Robert Schultz, analyzed some of the data, Stamm said. Another potential collaboration would be a profes sional science masters degree program at Oswego aimed at preparing professionals to work in the area of municipal infrastructure, such as water, sewer and more higher education in the future than they have had in the past, Bellow noted. Ways that Oswego faculty and their students can take advantage of the partnership are by participatInternship Program, Technology Application and Demonstration program, and Commercialization Assistance Program, as well as the centers Collaborative Activities for Research and Technology Innovations grant program. Bellow said that students interested in energy or environmental systems as well as in public relaternship opportunities with the Syracuse Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence is a federation of more nesses, research organizations, economic development agencies and academic institutions. Syracuse University leads the overall federation. blueprint for regional economic development that was prepared by the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York. The as one of the major industry clusters in the region.


Vol. 20, No. 2 Sept. 3, 2008 CampusUpdate Sept. 5 Sept. 6 and 20 Sept. 15 ALANA Student Leadership Conference, Sept. 15 to 20 Sept. 16 Sept. 17 Sept. 18 For a more complete calendar, see SUNY Oswego Events online at Police report Since Aug. 15, University Police have investigated several motor vehicle accidents and a case of theft and disorderly conduct and made seven arrests. Police charged a 21-year-old Oswego man with driving while intoxicated, driving with blood alcohol content above .08, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and driving on the shoulder of the road. A 21-year-old Hannibal man was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with blood alcohol content above .08, driving with suspended registra tion, failure to keep right and illegal signal. A 22-year-old Syracuse man was charged with ag gravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, suspended registration, operating without insurance and driving with improper plates. Three campus residents were charged with under age possession of alcohol, and one of them was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. An 18-year-old Webster man was also charged with underage possession of alcohol. Humbert aims to ensure all students can afford college This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Mark Humbert, the director of financial aid. He joined the Oswego campus in October 2001. Q. How would you describe your job and responsibilities? million in grants, scholarships and loans to help stu it as easy as possible for students to afford their col lege experience, with the least amount of debt. One of the things Ive always tried to do is give the information to every family that I would want my own family to have. I want every family to have the same helpful information, whether on the Web or in person. Q. What is your favorite part of working at Oswego? A. I have two favorite parts: I really enjoy the people I work with and the students I work for. Q. What is your impression of Oswegos students? A. Excellent! They are very talented, energetic and Q. What is your educational background? A. I have bachelors degrees in math and business from Roberts Wesleyan, and a masters in public ad ministration from SUNY Brockport. Q. What can you tell us about chairing the colA. I chair the committee that oversees the colleges athletic department budget. We engage in activities to promote and enhance the athletic program at Oswego. Q. What achievement are you most proud of? Q. What can you tell us about your family? A. Ive been married to my lovely wife Lisa for 22 in college, two in high school. We live on and operate a farm in Rose, in Wayne County. Q. Do you have any hobbies? A. I love sports. I play basketball. I watch my kids play sports. I hunt. I enjoy mountain-climbing. And theres also the farm, though I wouldnt really call that a hobby. College Hour returns with range of timely topicsScience Today series continues The Science Today lecture series will address such topics as alternative energies and envi ronmental toxins during its fall sessions. Lectures will take place Tuesdays at 12:40 p.m., with a pre-presentation social gathering commencing at 12:30 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium, except for two noted below. nashuk of the University of Rochester, who will discuss dopamine system injury following PCB exposure and implications for neurodegenerative disorders in Room 102 of Snygg Hall. On Sept. 16, Karen Sime of Oswegos biological sciences department will explore Wasp Food: Ecological Specialization in Parasitic Insects. carbon cycling in Yellowstone on Sept. 23. Octobers programs will include Akiko Fillinger of Ithaca College on materials for alterna tive energies, Oct. 7; Michael Rogers of Ithaca College on archeological geophysics, Oct. 14; Elisabeth Widom of the Miami University of Ohio on geochemistry of the Azores, Oct. 21; and Kristina Lantzky-Eaton of St. John Fisher Col lege on Fragility of a Series of Organic Com pounds, Oct. 28. Karin Limburg of the SUNY College of En vironmental Science and Forestry will discuss Neolithic vs. Modern Baltic Sea Cold Fisheries on Nov. 4. On Nov. 11, Linda Ivany of Syracuse Univer sity will address Eocene climate change and evo lution of the shallow marine biota. The Nov. 18 talk, with Marina Blanton of the University of Notre Dame speaking on Biomet ric Key Generation, will take place in Room 102 of Snygg Hall. The fall series will wrap Dec. 2 with the Sigma Xi Student Research Forum. For more information on the series, visit www. Oswegos College Hour returns to Tuesdays for the fall semester, offering wide-ranging programs on aca demic, cultural and developmental topics. Most events will run 1:05 to 2:05 p.m. All are free and open to the public. ence Professor Bruce Altschulers Election 2008: Political Parties will cover the importance of participating in the upcoming election and more in Room 220 of the Campus Center. On Sept. 16, Professor Ming-te Pan of the history department Room 217 of Mahar Hall. On Nov. 4, Mary McCune of the history department and Ranjit Dighe of the economics department will look into The Great Debate: Legal and Illegal Immigration to the United States in Room 217 of Mahar Hall. Other sessions focusing on history and internation al events unfolding in Room 217 of Mahar Hall will asikha Pahtak of Assam University in India, The Politics of Identity and Insurgency in Post-colonial Northeast, Oct. 7; Mary Bivens of the history department, Robert Mugabe: Global Opinion from the BBC World Service, Oct. 21; Geraldine Forbes of the history department, The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: Terrorism in Pakistan, Nov. 18; and Frank Byrne of the history department, The Conservative Tradition in Southern Politics: John C. Calhoun to George W. Bush, Dec. 2. Artistic and cultural events will include Pat Pauly, guest curator of A Personal Landscape: Contemthe exhibition at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 16 in the gallery; How to Develop a Show Business Career, featuring comedian Owen Benjamin on Nov. 25 in the Campus Center auditorium; and the Music Department StuTyler Hall. On behalf of the Oswego Emeriti Association, Robert Schell will present a Founders Day Program, Sheldons Nine Commandments, on Edward Austin Sheldons principles of teaching and learning, on Oct. 14 in Room 328 of Sheldon Hall. Psychology-related presentations happening in Room 214 of Mahar Hall will include Leigh Bacher of Oswegos psychology department discussing Botswana: Jewel of Africa on Oct. 7 and social psychologist Donald McCreary exploring Mens Body Image and the Drive for Masculinity on Oct. 28. The Science Today lecture series will return with talks at 12:40 p.m. preceded by pre-presentation social gatherings at 12:30 p.m. (see related story for more details). of Financial Aid to help students with moneymanagement and other college issues, sessions from the Compass on topics ranging from exploring majors opportunities for students to interact with faculty members. For more information, visit news/events/college_hour. Ke-nekt chamber music series to begin with Amelia Piano Trio The Amelia Piano Trio will kick off SUNY Oswegos Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series this year on Sept. 17. The trio violinist Anthea Kreston, cellist Jason Duckles and pianist Rieko Aizawa were selected as National Public Radios ensemble in residence for their mastery and exploration of music ranging from Beethovens classics to John Harbisons contemporary work. Future concerts will feature The Dorian Wind composer Aaron Jay Kernis and local performers. Ke-Nekt concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, preceded by a brief 7 p.m. talk by the performers. Tickets for each concert cost $15 ($10 for seniors and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students). Discounts are available for those purchasing passes for the entire series. For information or reservations, visit www.oswego. 2141 or