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Members of the campus community and their campus-related activities were responsible for an estimated 31,629 tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2007, or 4.3 metric tons per full-time equivalent student. Those are key numbers in Oswegos baseline inven tory submitted Sept. 15 for the American College and University Presidents Cli mate Commitment num bers that the campus has committed to reduce. President Deborah F. Stanley signed the Climate Commitment in 2007 to develop a long-range plan to reduce and ultimately neutralize carbon emissions on campus. Jerry DeSantis, associate vice president for facilities and campus sustainability coordinator, over CampusUpdatePUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITYVolume 20 Number 4 Oct. 1, 2008 1Inside: Campus-wide alert test Friday The emergency messaging system adopted by SUNY Oswego in January will be tested Friday, with messages sent to everyone in the campus community who has signed up for the service. SUNY System Administration advises campus es to test the system for all users once a semester. Oswego scheduled a campus-wide test last semester, but plans were overtaken by events when a real storm compelled the college to cancel classes. The community was alerted through NYAlert messages as well as the Web site, the SUNY Oswego Information Line (312-3333) and mass media. Those who sign up for NY-Alert must provide an e-mail address and may also opt to provide cell and land-line telephone numbers. For Fridays test, the test e-mail message will automatically include a header and footer stating that this is an actual event but it will actually be a test. The header and footer are controlled by operates NY-Alert and allows SUNY campuses to use it. To learn how to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the NY-Alert emergency messaging service, see Major NSF grant serves many science projects, students A new piece of equipment that can measure concentrations in the smallest amounts could have a very large impact on Oswegos research, ability to attract top-quality students and chances of recruiting the best science faculty. A $246,414 National Science Foundation major research instrumentation grant will allow the college to purchase an inductively coupled plasma source quadrupole mass spectrometer, or ICP-MS. Simply put, its a major piece of equipment that will allow scientists in several disciplines to measure minute amounts of elements with great accuracy and small samples required, said Paul Tomascak, the grants project director. In one analysis, you can measure 40 elements on the periodic table in a matter of seconds, said Tomascak of the earth sciences faculty. You have higher sensitivity yet with higher precision for essentially every element. An ICP-MS measures ions of elements dissolved in acid solutions. The ICP torch is an argon plasma as hot as the outside of the sun, Tomascak said. The plasma instantly ionizes dissolved elements, allowing the mass spectrometer to measure them. This is cutting-edge technology that will impress potential faculty yet is user-friendly enough that undergraduates will gain experience with it in classes or research projects, Tomascak said. With this equipment, studying lead concentrations in drinking water is falling-off-a-log easy, he noted. The work of Karen Sime of the biological sciences department is an example, studying metal levels in a wasps ovipositor an organ that lays eggs inside a host entity requiring small samples and precise measures. Imagine a small-sized wasp, how small the stinger is, and you know youre talking about a minute object, Tomascak said. This allows you to use a very See Mass spectrometer, page 2 Visual tour Admissions tour guide Rachel Newport, right, leads families through the Lake Effect Caf during a recent program for prospective students. Admissions applications continue to climb in part have shown visitors that Oswego is a college on the move and has greater curb appeal, said Joe Grant, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.Admissions show more competitive campus If Oswegos admissions trends could be described in one word, it would be up. The number of applicants, new undergraduate students, students living on campus and newcomers academic credentials are all on the upswing, said Joe Grant, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. transfers enrolled this fall. One of the biggest spikes comes in undergraduate nearly 650 more than last year and represents a 34.2 percent increase since 2003, Grant said. cants were accepted this fall, down from 57 percent of those admitted, Grant noted. The incoming class is a talented one, he said. Some 560 freshmen received some level of merit scholar ship, including 175 Presidential Scholars with a mean high school average of 94 and 1240 SAT score. Oswego was able to award over 50 more merit scholar ships than last year, part of more than $66 million in merit and need-based grants, work-study, loans and The overall academic rank for incoming students 1,100 SAT score. er percentage of returning students choosing to live on campus, leads to a higher campus population of around 4,100 students. To meet demand for residence hall rooms, the college opened Sheldon Hall as a resi dence for around 65 upperclassmen and transfers. Ive talked with the students in Sheldon, and they are excited about it, Grant said of the converted conference facilities that include large rooms with individual bathrooms. We expect this kind of arrangement until the townhouse project opens in fall 2010, he added. But were happy to have a large number. Housing a robust, diverse student population makes for a vibrant campus. Emissions assessed, college plans reductionssees Oswegos progress on living up to the agreement as well as achieving larger sustainability goals. SUNY Oswego was in the minority of charter forth in the Climate Commitment. The next milestone will be an action plan with strategies to reduce the colleges carbon emissions. The baseline assessment of emissions, conducted at Oswego by graduate students reporting to DeSantis, rests on assumptions that vary from campus to campus. Still, initial comparisons show Oswegos numbers in the same ballpark with comparable campuses, DeSantis said. The online database of baseline inventories at col leges nationwide is at You make some assumptions. You collect the best See Carbon emissions plans, page 4 See Applications strong, page 2


Vol. 20, No. 4 Oct. 1, 2008 CampusUpdateDemand soarsA new study reports that governments around the world will need to invest more than money to meet the soaring demand for higher education. ganisation for Economic Cooperation and Devel opment shows that entry rates to university-level education have risen by nearly one-half on aver age during the last 10 years in countries that are OECD members, including the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and 27 others. However, funding for higher education in many coun tries is barely keeping up with increased student numbers. The study reports that governments face tough decisions on funding and quality standards to ensure that their education systems respond ad equately to the demand for degrees. Angel Gurria, OECD secretary general, says governments must Money alone will not do the trick, Gurria said, adding that investments in education will need to BriefCASE, Council for Advancement and More seek aid marking a 16 percent increase over the same period last year, according to federal data. And are qualifying for federal aid that the federal gov ernment appears headed for a major shortfall in Pell Grant funding, The New York Times report for Pell Grants through July than had done so by that point in 2007, and that that could result in a shortfall of up to $6 billion. Numerous factors are believed to be in play in the Pell Grant increase ing some that are positive, such as more students from low-income families opting for college. But and declining home values, coupled with rising prices of food and gas, have led more people to seek aid either out of true need or understandable anxiety about the future. Inside Higher Ed,Green parkingShort of converting to telecommuting or online learning operations, colleges may have limited leverage in controlling their employees or students commuting habits but what leverage they do have may lie partly in their parking poli cies. While changes havent been drastic, a num ber of colleges have put in place small numbers of car pool only or hybrid only parking spots to encourage greener driving habits (and, in the car-pooling case, also cut demand for parking at colleges with too few spaces). . Many might have characterized commuting issues as being outside a colleges domain. But parking policies like these could become especially popular among signatories of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which requires colleges to factor emissions from faculty, staff and student commuting into their plans to go carbon neutral. At some signatory colleges, those commuting emissions are their primary source of emissions. Centralia College, a two-year institution in Washington State, re all college emissions are commuting-related. . Centralia has a new policy in place to create reserved spaces for car-poolers, as well as those driving hybrid or electric cars. . Colleges policies on parking, of course, have been just a small piece of their overall efforts to encourage more eco-friendly habits, by moving to four-day work weeks, running bicycle-sharing programs, and subsidizing mass transit. Inside Higher Ed, Connecting with alumni of the colleges successes and to secure future support. assistant professor of German, led an Oswego contingent of faculty and students to the German Cultural Studies Conference at Cor nell University on Sept. 13 and 14. The topic of the conference was Got Art? Intersections of Art and Politics in German Culture. Among the Oswego participants were Jonel Langenfeld-Rial of the the atre faculty and the following students of German: Tartell, Elena Schermerhorn, Sarah Olear, Rebecca Currie, Rachel Herson and Jeane Spencer. Students from colleges and universities throughout the middle Atlantic states participate in this annual fall conference, which is co-sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service and Cornell University. Robert Auler of the music department will per p.m., Sunday Oct. 5, in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium in Fulton. The Fulton Music Association is sponsoring the series of Sunday afternoon concerts through January. Auler will perform works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Kapustin. Lewis Turco, emeritus professor of English and creative writing, is the author of The Museum of Ordinary People and Other Stories, published in Sep tember by Star Cloud Press.In Memoriam 79, emeritus professor of bi illness. small sample to measure trace metals in the parts per trillion range. Also remarkable, Tomascak said, is the wide range of science faculty who will use the ICP-MS for research and teaching. They include Richard Back and Eric Hellquist of biological sciences with water tox ins and plant ecology, respectively; chemistry faculty members Webe Kadima with metals in insulin, Casey Raymond with inorganic chemical clusters, and Jef frey Schneider with soil contamination; and geology projects on the earths formation by Tomascak and Diana Boyer of the earth sciences faculty. Weve gone four for four in our most recent proposals from this campus, which says a lot about our collected level of expertise and the quality of research. Paul Tomascak Tomascak believes the new mass spectrometer could help with other projects such as studying air pollution, archeological categorization and the Os wego Childrens Study on the effects of toxic pollut ants upon humans. By any measure, Tomascak said Oswegos success in landing NSF major instrument grants the past two years is outstanding. Each campus is only allowed two proposals per year, and its a very competitive process, he explained. Weve gone four for four in our most recent proposals from this campus, which says a lot about our collected level of expertise and the quality of research. Jack Gelfand, Oswegos director of research administration and development, attributed this im pressive feat to collaboration and opportunities for undergraduates. In order to build a strong proposal, you have to group enough people together so there are enough activities to compete with major universities. Weve had the directors of these projects go around and talk to enough people to develop a good enough story that makes the case, Gelfand said. One of the most attractive features of this campus is that we always use the instruments for undergraduate research and classes, Gelfand added. Obtaining major instruments provides a ripple effect, making it possible to develop compelling projects that can at tract more research funding, more teaching scientists and aspiring student scientists. Tim Nekritz around 600 high school students taking modern lan guage credit classes. Grant said he thinks that Oswegos broad academic offerings and strong merit scholarship programs are two factors powering increased applications. But Os wegos reputation as a campus on the move also has led to the rise in interest, he noted. People see the more than $250 million in facility investments weve made so far, and the increased curb appeal, Grant said. They know that were willing to invest, and were continuing with $110 million for the science facilities, $40 million for the residen tial village, and another $20 million for School of Education renovations. Academically, weve added a software engineering major and launched the School of Communication, Media and the Arts. The effort to recruit the class of 2013 is already un der way, including the Columbus Day Open House on Oct. 13 and a new Saturday open house Oct. 25. Tim NekritzMass spectrometerContinued from page 1Applications strongContinued from page 1


Vol. 20, No. 4 Oct. 1, 2008 CampusUpdateODonnell Media Summit looks at post-Napster media landscape The Lewis B. ODonnell Media Summit will take on digital media when top communications professionals converge on campus to explore the Media Revolution Oct. 22. The fourth annual edition of the summit will fea ture class visits and commentary by Sony BMG executive J. Scott Dinsdale, radio trade magazine publisher Erica Farber, chief Rob King, media guru Jack Myers and Oswego graduate Steve Leblang of FX Networks. The days highlight is a panel discussion featur ballroom. Joining the media experts on stage will be student reactor Candace J. Dunkley. As executive vice president of digital operations and new technology for Sony BMG, Dinsdale is on the forefront of the media revolution, helping connect international music artists with various distribution partners. He previously worked as executive vice president of digital strategy for the Motion Picture Association of America, where his primary respon sibility was to protect the industrys interests in the digital age. Farber has consistently been recognized as one of the top executives in the radio industry. The president and publisher of respected trade publication Radio & Records, Farber is the driving force behind the industry. King manages an award-winning team of more than 200 editors, writers and designers across ESPN. com and its network of related sites. The vice presi dent and editor-in-chief of the leading sports Web site brings extensive experience in print, television and new media to this years summit panel. Leblang handles research and strategic development for FX and Fox Movie Channel as senior vice ate has spent a majority of his professional career in the television industry. Moderating the panel will be Myers, editor and publisher of more than 30 publications and Web sites targeting media, advertising and entertainment professionals. More than 30,000 senior executives read the JackMyers Media Business Report and visit the network of media industry Web sites. Student reactor Candace J. Dunkley is a senior broadcasting and mass communication major with a minor in Spanish. She works at student-run television station WTOP and interned at News 12 Westchester and the NV Innovations Management Program. Following the panel discussion and question-andanswer session, a group of six recent Oswego graduates will offer tips on how to launch a communications career at 5 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall lower lobby. They are Jeremy Ambers, a 2000 graduate, senior editor and post-production supervisor at Rooftop Edit/Fort Group in New York City; Emil Calcano of the class of 2007, manager of corporate sales and sponsorships for the New York Yankees; Michael Gewirtzman of the class of 2005, owner of New York-based Vinyl Artist Management and one of Bill board magazines Power Players in Music Under 30; Natasha Johnson, a 2002 graduate, account executive at WROC and WUHF television in Roches ter; Phil Rankin of the class of 2006, Web site editor at in Syracuse; and Matt Romano of the class of 2005, broadband coordinator for the SciFi Network, part of NBC Universal. Junior Christa Leader will moderate the session. Alumnus Louis A. Borrelli Jr. of the class of 1977 founded the summit in 2005 with a leadership gift. Last year, he and Al Roker, a 1976 graduate, provided funding to name it in honor of ODonnell, longtime chair of Oswegos communication studies department, who passed away in 2007. For more information, visit mediasummit. Shane LieblerGlobal, service missions going strong in Hart Hall after 10 years In its 10th year, Hart Global Living and Learning ence, mounted with revenue from an endowment of nearly $700,000. More than four times as many faculty members applied to live in the residence hall with nearly 300 students, mind you as could be accepted. As one of Oswegos early experiments in living and learning communities, Hart has proved an enduring success. Now, as it embarks on its second decade, it remains a rare entity on the nations university scene. Id never heard of anything like it before, said Nina Monte, Harts new hall director. She completed her masters degree at Canisius College in college student personnel administration, writing her thesis on cultural immersion and study abroad. She wanted to go into residence life, she said, While Hart is home to 50 to 75 international students a year, it is not conceived on the international house model focused on those students, or even the model that houses half international students and half Americans studying their languages. Rather, its mission is developing global awareness of the student body all classes, all majors by melding educational programs and real, live pro fessors into its residential and social environment. Monte, the hall director, has a staff of eight gradu ate resident mentors, instead of the undergraduate resident assistants who work in other halls. They all in turn support the learning mission of the building guided by the faculty director, Greg Parsons of the history faculty, and eight faculty resident mentors. Faculty resident mentors can call Hart home for the ones who connect with students, Parsons said. A prime example currently is Rebecca Burch of the psychology faculty, who is now busy organizing the second Global Awareness Conference, set for The theme of the conference concerns doing good in the world, capturing the global and service missions of the Hart community. People outside of Hart are welcome to make presentations, she noted. The deadline for proposals is Oct. 10. Burch moved into Hart three years ago. I thought it would be interesting to spend more time with stu dents and now Im completely hooked on it, she said. My whole life has swung into this international vein because I moved into Hart. Students apply to live in Hart and commit to per forming 10 hours of community service a semester and taking a one-credit international studies course that requires attendance at internationally themed campus programs plus a regular three-credit course a semester related to a global issue. There are just so many things I learned that I would not have otherwise because its an involving atmosphere for (everyone) to share their culture and traditions. Fred Vigeant, Hart alumnus Students are enthusiastic, Parsons said. Theyre a self-selecting group. We have a lot of students who come as freshmen and stay for four years. Many of the activities are IST approved, helping course. I have really fallen in love with the IST program, Burch said. I do 20 to 30 presentations a semester because I enjoy it so much. Students are motivated to learn about other coun tries both in class and in the extracurricular programs because of their close interaction with students from other countries. International students make up around a quarter of the residents. Most international students room with American students. Its amazing to watch. You put people from two different countries together in a room and they much from each other and they want to learn about each others cultures. Hart makes it easy, said Fred Vigeant, one of the renovation and reopening as the global living and learning center. There are just so many things I learned that I would not have otherwise because its an involving atmosphere for (everyone) to share their culture and traditions, he said. The Hart experience can be lifelong, as Vigeant attested. He stays in touch with friends made there 10 years ago, he said. Now program director at the Hart for the past two years as a faculty (staff) resident mentor. I just love being involved on campus, he said. Hart was another way to get involved and to mentor students. Six nominated for next ORI book Six books, ranging from investigative journalism to self-help to graphic novel, have been nominated for the Oswego Reading Initiative selection for 2009-10. The campus community is invited to provide input toward the book slated for campus-wide reading and related programs, similar to this years selection of Elizabeth Kolberts Field Notes from a Catastrophe. Nominees for 2009-10 are: What Should I Do with My Life? by Po Bronson, people looking for their true calling The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, a novel about a man who tries to escape real Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in Amer ica by Barbara Ehrenreich, an account of trying to survive in the United States while earning below the living wage Mending Skins by Eric Gansworth, a novel about the trials and tribulations, hope and wisdom of mod ern-day Native Americans In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, which looks at how food gets to American tables, as well people eat The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, a graphic novel about the authors coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and ensuing up heavals More information about the books with additional links will be found from The ORI committee hopes for feedback on the contenders by Oct. 17. Author and former Georgian independence activist Irakli Kakabadze will discuss Russia and Georgia at p.m. Oct. 14 in Room C114 of the Campus Center. Currently a visiting scholar in Cornell Universitys peace studies program, Kakabadze was a key leader of the student opposition to the Soviet government National Forum of Georgia, the prominent national liberation movement, at age 20. In the years since, he has worked for Voice of America, the Foreign Service Institute and the National Peace Foundation. In 2007, he received a Hell man/Hammett prize from Human Rights Watch for his work against authoritarianism. Allegro or the Chronicle of One Year, named Tsiskari magazines best literary de but by a young author (in 1990, when he was 21), and his most recent Inside the Revolution of the Roses. In 2005 and 2006, Kakabadze was arrested four times and beaten while working for private TV ChanThe free talk is sponsored by Hart Hall and the his tory department. For more information, call 312-3249 or e-mail


Vol. 20, No. 4 Oct. 1, 2008 CampusUpdate information you have and see where the weaknesses are, DeSantis said. that the most glaring weakness is in the area of energy expended for transportation of students, faculty and staff to and from campus. While transportation accounts for just under half of all the energy expended in connection with campus activity, it is responsible for 62 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions, according to Oswegos report. Oct. 2 Oct. 2 to 5 Oct. 4 Oct. 7 Oct. 7 Oct. 9 and 10 Oct. 15 Oct. 15 Oct. 15 For a more complete calendar, see SUNY Oswego Events online at Law-Folds enjoys, registers with students This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Gale Law-Folds, a keyboard specialist II in the January 2005. sponsibilities? A. Varying, depending on the time of year. A lot of phone work we help students navigate myOswego, phones and the walk-ins can be very busy, especially during registration and add/drop times. We always seem to be working on two semesters, the current one one for learning a lot about the college. wego? A. Working with the students. Listening to their for help. dents? A. They are very intelligent and have so much po tential. Ive had the opportunity to work with quite a few student workers and several grad assistants here. A. The things that mean the most to me are my family, being a good wife, mother and grandmother. A. Im married with two daughters and two beauti ful grandchildren. My husband Bill is a truck driver and works in Syracuse. My oldest daughter is a massage therapist who owns her own business in Florida. My youngest is Tammy Reitz, who works here at the college. Im very proud of them. Ive lived in Oswego all my life. A. I love golf. We like to travel and do some camp ing. In the winter we watch a lot of my grandsons skates, so I see a lot of her shows, too. And we have season tickets for Laker hockey. Police report Since Sept. 12, University Police have investigated several cases of theft, disorderly conduct and vandal Police charged a 19-year-old Fulton man with driv ing while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol In separate incidents, a St. James man and an Onondaga Hall resident were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana (a violation), and two Seneca Hall residents were charged with criminal possession of marijuana (a misdemeanor). DeSantis team of students used zip codes in student, faculty and staff home addresses, plotted them on a map, used emissions calculations available for number of trips to campus per week, he said. The precise study surveying campus community members by e-mail later this month, he added. greenhouse gas emissions, DeSantis said. Its high for everyone . and its the one we have the least control of. These are choices that people make individually, and theyre limited by the availability of public transportation, where they live, housing avail ability and a lot more factors.Planning emission reductions DeSantis met with the Campus Concept Committee and the Campus Environmental Advisory Committee last week to begin consideration of strategies the col lege community can take to tackle these issues. He is scheduled to meet with the Climate Academic Steer ing Committee on Thursday. in the plan, which is due in September 2009: Strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions A timeline for integrating less-polluting energy sources into the colleges energy stream, such as power Strategies to increase awareness and understand ing of the issues and develop a sustainability culture The last category goes beyond the Climate Commitment to wider sustainability goals. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. The Climate Commitment is a part of the sustain ability effort. Sustainability is the bigger issue here, DeSantis said. Im looking at the Climate Commit ment as a way to draw attention to the sustainability issue. The Climate Commitment is one AASHE project. Another is the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), which Oswegos Climate Academic Steering Committee will look at applying to assess and develop curricular and research programs, DeSantis said. Course bulletins to be online only appear in print on paper. Henceforth, the information will be available online, Registrar Andrew Westfall announced last week. All the information that previously appeared in the paper course bulletin will now be found on the Registrars Web site and myOswego. This includes course schedules as well as courses, registration eligibility table and more, he said. Westfall noted the advantages of the online format: Online information will always be accurate with up-to-date information. The paper version could the publication date. Online information supports the colleges sustainability initiatives by replacing the 22,000 paper copies of the 64-page course bulletin. The college will also save the substantial costs of printing the paper course bulletin. He added that people who need information on pa per will be able to print as much information as they need from the Registrars site and myOswego. Information about spring 2009 course offerings and registration will appear in mid-October. Astro-rama reaches out to aliens Visitors to Astro-rama, a free outdoor perfor mance this week on campus, may be watching the skies as well as the production. permitting) outside the Campus Center, the Squonk Opera production concerns a UFO crash and respons es to apparently alien intelligence. The performance and installation piece are sponsored by Artswego and the Student Association Programming Board. Music is the universal language, and this intergalactic call and response will show the indomitable hu man spirit, said Steve OHearn, co-artistic director of Squonk Opera with Jackie Dempsey. To help them send their message to the cosmos, the Squonkers will build a 40 radio telescope dish mounted to scaffold towers, tuned to the galactic Squonk Operas most recent collaboration with the college was the 2007 show Lost in a Viral Paradise, a satirical multimedia world-premiere production written by Oswego art, music and theatre students. Ben Brantley of the New York Times has called Squonk Opera ingenious, hypnotic, hallucinatory. For more information or to check how weather may visit Downtown opens new exhibition Equine Photography by Carien Schippers, an exhibition of images of horse drives in America and England, will open Thursday, Oct. 9, at Oswego State Downtown. An opening reception, featuring a talk by Schippers, will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9 at Oswego State Downtown, corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego. Admission is free, and Auxiliary Services will provide refreshments. ries organized by SUNY Oswegos Tyler Art Gallery in partnership with the Art Association of Oswego and the Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse. It will be on view through Nov. 30. Hours are noon 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. SatCarbon emissions plansContinued from page 1