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CampusUpdatePUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITYVolume 20 Number 6 Oct. 29, 2008 1Inside: Summit scene Some of the top names in the industry came together at Oswego last week for the fourth annual Lewis B. ODonnell Media Summit. New features included having a student reactor, Candace J. Dunkley, participate in the panel discussion. Listening to her, from left, are panelists J. Scott Dinsdale of Sony Music Entertainment and 1981 Oswego graduate Steve Leblang of FX Networks. The discussion on the future of media and digital copyright will re-air at 4 p.m. Saturday on the WRVO stations.New weather equipment forecast to boost student use, research Students can learn to better understand and forecast extreme and everyday weather events, thanks to equipment coming through a National Science Foun dation grant. The $156,072 NSF major research instrumentation grant allows Oswegos meteorology program to pur chase three suites of instruments students will use in classes and research, project director Scott Steiger said. The most visible and permanent component will be a surface instrumentation suite on a 30-foot-tall tower going up on the campus lakeshore in the coming weeks. Equipment will measure temperature, relative humidity, wind direction and speed, barometric pres sure and precipitation. Its going to be equivalent to the surface stations the National Weather Service runs, Steiger said. Its very high quality. The college will also purchase a mobile upper-air radiosonde, which can gather readings on tempera ture, humidity and horizontal wind speed and direc tion at different atmospheric levels. We can launch instruments attached to helium bal loons in and around lake-effect snowbands or other weather, Steiger explained. This can go up to 10 miles above the ground to provide a snapshot of con ditions. is another mobile weather tool called a tethersonde. attached to this large balloon, essentially a blimp, Steiger said. It can take continuous measurements at Taken together, all three instrumentation suites provide many different ways and angles to gather data on lake-effect storms, lake breezes, land breezes and other weather conditions. As lake storms come ashore, researchers can even launch the instruments into the core of the system to gain otherwise hard-toobtain readings. Earth sciences faculty members including Steiger, Robert Ballentine, Steve Skubis and Al Stamm will use these tools to work with students on a wide vari ety of lessons and research. Since the outdoors is the best meteorology class room, Steiger said the grant allows opportunities to take students outside and use professional instruments to measure conditions. Theyll be able to launch the radiosonde and take measurements, Steiger noted. Its great for them to be able to learn and conduct research at the same time. The instruments also will support current research to better understand the structure, and thus predict the behavior, of lake-effect snowstorms.Ultimately having this equipment will help us get more grants to pay our students to do research. Scott Steiger One of the bigger goals is to compare the data from these systems with our computer numerical models to see if they agree with the model, Steiger said. We have a lot of hypotheses for how these storms form, move and intensify. Were going to use these measurements to test our hypotheses. The two mobile suites the radiosonde and tethersonde are expected to be part of Oswegos Storm Chasing course that will track extreme weather across the nations heartland this summer. Measuring conditions around tornados and heavy thunderstorms should help convey the science behind how these powerful storms form, Steiger added. Ultimately having this equipment will help us get more grants to pay our students to do research, Steiger said. Its a really exciting time to be here. The plan is to have all the equipment operational to incorporate into next semesters lessons. The bulk of the research will be started in the spring semester with the students, Steiger said. Tim NekritzOswego reels in states Summer School of Media Arts The college expects to draw up to 60 creative, highachieving high school students to campus each of the New York State Summer School of Media Arts. The four-week residential program coordinated by the New York State Education Department also will year for use of facilities and residence halls plus work for faculty, staff and students, said Fritz Messere, interim dean of the colleges School of Communica tion, Media and the Arts. The intensive summer school, which usually begins in late June, is highly competitive, as applicants from across the state submit portfolios for video, dents should bring intense focus, motivation and commitment to exciting and challenging classes, presentations by visiting artists, according to the programs Web site. These are talented, highly motivated students that will come to Oswego during the summer, and we hope they apply to our school later, Messere said. We hope that they tell their friends, too, and that this becomes an excellent way of recruiting student talent from across New York. Top-notch faculty and artists-in-residence from across the Northeast cultivate creativity in the partici pating students. Nationally known media artist Rob ert Harris serves as artistic director. The program, according to its Web site, is not exclusively goal-oriented but stresses exploration, screening culminates the program. While the State Education Department organizes the Summer School of Media Arts (and seven other arts-oriented summer schools), members of the Os wego campus community will play key roles in the event. Messere expects at least one full-time faculty member to work as a liaison and for others to poten tially teach. The summer school will provide jobs for Oswego students as teaching assistants or in facilities and residence halls. Ithaca College previously hosted the program. During the bidding and site-selection process for 2009-2013, coordinators reacted favorably to Os graphic design and photography, Messere noted. Tim NekritzElection night party slated Students can watch the outcome of the presidential election and talk with members of the political science faculty at an election night party starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Campus Center activity court. Multiple televisions will provide different networks coverage and free refreshments will be served. Roving reporters from campus radio sta tion WNYO will also be on hand. The Political Science Club sponsors the free event. The club would like to get the word out to as many students as possible given the importance of this election and the high level of interest that we expect that this event should attract, said Helen Knowles of the political science faculty.


Vol. 20, No. 6 Oct. 29, 2008 CampusUpdateGovernor names James McMahon as new chair of College Council Gov. David Paterson appointed James McMahon of Central Square to SUNY Oswegos College Council this summer and this month designated him the pan Friday. Department of Agriculture and Markets, McMahon owns and operates McMahon Farms. He is a member of the New York State Grange Agricultural Commit tee and former president of the Oswego County Farm Bureau. McMahon was elected to the Oswego County Leg islature in 1990, serving until 2003, and was minor ity leader of the Legislature for seven years. He also served the Town of Hastings as a councilman and as supervisor. He received the Civic Award from the Health Services Association of Central New York. He holds a bachelors degree in marketing and transportation logistics from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He is married and has two children. The College Council has 10 members, nine ap pointed by the governor plus the student-elected president of the Student Association. Tyler Art Gallery will host a Halloween opening reception for SUNY Oswego Art Faculty: Recent Work from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Participants in the exhibition will include Amy Bartell, Frederick Bar tolovic, Judith Ann Benedict, Cynthia Clabough, William DeMott, Benjamin Entner, Lindsay Guile, Kacie Haynes, Julieve Jubin, Devin Kerr, Christopher McEvoy, Richard Metzgar, Paloma Pacheco, Paul Pearce, Juan Perdiguero, Mary Pierce, Cole Ritter, Kelly Roe, Cara Brewer Thompson and Kate Timm. Music students will perform from 5 to 6 p.m., and Laurene Buckley, director of Tyler Art Gallery, will welcome the public (in costume or not) to enjoy the diversity of styles and talents among Os wego faculty. Short Fiction by Tom Bertonneau of the English department appears in the November issue of Science Fiction Studies. known for his 1962 novel A Canticle for Leibowitz. its authors immersion in the post-war philosophical movement known as Christian Existentialism. Millers debt to philosophers such as Jean Wahl and Gabriel Marcel and to mainstream novelists such as Mika Waltari and Pr Lagerkvist. Bertonneau Millers Dark Benediction and Gustave Flauberts novella Saint Julien the Hospitaler. Frank Byrne, associate professor of history, delivered a paper titled Establishing Order During a Social Revolution: Black Troops and a Low Frenchman in Union Occupied New Orleans, 1862-1863 at the 74th annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association held in New Orleans on Oct. 10. Shashi Kanbur of the physics department is the co-author of a paper, Testing Mass Loss in Large Magellanic Cloud Cepheids Using Infrared and Optical Observations, accepted for publication in Astrophysical Journal. The other authors are H. Niel son and J. Lester of the University of Toronto and Chow-Choong Ngeow of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Paul Roodin, director of experience-based educa tion, is the author with William Hoyer of Syracuse University of Adult Development and Aging, the sixth edition of which is newly published by McGrawHill. The book is one of the two leading texts in more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada and has been published in transla tion in Chinese, Korean and Spanish. Plagiarism studyA report on a study of undergraduate students at the Newark campus of Ohio State University . provides a fresh look at students who cheat and, more importantly . those who dont. Students who said they had not cheated in the past month or year and had no plans to cheat in the future also scored highest on tests measuring qualities like courage, empathy, and honesty and were less likely to believe that their peers had cheated. NEA Higher Education Advocate, National Education Association, October 2008Voting concernsAfter a year of heavy turnout by college students and other young voters in the presidential prima ries, the general election could be decided in part by whether these same young voters show up at the polls on November 4. Organizers at the non partisan activist group Rock the Vote say theyre taking steps now to ensure that when such young er voters do show up, their ballots are counted. Rock the Vote leaders said . they anticipate several types of problems that could face new and inexperienced voters on November 4, including confusion about the process and their rights, the and unusually high turnout causing long lines at polling stations. To help counter that, Rock the Vote is taking steps that include the creation of a toll-free number, 1-866-OUR-VOTE, where voters will be able to get help. Campaign U. blog, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 23, 2008Financial crisis fallout the beginning of July, but colleges and universi ties are already bracing for budget cuts as state revenue from sales, corporate, and income taxes continue to nosedive in the struggling economy. . The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a research organization in Washington, says that 21 states were expecting budget shortfalls total July 1an amount the center expects to grow as the nation deals with the continuing effects of the Wall Street meltdown, the housing slump, high Public colleges and universities are sharing acrossthe-board budget cuts with the multiple agencies that compete for state funds, like prisons, elemen tary and secondary schools, and health care. Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 14, 2008Student debt roseThe average student-loan debt facing graduating seniors in 2007 increased faster from the previous year than did the average starting salaries offered to recent college graduates, according to a report . by the Project on Student Debt. . The project found that seniors in the Class of 2007 who had loans carried 6 percent more debt than those in the Class of 2006, while average salaries rose 3 percent. The report found an average student-loan debt of $20,098 for 2007 graduates with loans. News Blog, The Chronicle of Higher Educa tion, Oct. 22, 2008Job outlook poorThe economic downturn has already taken a toll on the job prospects for the Class of 2009. Employers plan to increase the number of new graduates they hire by just 1.3 percent this coming year, according to the results of a survey . by the National Association of Colleges and Employ ers. Thats the lowest projected increase since 2002. Historically, anything 6 percent or below represents not a good year for college recruiting, said Edwin W. Koc, the associations director of strategic and foundation research. Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 23, 2008clement weather, members of the campus community have several options: sign up for NY-Alert (see, listen to television or radio, check with the front desk of the residence hall where they live, check, or call 3123333, the SUNY Oswego Information Line. Among the TV and radio stations making this colleges class cancellation announcements are TV Channels 3, 5, 9 and 10 in Syracuse; the WRVO Stations (FM 89.9 to 91.9 throughout Central and North ern New York); WSYR AM 570 and Y94 FM 94.5 in Syracuse; and WHAM 1180 in Rochester. The public announcement of class cancellations only occurs when the entire campus of thousands of students and faculty are affected. Faculty members wishing to cancel their own classes should follow the same procedure used when they are ill. Faculty teaching classes off campus should follow the weather closing policy governing the class site and inform students accordingly. Under the states regulations, only the governor has the authority to close a state agency such as SUNY Oswego. Unless the governor closes the college, em ployees who choose not to come to work or to leave work early are required to charge their time. The only exception is for instructional faculty when classes have been canceled. Campus police get grants to aid night vision, promote buckling up SUNY Oswegos University Police recently received two grants, one through the U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Manage ment Agency and the other from the state Department of Motor Vehicles The federal grant of $3,750 will allow the depart ment to purchase a night-vision kit, said John C. Rossi, assistant chief of University Police. The lightweight low-light amplifying kit will be used for search and rescue calls during nighttime hours and will aid ofThe grant came through FEMAs Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program, which enhances regional response capabilities by providing technology and equipment to smaller jurisdictions. The state grant of $2,000 is from DMVs Buckle Up New York campaign. It supports time for police child car-seat laws, said Lt. Kevin Velzy of Universi ty Police. The state campaign has advertising pushes particularly in November and May, he added. Statewide, the usage of seatbelts by front-seat pas sengers is around 83 percent. Our goal for this next year is to raise the percentage to at least 86 percent, Velzy explained. By doing this we also hope to re duce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured in car crashes. Hart holds global conference The Hart Global Living and Learning Center will hold its second Global Awareness Conference Friday evening and all day Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8. David Vampola of the computer science faculty will give the opening talk, Thinking Outside Our selves, at 7 p.m. Friday in Harts basement lounge. Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED, will be shown. Saturdays events, beginning at 10 a.m., will include talks by faculty members and stu dents, exhibits and demonstrations throughout the day and a guest speaker at 7 p.m.


Vol. 20, No. 6 Oct. 29, 2008 CampusUpdate Technically sound Daniel Tryon demonstrates a three-axis computer numeric control drilling machine to students in his Manufacturing Systems course. Oswegos technology education program recently earned accreditation from the Council on Technology Teacher Education.Technology education program produces additional accreditation Oswegos technology education program, long a school in the state to earn accreditation from the Council on Technology Teacher Education. We were one of only three schools in the past year to receive the accreditation, along with the College of New Jersey and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, said the proposals coordinator, Judith Belt of Oswegos technology education faculty. The CTTE accreditation is in accordance with the standards of the International Technology Education Association and the National Council for Accredita tion of Teacher Education, which already accredits Oswegos School of Education. We had to show how the program meets the stan dard for technological literacy and prepares teachers gogy, Belt explained. We had to show evidence from every course on how we meet the standards, and they found we met them all, without exception. The CTTE thought so highly of Oswegos program report that the organization posted it on its Web site as a model for other institutions to use.Because we have a national reputation, other states come to us. Judith Belt Belt said the only other SUNY school that offers technology education training is Buffalo State, and the only other institutions in New York state that do so are the College of St. Rose and the New York Institute of Technology. Oswegos is now one of 39 technology education programs in the country that are both NCATE accredited and ITEA/CTTE approved, said Linda Rae Markert, dean of the School of Education. The accreditation bolsters Oswegos already strong name in technology education. Many states across the country have no college that offers this program, and because we have a national reputation, other states come to us, Belt said. We lose a lot of our graduates to other states. Of the technology education programs 71 graduhad multiple job offers, Belt noted. Oswego was among the institutions that helped creAmerica during the 19th century, in its related forerunner forms such as manual training and industrial arts. In his autobiography, college founder Edward Austin Sheldon speaks of a popular manual training course Oswego developed to train teachers to use tools readily in the construction of such simple apparatus as may be required in science work for the lower grades and supervised by the remarkably competent and invaluable Richard Keller Piez. Tim NekritzKurst-Swangers new book explores religion-related crime ago, Karel Kurst-Swanger of Oswegos public justice faculty thought of developing a course. Looking for a textbook on the issue religion and crime she found none existed. So she wrote it. Worship and Sin was published earlier this year by Peter Lang Publishers and is the text for the course PBJ 454: Religion, Crime, and Justice. book on the topic, wrote the late Albert R. Roberts, an authority on criminology and a former professor of criminal justice and social work at Rutgers University. The author of an earlier book published by Oxford University Press, Kurst-Swanger found herself searching for a publisher for this book, she said, be cause of its potential for controversy.Whether we are ready to hear it or not, the reality is that religion is cen tral to some crime and violence problems in the United States. Karel Kurst-Swanger Its a book about crime rather than a book about religion, she said, but it is groundbreaking in that it looks at religions role in perpetrating or at least opening a door to criminal conduct rather than deterring it. Whether we are ready to hear it or not, she writes in the introduction, the reality is that religion is central to some crime and violence problems in the United States. Crime in her book is violation of American law, and religion encompasses the diversity of faith tradi tions in this country, both mainstream and fringe. Kurst-Swanger said she began mulling the idea for the book after working with colleague Margaret Ryniker on a chapter on religion-related crime for a 2003 book edited by Roberts, Critical Issues in Crime and Justice. The two came up with a descriptive framework to explore the issue in a comprehensive way. Worship and Sin organizes religion-related crime in three categories: crimes that result from a particular religious custom, practice or belief; crimes that stem from tensions between a religious person or group and the broader secular community; and abuse of reli gious authority. This framework encompasses crimes ranging from violent attacks to tax fraud, including, for example, polygamy, arson at a church or mosque, use of illegal drugs in ceremonies, sexual abuse by clergy, harassment and murder of abortion providers or other demonized individuals, visa fraud by religious workers and misappropriation of church funds. My goal was to have this be comprehensive and to look at it from a number of different perspectives, the author said. Because crime records and statistics rarely take religion into account, she added, I had to Worship and Sin sells for $34.95 in paperback. Li braries at colleges and universities across the country have purchased the book, Kurst-Swanger said, noting schools and law schools are among institutions that Library owns a copy. Julie Harrison Blissert Karel Kurst-Swanger of Oswegos public justice faculty is the author of the new book Worship and Sin: An Exploration of Religion-Related Crime in the United States, which students in her new class on religion and crime are reading. 2008 Technology Conference goes Green, Sustainable, Authentic This weeks Technology Conference will dovetail with the colleges sustainability initiative with a theme of Green. Sustainable. Authentic. Hundreds of technology teachers and students from across the state and beyond are expected to attend sessions Thursday and Friday throughout Park and Wilber halls. The 69th annual event, coordinated by Oswegos technology education program, has the biggest lineup of presenters and has seen the most online pre-registrations ever, said event chair Judith Belt. Its a good sign that school districts are supporting having people come, even in such a tight budget year, she said. Presenters will include educator and sustainableliving expert Jim Juczak giving advice on going green and an explanation of Buckminster Fullers designs that support ecologically friendly living by Joe Clinton, as well as discussions and demonstrations on the newest technology, trends and techniques in this For more information, a full program or to register, visit


Vol. 20, No. 6 Oct. 29, 2008 CampusUpdate today and Nov. 4 Oct. 30 Oct. 30 and Nov. 2 Oct. 30 and 31 Oct. 31 Nov. 1 Nov. 4 Nov. 7 Nov. 7 and 8 Nov. 8 and 9 Nov. 11 Nov. 12 For a more complete calendar, see SUNY Oswego Events online at Presidential expert Altschuler endorses Oswegos students This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Bruce Altschuler, professor of political science. He has taught at Oswego since 1976. Q. What classes do you teach? A. I teach mainly American government courses, such as the large introductory class. I also teach courses on the American presidency, political parties and mass media. Q. What is your educational background? A. I have a Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York. My masters is from there as well. My bachelors degree, also in political science, is from City College. Q. What is your favorite part of working at Oswego? A. I really like when alumni get in touch with me and I get to hear what theyve done since graduation. Its very exciting, because some of them are doing really great things. So Im looking forward to the up coming alumni event in Washington, D.C. Q. What is your impression of Oswegos students? A. I think we have a lot of really excellent students. students doing honors theses. I had a student last year who did some excellent work on how the Internet good an education here as they want to, and I think a lot of them want to get a very good education. Q. What are your research interests? A. The main area is the presidency, but Ive also developed an interest in polling and elections. Lately Ive done work on President Trumans seizure of the steel mills during World War II. Ill be on sabbatical in the spring working on a project on plays about the presidency. Im looking at about 50 plays and how their portrayal of the president has changed over time. Q. Youve been quoted in media all around North America, as well as Europe, Asia and South America. We presume you never expected that when you started this line of work? A. It just sort of happened. Now I get calls from started doing radio work, they gave me a tape and it was just terrible. So I really had to work on it to sound more polished. Q. And this has been an interesting election so far? A. Especially in terms of student activity. This year there are a lot of people who werent this active in the past. I noticed it in class when I brought up voter registration, there were a lot more questions and interest than normal. Q. What would you say is your greatest accomplishment? complete because it relied on interviews with people in New York City and D.C. Because it was very dif published in book form as Keeping A Finger on the Public Pulse Q. What can you tell us about your family? A. Not a lot to say. Im from a small family. My mother lived into her 80s and passed away last year. My brother is a dean at Cornell. Q. Do you have any hobbies? A. Im a tournament chess player. I compete in a few tournaments per year. I advise the Chess Club on campus. Im a little short of being a life master in bridge; I just need to play more tournaments, but I dont play much any more. Police report Since Oct. 10, University Police have investigated several cases of harassment, theft and disorderly con duct and made 11 arrests. Police charged a 20-year-old Oneida Hall resident with driving while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content above .08, possession of marijuana and failure to keep right. dent with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehi cle and speeding. A 22-year-old South Carolina man was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, failure to keep right and speeding. Police charged seven teenagers with unlawful pos Hall, one a Waterbury Hall resident and one a visitor from Horseheads. Police charged a 17-year-old Oswego girl with unlawful possession of alcohol. Guitar heroes The Brasil Guitar Duo will be among several performers offering concerts and leading workshops and master classes during SUNY Oswegos Guitar Symposium, Nov. 8 and 9. For more information on the symposium or individual concerts, call 312-2141, e-mail tickets@ or visit schedule meeting The SUNY board of trustees will hold a public hearing Nov. 18 in conjunction with its meeting in Albany. It will be held at 3 p.m. in the Federal Court The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony and statements from concerned individuals about university-wide issues. People wishing to present prepared testimony are asked to get a letter to John J. OConnor, vice chan cellor and secretary of the university, State University Plaza, Albany, New York 12246 no later than noon Friday, Nov. 14. Letters should identify the subject of testimony and provide a telephone number and an ad and the speakers are asked to provide six copies of their written testimony on the day of the hearing. People who wish to make extemporaneous comthe day of the hearing. Artists sought for solo exhibitions Tyler Art Gallery is looking for regional artists to take part in a series of Art on the Wall solo exhibi tions at Oswego State Downtown, corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego. Application materials must be provided by Friday. For more information, contact Laurene Buckley at Laker student-athletes to rake leaves for senior citizens Nov. 9 Members of Oswegos Student-Athlete Advisory Council are ready to rake leaves Sunday, Nov. 9. Senior citizens can register to have their yards raked by contacting SAAC adviser Diane Dillon at 312-2880 or Deadline to register is Thursday, or until the count has reached 50 yards. The service is limited to those living in the city of Oswego, and homeowners are asked to provide their own leaf or garbage bags. SAAC welcomes donations of rakes, tarps, leaf bags, gloves or refreshments. The project, in its fourth year at Oswego, is part of an annual statewide community-service project by SAAC chapters at 11 SUNY campuses. Madeline to headline indie series Folk singer/songwriter Madeline together with Andy Cook and the Wander Loons will launch the new Indie Series on Nov. 7. Sponsored by Artswego and student radio station WNYO 88.9 FM, the show will start at 7 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom. Tickets are $3. Madeline, in her early 20s, has two full-length solo albums on independent labels. For samples of her music, visit The Wander Loons ensemble features banjo, acoustic guitar, an offbeat drum kit, kazoo and other random instruments. Jasmyn Belcher, artistic director of the Indie Series, said the idea is to bring an alternative type of performer that appeals to campus and community members. She and Kelly Olsen, 2006 Oswego graduates who worked together at WNYO and now at the collegeArtswego and started planning the new series.