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CampusUpdatePUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITYVolume 20 Number 7 Nov. 12, 2008 1Inside: Engineering advances Rachid Manseur is developing a new program in electrical and computer engineering at Oswego. A grant from the Engineering Information Foundation funds a multidisciplinary team that will help incorporate training in communications into the curriculum. Oswego students learn lessons from involvement in electionsGrant to help Oswegos engineering program teach communication skillsRocking the vote Junior theatre major Melisa Erwin receives voting instructions from election in spector Dan VanBuren in the Hewitt Union ballroom. From campaigning for candidates to raising awareFor freshman Christopher Cook, that moment at the University of Pittsburgh campus last Tuesday made it all worth it. About 2,000 people crowded into a Democratic celebration, including around two dozen members of SUNY Oswego Students for Barack Obama who went to Pennsylvania to turn out the vote. As the second hand moved toward 11, and polls closed in Western states, everyone started chanting . 2 . 1, and then it popped on the screen that Obama won, Cook recalled. The place just exploded. People were cheering, screaming, jumping up and down. Students across the political spectrum were involved in this years election process. Some advocated for candidates and causes, others registered new voters and many students went to the polls for the Members of Oswegos College Republicans focused on voter registration, raising awareness and helping local candidates. They canvassed Volney for State Senate challenger David Renzi and went doorto-door in DeWitt for Congressional candidate Dale Sweetland. The weekend before the election, they went around Oswego County campaigning for Renzi, meeting the candidate himself and state Supreme Count candidate Tom Cerio. Even with many Democratic wins, Becky Urtz, chair of the College Republicans, thought students with a lot of different people you normally would not get to meet, Urtz said. Plus, theyre a lot of fun! Every time we went out, everyone had a great time. Senior Abby Jenkins worked the polls for the Madison County Board of Elections from 5 a.m. until past 9 p.m. She had a summer internship there that involved making a manual to train workers to use the new Sequoia ImageCast voting machines and, when told her hometown of Lincoln needed another poll worker, made the trip. She learned many people were under the impression, created by media reports, that it would take a long time to vote and the machines may be confusing. Those that I talked to felt a little more comfortable after, so it was a little less scary for them, Jenkins said. signing up through various on-campus registration drives. Not only is it a right that we all have but it is one of the biggest ways that we can exercise our political power, said senior Rocco Fragomeni, who leave it up to someone else to decide our future. The Political Science Club hosted an election night party with about 150 people gathering in the Campus Center activity court, adviser Helen Knowles said. I actually think most people realized the enormity of the occasion, regardless of the candidate they were rooting for, said Knowles. Those of us who stayed to the end for Obamas acceptance speech all did the same thing when he gave his speech sat there in awed silence. Many of us were in tears. A special edition of Project Nation ran from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on WNYO, and later on WTOP, with faculty guests, live streams of the concession and Rachid Manseur of the computer science depart ment has received a grant from the Engineering In formation Foundation to ensure that Oswegos new program in electrical and computer engineering pre pares graduates with the communication skills they will need to be successful. Manseur joined Oswegos faculty last year to begin developing the new program, which is scheduled to become Oswegos second engineering program when it is approved in the next couple of years. Software engineering was approved this fall. Engineers have to present their work to a variety of people and defend it, Manseur explained. Engineers design products. They need to defend their products, their design choices, and explain why they decided to do things the way they did. They really need good communication skills. Oswegos engineering curriculum will also need to encompass communications to meet standards of the national accreditation body ABET, Manseur added. The EiF grant of $25,000 will fund a multidisciplinary team of Oswego faculty members to work on the best way to infuse modern communication educa tion and training into the engineering program plan, whether in courses dedicated to communications for engineers or as units in traditional engineering courses. The team includes participants in Oswegos Center for Communication and Information Technology: Cara Brewer Thompson of the graphic design program, Kristen Eichhorn of the communication studies faculty and David Vampola, director of the informa tion science program. Fritz Messere, interim dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, was the driving force behind this grant, Manseur noted. The team will do much of the work in next summer. Manseur said he hopes to begin offering courses in electrical and computer engineering by next fall and for the new degree program to receive all approvals by fall 2010. As the program devel department on its own, he said. The new program, projected to enroll about 120 students, will help meet a clear need, Manseur said. There is a high demand for elec trical and computer engineers, he said, including in Central New York with such companies as Novelis, Welch Allyn and Lockheed Martin. Engineering is everywhere ag riculture, medicine . You cant computer engineering does not have And engineering is important to the economy, he added. Engineering is now the subject of a lot of discussion and investment, he said. The reason engineers are so important to the economy is that they are the creators of wealth. They create new products. They stimulate the economy. Many of them end up creating new companies in the high technology area. Noting that China graduates about 10 times as many engineers as the United States does, he said, It becomes almost a matter of national security. We Julie Harrison Blissert See Political lessons, page 4


Vol. 20, No. 7 Nov. 12, 2008 CampusUpdate Families snapshot (Ryan Santiago) and Honor (Keegan Bushey) and son and mother Eliot (Knate Roy) and Wawa (Ariel Higher ed pollingWith the economy in a downward spiral, voters in states across the country still showed some tolerance Tuesday for funding higher education chusetts breathed a collective sigh of relief . tax. . While several ballot measures supported ers approved bond referendums, state lottery and gambling measures that promise to fund capital projects, scholarships and other programs. Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 5, 2008Part-timer effect nancial pressure to rely more on part-time faculty, three new studies suggest that doing so erodes the quality of education many students receive. Parttimers inability or unwillingness to devote more time to students outside the classroom, the research suggests, results in the denial of important support services to many studentsincluding, often, those who need the most help. And in a concludes that heavy reliance on part-timers can actually hurt the performance of full-time, tenuretrack faculty members. . About 46 percent of the nations college faculty members are part time, up from 22 percent back in 1970, according to the most recent Education Department data on them, from 2003. Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 6, 2008Upheaval in admissionsA storm is brewing in college admissions: A lags, and the expectations for higher education continue to soar. This poses a major challenge for admissions professionals, who face new realities in helping American high-school students reach college, according to a report released . by the College Boards Task Force on Admissions in the 21st Century. The report describes admissions as an increasingly complex (and confusing) process, warped by public misperceptions, a dearth of pro fessional development, and unequal access to higher education. . The report warns of a possible new Gilded Age, in which Americans are either Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 6, 2008Price and aidThe College Board announced . that college prices in 2008-09 rose just slightly faster than aid is available for students than ever before, the number of private loans for higher education began to shrink even before the current credit crisis. Two new College Board reports . document a wide variation in prices in a diverse higher education system. Trends in College Pric ing 2008 found that after adjusting for the 5.6 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index, average published tuition and fees . increased by just 0.7 percent for in-state students at public four-year institutions and by 0.3 percent at private four-year colleges and universities. Financial aid, including both grants and federal loans, increased in 2007-08 by a per-student average of 5.5 per the most recent aid data available. This aid can pay for college. The estimated 2008-09 net price paid by full-time in-state students at four-year public colleges and universities is about $2,900, a reduction from a published price of $6,600. For . full-time students at private four-year not-foror $10,200 less than the published $25,100 sticker price. Press release, College Board, Oct. 29, 2008 professor of political science, is the author of A Look Back at the Steel Seizure Case in the current issue of the Journal of Supreme Court History. In the journals introduction, Melvin Urofsky of Virginia Commonwealth University describes the article as follows: Bruce Altschuler takes a new look at a classic case, the famous Steel Seizure Case. This decision is often cited as evidence that the judiciary the least dangerous branch can, when neces sary, rein in the efforts of a President to overreach his constitutional authority. In his article, Altschuler asks whether, after more than a half-century, the case still retains the vitality attributed to it. of Tyler Art Gallery chaired a panel on Oct. 27 at the New Museum of Contempo rary Art in Manhattan. The session was part of the Directors Forum Conference and the topic was Mu seum Publishing: Opportunities and Pitfalls, Print and Electronic Media. Attendees were directors of small and medium-sized museums around the country. Other participants included the co-directors of Humanities E-Book, the director of collection development for ARTstor, the president of the Kress Foundation and the director of publications for the College Art Association. assistant professor of Ger performance (German and English) sponsored by Syracuse University and the Point of Contact Gallery. The evening featured the poetry and performances of Laura Winter and Ute Kaiser. Students who participated in the trip included and Meredith Willse. On an outing organized by professor of German, German students and faculty attended the Syracuse Operas performance of Mozarts Magic Flute last month. The group ate at Danzers German restaurant in Syracuse. Participating were faculty member Johanna Henry and students Kevin Engler, Myrie and Schermerhorn. Lalande participated in a videoconference last month between Cicero-North Syracuse High Schools advanced-level German program and students of Germany. The two-hour videoconference involved a number of students enrolled in SUNY Oswegos college credit-bearing program for advanced students of German. Chris Solan, teacher of German and an Oswego alumnus, joined with Mary Ann Niemczura, Lalande and 40 Cicero-North Syracuse students on the U.S. side of the conference. an assistant professor of physics, is the co-author of a review paper just published in Zeitschrift fur Physikalische Chemie (International Journal of Research in Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics) with Peter A. Dowben and Luis G. Rosa. The paper is Water Interactions with Crystal line Polymers with Large Dipoles. Also, she was a guest speaker last month in the Condensed Matter and Biological Physics Seminar at Syracuse Universitys physics department. She spoke on Water Interactions with Crystalline Polymers with Large Dipoles. She will give a presentation at the Materi als Research Conference fall meeting in Boston, ac companied with a paper, Haloform Adsorption on Crystalline Copolymers of Vinylidene Fluoride with and Dowben. Four students and from Shashi Kanburs Astronomical Methods class ac companied him to a conference last week at Harvard University, a centennial celebration of the Cepheid period-luminosity relation discovery by Henrietta Leavitt. At the conference they met a number of very well known astronomers, Kanbur said, including John Huchra, president of the American Astronomical So ciety, and Wendy Freedman, director of the Carnegie Observatories. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the womens studies program helped support their travel. Before the conference, they worked on a small project, a test for equality of the Large Magellanic Cloud/Small Magellanic Cloud period-luminosity relation slopes indicating whether the Cepheid periodluminosity relation is universal or not. Leavitt was a minimum wage computer at Harvard in the early years of the 20th century, and she also analyzed pho tographic plates for astronomers there. In the course of her work, she discovered the period-luminosity relation. This is what modern cosmology is based on, Kanbur said. She has never really been given her due, and actually people at the conference suggested a movement to change the name from the PeriodLuminosity Law to the Leavitt Law. assistant professor of counseling and psychological services, received the Play Therapy Professional Education and Training Award during the Association for Play Therapy conference last month in Texas. Mullen is a licensed mental health counselor and a registered play therapist-supervisor. The award acknowledges outstanding professional promotes or advances the value of play, play therapy and credentialed play therapists. Mullen earned the See People in action, page 3


Vol. 20, No. 7 Nov. 12, 2008 CampusUpdateaward by teaching two play therapy graduate courses, introducing students to play therapy as a guest speaker in two other classes, designing a continuing education test by which play therapists can earn non-contact credit, providing substantial individual and group supervision, and supervising a student play therapy practicum. She also authored a monthly Min ing Reports for play therapists and co-authored both a peer-reviewed International Journal of Play Therapy article and an ACA Journal of Counseling and Human Development article. director of experience-based education and professor of psychology, was part of a panel presentation at the recent State Society on Aging of New York in Saratoga Springs. The presentation was Proven Models and New Ideas for Intergenerational Service-Learning Projects. Other presenters on the panel were from Cornell University, Ithaca College, Molloy College, SUNY Brockport and SUNY Stony Brook. Lawrence Spizman of the economics department co-authored A Note on Utilizing the Geometric Mean: When, Why and How the Forensic Economist Should Employ the Geometric Mean that was recently published in the Journal of Legal Economics. Economists are often asked to estimate growth rates for different elements of damages in courts of law including, for example, wage growth rates, elements of medical care costs, interest rates and future house hold services. General statistical averages from the Consumer Price Index or the Employment Cost Index are often used to determine historical averages. Spiz mans research, which is an extension of a previous article he published, explains the difference between the arithmetic and geometric mean and which should be used depending on the type of damages being esti mated. He said plaintiffs and defendants involved in litigation need to understand the pitfalls of using the wrong average in order to prevent an error that may disallow the entire economic testimony. associate professor of philosophy, has published a paper titled The Argument from Underconsideration as Grounds for Anti-Realism: A Defence. It was published in International Studies in the Philosophy of Science This semester Wray is a visiting scholar at Cornell University in the depart ment of science and technology studies. People in actionContinued from page 2Professor pens how-to for women seeking educational leadership Success stories cational administration department co-authored Succeeding as a Female Superintendent: How to Get There and Stay There. Suzanne Gilmour of Oswegos educational admin istration department hopes a new book she coauthored, Succeeding as a Female Superintendent: How to Get There and Stay There, helps shatter a glass ceiling at the top of the educational hierarchy. While much of the training of administrators focuses on what not to do, Gilmour and co-author Mary Kin sella, chair of SUNY Cortlands educational leadership department, saw a need to show women and minorities aspiring to top levels of administration in education and elsewhere how to reach their goals. Statistics show room for improvement. In New York state, were still around the high 20s (percent) for women and unfortunately only around 3 percent for all persons of color, said Gilmour, professor and chair of educational administration at Oswego. Thats out of more than 760 school districts. We have a way to go, but its getting better. The initial seeds were planted several years ago when Gilmour and Kinsella worked on a project on mentoring future administrators. We saw there was still a need for support for women and people of color to attain superintendent positions, and to retain them, said Gilmour, who is also the executive direc tor of the New York State Association for Women in Administration. The book culls success stories from around 50 female administrators around the state plus the insights of the authors years of experience teaching, mentoring and running superintendent searches. One thing that surprised the authors was how many different routes women took to the administrators principal to principal to superintendent still happens, but they also found people who came from different teaching or counseling backgrounds or outside of education. One woman had been a secretary to a superinten dent and realized I can do this, and went back and followed all the steps to becoming a superintendent, Gilmour noted. Succeeding as a Female Superintendent also covers networking, how to build and use contacts to learn about openings and gain support for winning the job. Gilmours writing tapped the considerable exper tise built in Oswegos educational administration program, which offers a widely recognized superin tacts and whatever folks need to become a superintendent and succeed in the role, Gilmour said. For the past several years, weve seen more women in the program. Despite the low percentages, Gilmour sees a lot of support for increasing diversity in leadership posi tions through bodies like the New York State Association for Superintendents and New York School Boards Association. She said the authors recently gave a well-received book presentation at the American Association of School Administrators womens leadership forum in Savannah, Ga. Preparing more good candidates helps the whole education system because the superintendent job is a tough one, Gilmour acknowledged. Sometimes its minorities to pursue this path makes the candidate pool that much more robust, she said. Campus announces bandwidth expansion Picture the difference between a one-lane road and a pair of two-lane superhighways. That approximates the expansion of Web bandwidth and backup SUNY Oswego developed this year. The campus started the year in January with 150 megabits per second of bandwidth the maximum Technology Services added 150 Mb/s from a second provider, TimeWarner Cable, both to provide for providers service went down, said Mike Pisa, direc tor of administrative technology. Services renegotiated with Time Warner to provide 300 Mb/s at a lower cost than the previous contract at half the bandwidth, and similarly obtained a deal for Verizon to provide 200 Mb/s for less than the college paid for 150. With 4,100 students on campus, more than 1,000 computers in labs around campus and another 1,100 employees, coupled with the increased demand for multimedia Web functions, the added bandwidth keeps Web servers from getting overloaded and crashing. With a total of 500 Mb/s instead of 150, college the long peak hours of 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Pisa said. That gives us the increased bandwidth for the increased campus use of audio and video, he added. It also better supports research requiring large amounts of data transfer. Having two different routes Verizon is under ground, Time Warner via cable on telephone poles also means the college can stay online if one method is disrupted. cell-based technology), and we are moving that Verizon circuit to Ethernet (packet-based technology), Pisa explained. The change from asynchronous transfer mode to Ethernet technology will provide for easier future ex pansion of Internet services. Students cell phone numbers in new campus directory, sometimes Reaching students by telephone has been challenging since the drift to cell phones in recent years. Life and Housing asked students to provide their cell phone numbers for the campus directory. More than 2,500 of them did. Students have the choice of providing the informa tion to the college and asking that it not be listed in the directory, said Chuck Weeks, director of residence life and housing. About 500 students chose that option, he noted. hindered by the switch to cell phones and the absence of accurate complete directory information, he said. We added a screen to myOswego that requested contact information including emergency contact, permanent home address, local address and telephone including cell. Students are also told what information will appear in the directory and how to restrict that information if they desire. Since the release of the campus directory last week, Weeks said, a few students have complained that they did not know that their cell phone numbers would ap pear there. will try to make it clearer in the future that students can choose to have an unlisted cell phone number. This information can be communicated both on the myOswego screen and through other means around the time the information is pulled for the directory. In decades past, students local landline phone numbers appeared in the directory unless they asked to be excluded from the directory entirely. In recent years, as a continuation of this practice, the phone number in the directory for residential students has been the landline number assigned to their room but most students do not activate that phone and use their cell instead. As a result, the published phone number for most students residing on campus has been a number that would never be answered. Recorder Consort to perform Bella Italia is the theme of the fall concert by the SUNY Oswego Recorder Consort at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Resurrection, corner of West Fifth and Cayuga streets in Oswego. Admission will be free. Pieces by such masters as Antonio Vivaldi, Ar cangelo Corelli, G.B. Sammartini and Domenico Scarlatti will be presented, as well as such old familiar favorites as Santa Lucia, Finiculi Finicula, Ciribiribin and others to portray Bella Italia, said the consorts director, Marilynn Smiley of the music department. For more information, call the music department at 312-2130.


Vol. 20, No. 7 Nov. 12, 2008 CampusUpdate Nov. 13 Nov. 14 Nov. 15 Nov. 16 Nov. 19 Nov. 19 Nov. 19 Nov. 22 Nov. 23 Nov. 24 and 25 Nov. 26 to 30 For a more complete calendar, see SUNY Oswego Events online at acceptance speeches and many more callers than the weekly show has ever had, said co-host Tim Farnsworth. The goal is to create a dialogue on politics on several levels, from the campus level up through in ternational, Farnsworth said. This semester, Project Nation hosted both local State Senate candidates and sought to increase student knowledge and participation. Just the fact that so many students responded, were passionate about the election and following it way into the night was encouraging, he added. Cook who shares experiences through his blog at said he ing and, when sent out alone in big Pennsylvania cities, about self-reliance. It was a bit of a culture shock to be in a big city alone, Cook said. I hoped I didnt get lost. Instead, Cook and other students involved in this election found out about themselves. Ive never been so passionate about something outside of myself, he said. It was great not only to see something happen Id been hoping for, but also to know that I made a difference. Orchestra, chorus to join forces SUNY Oswegos College-Community Orchestra and Festival Chorus will present a joint concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at St. Pauls Church, 50 E. Mohawk St. in Oswego. Pieces performed will include Mike McFerrons On the Edge, a suite from Leonard Bernsteins Symphony and Mass in G, and Gabriel Faures Cantique. Admission is a $5 suggested donation to support the Music Department Excellence Fund. SUNY Oswego students are admitted free. For more information, call 312-2130. Compass students organizing food drive for Salvation Army Student navigators from the Compass in the Cam pus Center will work with the campus and commu Salvation Army. Students will collect non-perishable food items in the Campus Center Friday evening before the 7 p.m. mens ice hockey game against Morrisville. The drive will continue in two Oswego locations Pauls Big M and P&C Foods from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Navigators work in the Compass offering a vari-Food for Fines supports pantry Giving non-perishable food items to support a local The Food for Fines program began 11 years ago as an idea from one of the librarys staff members who wanted to contribute something to the Oswego community, said Shannon Pritting of Penfield Library. They wanted to create a program in which perience. Donations for the annual Food for Fines activity ception is for ramen-type noodles, where four pack Only unopened, pre-packaged food will be accepted. No glass or food in damaged packaging will be accepted. The actual cost of food will not be con book charges. Additional donations of non-perishable welcome as well. For more information, e-mail circdesk@oswego. call 312-2560. Julie-Jo StantonPolice report Since Oct. 24, University Police have investigated several cases of theft, vandalism and harassment and Police charged a 20-year-old Ontario, N.Y., man with driving while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content above .08, unsafe lane change, failure to stop at stop sign and speeding. gravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, possession of marijuana and speeding. A Oswego woman was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and failure to stop at stop sign. Also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle was a Moreland Hall resident. And another student was charged with facilitated ag gravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Concert of Greatest Hits Nov. 19 SUNY Oswego will present Chamber Music Greatest Hits, for lovers of the genre or those new to it, on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, is the next show in the colleges KeNekt Chamber Music Series. A pre-concert talk with the musicians will begin at 7 p.m. Pianist Robert Auler of Oswegos music faculty will host the concert and perform with violinist Tigran Vardanyan and horn player Stephanie Blaha of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, SUNY Oswego oboist Aaron Reece, Syracuse University clari netist Jill Coggiola and bassoonist John Hunt of the University of Rochesters Eastman School of Music. The greatest hits will include Faures Violin and Piano Sonata, Opus 13; Mozarts Quintet for Piano and Winds; and Brahms Horn Trio. Our audience is usually very patient with us as we explore new, different, and sometimes strange pieces, Auler said. So this is a chance to give the audience a concert of beloved, time-tested works that I think they will really love. Auler also will perform and discuss great moments in chamber music, including the works of Brahms, Faure and Mozart, at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Room 41 of Tyler Hall. That College Hour infor mance will be free. Tickets to the full-length Nov. 19 concert cost $15 ($10 for senior citizens and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students). For information or reservations, call 312-2141, email or visit ke-nekt. Perkins promotes opportunities for student involvement This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Kelly Perkins, marketing and communications coor dinator for Campus Life. She has worked on campus since spring 2005. Q. How would you describe your job and responsibilities? A. I am responsible for the marketing and commu nication efforts for the department of Campus Life. I coordinate Family and Friends Weekend. I am the department representative for promoting the clubs and organizations during Admissions Open Houses and Summer Orientation. I oversee the digital signage in the Campus Center, Poucher and Culkin halls. My other responsibility is to maintain the departments Web site and in general promote the wonderful opportunities students have to get involved on this cam pus. Many people do not realize there are over 140 active clubs and organizations on campus. wego? A. I enjoy working with the various people on campus, especially the individuals in my department, and interacting with the student employees. Q. What is your impression of Oswegos students? A. They are friendly and outgoing and they seem to enjoy their time at the college whether it is in the classroom, working on campus or at an event. Q. What achievement are you most proud of? A. As of recent, it is being able to balance my job schedule in my daily life in order for everything to remain intact. A. I received a bachelor of arts degree in commu nication/journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Q. Do you have any hobbies? A. I like to spend my time with family and friends. I enjoy traveling, going to the movies and dining out. I also like going to kickboxing when I get the chance. Q. What can you tell us about your family? A. I live in Granby with my husband Frank, who has ters, Elissa, 2-1/2, and Megan, 11 months old. Political lessonsContinued from page 2 ety of student and career services, including helping other students look for internships, offering critiques on resumes, providing tips for writing cover letters and other tasks. For more information, call 312-3142 or e-mail