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CampusUpdatePUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITYVolume 20 Number 8 Nov. 26, 2008 1Inside: Visiting scholar Fulbright Visiting Scholar Suryasikha Pathak from Assam University in India is spending an academic year based at SUNY Oswego to share and collect perspectives and research. Here she speaks with Ashley Witman, a junior human development major, about their shared interest in India.Fulbright program brings scholar from India to research, share culture Grant helps prepare teachers for urban schools R. Deborah Davis of the curriculum and instruction faculty has received a grant from the state Education Departments Teacher Opportunity Corps to help increase the number of teachers from urban backgrounds teaching in urban schools. The $10,784 grant funds the three-year startup of SUNY Oswegos Teacher Recruitment for Urban Schools Today (TRUST) Initiative. interns three seniors, two juniors and a sophomore all majoring in childhood or adolescence educa tion. In selecting interns, the program gives priority to students from urban areas who are African-American or Latino, Davis said. sional support through the initiative. The program runs on the cohort model, she said, so that students have the social support of one another as they prepare to be urban teachers and to recruit future urban teachers. We hope for them to become ambassadors for the School of Education, Davis said. They can speak urban areas. The interns will go into schools in urban areas both Syracuse and their hometowns to plant the idea of becoming teachers in the minds of todays school children. We recruit at middle schools and high schools so students will start thinking about teaching as a career and will prepare themselves to meet our criteria, Da vis said. They will talk to students about education as a career, student to student. Syracuse was on campus recently, the TRUST interns were their afternoon guides, she said, and on Dec. 19 they are scheduled to make a presentation at Fowler High School in Syracuse. Syracuse is our primary target, Davis said. Were not getting a lot of students from the Syracuse area in teacher education. Were trying to build relationships with Syracuse. not only the individual students chosen as TRUST interns and, in the big picture, the urban schools with access to more well-prepared teachers, but also Os ing that appreciates differences. Davis said she plans to seek more funding to con tinue the initiative on a larger scale at the end of this three-year project. Julie Harrison Blissert The SUNY Oswego Metro Center will hold a Grand Opening Celebration and Holiday Reception on Thursday, Dec. 4. The event launches a busy lineup of activities at the center, located in the Atrium in downtown Syracuses Clinton Square. will speak, and noted Oswego alumni who have built successful careers in the Syracuse area will be featured. slated to host three courses during Winter Session, Jan. 5 to 21, in communication studies, management and music. The number of courses offered in the spring semes ter has tripled from the fall semester, up to 15 classes. Most are graduate-level courses and cover programs including business, counseling and psychological services, curriculum and instruction, gerontology, lit eracy education, psychology and public justice. In addition, legal education and risk-management lecture series are on the horizon. ing, the SUNY Oswego Metro Center offers downtown Syracuse access to Oswegos MBA program, graduate courses in education and the liberal arts, customized and contract training, and small business consulting. Mapping Linguistics Revisited by Kelly Roe and the four-artist Visual Journals, both running through Jan. 16. For more information on the Metro Center, visit Metro Center to host grand opening, expand educational offerings As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Suryasikha Pathak brings a global perspective to SUNY Oswego while learning more about American womens history. Im quite passionate about the discipline of history, said Pathak, a lecturer in history at Assam University in India. I really think that to be a good citizen or a good human being, you need a strong sense of history. Its essential to understand how the past and future are interconnected. Pathak comes through a prestigious program that cultivates international connections and sharing knowledge between the United States and around 140 countries. Her connection with Oswego is Geraldine Forbes, the distinguished teaching professor of history whose Women in Modern India is a foundational work in Indias academic system. Pathak wrote Forbes last summer, which led to applying for the Fulbright. Its a great privilege, Pathak said. Based here through spring, Pathak has begun a major project, Gendered Encounters, on women enced her countrys northwest region since the 1840s. The missionaries had to learn many different languages and cultures and, upon realizing the many dif opted to try to save the headhunting natives, she said. They did make some converts and established some Christian villages. Tracing the evolution of Indian culture involves private practices, which the state does not regulate, she said. We have these notions of an ideal home, how children should be raised. A large number of these notions are reinforced by the church. Pathak herself studied in a convent as a child, learning what she termed moral science, a set of ethical rules. She is visiting archives rich in material on the little-studied angle of missionary women, such as letters that trace day-to-day life, the essence of the She has made a presentation at the South Asia conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, plored the Wisconsin Historical Society and Baptist records in St. Paul. Her future research itinerary in tation), New York City and Atlanta, and Harvard and Cornell universities. like Elizabeth Cady Stanton as well as lower-middleclass farm wives and working women. There was actually a lot happening, many differ ent parts to the womens movement that I am trying to understand, she said. Her university doesnt offer womens history courses, though she includes this material in classes on Indian and European history. It has become a part of all studies, Pathak said. If anyone is doing his tory, you have to look at gendered history as well. See Fulbright scholar, page 4


Vol. 20, No. 8 Nov. 26, 2008 CampusUpdateJob outlook soursEconomic news is dismal these days, and colaccording to a report . by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. Hiring for graduates at all degree levels will decrease by 8 percent over last year, says the annual report, which is based on employ ers projections. In two short years, the report and aggressive college hiring, through a period of cautious optimism, to a place of quiet despera tion. The report describes three types of employ ers it says are keeping the college labor market from collapsing entirely. Among them are global companies that compete internationally, which are still vying for the most-talented new hires. The others are large companies that anticipate the retirement of baby boomers and need to sustain their staffs, and some small companies that are poised for fast growth, if they can maintain acthe best hiring outlooks or the least grim were in science and technology. Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 20, 2008Economic pinchBoth wealthy and non-wealthy institutions of higher learning in all parts of the nation are feel ing the pinch of the economic downturn. Some others have announced hiring freezes. Students universities, but these institutions are receiving deep budget reductions from legislatures and have responded by increasing tuition. Edlines, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Nov. 14, 2008Important, but not that muchCalifornians believe affordability and a lack of government support are the top issues facing col leges and universities in the state, but a majority port higher education, according to a statewide survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California. . The survey, which polled 2,503 adult California residents about their attitudes on higher education, found that more than four in cit would bring cuts to the states colleges and universities. However, only 44 percent said they for colleges and universities at current levels, and only 32 percent said they would support an increase in student fees. When asked which areas should be protected from budget cuts, . 12 per cent named higher education. Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 13, 2008Study abroad popularThe number of Americans studying abroad con tinues steadily growing, according to the latest installment of Open Doors, an annual survey con ducted by the Institute of International Education (IIE). . 8.2 percent growth in 2006-7 followed an 8.5 percent increase the year before. The new total, 241,791, represents a 143 percent increase from just below 100,000 a decade earlier. . The United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France and China of students going on short-term programs (lasting between two and eight weeks) continues to rise, from 52.8 percent in 2005-6 to 55.4 percent in 2006-7, while the share on quarteror semesterlength programs declined slightly (from 41.7 percent to 40.2 percent), as did the proportion on academic or calendar year programs (from 5.5 to 4.4 percent). Many universities have been invest ing heavily in short-term, faculty-led programs of late. Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 17, 2008 Uplifting baskets From left, Shelly Sloan of the Lifestyles Center talks with seniors Madeline Phillips Laurene Buckley, director of Tyler Art Gallery, is a peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums. In November, she was asked to assess the public dimension/community outreach activities of Ball State Universitys Museum of Art as part of the Museum Assessment Program. Her report will be given to the director and staff of the museum, the self-assessment committee, the administration of the university and the AAM, as a step toward accredita tion of the museum by that organization. Students and faculty attended a performance in German of Gotthold Ephraim Lessings Emilia Galotti Nov. 9 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. The classic 18th century Ger man play, performed by a guest cast from Berlins Deutsches Theater, is a timeless story about the failure of communication and the sometimes dire consequences for personal and political relationships. Attending were students Michael Engler, Trevlond Myrie and Elena Schermerhorn and John Lalande II, professor of German. Neil J. Gostling of the biological sciences department is writing periodic pieces on evolution for the Evolution Is Not a Lie, appeared Nov. 14. Eleven members of the Oswego campus community have been named among Oswego Countys Forty Under 40 for 2008-09. They are Christopher Hockey of Transfer Services, Daniel Laird of Campus Technol ogy Services, Mark Lavonier and Fred Vigeant of WRVO, Grace Mukupa of Student Affairs, Tedra Lynne Pratt of Facilities Design and Construction, Stacie L. Rose of the McNair Program, Amy Shore of the cinema and screen studies faculty, Michelle Spinner of the Oswego Alumni Association, Scott M. Steiger of the meteorology faculty and student Terry Matthew Wilbur. A breakfast tribute to the 40 ers, will be held Dec. 11 in the ballroom of Sheldon Hall. Shashi Kanbur of the physics department and Ampalavanar Nanthakumar of the mathematics department and their colleagues co-authored a paper that has been accepted for publication in Astrophysical Journal. It is titled Period-Luminosity Relations Derived from the OGLE III Fundamental Mode Cepheids. The other coauthors are Chow-Choong Ngeow of the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, Hilding R. Neilson of the University of Toronto and John P. Buonaccorsi of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. K. Brad Wray, associate professor of philosophy, presented a paper at the biennial meeting of the Phi losophy of Science Association in Pittsburgh. His Knowledge, was part of a symposium on Collective Knowing and Science. The other presenters in the symposium were Kristina Rolin of the Helsinki School of Economics and Alban Bouvier of the cole Normale Suprieure.In Memoriam Emily Ceterski, 25, a junior psychology major, died Nov. 15 at SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse after an illness. Growing New Roots to feature masters work at Tyler Art Gallery Tyler Art Gallery will present a Master of Arts Theate candidates Edwin Acevedo and Matthew Rogers. open Friday, Dec. 5, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Neither set out to become a graphic designer, as the individual creative pursuits. Acevedo earned his bachelors degree in journal ism from San Jose State University in California. After many years as a journalist, including nearly 14 years as a writer, copy editor and page designer at the Post-Standard, he decided to retool his skills and en tered the masters degree program in art at Oswego, focusing on Web and multimedia design. He now is growing new roots at Emma (myemma. com), which he describes as the Webs most stylish e-mail and communications service. Rogers, a Rochester native, received his bachelors degree in studio art from SUNY Oswego and continued toward a masters degree. He specializes in digi tal illustration and sculpture. Rogers has produced art his whole life but started college as a zoology major. I never wanted to pursue a career in art because if I ever got a job as an artist and hated my job, I would hate what I was good at, Rogers said. But when zoology and I didnt work out, I decided I should just stay with art, so here I am. Growing New Roots will run concurrently with Dec. 20. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. For more information, contact the gallery at 3122113 or visit


Vol. 20, No. 8 Nov. 26, 2008 CampusUpdate Professors text interconnects Europes politics failing to show the big picture led Oswegos Walter Opello to co-write a new book for his coursework. Co-authored with his daughter, Katherine A.R. Opello of CUNY-Kingsborough Community Col leges political science department, European Poli tics: The Making of Democratic States offers more the United Kingdon, France, Germany and Russia in terms of politics, culture and governance that do including the actions of their neighbors, affecting these nations. The problem for me was that these chapters assumed the nation-states were independent creations with no history between themselves without under standing anything about the evolution of the nationstate in Europe, Opello said. This short-changes students by not showing them the broader perspective that lies behind the evolution and development of these states. war in the creation of the nation-state, he added. Opello said his view of European politics has evolved even since he and fellow Oswego political science professor Stephen Rosow co-authored The Nation-State and Global Order in 1999. European Politics starts with the dissolution of the Roman Empire, which provides, in essence, the structure of the mod ern nation-state, then looks at how the power void noted. The collapse of another empire, the Soviet Union, touched off another sea change in the development of nation-states. The Cold War was a short interregnum that covered only about 50 of 700 years of European political history, he said. Things that were held frozen on a temporary basis, underlying national dynamics hap pening in Europe since the time of Napoleon, started churning again.States proliferate The most obvious result is the dramatic increase in the number of nation-states, from 10 in 1500 to 23 in 1900 to 49 nations this year. The rise of ethnic nation alism, which broke up former Eastern bloc countries like Yugoslovia and Czechoslovakia, has driven much of the change. The book also looks at the impact of the European Union on emerging nation-states, which the authors see as positive. Our argument is that not only is the European Union not destroying the nation-state but it provides a foundation by which nation-states can succeed and proliferate, Opello said. He noted that Kosovo, if it gains independence, can earn open access to an eco nomic market of nearly 500 million people by joining the EU. While Europe may still see wars, they will less likely be interstate between nations than intrastate, or between ethnic or other factions within a country, Opello said. The continent also has the immigration of some 18 million Muslims into European Union states, bring ing a different institutional worldview and resulting movements, he said. As Europe breaks down more into different ethnocentric states, Opello points to the recent election of Barack Obama as U.S. president as a move in the opposite direction. In the civic nationalism of the United States, immigrants are more likely to become hyphenated Americans under a national melting pot, Opello said, a counterpoint to much of Europe where nationalism has taken on a more ethnically homogenous strain. Tim NekritzEuropean story Political science professor Walter Opello and his daughter Katherine A.R. Opello, of European Politics: The Making of Democratic States. The textbook attempts to better communicate how European countries interact with social, political, demographic and historical threads woven together.Campus community helping others feel thankful lege catalogs is now available on the colleges Web began registering for spring classes. The Web address is, and links places on the colleges Web site, including the Acastudent gateways (under Popular Links). In addition, many pages on the colleges Web site include links to pages within the undergraduate or tion about program requirements now online resides within the online catalog. with Digital Architecture, a company that developed Acalog, to create the new, interactive online catalogs, said Registrar Andrew Westfall. pus Technologies staff and Rameen Mohammadi in The online catalogs went live a month ago and, without any announcement of their presence, by Fri day morning the last day of advanced registration for spring had seen more than 15,000 visits and 62,000 page views, Buck said. A special feature of the Acalog product is My Portfolio which allows users to create their own account and save information they may refer to of ten so they dont need to search for it each time they visit, Westfall said. The Acalog group on campus is working on additional enhancements, he said, such as an updates page online that would note changes in academic informa tion that have occurred since the academic years In the future we will be archiving older catalog years online as new years are introduced, Westfall added. including SUNY Cortland, which no longer has a paper catalog, he said. Students using new online catalogs for spring registration Many members of the campus community have worked on ways for those with needs to feel a little more thankful this Thanksgiving. Members of the Newman Center are preparing 20 baskets including turkeys and other Thanksgiving dinner items to be given to the Scriba Food Pantry. Items are donated by the students and others in the Newman Center community of faculty, staff, students and local community members They made a delivery of food items to Oswegos Human Concerns Center food pantry on Nov. 17. The Newman Center has created the baskets for more than 15 years, and Mike Huynh, director of the campus ministry, said he feels student involvement at The importance of their involvement is to recog nize that in addition to being grateful at Thanksgiving, they can share their abundance with those less fortunate, Huynh said of the many students who supported the project. The Center for Service Learning and Community Service worked with the Salvation Army in the organizations search for bell ringers for its annual kettle drive to help those in need in the community. While students are living and studying in Oswego, that is 8,000-plus people who can provide muchneeded assistance in so many ways to the people of Oswego, said Alyssa Amyotte, coordinator of ser vice learning and community service. Students have so much to offer, so why not use that knowledge and skills in a productive manner by giving back and possibly learning something themselves at the same time? The Compass student navigators collected $130 in Army during a food drive on campus and in the com munity Nov. 14 and 15. items, had collected roughly 1,000 items as of last week. and produce before Thanksgiving break to the Salva tion Army, but makes a much larger food donation when dining halls close at the end of the semester, said Craig Traub, director of residential dining ser vices. based education at Oswego, students engaged in helping others learn the importance of giving back to the communities they call home, about making a dif ference that can be sustained over time and more about Helping to support communities should be a year-round commitment, Roodin said. Community agencies and those who need assistance cannot wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas. We need to turn our efforts on a regular basis to those whose voices are not often heard. Julie-Jo Stanton


Vol. 20, No. 8 Nov. 26, 2008 CampusUpdate This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Kelly Lewis, a cook based in the Campus Center for Auxiliary Services food services. She has worked on campus since 1987. Q. How would you describe your job and responsibilities? A. My job mainly is to create the food for Palates (in the Campus Center food court), and do the soup for the food court and other campus cash operations, like in Lanigan or Snygg. Usually, between the two types of soup, I do about 15 or 16 gallons a day. With Palates, I may make 60 to 70 servings of something thats really popular. Q. How did you end up cooking for so much of the campus community? A. Ive been working in kitchens since I was 16. I started here when I was 24 doing everything, chopping vegetables, making salads. A job came up, the hours were good, and I tried it and liked it. Q. What is your favorite part of working at Oswego? A. The people that I work with. The crew we have in here now, we work well together. We laugh a lot. dents? A. There are so many through the years that I have admired and become friends with. In the day-to-day hustle of the kitchen, you tend to forget how hard it is to be that age and juggle school and work and every day life. Q. What achievement are you most proud of? A. I just enjoy it when people say they like our food. Everybody likes to hear a little praise. Q. Do you have any hobbies? A. I read. I like taking pictures. Q. What can you tell us about your family? A. Im getting married in June. I have one very large cat named Cody. I grew up in and live in Oswego. Nov. 26 to 30 Dec. 1 to 3 Dec. 2 Dec. 5 Dec. 5 Dec. 6 Dec. 7 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 For a more complete calendar, see SUNY Oswego Events online at At Oswego, Pathak recently discussed Fighting Her Own War: Women and Peace-Making in North east India, a College Hour lecture on womens roles in protests and the political process in that region. Ive attended functions at Hart Hall, and gradually Im getting to know a lot of people, she said. I came to Oswego and the lake completely enthralled me. I spent a lot of time around the lake at more grounded because Im not having to go great distances to get anywhere. She notes a different attitude at Oswego, which she enjoys. The classroom is more friendly and more open, Pathak said. Everyone really works a lot. Theres a work ethic at this college that is very good, and you all get a lot done. It encourages me that I can do it. Tim NekritzFulbright scholarContinued from page 1 A visit from the AIDS Memorial Quilt and a talk by an ambassador from the Does AIDS Look Like Me? video campaign will be part of World AIDS Day activities on campus. The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on view from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 in the Campus Center concourse. Maintained by the Names Project Founda tion to build awareness and inspire action, different portions of the quilt tour the country, memorializing those lost to the disease. At 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, Lance from the Does HIV Look Like Me? campaign will give a free talk in the Campus Center auditorium. Produced by leading AIDS education organization Hopes Voice International, the popular campaign to Archives reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Lake Effect Caf. Over 70 faculty members have contributed their latest works to this endeavor, said Elizabeth Young, who coordinates the Display to Archives Program. Light refreshments and a wine cash bar will be available. Mask-ing contempt? Oswego faculty members Mark Cole (in mask) and Robert Auler star in the musical comedy features Cole who also wrote the play as the eccentric music historian Lawrence, and Auler as Alan, a piano virtuoso. As the action unfolds, the audience has to wonder whether the char acters are friends or rivals, Cole said. Proceeds of the performance will support theatre and music scholfeatures 15-to-29-year-old HIV-positive ambassadors who bring a face and a voice to cause. For information, visit or call 312-3746. Feast of Carols on musical menu SUNY Oswego students and faculty will deliver an early holiday present to the community, the annual Feast of Carols concert, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Waterman Theatre. The event will feature large and small ensembles, plus student and faculty soloists, performing a fastmoving program of sacred and secular works. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and SUNY Oswego students. Proceeds support the for scholarships and other initiatives. Police report Since Nov. 7, University Police have investigated several cases of theft, vandalism and harassment and made 13 arrests. Police charged a 20-year-old student with driving charged a 19-year-old Onondaga Hall resident with gravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Police charged an 18-year-old Funnelle Hall resident with unlawfully dealing with a child. An 18-year-old Oneida Hall resident was charged with trespassing. Eight arrests involved marijuana possession. A 19year-old Onondaga Hall resident was charged with demeanor. unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and driving the wrong way on a one-way road. Police charged a 17-year-old Seneca Hall resident with unlawful possession of marijuana, driving with no license and driving with no headlights. Police also charged three Cayuga Hall residents, an Onondaga Hall resident and one other student with unlawful possession of marijuana.