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George Kilpatrick, a community advocate and WCNY-TV host/producer, will be the featured speak er during December Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 20. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Campus Center arena and convo cation hall. Those unable to make it to December Commence ment can view a live Webcast accessible from a link on the colleges home page,, the day of the event. Kilpatrick aims to uplift his audiences and inspire them to achieve their own measure of success. As director of community affairs at WCNY, he produces and co-hosts Hour CNY, one of the longest-running local talk shows in Upstate New York. His daily Food for Thought program mixes conversation and culinary arts. He created, hosts and produces Access with George Kilpatrick, which provides a forum for underrepre sented voices. He also produces WCNYs prime-time award-winning public affairs show Central Issues. His WCNY-produced documentary Facing AIDS and HIV in Central New York earned a national Silver Telly Award and the New York State Depart ment of Health Commissioners Distinguished Service Award. His seven-part series Facing Racism: A Spe cial Access with George Kilpatrick earned the 2005 Award for Outstanding Contribution from the Human Rights Commission. He also spreads his message of community via radio as producer and host of The George Kilpatrick Show and host of Dr. On-Call on WSYR AM 570, as well as New Inspiration for the Nation on WPHR-FM, where he talks to nationally recognized role models in the African-American community. Campus Update PUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITY Volume 20 Number 9 Dec. 10, 2008 1 Inside: Campus Update Initiative announced President Deborah F. Stanley announces the colleges new Course-to-Connect initiative at Thursdays grand opening of the Metro Center in downtown Syracuse. Under the initiative, any Central New York resident who earns a bachelors degree in 2009 will have an opportunity to take one three-credit course, tuition-free on a space-available basis, this summer at the Metro Center. The proposal offers an alternative approach to the sweeping, across-the-board spending cuts and corrosive divestment of state dollars in public higher education, Stanley said. The Course-to-Connect initiative boldly invests in Central New York by growing our knowledgebased, high-technology economy and helping to meet the regions need for affordable, reputable and conve niently delivered graduate and continuing education. A large turnout for the Metro Centers opening included Presenting research Senior biology major Zachary Zebrowski (right) explains his research to An drew Smiler of the psychology faculty during the third annual Sigma Xi student poster conference on Dec. 2. His poster was titled A Proteomic Comparison of Motile and Non-motile Flavobacterium johnso Advocate, producer Kilpatrick to speak TAP hike expected to help meet tuition increase While students face a tuition increase of $310 for the spring semester, many of them also will see a bump in Tuition Assistance Program funding to meet the rise. Roughly two-thirds of our TAP recipients will receive a TAP increase to cover the tuition increase in the spring, which amounts to about 40 percent of the full-time undergraduate population, said Mark Hum With the mid-year tuition hike, the states Higher Education Services Corporation is recalculating 2008-09 Tuition Assistance Program awards for Os wego students receiving this type of aid. funds. The 1,392 who receive the minimum award ($500) should not expect an increase in aid, but the 2,430 students who receive between $501 and the maximum award of full tuition should have the tuition rise covered by the TAP award increase, Humbert said. SUNY has already told colleges to bill at the higher tuition rate, Humbert said, and students should be certainly before their bills are due. Well send students an e-mail saying their awards have been increased, and HESC should notify them as well, Humbert said. Once HESC makes the awards available, which is expected by the end of this semes seen through myOswego, he added. The anticipated year-round full-time in-state under graduate tuition of $4,970 starting in fall 2009 would remain under the maximum TAP award of $5,000. nancial aid programs in the nation, with more than 123,000 SUNY students statewide receiving $260 TAP comprises only part of the more than $66 million in needand merit-based aid awarded to SUNY Oswego students every year. Other sources Presidential Scholarships and Oswego Foundation Scholarships and need-based federal Pell Grants and a variety of student-loan packages. SUNY has increased tuition only once in the past 13 years, when it rose $950 in 2003. Ultimately, whats important is that we help stu What: December Commencement When: 10 a.m. Dec. 20 Where: Campus Center arena and Webcast live Who: December candidates for graduation, faculty, family, friends See Tandem tuition, TAP hikes, page 3


Vol. 20, No. 9 Dec. 10, 2008 Campus Update Sending support Students Eric Roberson, Jessica Raghunanan and Tiffany Raghunanan write notes of support for junior Angel downtown Oswego and remains in the intensive care unit at Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse. A Fort Drum soldier faces an assault charge in connection with the incident. Bruce Meyer of the colleges Coun seling Services Center noted Friday that Morenos family welcomes visitors at the hospital. Anything we can response to the violent attack against SUNY Oswego student, Angel Moreno, and other similar events within the region, we, the SUNY Oswego Faculty Assembly condemn these acts of violence. It is our position that vio On Nov. 21, 14 senior technology majors hosted the third annual Youth Technology Day. They were Me shari Alnouri, Eric Baxter, Caitlin Bowen, Jeremy Croft, Ryan Herman, Joe Merrihew, Tom Morritt, Andrew Popeil, Kelsey Roman, Paul Rotstein, Matt Swanson, Peter Wanamaker, Derick Waters and Tim Zeman. Nineteen students from three area high schools (Mexico, Hannibal and Central Square) who are enrolled in the SUNY Oswego Liberty Partnership program attended. The Liberty Partnership Program, in operation for nearly two decades, is among a few rural programs of its kind in New York state. It links Oswego School of Education students to middle and high school students, helping them have a successful transition to postsecondary education and entry-level careers. Youth Technology Day is an opportunity for technology education majors to design, develop and deliver technological activities to a group of area adolescents. The technology majors taught the high school students 95-minute lessons on editing high dy namic range photos, producing a digital video public service announcement, packaging design, and cre ative problem solving. During lunch, the technology majors spoke on what it is like to major in technology education and their student organization, Oswego Technology Education Association. The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Pro gram at Oswego held its annual Day of Service event last month in Hewitt Union. CSTEP scholars partici pating included Sherrifa Bailey, Sylvia Chestnut, Alison Clarke, Briseida Cortez, Alicia Grant, Ojuo lape Mayungbo, Carol Pinela, Marc Riposo, Renee Sterling, Ruth Vasquez and Jalisa Ward. The event technology, engineering, mathematics and the licensed professions to secondary school students who are can didates to transition into college. The program partners college students with high school students to expose the high school students to college life. This year, the CSTEP team hosted the Oswego County Academic Youth League competition featuring all nine Oswego County high schools. Jim Petrella, a guidance coun selor from Central Square High School and a coach for the OCAY League, and CSTEP/McNair Program Specialist Magdalena Rivera coordinated the event. Tyler Art Gallery will feature original student work in the fall Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition, on view degree. Participating students include Ted Casper, Claire Ellsworth Sara Gotlib, Yaaki Koesterich, Sarah Saraceno, Lindsey Scott, Melissa Schumach er, Brooke Starusnak, Garrett Stetson and Megan Williams. The exhibition runs concurrently with Growing New Roots, featuring the masters thesis work of Edwin Acevedo and Matthew Rogers. John Lalande II, professor of German, was in volved in two presentations at the joint annual con ference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the American Association of Teachers of German, held last month in Orlando, Fla. Hands Across the Ocean Connects U.S.-German Schools, while the second was part of the session Directions and Examples for Culture Learning in the German Language Classroom. Thad Mantaro, coordinator of the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program, and Erica Vinson, graduate assistant at the Lifestyles Center, recently presented a poster at the U.S. Department of Educa tions national meeting in St. Paul, Minn. The poster presentation, BASICS Redux: Effective Strategies for Implementation of BASICS by an External Ser vice Provider included information on the colleges adjudicated student intervention program BASICS, or Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for Col lege Students. The poster demonstrated the effective ness of the colleges program, including reductions in levels of alcohol consumption and blood alcohol content-related indicators by students, before and af ter. It was accepted for presentation at the conference due to the programs success and the unusual use of an external service provider County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions personnel. Mantaro and Vinson were joined by several campus colleagues at the conference, whose distinct focus this year was widening the lens of prevention. Josh McKeown, director of international educa tion and programs, gave a presentation last month at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators regional conference in Brooklyn. His talk was titled Is There a First Time Effect? Assessing the Impact of Study Abroad on Your Students. The presentation was also in support of his forthcoming book on the topic. Chris Priedemann, a graduate student pursuing Contingents widespread A new report offers some hard data on how of ten undergraduates at the nations public colleges and universities take courses taught by contingent faculty members, those who are neither tenured nor on the tenure track. Such faculty members, most of whom work part time, teach nearly 49 percent of the more than 1.5 million undergradu ate courses offered at public community colleges and four-year comprehensive and research insti tutions each term, according to the report, . released . by the American Federation of Teachers. Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 3, 2008 Women lead in doctorates more doctorates than men in every racial and ethnic group, according to a new National Sci from the federal governments annual Survey of Earned Doctorates. . The selected results that the NSF has chosen to release show that the number of doctorates granted by American institutions rose by 5.4 percent to 48,079, the highest number ever reported from 2006 to psychology awarded record numbers of doctor ates in 2007. The number of doctorates conferred in the humanities dropped by 4.6 percent from 2006 to 2007, while the number of doctorates in education rose by 5 percent, reversing a recent decline. News Blog The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 24, 2008 Economy boosts graduate schools This years graduate school applications are anticipated to reach record levels as a result of the economic slowdown. In light of widespread layoffs and a tightened job market, profession als and undergraduate students alike are opting to enroll in graduate school instead of risk that classic resume blemisha period of unemploy ment or underemployment. Prospective graduate students are especially attracted to the idea of emerging from programs poised to enter stabiliz ing industries with bolstered credentials. Given the economic climate, graduate schools (both tra ditional and online) must recognize this new type of applicant and adjust student prospecting efforts accordingly to meet their unique needs. Pulse, Education Dynamics, Nov. 26, 2008 Economy boosts public colleges As a sagging economy has made students in creasingly cost-conscious, niche colleges may fall behind in the higher-education horse race, results of a survey on Tuesday. Carnegie Com munications conducted an online poll of 860 high-school students nationwide in August. It found that niche collegesnamely womens, historically black, and Catholic colleges and universitieswere much less popular choices than their public and private counterparts, a dif ference that could be exacerbated by a continued economic downturn, said Debbie Godfrey, a re searcher with the Massachusetts-based company. . With cost concerns driving more students to public institutions, Ms. Godfrey said, private in stitutions outside the niche categories and niche colleges will have to compete for students still willing to pay higher feesa battle that she said those private institutions are more likely to win because they are perceived to have stronger aca demic programs and a more diverse campus life. According to the survey, nearly 90 percent of all high-school students who plan to go to college said they would be very likely to apply to public four-year institutions. Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 26, 2008 See People in action, page 3


Vol. 20, No. 9 Dec. 10, 2008 Campus Update December graduates explored unlimited horizons at Oswego Among the around 600 students eligible to take part in Commencement on Dec. 20, many have tak en opportunities to pursue unlimited horizons while at Oswego. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. in the Campus Center arena and convocation hall and be Webcast live. Allegra Anka, earning a bachelors degree in lin guistics, found her world opened by travel, classes study-abroad class that went to the African nation of Benin, which she described as life-altering. Anka also worked with linguistics faculty mem bers Jean Ann and Bruce Long Peng researching the eastern Kenyan language of Luo. These experiences have undoubtedly changed the way that I see the world, and myself in it, Anka said. a second language abroad before starting graduate work. I want to experience more of the world in a direct way, Anka said. Kevin Morgan, an adolescence education major from Saratoga Springs, earned six All-American and two Academic All-American honors in diving, but said his biggest improvements may have taken place in the classroom. Morgan has been student teaching at Oswego Mid dle School and coached the high schools girls diving squad. He recently began coaching the boys divers as well. Knowing that youre helping kids improve in the sport, you dont really miss competing, he said of transitioning from diving to coaching. Its a lot of fun and its amazing to watch kids grow even in the span of 10 weeks. Morgan plans to pursue a masters in literacy edu cation at Oswego in the summer or fall, and said he would love to stay in the area to continue coaching. Finance major Ruby Sun came to Oswego from China and blended her interests in business and the arts through internships. She interned at Wufeng Art, accounting work, but also had an opportunity to work as a jazz/funk dance instructor. This semester, she is interning as an assistant to the president of Shenqi USA in New York City. Her tasks als, coordinating correspondence and collecting infor mation for reports. I plan to work for two years then get an MBA degree because I want to set up my own companies, Sun said. First I would like to have a fashion design company. Then I also want to have a profession al dance choreography studio because I love dance. It is an important part of my life. Wellness management major Christopher Church plans to keep learning on two fronts working to ward his masters in criminal justice administration and training to become a helicopter pilot. An EMT and active member of SAVAC, he said he one day hopes to join the aviation unit of the New York State Troopers. I learned a great deal academically, but more im portantly, I also learned about how to succeed in the real world, Church said. I was fortunate enough to enced me, too. That many students plan to pursue advanced degrees in a tight job market doesnt surprise Bob Casper, director of career services at Oswego. Some sectors are still hiring, most notably ac counting which maintains strong demand, Casper computer science and information science, and outof-state schools were recruiting Oswego graduates to teach, especially in math, science, languages and technology education. Tim Nekritz Campus Update readers offer suggestions, praise, criticism Novembers survey of Campus Update readers among faculty, staff and students revealed overall satisfaction with the contents and frequency of the publication and ambivalence about whether it should go online exclusively. About half of the 373 respondents were employees and half students. In all, 67.4 percent were either newsletter, with faculty the publications top target audience reporting the most satisfaction (84.1 per A plurality of 44.8 percent of all respondents, and a majority of faculty and staff respondents, prefer that Campus Update continue to be published every other week (26 percent of all respondents suggested weekly and 25 percent suggested monthly). Print or online? A smaller plurality of all respondents would like to see Campus Update move to an online only publica tion, 43.4 percent. Nearly half of faculty respondents, however, (49.2 percent) came out against such a move. I am overloaded with things that must be done online, wrote one faculty member. I prefer to have some snail mail to take with me to read when I have time but am not online. A professional staff member commented, I dont typically read online stuff I spend enough time reading my monitor. One student wrote, I know eliminating the paper version would save paper and be green but I do not have the time to sit at a computer to read the news, and I know that I would feel out of the loop if the physi cal versions of these news sources were eliminated. On the other side, a student commented, If this campus is actually going to go green it needs to put I dont think enough people read this publication send it electronically and maybe more people will read it. Several people had suggestions if the publication were to go online, including RSS feeds, a listserv and interactive features. One staff member noted that an online format would have to pull readers in: More sophisticated imple mentation will be necessary. . This means resources invested in staff and technology. Dont push online without understanding that this needs to precede. Favorite features All categories of respondents valued Campus Up dates front-page news stories the most, with staff also ranking Announcements especially high and faculty showing a similar regard for People in Ac tion. The Police Report and Spotlight also came in for special praise. Several commenters said they wanted more updates on construction and renovation work, more on events and more on campus safety, both health and crime related. Several students asked for more on sports and intramurals. A few asked for more subjective and engaging content along the lines of dialogue, op-ed analysis and debate on current issues. A few called Campus Update propaganda. The spin is too positive, commented a faculty member. A student wrote, Seriously, Campus Update is just pat ting SUNY Oswegos own shoulder. If it didnt have this we are the awesomest attitude it would be more fun to read. This way, it just turns me off. Asked about other sources of campus news, re spondents across all categories indicated they turned most often to the Oswegonian, followed closely by the homepage and News & Events page of the col leges Web site. A couple of respondents suggested that Campus Update be inserted into the Oswegonian. veys of Campus Update readers Novembers was the Institutional Research. Campus Update is published biweekly, on paydays, during the fall and spring semesters and monthly dur ing the winter and summer recesses. The staff of the tion with some administrative oversight. Ideas for stories come from members of the cam pus community. The People in Action feature is made up mostly of self-submissions and departmental of Public Affairs, in Room 210 of Culkin Hall, and by Julie Harrison Blissert Award deadlines right after break The deadline for nominations for the SUNY Os wego Presidents and Provosts Awards for Scholarly and Creativity and Research is Jan. 31. The deadline for Student/Faculty Collaborative Challenge Grants is the second Monday in February. More information on of Research and Sponsored Programs. New grant program encourages student success Provost Susan Coultrap-McQuin has awarded grants to three projects under a new program to sup port class-related initiatives that improve freshman retention and increase student success. Mary McCune of the history department received funding to increase the connections that students have with each other and the college. Her three-part project includes a College Bowl type of competi tion among students interested in history and history toric sites, and beginning a history department blog or Facebook page. Faculty from each of the departments in the School of Communication, Media and the Arts Cynthia Clabough, Christine Hirsch, Todd Graber and Mark Cole were awarded a grant to develop and support a one-credit course, CMA 101, that will be required of all students in the school. Students will attend course-approved events, such as concerts and lec tures, and follow-up discussions about them. Psychology faculty received funding to redesign Psychology 100, Principles of Human Behavior. About 850 students a year take the course, which is required of all psychology and education majors and requirement. Class sizes range from 19 to 175, and more than 20 percent of students in the course receive grades of D or E. Working on the project will be Da vid Sargent, Stephen Wurst, Gary Klatsky, Rhonda Mandel and Karen Wolford plus Greg Ketcham, as sistant director of extended learning. Grants ranged from $1,000 to $1,500. lowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Founda tion. The fellowship, designed to encourage students to become math and science teachers, provides tuition assistance, monthly stipends, support for school-site mentors, and instructional materials support as well as room, board and travel expenses for fellowship conferences, professional development and member ship in a professional organization. This year is my ing, Priedemann wrote. bert said. We also think that, even at the projected tuition amount, SUNY represents a real value for students and a worthy investment in their future. How much of the tuition increase will come back to the campuses to offset proposed cuts has yet to be determined by the state government. People in action Continued from page 2 In Memoriam J. Richard Pfund, 79, professor emeritus of tech nology, died Dec. 4. Tandem tuition, TAP hikes Continued from page 1


Vol. 20, No. 9 Dec. 10, 2008 Campus Update today today Dec. 14 Dec. 15 to 19 Dec. 20 Jan. 2 and 3 Jan. 5 ship, Jan. 16 Jan. 19 Jan. 22 For a more complete calendar, see SUNY Oswego Events online at Polak enjoys opportunities to guide future Oswego students This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Lauren Polak. The sophomore public relations major from Liverpool serves as a tour guide for the Admis Q. What made you want to come to Oswego? I looked at Syracuse Universitys Newhouse School too, but I liked the size of our school. I knew that Id get to do a lot, and that Id be a name, not a number. The strength of the program is phenomenal. It was also close to home and my father is an alum. Q. What is your favorite part of being at Os wego? A. The sense of community here. There are so many opportunities on campus students can take advantage of. I love my job as a tour guide. It never feels like work when I come in here. I just love the people I work with and the things I get to do. Q. What do you enjoy the most about being a tour guide? A. That I can share my experiences with the stu Q. What is your impression of other Oswego students? A. The thing I always is notice is that were all smart. Not a snobby smart, but everyone is real here, theyre interesting and theyre friendly. I dont think Q. What are your future plans? A. Ill probably get a job, hopefully in the Syracuse area, close to home. I may go to graduate school to work in higher ed. This job has opened my eyes to this Q. Do you have any hobbies? A. I was a runner in high school and Im still run ning. Im a huge girly-girl and I love shopping. I like to travel. I love beaches. I like to snowboard. Q. What achievement are you most proud of? A. Honestly, it would probably be going to college. Other than my dad and a couple of cousins, no one in my family went to college. And just everything Ive been able to do here in the past 18 months. Two years ago, I wouldnt have believed it. Police report Since Nov. 21, University Police have investigated several cases of vandalism and theft and made nine arrests. Seven arrests involved driving while intoxicated. Police charged a 30-year-old Oswego woman with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, improper turn and refusal to take a breath test. A 19-year-old Seneca Hall resi dent was charged with DWI, equipment violationobstructed vision, failure to keep right and refusal to take a breath test. Five people were charged with DWI and operation of a motor vehicle with a BAC above .08. One of them, an 18-year-old Oswego man, was also charged with driving without a license and speeding. Another, a 36-year-old Oswego man, was also charged with operation of a motor vehicle with no inspections and failure to stop at stop sign. Police charged two teenage residents of Oneida Hall in separate incidents, one with unlawful posses sion of marijuana and another with unlawful posses sion of alcohol. College community generosity fuels toy drive Members of the campus community are helping hundreds of local families in need this holiday season through the 21st annual SUNY Oswego Toy Drive. Trees and wreathes for the drive can be found in Culkin Hall, Hewitt Union, King Alumni Hall, Laker brary, Rich Hall and Sheldon Hall. Participants can select a paper ornament with a childs name, gender and age, and leave an unwrapped toy in an adjacent toy drive box. People can also make out checks to SUNY Oswego Toy Drive and deliver them to of Culkin Hall. A large number of faculty and staff members, coor head the effort. But Green is also impressed with the work students put into the toy drive. The students are very generous in their donations to the toy drive and we are very grateful for their sup port, she noted. Usually, the drive provides one and a half full truckloads delivered to the Oswego County children in need. Many campus efforts Students in the Oswego Technology Education As sociation are helping with the drive by making wood en tops for children. OTEA has helped with the drive since 2001. Adviser Tom Kubicki of the technology education faculty said the number of toys made has increased every year. In the last eight years we have increased our out make more than 100 again this year, Kubicki said. adviser for OTEA and was joined by co-adviser Dan Tryon three years ago. OTEA is a co-curricular or ganization that I feel has a strong obligation to reach out and connect with the community to serve as a model when they are in their professional lives, Ku bicki explained. Those attending Laker mens and womens basket ball games on Saturday could receive free admission if they brought a toy for the drive. In addition, the colleges Center for Service Learn ing and Community Service is working with Oswego BOCES Migrant Education Outreach Program and the Foster Adoptive Parent Association of Oswego County to provide toys for children. Gifts and cash donations for this effort can be de livered to the Center for Service Learning and Com munity Service by this week. For more information, 312-2505. Julie-Jo Stanton Campus grants fund 10 professors projects Ten faculty members have received $16,707 to fund eight scholarly and creative projects. The Scholarly and Creative Activities Com mittee reviewed and rated the fall round of grant proposals, and Provost Susan Coultrap-McQuin made the awards last week. Awards ranged be tween $1,000 and $3,000. Two music faculty members received grants, Robert Auler to produce a CD tentatively titled Cross Currents: Jazz and Vernacular in the Solo Classical Piano, and Eric Schmitz for a founda tional performance study of Afro-Caribbean music. Laura Hess-Brown of the psychology depart ment and Margaret Ryniker of the public justice department joined to propose a winning project on intergenerational attitudes toward adoption. Two physics faculty members received grants, Adrian Ieta for Opto-electric Characterization of Aqueous Electrosprays and Carolina Ilie for an investigation of water absorption on polymers. Gwen Kay of the history department received funding for Not Just Stichin and Cookin, a study of the transformation of home economics from the 1960s to the 1990s at two institutions University of Georgia at Athens and Fort Valley State University, a historically black university. With their grant, Cynthia Lawniczak and Jef frey Schneider of the chemistry department will conduct a study of lead arsenate, a chemical wide ly used as a pesticide before DDT, in the environ ment around Rice Creek Field Station, which used to be home to apple orchards. Mark Springston of the technology education department received a grant for his project titled Publishing Custom Electronic Portfolios to the Internet for Secondary Students. Spirits of Winter opens downtown The exhibition Spirits of Winter, featuring Os wego art students visually telling stories about the season, will open Thursday at Oswego State Downtown. A free public reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the store, corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego. Attendees can meet the artists, and there will be a storytelling hour from 7 to 8 p.m. Refresh ments will be served. Store hours are Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Laker women host Holiday Skate Members of the campus and community are invited to skate with the Laker womens hockey team, visit with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the Holiday Open Skate on Sunday, Dec. 14, in the Cam pus Center arena. The event will run from 2 to 4 p.m. The skate shop will open for rentals at 1:45 p.m. Its important to give back to the community that supports us all season long, and this holiday skate is a fun way to do just that, said Diane Dillon, the teams coach. The turnout last year was tremendous so were hoping we have a great event this year, too. The Lakers are asking for a $2 donation per partici pant. The donation covers the cost of skating as well as rentals for those who need skates. All proceeds support the United Way of Greater Oswego County, with which the Lakers have an ongoing partnership. or 312-2880.