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Campus Update PUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITY Volume 20 Number 11 Feb. 4, 2009 1 Inside: Students help others, learn lessons from service in Jamaica Teaching moment Dan Lupa, a masters in education coun seling student, reads with Noah, a young student in the Salvation Army basic school in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, during Alterna tive Winter Break. Ten SUNY Oswego community members taught children, built infrastructure and learned ternative Winter Break service project in Jamaica. Oswegos Center for Community Service and Service Learning and the international Volunteer in Jamaica Opportunity Network coordinated the program, Jan. 6 to 20 in Treasure Beach. Oswego representatives taught basic subjects and gave computer lessons to students in grades 1 to 6 in a local primary school. The teacher essentially handed us the chalk and said, Go ahead and teach and left, said Shaun Del Ro sario, a senior marketing and psychology major. Oswego representatives also painted the school, thatched a hut for a computer learning area, cleared brush and other debris to create a play area and erected a jungle gym for a basic school of 3to 5-year olds. One key piece of hands-on work involved setting up a campground including showers and bathrooms that other volunteers coming to aid the project would use. We were the guinea pig group, not staying in inns like other groups, Del Rosario said. We gained so much more camping out in a familys backyard. We were really immersed in the culture . the rela tionships that we were building were very strong. Scott Ball, a senior English and history major, en joyed creating two-way cultural connections. When you think about other countries, certain stereotypes come to mind, and they have certain stereotypes about us, Ball said. You want to change the percep tions people have of you, and you want to dispel ste reotypes about them as well. The students said they realized, given The thing that really struck me was how the media, fashion and trade, said Michael LaMastra, a graduate business and marketing education major. Where we were was consid people there have family in the United States or was interested in working with students, espe cially ones from a different culture than ours. was also an opportunity to make a difference. Even as they aimed to educate youth and help an economically challenged country, par ticipants found the project educational and en riching in many ways. OK not to always be going. They are very calm, laid back and say no worries a lot, Del Rosario said. We had the opportunity to fall into that groove, to let go of all our worries and just enjoy life as they seem to do. Ball found that the old adage money cant buy happiness rang true, as the real treasure in Treasure Beach was the creativity, community and camara derie of the residents. They used everything around them to the fullest and didnt complain about what they didnt have. Everyone was well off because they had each other, he added. We saw a community in the utmost sense. They all cared for and supported each other. They may have been what we would consider impov erished but they were happy because they had each other. Tim Nekritz Harem viewpoint While visiting the 19th century Dolmabahe Palace in Istanbul, the last palace used by a Turkish sultan, Deanna Downes (left) and Jessica Hester of the theatre department look out semicircular stained glass windows in the harem wing toward the entrance to the palace from the Bosphorus. Through these windows the ha rem women could see who might be arriving or leaving the palace by waterway. New advocacy site rallies support for SUNY funding, aims to empower for the college and SUNY in less than a minute. The sites goal is to inform and educate the Os wego college community, the public and elected on academic activities, student support and other campus operations and to ask readers help to restore and prevent further cuts to SUNY. Continuing budget updates will encourage sup porters to return to the site frequently and stay involved in the budget process. Through videos, a blog and other information, President Deborah F. Stanley will provide updates as budget negotia tions unfold. from students about how they value public higher made possible for them. in address information, to quickly send messages of support for SUNY funding to their own state The site, in concert with a similar SUNY-wide site, is hosted off campus because of restrictions on using state resources to lobby state govern Turkey excursion informs Waterman production The Turkish Cultural Center of Syracuse and its president, Fehmi Damkaci of Oswegos chemistry faculty, have had a helping hand in the theatre depart writer Sinan Unel, will open in three weeks in Tyler Halls Waterman Theatre. Over winter break, a team of faculty and staff behind the play spent eight days touring Turkey, a trip made possible by an $18,000 TCC grant. We couldnt imagine doing this play properly without going to Turkey, said Jessica Hester, dra maturge for the production. There are a lot of things about the culture that you just cant understand with out going there. classes began, Hester and director Deanna Downes described a number of aha moments as they visited historic sites and host families. toric and opulent hotel Pera Palas, or Palace, at three points in the 20th century post the end of the Ot toman Empire, the 1950s when Tur and the 1990s. The dramatic rela tionships in each tensions and mis understandings be tween Western and Middle Eastern cultures. openers for Hester and Downes, they said, was a bet ter understanding of what a harem would have been in cosmopolitan See Pera Palas, page 3


Vol. 20, No. 11 Feb. 4, 2009 Campus Update Showing grace Oswego dance faculty member Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell guides Tasia Sawyer, a mas ters literacy student, through some movements that are followed by Amanda Brown (left), a Spanish and English major, during an America the Beautiful dance workshop that was part of a weeklong celebra tion of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The expanded lineup honored the 20th anniversary of cel ebrations at SUNY Oswego. Carolina C. Ilie, assistant professor of physics, has Societys Professional Skills Development Workshop to be held March 15 in Pittsburgh. The workshop will offer a chance to improve skills in communication and negotiating as well an opportunity to network ence of the Materials Research Society with the title was peer reviewed and accepted for publication. John F. Lalande II, professor of German, recently sociation of Teachers of German pedagogical series Successful Classroom Strategies. Both contributions the second, Speaking on Par with the Natives: Ger man Vocabulary for the Student of Golf. pus concluded in January with $32,421.40, a record amount that broke the goal of $30,000. The campaign initiated two new recognitions: Nancy Lalik of the as building representative of the year, and Lanigan Hall was recognized for the most productive effort in the Baskets of Caring portion of the campaign. Casey C. Raymond, associate professor of chem istry, is scheduled to present a seminar, The Science public seminars in the colleges chemistry department that will culminate with a presentation of student honors theses. Other presenters come from Tufts University, the University of New Hampshire, Mount Holyoke College and Boston College. Lewis Turco, emeritus professor of creative writ ing, will read from his The Gathering of the Elders and Other Poems during the winter meeting of the Maine Poets Society on Feb. 21 in Portland. K. Brad Wray, associate professor in philosophy, is the author of a letter in the Jan. 2 issue of Science, the letter, he discusses the implications of the chang ing citation patterns in science journals as they move toward electronic publication. CLAS dean search progresses The search for a dean for the College of Liberal Coultrap McQuin said last week, and the search We had a very strong pool of applicants and are very pleased with those that will be meeting with us in airport interviews, she said. Finalists will visit campus after spring break to meet with faculty, staff, students and administrators. Quest submission deadline Feb. 20 Those wishing to present at this years Quest must submit proposals by Friday, Feb. 20. Oswegos annual daylong event dedicated to re search and creative activities, Quest will take place 195 sessions by 267 student and 83 faculty members ranging from lectures to interactive events. Submissions are accepted for talks, poster presenta tions, panel discussions, performances, contests or others sessions demonstrating recent scholarship or creative works from members of the campus commu nity. Student participation is most welcome, and stu dents may present on their own, with other students or alongside a professor. For more information or to download a submission Streaming of Laker games tested eo streaming of four Laker games, including the most popular home contest of the year. basketball games vs. Cortland, at 6 and 8 p.m. respec tively, on Friday, Feb. 6. Day contest, hosting powerhouse Elmira, will simul cast at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. The annual White Out game, with the Oswego mens hockey team hosting archrival Plattsburgh, will stream live at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20. The game usu ally sells out well in advance, and all the live streams allow faraway families of players and alumni to view these selected Laker contests. other data gathered to determine the feasibility of making more games and other campus events avail able using this method in the future. Going all the way More U.S. students are pursuing their undergrad uate degrees abroad with particular interest in east ern Canada and the United Kingdom. The number of U.S. students studying abroad has more than doubled in the past decade, and accompanying this trend has been a growing number of students pursuing an entire degree abroad. Since 2001, the number of U.S. students attending college in Can ada has increased by 50 percent to about 9,000, ac cording to the Canadian Embassy in Washington. European universities and colleges are also seeing a greater increase in U.S. students. Factors fueling politan cities, . and cost. BriefCASE, Support of Education, Jan. 16, 2008 Data security The number of data-security incidents across the country rose 47 percent between 2007 and 2008, and more educational institutions reported incidents last year than ever before, according 2007 there were 446 breaches reported, with 111 of them at schools or colleges. . Still, colleges are not suffering any greater increase in breaches than other sectors, according to the report. The Wired Campus, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 7, 2009 Freshman discontent of 2,000 freshmen on 50 US college campuses found 56 percent unhappy about some aspect of their college decision. The company says its tak ing on this challenge using the Web. Can Web 2.0 and social software help applicants get a more accurate picture of colleges and universities be fore they choose? The companys Web site offers streamed interviews with students, college working features aimed at providing information that can help college applicants weigh their up coming college choices. Campus Technology, Jan. 21, 2009 Students bear more costs countability . revealed that students at public colleges and universities paid roughly half their education cost in 2006, an increase of 10 percent from 2002. . The report also found that tuition has increased at a higher rate than education spending, with public institutions accepting the cial support. Edlines, Colleges and Universities, Jan. 16, 2009 Stimulus The House of Representatives version of the economic stimulus legislationunder consider ation in Congresswould deliver over $150 bil lion in education funding, more than doubling the annual budget for the U.S. Department of Educa tion. The legislation, if enacted, would deliver funding to education at all levels, from pre-K to for building construction and renovation efforts, addition, Pell Grant funding would be raised from $19 billion to $27 billion. One controversial provision in the bill would temporarily increase subsidies to private banks in the Stafford Loan Edlines, Colleges and Universities, Jan. 30, 2009


Vol. 20, No. 11 Feb. 4, 2009 Campus Update conjured up by Westerners. That realization helped sophistication in a key character, she said. family and how important family is, Hester said. She added that she did not realize until well in to the valuable a part of the groups research as their visits to cultural and historic sites. They helped inform scenes in the play, she said. overlap between the Muslim belief system and the Christian and Jewish belief systems and the degree to which the three traditions are integrated in Turkey, Downes said. Getting there Once the theatre department decided to produce Pera Palas, Downes began looking for a way to visit Turkey. Jack Gelfand, director of research de velopment, put her in touch with Damkaci, who told her and Hester of a Turkish Cultural Center grant pro Turkish culture and build understanding. in professional positions writers, faculty, artists, community and government leaders, Damkaci said. The Oswego group was a good match for the pro in part to the hundreds of people who see Pera Palas during its run from Feb. 24 to March 1. (For ticket Palas.) they included the plays costumiers, Kitty Macey and Judy McCabe, who purchased items for the play in Global Living and Learning Center and a member of nication studies department, who documented the trip versity graduate student from Turkey, because Dam kaci was occupied with research on campus. accommodations, transportation within Turkey and their airfare to Turkey. Damkaci said he encourages more faculty and staff from Oswego to seek out the opportunity to travel to Turkey. Turkish Cultural Centers in New York and the Northeast hope to bring hundreds of people there in 2009, he said, and he would like to see many of them come from Oswego. Julie Harrison Blisssert Production earns Honor of presenting at Kennedy Center Oswegos student-run production Honor and the River was one of just a handful of plays in the The festival, located in Philadelphia, aims to rec produced in university and college theater programs, according to its Web site. Kevin Hollenbeck, who directed the shows cam hearing of the selection as disbelief. being accepted into the festival and at the chance to perform the show once again for another audience. the festival, the running time had to be cut from more than 2.5 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes. Hollen beck said to meet the required time, they cut as many scenes as possible without jeopardizing the storyline. shape than the Tyler Hall lab theatre. The cast and crew used measurements to recreate the Kennedy fes Theatre, Hollenbeck said. spot in the prestigious showcase. The previous years ria, presented at the 2008 festival. Senior graphic design major Elias Joey Gutierrez consisting of 64 costume pieces for the shows four cast members. Gutierrez began working on the costumes for the show in May by reading the script and writing notes on possible designs. He began purchasing and build ing the costume pieces in September with work-study stitching and sewing. was very pleased placing second, he said. But Gutierrez also took pride in the greater col involved in Honor and the River, Gutierrez said. honor for us. Julie-Jo Stanton Skating lessons Senior Mike Novak (right) instructs underclassman Kevin Johnson on skating tech niques as part of the basic lessons in ice skating now being offered for Oswego students, faculty and staff at 12:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays as part of Open Skate at the Campus Center arena. The lessons are being conducted on an informal come-when-you-can basis, said Tim Graber, manager of the arenas skate shop. Students, faculty and staff can join daytime Open Skate sessions for free, and evening sessions for $1. Rental skates are available for $2. For more information, e-mail Graber at Pera Palas Continued from page 1 19 student projects receive campus grants Nineteen student scholarly and creative projects have received campus grants, ranging from $100 to $1,000. student grant subcommittee reviewed proposals and made recommendations to Provost Susan CoultrapMcQuin, who approved projects for funding. The 13 undergraduate projects included: Formalin-Preserved Minnow Samples by senior Lipids and Cardiovascular Disease by senior Park by senior Kimberly Wahl, with sponsor Eric Hellquist. ral Product Pterocellins by junior Greg Blette with Response to Low Levels of Lead in Children by se Laboratory Purposes by senior Megan Wagner, with sponsor Damkaci. struction, English, physics, psychology and technol Rural Educational Opportunities in a Developing NGO by senior Jason Demauro with sponsor Bar Bitter Fruit by senior M33 by sophomore Lillie Ghobrial, with sponsor ing by senior Kelsey Norberg with sponsors Richard Bush and Daniel Tryon. Effectiveness of Curriculum Based Measurements on Predicting Math Test Scores by Richard Gallivan Measurement Data to Create Local Norms and Pre dict Cut-Off Scores for High-Stakes Tests by Katie Nicholas with Kerry McGurgan, Karen Hochreiter sures by Tara Spicer with Jennifer Koskowski, Kara McCarten, Leah Daniels and Kara Wallace, all with sponsor James McDougal. struction, and psychology: Determining the Scope Perceptions and Beliefs of Web 2.0 Technologies by Kangnian Weng with junior Jin Feng Jiang, with ences and Effects on Current Cardiovascular Re


Vol. 20, No. 11 Feb. 4, 2009 Campus Update today Feb. 7 and 21 Charles Darwin, Feb. 6 and 7 Feb. 11 Feb. 18 Feb. 20 wego, College Hour and athletic events see SUNY Broderick says biggest wins take place off basketball court This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Kevin Broderick, head mens basketball coach and assistant athletic director. He has been coaching at Os wego since 1996, and recently picked up his 200th win. Q. How would you describe your job and re sponsibilities? feel fortunate that a big part of my job is recruiting to teach two courses and do some of the administra to get to know some of our 450 student-athletes and members of the student body. Q. What is your favorite part of working at Os wego? ing the team, interacting with the guys on our team. too. Q. What is your impression of Oswegos stu dents? people. Q. What achievements are you most proud of? are the people who got degrees who may not have if not for the basketball program. Our assistant coaches and academics support staff are a big help. Those classroom success stories mean more to me than any sistently successful teams in the country. Q. What is your educational background? tration from Nazareth, a masters in counseling edu cation from here and a masters in physical education before coming to Oswego. Q. What most struck you about picking up your 200th win as a head coach? people who contributed during my 13 years play ers, assistant coaches, athletic staff. These numbers and individual players dont win any games. Q. Do you have any hobbies? Patrick and Ryan, who are very involved with youth sports in the city, and with my wife, Jennifer. The kids all play sports at Trinity Catholic where they all ball. Thats our Saturdays in the fall. Police report Since Jan. 16, University Police have investigated several cases of theft and vandalism and made seven arrests. Police charged a 19-year-old Brewerton man with hol content of .08 and failure to stop at a stop sign. old Riggs Hall resident were each charged with ag gravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and Four 18-year-old men were charged with viola tions in separate incidents: two on-campus students with unlawful possession of alcohol, and another on-campus student and a visitor from Manlius with unlawful possession of marijuana. Focus the Nation events to span semester Oswego will be part of Focus the Nation efforts to inform campuses and communities about environ mental issues and advocate for a green emphasis in Focus the Nation aims to motivate students, ways to reduce our carbon footprint and to create sustainable communities, said Nola Heidlebaugh, the colleges civic engagement coordinator. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Rice Creek Field Station, will kick off campus Focus the Nation activities. This is focused on students and what they are do ing and would like to be doing on campus, Heidle greening of Oswego and wanted to bring them to gether, along with members of the colleges Climate wide efforts. Discussion would include student-led initiatives such as a composting proposal, ways the college is trying to reduce its carbon footprint and brainstorm ing for how to do more, Heidlebaugh said. ment in Power Shift 2009, a national weekend of training and lobbying for energy policy, in late Febru these issues before the new administration and Con gress, Heidlebaugh said. Were looking to help in terested students attend and report back to the college community. Hall ballroom, will invite interested members of the college and community to meet with elected city, energy future. Part of the college-led Science Caf series, its featured speaker is Bob Bechtold, who uses renewable and self-produced energy to run his Rochester-area company Harbec Plastics. take root. Focus the Nation activities will partner with some Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the Oswego Reading Field Notes from a Catastrophe Earth Day. Tim Nekritz Media Summit to air on Dish TV The 2008 Lewis B. ODonnell Media Summit panel discussion will broadcast Wednesday, Feb. 11, on Universityhouse, Dish TVs channel 9411. Titled Media Revolution, the panel featured J. Leblang, senior vice president of strategic planning Jack Myers, who heads entertainment publishing company Myers Publishing, served as moderator, while senior broadcasting major Candace J. Dunkley served as an on-stage student reactor. The summit panels broadcast can be seen from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to midnight in the East ern time zones. For more information on the event, Science Today lectures start today The Science Today lecture series returns with a new time 4 p.m. Wednesdays for the spring semester. The series will begin with an evolutionary theme, capitalizing on the 200th anniversary of the and take place in the Campus Center auditorium. The series starts today with Diana Boyer of the earth sciences department discussing New Yorks an Donald Prothero of Occidental College will talk about fossils and evolution on Feb. 11, Lucina Her Gostling of Oswegos biological sciences department phonomy on Feb. 25. March programs will include Jill Schneiderman Prutsman-Pfeiffer from the University of Rochester University of Rochester chronicling Biomedical ploring mercury contamination and Mark Peyrot of Loyola College on diabetes. Utley to discuss Global Media Former network TV news anchor Garrick Utley, Campus Center auditorium. Utleys 40 years in broadcast journalism included icas entry into the Vietnam War, and being NBCs senior European correspondent and chief foreign cor chief foreign correspondent, then to CNN. His appearance at SUNY Oswego is sponsored by the colleges global and international studies program