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Campus Update PUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITY Volume 20 Number 15 April 1, 2009 1 Inside: Five Oswego students earn Chancellors Awards Five Oswego seniors have earned Chancellors Awards for Student Excellence, the highest such honor in the State University system. They are MBA/bachelors in accounting majors Aleithea Abbott and Christopher Hill, chemistry ma jor Andrew Camelio, biochemistry major Paul Mac Mahon and broadcasting major Cathleen Richards. Abbott has served as president of Beta Alpha Psi, dents, for which she has been involved in community service including the Volunteer Income Tax Assis tance program, where she is site co-coordinator. The Kingston resident has been active in several campus theatre productions and the Oswego Festival Chorus. She received the Patti McGill Peterson Award for Achievement from the colleges Honors Program and the New York State Society of CPAs Syracuse chap ters Academic Achievement Award and Excellence in Accounting Scholarship, and the American Society of Women Accountants Undergraduate Scholarship. Hills contributions to the colleges Student Asso years plus SAs director of athletic affairs and chair of the Campus Recreation Board this year. The vice president of Beta Alpha Psi, he placed second in the 2007 Accounting Jeopardy Competition and is the Award-winning leadership Aleithea Abbott helps Peter Blasioli assist a client in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which she coof Chancellors Awards for Student Excellence. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs site cocoordinator. The Saratoga Springs resident has been president and founder of two student organizations: the Street Hockey Club and Oswego Guitar Club. Hill earned the local chapter of the state Society of CPAs Career Preparation Award and the Edward Austin Sheldon Scholar Award. Camelio earned an American Chemical Society na tional analytic chemistry award and a federal SMART grant. The Rochester resident received two campus Scholarly and Creative Activity grants to research Educations home base hired soon to complete design of the schools facilities, with construction slated to begin a year from now. School of Education prepares for renewal of building complex A big part of the development of the east end of campus starting next year will be renovation and ex pansion of the School of Education facilities. In the next capital plan for SUNY, $22 million has been allocated in critical maintenance funds for Park and Wilber halls, said Tom Simmonds, associate vice president for facilities. Now connected by hallway bridges, the two build of the schools six departments, with the counseling and psychological services department located across campus in Mahar Hall. At the end of the renovation in a few years, said Dean of Education Linda Rae Markert, the school hopes to have all six departments in the new com plex, and to have Park and Wilber connected to each other by a three-story addition and to the new science building via new construction to the west. Entrepreneur magazine reports Oswego in top 15 Oswegos School of Business is one of 15 business schools named to the Princeton Reviews Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools in the ac counting category. The list appears in the April issue of Entrepreneur magazine, distributed last week. Honors lists in six categories salute business schools that received the highest evaluations from their MBA students for career preparation. The Princeton Review, an education services com pany that published The Best 296 Business Schools: 2009 Edition with Random House, created the lists after interviewing 19,000 graduate students at busi ness schools nationwide. Cited in the accounting category along with Os wego are such well-known institutions as the Whar ton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicagos Graduate School of Busi ness, Boston Colleges Carroll School of Manage ment, and the Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. Were obviously proud of this latest honor for our School of Business, said Richard Skolnik, dean of the school. Its a testament to our facultys dedication to students and concern for their lifelong success. The honored business schools appear in alphabeti cal order on the lists. In addition to appearing in the magazine, the lists are posted at www.entrepreneur. com/topcolleges. Oswegos School of Business has a distinctive winning chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, and a listing in every edition of the Princeton Reviews guide to best business schools since the annual series began. Julie Harrison Blissert Quest bigger, features new special sessions This years edition of Quest, Oswegos annual day long symposium celebrating scholarship and creative activity, on April 22 will be the bsiggest yet with many new features. Around 275 talks, posters and other activities will Gelfand, Oswegos director of research administra tion and development. Thats a substantial increase from last year, with the rise coming across the board among academic disciplines, he said. Quests engaging students in intellectual activities is important, Gelfand said. Theres a certain type of infectious enthusiasm that gets passed around when you have an event like this, he explained. When students see another student or group of students giv them to start a new project or work on their projects even harder. The colleges move into engineering with a soft ware engineering major approved plus electrical and computer engineering in development represents one new daylong feature in Room 209 of the Campus Center. Rachid Manseur, who spearheads the effort to develop an electrical and computer engineering major, will explain this process in the opening 9 a.m. session. Throughout the day, faculty and students See Educations renewal, page 3 See Quest 2009 grows, page 4 See Student Chancellors Awards, page 4


Vol. 20, No. 15 April 1, 2009 Campus Update Global view of International Education and Programs. Tom Bertonneau of the English department will participate in the Generative Anthropology Summer Conference, The Question of Transcendence: The Shared, the Human and Modern Culture, in three roles. He will be in charge of the Introductory Work shop on Generative Anthropology; he will present his paper on Wagner and Post-Wagnerism: The Fate of the Aesthetic, exploring the question why Wagner had no successors and the related question whether transcendence is possible after the collapse of the Late Romantic; and he will introduce the keynote speaker, Eric Gans. The conference will be held from June 19 to 21 at the University of Ottawa. Generative anthropology is a comprehensive but minimal theory of culture. Bertonneau began participating in Gans generative anthropology seminars in the 1980s. He has written extensively on the literary-critical impli cations of generative anthropology, with many arti cles in the journal Anthropoetics. Also, Bertonneau is the author of another article in The Brussels Journal: Fahrenheit 451, Political Correctness, and Soft To talitarianism. Two projects of Oswegos alumni and development colades competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Educations District II. The awards were presented at the district conference March 23. The district represents colleges along the East Coast of North America from Canada to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The reusable grocery bag that was a favor for Reunion 2008 won a Gold Award in the Design and Print (Specialty Items) category. It sported a logo designed by Jennifer Broderick, graphic designer with the alumni and development communications team. We particularly like the slo gan Our Color, Our Future, said judges of the en try. Everyone is going green these days, and it was a really cool and fun way to see them doing this, and promoting that to the students. Also winning gold honors, in the Targeted Mail/E-mail category, was Reunion 2008 to alumni. At a Founders Day ceremony observing the 72-year history of Lambda Kappa Mu earlier this semester, of the curriculum and instruction department received an achievement award from the Xi chapter in Syracuse for exposing future teachers to the diversity of the community and in recognition of her scholarly pursuits. Lambda Kappa Mu sorority is an organization of business and professional women. Members are encouraged to as sume leadership responsibility in local civic affairs for home and community improvement. Neil Gostling of the biological sciences department is the co-author of two papers that have been pub lished recently. He is the lead author of Ontogeny and Taphonomy: An Experimental Taphonomy Study of the Development of the Brine Shrimp Artemia salina, published in the journal Palaeontology It is an attempt to better understand the way that em bryos of invertebrates have been fossilized over 500 million years ago. Scanning Electron Microscopy and Synchrotron Radiation X-ray Tomographic Mi Fern Fertile Organs was published online in the journal Microscopy and Microanalysis. It deals with some of the earliest seed plants pteridosperms, or seed ferns using a technique called synchrotron radiation X-ray tomographic microscopy, which is very high-resolution CT scanning. The lead author is Andrew C. Scott of Royal Holloway University addition to Gostling, Jean Galtier, Selena Y. Smith, Margaret E. Collinson, Marco Stampanoni, Federica Marone, Philip C.J. Donoghue and Stefan Bengtson. studies students have been accepted for juried com petition in the inaugural SUNY-Wide Film Festi LOrigine by sophomore Elizabeth Crouch and freshman Christa Haley and Rolling Stoned by junior Jamie Loughlin Amy Shore, di rector of the cinema and screen studies program. The success of these students before their senior year is proof that were onto something, she said. Students from across the university system submitted about the juried competition. A group of cinema and screen studies students from Oswego will attend the festival this weekend. For more information about the festi val, go to can colleges and universities during the 2007-2008 academic year by increasing their contributions 6.2 percent over the previous year, according to an annual CASE-sponsored survey by the Council for Aid to Education. The Voluntary Support of Edu cation survey reports that charitable contributions highest total ever reported. The record philanthrop ic support resulted from increases in giving from all sourcesindividuals, foundations, corporations and other organizations. Other trends noted in and the amount they gave increased. . Look ing ahead, VSE researchers suggest that giving to higher education in the current economic environ ment is likely to decline, a fact that is consistent Index. In January, respondents to the CASE CFI predicted a nearly 2 percent decline in giving for calendar year 2009. In related news, a survey by the Conference Board reveals that corporate giving by U.S. companies will likely decline in 2009 as they shift toward more critical business issues. BriefCASE, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, March 2009 International study slips Applications to many overseas-study programs this summer and fall are down, and the economy may be to blame, according to a survey of studyabroad directors. More than half of the colleges and outside education-abroad providers who responded said applications to summer programs had declined from the previous year. More than one-third reported a decrease in fall applications. The survey was conducted by Chris Musick, di rector of international academic services at the University of Mary Washington and leader of the network for developing and managing programs abroad at Nafsa: Association of International Educators. One hundred and sixty-two interna tional educators responded to the survey, which economic downturn on overseas study. There has been a great deal of uncertainty about the effect of the global economic crisis on student enroll ments in study abroad. On the one hand, belt tightening could cause students and their families to see overseas study as an unaffordable luxury. . On the other hand, the growing strength of the dollar against foreign currencies makes study abroad, particularly in Europe, cheaper in com parison to the cost just a year ago. . During past economic slides, overseas-education enrollments have held steady or even climbed. Academe Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 26, 2009 Paper mills Everyone knows essay mills exist. Whats sur prising is how sophisticated and international a previous era, you might have found an essay mill near a college bookstore, staffed by former actual writing is likely to be done by someone in Manila or Mumbai. Just as many American companies are outsourcing their administrative tasks, many American students are perfectly will ing to outsource their academic work. And if the exponential surge in the number of essay mills is any indication, the problem is only getting worse. . Go to Google and type buy an essay. Among the top results will be Best Essays, whose slogan is Providing Students with Original Papers since 1997. . Best Essays promises to deliver qual ity custom written papers by writers with either a masters degree or a Ph.D. The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 20, 2009 See People in action, page 3 Two international scholars visiting School of Business The School of Business is hosting two visiting scholars this semester: Yuan Hui of China and Syed Yuan is the director of the insurance department at Xinhua School of Banking and Insurance at the Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wu han. His research interest is in risk management and insurance. Shah is a doctoral candidate at Muhammad Ali Jinnah University in Islamabad. The Higher Educa tion Council of Pakistan funds his visit. His area of research is corporate governance. At Oswego, he is his research.


Vol. 20, No. 15 April 1, 2009 Campus Update At a meeting of the American Physical Society in March, Carolina C. Ilie of the physics department presented a paper with the title Haloform Adsorption on Crystalline Copolymers of Vinylidene Fluoride and Peter A. Dowben of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Also, a review article titled Adsorbate/ Absorbate Interactions with Organic Ferroelectric Polymers was peer reviewed and accepted for pub lication in Molecular Materials for Electronics, a topical issue of the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena. Her co-authors are Xiao, Dowben and Luis G. Rosa of the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao. Helen J. Knowles of the political science faculty discussed her new work, The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty at a book forum March 23 at the Cato Institute in Washington, risprudence of Kennedy, who is often a swing vote on the Supreme Court (see Feb. 18 Campus Update ). Knowles said C-Span taped her talk for an install ment of the networks Book TV series. Laker diver Shawn Merlin and swimmer Jenny Van Etten ors, and diver Eric Messina two honorable mention All-Americans, at the NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships March 20 to 22 in Min springboard competition with a score of 479.80 points. The sophomore placed seventh in the onemeter springboard, where he was honorable mention last year, with 435.15 points. The top eight places ished seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:20.29, breaking her own school record. She took eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.66, after setting a school and SUNY Athletic Conference record with a time of 1:04.16 in the preliminaries. Freshman Messina twice just missed three-meter and one-meter springboard competitions. This is an exciting time for facility renewal, Markert said. A major concern right now is how are gether? . We want to make the best decisions about getting the most robust, authentic learning environ ment for students regardless of their major. The expansion and renovation of Piez Hall that will bring the six science departments under one roof is scheduled to proceed at the same time as the renova tions to Park and Wilber and to connect to those buildings (see March 18 Campus Update ). Planners for the two projects have been working space is to be collaborative, Markert said. Eric Olson from the School of Education has been meeting with the science planning committee, and Casey Raymond, chair of that committee, has begun meeting with educations facilities steering committee. Markert said she sees some obvious interfaces between her schools programs and the sciences. For instance, she said, We want to be the best in SUNY with regard to preparing math and science teachers. Music business class produces single for scholarship fundraiser Oswegos Music Business course recently scored with an effort to create a hit song to raise scholarship funds. Instead of reading in a textbook about this is how you would produce a pop single, weve just produced a pop single, said Rob Auler, who teamteaches the class with fellow music faculty member Dan Wood. The resulting song You Cant Do It Alone performed by Closer Still, consisting of class mem bers Maggie and Maynah Goble debuted at the music departments Collage concert and is now on sale online and in the community. The course, part of the arts management minor track, brings together those interested in performing, record ing and promoting music. Auler and Wood made it a project-based class, previously promoting Collage and the Oswego Jazz Projects debut album. This semester, Auler said, they kicked it up a notch. Maggie had already enrolled in the class, and Auler was familiar with Closer Stills work. By the time Maynah added the class, the idea of producing a hit single was already spinning. It wasnt long after that maybe we decided the best way to illustrate the music business was to simu late the music business, Auler said. At Aulers request, we brought a couple of lines from the song, a couple of chords . to show it to the class, said Maggie, a senior broadcasting major. They seemed to like it and felt like this was a direc tion we could go. It took around two weeks to develop, much faster than their songs usually come together. This had a deadline, so we were under pressure, said Maynah, a senior sociology and cinema and screen studies major. Since college students are a large part of the de mographic buying pop records, the rest of the class provided a lot of input about what they liked, what Fundraising hit Twin sis gie Goble of the band Closer Still recorded a pop song ing single. The Gobles are in the class, along with students oping the song, recorded it, created package design and promoted it. they wanted to hear, playing the A&R role of a re cord label, Auler said. It was really the students who were giving us a lot of the leadership. It was kind of a back-and-forth process. Ken Barden, a junior music major in the class, re corded and mixed the single in the Tyler Hall studio. Business majors in the class helped price the single, communication majors with publicity, artists with the design. Auler provided piano lines and Nate Felty and Andrew Friedman music majors not in the class played drum and bass, respectively. The music comes with a message as well. Technol ogy kind of isolates us in a way and a lot of people tend not to think we need to lean on the support of our friends and relationships, Maggie said of a world where young people sometimes hide behind iPods and prefer text-messaging to talking. I think our genera tion has kind of lost the idea of real community. The lyrics by the twins, graduates of Mexico Acad emy and Central School, touch on the physical com munity with Oswego references. With my lyrics, I like the idea of bringing in a story, bringing in specif ics so that people have something to tie it into. It was a tribute to Oswego, Maynah said. Since Closer Still plans to record more tracks for release this semester, Maggie said the experience of being in the studio, and seeing all the work that went into a marketable single, will prove invaluable. This class was kind of a bridge between college and the real world, Maynah said. It gave us a lot of experience dealing with people and things that you dont really get out of a lecture. It gave all of the students a chance to explore what theyre really inter ested in, ranging from production to publicity, so everyone got really involved. You Cant Do It Alone, with proceeds supporting the Music Department Excellence Fund, sells for $2 and is available through closerstill. Tim Nekritz Faculty projects receive funding Five faculty members have received $12,000 for their scholarly projects in the coming months. The Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee reviewed and rated the spring round of grant proposals, and Provost Susan Coultrap-McQuin made the awards recently. Awards ranged between $1,400 and $3,000. The recipients with the title of their project are: Brooks Gump of the psychology department, Nonessential Toxic Metals and Cardiovascular Functioning in Hispanic Children Lucina Hernndez of Rice Creek Field Station, Non-lethal Effects of Coyote Predation on Winter Yarding Behavior of White-tailed Deer Neelika Jayawardane of the English department, Wonder Weight-less: Anna Nicole Smith, Unilever and the Khomani San of Southern Africa in the Battle to Claim Hoodia Gordini Alex Pantaleev of the computer science depart ment, Dzver: Visual Computer Science Learning Environment James Seago of the biological sciences department, Aquatic Plants Near and Far. People in action Continued from page 2 Three members of the wrestling team earned Na tional Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Scholar All-American team recognition for their accomplishments on the mat and in the classroom. Senior adolescent education major honored for his second year, compiled a 32-9 record at 141 pounds and a 3.82 cumulative grade-point average. Junior adolescent education major Michael Howard grappled to a 13-8 record at 149 pounds with a 3.51 cumulative GPA. Junior childhood educa tion major Eric Leusch competing at 285 pounds, posted an 18-14 record and 3.32 cumulative GPA. of University Police was recently one of the recipients of the Oswego Elks Lodge 271 dedication and valor in the line of duty. Last years re cipient for University Police was Lt. Mike Taylor Educations renewal Continued from page 1 . Can we work collaboratively and team teach some courses that be a new way of thinking about preparing teachers? Another is a need for electronics, circuitry, robotics and energy systems laboratories that could be shared by the technology department in the School of Educa tion and engineering and applied physics programs next door in Piez, she suggested. Those are some examples of some specialized lab spaces that we could build . and co-use, Markert said. The technology lab facilities, I think, have real potential for multiuse. She noted that the upcoming renewal presents an opportunity of a lifetime. Weve got to get it right. Youve got to get the best minds together to create spaces that are going to be forward thinking, she said. I keep trying to move people away from thinking building and think just future you know, design and open space thats going to be responsive to the program needs that well have. Julie Harrison Blissert


Vol. 20, No. 15 April 1, 2009 Campus Update today April 9 April 9 and 10 April 13 to 15 For a more complete calendar including Artswego, College Hour and athletic events see SUNY Os wego Events online at as software, robotics and nanotechnology will discuss their work. An autonomous vehicle contest featuring robotic cars at 4 p.m. will culminate the track. A daylong track on energy, environment and so ciety will feature two keynote speakers, morning sessions in the Campus Center auditorium and af ternoon talks in Room P322. Carrier Corp. Technol ogy Fellow John Vasselli will speak at 9 a.m. about Global Challenges to Americas Future. Bingham the total synthesis of a natural anticancer compound. He did a research fellowship at the University of Utah performing chemical research. team, Camelio holds school records in the 60yard dash and as a member of the 400-meter relay, 800-meter relay and spring medley relay teams. He twice earned Student-Athlete Awards of Excellence for having the highest team grade-point average. MacMahon is a Merck-AAAS scholar, where his research focused on detection of the date-rape drug GHB. The Middletown resident earned the Pearle A. Monroe Scholarship for outstanding achievements in organic chemistry and the Dr. Walter Freund Memo rial Scholarship for Oswego students considering medical school. MacMahon also received a campus Scholarly and Creative Activity grant. He is captain of the Laker mens swimming and diving team, has had the highest GPA on the team and is a member of the SUNY Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. MacMahon is president of the Shaun Cassidy Fan Club Improv Comedy Troupe and an emergency medical technician. Richards is president of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, and earned the Wil liam Tucker Award from Oswegos Auxiliary Services for overall campus contributions. She is a member of womens honor society Vega, communication studies honor society Lambda Pi Eta and Phi Kappa Phi. The Nassau native is an active Oswego admissions intern and a three-year resident mentor in Johnson Hall, where she organized Crochet for Children, which taught students the hobby while donating resulting blankets to a childrens hospital. She was creator-producer-director of the WTOP-TV comedy show Cest Cheese and served as concert coordina tor at WNYO-FM. Presidential scholars Abbott, Camelio, MacMahon and Richards all re ceived Presidential Scholarships to attend Oswego. Oswegos recipients are scheduled to receive the awards at a ceremony Tuesday in Albany. A campus reception at 12:40 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Room C114 of the Campus Center will celebrate their achievements. Tim Nekritz Police report Since March 13, University Police have investi gated several cases of theft, disorderly conduct and vandalism, and made four arrests. Police charged a Johnson Hall resident with possession of a forged instrument, a parking sticker. Officers charged a Cayuga Hall resident with disorderly conduct. He is accused of urinating on a door and causing damage to a carpet. They charged a Funnelle Hall and a resident of Cayuga Hall with petit larceny. They are accused of stealing chairs in Hewitt Union. Smith brings passion for radio to WRVOs mornings This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on WRVOs Jason Smith, who last week succeeded John Hurlbutt as local host of Morning Edition. Smith started in WRVOs news department in February 2008. sponsibilities? A. Morning Edition is a national show from NPR, and I do the local inserts every 20 minutes or so, in addition to anchoring the news at the top and bottom of the hours. I provide news, underwriters, weather, that kind of thing. I also voice-track the rest of the morning until noon. There will likely be other responsibilities tacked on once I get my feet wet. WRVO? Ive worked where I like everyone I work with. Its nice to look forward to going to work every day and talking to your co-workers. A. Radio is just something Ive always wanted to do since I was about 12 or so. The other thing I want ed to do was become a meteorologist, but you dont need to know calculus to work in radio. John Hurlbutt? A. I dont really know that its hit me yet. When I right person. It took me some time to realize how many people listened to and love John. They are big grow into them. Q. What is your impression of Oswegos stu dents? A. When I was in news, I worked with the news interns. The ones I worked with have been great, and theyve done very well here. A. Probably being hired for this job. A lot of people applied, so to be the person chosen to succeed a guy like John Hurlbutt is probably my biggest accom plishment. Q. What can you tell us about your family? A. Ive been married to my wife Amanda for just Liverpool. A. Im a tech nerd. I like computers and gadgets and anything technology-related. My wife thinks Im a dork. Student Chancellors Awards Continued from page 1 Quest 2009 grows Continued from page 1 Student show The 46th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition recently opened in Tyler Art Gallery. Lanigan Hall graphics lab. The gallery also concurrently hosts Robert Lorings Master of Arts Thesis Ex hibition. Both exhibitions will run through April 19. M. Stanley Whittingham, who helped develop the lithium battery, will discuss A Cleaner and EnergyIndependent America through Science and Public Participation at 10 a.m. Other sessions will include talks on the business of sustainability, wind energy generation, campus green initiatives and student par ticipation in PowerShift lobbying activities. A series on student and faculty research and other activities at Rice Creek Field Station, initiated by new director Lucina Hernndez, will start at 9 a.m. in Room 205 of the Campus Center. This year, organizers decided to work with the keynote speaker with increased appeal to the student body. After an SAPB survey found students most in terested in a motivational speaker, the group booked Kevin Snyder to discuss Passion, Persistence and The Price Is Right at 1 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium. Snyder discusses what his pursuit of get ting on the popular game show taught him about life, overcoming obstacles and meeting goals. All Quest activities are free and open to the public. More information and a schedule can be found at Tim Nekritz