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Campus Update PUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE SUNY OSWEGO COMMUNITY Volume 20 Number 17 April 29, 2009 1 Inside: Stand and deliver Jeanette Wagner, a senior geology major, discusses a poster she presented at Quest last week on her research in the southeastern Adirondacks. It was one of about 25 poster presentations Wednesday afternoon in the Campus Center corridor. In all, 467 students, faculty and staff shared their work at Quest in paper and poster presentations, panels, concerts and demonstrations. Adding up Christo pher Hill, who has spent the past three years in executive positions in the Student Association, is among the Oswego graduates moving on to at his workstation at The Point, Hill accepted a po sition as an associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Albany. May graduates moving forward More than 1,400 students are eligible to take part in Commencement on May 16 and, despite the tough economy, many are already making strides into their chosen careers. Christopher Hill will take his combined masters in business administration/bachelors in accounting to work as an associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Albany. He got his foot in the door interning last summer, which he said was made possible by profes sors who helped him network at events like the an nual Meet the Accountant Night. Student Association, where he oversaw a $1.5 million budget and developed management skills training and working with treasurers for some 150 student orga nizations. Helping manage the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program meant working with the IRS and individual taxpayers, and doing accounting as op posed to just studying it, providing vital experience, the Saratoga Springs resident said. The opportunities here are endless, Hill said. If you want to excel, you will if you just put forth the effort. New teacher Tasia Sawyer will move to the front of a classroom, teaching biology at the middle or high school level in Norfolk, Va. She amassed plenty of leadership and communication skills the past three years working with the Student Association Programming Board, most recently as director. While earning a masters in literacy and bachelors degrees in biology and education from Oswego, the Brooklyn native also spent three years as a resident assistant and one as a graduate resident mentor. As a McNair Scholar, she had research and presentation opportunities. Working with all these people has helped me pre pare to work with all kinds of people and different situations, Sawyer said. I have grown as a person. My eyes were opened and I had learned a lot of valu able lessons. Katie Rabent will become an executive team leader for Target, starting with an intensive six-week train ing session this summer. The human resource man agement major from Lancaster feels that on-campus leadership opportunities helped prepare her for the experience. Rabent has been co-president and secretary of Os wegos Society for Human Resource Management student chapter. That really gave me the ability to Four faculty, staff win Chancellors Awards Two faculty members in business and education, a technology operations professional and an admin istrative assistant will receive 2009 Chancellors Awards for Excellence, SUNY announced last week. The Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching goes to Harrison Yang, professor of curriculum and instruction, and the Chancellors Award for Excel lence in Scholarship and Creative Activities to Ding Zhang, professor of management. Robert Hageny of Campus Technology Services has won the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Professional Service, and Kristine Bushey in the of vice, a newly established honor. December commencement ceremony. Yang is legendary among colleagues and students alike for his boundless energy, limitless patience and ever-present good humor, wrote President Deborah F. Stanley as she endorsed his nomination for the ulty, drawing out the very best from his students. A technological innovator, Yang came to Oswego in 1997 to help establish avenues for graduate stu dents to become expert in using technology in teach ing. His colleagues supporting his nomination wrote that he is able to help even the most apprehensive prepare to use technology to sup port student learning in their own K-12 classrooms. Yang has received numerous awards and recognitions for his teaching and scholarly contri butions, including the SUNY Oswego Presidents Award for Teaching Excellence. He has served the Society of International Chinese in Educational Technolo gy in several capacities, including president, and is editor of the Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange. He received his doctorate in vocational-technical education leader ship from Florida International University. Zhang has a reputation as a world-class scholar and as an expert in transportation science and supply chain management, President Stanley wrote. He inspires students by serving as a role mod el for high achievement through persistence and hard work. He has published 25 articles in top competitive journals such as Transportation Science and the Journal of Optimization Theory and Its Applications. He has coauthored one book and contrib uted chapters to others. Scholars ranging from economists to game theorists cite his publica tions. One paper he co-authored in Transportation Research is listed by Elsevier Publishers as one of the top 10 papers for number of citations in the his tory of that journal. He previously received both the Oswego Presi dents and Provosts Awards for Scholarly and Cre ative Activity. He has received major grants from the National Science Foundation of China. He earned his doctorate in industrial engineering from the Universi ty of Massachusetts at Amherst and came to Oswego to teach in 1997. In the community, he is principal of Harrison Yang Ding Zhang See Chancellors Awards, page 3 See Careers begin, page 3


Vol. 20, No. 17 April 29, 2009 Campus Update All-Americans Three members of the Laker swimming and diving teams earned All-American honors All-American recognitions for the 100and 200-yard breaststroke, sophomore Shawn Merlin captured gratulating them are, from left, diving coach John Moore, head coach Mike Holman and Joseph Grant, vice president for student affairs and enrollment. A review-essay by Thomas Bertonneau of the English department on Romes Collapse, discuss ing James ODonnells Ruin of the Roman Empire and Peter Heathers Fall of the Roman Empire appeared in the March 13 issue of The Brussels Journal His essay on Ideology and Literature: Hawthornes Blithedale Romance and Dicks VALIS, appeared, in the April 20 issue of The Brussels Jour nal The argument of the Hawthorne and Dick essay is the common critique of Puritanism that lies at the symbolic center of both The Blithedale Romance and VALIS. ally considered in the context of the mainstream of American letters, he has a great deal in common with Hawthorne. The book Pedagogy, Not Policing: Positive Ap proaches to Academic Integrity at the University edited by Tish Eshelle Twomey, Holly White and Ken Sagendorf and published by the Graduate School Press of Syracuse University earlier this year contains ated with SUNY Oswego. They are recent alumnus Matthew Bertram, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences David Bozak, David Hor acek of the philosophy faculty and Michael Murphy and James Pangborn of the English faculty. Science faculty and judges from Sigma Xi, the presenters at Quest: Andrew Camelio in chemistry, Jeremy Heiler and John Kane Jr. in computer sci ence, Frank Ripple Jr. and Charles Morgan in physics and mathematics, Kim Wahl in biological sciences, Brennan Payne in psychology and Ted Letcher in meteorology and earth sciences. Awards were presented in a ceremony on Friday. Three students who are majoring in German took and passed the Goethe Institutes C1 level interna Michael Engler, Alycia Rivet and Elena Schermer horn. The Goethe Institute is an arm of the Federal Republic of Germany tasked with promoting the study of German language and culture. Their cer prestige and testify to a students high level of skill. The examinations were administered by professors Ana Djukic-Cocks and John Lalande, examiners for the Goethe Institute. Works of folk art from the private collection of Distinguished Teaching Professor Geraldine Forbes will be exhibited in Folk Art: Stories of Bengal Pats beginning April 30 at the Gandhi Memorial Center in Bethesda, Md., and continuing to May 3. Forbes is a historian of colonial India and has been visiting the villages of Bengal for the past 30 years. Scrolls or pats, sheets of cloth or paper, are painted with natural vegetable dyes by artists whose trade has been handed down from generation to generation. The Syracuse Press Clubs Gus Bliven-Joe Ganley-Mario Rossi Career Achievement Award will be presented to John Hurlbutt, newly retired as morning host of the colleges National Public Radio Scholarship and Awards Banquet. Jasmyn Belcher of WRVO will receive one of three A. Brohman Roth Newcomer Awards at the ceremony. Taejin Jung of the communication studies faculty presented results of a recent study at the Eastern Communication Associations 100th annual confer ence, which took place April 22 to 26 in Philadelphia. His study used a theory-driven approach to develop discriminate messages. It then used those messages to change the beliefs of undergraduate college students. The study showed that students exposed to discrimi nate messages were more likely to report positive tions related with physical activity. The international community of researchers who study pulsating stars will gather at Los Alamos Na tional Laboratory May 31 to June 5 for their biannual conference, Stellar Pulsation: Challenges for Theory and Observation. A paper submitted by Shashi Kan bur of the physics department, Multiphase PC/PL Relations: Comparison Between Theory and Obser vations, has been selected for an oral presentation. Part of this work was done by students, Stephanie Magin and Jessica Halsey, in his Special Top ics: Astrophysics class this semester. The work is also a collaboration with researchers in Italy. Also, Robin Dienhoffer, a senior physics major, will pres ent a poster A Preliminary Estimate of Hubbles Constant Using SNIa Data and OGLE III Cepheids in the Large Magellanic Cloud at the American Physical Society, Division of Astrophysics meeting in Denver in May, and Kanbur will present the same poster at the Los Alamos conference in June. Kanbur, Chow-Choong Ngeow of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Dienhoffer are the authors. Findings from the study Lead Exposure and Car diovascular Dysregulation in Children conducted by James A. MacKenzie, Brooks B. Gump, Kristen Roosa, Kestas Bendinskas and Amy Dumas of SUNY Oswego, Robert Morgan of Oswego Family Physicians and Patrick Parsons of the New York State Department of Health were presented during the an nual meeting of the American Physiological Society held April 18 to 22 in New Orleans as part of the Experimental Biology 2009 conference. They found that even low levels of lead in the blood during early childhood could adversely affect how the childs cardiovascular system responded to stress and could possibly lead to hypertension later in life. The United Press International and Reuters wire services reported on the study, resulting in news stories appearing around the world. Rice Creek Associates has announced winning projects in its small grants program. They are: Evo lutionary Mechanism via Invasion and Hybridization Station by Clara Kim and Kamal Mohamed of the biological sciences department; Interactions Among Lythrum salicaria, Native Bird Species and with Eric Hellquist and Karen Sime in biological Soil Types at Rice Creek Field Station: A CrossDisciplinary Collaboration on Geospatial Collections, Synthesis, and Exhibits by David Valentino of the earth sciences department with cross-disciplinary artist Paul Bartow and Richard Metzgar of the art department. At the Northeast Student Sigma Xi Poster Confer ence April 18 at SUNY Oswego, Charles Morgan, a mathematics major, won the third-place award for his poster Cubic Polynomial Fits to M31 RR Lyraes. It was in competition with about 70 posters from insti tutions around the Northeast including major research universities like Cornell, University of Rochester and SUNY Stony Brook. Morgan was supervised on this project by Steve Reyner of the math faculty and Shashi Kanbur in physics. Paul Roodin, director of experience-based edu cation, has been invited to serve as a member of a review panel for the 2009 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award presented by the national Campus Compact. Lawrence Spizman professor of economics and principal of Forensic Economic Associates, recently presented Assessing Economic Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation: The State of New York at the Eastern Economic Associations an nual conference in New York City. Lewis Putnam Turco, professor emeritus of writ ing, will receive the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters May 9 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and will deliver the commencement ad Newburyport Literary Festival Friday and Saturday in Newburyport, Mass. Ellen Wahl, Business and Community Relations, will co-present a seminar, Osteoporosis Bone Builders Program, at the 2009 Aging Concerns Unite Us Conference on June 2 in Albany. The conference is presented by the New York State Association of Area Agencies on Ag ing. Joining her will be Virginia Gilbert, former direc tor of RSVP of the Capital Region in New York State and currently a consultant based in Washington, D.C., who travels the country implementing Bone Builders programs and training the trainers, and Jerry Palazzo who has been a Bone Builder instructor for two years and produces a TV show that airs on a cable network in Maryland called Getting Fit. The Oswego Coun ty Bone Builders program run by RSVP now has 22 sites, 67 instructors and 275 participants. Dale Zych and Shashi Kanbur of the physics faculty took physics students Wes Laurion and Mar tin Berke to the annual Rochester Symposium for Physics Students at West Point. Two University of Rochester students, Isaac Richter and Tim de Haas, gave talks on work they had done as part Kanburs National Science Fund-supported summer program in Brazil last year.


Vol. 20, No. 17 April 29, 2009 Campus Update exercise my leadership abilities and time manage ment skills, she said. Rabent also worked for the opportunity with Target, and gained additional net working opportunities as a member of the School of Business Student Advisory Council. Her human resource classes helped her learn the interviews with the knowledge. full fellowship to enter Binghamtons Ph.D. program, one of eight Ph.D.-track programs where she was ac cepted. Through Oswego, the McNair Scholar did a major research project on the origins of human traf her work at Marist College, Buffalo and Oswego. She also received a campus-funded grant to travel to Ecuador to study womens rights issues. It was just phenomenal, as a historian to go to Ecuador to meet and talk to women about what theyre doing, Shaffer-Cutillo said, in addition to presenting the research at an International Studies Association con ference in New York City attended by some of the worlds top scholars. from many professors who encouraged her with a why not? when she brought up an idea. Ive been College adds Zipcars to sustainability efforts SUNY Oswego and Zipcar, the worlds largest car sharing service, this week launched a new program that brings two self-service Zipcars to campus. duce demand for parking and associated congestion while offering students a convenient, economical and environmentally friendly alternative to owning a car. The partnership continues Oswegos commitment to invest in sustainable solutions on campus and marks Zipcars entry into Oswego. The vehicles, a Toyota Matrix and a Toyota Prius, are available to all staff and students age 18 and over. Gas, maintenance, insurance and reserved parking are included in low hourly and daily rates. The partnership with Zipcar is part of the colleges sustainability initiatives, launched when President Deborah F. Stanley signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007. We see this as one of many steps to reduce the campus communitys carbon footprint, Stanley said. We have an inherent duty to make the planet a better place, through education, research and actions that support sustainable living. Faculty, staff and students can join Zipcar for $35 and can drive for as little as $8 per hour or $66 per day. Local residents age 21 and older can join for $75 As a special promotion, new members will receive $35 in driving credit when they sign up. All members 21 and over will have access to Zipcars network of more than 5,500 vehicles throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Zipcar is a perfect solution for universities, given that most people who live and work on campus dont need a car full time, said Matthew Malloy, vice president of global university operations for Zipcar. Now, people have access to a car when they need one, without having to bring one to campus. The aim is to provide ability to get off campus for errands, entertainment or road trips without the asso ciated burdens of owning a car. Zipcar representatives said members can save an average of $600 per month or $7,200 a year when compared with car ownership. pools or takes a bus to work by providing access to a car during the day if needed. Among the dozens of colleges that have partnered mands are MIT, Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, Uni versity of North Carolina, UCLA and Amherst. Green transportation innovator to speak at Commencement Robin Chase, the CEO of carpooling venture Go and co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, will speak at SUNY Oswegos dual Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16. Chase will speak at both the 9 a.m. ceremony for the School of Business and School of Education and the 1:30 ceremony for the School of Communication, Media and the Arts and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Both will take place in the Campus Center arena and convocation hall. In 1999, Chase and friend Antje Danielson created Zipcar, a car-sharing service that aims to mitigate the impact of automobiles on society by providing them to drivers on an as-needed basis. SUNY Oswego ship with this innovative company. Chase moved on to head, which com bines online carpooling with social networking. This venture marks a continuation of her passion for using while minimizing its impact on the environment. She earned a bachelors degree from Wellesley College and a MBA from MITs Sloan School of Management. Chase also served as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. Chase lectures widely and has shared her zeal of connective technologies, entrepreneurship and sus tainability in such media as NBCs Today show, the New York Times, National Public Radio, Wired, Fast Company and Time magazine. Oswegos Commencement activities will stream live at a link on and Time Warner Cable channel 96. Faculty, staff have place of honor at Torchlight The Oswego Alumni Association is recruiting fac ulty and staff as well as past graduates to take a seat in the inner circle at the Torchlight Ceremony May 15. Public relations executive and 2001 Oswego gradu ate Saleem Cheeks will emcee the 74th edition of the niors to the alumni association. Members of the inner students with candles on the eve of Commencement. The event will take place in the Campus Center this al Senior Sing at 8:30 p.m. The 9 p.m. ceremony will feature comments from Cheeks, a one-time deputy As an appointee of former New York Gov. George Pataki from 2001 to 2006, Cheeks held titles includ ing policy analyst and deputy director for legislative affairs. He now serves as a senior account supervisor and Associates, an integrated marketing communica Following remarks by senior Jamie Burgess, par ticipants will set the park aglow with candlelight ac companied by a rendition of the alma mater. There are a limited number of tickets available for the dinner preceding the ceremony. Visit or call 312-2258 for more information or to volunteer for the inner circle. Careers begin Continued from page 1 very fortunate that the professors that Ive had have all been very supportive, Shaffer-Cutillo said. Oswegos dual Commencement ceremonies 9 a.m. for the School of Business and School of Educa tion, 1:30 p.m. for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Communication, Media and the Arts will stream live at a link on www.oswego. edu and air on Time Warner Cable channel 96. Tim Nekritz Gallery showing BFA exhibition Tyler Art Gallery is showcasing the original work of Oswego art students in the Spring Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, running to May 16. through the art department. All Tyler Art Gallery events are free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. For additional informa tion, call 312-2113. New wheels Christina Ballesteros, Student Association president, and Andre Fields, former SA vice president, show off the new Zipcars soon after their arrival on campus. HS juniors get early peek Saturday house Saturday just for high school juniors 16and 17-year-olds who are just beginning their search for a college that suits their needs, tastes and life goals. We felt that we had enough juniors that wanted to visit at this point in the year to hold an open house just for them, said Katie Maxwell of the Admissions She said last week that about 110 interested people had registered for the program. Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Joseph Grant will welcome the teens and their fami lies who will also hear an admissions presentation, tour the campus, attend an information fair and choose among workshops. Maxwell noted that juniors will have plenty of additional opportunities to check Oswego out, with open houses scheduled in the summer and fall.


Vol. 20, No. 17 April 29, 2009 Campus Update today today today May 1 May 2 and 3 May 5 May 15 May 16 May 19 May 19 to 22 May 26 May 27 For a more complete calendar including Artswego, College Hour and athletic events see SUNY Os wego Events online at Police report Since April 10, University Police have investigated several cases of marijuana possession, theft and van dalism, and made nine arrests. Police charged an Oneida Hall resident with tres passing, disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest in connection with an altercation in which two State police transported a San Diego man to Os wegos University Police custody because he was wanted here on a charge of criminal possession of marijuana. Oswegos University Police arrested a Rochester man visiting campus because a bench war rant from police in New York City accused him of robbery and criminal possession of stolen property. A Seneca Hall resident was charged with driv ing while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or above, unlawful possession of mari Fairport woman were charged with unlawful posses sion of marijuana. McDonald enjoys exciting experiences, passionate people This weeks Campus Update Spotlight shines on Jonathan McDonald, a freshman adolescence edu cation major, with a concentration in history, from Champlain. Q. What made you want to come to Oswego? A. A friend of mine was a freshman here when I was a senior in high school and said how much she loved Oswego. I knew it has a good education program so I checked it out, and loved it here. The campus was very comfortable. Im a very involved student and had a conversation with Student Association President Dan iel Nau. His talking to me about all the opportunities Oswego gives you kind of reeled me in. Q. What is your favorite part of being at Os wego? A. Id say the experiences and the people. Ive met some truly amazing people. Ive made some very strong friendships. A year ago, I would have never guessed all the things Ive been able to do. Im going to be a resident mentor in Johnson next year. Oswegos a place where if you look for the opportunity, its there. Q. What can you tell us about your work with sustainability and the green-energy lobbying ef fort Power Shift? A. I was intrigued about going to D.C. because I al ways wanted to make an impact, help make a change. I met so many people from around the country with a similar interest in making an impact in the world. I had a chance to meet our elected representatives, understanding that I represented many of my fellow students from Oswego and my hometown. Q. What are your future plans? to be a teacher because I like helping kids and work ing with kids. But there may be other opportunities in the future that I wont necessarily foresee. Q. What is your impression of other Oswego students? A. I feel that you can talk to any Oswego student and they will have a passion for something. It may be mon ground by talking to each other and respecting each other. Q. Do you have any hobbies? A. Im producer of Street Magic, a show on WTOP. Im a DJ on WNYO. Im part of Students for Global Change. Grace Maxon and Jason DeMauro have done an amazing job with that group. Q. What achievement are you most proud of? A. I take advantage of what life gives me. I see every day as a gift. I feel like thats a strength of mine being positive, taking everything, whether positive or negative, and learning from it and becoming a bet ter person. HR major wins recognition The Society for Human Resource Management has endorsed Oswegos bachelors degree program in hu man resource management. The society is the professional organization for mission includes advancing the profession. In 2006, it launched an education initiative to advise colleges on a model curriculum to prepare students for careers in human resources. Its an external validation, said Barry Friedman, an associate professor in Oswegos program. The results of the societys assessment show that we conform to a model thats well researched and thats deemed to serve HR students best. The society worked with Oswegos faculty in the human resources major to assess the topics, courses, business context and delivery methods of the pro ommended guidelines for human resource education, according to Debra J. Cohen, the organizations chief We have this stamp of approval now, Friedman said. Its actually quite an accomplishment, and were proud of it. the Central New York Chinese School in Manlius. As advanced technology operations manager, Hageny manages day-to-day operations of advanced technology classrooms on campus. Over his nearly 10 years on campus, he has supervised the expansion of Mr. Hagenys approach to customer service facil itated the expansion of faculty use of advanced tech nology classroom environments and thereby fueled progressive curricular change that kept pace with advances in technology, the nominating committee wrote, adding that he always receives accolades for his professionalism and rapport with students and faculty. Chancellors awards Continued from page 1 Faculty supporting his nomination echoed the sentiments of students who supported Yangs, cit ing his rare ability to combine competence with empathy for the newbie. . he is patient, and always friendly, helping to in and learning technologies. Hageny holds two bachelors degrees, an MBA from SUNY tions in various instructional and communications technologies. Bushey has been assistant to the dean of students for more than 20 years and was nominated by him, James Scharfenberger, as well as Kathleen Evans, assistant vice president for student affairs, and Robert Casper, direc tor of career services. She is well organized, intel lectually engaged and excep tionally good humored as she participates in the division of student affairs committees and work teams, they wrote. She de votes her professional experience to helping students and families resolve issues and connect with appropriate resources across col lege divisions and in the community. Newman anniversary, Pan Am remembrance part of Reunion Oswego alumni and friends planning on attending Reunion Weekend 2009 are welcome to join in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Hall New man Center. A Newman Center open house is planned for 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 6. A Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, also will dedicate time to memorialize Lynne Hartunian and Colleen Brunner, two Oswego students who were among the 258 passengers who perished in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing Dec. 21, 1988. Many of the students who traveled to London with Hartunian and Brunner in 1988 have helped to plan a separate remembrance ceremony in conjunction with the 20th reunion of the classes of and scheduled for June 5 to 7. This ceremony will take place at 9 the memorial for Hartunian and Brunner. Details of the events will be provided in the Re union Weekend 2009 reservation mailer. Advance reservations are required. For more information, visit Memorial service set for Thursday A memorial service for Gary Klatsky, associate professor of psychology and founding director of Oswegos masters program in human-computer interaction, will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the ballroom of Sheldon Hall. Klatsky, 59, died April 3 while on medical leave battling brain cancer. Kristine Bushey Robert Hageny Conference on Instructional Technologies here May 19 to 22 SUNY Oswego will host the annual Conference on Institutional Technologies, with around 500 attendees expected to discuss trends in higher education and technology May 19 to 22. It was last held here in 1996. This years conference, Engaging Minds: Innova tive Teaching and Learning, aims to attract faculty, instructional support professionals, librarians and administrators from across the 64-campus SUNY sys tem, as well as private colleges around the nation. The conference provides attendees an opportunity to share experiences and expertise, discuss common problems, brainstorm solutions and explore ways to improve learning with technology. For more information, visit