Those of you who read my column know that my best daily “thinking time” is on my 6 a.m. walks with our rescue dog, Bo. So my inspiration for this issue’s column came on one of my recent walks. Volunteering has been such an important and satisfying part of my life over the years — civic organizations, the PTA, church, my alma mater, our local Humane Society to name just a few. So what better theme than to talk about the myriad of volunteer opportunities we offer for Oswego alumni.
For more than 14 years, I walked the halls of the U.S. Capitol as the eyes and ears of the Watertown Daily Times, until the Northern New York newspaper became the latest to close its Washington bureau March 31. But my roots in journalism reach into the halls of SUNY Oswego, where I spent four years as a reporter and editor at The Oswegonian.
We all have routines — a list of things we go through on a daily basis without even thinking twice. Most of us don’t think about just how many of those “things” are patented. So, here’s your basic daily schedule, patents and all.
Five SUNY Oswego students showed off their computer science skills and business savvy in a business-startup competition that brought 146 students and faculty from 10 colleges together with scientists, engineers, software developers, designers and other professional mentors to harness entrepreneurial drive throughout the region.
When any of us look back, our life is really a series of transitions. Like me, some of your big life transitions may have included going away to college, getting married, having kids, losing a parent, becoming an empty-nester… as well as the transitions throughout our professional careers.
Students are invited to help people in need in the local community while saving the environment by donating goods that they no longer need. With help from the Newman Center’s People Against Poverty program, SUNY Oswego began the Leave Green program.
There is no talking for some time. We sit, the sound of John moving around, the buzzing of a space heater in the background.
Throughout our 150-year history, a hallmark of an Oswego education has always been an emphasis on learning by doing. As I travel around the country, alumni from every era share stories of Oswego professors who involved them as equals in important research and creative projects. The pages of this magazine are brimming with examples, like Peggy La Tulip Focarino ’77, whose love of physics was nurtured in Oswego’s labs and now inspires her as she leads the U. S. Patent Office. RIT Chemistry Professor Todd Pagano ’96 has become a national advocate for involving undergraduates in scientific inquiry and has personally opened the doors to meaningful research for hundreds of deaf students. Debra Schutt ’77 takes skills she learned alongside Jon Vermilye ’66 and Ken Stone ’68 in Waterman Theatre to adorn the sets of HBO productions.
In an age where children are used to watching TV and movies and playing video games, math teacher Tom Vakkas ’98 subtracts the textbooks and worksheets and adds in videos and toys.
Oswego’s New mayor has witnessed the city through the decades as a native son, college student and professional. Now Tom Gillen ’72 is eager to help move it into a new age.