Dr. Barbara Palmer Shineman ’65, M ’71, professor emerita of education, sifts through memorabilia of her late husband, Dr. Richard S. Shineman. She finds a card their granddaughter Megan gave Dick for his birthday one year. It reads, “The man who reaches for his star is admired, but the man who helps others reach theirs is loved.”
When members of Oswego’s Student Association Volunteer Ambulance Corps, SAVAC, first rolled out on a call on a “crisp, cold day in January 1972,” they started a tradition still going strong today. SAVAC is the first totally student-funded, student-built, student-manned and student-trained ambulance corps in the nation.
Dr. John Demidowicz, professor emeritus of Spanish, liked to play a little joke on the first day of class. He would let a golf ball slip out of his pocket and tell the students, in Spanish of course, that he was on the golf course when he remembered he had to teach. “You ruined a great game,” he would say.
When your résumé includes experiences like standing atop Piez Hall measuring the wind speed as the Blizzard of ’77 rolls in off Lake Ontario, where else would your career take you but before the cameras of The Weather Channel as the Winter Weather Expert?
Although the magazine comes out in August, I am writing this column in June, right after Reunion Weekend. More than 800 alumni returned to campus for four days packed with good food, great friends and memories galore. The days are long — I’d be fibbing if I said my feet didn’t hurt! But what we — your alumni staff — take away from that weekend is a renewal and re-energizing of our passion for our profession.
With lovingly prepared dinners, encouraging words and a willing ear, Josephine Tamilia sustained her family as they pursued their dreams.
Through her generous endowment of two scholarships, Frances Moroney Whited ’44, is making an impact on Oswego students’ lives. She met last fall at King Alumni Hall with Moroney Family Newman Center Scholarship winner Barry Wygel ’12 and the John P. Moroney and Frances Murphy Moroney Merit Scholarship winner Jenna Chewens ’14.
Oswego’s already great accounting program can only get better, thanks to alumni support through the Center for Accounting Research and Education, or CARE.
Marcia Belmar Willock ’50 is a self-educated investor who made millions in the stock market. When she wanted to support her alma mater, she chose to invest in the next generation.