Octavia Morrison ’14, left, a zoology major and McNair Scholar who did research at Oswego’s Global Laboratory in Calcutta, talks Sept. 7 about her poster, “Biochemical Techniques for the Analysis of Proteins,” with biological sciences Professor Eric Hellquist, at the Summer Scholars Poster Symposium in Sheldon Hall ballroom. Provost Lorrie Clemo and the Office of Research and Individualized Student Experiences, or RISE, invited scores of Oswego student researchers, Global Laboratory students from Oswego and other colleges and high school students in Summer Science Immersion to display their posters and discuss their summer projects with visitors.
Joseph Coughlin ’82, who is internationally known for his work in gerontology and public policy, received an honorary doctor of science degree from the State University of New York May 12 at Oswego’s 151st Commencement. Coughlin, the founding director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, shared the words of an Oswego professor who deflected Coughlin’s gratitude toward future generations. “Perhaps the best advice I still carry with me from Oswego — give thanks to those who invested in you by being generous with others tomorrow,” Coughlin told the graduates and their families. The Oswego Alumni Association honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003, and he has been the keynote speaker at Quest, the college’s annual symposium of scholarly research and creative activity.
Corning Glass Technologies Chief Technology Officer and Augustine Silviera Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series speaker Peter Bocko ’75, left, met with students in Snygg Hall chemistry labs during his visit to campus in April. Bocko described a future of “ubiquitous connectivity” fueled by technology and glass that could support computers and applications virtually anywhere. This vision, outlined in the viral video “A Day Made of Glass,” (embedded below) is not without its drawbacks. “The technology is great, but at the same time we need to be responsible,” Bocko said.
Audience member Delia Reed ’12 “sings” the sounds of Tari Khan’s table during “The Role of Music in Education and Social Change,” a class session featuring the Pakistani artist Oct. 10 in the Campus Center auditorium. Performances initiated SUNY Oswego’s fall-to-spring program “Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet.” Caravanserai is a cultural engagement program launched by Arts Midwest, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Artswego is one of five arts presenters across the United States selected for the first year of the initiative.
Work is ongoing at Oswego’s new Science and Engineering Innovation Corridor. Renovation of the now-vacant Piez Hall and construction of an addition that will more than triple its present 80,000 square feet are scheduled for completion in 2013. In the meantime, science classes, offices and labs have been relocated to Snygg Hall. The multiphase project, whose total costs have been estimated at $118 million, is being bonded through the SUNY Construction Fund. Oswego is constructing the new science facilities to the U.S. Green Building Council’s gold standard for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
The President’s Climate Commitment and Environmental Sustainability Team was formed this spring and charged by President Deborah F. Stanley with creating a plan to make Oswego a more environmentally sustainable campus. Members took part in a retreat led by Lee Davis and Rob Neimeier from the engineering firm of O’Brien and Gere, with a goal to creating a sustainability roadmap for Oswego’s future. Members include, back row from left, theatre and sociology major Nick Pike ’12, Co-chair John Moore of Facilities Design and Construction, Tim Braun of Biological Sciences, Eric Foertch of Health and Safety and, front row from left, Barbara Shaffer of Penfield Library, Judith Belt of Technology Education, Kim Armani of the Metro Center, Rebecca Nadzadi of Campus Life and Betsy Oberst of Alumni and Development. Absent from the photo are Co-chair Casey Raymond of Chemistry, Lisa Langlois of Art, Mike Flaherty of Auxiliary Services, Rick Kolenda of Residence Life and Housing and Larry Perras of Small Business Development.