Alumni Bookshelf

Joseph P. Cangemi ’59, Ph.D.; Casimir Kowalski ’65, Ph.D.; and Ami Rokach, Ph.D., editors

With Book Foreword by SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley

Bullying: A Critical Problem in Education, Work Environments, Society

Xlibris, 2017.

This book examines bullying and its effects on individuals and groups. The volume contains contributions from well-known authors and researchers in the United States and abroad, and highlights bullying and how it is expressed under different conditions and situations.

Norma Butts Gatti ’74

The Tale of Tutu the Tooth Fairy

Page Publishing, Inc., 2017.

To all the neighbors, Tutu seems like the average sweet old lady, but her secret will surprise everyone! A story about the life and magic of Tutu the Tooth Fairy.

Alice McDermott ’75

The Ninth Hour

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.

The eighth novel by National Book Award-winner and three-time Pulitzer-Prize finalist McDermott is a powerful story spanning the 20th century, featuring a widow, her daughter and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in Brooklyn.


Al Roker ’76

Al Roker’s Extreme Weather: Tornadoes, Typhoons, and Other Weather Phenomena

Harper Collins, 2017.

New York Times bestselling author, award-winning meteorologist, and Today show co-anchor Al Roker explores extreme weather phenomena in his first book for kids. Dive deep into a world of fascinating weather with everyone’s favorite meteorologist!

Mark Allen Baker ’79

Images of America: Connecticut in World War II

Arcadia Publishing, 2017.

Part of the popular Images of America series, this book follows Connecticut’s transformation after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. This is Baker’s 19th book.


Mark Allen Baker ’79

The Fighting Times of Abe Attell

McFarland and Company, 2017.

In his 20th book, Baker shares the story of Abe Attell, the Hall of Fame boxer who was charged for alleged involvement in the 1919 Black Sox scandal. The charges were dropped, but the scandal changed Attell’s life.

John Gray ’85

God Needed A Puppy

The Troy Book Makers, 2017.

With proceeds to benefit animal shelters throughout the United States, Gray shares a children’s story of forest animals that help explain the loss of a pet.

Angela Di Michele Lalor ’87

Ensuring High-Quality Curriculum: How to Design, Revise or Adopt Curriculum Aligned to Student Success

Association for Christians in Student Development, 2017.

Drawing from her work with teachers and administrators to facilitate curriculum development, Lalor offers targeted advice and real-life examples from elementary and secondary units of study across a variety of content areas and standards.

Paul J. MacArthur ’88, James R. Angelini, and Andrew C. Billings

Olympic Television: Broadcasting the Biggest Show on Earth

Routledge, 2017.

An in-depth analysis on the evolution of the Olympics from an international sporting event to a sensational, unifying cultural phenomenon. Discover how and why the Olympics became one of the most watched televised broadcasts through diverse, multi-faceted approaches that focus on historical themes of race, gender, consumerism and nationalism.

Brad Thomas Parsons ’91

Distillery Cats: Profiles in Courage of the World’s Most Spirited Mousers

Ten Speed Press, 2017.

Parsons captures a topic that doubles down on two of his passions: cats plus booze. More than 30 cats were interviewed for this book. He is also the author of Bitters and Amaro.


John Rucynski Jr. ‘94, editor

New Ways in Teaching With Humor

TESOL Press, 2016.

This text explores the whole gamut of possibilities for using humor in English language teaching. These lessons provide English language learners with the linguistic and cultural knowledge they need to become more proficient users of the language.

Lou Paduano ’04

The Medusa Coin

Eleven Ten Publishing, 2017.

In the third installment of the Greystone series, Paduano raises the stakes for Detective Loren who returns to the city of Portents to stop the bearer of the Medusa coin from slaughtering the city’s people.

Ebony Coleman ’05

Head of Household: How I Broke the Cycle of Neglect and Took Charge of My Life

CreateSpace, 2017.

After years of suffering and devastating loss, Coleman found the strength to become her very own Head of Household. Readers will discover an understanding of the cycle of rejection and the all-encompassing Grace of God.

Yvona Fast ’81


Foothills Publishing, 2017.

This 24-page, hand-stitched chapbook captures the newest poetry by Fast. She resides in the northern Adirondacks, where she is a member of the Adirondack Center for Writing.

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