Making Connections: 2017 ALANA Conference Keynote Speaker Tiraya Conyers ’15

Tiraya Conyers '15

Tiraya Conyers ’15 is a health strategist and personal trainer for Equinox in midtown Manhattan. She is also the founder of Vanity Unedited Yoga & Meditation, teaching meditative practices to private and corporate clients – sometimes on the rooftops of New York City buildings. Conyers is this fall’s SUNY Oswego African, Latino, Asian and Native American

Journalist’s Experience Spans Decades, Transcends Technology

Ed Garsten '73

When Queens, N.Y., native Ed Garsten ’73 enrolled at SUNY Oswego, he thought he wanted to study acting in the theatre/speech program. But one visit to WOCR, the student-run campus radio station at the time, changed his path. He incorporated his love of theatrical characters and music with his news-junky tendencies into a passion for broadcast radio.

Alumnus, Guitar Maker and Custom Inlay Artist to the Stars

Dave Nichols '66

Some of the most famous rock ’n roll and country musicians spanning the decades can trace a treasured possession to a tiny hamlet near the New York-Canadian border, and to Dave Nichols ’66, Ph.D. They include Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, Del McCoury, David Grisman, Aerosmith and Merle Haggard. Nichols, a luthier (one who repairs stringed instruments), guitar

Alumnus, Decorated Officer Set to Retire

Colonel Mark E. Rosenstein M’95 M’98

Colonel Mark E. Rosenstein M’95 M’98 worried that deployment would interrupt his studies at SUNY Oswego. Stationed at the U.S. Army installation Fort Drum near Watertown, N.Y., in the mid-1990s, Rosenstein was among the first SUNY Oswego extended learning students on base; he also commuted to the Oswego campus. When the Army’s 10th Mountain Division deployed

Helping to Keep Kentucky Derby Winner ‘Always Dreaming’

Helping to Keep Kentucky Derby  Winner ‘Always Dreaming’

On a rainy Saturday in May, SUNY Oswego alumnus Tom Bellhouse ’86 stood trackside at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., cheering on one of his company’s most famous investments—racehorse, Always Dreaming. The thoroughbred went on to win the “greatest two minutes in sports,” the Kentucky Derby. As the chief operating officer of West Point Thoroughbreds, Bellhouse of

SUNY Oswego Zoology Alumnus Recognized for Dinosaur Discovery

Dr. Frank Varriale ’97

The answer is often in the details. And it was while studying the details that vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Frank Varriale ’97 made a key discovery in dinosaur jaw mechanics: Jaws of the ceratopsian dinosaurs moved forward and backward as well as up and down. Using casts of the fossils of the horned, plant-eating dinosaurs, Dr.

Alumna, Family Spreads Love for the Ice

Alumna, Family Spreads Love for the Ice

She is the all-time scoring leader as a SUNY Oswego women’s ice hockey team defenseman. She was the scoring leader for field hockey in the 1979-80 season. She has athletic accolades ranging from most valuable player to team captain. And when she graduated with a degree in education, she was far from done with the

More than a Million Miles on Five Continents: A Travel Writer’s Journey

More than a Million Miles on Five Continents: A Travel Writer's Journey

From a tent in a desolate desert region in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan, to the ferry docks on the island of Milos, Greece, to an isolated snowy mountain pass accessible only by snowmobile in the Rocky Mountains: It’s all in day’s work for David Drotar ’74. “One of my favorite trips recently was

Alumna Finds Satisfaction in Two Distinct Careers

Alumna Finds Satisfaction in Two Distinct Careers

Taryn Tracy Chapola ’97 was seven years into a fulfilling career as a graphic designer at Syracuse University Office of Publications and less than three months into her new role as a mother when some post-pregnancy bloodwork changed her life forever. On Jan. 20, 2005, less than a month away from her 30th birthday, Chapola

Alumnus Makes the Most of Life’s Obstacles and Opportunities

Alumnus Makes the Most of Life's Obstacles and Opportunities

Motivational speaker, bouncer, luxury hotelier, entrepreneur, inventor, stand-up comedian, film writer, start-up consultant, and non-profit fundraiser. These are a just few of the titles held by Brooklyn native Philip Caban ’05, who studied business administration at SUNY Oswego. When he arrived at SUNY Oswego, he said he was over- whelmed by its beauty, the opportunities