The Fiction Bug and the Man Who Introduced Me to the Devil … and Myself

By Jeff Durstewitz ’73

As you get older you remember certain “red letter” days. One of those, for me, came in the summer of 1971 when I spotted a name in the Oswego course catalog: Campbell Black, a novelist who was teaching fiction in the English Department’s new writing program. That day was, as the cliché has it, the

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.

Wild Attraction

Wild Attraction

SUNY Oswego’s zoology program is thrust into the spotlight when alumna Allysa Swilley ’15 attains internet fame as April the giraffe’s zookeeper; program leads to careers from caregiver to researcher to conservationist to animal rescuer—and much more. It’s just days after the season’s grand opening of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y., and Allysa Swilley ’15 is

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

DJ Tumbo: Mixing Music with Motivation Rufaro Matombo ’12

DJ Tumbo: Mixing Music with Motivation Rufaro Matombo ’12

It’s a sold-out crowd in Tyler Hall’s brand new Waterman Theatre; the stage is bathed in purple light. Hundreds of SUNY Oswego students file into their seats for one of the hottest campus events: the African, Latino, Asian and Native American Student Leadership Conference Fashion Show. As the show begins, the music kicks up a

Alumnus Shares ‘Passion and Purpose’ through Campaign Launch

Alumnus Shares 'Passion and Purpose' through Campaign Launch

It’s hard to believe that just two years ago I was working at WTOP and getting ready for another season of Laker hockey. I was fortunate during my senior year at SUNY Oswego to wear hats such as WTOP General Manager and Communications Intern with the Alumni and Development Office. Who would’ve ever imagined that