The Last Word – Winter 2015

Diana Abu-Jaber ’80

Diana Abu-Jaber ’80 shares an excerpt she adapted from her new memoir, Grace at the Table, slated to be published in spring 2016 by W.W. Norton. Her novel, Birds Of Paradise was awarded the Arab-American National Book Award. Her novels, Origin, Crescent and Arabian Jazz, and her memoir The Language of Baklava, also won several awards, including

From the President’s Desk

President Deborah F. Stanley

Behind the scenes. The concept conjures images of people in the shadows, amid pulleys, electrical cords and the blank sides of two-dimensional set pieces. Or the expression can signify an “edgy” approach that gives audiences an “insider’s” look into the making of a movie, a play or really any kind of creation or process. This

From the Editor’s Pen

Margaret Spillett

Wow, what an exciting few months! Since having my inaugural issue of the magazine published in March, I have checked off several more “firsts” on my quest to become a true Laker. In May, I attended the elegant and very moving Commencement Eve Torchlight Dinner and Ceremony. The inclement weather did little to diminish the

Taking Center Stage

George Dummitt ’69

AT CURTAIN: GEORGE DUMMITT ’69 is sitting on the hood of a cream-colored American Motors Gremlin on the set of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre in New York City. He is wearing a Local One union T-shirt, blue jeans, work boots. A quick-link hangs from his belt and holds his keys.

What Was Your Favorite Oswego Tradition?

What Was Your Favorite Oswego Tradition?

We’d love to hear about the Oswego traditions that existed during your days as a student. Please take a moment to email us at with “Oswego Tradition” in the subject line. We’ll share those traditions in a subsequent magazine article or online.

Find the Founder

Find the Founder

In the Spring 2014 issue, the Sheldon statue can be found in the middle, left side of the photo of Professor Juan Perdiguero on page 28. Grand prize winner of a College Store gift certificate and Sheldon Hall print is April Stokes ’00. Winning Sheldon Hall prints are Nancy Lause Middlebrook ’72, Rob Daniels ’89, Chuck Durante ’73,

Oswego Matters

Oswego Matters

A few months ago, we asked alumni how you’d like to stay connected to SUNY Oswego and with each other. I would like to thank all of you who took the time to answer the survey—there were hundreds of responses! We are busily reviewing the data and will share the results of your feedback in

The Last Word: Lois Frankel ’73

Lois Frankel ’73 Ph.D.

Lois P. Frankel ’73, Ph.D., writes in the introduction to Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office, that she wishes she did not have to revise her original best-seller on the 10th anniversary of its publication. She points out, however, that dismal statistics continue to show women in the workplace lag behind their male counterparts

The Last Word

Getting Away With Murder

The following excerpt is from Getting Away With Murder: Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan by Heraldo Muñoz ’72. In the book, he provides his personal account as the lead investigator on the United Nations Commission of Inquiry into the death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. He has written and edited