Video: Torchlight Ceremony speaker Yvonne Spicer ’84 M ’85

Video: Torchlight Ceremony speaker Yvonne Spicer '84 M '85

The Oswego Alumni Association welcomed Yvonne Spicer ’84, M ’85 as this year’s mistress of ceremonies at the Commencement Eve Dinner and Torchlight Ceremony May 11.

“You are deeply immersed in the digital native generation,” she told 700 students, faculty, staff and family gathered for Commencement Eve Dinner. “Many of the jobs you will have, have not been invented yet.”

Spicer is vice president of advocacy and educational partnerships for the National Center for Technological Literacy based at the Museum of Science, Boston.

Photo: Commencement speaker

Joseph Couglin '82

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.

Student’s origami aids Japan

Cranes for Japan

Amanda Woomer ’12 has made so many tiny colored paper cranes that now,
as she carries on a conversation, she doesn’t notice her hands meticulously completing each fold to produce a finished crane.

In fact, she only notices what she is doing when she sets the finished crane on the table and starts on another. The intricate piece of origami is roughly the size of a matchbook and very delicate. In two minutes, she has transformed a 3-by-3-inch scrap of paper into a work of art. She is folding for her friends and for people she’s never met.

Photo: Planning for sustainability

Environmental Sustainability Team

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.

Grant Supports Undergraduate Research in Brazil

Banco Santander, SUNY and Brazil representatives

Oswego students Earl Bellinger ’12 and Janet Buckner ’12 eagerly tell how their summer 2010 work at the college’s global laboratories in Brazil studying the stars and surveying wildlife has opened opportunities for them as future scientists.

As they prepared to return this summer, they had a chance to share their stories with representatives of the international partnership that is supporting a Brazilian research experience for them and 13 other SUNY students this year and another 15 next year.