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.

From the Editor’s Pen

From the Editor's Pen

Although the magazine comes out in August, I am writing this column in June, right after Reunion Weekend. More than 800 alumni returned to campus for four days packed with good food, great friends and memories galore. The days are long — I’d be fibbing if I said my feet didn’t hurt! But what we — your alumni staff — take away from that weekend is a renewal and re-energizing of our passion for our profession.

Personally, I am always thrilled to hear your stories of relationships with professors cultivated, lifelong friendships forged and romances that bloomed right here on the shores of Lake Ontario.

It’s not too early to start thinking about two great Reunions coming up — Return to Oz IV is slated for Sept. 27 to 29, 2013. Register now for a Sept. 29, 2012, Kick-off Party in New York City ( And Reunion Weekend
2013 — June 6-9 — is already in the planning stages ( Volunteer for the Reunion planning committee, get in touch with your friends and come back to campus for a great time. We’ll be waiting to welcome you … and the Oswego alumni magazine crew will have our notebooks and cameras handy to record your inspiring stories!

President’s Desk

President Deborah F. Stanley portrait

As I write this, 10 faculty members from our School of Business have just departed for Turkey, where they plan to make new professional connections that will down the road benefit our students. This is just one example of the kinds of projects going on in this dynamic school, which we feature in this issue of the magazine with stories reviewing its 20-year development and profiling one of our most accomplished business alumni, Bob Moritz ’85.

SUNY Oswego recently received our most positive Middle States reaccreditation review in memory (see p. 3), and our School of Business radiates the sense of vibrancy and success you would expect from a vital part of our strong institution. Commitment to students, internships, field experience and service — these are areas that shone in our institution’s reaccreditation review, and they are all particular strengths in our School of Business.

The external team of evaluators appointed by our accreditor commended Oswego for our culture of assessment, and our business school in many respects led the way on campus in marshaling metrics to guide academic planning and development. They commended us for our international programs, and our business school is in the forefront of establishing dual degree programs with Chinese universities, bringing international scholars to campus, leading entrepreneur research abroad and exploring new opportunities for overseas partnerships. They commended our capital improvements, and, indeed, the renovation of Rich Hall as a home for our School of Business was one of the first big successes in our ongoing campus-wide renewal program.

We have recently launched the SUNY system’s first multidisciplinary cooperative education program, and accounting in the School of Business was our pioneer. The school’s MBA program joins hands with other disciplines on campus to offer five-year joint degrees, the newest to win approval involving Oswego’s renowned broadcasting program.

The School of Business partakes of the vigorous, can-do spirit that permeates SUNY Oswego and that characterizes so many of our alumni, as you can see in stories throughout this issue. Enjoy!

Deborah F. Stanley


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.