Campus Currents: Noteworthy News

Business School Continues to Earn National Attention

The Princeton Review has named the School of Business at SUNY Oswego among the nation’s most outstanding MBA-granting business schools for the 12th consecutive year. The college’s MBA program also tied for 20th among online master of business administration programs nationally — the highest of any institution in the state, according to U.S. News’ 2016 “Best Online Degree Programs: MBA” rankings published Jan. 12.

Oswego’s School of Business, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, was the only public school in New York to crack the U.S. News’ top 100 online graduate business programs list. After Oswego’s spot at number 20, other NY institutions on the list include Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders College of Business at 31st, Clarkson University at 36th and Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management at 44th.

“Students who enroll in the School of Business at SUNY Oswego can expect several things: excellent value for their money, intimate classes, knowledgeable professors, state-of-the-art facilities and an excellent hockey team,” the Princeton Review wrote in the school’s profile.

SUNY Oswego also offers customizable MBA programs in health services administration, management, public accounting and a variety of five-year options that combine an MBA with such under­graduate disciplines as broadcasting, psychology and public accounting. MBA delivery options include classroom-based in Oswego and/or at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse, blended classroom-online programs and the highly regarded, all-online MBA.



Report Card on Tobacco-Free Policies Gives College an ‘A’

SUNY Oswego achieved an A on “Tobacco Free U: 2015 Dean’s List,” a report card on efforts around New York state to prohibit smoking and other tobacco use on college campuses.

The college was among 60 on a list of 201 public and private colleges and universities—including community colleges and degree-granting technical and graduate schools—in the state to receive a grade of A in the report compiled by the American Cancer Society, its Cancer Action Network lobbying arm and the New York State Colleges Tobacco-Free Initiative.

For more information, visit, maintained by the college’s Clean Air Committee.



Financial Honor Organization Wins Recognition

SUNY Oswego’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi—the international honor organization for financial information students and professionals—has achieved “superior” status based on its performance in 2014-15. School of Business faculty member Andrea Zielinski Pagano ’08 advises the Lambda Zeta chapter at Oswego.

To achieve superior chapter status, chapters must include essential skill programs for their members, attend a regional or annual BAP meeting, and report a designated amount of outreach activities. In addition, each chapter member must have a certain number
of professional and service hours.

About 150 chapters achieved the honor this year. Superior designation includes an award of $275 sponsored by the KPMG Foundation.


Oswego Earns 2016 Best for Vets Recognition

Military Times has named SUNY Oswego a 2016 Best for Vets College, ranking it among only 125 four-year colleges and universities nationwide for the second consecutive year.

Oswego ranked 73rd, tops among the four State University of New York institutions on the list, which weighs results of detailed surveys and comparative national data. Other SUNY schools on the list were SUNY Plattsburgh, University at Buffalo and SUNY Cobleskill.

Services to veterans at Oswego include assistance with applications for admission; transfer of military and other college-eligible credits and financial aid; specialized academic advisement; emphasis on policies that are friendly to non-traditional students—those who do not follow a traditional high school-to-college path—and a Veterans Lounge and Veterans Club.



SUNY Council Honors Student Affairs Programs

Top SUNY student affairs awards recently went to groundbreaking SUNY Oswego programs designed to shift campus culture in reporting and response to sexual violence and to build respect for those of different races and ethnicities. A program titled “Creating a Culture of Reporting and Response: A Collaborative Approach” led by Lisa Evaneski, Title IX coordinator for the college, won a SUNY Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award in the category of violence education and prevention, crisis management, campus security and related programs.

The multifaceted “I Am Oz” campaign won a similar honor in the international; multicultural; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning gender; spirituality; disability; and related programs category. The program encourages mutual respect through meaningful conversation and understanding of cultural and other differences in regard to race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion and socioeconomic circumstances.

The cross-campus Diversity and Inclusion Committee has tackled such projects as diversity training for leaders of student organizations and resident assistants and staff; the ongoing “I Am Oz” poster campaign; and expanded efforts to encourage dialogue during the annual student-spearheaded Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month celebrations, including appearances by actor Hill Harper and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Blackmon. Jerald Woolfolk, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, recently was named interim chief diversity officer for the college.

In the same competition, the Student Association-led inaugural observance of OzFest won honorable mention. The last-day-of-class spring celebration, an alternative to the Bridge Street Run pub crawl, drew students by the hundreds to the center of campus for giant inflated thrill rides, games, music, refreshments and an evening concert.



Campaign, Report Honored in CASE District II Accolades

The campaign launch of 2014 as well as the college’s 2014 annual report have earned recognition in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education 2015 Accolades Awards District II program.

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations received the bronze award in the special events-individual event category for the launch of the public phase of the college’s With Passion and Purpose fundraising campaign on Oct. 16, 2014.

The mammoth project brought Al Roker ’76 and the Today show as well as ESPN’s Steve Levy ’87 to campus, coordinated with a special edition of the O’Donnell Media Summit that honored media icon Charlie Rose and celebrated the academic pursuits of a diverse range of faculty and students.

The college’s 2014 annual report, We Dwell in Possibility, captured the Gold Award in its category of digital annual or institutional reports. The Office of Communications and Marketing produced the report.

The recognitions come in a district with 700 institutions among seven states, two U.S. territories and Canada — the largest in CASE.



Inclusive Study-Abroad Initiative Earns National Honor

Marketing major Tiana Morris ’16 (left) organized and led a panel presentation last semester for students seeking opportunities to overcome financial and other challenges to study abroad.

Panels, posters and student mentors from among study-abroad veterans are all part of a campaign titled “I, Too, Am Study Abroad.”

The Institute for International Education chose Oswego’s campaign for honorable mention in its Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education program. The honor was one of only three awarded in the study-abroad category. An initiative of the college’s Office of International Education and Programs and students serving as study-abroad mentors, “I, Too, Am Study Abroad” seeks to raise awareness among students who have been underrepresented in study abroad programs, informing them of the benefits of international education and the availability of scholarships to help pay for it.


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