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Area Students Named Clarkson University Presidential Scholars

POTSDAM, NY – The following students were named Presidential Scholars for the spring 2013 semester at Clarkson University:

Louis Arena of Mexico, N.Y., a freshman majoring in aeronautical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Danielle Faivus of Oswego, N.Y., a sophomore majoring in biology.

Monica George of Oswego, N.Y., a freshman majoring in chemical engineering.

Daniel Wahl of Fulton, N.Y., a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering.

Christopher Netzband of Cleveland, N.Y., a senior majoring in chemistry.

Benjamin Davis of Fulton, N.Y., a senior majoring in civil engineering.

Thomas Haynes of Constantia, N.Y., a senior majoring in civil engineering.

Brian Walczak of Oswego, N.Y., a senior majoring in electrical engineering.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy.

One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues.

Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Moe Harrington Is ‘Mame’

OSWEGO, NY – Director Inez Manor Parker has cast Moe Harrington as the lead in the Oswego Players’ 75th Anniversary season musical, “Mame.”

Although Harrington is making her debut with the Players, she is no stranger to local theatre, being well-known particularly in the Syracuse area.

Moe Harrington

Moe Harrington

Harrington is thrilled to be under the direction of Parker, with whom she shared a stage in the Oswego Summer Theatre production of “Anything Goes,” playing the part of Reno Sweeney (many “Moon Ladies” ago…).

She is the associate development director for the Q Center, a safe place for LGBTQ youth, a NYS licensed massage therapist for 18 years and a board member at the Redhouse Theatre in Syracuse.

She has toured the East Coast extensively, with favorite credits including: “The Graduate,” “Funny Girl,” “Pete ‘n Keeley,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Romance/Romance” and her SAMMY nominated one-woman show, “One Moe Time” with music director Jeff Unaitis.

Harrington has appeared in the original cast of Jeff Kramer’s “Lowdown Lies” and “Reaching for Marsby.”

Skilled also as a director, Harrington’s credits include “Torch Song Trilogy,” and “Blue Plate Special,” (starring Oswego Players’ producer and actress, Tammy Wilkinson).

In addition, she has appeared in more than 20 titles for Full Cast Audio, and is the voice of Rosethorn in the “Circle of Magic” book series, written by NY Times Bestselling author, Tamora Pierce.

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch this uniquely talented woman on our own Frances Marion Brown Theatre stage.

The show is scheduled for production July 5, 6, 7, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m.; July 14 matinee at 2 p.m.

Ticket price is $15 across the board.

Pathfinder Bank has generously provided support toward this production.

The Oswego Players’ website at www.oswegoplayers.org is the source for more information.

SUNY Oswego partners in $15 million project to establish environmental health institute

OSWEGO — Four Central New York SUNY institutions — the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), SUNY Oswego, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Onondaga Community College — have won $15 million in a competitive grant program to create the SUNY Institute of Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the project’s approval June 3.

The funding comes from the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program, in which SUNY campuses developed and submitted collaborative economic development projects for funding.

SUNY Oswego’s contribution to the Institute of Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine will be the Center for Innovation in Wireless Technology, to be established in Syracuse.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State University of New York established the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program in 2011 to make SUNY a leading catalyst for job growth throughout the state.

“Thanks to the vision of Gov. Cuomo in partnership with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, the power of SUNY is being harnessed to revitalize the economy of Upstate New York. SUNY Oswego is honored to partner with our sister campuses in the Syracuse region in this round of NYSUNY 2020 funding,” said college President Deborah F. Stanley.

“We are elated at the approval of this grand collaboration, which aims to improve health care in New York and beyond by applying the concentration of resources in education and medicine that distinguishes our region,” Stanley said. “Technology has tremendous potential to open the door to better public health and, at the same time, to create new, high-paying jobs in Central New York — which our colleges and universities will train students to fill.”

The institute will be the first of its kind in the nation, intersecting medicine, environment, engineering, entrepreneurship, technology and education. It will address issues of global health and expand new research, provide academic and industry collaborations, and offer associate through doctorate degrees with a focus on improving health through understanding the environment’s impact on health and medicine.

The institute will leverage the strengths of the four SUNY campuses and other regional partners to support teaching, research, health care and entrepreneurial activity. It will collaborate with area industry partners including Welch Allyn, Colden Corp., C&S, O’Brien & Gere, and ConMed Corp. The institute will also provide new opportunities for development within existing partnerships such as the Central New York Biotechnology Research Accelerator and the University Hill Collaboration in Environmental Medicine.

The project to create the institute complements the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council’s Five-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan. The project expects to create 400 construction jobs, 651 permanent jobs in the wireless technology field and other areas of development, and expanded student enrollments. It also expects to contribute to 20 patents and at least 22 new start-up companies in five years.

The award is expected to help strengthen the REDC plan by leveraging the regional industry concentrations that already exist, encouraging cross-industry collaboration and attracting outside investment and interest.

Wireless technology center

Conceived by Oswego’s Engineering Advisory Board, the Center for Innovation in Wireless Technology will be the research, product development and testing arm of the Wireless Solutions Lab opening soon in Oswego’s new Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation.

Wireless applications in health care have the potential to vastly improve the mobility and comfort of patients as well as expand access to health services and lower the cost of care. The center will help conduct the research and development to assist industry partners in bringing new medical devices to market.

“Digital tools are the key to allowing us to combine personal health data, environmental data, and the social support of online communities to affect behavior change on a broad scale,” said Dr. Lorrie Clemo, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oswego. “The new Institute for Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine presents Central New York educators and our research partners with an auspicious moment in public health whereby new affordable technologies offer the potential to revolutionize health — much like what childhood vaccines did to reduce vulnerabilities and improve lives on a global scale.”

The project to establish the SUNY Institute of Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine received support from a diverse group of leaders in government, business and education. In addition, the institute’s Center for Innovation in Wireless Technology, received specific support, including from:

– Stephen F. Meyer, president and CEO of Welch Allyn, who said, “The Center for Innovation in Wireless Technology, combined with SUNY Oswego’s existing capabilities in software engineering, computer-human interaction, and businesses with access to wireless architecture and design experise, which is a considerable skill gap in New York and the United States. The opportunities afforded by this center will further develop a knowledeable workforce which would most assuredly advance economic development in the Cental New York region and beyond.”

– Jessica Crawford, president of MedTech, who said, “Whether the industry sector consists of medical and health care products and services, renewable energy, cleantech, communications, sensors, data, security or biotech, the state’s key manufacturing, agribusiness and creative service sectors will be suppported by a potential Center of Innovation in Wireless Technology.”

Fulton Rotary Club Gives Out 52nd Community Service Award

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Rotary Club was founded in 1919.

In 1961, the club gave its first “Community Service Award” to Synon Frawley.

The “Community Service Award” is given by the Rotarians to a person, or persons in the community who perform several acts that exemplify the Rotary Motto, “Service Above Self.”

The 52nd Award was presented on May 16 to Lori Lyons, by club president Charrise Kidd.

Lori Lyons and Charrise Kidd, right

Lori Lyons and Charrise Kidd, right

Lori works at the Fulton Walmart store.

In 2007-2008 she learned of Walmart’s “Volunteering Always Pays” program.

Lori has organized the gift of thousands of books given out at the Memorial Day parade.

She also has organized the “Stuff-A-Bus” program each summer to collect school supplies for students throughout Oswego County, with the help of the Greater Oswego County United Way.

Lori  coordinates the effort by Walmart employees to stock the food pantries at the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities.

Lori keeps track of the volunteer hours that Walmart employees donate to the community.

Walmart has a program where volunteer hours are matched by the company.

In 2010, Walmart contributed $3,000 to the community under this program.

This money was used to fund the “Born Learning Trail” at the CV Abbott/Hulett Park and Playground in Fulton.

The list of activities that Lori has started and successfully completed in our community goes on and on.

Lori truly exemplifies “Service Above Self”  and is very deserving of Fulton’s 2013 Community Service Award.

Rotarians Hear About STOP DWI Program

At a recent Fulton Sunrise Rotary meeting, Rotarian Tracie Pluff-Gioia introduced Robert Lighthall, the STOP DWI NY Oswego County Program coordinator.

Tracie Pluff-Gioia and Robert Lighthall

Tracie Pluff-Gioia and Robert Lighthall

Bob demonstrated a suspected DWI traffic stop procedure and simulated driving while intoxicated symptoms.

The level for a stop or arrest is .08 nationally.

The important message was Don’t Drink and Drive.

Have a plan before you drink.

The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets every Friday at 7 a.m. at Fulton’s Riverside Inn.

Patane Qualified for Dean’s List at The University of Akron

AKRON, OH – Daniel Patane of Fulton made the Dean’s List at The University of Akron for the spring semester. Patane is majoring in Geology – Engineering Geology.

To be eligible for Dean’s List, Patane maintained a GPA of 3.25 or higher and was enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.

The University of Akron offers more than 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs – with accreditations by 35 professional agencies.

With nearly 30,000 students and more than $65 million in research expenditures, UA is among the nation’s strongest public universities focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment in community and economic growth.

Programs are targeted to diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and online students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.

The distinctive Akron Experience enhances postgraduate success through internships and co-ops, academic research (both undergraduate and graduate), study abroad, on-campus student employment, and service projects. For more information visit www.uakron.edu

Students Named to Clarkson University Dean’s List

POTSDAM, NY – The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at Clarkson University:

Paige McCanney of West Monroe, N.Y., a senior majoring in biology and psychology.

Raymond Bielec of Constantia, N.Y., a junior majoring in chemistry.

Kasey McConnell of Pulaski, N.Y., a junior majoring in communication.

Kyle Connelly of Bernhards Bay, N.Y., a sophomore majoring in computer science and mathematics.

Zara Schmidt of Mexico, N.Y., a sophomore majoring in digital arts & sciences.

Joseph Dobiac of Pulaski, N.Y., a junior majoring in electrical engineering.

Justin O’Kay of Pulaski, N.Y., a junior majoring in electrical engineering.

Samantha Muller of Hastings, N.Y., a junior majoring in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Colton Braun of Fulton, N.Y., a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering.

Christopher Ingles of Pennellville, N.Y., a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

Dean’s List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy.

One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company.

Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues.

Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

VFW Post 369 to Provide Supermodified Halfway Bonus on June 15

OSWEGO, NY – With a jam packed schedule on the docket for Century 21 Galloway Realty Night at the Races on June 15 at Oswego Speedway, the Novelis Supermodified division will have a little more on the line thanks to Edick-Hamlink VFW Post 369 of Mexico.

Located at 5930 Scenic Ave. in Mexico, VFW Post 369 will provide a $100 bonus to the Novelis Supermodified driver that leads lap 25 of the Century 21 Galloway Realty 50-lap main event on June 15, which will be the second Supermodified feature of the night.

Due to the rain shortened program on June 1, double features will be run on June 15 with the final 20-laps of the Pathfinder Bank SBS main and the full 50-laps of the Novelis Supermodified main being run at the beginning of the June 15 racing program.

The VFW Post 369 Halfway Bonus will be awarded in the evening’s final feature event.

The Mexico Men’s Auxiliary of VFW Post 369 will be holding its third annual car show on Sunday, June 9 beginning at 9 a.m.

The show will feature 17 different classes of classic cars to be judged for awards, which will be presented at 4 p.m.

General admission for the show is only $3, and the event will fund many veteran and community charities locally as well as state wide.

For more information on VFW Post 369 as well as the Mexico Men’s Auxiliary Car Show visit online at www.vfwpost369.com

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com, FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

Heritage Foundation of Oswego Antique Show Will Be Held Harborfest Weekend

OSWEGO, NY – It’s time to mark your calendars for the annual Heritage Foundation of Oswego County Antique Show held Harborfest Weekend.

The event will be held in the historic Oswego YMCA Armory at 265 W. First St. on July 27 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and  July 28 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Visitors look around at a previous Heritage Foundation of Oswego County Antique Show

Visitors look around at a previous Heritage Foundation of Oswego County Antique Show

Show-goers will find unique antiques being sold by dealers from Central New York and beyond showcasing furniture, jewelry, collectibles, glassware, art, kitchen tools, and much, much more.

Many of the dealers are also interested in buying and when available will evaluate pieces brought by the public.

There is adjacent free parking, and the event is on the trolley route so it’s easily accessible from any of the Harborfest events and designated parking areas.

Admission is $3 per day with all proceeds to benefit the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County.

Food and drink will be provided by the Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club.

New this year, Heritage Foundation will operate a consignment booth at the show.

This is a great way to downsize and put some money back in your pocket at the same time.

Items can be donated or consigned, with Heritage Foundation receiving 25 percent of the sale price.

Items must be at least 50 years old and in saleable condition.

If interested, please contact the Heritage Foundation office at 315-342-3354 by July 24 to arrange pick-up of items.

Show coordinator Austin Wheelock believes the event has more to offer than just antiques.

“Being one of the only indoor attractions during Harborfest, it allows visitors an opportunity to beat the July heat or escape the rain and become immersed in different periods of our history,” he noted.

So if you are an antique aficionado or just a curious Harborfest visitor looking for a break from the outdoor activities, this event should appeal to all.

Heritage Foundation of Oswego County, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and protect the historic and architectural landmarks of Oswego County.

For more information on Heritage Foundation, visit www.oswegocountyheritage.org

For more information, please contact Wheelock at 315-532-1277 or by email at awheelock@oswegocounty.org

Area Students Win Brockport Scholarships

BROCKPORT, NY – The College at Brockport, State University of New York, has awarded scholarships to members of its incoming freshman class who have demonstrated academic excellence.

McKenzie Demong of Oswego, NY was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship.

Justin Haskins of Lacona, NY was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship.

Alise Tallents of Fulton, NY was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship.

Brockport awards three different types of scholarships to its incoming freshman. Freshman must live on-campus in order to be considered for the awards.

Its Presidential Scholarship is awarded to freshmen who have a high school average of 93 or higher, rank in the top 20 percent of their class and scored either a 1,200 or higher on their SAT exam or 26 or higher on their ACT exam.

Brockport’s Dean’s Scholarship goes to freshmen who are in the top 25 percent of their class, have a 90 or higher average and scored either an 1,100 or higher on their SAT exam or 24 or higher on their ACT exam.

The Recognition Scholarship is awarded to freshman who hail from outside of New York State and have demonstrated superior academic achievement throughout their high school program.

The Honors Scholarship is awarded to any freshman who is accepted into Brockport’s Honors Program. To be accepted into this program, students must have a 92 or higher high school average and have scored 1,150 or higher on their SAT exam or 26 or higher on their ACT exam.

The college at Brockport is a comprehensive four-year public college, located in Brockport. The college offers 50 undergraduate majors, more than 40 graduate programs as well as 24 teacher certification programs.

The college has been rated among the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review, a “Best Regional University” by US News & World Report, and a “Best Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

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