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College Student Association Working To Curb Student Problems In City

To the Editor,

As a long-time participant in the Oswego community, the Student Association places
great emphasis on fostering positive relationships with the city of Oswego and its

We represent over eight thousand full-time and part-time students, and it is our
mission to help them integrate into the greater Oswego community.

During the previous semester, the Student Association was made aware of problems created when students choose to celebrate in the city.

We want everyone – student and community member – to know that we disapprove of any conduct which reflects poorly on the students of SUNY Oswego, and that we are also actively taking steps to discourage such behaviour.

To that end, the Student Association, as a long-time partner with the Campus-City
Relations Committee, has put forth a proposal in which we have outlined a plan to help
reduce the number of disorderly conduct violations committed by students.

This plan includes ongoing cooperation with law enforcement, public awareness campaigns aimed at incoming students, and the development of student activity space on campus.

The Student Association has made a long-term commitment to minimizing the number of
incidences, and will continue to develop and adjust our efforts as needed.

It is the Student Association’s responsibility to address issues important to the students of
SUNY Oswego, and to take action when warranted.

We will actively participate in any efforts made toward addressing the quality-of-life issues, and hope to continue to build a positive relationship with the City of Oswego.


Matthew A. Harmer,
Student Association President Pro Tempore

SUNY Oswego Welcomes Students, Classes Start Today

By Nicholas Cafalone
OSWEGO, NY – There is only one conclusion to be had when the local stores begin to fill with young and mysterious faces in Oswego; it’s time for a new year of classes at SUNY Oswego.

Friday marked the beginning of the mass exodus to the lakeside campus for freshman from all around the state and even the world. Students moved in, ahead of a possible visit from Hurricane Irene.

Students were scheduled to return this weekend to campuses throughout the state for the start of the fall semester. Many campuses downstate, including the Fashion Institute of Technology, Farmingdale State College, and Maritime College, postponed move-in to later in the week.

Many other campuses, such as SUNY IT in Utica/Rome and SUNY Oswego, offered early move-in to their downstate students to avoid travel during the storm.

“I decided on SUNY Oswego because they offer my major and it’s a beautiful area,” said Karl Backhaus of Troy.

Backhaus decided to attend SUNY Oswego when he discovered they offered a degree in geological chemistry.  Outside of that he was influenced by friends’ parents and a musician he listens to, all who have attended SUNY Oswego.

“I’m very excited for new friends, new experiences and new memories,” said Backhaus.

Lake Ontario seems to be one of the big draws for new students.

Ryan Bauer of Warwick, said he decided to transfer to SUNY Oswego from SUNY New Paltz because of the lake and “a few other reasons.”

Friday’s move-in day welcomed 1,400 new freshmen and 500 transfers.

For the new arrivals, the school set up a campus job-o-rama in the afternoon to help new students find employment on campus.

Following an opening picnic in the quad by Hewitt Union, the college hosted a welcoming torchlight ceremony that evening followed by a cappella pop-jazz quartet, the Blue Jupiter.

Classes begin today (Aug. 29) not only on campus but at SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse and SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center, as well as online.

Approximately 35p upperclassmen moved in to The Village on Saturday.

Move-in day for more than 2,000 other returning student residents was set for Sunday. Some took advantage of the early move-in offer.


Wednesday: Student Involvement Fair (more than 160 clubs and organizations), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; blood drive, 1 to 5 p.m., Swetman Gymnasium, Campus Center.

Thursday: Cruising the city fair with local businesses, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Campus Center arena; farmers’ market, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., West First Street.

Friday: Green and Gold Day – campus communities sport the school colors; Green and Gold Ice Cream Social, 12:40 to 1:35 p.m.,
academic quad or Campus Center activity court (faculty, staff and students group photo at 1:30 p.m.).

College Students: Don’t Forget Your Tooth Brush!

By Rebekkah McKalsen, Contributing Writer

OSWEGO, NY – Fall classes at SUNY Oswego start in a few days, when more than 4,300 residential students return to Oswego.

SUNY Oswego freshmen move in Friday, Aug. 26; classes start Aug. 29.

Many of the first-year college students are leaving home for the first time.

All packed and ready to head to college? Maybe you ought to double check.

All packed and ready to head to college? Maybe you ought to double check.

We asked current college students what necessary items they have found themselves without most often in order to help students be more ready for move-in day.

Tooth brushes and other small items topped the list, especially for students who visited home throughout the semester.

Shellemar Rider, a Parish resident who is currently a sophomore at TC3, said that she didn’t forget anything when she first left home.

But, she said that she did end up forgetting things when coming home for isolated weekends throughout the school year.

“I forgot things a couple of times when I was coming home and going back. I forgot my tooth brush and [hair] brush several times so I ended up leaving a set at home and a
set at school.”

Between coming and going from school, this reporter has also left small items such as a hair brush and make-up.

Another concern was batteries and chargers for electrical devices.

Katie Cloe, who is studying at Wells College, listed several items including batteries and the TV remote, which she left at home.

“I always forget essential  things,” she said with a laugh.

Even students who believed, as Kerri Knopp did, that they “had all of the bases covered,” found themselves without essential items.

Knopp, a residential student at SUNY Oswego, said, “I wish I had brought a printer with me so I didn’t have to walk through campus to get to the library at night.”

Knopp said that doing so made her nervous because the campus “can be creepy at night.”

Knopp’s concerns are legitimate ones; according to Security on Campus Inc, a nationwide non-profit organization, 72 percent of crimes on college campuses happen
at night.

There has also been research conducted by the US Department of Justice suggesting that as many as one in four women will be raped while enrolled in college.

Rather than walking across the campus to go to the library and print a paper, which is something most students do alone, having a printer is a much simpler option that leaves students with peace of mind.

Other students wished they had been more prepared for the challenges of college.

Joshua Lamb, a Fulton resident who studied at Liberty University in Virginia, said that he wished he had been reminded to manage his time better.

“With more freedom comes more responsibility,” he noted. “It is not as easy as being at home.”

Cayuga CC Receives $25k Grant to Develop Learning Communities to Increase Student Retention and Success

Submitted by Cayuga Community College

Last summer, U.S. President Barack Obama challenged the country to reclaim the top spot in producing college graduates in the world by 2020, and emphasized the role community colleges will play in achieving this goal. Currently, the United States ranks 12th in the world at producing workers who hold at least an associate’s degree, with more than one-third of American college students failing to complete their degrees within six years, according to the president.

Cayuga Community College is taking action to do its part to support its students to successful completion of their degrees, with help from a $25,000 Gateway to College National Network Innovation Collaborative grant. The funds enable the College to create and pilot learning communities that link developmental courses with a student success course and mentoring support system.

The College will use the money to help cover the costs of training and planning time for faculty and campus leaders to create developmental learning communities. Learning communities create a cohort of students who are enrolled in the same course or courses and often focus on a common reading or the same major theme across a variety of academic disciplines.

“Learning communities are valuable to all students, but appear to provide a particular benefit to students who need developmental coursework,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Development Anne Herron, Ph.D. “We’re very excited about this opportunity to support our incoming students with this highly collaborative and effective program that serves to encourage their engagement and persistence in college.”

Innovation Collaborative, a new Gateway to College National Network initiative, brings together representatives from select American colleges to create and scale learning communities and engaging pedagogy within their developmental education departments. During start-up training, participants receive intensive instruction on integrative curriculum design techniques, active-learning teaching methods, and solution-focused student support strategies. The program also provides each college with a coach to support teams in the implementation and refinement of their learning community designs.

Part of the grant requires Cayuga faculty and administrators to attend a Gateway to College National Network conference that will help Cayuga implement structures and practices to increase student persistence and completion. Among the topics to be discussed are building communities of practice, increasing face time between students and faculty, and implementing learner-centered strategies.

“The College’s ability to pilot developmental learning communities would allow the institution to research the feasibility of employing these nationally recognized, high-impact strategies to address overall issues of student engagement and persistence,” Herron said.

Kindergarten To College Immunization Clinic Offered At Oswego County Health Department

OSWEGO, NY – Although the school year just ended, it’s time to make sure your child has the right immunizations for the next school year. New York State requires people to receive certain vaccinations to be eligible for entrance to school.

These requirements range from children entering kindergarten to students going to college.

The Oswego County Health Department will offer walk-in K- College immunization clinics every Tuesday beginning July 19 and ending Sept. 13 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St, Oswego.

The clinics will run from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesdays only.

The specific vaccines your child needs for entrance to school can be found at http://www.nyhealth.gov/publications/2370.pdf

“All college students attending school in New York State are required to be immunized against measles, mumps and rubella,” said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Public Health Director. “Depending on your course of study, colleges may require additional vaccines. This information can be found by contacting the college.”

Those planning on attending one of the K-College clinics who have never been to an Oswego County immunization clinic should bring their most recent shot record to the clinic.

These can most easily obtained from your private provider or the school you’ve attended most recently.

Parents who have questions about immunization or would like more information, may call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

Buc Athletes Sign Up For College Action

OHS athletes sign college letters of intent.

OHS athletes sign college letters of intent.

OSWEGO, NY – A trio of Oswego High School student-athletes signed letters of intent recently.

From left are Chris Pike (Gannon), Lacey Brown (Pfeiffer University) and Sean Stegemoller (Canisius).

Pike will play football, Brown lacrosse and Stegemoller will swim at the college level.

Joining them (in back) are their parents Dom and Sandy Pike, Gwen and Jay Brown and Stacy and Russell Stegemoller.

Oswego Council OK’s New Sewer Deal With College

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Common Council zipped through a relatively light agenda Monday night.

Mayor Randy Bateman and Sixth Ward Councilor Bill Sharkey were absent. The meeting was presided over by Council President Ron Kaplewicz.

The council authorized the mayor to sign a five-year sewer use agreement with SUNY Oswego.

The former deal expired June 30, 2010. The new contract is effective July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2015.

The agreement sets a starting rate of $7.90 per 1,000 gallons for the first year. It then increases 3 percent per year for each year after.

The college also agreed to pay its percentage share of the cost of the upgrade of the city’s westside wastewater treatment plant.

Councilors rescinded Resolution 322 of Aug. 9, 2010 – new fee schedule for the Crisafulli and Cullinan ice skating rinks.

At last week’s committee meetings, Mike Smith, DPW commissioner, requested discussion regarding setting new ice rental rates at the Crisafulli and Cullinan ice rinks for Oswego Minor Hockey Association and Oswego Figure Skating Club activities for September 2011 through March 2014 at $115 per hour and at $100 per hour for four tournaments each year sponsored by OMHA and one skating competition sponsored by OFSC.

The council approved establishing the new rates for the organizations.

The city and representatives from each group have agreed to meet each year, prior to April 30, to discuss areas of mutual concern.

Councilors also approved a new fee schedule for use of the rinks by the public as well as for events which are held by for-profit organizations, companies, associations etc.

Harbor Festivals was granted an exception of the open container ordinance for the upcoming Harborfest.

Tom Van Schaack, executive director of Oswego Harbor Festivals, requested permission to allow Harborfest to have a beer and wine garden in Washington Square (East) Park during the festival, July 29 – 31.

It will be a fenced-in area operated by Oswego Harbor Festivals where no alcohol will be brought in or taken out, he explained.

They are seeking a variance of the city’s open container ordinance just for that specific area.

The hours would be 3 to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 3 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Oswego Harbor Festivals will supply sufficient security and will control access and egress, he said. And, everyone who gains access will be subject to ID and wrist-banding, he added.

And the council granted an exception to the noise ordinance to Don Wahrendorf, owner of The Sting, located at 49-51 W. Bridge St., on Friday and Saturday during Harborfest.

The hours would be from 10 p.m. July 29 to 2 a.m. July 30, 5-9 p.m. July 30 and 10 p.m. July 30 to 2 a.m. July 31.

Atom Avery’s request to use public space was also approved.

The owner of a multiple-family dwelling at 96 W. Oneida St. wants to install two new parking spaces in public space located between the sidewalk and the building on the West Eighth Street side of the property. Two on the other side of the property would be returned to green space.

Third Ward Councilor Cathy Santos and First Ward Councilor Connie Cosemento both spoke in support of Avery; they pointed out he is taking a troubled property and improving it.

They also OK’d a request to use public space by Christopher Risavi and Lakshman Prasad.

The owners of 73 W. Bridge St. want to install two new parking spaces between the sidewalk and the property line, fronting West Fifth Street.

Councilors also approved use of the Crisafulli Skating Rink by Squared Circle Wrestling for an event to be held Sept. 16.

The council approved a request by Linda Goodness, member of the Springboard Mural Project Committee, requested use of public space for the installation of the fourth series of murals to be placed on the Oswego Riverwalk West.

The committee is made up of local artists, representatives from the city, the City-County Youth Bureau, Oswego County Opportunities, the Oswego Arts Collaboration and the YMCA.

The council approved the low bid from Solar Liberty ($189,696) for a turnkey installation of a 50 Kw solar panel system for the Crisafulli Rink. And, the mayor was authorized to execute all documents necessary for the project.

The city received an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from NYSERDA in the amount of $283,425.

The city is required to contribute an additional $14,917 for a total project cost of $298,342.

NYSERDA will consider allowing the contractor to install an additional smaller solar panel system to fully utilize the funding provided in the grant.

Among the other resolutions approved by the council were:

  • Selling the decommissioned incinerator from the Animal Control Shelter on Auctions International.
  • Attendance by Sue Deary, assessor, at two one-day courses. Sustainable Housing & Building Green will be held June 21 and Real Estate Contracts will be held June 22 at the Professional Career Center Inc. in Syracuse.
  • The purchase of a used 2002 Ford E 350 7.3 Diesel, ambulance with 15,913 miles for $12,000 from Four Town First Aid Squad, Moravia.
  • And, the demolition of the rear of the dwelling and clean up the rear yard of 14 Walter St. The owners have turned control of the property over to the city.

Cayuga Community College Hosts Book Drive For United Way

FULTON, NY – Faculty, staff and students of Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus are accepting donations of new and gently used children’s books for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Success By 6 Program.

Members of PTK at Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus are holding a book drive for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Success By 6 Program. Kneeling from left are Cralynne Abbott; Executive Director of the United Way, Melanie Trexler; and PTK advisor, Kathy Sipling. Standing from left are Corey Fleming, Virginia Buffett, Jim Coulter, Peter Rowley, Thania Reyome, Johnny Santiago, Mary Angela Fisher and Geoff Bertollini.

Members of PTK at Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus are holding a book drive for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Success By 6 Program. Kneeling from left are Cralynne Abbott; Executive Director of the United Way, Melanie Trexler; and PTK advisor, Kathy Sipling. Standing from left are Corey Fleming, Virginia Buffett, Jim Coulter, Peter Rowley, Thania Reyome, Johnny Santiago, Mary Angela Fisher and Geoff Bertollini.

The book drive is to collect children’s books for distribution during Fulton’s annual Memorial Day Parade.

Over the past 4 years the United Way’s Success By 6 Program has given away hundreds of children’s books at the Fulton Memorial Day Parade.

Thanks to the support of Cayuga Community College the agency will be able to continue the tradition.

“Everyone at Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus has been very good to us over the years whether it’s a book drive, a food drive, our Stone Soup Luncheon, or support for our annual campaign, their generosity has been overwhelming. We are looking forward to once again distributing children’s books along the parade route.  It’s heartwarming to see the looks on the children’s faces when they receive the books. It is a great opportunity for us to promote literacy as we provide parents with books they can read to their children and children with books they can read themselves. By promoting early childhood development we are helping children succeed for life,” said United Way Executive Director, Melanie Trexler.

Those wishing to donate books can do so at the Fulton Campus of Cayuga Community College on Route 3 or drop them off at the United Way office, 1 S. First St.

Arrangements for pick-up can be made for donations of large quantities of books.

For more information, call 593-1900.

College Students By Day, Oz Roller Girls By Night

OSWEGO, NY – By day, they may look like any other student walking across the SUNY Oswego campus.

At night, they trade their books for skates, pads and helmets as members of the Oz Roller Girls derby team.

Derby student Katherine Hansen of the Oz Roller Girls, also known as Kannonball Kat-astrophe, is congratulated by members of the Utica Rollergirls after a recent scrimmage. She is among the SUNY Oswego students participating in the first year of the league. The home debut is April 23 in Crisafulli Rink.

Derby student Katherine Hansen of the Oz Roller Girls, also known as Kannonball Kat-astrophe, is congratulated by members of the Utica Rollergirls after a recent scrimmage. She is among the SUNY Oswego students participating in the first year of the league. The home debut is April 23 in Crisafulli Rink.

Students Emma Draper, Laurie Edwards, Katherine Hansen, Lindi Himes and Jean Smyth study different subjects and come from various backgrounds, but they constitute a key part of the Oz Roller Girls, whose home debut as a flat-track derby team comes April 23 vs. the Crown City Royal Pains at Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink.

They represent part of the wide tapestry that is the community team, whose professions range from business owner to manager, accountant to farmer.

“I joined roller derby because I needed an outlet; something that was physical and helped me balance life stressors,” said Draper, a psychology major from Oswego set to graduate in December, who goes by the name Short Fuze on the track. “I am glad that I joined because not only have I found a sport that I am completely in love with, but I have come to know some of the best and most kindhearted people. I have gained an entire roomful of sisters, and could not be closer to them.”

Graduate technology education major Edwards, also known as Eddie Krueger, joined for the athletic challenge after participating in sports during her undergraduate years at SUNY Oswego and growing up in Saratoga Springs.

“The athleticism required for this sport is out of this world,” Edwards said. “It really has been a challenge for me to become even proficient and successful in this sport, but I am in the best shape of my life.”

Smyth, an undeclared freshman from Poughkeepsie with the track name Hot Donna, learned about the team when visiting the Wicked Evil Skate Merch shop, owned by league founder Victoria Usherwood Gailinas.

“I may not be particularly good or observant or confident but knowing my team has my back no matter what is a great feeling,” said Smyth, who also appreciates the “no drama” rule the league has. “I’ve been on plenty of all-girl teams from soccer to crew and the petty drama can be practically unbearable.”

Derby is a family affair for junior business administration major Himes of Oswego, who goes by Crushed Red Pepper, as her sister and cousin were already on the Oz Roller Girls.

“It’s amazing!” Himes said. “You meet a bunch of great people and it’s an enjoyable sport. Everyone gets along and it’s just all-around fantastic.”

Hansen, a non-traditional student and mother, has always been drawn to the sport.

“It’s something I always wished I would have the opportunity to do and when I heard it came to Oswego I knew I would have to get in on it,” said the senior philosophy-psychology major from Palermo also known as Kannonball Kat-astrophe. “It took some time for me to find the courage to show up and meet new people, learn how to skate, etc., but I decided that I didn’t want to look back on my life with regrets, wishing I had done this, so I got over my fear and here I am.”

Time management proves a bit of a challenge, but Draper has been able to schedule her classes in the day to make room for derby and work at night.

“It has not been without its frustrations and stress, but I am thankful that I am not the only girl on the team that willingly plans her life around derby,” Draper said. “Joining this team is one of the best things that I have ever done, and it is an experience that I will never forget.”

Edwards said, “good time management skills and Google Calendar” have helped her balance derby, school, work, her job search and the rest of her life.

But “the community and camaraderie on my team” has made it worth it, she said. “Everyone in the league was just so welcoming and accepting, it was very easy feel at home.”

Balancing time with the “extended family” of other skaters, coaches, referees and volunteers with demands of motherhood and classes is less challenging than Hansen initially feared.

“I felt guilty at first about the time that derby took away from my family and school work, but … it has made me a better mom and student because of it,” Hansen said. “I now have an outlet for the everyday stressors that we all experience. I feel healthier, mind, body and soul all thanks to this sport. Plus, my kids think it’s pretty cool they have a ‘derby mommy.'”

For the Oz Roller Girls’ April 23 home opener, doors open at 5 p.m., with the bout beginning at 6 p.m.

As part of the organization’s commitment to give back to the community, part of the proceeds from the bout will benefit the local Veterans Administration Outreach Clinic.

For tickets (including discount presale general admission $6 seats), information or to learn more about participating or volunteering, visit www.ozrollergirls.com

OHS “Class of 2011” Acceptances Confirmed

OSWEGO, NY – Members of the Oswego High School “Class of 2011” are being accepts at colleges and universities as many students prepare for their next step in education.

Recent acceptances include:

Haley Annal – Elmira College, College of St. Rose

Morgan Domicolo – LeMoyne College, St. John’s University, Hartwick College (attending)

Austin Tracz – LeMoyne College LeMoyne College Founders Scholarship ($40,000)

Jessica Ciesla – SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry

Kiley Batchelor – St. John Fisher College

Andrew DiVita – SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry (attending)

Thomas Drumm – Keuka College (Keuka College George H. Ball Achievement Scholarship

Sarah Fox – Bryant & Stratton College

Adam Foley – Cayuga Community College (attending)

Michaela Auer – SUNY Cortland

Bridget Collins – SUNY Cortland

Sarah Bucher – SUNY Potsdam, Niagara University, St. Bonaventure University

Meghan Stewart – Hilbert College

Mary Finn – Alfred University (Alfred University’s Jonathan Allen Award for Leadership)

Christina Buckingham – Nazareth College

Alex Baer – SUNY Purchase, SUNY Binghamton

Joseph Hutchins – SUNY Oswego

Matthew Krocke – SUNY Oswego

Stephen LiVoti – Alfred University

Danielle Mather – Seton Hill University, Gannon University, Daeman University, D’Youville College, St. Francis Physicians’ Assistant Program

Rachelle Moree – Cayuga Community College

Colin Morgan – SUNY Oswego

Chelsea Ottman – Nazareth College

Sean Peel – SUNY Brockport

Christopher Pritchard – SUNY Oswego

Emily Rumrill – LeMoyne College

William Clary – Alfred University (Alfred University Presidential Scholarship)

Katrina Debaun – SUNY Oswego

Kiley Batchelor – Niagara University

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