STEM education leader to welcome newest SUNY Oswego alumni at Torchlight

OSWEGO — A leading national advocate of science, technology, engineering and math education will encourage SUNY Oswego graduates of all majors to continue pursuing discovery and innovation as alumni when she speaks May 11 at the college’s Commencement Eve festivities.

Dr. Yvonne Spicer, who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oswego, will be this year’s mistress of ceremonies at the Commencement Eve Dinner and Torchlight Ceremony. All graduates and faculty of SUNY Oswego are invited to participate in the annual event, one of the college’s longest-standing traditions.

Dr. Yvonne Spicer
<p>Dr. Yvonne Spicer</p>

Spicer is vice president of advocacy and educational partnerships for the National Center for Technological Literacy based at the Museum of Science in Boston. She links schools with colleges and other educational partners, speaks at conferences and leads workshops.

“I absolutely love this work, and I feel it’s making a difference across this country,” Spicer told Oswego alumni magazine last year.

In 2011, she was named a founding member of a STEM advisory committee formed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices to help governors develop statewide STEM agendas.

Spicer’s Gateway Project has provided intense STEM training to more than 300 educators in 65 districts in Massachusetts. She recently worked with the design team on the National Research Council’s “Next Generation,” a framework for science education.

She holds a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Spicer, a 1984 and 1985 Oswego graduate, joins a diverse cast of recent Commencement Eve emcees that includes ESPN anchor Steve Levy, class of 1987; former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Donna Goldsmith, class of 1982; former New York gubernatorial press secretary and public relations executive Saleem Cheeks, class of 2001; popular Albany area television news anchor and reporter Benita Zahn, class of 1976; and 9/11 hero, Port Authority Lt. John McLoughlin, class of 1975.

With the exception of Commencement, the Torchlight Ceremony is the oldest academic tradition on campus. “The Message of the Torch” was written more than 75 years ago by Oswego faculty member Lida Penfield, for whom Penfield Library was named.

Last year, seven decades of alumni were represented in the Inner Circle. To join the group that will symbolically welcome the class of 2012 to the Oswego Alumni Association, RSVP by May 4 by calling 315-312-2258 or emailing [email protected]

The deadline to register for the Commencement Eve dinner is April 27; see http://www.oswego.edu/alumni/torchlight.html to register.