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SUNY Oswego Students Sharing Experiences Through New Blog Project

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SUNY Oswego’s new student blogs allow readers to follow students adjusting to college, playing sports, directing a play, getting involved in campus events, studying overseas, giving tours or even overcoming vision loss.

Nine students of varying backgrounds, activities and interests are participating in the first-time blog project, which can be found at www.oswego.edu/student/oswegoblogs.

Participants include:

– Sherrifa Bailey, a junior public justice and psychology major from Brooklyn interested in social justice and global issues

– Christopher Cook, a freshman English major from Rome making the college transition and writing for The Oswegonian

– Kendall Hanley, a senior zoology major from Raleigh, N.C., who is studying in Australia and also plays on the women’s ice hockey team

– Kevin Hollenbeck, a senior theatre and cinema and screen studies major from Stockbridge who is directing “Honor and the River”

– Cameron Jones, a senior broadcasting major from Hempstead involved in the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and campus events

– Leah Matthews, a junior elementary education major from Youngstown on the women’s swimming and diving team

– Julie-Jo Stanton, a senior public relations major from Edmeston interning in the Lifestyles Center and Public Affairs Office

– Erin Scala, a senior public justice major from Baldwinsville who describes herself as “that cool blind chick you see on campus”

– Kris Vicencio, a senior music and broadcasting major from Miller Place who is an admissions tour guide and active vocalist

The principal audience is prospective students interested in what they can do at Oswego, though a wide audience from the campus community and beyond have visited and commented on the variety of posts since the blogs launched Oct. 1.

Readers can learn more about Cook’s transition to the college environment: “I guess that it’s kind of like a bridge that you have to cross where one end of it is the life you’re used to and the other end is college life, and let’s face it, there are many of those bridges in our lives.”

Scala’s discussions of attending college after losing her eyesight provide insight: “At first, I thought that SUNY Oswego was way too big for anyone to navigate, let alone a blind person. After walking around, getting involved with clubs and meeting people, it is very easy and comfortable to go from point A to point B both on and off campus.”

Filing dispatches and photos from Australia, Hanley said the workload “is definitely challenging me, which is a good thing! . . . I really like my Coral Reef Ecology class . . . Today we discussed the current impact and predicted effects global warming and ocean acidification will likely have on corals reefs in the future.”

Students have pledged to update their blogs at least once a week during the academic year, and readers can provide feedback through a moderated comment system.