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Class of 2012 inducted into Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame

The Buccaneer Booster sponsored Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame “Class of 2012” induction ceremony was held recently. Inducted were (front row) Debbie (Miller) Lyons, Howard “Howie” McCann, Sherry (Brown) McCann, Barbara Carl (accepting for her late husband Francis Carl) and Erwin “Jeep” Dewey. Hockey representatives included Derek Carr, Mike Foley, Steve Cook, Matt Vashaw, Chris Rinoldo and Ben Miller.
The Buccaneer Booster sponsored Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame “Class of 2012” induction ceremony was held recently. Inducted were (front row) Debbie (Miller) Lyons, Howard “Howie” McCann, Sherry (Brown) McCann, Barbara Carl (accepting for her late husband Francis Carl) and Erwin “Jeep” Dewey. Hockey representatives included Derek Carr, Mike Foley, Steve Cook, Matt Vashaw, Chris Rinoldo and Ben Miller.

Nearly 100 Oswego High School former athletes, coaches, family members, friends and Buc sports fans were on hand for the 2012 induction of Buccaneer Booster-Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Howard “Howie” McCann and his wife Sherry (Brown) McCann were joined by former Buc four letter athlete Deborah (Miller) Lyons, 50 year coach Erwin “Jeep” Dewey, the family of the late Francis “Fran” Carl and members of the 1995-96 and 1996-97 state runner up New York State hockey team as they were all inducted into the elite hall of honor.

The evening started with the induction of Fran Carl, who was a star in Oswego High School athletics in the late 1940s and was a standout in football and basketball.

His daughter Maureen accepted in honor of her father and thanked the committee for the honor. She also expressed that her father not only enjoyed playing sports, but was a coach and mentor of many youngsters as he continued his love of sports after leaving the scholastic arena.

Sherry “Brown” McCann was presented for induction by Hall of Fame member Helen Jermyn.  She was a standout in basketball and track throughout the four years at OHS. She received numerous league and school honors.

Howard “Howie” McCann joined his wife Sherry as the first married couple to be inducted.

He was a four year varsity baseball player and starred on the gridiron for three years. He also was the recipient of league and school honors during his time at OHS.

He was introduced by Mike McCrobie, who read a letter from former coach and Hall of Fame member Ted Kerley, who cited the outstanding leadership traits of McCann.

After high school he played baseball at Gulf Coast Community College and at Mississippi State. He had also been drafted by the Minnesota Twins.

Currently, he is the owner of McCann’s Windward Baseball Academy.

Howie said, “I would just like to thank everybody this is quite and honor for me and my wife.”

Debbie (Miller) Lyons was also inducted into the Hall of fame and was another recipient of the OHS Outstanding Female Athlete Award. She had earned over a dozen varsity letters in her four years and excelled in softball, volleyball, basketball and soccer.

Debbie noted, “This is a wonderful honor. Playing Oswego sports was awesome. I’ll always be a Buccaneer.”

Veteran coach Erwin “Jeep” Dewey has been at the helm of the track team for a half century. His dedication to football (33 years total) and track as well as to the student athletes has been monumental.

He not only was a three-sport athlete in school, but after college, returned to Oswego as a physical education teacher. He never left Oswego and has been an integral part of the program for over five decades.

He was brought to the podium for his induction after his son Kevin expressed the love and dedication his father continues to display to athletes and family.

“Jeep” thanked the late Joe Wilber for his support and noted, “It really is an awesome experience for me.”

The 1995-96 and 1996-97 state runner up varsity hockey teams were inducted together.

The two hockey teams consist of many players who contributed both years in the seasons which concluded as state runners up in the New York State Public High School Association Division I Championship Tournament.

In 1995-96 the team finished 21-3 and the following year was 21-7-1.

Members of both teams were Mark Donabella, Matt Vashaw, Mike Tucker, Mike Foley, Steve Cook, Phil Carroll, Chris Rinaldo, Ben Perlman, Chris Ackley, Greg Parr, Mark DeSantis, Travis Doty, Nate Elliott, and Kevin Jung

On the 1995-96 squad were Matt Von Esch, Brendan Coliver, Ben Miller, Pat DeBan, Josh Crannell, Erik Cole and Jeremy Knopp.

The 1996-97 team also included T.J. Barnes, Dan Farley, Chris Mathes, Derek Carr, Lou Iorizzo, Josh Molinari, Bob Haynes, Mike Fortier, Tris Gillen, Brian Gallagher.

Ben Miller accepted for the 95-96 team and Mike Foley for the 96-97 team.

Assistant Coach Mark Fierro expressed his thoughts about the two teams, as master of ceremony Bill Foley read the letter.

The players thanked their coaches, teammates and Buc Boosters.

However, Foley added, “I would like to also thank our parents as they trucked us all around the northeast and the Oswego community for all of their support from the squirt ranks up through the varsity.”

The Buc Booster Club sponsored Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame continues to grow with the addition of these outstanding athletes and coach. Nominations are being accepted as the “Class of 2013” is expected to be inducted in the fall or early winter.

Broadcast industry entrepreneur to emcee Torchlight ceremony

A new and traditional media executive, entrepreneur and industry leader, and a pioneer in cable television and broadcast production services, 1977 SUNY Oswego graduate Louis A. Borrelli Jr. will serve as master of ceremonies at the college’s Commencement Eve Dinner and Torchlight Ceremony May 17.

The Oswego Alumni Association will welcome Borrelli and all graduates of SUNY Oswego to participate in what is one of the most deep-rooted Oswego traditions the night before Commencement.

More than 75 years ago, Lida S. Penfield, a 1907 graduate and professor at Oswego, for whom Penfield Library is named, wrote “The Message of the Torch.”

The Commencement Eve dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. following a 5 p.m. cocktail reception in the Campus Center arena and convocation hall. The Torchlight Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. on the Campus Center north lawn.

Borrelli is currently an investor, active board member and adviser to several early-stage media companies. He is chief marketing officer of NimbleTV, board chairman of live music streaming service and board member of smart advertising platform Piiku.

Borrelli was previously president and chief executive officer of NEP Broadcasting, senior vice president at America Online, and was a founding partner, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Marcus Cable Co. He began his cable career with UA-Columbia Cablevision.

Borrelli has served on several industry boards, including the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Cable Advertising Bureau, National Academy of Cable Programming, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing and the Metro Cable Marketing Co-Op. He is a two-time CTAM TAMI award winner (1996 and 2000), received the Pinnacle Award from CTAM Texas in 2001 and was elected to the Cable Pioneers in 2002.

Borrelli is the founder and, with fellow alumnus Al Roker of the Oswego Class of 1976, sponsor of the annual Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit.

The dinner will feature remarks by Borrelli to graduating seniors and their families. Student emcees for the dinner will be Oluwaseyi Lamidi and Audrey Hinnant. The Class of 2013 Senior Legacy Gift will be presented by Jessica Paul. Outstanding senior awards will be presented.

Senior Tyler Edic will deliver a special message to students at the Torchlight Ceremony, and Leslie Look will be the student mistress of ceremonies. The Torchbearer will be Claire Budzinski, and the Class of 2013 Inner Circle representatives will be Sarah Bernier, Kelly Corwin and Monica Saroff.

The Torchlight Ceremony is free and open to all who wish to attend, and all alumni are invited to participate in the inner circle.

Reservations for Commencement Eve events are due by May 3. Those seeking to make a reservation to attend may call 312-2258, e-mail or sign up online at

Rice Creek Field Station to open in fall

The new home of SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station will open for fall-semester classes in late August, and trails will remain open to the public as construction wraps up.

Rice Creek’s faculty and staff, along with its collections totaling 4,500 specimens, will move into the new 7,200-square-foot field station beginning July 8, in preparation for classes starting Aug. 26.

For more than 45 years, Rice Creek Field Station has enabled college and community scientists to carry out field-oriented research and academic instruction, as well as offering hiking and popular programs to educate the general public about natural sciences and the environment.

Lucina Hernandez Laundre, director of Rice Creek and associate professor of biological sciences, said anticipation is building for an October opening ceremony for the new structure, with its wet and dry labs, exhibit and collection spaces and other features — all under a signature sloping roof.

“We will use the summer to unpack and organize our collections, equipment, office supplies and so on,” Hernandez said. “Nevertheless, the grounds will be open, though we won’t offer special events during this time.”

The project ultimately will include a nearby observatory, pavilion, maintenance building and redone entry road.

The main building expands by 3,000 square feet the space SUNY Oswego students and teachers, as well as college and community researchers, will have to work with.

The space includes a large classroom and adjacent 24-seat dry lab, with a movable wall between; a 24-seat wet lab for projects requiring chemical use; a research room and an office for visiting professors; an entrance foyer with a nearly 30-foot ceiling and a bluestone feature wall; built-in display cases; and a mudroom and shower for cleanup after research forays to Rice Creek’s 400 acres.

Allen Bradberry of Facilities Design and Construction, liaison with general contractor Taylor Builders of Rochester on the $5.5 million construction project, said work on the environmentally efficient main structure is on track, the observatory foundation is in place and the pavilion and maintenance building are done.

Roof-mounted solar panels will generate 34 kilowatts of power, offsetting a portion of energy used inside the building. That use will be measured and benchmarked, and students will study the building’s efficiencies as the field station moves into service, he said.

A state-of-the-art heating and cooling system will use variable-volume refrigerant to balance the temperature in rooms whose comfort otherwise would vary.

“You can have heating and cooling going on at the same time,” Bradberry continued.

Modern foam insulation and exterior wood paneling will help shield the building from Oswego’s harsh winters, he added. Light-filtering shades will assist the large, energy-efficient windows that will help open up the field station to its natural surroundings.

Rice Creek is home to four trails spanning 7.5 miles of meadows, forest and wetlands and to species of flora and fauna in these numbers: plants (more than 500 species), birds (90), mammals (39), fish (11), amphibians (18) and reptiles (18).

Young artists sought for Oswego Mural Project

The Oswego Mural Committee is looking for youth artists who would like to create a piece of artwork in a public space in the city of Oswego with the Springboard Mural Project.

Last year, 17 students completed 20 murals along the river walk.

“Organizers are looking to expand that number this year and to complete even more murals,” said Dawn Metott of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “Thanks to a very generous donation of supplies from Raby’s Ace Home Center, we are set to begin.”

An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at the Oswego YMCA Armory with young artists and their parents.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the mural project is encouraged to attend the May 14 meeting.

Now in its fifth year, the mural project is a youth-focused initiative, with the design concept and implementation being directed by local young people with the support of the Springboard Mural Committee.

Murals are located on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge and were designed and created by local students.

The project was originally a city sponsored community development plan to address graffiti issues.

“Many of the youth artists we have in the group come back year after year to participate,” said Metott. “They love helping out their community and seeing a piece of artwork they created in a public space to be enjoyed by others. Instead of covering the graffiti, the community has come together and invested in something special that reflects the sense of community pride which has made this project successful.”

Those seeking additional information or to participate in this project may contact Metott at the Youth Bureau at 349-3575 or e-mail

Students add themed baskets to school’s annual auction

Oswego Community Christian School students are doing their part to support the school’s sixth annual auction.

Students in each grade have been busy preparing themed baskets that will be up for bid during the auction. Each basket will be filled with an array of goodies that pertain to a unique theme.

Sue Bakos, planning committee chairperson, said the students are enthused about making the baskets and enjoy selecting the items to be included.

“They are really being creative and having fun putting their baskets together,” said Bakos. “It’s nice to see them put so much thought into it.”

Themes for the baskets include cooking, camping, sports and recreation, night on the town, and family game night

Oswego Christian Community School’s sixth annual auction will be held Saturday, April 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge 271, corner of West Fifth and Bridge streets in Oswego.

The event, which serves as the school’s largest fund-raiser, will feature a silent auction and a live auction withj Corrina Paulding of McEwen Auction Company in Oswego as well as a bake sale and the Elks chicken barbecue.

The themed baskets will be a welcome addition to the extensive list of items that will be up for bid, including Wonderworks at Destiny USA; gift cards to area retailers and restaurants; tickets to area attractions and events; gift certificates for spa treatments, hotel getaways, automotive services; jewelry and beauty products and more.

Photos of many of the items available for bid can be found on the school’s web site at

The annual event, which boasts approximately $25,000 in items up for bid, will also include the popular Oswego Community Christian School’s annual Prize Drawing.

For a donation, individuals will have the opportunity to win one of prizes.

The prizes include a grand prize of either a five-night Disney World vacation for a family of four or a $1,500 VISA Gift Card, winner’s choice; a second prize of an Apple iPad mini; and a third prize of either a $250 gas or grocery card, winner’s choice.

A limited number of tickets will available these prize drawings.  Proceeds will be used for the continued improvement of the quality of education offered to the students at OCCS.

Accomplished alumna to address over 100 student honorees April 19

The annual SUNY Oswego Honors Convocation Friday, April 19 will recognize more than 100 academic achievers and feature a talk by an Oswego alumna who has built a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

The formal ceremony recognizing student academic achievement will take place at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center convocation hall and arena.

Together with the students being honored, an audience of family, friends and campus colleagues of the honorees will witness the procession of faculty presenters in academic regalia, applaud students receiving awards, and hear from 1981 communication studies graduate Rosemary Cardamone Crane.

Crane has more than 30 years of experience in commercialization and business operations, primarily in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. She is currently a partner and head of commercialization at Apple Tree Partners.

Before joining Apple Tree, Crane was the president and chief executive officer of Epocrates. Before that, she served as a company group chairman for the over-the-counter, specialty and nutritionals businesses of Johnson & Johnson, after serving as executive vice president of global marketing for the pharmaceutical group of Johnson & Johnson.

She spent two decades at Bristol-Myers Squibb, working her way up to president of the U.S. Primary Care Division.

After earning her bachelor’s degree from Oswego, Crane earned a master’s of business administration from Kent State University. She is a former member of the Oswego College Foundation board of directors and the School of Business Advisory Board. Originally from Utica, she now resides in Langhorne, Pa.

Honors Convocation is the culmination of SUNY Oswego’s Honors Week, which includes induction ceremonies for a range of honorary organizations across many disciplines and Quest, the college’s signature symposium dedicated to the scholarly and creative pursuits of faculty and students.

The convocation will be followed by a reception in the Campus Center activity court. The events are free and open to the public. Visitors without a SUNY Oswego parking permit may purchase a visitor’s permit from the Parking Office at


College student to present roller-coaster research April 17

SUNY Oswego senior Katharyn Christiana works with her precision model of a roller coaster in preparation for a scholarly presentation April 17 on thrill-ride dynamics at the college’s Quest symposium.
SUNY Oswego senior Katharyn Christiana works with her precision model of a roller coaster in preparation for a scholarly presentation April 17 on thrill-ride dynamics at the college’s Quest symposium.

Little did SUNY Oswego senior Katharyn Christiana know it at the time, but her family’s frequent trips to Disney World when she was a child would set her on a roller-coaster path to a college major and research subject she will present at the Quest April 17.

Christiana and her mentor and co-author, physics faculty member Dr. Carolina Ilie, have studied the mechanics of thrill rides with the aid of a working model of a roller coaster that Christiana has built.

The Kingston native will make a presentation on roller coaster dynamics at Quest, the college’s daylong celebration of scholarly and creative activity.

“I once went to Disney four times in a year,” said Christiana, who has been accepted for a University of Rochester graduate program in engineering and business and is waiting to hear from two universities with mechanical-engineering master’s programs.

“You start developing favorites among the rides,” Christiana said. “They have books in the parks about how Disney Imagineers design them. I’m the nerd that has to know everything about how things work.”

The physics major has gone further with that passion than most. With Ilie’s encouragement and the support of a SUNY Oswego Student-Faculty Collaborative Challenge Grant, Christiana has a senior thesis in progress: roller coasters, their history, design challenges, physical forces and the sensations the physics give riders.

Christiana ordered a kit for a precision working model of a roller coaster, then has systematically set about learning all she could about coasters. It hasn’t all been a joy ride.

“I made it and it worked, then it didn’t run and I made certain customizations,” Christiana said recently. “Then a part dried out and I’m trying to fix it.”

Ilie’s own passion for physics and mentoring fuel Christiana’s own determination, as she understands the rigorous and constant testing it takes to bring a roller coaster design to life and keep it running.

“She read all about the safety aspects engineers need to think about,” Ilie said. “What are the challenges? The main challenge is money, as everywhere. So how do you have maximum safety for budgeted money?”

Quest will be Christiana’s third scholarly presentation on roller coasters.

She spoke last fall on health and safety of thrill rides at a Rochester Academy of Science symposium at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, then recently made a presentation to the American Physical Society’s undergraduate division in Baltimore.

“That was an experience,” she said of APS. “I’ve never been around quite that many physicists before.”

Christiana has her sights set on someday becoming a Disney Imagineer.

“I realized that Imagineers think a little bit differently,” she said of her childhood — now adult — passion for how thrill rides work. “It was a lot like me: I’d watch a Disney movie and say, ‘That would be a neat idea for a ride design.’ Then I heard that people get paid to do this and I thought, ‘Cool — that would be the best!’”

Parking is free April 17 for visitors to Quest, when hundreds of talks, panel discussions, demonstrations and concurrent events will take place largely in the Campus Center and nearby Lanigan and Snygg halls.

Sustainability Fair to feature ‘Before the Lights Go Out’ author

Maggie Koerth-Baker, science editor of popular group blog Boing Boing and author of “Before the Lights Go Out,” will headline SUNY Oswego’s 2013 Sustainability Fair Wednesday, April 17.

Free and open to the public, the fair and its sustainability symposium will run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center, concurrent with Quest, the college’s annual daylong celebration of scholarly and creative activity.

Koerth-Baker will make a presentation at 2 p.m. in Room 114 of the Campus Center.

In the arena, the fair will feature electric vehicles, student sustainability projects and vendor demonstrations, from farming techniques to windmill developers, from reclaimed-lumber products to initiatives at Destiny USA.

Koerth-Baker and the other symposium presenters also will speak with visitors to the fair.

Student groups represented at the fair will include SUNY Oswego Eco Reps and the college’s Actively Collaborating Toward Solutions program, one of 10 winners of SUNY’s inaugural Small Grant Sustainability Competition. ACTS seeks to involve college and K-12 students in sustainability projects, from composting to controlling invasive species.

Emphasis will shift toward enterprising ways students, area residents and the rest of the world can contribute to sustainability, from what to do with old tires to raising money for AIDS research by recycling, according to Mike Lotito, engineering coordinator, and Jamie Adams, program coordinator, for SUNY Oswego Facilities Design and Construction’s sustainability office.

The new symposium — all three presentations will be in Room 114 of the Campus Center — will kick off at 11 a.m. with founders of The Crash Pad talking about how three men under 30 supported their lifestyle of hiking, climbing and biking by designing and building a LEED Platinum hostel in Chattanooga, Tenn.

At noon, Jim Strickland and Laurie Freeman will make a presentation about their decision to live off the grid in the Adirondack Mountains and what it has taken to be energy independent since 2000.

The grid plays a leading — and very fallible — role in Koerth-Baker’s 2012 book, “Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us.”

She takes readers from the system’s start in 1882 through the historic 2003 Northeast blackout and out the other side to today. She focuses on practical, achievable steps for all Americans to shape the nation’s energy future — preferably before any next national energy emergency.

“We’re excited and fortunate to have a world-renowned speaker like Maggie come to campus,” Lotito said. “Her insight and understanding of how our electrical infrastructure works and where we’re headed as a society with regard to energy production, efficiency and transmission are invaluable. This offers our students a unique opportunity to participate in a dialogue about a complicated issue that affects us all.”

Koerth-Baker’s appearance is in conjunction with this year’s alternate-reality game, moderated annually by Ulises Mejias of the communication studies department.

This year’s theme is “Fracking,” exploring the issues around the hydrofracking technique for extracting natural gas from shale.

Parking is free April 17 for visitors to Quest, when hundreds of talks, panel discussions, demonstrations and concurrent events will take place largely in the Campus Center and nearby Lanigan and Snygg halls.