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SUNY Oswego May graduates making links to future

May graduate Cydni Williams, a double major in graphic design and marketing, will take those degrees to Ann Arbor, Mich., as a full-time account manager for Google. Like many other Oswego graduates, she credits activities inside and outside the classroom for linking with future opportunities.
May graduate Cydni Williams, a double major in graphic design and marketing, will take those degrees to Ann Arbor, Mich., as a full-time account manager for Google. Like many other Oswego graduates, she credits activities inside and outside the classroom for linking with future opportunities.

Many members of SUNY Oswego’s Class of 2013, preparing for Commencement activities on Saturday, May 18, have spent the past few years linking to their future.

Cydni Williams, a double major in graphic design and marketing, will move to Ann Arbor, Mich., to become a full-time account manager for Google.

Her job will entail working with a large number of clients in small- and medium-size businesses to help them optimize their ad space and use of media.

She had two summer internships with Google that led to this position, and said her ability to solve problems with graphic design made her stand out during this work.

Williams advises students to dream big and “don’t be afraid that things may be out of your reach.”

Williams said being the assistant director of Oswego’s Student Association Programming Board her sophomore year gave her translatable organizational and people skills.

“Student organizations are a very diverse bunch, which sort of reflects the diversity of Google because it’s such a big company and it’s always evolving,” she explained.

Tyler Edic’s new job will keep him on the SUNY Oswego campus as associate director of communication for alumni and development.

He will put his broadcasting and mass communication degree to work creating video and multimedia content, while maintaining and expanding the operation’s social media and web presence.

“I learned so much in classes about video production and public speaking, through getting involved with the college TV station WTOP and the Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit, and interning at ‘Late Night with David Letterman,’” Edic said. He advises current and future students to “do as much as you can, as fast as you can. Find something that interests you.”

Bradley Frate’s long-term plans involve medical school, but first he will spend a year as an operating room surgical technician at Rochester General Hospital.

His experiences include two international research opportunities through Oswego’s Global Laboratory program: performing cancer research at Universidad de Iberoamerica medical school in Costa Rica and helping conduct an ecological survey of Brazil’s vast Pantanal region.

Frate also earned many awards and leadership roles among campus organizations.

“I have learned through the leadership positions that I have held and currently hold at SUNY Oswego that leadership is not a genetic gift or family legacy,” he said. “Becoming a leader is an intentional process of growth that must be lived out through life experiences.”

Communication and social interaction major Kyle Jones is starting his professional sales career working for SmartWatt Energy.

He credits the college’s student success center, the Compass, with making him more proactive in his job search, helping develop his resume and showing how to work a career fair — where he came away with four interested companies and two job offers.

“Inside the classroom, I credit the presentations I have done. I prepared for them like it was ‘game day’ and I always wanted to perform my best,” Jones said. “Outside of the classroom I credit snowboard instructing, which taught me how to believe in what I am saying. A successful salesman is confident, assertive and truly believes in the product they sell.”

Lindsay Martell’s combined MBA/bachelor’s in accounting will take her in front of a classroom this summer — teaching two courses in intermediate accounting at her alma mater — then to a job with KPMG in Syracuse as an audit associate this fall.

Martell said Oswego professors who do “a superior job” helped prepare her for the next steps. “Not only do they provide an enjoyable and valuable classroom experience, but they have gone above and beyond outside the classroom to prepare me for a successful educational and professional career,” she said.

For Kyle Powlina, graduating with a history major and museum studies minor, his future will involve bringing the past to life.

He landed a coveted summer internship at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., as a reference archivist, “mainly helping the public, people who come in researching their genealogy and other projects,” he said.

Next is graduate school, where he committed to the University of Maryland for a dual degree in history and library science.

“They stress internships, hands-on work, and that’s one of the things I like about it, as well as being so close to D.C. where there are so many opportunities,” Powlina said. Internships and classes during his Oswego years prepared him by providing many research and writing opportunities, he added.

Ebony Howard and Wendy Ruiz hope to translate their graduate education degrees into teaching in high-need schools in New York City after working and learning in city classrooms under the college’s Oswego Residency Initiative for Teacher Excellence program for the past year.

“Every child should have access to and be provided with a high-quality education regardless of their socioeconomic status or where they live,” said New York City native Howard, adding a need for high-quality, passionate teachers is a key part of the equation.

“Every day I have new stories and ideas that I share with my friends and family,” said Ruiz, who comes from Fulton and also earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oswego. “Although I grew up in a very different environment than most of the students I have encountered, I believe that I have a lot to offer for that reason. I want to teach them not only how to be successful in an academic setting but to show them how to become lifelong learners.”

For Oswego’s May Commencement, graduates of the School of Business and School of Education will participate in the morning ceremony, starting at 9 a.m. in the Campus Center arena.

The afternoon commencement, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will honor graduates of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts.

More than 1,650 students, including over 1,400 undergraduates, are eligible to take part in the dual ceremonies.

A live webcast will stream from a link on the www.oswego.edu home page, with a live broadcast airing on Time Warner Cable Channel 96. 

SUNY Oswego president responds to employee e-mail

by Carol Thompson

An e-mail message sent by a SUNY Oswego student to other students in regard to a rally to be held in front of the Oswego County office complex somehow landed in the inbox of Jeff Grimshaw, the director for SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, who in turn forwarded it to Oswego County Administrator Phil Church.

In the April 30 e-mail, Grimshaw wrote to Church, “I thought you would be interested in this activity, (student) is not representing the college in this activity, he is graduating in a couple of weeks, just so you are prepared. He tried to instigate at the governor’s visit as well, don’t know to what extent this will develop or not, he had about 10 -15 students at the governor’s event. Give me a call if you need anything further.”

Church simply responded, “Thanks Jeff” on the same date.

The student’s message contained information in regard to a May 9 rally to protest the appointment of former legislature chairman Fred Beardsley to the position of county treasurer. The rally was intended to protest overall government corruption as well.

The event has been well publicized since mid-April on social media sites and blogs.

Upon learning that Grimshaw may have communicated with Church about the rally, a request was made under the Freedom of Information Law to SUNY Oswego for Grimshaw’s e-mail correspondence.

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said Thursday that Grimshaw was not acting on behalf of the college and that the college was unaware of the message until the time of the inquiry made by The Valley News.

“Mr. Grimshaw did not communicate with Mr. Church with the knowledge of, at the direction of or on the approval of SUNY Oswego,” Stanley said. “He acted on his own and the college was unaware of the comments he sent to Mr. Church…when your inquiry brought it to our attention.”

As for what Grimshaw wrote in his message, Stanley said, “We do not agree with his characterization of our student. His use of the word ‘instigate’ was completely erroneous and inappropriate and we have advised Mr. Grimshaw accordingly.”

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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 Osw3go.net 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.

County’s high schools invited to local GENIUS environmental competition

SUNY Oswego has launched an Oswego County branch of the college’s global GENIUS Olympiad competition for local high school student projects aimed at highlighting or solving environmental issues.

The new science competition among students from area high schools will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in the Campus Center arena, concurrent with Quest, the college’s day to celebrate the scholarly and creative activities of students, faculty and staff.

“It’s very exciting, and the winning school will receive a $2,000 stipend to do a sustainability project at their school,” said Tammy Elowsky, assistant director of the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations, helping organize the fledgling competition for the Civic Engagement Coalition at the college.

The winning student or two-student team in the Oswego County competition will receive an automatic entry for the 2013 global GENIUS finals, June 16 to 21 at the college, Elowsky said.

Students and their projects from G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton and Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square are among early entrants for the local GENIUS competition.

Elowsky said that initially she spoke with Fehmi Damkaci, the foudner of GENIUS and associate provost for graduate studies at the college, about putting together a traditional science fair to encourage young minds toward further education.

“How do we keep students studying here, perhaps staying here?” wondered Elowsky. “By getting them interested in and thinking about college.”

Damkaci suggested she consider organizing a local GENIUS competition.

The GENIUS Olympiad, now in its third year, invites high school students from around the world to compete for finalist spots each June in a juried exhibition and weeklong series of educational events.

Nearly 300 finalists, accompanied by 139 mentors, participated in 2012 from 49 countries and 30 states.

Elowsky, who began working at the college a year ago, recalled being impressed last year when she toured the GENIUS exhibition and spoke with students.

“I was blown away by how intelligent these high school students are,” Elowsky said.  “It really started me thinking.”

The local competitors will set up their new exhibition in the midst of the annual Sustainability Fair, which also takes place on Quest day.

Among the high school entries are “The Effects of the Round Goby on Local Fish Populations,” “The Footprint of a Domestic Cat” and “How Economic Status Influences Environmental Views.”

“Everything at the Sustainability Fair will be going on around us,” Elowsky said. “The (energy-saving) cars will be right behind us. So the students will get a lot of exposure.”

Parking is free April 17 for visitors to Quest, whose hundreds of talks, panel discussions, demonstrations and concurrent events, such as the local GENIUS competition and the Sustainability Fair and Symposium, will take place largely in the Campus Center and nearby Lanigan and Snygg halls.


College’s new X-ray device to probe archeological samples

Kathleen Blake of SUNY Oswego’s anthropology department displays a new low-dose device that uses X-ray fluorescence technology to analyze the elements in archeological samples.
Kathleen Blake of SUNY Oswego’s anthropology department displays a new low-dose device that uses X-ray fluorescence technology to analyze the elements in archeological samples.

Analyzing sharp-force trauma, studying ceramic artifacts disinterred after centuries, disclosing the trace elements in soils — SUNY Oswego forensic anthropologist Kathleen Blake can think of many uses for portable X-ray equipment purchased with a National Park Service grant.

The new instrument will enable faculty and student researchers to study samples in detail without liquefying, pulverizing or otherwise destroying them.

“This device is widely used in archeological and museum studies,” Blake said.

Douglas Pippin, an assistant professor of anthropology and an archeologist, received the $49,500 grant with colleagues Paul Tomascak of the earth sciences faculty and Blake.

He acknowledged that the new Bruker XRF Tracer III looks like a cross between a state police radar gun and a device for “Star Trek.”

The gun-like device came with a pump to create a vacuum, a small on-board computer for work in the field, a tripod and other attachments.

It uses X-ray fluorescence to analyze the elements and their proportions in a sample.

“This is extremely low-dose,” Pippin said. “It’s for looking closely at the surface of a sample to a depth of less than a centimeter.”

The researchers won the grant in conjunction with work the anthropology department is doing cataloging 160,000 Native American and other artifacts from archeological sites around the state.

SUNY Oswego earlier received two grants totaling $1.5 million for work under the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Blake, a visiting assistant professor who is on the research team for the NAGPRA project, worked in January as a visiting scientist under a fellowship with the Forensic Anthropology Unit of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City.

Much can be learned, she said, about injuries to bones, taphonomy (changes in organisms from time of death to discovery) and other subjects that the technology can illuminate.

“This will be so helpful to student projects, too,” she said. “For example, what happens after burial of a deer’s leg? What can it tell us about the amount of copper laid down by the blade that cut the bone? What kind of blade was it?” 

College places greater focus on supporting student veterans

SUNY Oswego has launched an ambitious set of short- and long-term goals to provide top-notch services to current and former members of the military.

To help veterans transition to civilian and college life, the college increased its focus on such activities as training staff and faculty in pivotal contact positions to handle veterans issues, better tracking veteran student retention and success, establishing a veterans resource center and lounge, and publishing comprehensive web resources.

After a campuswide committee last fall recommended a greater emphasis on resources for veterans, the college’s Division of Extended Learning named Ben Parker coordinator of veterans services.

A three-year SUNY Oswego employee who early on was assigned to visit Fort Drum for informational sessions, Parker was among the first to complete a new veterans services certificate program at Empire State College last year.

SUNY Oswego senior Milton Lopez, a former Army National Guard member and veteran of Afghanistan, believes a new day has started to dawn for veterans attending the college, whether as undergraduate or graduate students, residents or online.

Lopez, an Oswego resident, father, Centro bus driver and landlord, recalls how Parker dived into a situation about a months-long training deployment in California that would have immediately preceded Lopez’s departure, after eight years, from the Guard and its 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

Both men thought it would be a waste of time and money that could lengthen Lopez’s already six-year, part-time march to a degree in accounting.

Parker “could have told me I have to go back and work with my officers,” Lopez said. “Or he could have done what he did and made calls and developed contingency plans (for Lopez’s coursework). In the end, I did not join the deployment…It feels good to have people like Ben around.”

Parker said that sometimes “veterans are frustrated trying to track down the right place to call to solve a problem as they get sent from office to office. I will get back to them, work with them and not continue the cycle.”

The anecdote points to Parker’s personal willingness — as well as the institutional will of the college — to improve campus services for veteran students. Higher education for active-duty military and returning veterans presents a complex national set of issues, but with a crystal-clear SUNY Oswego goal: welcoming, encouraging and supporting current and former military personnel in pursuit of a quality higher education.

“For me, personally, the reward is working with the veterans one on one,”

SUNY Oswego aims to enroll more veterans, thanks to a significant increase in educational funding in the 2008 “Post-9/11 GI Bill,” a 2012 executive order from President Barack Obama boosting requirements for veterans services at institutions that receive military and veterans educational benefits and the proximity of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division and many smaller military units.

A campus committee supported by Provost Lorrie Clemo includes members of Student Affairs, Disability Services, Financial Aid, Admissions and other key offices, as well as veterans advocate Mike Waters, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and 1970 alumnus.

The group began looking at how SUNY Oswego could attract more of the 2 million troops that have returned or will return from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with other veterans.

Following creation of Parker’s position, next steps include assembling reliable information on enrolled students’ veterans status, conducting a needs assessment among veterans currently on campus, publishing comprehensive services and contacts in one online location, putting together professional-development workshops for faculty who encounter veteran students and developing courses or workshops for veterans making the transition back to school.

SUNY Oswego this spring received Military Advanced Education’s 2013 designation as a military-friendly college for “implementing military-friendly policies in support of our men and women in uniform,” the award said.

“You can say you’re military friendly, but veterans are going to look for things that show them the campus is military friendly,” Parker said. “It isn’t just a phrase.”


Fulton twins to receive Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Sisters Evangeline (left) and Elizabeth Canfield of SUNY Oswego join fellow seniors Barbara Ciceron, Adam Szymaniak and Jon Whitelaw as 2013 recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The identical twins from Fulton plan to attend graduate school together for master’s degrees in musical performance, and eventually become a professional duo.
Sisters Evangeline (left) and Elizabeth Canfield of SUNY Oswego join fellow seniors Barbara Ciceron, Adam Szymaniak and Jon Whitelaw as 2013 recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The identical twins from Fulton plan to attend graduate school together for master’s degrees in musical performance, and eventually become a professional duo.

Five SUNY Oswego seniors will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence — the highest student recognition through the SUNY system — in ceremonies April 4 at Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

This year’s Oswego honorees for outstanding achievements inside and outside the classroom are music majors Elizabeth Canfield and Evangeline Canfield, dual political science and communication and social interaction major Barbara Ciceron, biochemistry major Adam Szymaniak and adolescence education major Jon Whitelaw.

Elizabeth Canfield co-founded, with identical twin sister Evangeline, the Rubenstein Society for piano enthusiasts at the college and has performed for numerous audiences, including the Middle States Showcase, Quest Honors Recitals and her own Senior Recital.

The Fulton resident’s community work has included promoting concert attendance in her hometown, working with children at an Adirondack camp and, with mentor Robert Auler of the music faculty, co-hosting a piano clinic in Pulaski.

She was selected for a summer study program at University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and performed Mozart’s “Double Piano Concerto” with her sister and the College-Community Orchestra.

Evangeline Canfield volunteers extensively around the region as a piano instructor, accompanist and performer with budding pianists ages 4 to 14. She was selected to perform at the SUNY-wide University Faculty Senate Plenary Showcase.

Among her honors is the 2012 Maurice O. Boyd Scholarship for the music department’s most outstanding upperclassman.

She shares many of the accomplishments and volunteerism of her sister, including dramatized storytelling at Oswego Public Library, performing at the opening of the LaVeck Concert Series with Canadian pianist Christine Vanderkooy, playing for the city of Fulton’s annual tree lighting ceremony and also attending the University of Cincinnati’s summer conservatory program.

For the future, the Canfield twins plan to attend graduate school together for a master of music degree in piano performance, and they eventually hope to become a professional piano duo.

Last spring, Ciceron received a grant to coordinate a women’s conference on sexual assault and domestic violence. A past president of the Political Science Club, the McNair Scholar serves as treasurer of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, a director of the Student Association Programming Board, program coordinator and longtime volunteer at the Newman Center and with Operation Southern Comfort rebuilding homes in New Orleans.

A native of Haiti, Ciceron won the Mrs. Multicultural Award of the Caribbean Student Association. A certified home health aide, she cares for elderly and disabled patients in Brooklyn when she is home.

“I will be attending law school,” Ciceron said of her future plans. “My ultimate dream is to work for the United Nations.”

Szymaniak has worked on four major research projects, submitting for peer-reviewed publication a paper on drug synthesis and presenting his work at five regional and national conferences, including the American Chemical Society’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The Chemistry Club president tutored groups of chemistry students, volunteered with the Adopt-a-Grandparent program, assisted mentor Fehmi Damkaci of the chemistry faculty with GENIUS Olympiad organization, exhibited scholarly work at Quest and the Summer Scholars Research Symposium and played piano for the College-Community Orchestra and College Hour.

The Syracuse resident has earned numerous academic and research awards and completed a medical internship at Oswego Hospital.

“I will receive a full ride to obtain a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Boston College, or possibly a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from Northeastern University,” Szymaniak said. “I wish to either pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry for drug development, or a career in academia.”

Whitelaw, the men’s ice hockey team captain and a second-team All-American, has received several top awards for combining superior academics and athletics, including the SUNY Athletic Conference’s Dr. Sam Molnar Award, the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award and SUNYAC All-Academic team membership.

The former SUNYAC Rookie of the Year presented on the importance of player-referee understanding at the USA Hockey Referee Convention, participated with five teammates in a wheelchair basketball tournament for Move Along Inc., spent summers at home in Huntsville, Ont., teaching hockey fundamentals to children and served as a mock trial guest judge at Nottingham High School in Syracuse, where he student teaches.

Whitelaw ideally “would like to be fortunate enough to pursue possible opportunities with hockey that would allow me to travel and see other parts of the world,” he said. “Ultimately, regardless of where I end up after Oswego, it is my goal to continue my education and pursue a career in teaching.”