Submitted by SUNY Oswego
Constance Schwartz, a 1990 graduate of SUNY Oswego with a successful career in marketing and talent management, will serve as mistress of ceremonies for Commencement Eve activities at the college Friday, May 16, including the dinner and traditional Torchlight Ceremony.
Since the 1930s, Oswego alumni have ceremoniously passed the torch of learning to graduating seniors with the charge to “dedicate its bright burning to our memories of the light transferred from our school, through us, to others.”
The Oswego Alumni Association will sponsor this year’s Torchlight Ceremony at 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, under a tent on the north lawn of the Campus Center.
Schwartz is now partner and co-founder of SMAC Entertainment. After earning her bachelor’s degree in marketing at Oswego, she launched her career at the National Football League, where she served as director of programming.
During her 10 years with the NFL, she also directed the creative and production efforts of NFL Films, securing musical talent for televised events and creating relationships with the music, film and entertainment community.
She went on to Arista Records as vice president of strategic marketing, creating opportunities to market and develop the label’s artists through strategic partnerships with the corporate sector, sports, television and film.
In 2001, she joined The Firm and led the day-to-day managerial team that oversaw Snoop Dogg’s career. She orchestrated high-profile endorsement deals for such celebrities as Kelly Clarkson and Enrique Iglesias.
Since 2011, Schwartz has worked with long-time friend and colleague Mark Sudack and Michael Strahan — well known as a Super Bowl champion, “Live with Kelly and Michael” host and “NFL on Fox” analyst — running SMAC Entertainment. Together, they are building a multi-dimensional talent management and entertainment company and oversee the careers of Deion Sanders, Tony Gonzalez and Strahan.
On Commencement Eve at SUNY Oswego, the Senior Sing, featuring musical selections from senior members of State Singers and the Oswego State Jazz Ensemble, will begin at 8:30 p.m. The candlelit Torchlight Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. and Schwartz will read the names of faculty, staff and alumni seated in the inner circle.
Any SUNY Oswego alumni, faculty, staff and emeriti faculty members who are interested in participating in the Torchlight Ceremony are asked to RSVP to Shaunna Arnold-Plank at email@example.com in the college’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations by Friday, May 9.
Submitted by Oswego schools
The “Class of 2013” was inducted into the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, April 26 at the Oswego County Club.
This year’s class included athletes Maggie Lester and Howard Mulcahey with veteran coach and contributor Alice Reardon and swimming coach Debbie Mann.
Also inducted was the 1991 Section 3 Class A championship tennis team coached by Bill Fatiga. The team consisted of Brian Mitchell, Jason Walbourn, Dan Lapus, Brian Cole, Anuj Agrawal, Bryan Brutsch, Matt Saltalamachia, Matte Lindgren, Anders Dalmean, Drew Narayan, Kevin Moore, Jeff DeSantis, Matt Weber, Steve Babcock, Nate Morey and Joe Deal..
Nearly 100 people were present at the event that was marked by emotional and sincere speeches from the newest inductees.
The Oswego Buccaneer Boosters Club continues its support of the Hall of Fame as the sixth class will be introduced and inducted as members will have their plaques placed on the “Wall of Fame” in the Oswego High School lobby.
Since its inception the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame has recognized deserving teams, athletes, coaches and contributors.
Maggie Lester was an outstanding Buc golfer who went to continue her success at Penn state and in competition. She is a 2003 graduate of OHS and was first team all league five times as well as a five time team most valuable player.
Alice Reardon was instrumental in the implementation of Title IX within the Oswego City School District. She started the Girls Athletic Association which fostered fair competition, fellowship and sportsmanship and provided clinics to teach skills and rules. She made substantial contributions to the growth of women’s sports in the district.
Debbie Mann guided the Bucs in the late 1990s through 2003. Her teams accounted for tremendous success including a 45 meet winning streak.
Howard Mulcahey was a 1974 graduate of OHS and was most accomplished in football and wrestling. His honors included the 1974 Onondaga League Tournament championships and he was a two way lineman on the gridiron as he played four seasons of football.
The 1991 boys’ varsity tennis team is the only Oswego squad that won the tournament and Section 3 titles.
Hunters harvested about 243,550 deer during the 2013-14 hunting seasons, nearly equivalent to the statewide take last year, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said last week.
The 2013 deer take included about 128,850 antlerless deer (adult females and fawns) and about 114,700 adult bucks (1.5 years or older), both estimates being within 4 percent of the 2012 take.
Hunters in the Northern Zone walked out of the woods with roughly 32,300 deer, including 19,500 adult bucks. In the Southern Zone, excluding Long Island, hunters took 208,300 deer, including about 94,200 adult bucks.
Martens said hunters took a record number of bucks (about 55,300) aged 2.5 years or older in 2013. These older bucks, which many hunters desire, accounted for 48 percent of harvested adult bucks statewide in 2013, compared to only 33 percent (45,350) in 2000 when New York’s deer population peaked, and only 28 percent (about 33,000) in the early 1990s.
In part, this is influenced by the overall size of the deer population, which in much of the state is larger than desired.
Martens also said the 2013 harvest shows a continuing trend of concern to DEC deer managers.
In many Wildlife Management Units, including portions of southeastern New York and the Lake Plains region of western New York, harvest trends indicate deer populations are too high — above levels recommended by local stakeholder groups who live, hunt or manage land in those areas.
He said even with very liberal opportunities for take of antlerless deer, not enough females are being taken to reduce populations to desired levels.
The H. Lee White Marine Museum will present the play “The Great Rope,” written by Rosemary Nesbitt and directed by Jonel Langenfeld, at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Fort Ontario parade grounds.
This production is a collaboration between the maritime museum, Fort Ontario State Historic Site and CNY Arts Center.
The play is part of the commemoration of the War of 1812, in which Oswego played a major role historically.
An information meeting and informal auditions for characters and technical positions for this production will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday May 7 (today) at the H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego.
Children ages 6 and above and adults interested in being involved should attend. Those interested in performing should be prepared to read from a script.
“Jonel has made a point to involve local talent in all her community productions. She brings a rich history of performance and professionalism to these shows,” said Richard Bush, president of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, board of trustees.
The play is sponsored in part by NBT Bank, Richard S. Shineman Foundation and CNY Arts.
For further information call 342-0480 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or facebook.com/hlwmm.
Joseph Runeari, 99, of Fulton, died Feb. 2.
A committal service and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton with the Rev. John Canorro officiating.
The Fulton VFW Post #569 will bestow military honors.
The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton has care of the arrangements.
Graveside services for Joyce Kenny, who passed away Feb, 4, 2014, will be 10 a.m., Thursday, May 22 at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, E. Broadway, Fulton.
Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.