Voices of Oswego Veterans


Episode 1: The Army Vs. The Classroom

Madelana Wrubel was born in Rockland County, New York and moved to Westchester, New York where she grew up with her two older brothers. She went through the Yorktown Central School district as a three sport varsity athlete in high school and received multiple scholar-athlete awards. At SUNY Oswego, Madelana is majoring in psychology and is on the NCAA softball team.

Cristhian Diaz is a first-year biology major at SUNY Oswego. He is from Queens, New York. He went into the biology program at SUNY Oswego hoping that after he graduates he can attend physical therapy school and become a physical therapist. He wanted to become a physical therapist after realizing he did not want to spend what possibly could be the next many years of his life behind a desk. Cristhian would rather work one on one helping people out.

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Episode 2: Busy Lives

Erin Newell is a college student at SUNY Oswego. She majors in English with a minor in journalism. Aside from focusing on her academics, she also writes for The Oswegonian, and is featured in the opinion section on a weekly basis. Erin is from Bethlehem, NY and resides with her parents and two older siblings.

Nyiah Bagnall is a college student at SUNY Oswego. She majors in graphic design and minors in communications. Apart from her education, she is seeking to join the Graphic Design Club and Photography Club at SUNY Oswego. Nyiah is from Queens, New York and lives with her mother and aunt.

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Episode 3: A Conversation with David

Zachary Meal is a freshman currently attending SUNY Oswego for a bachelor’s degree in technology education. He originally hails from Lockport, New York and is an alumni of the Starpoint Central School District. When not working on his studies, Zach enjoys playing pool, swimming, and taking part in other social activities. At Oswego he is a part of Team Mini as well as the College Republicans club.

Marija Rozite is a student at SUNY Oswego. She majors in biology and hopes to one day become a doctor. She grew up in a small Eastern European country called Latvia and moved to Rockland County, NY at the age of ten. She hopes to one day be able to write a book about traveling and share her experiences with the rest of the world. Marija can be reached via email at mrozite@oswego.edu.

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Episode 4: Riddle’s Voice

Alanna Colbert is a freshman at SUNY Oswego who is majoring in anthropology and minoring in forensic science. She is taking part in the Voices of Oswego Veterans project through Composition II with Professor Stephanie Pritchard. After graduation, she hopes to become a Forensic Anthropologist. Colbert was born and raised in Manhattan, NY but attended school in Brooklyn, NY. Colbert has worked with veterans before as part of a high school music program with teacher Christopher Reynolds. In the program, Colbert performed for veterans, helped cook for them, and helped teach them how to play guitar.

Daniel Rahmanzadeh is from a town in Long Island, NY called Great Neck, and graduated from Great Neck North High School where he played lacrosse and football At SUNY Oswego, Daniel Rahmanzadeh is a biochemistry major with hopes to become a pharmacist after graduation. He enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with friends.

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Episode 5: It’s Not What You Think

Jerimiah Butler is a freshman at the State University of New York at Oswego. He is currently majoring in business administration. Jerimiah was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. He went to Cicero North Syracuse High School where he was a humble leader. He was president of his school district’s Superintendent Student Advisory Council and co-captain of the CNS Wrestling team. In the months ahead, Jerimiah hopes to start his leadership journey at SUNY Oswego. He has recently been awarded the head announcer position for the Men’s Division l ACHA hockey team. Jerimiah is looking forward to what the future has in store for him at SUNY Oswego.

Karen Maldonado is a graduate from Bronx Latin High School. Presently, she attends Oswego State University. She’s the first person of her family to make it to college. Karen is majoring in language and international trade because she knows the struggles of not understanding a language. Karen moved from Ecuador to New York City when she was ten years old. Karen travels to Ecuador every other summer and she visits a different state every time. Her goal is to explore every inch of it. Karen enjoys dancing and is currently involved in a club called Ritmo, they do Latin dances like salsa, bachata and merengue.

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Episode 6: The After Effects of Life in the Marines

Gianna Spero is an 18-year-old freshman at SUNY Oswego working toward a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics. She decided to attend SUNY Oswego because she was offered an amazing opportunity into a co-op program. Gianna lives on Long Island, New York. She is very passionate about her school work, family and friends.

Daniel Field is 18 years old and from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He came to Oswego for the Technology Management program and the beautiful campus. Daniel has lived in 9 different states throughout his life, but considers Philadelphia to be his home. In his free time, he is usually skating or exploring the great outdoors.

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Episode 7: Experiences

Cameron Aldrich is a freshman at SUNY Oswego working toward his Technology Management degree. During his senior year at Cortland High School, he helped design a small scale wind turbine that was presented to the Board of Education to promote the use of technology in schools. When he is not working hard on his studies, Cameron can be found in the goal on the lacrosse field during the spring, or skiing on the slopes during the winter. He is currently preparing for the upcoming lacrosse season, and working to balance school and sports as a student athlete.

Timothy Groman is a freshman at SUNY Oswego. He is an accounting major with a side interest in economics. He hails from Baldwinsville, NY, where he volunteered for six years with Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. He is currently involved with his campus television station, WTOP-10. This is his third interview project and the first to reach the web.

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Episode 8: Boot Camp: The Life of an Army Reservist

Kelsey Gray is from Farmingville in Long Island, New York, and is a seventeen year old girl. Kelsey is currently studying at SUNY Oswego in upstate New York, and is striving to obtain her degree in Human Resource Management with a minor in psychology; her dream is to eventually work in New York City. She involves herself in various activities around campus such as Club Tennis, The Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM), and more. When Kelsey’s not pouring herself into her school work you can find her at the beaches on the south shore of Long Island, or spending quality time with a few good friends.

Nick Magoulas is a hard working individual with a love for learning. He graduated from West Genesee High School in the spring of 2017 and is currently in his freshman year at SUNY Oswego, pursuing an education to hopefully ensure a successful future for himself. Although undecided on a major, Nick is enrolled in a wide variety of classes in order to explore his interests. With the exception of cuddling in bed with his cats, Nick loves nothing more than to be spending time with his friends, living life to the fullest.

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Episode 9: A Sit Down With Ken

David Victome, a SUNY Oswego freshman, is an undeclared major who was raised in Uniondale, NY. David has many interests and hobbies including lacrosse, video games, driving, and the technological sciences.

Leah Joseph is a freshman at Oswego State University. She is a psychology major and hopes to offer counseling services for the mentally ill and children. Leah is the first in her family to go to college in America. She is from Highland Mills, New York but was born in Nagano, Japan. Leah enjoys music and plays various instruments including the trumpet and piano. Leah hopes that someday it will be socially acceptable to walk around barefoot because she hates wearing shoes.

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