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Surgery Didn’t Slow Her Down, It Opened New Doors to Success

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Lora Webster talks to the Stony Brook womens volleyball team on the court.

When Lora Webster was eleven, unusual knee pain prompted her to see the doctor. One week later, she was undergoing her first round of chemotherapy. The pain had been caused by a tumor, as she was officially diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer). The doctors gave Lora a choice: she could either have a full amputation or she could undergo an operation known as a rotationplasty.

Knowing that the choice would forever impact their daughter’s life, Lora’s parents allowed her to make the decision. She chose to undergo the rotationplasty. The cancerous bone was removed and her lower leg was rotated 180 degrees before being surgically reattached. This allowed her ankle joint to serve as her knee joint. She was later fitted for a prosthetic. Choosing this route allowed Lora to be more active.

Lora had been a volleyball athlete growing up, and continued to play standing volleyball throughout high school. In her junior year, she was asked if she wanted to be a member of the Sitting Volleyball team in the U.S. Paralympics. Lora was initially hesitant as, up until that point, she didn’t see herself as being ‘disabled’. However, after being prompted and encouraged by various people, she joined the team as the Middle-Blocker.

The U.S.A. Women’s Sitting Volleyball team won Bronze in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Silver in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing (wherein they were named the Paralympians of the Year), Silver in the 2010 Paralympic Games in London, and Gold in the recent 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, wherein she was named “Best Blocker”, with 19 blocks and 38 rebounds.

Following her victory, Lora received a congratulatory video from the standing volleyball team at Stony Brook University. The Paralympian has been attending Stony Brook on and off since 2010, working toward a Bachelor Degree in Sociology which she is set to complete in the Spring. According to Lora, the professors have been remarkably helpful and flexible, allowing her to juggle her life as a renowned athlete, her life as a college student, and her life with her family.

Lora has three wonderful children and a husband who has supported her every step of the way. Following her recent victory in Rio de Janeiro, Lora hopes to “take a breath” and spend some well-deserved time with her family.

When asked if there was one thing that she could tell her past-self, Lora admitted that she would tell herself to be open about her prosthetic. There were days when she wanted to hide it, something that can be extremely understandable. However, Lora also says that she would not change anything about her diagnosis and the various paths that she chose.

Listening to Lora describe her journey allows us to truly grasp the lengths that SUNY students with disabilities go to and the obstacles that they overcome to reach success. Across the state, at all 64 campuses, there are students with disabilities who are breaking barriers everyday, whether on the court, in the classroom, or somewhere in between.

Written by Arthur Ramsay

Arthur Ramsay is a student assistant with the SUNY Office of New Media. He is a BA candidate at Empire State College studying American History & Government.

November 17, 2016

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Mascot Madness Champion, Hugo the Hawk, Speaks on His Victory and Getting Back to Work

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SUNY Mascot Madness winner - Hugo Hawk from New PaltzThe first ever SUNY Mascot Madness came to a close yesterday with over 300,000 votes cast over the entire competition.  In a race that was too close to call initially, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz was declared the winner of the first SUNY Mascot Madness over Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook.  In a race to the finish, he met the library dean, cleaned the campus, and hung out with many students on campus.

We were able to catch up with Hugo and get his thoughts on the final round of the competition.

What responsibilities do you carry as SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion?  What’s next for you?

As the SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion, it is my duty to represent all that this title stands for. I will continue being the best mascot I can possibly be and keep getting better at it each day.

What will you do with all of your free time once SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 is complete?

With this free time I will get back to the basics. I will work on my cheers and dances and keep myself in tip-top shape for all the teams I root for. I will work hard to earn my place in next year’s tournament and make sure I do my best to defend my crown.

 

And we look forward to next year’s competition with you Hugo!

Hugo Hawk with Mascot Madness championship trophy

Emily Schwartz

Written by Emily Schwartz

Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.

April 5, 2013

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Bobby Hurley Named University at Buffalo Men’s Basketball Head Coach

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Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley, one of the most iconic figures in college basketball history, has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

He joins UB from the University of Rhode Island, where he has been serving as associate head coach. He was hired as an assistant coach at Wagner College in 2010, and spent two seasons with the Seahawks, playing a critical role in rebuilding the men’s basketball team. He helped lead Wagner to a 25-6 record during the 2011-12 season – its best record in school history – before joining Rhode Island.

A first-team All-American in 1993, Hurley is best remembered for being the point guard at Duke. Hurley helped lead the Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances and consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. Hurley still holds the NCAA record for career assists with 1,076.

Following his outstanding career at Duke, Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He went on to play five years in the NBA with the Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies.

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SUNY Oneonta Senior Sets Off on 4,200-Mile Cross-Country Bike Adventure

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Jayme Haynes biking in Central Bridge on her cross country adventure

Jami Haynes sets off from her home in Central Bridge, NY, on Tuesday, May 28.

SUNY Oneonta senior Jami Haynes set off on a 4,200-mile, cross-country bike adventure today with the goal of raising awareness about the Harvest of Hope Foundation, an organization that provides emergency assistance to migrant workers and their families. Haynes, 21, accompanied by her boyfriend and sister, left early Tuesday morning from her home in Central Bridge, N.Y.

An avid runner and hiker, Haynes got the idea for the “Miles for Migrants” bike tour after Harvest of Hope founder and President Phil Kellerman visited one of her education classes, taught by Madeline Berry, this past semester. Her 20-year-old sister, Jena, signed on for the adventure, and then her boyfriend, Caleb Grippin, 23, joined the team.

Jena Haynes, Caleb Grippin, Jami Haynes with bikes

SUNY Oneonta student Jami Haynes (right) with her sister, Jena, and boyfriend, Caleb Grippin.

“I wasn’t very familiar with what a migrant farm worker was and how they contributed to American society, and I was especially touched as a future educator by the support that Harvest of Hope gives to these families and the scholarships that the foundation provides,” Haynes said.

The class did a service-learning project to benefit Harvest of Hope, and Haynes kept the momentum going. She and her sister organized a spaghetti supper, several bake sales and a raffle, as well as giving presentations about Harvest of Hope on campus and in the community. “Spreading awareness of the foundation and how it helps migrant farm workers has been extremely rewarding,” Haynes said. “The community definitely knows a lot more about the contributions of migrant workers because of this project.”

Haynes hopes to continue raising awareness by meeting with media outlets during her journey. The trio plans to ride about 60 to 80 miles per day, camping and staying with friends and family members en route to San Francisco. They have been training for the trip for about three months, logging several hundred miles of short and long rides.

The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997, when Kellerman worked at ESCORT, a migrant education resource center based at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to its affiliation with ESCORT, SUNY Oneonta has operated a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since 2001. Created in 1972, CAMP is a federally-funded scholarship program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm-working families pursue higher education.

ESCORT senior programmer analyst Bob Thomas, a friend of Kellerman’s, loaned Haynes and her crew three touring bikes and trailers. Thomas, who completed a cross-country bicycling trip himself back in 1976, was on hand for the send-off Tuesday, offering last-minute tips and advice.

An elementary education major with a concentration in social studies, Haynes will share experiences from her trip this fall as a student teacher at Cobleskill Elementary School.

She will also chronicle her adventures throughout the 11-week journey on the blog: www.crazyguyonabike.com/sistahbikers.

 

SUNY Oneonta

May 28, 2013

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