National Parks, Camping and Digital Media
Between Two Parks

Who We Are

Serenity is an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego within the Department of Communication Studies. She teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level and her courses include “Integrated Media Writing/Design,” “Technology and Culture,” and “Integrated Media Design and Theory.” Serenity has also taught “International Perspectives on Women” within the Gender and Women’s Study program. Her current interests are the digital humanities, digital media, gender and women’s history, and history of science, medicine and technology. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Rochester as well as a B.A. in History & English/Creative Writing from Binghamton University, a B.S. in Environmental Management & Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the Susan B. Anthony Institute at the University of Rochester. While Serenity has no previous camping experience, she is excited about exploring various National Parks; as an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology she taught “The History of National Parks” and plans to develop a new class, “Communicating the National Parks” at SUNY Oswego.


Matthew recently graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a M.S. in Media Arts and Technology where he studied social media platforms and graphic communication. In the Fall of 2018 he will become a PhD candidate in Communication at the University at Buffalo and plans to continue studying communication through social media networks. He also holds a B.S. in Marketing from SUNY Oswego. After his undergraduate degree, Matthew spent 12 years in a Sales and Business Development role, including owning and operating a business selling professional grade tools and equipment within the automotive industry. Matthew has years of camping experience, having spent many summers at various New York State Parks camping with his family when he was a kid (however, that was almost 20 years ago! Wow!) Despite the years since his last camping adventure, he is looking forward to knocking off the rust on his camping skills and exploring the National Parks. Matthew is a hobbyist photographer and excited to document their trip through various forms of media.


Boseph is a unique dog- a white lab with fair skin and a pink nose. At heart, he’s a distinguished old gentleman and a connoisseur of human food – he even enjoys fruits and vegetables and will gladly eat up the scraps of tomatoes and apple cores. He displays a lively spirit and a warm, outgoing personality- you’d have a hard time believing he’s 11 years old! Like all of our pets before and after him, Boseph was a rescue and we adopted him from the Humane Society when he was 2. Why someone would give him up is beyond us, he is a wonderful dog and a loyal companion. During our 9 years together, Boseph has always been up for an adventure and can be frequently seen riding around town in the truck or spending summer weekends on the boat. Some interesting tidbits about Boseph: despite being a lab, he only embraced swimming at the age of 6; he hates stairs and needs some words of encouragement to get up/down; his favorite bar is Lux (well, it’s the one he’s allowed into, but he thinks it’s cool); and during his brief time at the Humane Society his job was the “greeter”, meaning that he was responsible for socializing with the new dogs and helping them get acclimated.


If Lucy could choose a spirit human, she would be Beyonce. Like Queen B, Lucy knows who runs the world. Whenever we are on walks as a family, Lucy gets all the compliments and attention. Her long legs and shiny brindle coat are no competition for the rest of us. Obviously. Lucy loves milk fat, despises vegetables, and would be glad for the world to worship at her feet. She’s also incredibly loyal, a good snuggler and occasionally mistakes herself for a lap dog. Her best trait is her classic Great Dane lean where she pushes her whole body up against you. Sometimes she likes to stand upright like a human with her front paws on your shoulders. She’s a beauty. A girl can’t help how she looks, don’t be hatin’ now!