State University of New York at Oswego

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State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego)
SUNY Oswego logo
Motto To Learn, To Search, To Serve
Established 1861
Type Public
Endowment $11.5 million[1]
President Deborah F. Stanley
Academic staff 1039
Undergraduates 7,400
Postgraduates 1,100
Location Oswego, New York, USA
Campus Rural, 693 acres (2.80 km2) and 46 Buildings on the shore of Lake Ontario
Colors Hunter Green      and Golden Yellow     [2]
Athletics NCAA Division IIISUNYAC
Sports 24 varsity teams
Nickname Lakers
Affiliations SUNY
Website www.oswego.edu

State University of New York at Oswego, also known as SUNY Oswego and Oswego State, is a public university in the City of Oswego and Town of Oswego, New York, on the shore of Lake Ontario. It has three campuses: historic lakeside campus in Oswego, Metro Center in Syracuse, New York, and Phoenix Center in Phoenix, New York.[3][4][5]

SUNY Oswego was founded in 1861 as Oswego Normal School by Edward Austin Sheldon,[6] who introduced a revolutionary teaching methodology Oswego Movement in American education. In 1942 the New York Legislature elevated it from a normal school to a degree-granting teachers' college, Oswego State Teachers College, which was a founding and charter member of the State University of New York system in 1948.[6] In 1962 the college broadened its scope to be a liberal arts college.

SUNY Oswego currently has over 73,000 living alumni.[6] Oswego State offers more than 100 academic programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and certificates of advanced study.[6] It consists of four colleges and schools: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Communications, Media and the Arts. In 2011, SUNY Oswego marked its 150th anniversary with a sesquicentennial celebration campaign to honor its rich tradition and heritage.[7]

Campus[edit]

Campus as viewed from Glimmerglass Lagoon

Originally founded in the city of Oswego by Sheldon to train teachers to meet pressing educational needs, the college moved to its current location on the shore of Lake Ontario in 1913 after Sheldon Hall was constructed. The current campus is located on 690 acres (2.8 km2) along Lake Ontario. Development of the campus was planned by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, who designed the major buildings.

The campus today consists of 46 buildings with classrooms, laboratories, residential and athletic facilities. Recent years have witnessed the launch of a $700 million campus-wide renovation and renewal program, with the new Campus Center acting as the social hub of campus.

Campus Center Complex[edit]

The college's new social hub known as the Campus Center Complex, which opened in fall 2007, includes new construction and renovation of the existing Swetman/Poucher complex. The $25.5 million 111,492-square-foot (10,357.9 m2) Campus Center portion, the new construction, includes a convocation hall and ice arena, food court, box office, fireplace lounge, breakfast nook and reservable spaces. The renovated portions of the building house The Compass (student services); The Point (student involvement); a student media center with WNYO, WTOP and The Oswegonian newspaper; Copy Center; and Freshëns Cafe. Academic departments in the Campus Center include English and creative writing, modern languages and literatures and philosophy, while the Office of Learning Services stands ready to assist students who need help outside the classroom. In addition, the College Honors Program is located in the Campus Center.

The Tyler Art Gallery[edit]

Within Tyler Hall [8] is the Tyler Art Gallery. The Tyler Art Gallery has two gallery spaces that showcases local and traveling exhibitions, exhibitions of faculty work and student exhibitions. Tyler Art Gallery has a mission as a teaching gallery which means that it is regularly used by the students and faculty at SUNY Oswego as the interface for direct encounters with original works of art of professional quality. The gallery serves as the training base for the museum studies program and gives students the opportunity to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the gallery. Students apart of the Student Art Exhibition Committee are also given the opportunity to curate and have sole responsibility for the annual exhibition of student work. Tyler Art Gallery's a permanent collection comprises European, African and American drawings, prints, paintings, ceramics and sculpture that date from the 18th century to the present. One subsection of the permanent collection, the Grant Arnold Collection of Fine Prints, contains over 500 prints by American printmakers from the first half of the twentieth century.

Other buildings[edit]

Physically separate from the main campus is the south campus, consisting of Laker Hall (indoor sports, coaching classrooms, and athletic training rooms), Romney Fieldhouse (home of the Laker hockey program until fall 2006) and several athletic fields. In addition, more than 400 acres (1.6 km2) of Rice Creek Field Station (for biological research and public programs).

A variety of living options are available through 11 residence halls:

  • Lakeside Area: Scales, Waterbury, Riggs and Johnson Halls. Riggs and Johnson were recently renovated; the latter is the home to the First-Year Residential Experience.
  • West Campus, commonly called "New Campus": Cayuga, Seneca, Oneida and Onondaga Halls
  • Main Campus: Hart Hall Global Living and Learning Center, Funnelle Hall
  • Mackin Complex: Lonis and Moreland Halls

Due to a shortage in residential rooms in fall 2008 caused by greater enrollment and on-campus living requests than expected, several rooms were offered in renovated conference/hotel space in Sheldon Hall. A new townhouse village with apartment living has been constructed south of Glimmerglass Lagoon, and opened in the Fall 2010 semester. Students with 45 credits, are enrolled full-time, and have lived on campus for a complete semester (as a transfer student) or 3 semesters (entering Oswego as a Freshman) are allowed to live there.

In the Fall of 2013 the outdated Science and Mathematics building, Snygg Hall was closed and the new Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation was opened to all STEM students: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Fewer than 100 feet (30 m) from Johnson Hall is Shady Shore. Shady Shore was the home of college founder Dr. Edward Austin Sheldon. It often has served as the residence for the college president throughout the years, including the tenth and current president, Deborah F. Stanley.

Accreditations and awards[edit]

SUNY Oswego has experienced numerous accreditations and awards throughout the past two decades, including recognition as being one of the only 28 "Top Up-and-Coming Colleges" by US News in the nation for 2010.[9][10]

SUNY Oswego's Graduate School of Business has been named by both Princeton Review and US News as one of the best business schools in America, among more than 1,400 colleges nationwide.[11] SUNY Oswego was ranked No.18 on the US News list of the best public campuses in the Northern region in 2011.[12] Its MBA program has been internationally accredited by AACSB.[13] In 2005, SUNY Oswego was ranked No.10 in the nation on a master level institution for sending students abroad for a semester according to Open Doors report by the Institute for International Education.[14]

SUNY Oswego's School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Oswego's School of Business has international accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. SUNY Oswego is one of the few colleges in New York state whose art, music and theater departments are all nationally accredited.

In addition to SUNY Oswego’s vibrant community and encouraging professors, students are offered one of the largest overseas study programs in the northeast.[15] Continents from around the globe contain universities that directly work with SUNY Oswego to provide students with internship opportunities and valuable learning experiences.

Schools and colleges[edit]

Sheldon Hall.

Library[edit]

Penfield Library is an academic library that supports the instructional, research and service goals of SUNY Oswego, one of 64 campuses of the State University of New York. The library is named after Lida S. Penfield (1873–1956), once chair of the English department. The current 160,000-square-foot (15,000 m2) facility opened in 1968, replacing a library of the same name in what is now Rich Hall. The library is home to the Millard Fillmore and Marshall Family Papers and numerous Digitized Collections including the Emergency Refugee Shelter at Fort Ontario (Safe Haven) and the Millard Fillmore papers.

Penfield Librarians provide Research help for SUNY Oswego students through "Ask a Librarian" services in a variety of methods, including chat, e-mail, phone, in-person, and through extended appointments with subject librarians.

Athletics[edit]

SUNY Oswego's athletic teams are known as the Lakers, the university offers 24 intercollegiate varsity sports. Oswego is a member of NCAA Division III and teams compete in the State University of New York Athletic Conference for most sports- women's ice hockey plays in the ECAC West, as that sport is not offered by the SUNYAC.

Oswego is traditionally rivals with Plattsburgh State. The rivalry currently manifests itself mostly in hockey. Oswego and Plattsburgh also had a rivalry in football, but Oswego ceased sponsoring the sport in 1976, with Plattsburgh following in 1978.

National Championships[edit]

On March 18, 2007, the Oswego State men's ice hockey team won the 2006-07 NCAA Division III ice hockey National Championship, the first NCAA championship ever for the school.[16]

Clubs and student organizations[edit]

Oswego has over 180 clubs and organizations, many funded by the Student Association. These include the student-run television station WTOP, the student-run The Oswegonian newspaper, the first ever student-run volunteer ambulance corps (SAVAC),[17] a collegiate-level synchronized skating team, the student-run radio station WNYO-FM, Nationally Competitive Cheerleading, community service clubs, political organizations, the Shaun Cassidy Fan Club Improv Comedy Troupe, Club Baseball, Oswego Women's Rugby, as well as groups that appeal to those with specific interests or hobbies such as ALANA which includes the Black Student Union, the Latino Student Union, the Asian Student Association, the Caribbean Student Association and the African Student Organization. The Financial Management Association, the Investment Club, the Christian groups BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) and CCM (Christian Campus Ministries),the Oswego State Pagan Association , a Muslim Student Association, the Pride Alliance (formerly the Rainbow Alliance; SUNY Oswego's only LGBT Organization), the theater group Blackfriars, the Story Tellers' Guild (gamer club),[18] (STG), the Pro-Wrestling Club (PWC), College Republicans, and the local chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Greek organizations[edit]

Oswego also has an array of Greek organizations (fraternities, sororities, or mixed) from both national and locally recognized chapters. Each semester, eligible students can "rush" a Greek organization of their choice.

Fraternities[edit]

Sororities[edit]

Other Greek organizations[edit]

Traditions[edit]

  • Bridge Street Run - The Bridge Street Run is a pub crawl that now takes place during the spring semester the last Friday before finals week starts. Students put on white t-shirts, start at the Front Door Tavern on East 10th and Utica Streets, and make their way down Bridge Street (New York State Route 104) in the City of Oswego. They stop at all participating bars along the way on or within a block of Bridge Street to have their shirts signed. The event has been a tradition in various forms at SUNY Oswego for over 30 years. The college officially discourages the practice.[20] It was finally banned by the city in 2014.[21]
  • QUEST - Quest is a Symposium dedicated to sharing the scholarly and creative pursuits of faculty, staff and student of the State University of New York at Oswego. Students usually work in collaboration with a faculty mentor in preparation of their project. The series also features a keynote speaker discuss some topical issue in a field such as technology, science or politics. There are no classes before 5pm on Quest Day.
  • Torchlight Ceremony - Every year the night before the commencement day, the university holds an event called "Torchlight Ceremony" to honor each year's graduates and pass candlelights as "passing the torch." A representative of each year's graduate of SUNY Oswego is invited to this event to pass the torch.

Notable faculty[edit]

  • John Belt, Educator of Department of Technology Education, with focus of the work and philosophy of the late R. Buckminster Fuller, leadership in ‘The Synergistic Collaborative,’ Frank Lloyd Wright, and Piet Mondrian.[22]
  • Doug Lea, current Interim Chair of Computer Science, world famous expert on concurrent programming, (co-)author of the Interest Group[citation needed]
  • Roy Lichtenstein, World famous Pop Art Artist taught in the Art Department from 1958–1960
  • Dr. David C. Conrad, Emeritus Professor of History, author of several books on Africa; SUNY Chancellor Award Winner 2001. Is President of Mande Studies Association and a fellow at the Royal Geographic Society.
  • Dr. Bruce Altschuler, Former Chair of Political Science Department and 2007 Winner of SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activity. Has authored books and articles on the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, political campaigns and presidential politics.
  • Robert O'Connor, Associate Professor in Creative Writing Department (Author of Buffalo Soldiers)
  • Jay Button, a faculty master honored for his work done with first year students.
  • Sir Kenneth O. Hall, Governor-General of Jamaica (Feb 2006 - Feb 2009), served as Assistant Provost and Professor of History at Oswego.
  • Ron Greaff - Also known to many as Ron Hastings from channel 3.
  • Leigh Allison Wilson, published author and Creative Writing professor

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
style="width:20%;" | Ken Auletta 1963 width="55%;" | Journalist for The New Yorker [23]
style="width:20%;" | Mark Allen Baker 1979 width="55%;" | Author, editor, historian, and manuscript & document expert [24]
style="width:20%;" | Frederick R. Bieber width="55%;" | Harvard University professor and DNA expert
style="width:20%;" | Louis A . Borrelli Jr 1977 width="55%;" | Cable Television Pioneer, founder of SUNY Oswego's annual media summit [25]
style="width:20%;" | Rob Cesternino 2000 width="55%;" | Contestant on Survivor: The Amazon [26]
style="width:20%;" | Linda Cohn 1981 width="55%;" | ESPN sportscaster [27]
style="width:20%;" | Dr. Joseph F. Coughlin 1986 width="55%;" | Director of MIT's AgeLab. Was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the "12 People who are Changing Your Retirement." He is a graduate of the school of Arts and Science. [28]
style="width:20%;" | Robin Curtis 1978 width="55%;" | Actress most well known as Lt. Savikk in Star Trek III and Star Trek IV [29]
style="width:20%;" | Julia DeVillers 1989 width="55%;" | Author of books for children and teens
style="width:20%;" | Michael A Hoffman II 1978 width="55%;" | Noted occult theorist, cultural critic, and author of seven books, including a controversial critique of Judaism, entitled Judaism's Strange Gods. [30]
style="width:20%;" | Fred Festa 1981 width="55%;" | President and CEO of W. R. Grace and Company. [31]
style="width:20%;" | J. Russell Findlay 1989 width="55%;" | Major League Soccers First Chief Marketing Officer. Previously was a Marketing Executive at Unilever and Pepsi. Launched Sierra Mist and Diet Pepsi Max as well as SoBe Mr. Green. Founder of School of Business Annual Alumni Symposium [32]
style="width:20%;" | Pluto Nash 2002 width="55%;" | Club Owner
style="width:20%;" | Kendis Gibson 1994 width="55%;" | Famous World renowned and Emmy winning anchor
style="width:20%;" | Matt Jabs 1994 width="55%;" | Poet, Writer
style="width:20%;" | Josh Jeanneret 2002 width="55%;" | Promoter of 2CW Wrestling
style="width:20%;" | Wayne Levi 1974 width="55%;" | Professional golfer [33]
style="width:20%;" | Steve Levy 1987 width="55%;" | ESPN sportscaster
style="width:20%;" | Kandise N. Lucas width="55%;" | Special Education advocate, educational reformist, and writer
style="width:20%;" | Christopher Maloney 1991 width="55%;" | Bass guitarist for Dweezil Zappa, Hardline; Sunset Records recording artist
style="width:20%;" | Alice McDermott 1975 width="55%;" | Novelist and winner of the 1998 National Book Award
style="width:20%;" | Gary Morgenstern 1985 width="55%;" | Sr. Vice President of Programming at SportsNet New York. While at ESPN, proposed idea of using video imaging to mark 1st down line during football broadcasts
style="width:20%;" | Heraldo Muñoz 1972 width="55%;" | Former ambassador to the United Nations for Chile, current chilean foreign minister. [34]
style="width:20%;" | Marianne Matuzic Myles width="55%;" | U.S. Ambassador to the Nation of Cape Verde
style="width:20%;" | Robert Natoli 1980 width="55%;" | Guinness record holder [35]
style="width:20%;" | Robert O'Connor 1982 width="55%;" | Author of Buffalo Soldiers [36]
style="width:20%;" | Al Roker 1976 width="55%;" | Weatherman for NBC's Today Show [37]
style="width:20%;" | Pete Sears 1971 width="55%;" | Member of the 1972 United States Olympic Hockey Team (Goalie) [29]
style="width:20%;" | Jerry Seinfeld Never Graduated width="55%;" | Famous actor and comedian. Attended SUNY Oswego through his sophomore year before transferring to and graduating from Queens College
style="width:20%;" | Julie Smith width="55%;" | President of Bozzuto Management Company and a Partner of The Bozzuto Group
style="width:20%;" | Scott Sullivan 1983 width="55%;" | Former WorldCom CFO
style="width:20%;" | Melissa O'Donnell width="55%;" | Writer; Saturday Night Live
style="width:20%;" | James W. Wright 1971 width="55%;" | Former New York State Senator [38]
style="width:20%;" | Eric Rowley 2006 width="55%;" | Frisco RoughRiders
style="width:20%;" | Laurie Zaks width="55%;" | President of Beacon Television; former Senior Vice President at UPN
style="width:20%;" | Rodrigo Bonilla Garcia 2006 width="55%;" | Played soccer professionally for Ibis United Brazil and C.F.O. of a soda company in Brazil Saborama
style="width:20%;" | Salvatore "Sal" Iacono - "Cousin Sal" 1993 width="55%;" | Writer and Personality on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Also contributor to Adam Carolla Podcast
style="width:20%;" | Robert E. Moritz 1985 width="55%;" | US Chairman and Senior Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers [39][40]

Television meteorologists[edit]

Many TV meteorologists, predominantly in upstate New York, are graduates or attendees of SUNY Oswego.

Name Class year Notability References
style="width:20%;" | Chris Brandolino 1996 width="55%;" | WSYR-TV, Syracuse, formerly of WSTM-TV
style="width:20%;" | Patrick Cavlin 2013 width="55%;" | News 12 Networks Long Island
style="width:20%;" | Ryan Coyle 2008 width="55%;" | WHTM Harrisburg, formerly of WIVT Binghamton and WNEP Scranton
style="width:20%;" | Dave Eichorn Never Graduated width="55%;" | Formerly of WSYR-TV, Syracuse
style="width:20%;" | Thomas Esterguard 2008 width="55%;" | WUTR/Utica, Formerly of WETM-TV, Elmira; WTVH Syracuse and WXXA Albany
style="width:20%;" | Dave Longley 1987 width="55%;" | WSYR-TV, Syracuse
style="width:20%;" | Aaron Mentkowski
(Aaron Lawrence)
1997 width="55%;" | WKBW-TV, Buffalo
style="width:20%;" | Joe LaPlante 2007 width="55%;" | WWNY-TV, Watertown
style="width:20%;" | Robert Metcalfe 2006 width="55%;" | Formerly of WROC-TV, Rochester
style="width:20%;" | Kimberly Newman 2009 width="55%;" | WTOL-TV, Toledo, Ohio
style="width:20%;" | Tom Niziol 1977 width="55%;" | The Weather Channel (winter weather expert)
style="width:20%;" | Rob Perillo 1983 width="55%;" | KATC-TV, Lafayette
style="width:20%;" | Vanessa Richards 2008 width="55%;" | YNN Central New York, formerly of WETM-TV and WSTM-TV (married to Matt Stevens)
style="width:20%;" | Matt Stevens 2006 width="55%;" | WSTM-TV, WTVH-TV Syracuse, formerly of WETM-TV, WOAY-TV, and WSEE-TV (married to Vanessa Richards)
style="width:20%;" | Courtney Furtado 2010 width="55%;" | YNN Central New York
style="width:20%;" | Samantha Wessing 2012 width="55%;" | WUTR Utica

References[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2011. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2011 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2010 to FY 2011" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. January 17, 2012. p. 21. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ SUNY Oswego Graphic Identity Guide for Print and Electronic Materials (September 2006)
  3. ^ SUNY Oswego - Campus Map
  4. ^ http://www.oswego.edu/extended_learning/metroCenter.html
  5. ^ SUNY Oswego - Phoenix Center
  6. ^ a b c d SUNY Oswego - Section 1: History & Governance
  7. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Oswego 150
  8. ^ http://www.oswego.edu/academics/colleges_and_departments/departments/art/About_the_Department/facilities.html
  9. ^ Green Innovations: U.S. News selects SUNY Oswego among "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" for 2010
  10. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: School to Watch
  11. ^ http://www.oswego.edu/academics/colleges_and_departments/business/programs/mba/faqs.html
  12. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Region’s Best
  13. ^ https://www.aacsb.net/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=AACSB&WebKey=00E50DA9-8BB0-4A32-B7F7-0A92E98DF5C6
  14. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: International Success
  15. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Oswego in national top 10 for sending students abroad
  16. ^ "2006-07 Oswego State Men's Hockey Schedule & Results". College Hockey Stats. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  17. ^ "SAVAC website". 
  18. ^ "STG website". 
  19. ^ Pi Delta Phi
  20. ^ Curtis, Aaron (2009-05-08). Police keep busy during annual Bridge Street Run. The Palladium-Times. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
  21. ^ Oswego Common Council votes to ban Bridge Street Run, bill SUNY Oswego for city's costs Local Syr.com. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  22. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Teaching Awards 2012
  23. ^ SUNY Oswego - 2005 Borrelli Media Summit - Ken Auletta Info
  24. ^ Oswego Rocks!: Campus was the frequent scene of legends, stars and all-around good times : Oswego Alumni Magazine
  25. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Alumnus donates $150,000 to create media summits
  26. ^ TDT.com | Survivometer 6
  27. ^ "Oswego Alumni Association Past Inductees - 2006". State University of New York at Oswego. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  28. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Wall Street Journal lauds Oswego alumnus as innovator
  29. ^ a b http://www.oswego.edu/alumni/programs/air.html
  30. ^ Category:State University of New York at Oswego alumni
  31. ^ W. R. Grace & Co. Enriching Lives, Everywhere.® - Fred E. Festa
  32. ^ Major League Soccer Taps Findlay as First CMO | News - Advertising Age
  33. ^ http://www.oswego.edu/alumni/publications/magazine/026-034%20OswegoFW10_cover.pdf
  34. ^ http://www.oswego.edu/alumni/publications/enewsletter/may_2009/upcoming_events.html
  35. ^ "He keeps his chin up, sets a Guinness Record; for Bob Natoli, of Oswego, it's about health and fitness lifestyle he's live for 30 years". Neighbors Oswego. The Post-Standard. Retrieved 24 December 2012. (subscription required)
  36. ^ http://www.oswego.edu/alumni/publications/magazine/winter01.pdf
  37. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Sunny Summit
  38. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Community Center
  39. ^ Moritz Named to Foundation Board : Oswego Alumni Magazine
  40. ^ http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/press-room/leadership/robert-e-moritz.jhtml

External links[edit]

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