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State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego)
SUNYOswegoSeal.png
Motto To Learn, To Search, To Serve
Type Public
Established 1861
Endowment $11.5 million[1]
President Deborah F. Stanley
Academic staff
1039
Undergraduates 7,400
Postgraduates 1,100
Location Oswego, New York, United States
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
Nickname Lakers
Affiliations SUNY
Sports 24 varsity teams
Website www.oswego.edu
SUNY Oswego logo.png

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

SUNY Oswego was founded in 1861 as the Oswego Primary Teachers Training School by Edward Austin Sheldon,[5] 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.[5] In 1962 the college broadened its scope to become a liberal arts college.

SUNY Oswego currently has over 73,000 living alumni.[5] Oswego State offers more than 100 academic programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and certificates of advanced study.[5] 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.[6] SUNY Oswego is the only SUNY campus to offer a degree in Software Engineering.[7]

Campus[edit]

Campus as viewed from Glimmerglass Lagoon

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.

Shineman Center for Science, Engineering, and Innovation.

Marano Campus Center Complex[edit]

The college's new social hub, known as the Marano Campus Center Complex, which opened in the fall of 2007, includes new construction and renovation of the existing Swetman/Poucher complex. The $25.5 million 111,492-square-foot (10,357.9 m2) Marano 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.[9] The gallery has two gallery spaces that showcase 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 allows students to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the gallery. The Student Art Exhibition Committee curate and have sole responsibility for the annual exhibition of student work. Tyler Art Gallery's permanent collection comprises European, African and American drawings, prints, paintings, ceramics and sculpture that date from the 18th century to the present, including several works by artist Sasha Kolin. 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]

The SUNY Oswego campus is located on the shore of Lake Ontario. This image was taken outside of Waterbury Hall.

Physically separate from the main campus, on the other side of New York State Route 104, is the south campus, consisting of Laker Hall (indoor sports, coaching classrooms, and athletic training rooms), Romney Fieldhouse (a Quonset hut that hosted 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) are on the South Campus.

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

  • Lakeside Area: Scales, Waterbury, Riggs and Johnson Halls. Riggs, Waterbury, and Johnson were recently renovated; the latter is the home to the First-Year Residential Experience. Scales Hall is currently undergoing renovation, and is expected to reopen in time for the Fall 2017 semester.
  • West Campus, formerly called "New Campus": Cayuga, Seneca, Oneida and Onondaga Halls. Onondaga Hall was constructed in a suite style, allowing communal living of up to six students per dormitory.
  • Main Campus: Hart Hall Global Living and Learning Center, Funnelle Hall
  • A famous view: approaching sunset over Lake Ontario from the SUNY Oswego campus.
    Mackin Complex: Lonis and Moreland Halls, located in the city of Oswego across the street from Sheldon Hall and consisting of single-occupancy dorms for upperclassmen

West Campus, along with Laker Hall, Hewitt Student Union (which hosted most of the student organizations until the Campus Center's opening in 2006), Tyler Hall, Culkin Hall (the administrative building), Penfield Library, Lanigan Hall (consisting of large lecture halls) and Mahar Hall are all built in the Brutalist style and date to the early 1970s.

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 was constructed south of Glimmerglass Lagoon, and opened in the fall 2010 semester. Students with 45 credits who are enrolled full-time, and have lived on campus for a complete semester (as a transfer student) or three 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. The building, built onto the older Piez Hall, offers views of the college's Lakeside Community and Lake Ontario from the meteorology observation deck.

Fewer than 100 feet (30 m) from Johnson Hall is Shady Shore, 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 received numerous accreditations and awards throughout the past two decades, including being named as one of only 28 "Top Up-and-Coming Colleges" in the nation by US News in 2010.[10][11]

SUNY Oswego's Graduate School of Business has been named by both The Princeton Review and US News as one of the best business schools in America, among more than 1,400 colleges nationwide.[12] SUNY Oswego was ranked No. 18 on the US News list of the best public campuses in the Northern region in 2011.[13] Its MBA program has been internationally accredited by AACSB.[14] 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 the Open Doors report by the Institute for International Education.[15]

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.[16] Universities around the world work directly with SUNY Oswego to provide students with internship opportunities and valuable learning experiences.

Schools and colleges[edit]

Sheldon Hall
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Houses the following departments: Anthropology, Atmospheric and Geological Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, English and Creative Writing, History, Human Development, Mathematics, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Justice, Sociology[17]
  • School of Business[18]
    • Here, students can pursue degrees in the following areas of study: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Operations Management and Information Systems, Risk Management and Insurance
  • School of Communication, Media and the Arts[19]
    • Houses the following departments: Art, Communication Studies, Music, Theatre
  • School of Education[20]
    • Houses the following departments: Counseling and Psychological Services, Curriculum and Instruction, Education Administration, Health Promotion and Wellness, Technology, Vocational Teacher Preparation

Library[edit]

Penfield Library[21] 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. It 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[22] and numerous digitized collections[23] including the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter (Safe Haven) and the Millard Fillmore papers.

Penfield librarians provide research help for SUNY Oswego students through "Ask a Librarian"[24] services via chat, e-mail, phone, and texting, in person, and through extended appointments with subject librarians.

Athletics[edit]

The university offers 24 intercollegiate varsity sports. SUNY Oswego's athletic teams are known as the Lakers. 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 a rival of Plattsburgh State. The rivalry currently manifests mostly in ice hockey; in the 1990s and early 2000s, Oswego fans would regularly throw bagels onto the ice when the Lakers scored against Plattsburgh, a tradition that ended in 2006 with the move to the Campus Center.[25][26] The "Puck Flattsburgh" spoonerism is a common rallying cry.[27] 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.[28]

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 newspaper The Oswegonian, the first-ever student-run volunteer ambulance corps (SAVAC),[29] 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, and Oswego women's rugby. There are also 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. Other groups include 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)[30] (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 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[34] is a pub crawl that now takes place during the spring semester on the last Friday before finals week. 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 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.[35] It was finally banned by the city in 2014 following a students death caused by a heroin overdose on campus;[36] the following year, the college set up OzFest, a campus festival, to deter partiers from participating in the Bridge Street Run. However, students still continue the tradition each spring.[37]
  • 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 faculty mentors in preparation of their projects. The series also features a keynote speaker who discusses a topical issue in a field such as technology, science or politics. There are no classes before 5pm on Quest Day, which falls on a Wednesday in early to mid-April.
  • Torchlight Ceremony – Every year on the night before commencement day, the university holds the 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. In addition to this, the new freshman class partakes in a Torchlight Ceremony of their own on the night of "Freshman Move-In Day" in August.
  • OzFest – This new annual tradition is held on the last day of classes during the spring semester in May. Students enjoy carnival-like activities on campus to celebrate the conclusion of the academic year, and to relieve stress before finals week. The festival culminates with a concert that is held in the Marano Campus Center. The concert typically features known-artists. It has been theorized that OzFest was partially planned to give students another option to consider before partaking in Bridge Street Run, which has been officially banned by the City of Oswego, as stated above.
  • LakerFest – This is a festival that has typically been held on a weekend during the month of September. It can be described as a "mini OzFest" in the sense it is not as popular as OzFest, and there is no concert in addition to the festival being smaller in general.
  • White-Out Weekend – White-Out Weekend refers to the highly-anticipated rivalry matchup between the Oswego State Men's Hockey team (Lakers) and the SUNY Plattsburgh Men's Hockey team. Students will line up in the Marano Campus Center as early as 3 to 4 hours in advance of the game, and tickets are often sold out. The Lakers will typically play the SUNY Potsdam Men's Hockey team as well either the night before, or the night after, and is also a White-Out game. The Women's team plays their own respective game as well.

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Robert Enfield 2009 District Manager at Southern Wine & Spirits
Rob Cesternino 2000 Contestant on Survivor: The Amazon [38]
Kendis Gibson 1994 Anchor
Sal Iacono 1993 Writer, TV personality
Christopher Maloney 1991 Bass guitarist for Dweezil Zappa, Hardline; Sunset Records recording artist
Julia DeVillers 1989 Author of books for children and teens
Steve Levy 1987 ESPN sportscaster
Gary Morgenstern 1985 Sr. Vice President of Programming at SportsNet New York; while at ESPN, proposed the idea of using video imaging to mark the first down line during football broadcasts
Scott Sullivan 1983 Former WorldCom CFO
Robert O'Connor 1982 Author of Buffalo Soldiers [39]
Linda Cohn 1981 ESPN sportscaster [40]
Robert Natoli 1980 Guinness record holder [41]
Mark Allen Baker 1979 Author, editor, historian, and manuscript and document expert [42]
Robin Curtis 1978 Actress most well known as Lt. Savikk in Star Trek III and Star Trek IV [43]
Al Roker 1976 Weatherman for NBC's Today Show [44]
Alice McDermott 1975 Novelist and winner of the 1998 National Book Award
John McLoughlin 1975 One of two Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers who survived after being trapped in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center [45]
Wayne Levi 1974 Professional golfer [46]
Heraldo Muñoz 1972 Former ambassador to the United Nations for Chile; current Chilean foreign minister [47]
Pete Sears 1971 Member of the 1972 United States Olympic hockey team (goalie) [43]
James W. Wright 1971 Former New York State Senator [48]
Ken Auletta 1963 Journalist for The New Yorker [49]
Charles E. King 1891 Composer of the "Hawaiian Wedding Song"; educator, legislator [50]
Woodbridge Nathan Ferris 1873 Governor of Michigan; U.S. Senator; founder of Ferris State University
Frederick R. Bieber Harvard University professor and DNA expert
Marianne Matuzic Myles U.S. Ambassador to the nation of Cape Verde
Jerry Seinfeld Never graduated Actor and comedian




Actor Al Lewis claimed that he attended the school from 1927 to 1931. Most of Lewis's claims about his early life are widely considered to be untrue.[51]

See also[edit]

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. ^ a b c d SUNY Oswego - Section 1: History & Governance
  6. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Oswego 150
  7. ^ Majors List - Software Engineering
  8. ^ http://www.oswego.edu/academics/colleges_and_departments/departments/art/About_the_Department/facilities.html
  9. ^ Tyler Art Gallery
  10. ^ Green Innovations: U.S. News selects SUNY Oswego among "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" for 2010
  11. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: School to Watch
  12. ^ http://www.oswego.edu/academics/colleges_and_departments/business/programs/mba/faqs.html
  13. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Region’s Best
  14. ^ https://www.aacsb.net/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=AACSB&WebKey=00E50DA9-8BB0-4A32-B7F7-0A92E98DF5C6
  15. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: International Success
  16. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Oswego in national top 10 for sending students abroad
  17. ^ College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  18. ^ School of Business
  19. ^ School of Communication, Media and the Arts
  20. ^ School of Education
  21. ^ Penfield Library
  22. ^ Millard Fillmore and Marshall Family Papers
  23. ^ Penfield Library - Digitized Collections
  24. ^ "Ask a Librarian"
  25. ^ "The Tradition Is Dead". PSTValumni.com. Retrieved February 4, 2008. 
  26. ^ "Insider Fan Blog". CardinalHockeyInsider.com. Retrieved February 4, 2008. 
  27. ^ Puck Flattsburgh: Oswego beats Plattsburgh 3-2
  28. ^ "2006-07 Oswego State Men's Hockey Schedule & Results". College Hockey Stats. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  29. ^ "SAVAC website". 
  30. ^ "STG website". 
  31. ^ Sigma Tau Chi
  32. ^ Delta Phi Alpha
  33. ^ Pi Delta Phi
  34. ^ Bridge Street Run
  35. ^ Curtis, Aaron (2009-05-08). Police keep busy during annual Bridge Street Run. The Palladium-Times. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
  36. ^ Oswego Common Council votes to ban Bridge Street Run, bill SUNY Oswego for city's costs Local Syr.com. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  37. ^ Sturtz. Ken (May 10, 2015).SUNY Oswego offers new event to tamp Bridge Street Run; cops make fewer arrests. Syracuse.com. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  38. ^ TDT.com | Survivometer 6
  39. ^ http://www.oswego.edu/alumni/publications/magazine/winter01.pdf
  40. ^ "Oswego Alumni Association Past Inductees - 2006". State University of New York at Oswego. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  41. ^ "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)
  42. ^ Oswego Rocks!: Campus was the frequent scene of legends, stars and all-around good times : Oswego Alumni Magazine
  43. ^ a b http://www.oswego.edu/alumni/programs/air.html
  44. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Sunny Summit
  45. ^ http://www.oswego.edu/magazine/2011/12/08/heroes-reflect/
  46. ^ http://www.oswego.edu/alumni/publications/magazine/026-034%20OswegoFW10_cover.pdf
  47. ^ http://www.oswego.edu/alumni/publications/enewsletter/may_2009/upcoming_events.html
  48. ^ SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Community Center
  49. ^ SUNY Oswego - 2005 Borrelli Media Summit - Ken Auletta Info
  50. ^ "Charles E. King". Kamehameha Schools. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  51. ^ "Al "Grandpa Munster" Lewis runs for governor". New Times. Archived from the original on 2006-02-18. Retrieved 2007-02-14. 

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