State University of New York at Oswego
|Motto||To Learn, To Search, To Serve|
|President||Deborah F. Stanley|
|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 |
|Athletics||NCAA Division III – SUNYAC|
|Sports||24 varsity teams|
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, 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.
SUNY Oswego was founded in 1861 as Oswego Normal School by Edward Austin Sheldon, 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. In 1962 the college broadened its scope to be a liberal arts college.
SUNY Oswego currently has over 73,000 living alumni. Oswego State offers more than 100 academic programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and certificates of advanced study. 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. SUNY Oswego is the only SUNY Campus to offer a degree in Software Engineering.
- Campus Center Complex 1.1
- The Tyler Art Gallery 1.2
- Other buildings 1.3
- Accreditations and awards 2
- Schools and colleges 3
- Library 4
- Men's 5.1
- Women's 5.2
- National Championships 5.3
Clubs and student organizations 6
Greek organizations 6.1
- Fraternities 6.1.1
- Sororities 6.1.2
- Other Greek organizations 6.1.3
- Greek organizations 6.1
- Traditions 7
- Notable faculty 8
Notable alumni 9
- Television meteorologists 9.1
- References 10
- External links 11
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
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
Within Tyler Hall  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, 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.
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. The building 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. 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
SUNY Oswego has received numerous accreditations and awards throughout the past two decades, including the recognition of being one of only 28 "Top Up-and-Coming Colleges" by US News in the nation for 2010.
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. SUNY Oswego was ranked No.18 on the US News list of the best public campuses in the Northern region in 2011. Its MBA program has been internationally accredited by AACSB. 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.
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. 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
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Anthropology Department
- Department of Biological Sciences
- Department of Chemistry
- Computer Science Department
- Earth Sciences Department
- Economics Department
- Department of English & Creative Writing
- History Department
- Mathematics Department
- Department of Modern Languages
- Philosophy Department
- Physics Department
- Political Science Department
- Department of Psychology
- Public Justice Department
- Sociology Department
- Interdisciplinary Departments: African-American Studies, American Studies, Applied Mathematical Economics, Cognitive Science, Geochemistry, Global and International Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Science, Language and International Trade, Linguistics, Native American Studies, Philosophy-Psychology, Women's Studies.
School of Business
- Master of Business Administration
- Department of Accounting, Finance, and Law
- Department of Marketing and Management
School of Communication, Media and the Arts
- Art Department
- Department of Communication Studies
- Music Department
- Theater Department
- The CMA also collaborates with other Oswego schools on programs that include Cinema and Screen Studies, Information Science, Women's Studies, Creative Arts Therapy, Arts Management
School of Education
- Counseling and Psychological Services Department
- Curriculum and Instruction Department
- Educational Administration Department
- Department of Health Promotion and Wellness
- Department of Technology
- Department of Vocational Teacher Preparation
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.
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 rivals with Plattsburgh State. The rivalry currently manifests itself 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. The “Puck Flattsburgh” spoonerism is a common rallying cry. Oswego and Plattsburgh also had a rivalry in football, but Oswego ceased sponsoring the sport in 1976, with Plattsburgh following in 1978.
Clubs and student organizations
Oswego has over 180 clubs and organizations, many funded by the Student Association. These include the student-run television station gamer club), (STG), the Pro-Wrestling Club (PWC), College Republicans, and the local chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.
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.
- Delta Kappa Kappa (DK)
- Delta Sigma Phi
- Zeta Chi Zeta
- Lambda Sigma Upsilon
- Psi Phi Gamma
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon
- Tau Kappa Epsilon
- Zeta Beta Tau
- Phi Iota Alpha
- Lambda Upsilon Lambda
- Sigma Tau Chi
- Alpha Delta Eta
- Alpha Epsilon Phi
- Alpha Sigma Chi
- Omega Phi Beta
- Omicron Xi
- Phi Lambda Phi
- Phi Sigma Sigma
- Sigma Delta Tau
- Sigma Lambda Upsilon
- Mu Sigma Upsilon
Other Greek organizations
- Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity (co-ed)
- Beta Alpha Psi, Accounting/Finance/Information Systems Honor Society (co-ed)
- Beta Gamma Sigma, International AACSB Business Honor Society (Co-ed)
- Delta Phi Alpha The National German Honorary Society for outstanding students of the German language. (Nationale Deutsche Ehrenverbindung; Oswego Chapter: Zeta Xi, 1967)
- Lambda Pi Eta National Communications Honor Society (co-ed)
- Mu Beta Psi National Honorary Musical Fraternity (co-ed)
- Omicron Delta Epsilon National Economics Honor Society (co-ed)
- Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
- Phi Kappa Phi National All-Disciplinary Honorary Society of Academic Excellence
- Pi Delta Phi The National French Honor Society for academic excellence in French (Oswego Chapter: Theta Delta, 1975).
- Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society
- Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology
- Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society in History
- 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. It was finally banned by the city in 2014; the following year, the college set up OzFest, a campus festival, to deter partiers from participating in the Bridge Street Run.
- 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.
- 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.
- Doug Lea, current Interim Chair of Computer Science, world famous expert on concurrent programming, (co-)author of the Interest Group
- 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)
- Zachary Rombough, 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
Many TV meteorologists, predominantly in upstate New York, are graduates or attendees of SUNY Oswego.
- 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.
- SUNY Oswego Graphic Identity Guide for Print and Electronic Materials (September 2006)
- SUNY Oswego - Campus Map
- SUNY Oswego - Phoenix Center
- SUNY Oswego - Section 1: History & Governance
- SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Oswego 150
- Majors List - Software Engineering
- Green Innovations: U.S. News selects SUNY Oswego among "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" for 2010
- SUNY Oswego - News & Events: School to Watch
- SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Region’s Best
- SUNY Oswego - News & Events: International Success
- SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Oswego in national top 10 for sending students abroad
- "The Tradition Is Dead". PSTValumni.com. Retrieved February 4, 2008.
- "Insider Fan Blog". CardinalHockeyInsider.com. Retrieved February 4, 2008.
- Puck Flattsburgh: Oswego beats Plattsburgh 3-2
- "2006-07 Oswego State Men's Hockey Schedule & Results". College Hockey Stats. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
- "SAVAC website".
- "STG website".
- Pi Delta Phi
- Curtis, Aaron (2009-05-08). Police keep busy during annual Bridge Street Run. The Palladium-Times. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
- Oswego Common Council votes to ban Bridge Street Run, bill SUNY Oswego for city's costs Local Syr.com. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
- 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.
- SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Teaching Awards 2012
- SUNY Oswego - 2005 Borrelli Media Summit - Ken Auletta Info
- Oswego Rocks!: Campus was the frequent scene of legends, stars and all-around good times : Oswego Alumni Magazine
- SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Alumnus donates $150,000 to create media summits
- TDT.com | Survivometer 6
- "Past Inductees - 2006"Oswego Alumni Association . State University of New York at Oswego. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
- SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Wall Street Journal lauds Oswego alumnus as innovator
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- "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)
- SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Sunny Summit
- SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Community Center
- Moritz Named to Foundation Board : Oswego Alumni Magazine
- Official SUNY Oswego Website
- Official SUNY Oswego Athletics Website
- SUNY Oswego Student Blogs
- Student Association Web Site
- Lewis O'Donnell Media Summit Web site
- Shaun Cassidy Fan Club Improv Comedy Troupe on campus
- SUNY Oswego official Facebook fanpage
- SUNY Oswego official Twitter
- Jerry Seinfeld at SUNY Oswego's Scales Hall
- A mention of Jerry Seinfeld's time spent at SUNY Oswego
- Official LinkedIn alumni group