Vibrant Community

A SUNY Big Idea


Quote - 'sharing world-class artists'One hundred fifty years ago when our college began with a handful of students, Oswego was a prosperous port looking toward a flourishing future as a key hub in an era of commercial transport based on waterways. Today, the college is the largest employer in the county, and the city provides a tranquil and friendly setting for an academic community that contributes economic vitality, youthful energy, rich cultural programming and civically engaged students and faculty members.

In 2010-11, SUNY Oswego continued to be a major source for arts-and-culture programming that makes life richer for all our local citizens, garnered national recognition for our service learning and volunteerism, and was the site of a major construction project that continues to provide significant employment opportunities for people in the building trades.

Construction jobs

  • Science complex construction, summer 2011The Pike Co. of Rochester won the bidding to build the major section of the college's new Science and Engineering Innovation Corridor. The multi-year construction and renovation projects involving the science complex, School of Education and Sheldon Hall rehab are estimated to create 350 construction jobs.

Building community

  • Community serviceWhen the Carnegie Foundation awarded SUNY Oswego its prestigious Community Engagement Classification in January, it recognized that the college has deeply intertwined community engagement in its strategic planning, academic programs and community partnerships. College programs responding to community needs include degree programs like engineering, certificate programs like gerontology, and donor-funded scholarship programs.

  • Continually named to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, Oswego earned the designation "with Distinction" for the first time in 2011.

  • WRVO hosts political debateWRVO's award-winning broadcast journalism delves into Central New York issues with stories on helping veterans, budding tech and green businesses, and effects of state budget cuts like the proposed closing of Fort Ontario. Its reporting builds a community of engaged citizens who listen across a broad geographical section of Upstate New York.

  • The Campus Center arena hosts open skating for campus and community members alike all winter. The Campus Center is also a unique venue in the area, open for community sporting events such as peewee hockey, community-supported lectures and film series, and most of the county‘s high school graduations.

  • A big component of being an Oswego student-athlete is serving the local community, raising funds to fight childhood cancer and other diseases, to support the United Way of Oswego County and to provide disaster aid around the world as well as undertaking local service projects.
  • Downtown art exhibitOswego State Downtown at the city's heart, West First and Bridge streets, adds a cultural element to the business district with regular art exhibitions along with retail sales of college memorabilia.

Cultural programming

  • Sol y Canto visiting musiciansArtswego at SUNY Oswego launched its 2010-11 performing arts series with a free, pulse-pounding appetizer of a performance by Step Afrika and moved on to music and dance entrees of international flair, with a side order of classic American comedy.

  • To celebrate its seventh season, the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series presented seven concerts for tastes from baroque to contemporary jazz, beginning with Israel's acclaimed Aviv Quartet. The Tarandi Foundation provided support for Aviv Quartet residency programs in the Oswego and Fulton city school districts.

  • GreaseKelly Magner-Thomas of Miss Kelly's Dance Company in Oswego contributed choreography to the college's production of "Grease," popular with the student body and community alike.

  • Dracula sceneThe theatre department's season opened with the original stage adaptation of "Dracula," returning to the gothic horror genre that has thrilled and chilled people from the late 19th century to today.

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