World-class facilities are preparing our students for success. New and renewed places for learning and engagement in the sciences, technology, engineering, teacher education, athletics and college life beyond the classroom give Oswego students a distinctive advantage for the future.
The year’s most breathtaking development was the completion and dedication of the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation. A $118 million project, the Shineman Center helps SUNY Oswego prepare the next generation of exceptionally trained and globally engaged scientists and engineers. “This is our boldest and most ambitious project in more than a decade of construction and rejuvenation that has transformed our living and learning environment,” said President Deborah F. Stanley.
The new center is home to all 16 of Oswego’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, including some of our most distinctive academic offerings, like meteorology and human-computer interaction. The science facilities’ upgrade extended to the 400-acre Rice Creek Field Station where we built a new $5.5 million structure and an adjacent observatory. The interest surrounding the advent of state-of-the-art learning and teaching science facilities has led to a significant jump in the enrollment of students in these disciplines. Our efforts to kindle innovative thinking and discovery have resulted in an explosion of undergraduate research, which students present at national and international conferences, and we see our graduates going on to elite research institutes and doctoral programs.
“We aim to prepare scientists here who have developed a healthy respect for our planet‘s biodiversity and humanity‘s place in the universe and who will use their knowledge in service to future generations of life on Earth.”
Deborah F. Stanley
President, SUNY Oswego
Both the Shineman Center and new Rice Creek building are designed to achieve gold certification under the Green Building Council standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Green features include the state’s largest geothermal-well installation, which will reduce the Shineman Center’s energy costs and carbon emissions, roof gardens, solar panel arrays, rain gardens to collect storm-water runoff and water bottle filling stations as well as systems for monitoring water and energy use. All give students opportunities to learn about sustainable practices.
“We aim to prepare scientists here who have developed a healthy respect for our planet’s biodiversity and humanity’s place in the universe and who will use their knowledge in service to future generations of life on Earth,” President Stanley said.
Education, athletic, online improvements
The year also saw exciting advances in other places where our students live and learn.
A $5.8 million addition to Wilber Hall features two new manufacturing laboratories that “let students experience, learn and develop skills that go with current, and even future, technology,” said Dan Tryon, a technology education faculty member in the School of Education.
On south campus, a $2 million project breathed new life into the college’s former ice hockey home. Romney Field House is now an up-to-date multipurpose athletic facility, a weather-protected place for track and field, lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis, golf, field hockey and soccer teams to practice.
With an explosion of users on smartphones and other portable devices, Oswego rolled out a new mobile website while launching complementary apps on the Apple and Android platforms. About a quarter of the traffic to Oswego’s online presence came via mobile devices in 2013 and will only grow.
Our 153-year-old college continuously evolves to meet the needs of our students and the challenges of new economic and social realities, and 2013 was a landmark year in the transformation of our campus facilities.