Political and economic issues affect our everyday lives, and members of the SUNY Oswego community respond in various ways in and out of the classroom. Faculty members mainatain blogs about current issues. Students and others from the SUNY Oswego community have organized panel discussions with experts. Visits from candidates and elected officials to discuss issues have been organized.The opportunities are endless. Here are some examples of ways you can get involved.


Political Science Club

Political Science Club is an organization that is devoted to promoting political awareness across campus.  The club typically meets every other Monday, at 730pm in Mahar 467.   Political Science Club normally holds a number of guest speakers every semester.  In the past, Political Science Club has sponsored visits by Senator Darrel Aubertine, Congressman Bill Owens, Canadian Parliament member Gord Brown, and 2010 gubernatorial candidates Kristin Davis and Howie Hawkins. Political Science Club also shows a variety of films each semester, past films have included "I.O.U.S.A." and "This Film is Not Yet Rated".

For the fall semester, the Political Science Club will help with Constitution Week and other activities.  For those interested, in getting involved with the club, please contact Barbara Ciceron, Club President at ciceron@oswego.edu


Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE)

"To change the world" is the number one goal of SIFE.  Active on more than 1,000 university campuses in 40 countries, SIFE students use what they learn in the classroom to make a difference in their communities.

The concept is simple--working as teams, SIFE students design educational outreach projects that help people develop a better understanding of the principles of free enterprise and how to use this information to empower themselves and achieve their dreams.  Their work impacts everyone from grade school students to small business owners to farmers in developing countries.

The best way to prepare for the real world is by facing real world challenges today.  The teams will be challenged to recruit new members, develop and implement educational outreach projects, find funding for their programs, use the mass media to publicize their efforts and then present their accomplishments at the SIFE Regional Competition.  Regional champion teams advance to the SIFE USA National Exposition where a national champion is crowed.

Through this hands-on learning process, students develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills beyond those of most college students.  The best companies recognize the value of this experience.  Every year hundreds of SIFE students start their careers with SIFE donor companies.  Contact sife@oswego.edu for more info or to get involved.