Faculty and Professional Staff Handbook

Section 10: Recreational and Cultural Resources

SUNY Oswego has a wide variety of recreational, cultural, and social activities available to the members of the academic and professional staff and their families.

Laker Hall The facility is located at the South Athletic field and contains a swimming pool and diving well, main gym with seating for 4.800 persons, an auxiliary gym, wrestling room, training room, physical fitness room. classrooms, locker and shower rooms, handball and squash courts, as well as staff offices.

The swimming pool is open to students and staff members at designated times. Information on these open swim periods is published each fall in the campus newspaper or can be obtained by contacting the Health and Physical Education Department.

The academic and professional staff may use the other facilities of Laker Hall, including the various recreation areas and the fitness room when they are not in use for instruction. Further information is available from the Health and Physical Education Department.

Mary V. Lee Hall: Facilities in the building include a swimming pool, one handball and one squash court, as well as a gymnasium, dance room, fencing room, sauna, and locker rooms.

The facilities of Lee Hall are available to members of the academic and professional staff and adult members of their families. Information on the use of facilities is available by contacting the Health and Physical Education Department by calling 312-3111. Recreation hours, sponsored by the Student Association, are posted in the building.

Fallbrook Recreation Area: Fallbrook, owned by Auxiliary Services, is located on Thompson Road, which is south of the main campus. It offers year-round, all-purpose recreation for academic and professional staff and students, including cross country skiing, canoeing, picnicking, and hiking. The facilities at Fallbrook include a lounge, a spacious paddock, a large covered deck, and a ski lodge. The lodge may be reserved, at no cost, by campus groups by contacting Auxiliary Services at 312-2262.

Campus Center: The Campus Center houses a state-of-the-art ice rink for ice hockey, figure skating, and recreational skating.   The ice rink is available for use by the college community, youth hockey programs, and community programs. The schedule is made available each fall when the ice is down. Information is made available through the Health and Physical Education Department.

Golden Romney Field House: this facility, the former home of the Oswego Lakers collegiate hockey (moved to the Campus Center), houses a Grasstex four-lane, ten-lap track and an indoor netted area for varsity baseball, softball, and golf.

Tennis Courts: There are 28 tennis courts in different locations on campus. The courts are generally open and available to academic and professional staff members on a first-come, first-serve basis when not in use for instruction or for intercollegiate meets.

The college has a wide variety of intercollegiate sports, in both men's and women's areas, competing during fall, winter, and spring seasons.  Schedules of sports events are available through the weekly college Oswegonian newspaper, the college calendar published in the local newspaper, and through the athletic department. Many of the athletic contests are open to the public without charge. A minimal admission fee is charged for intercollegiate hockey and intercollegiate basketball.

Cultural Activities
The Student Association Programming Board (SAPB) plans a wide-ranging series of events each academic year, and almost all of them are open to the academic and professional staff at either minimal or no cost. These offerings include movies, lectures, musical groups, and touring road companies of plays and musicals. Ml these events are publicized through the campus newspaper and the campus radio stations. In addition ro these activities, various academic departments schedule a variety of activities.

Artswego was established in 1990 and operates through the Oswego College Foundation, Inc. Committed to artistic excellence. Artswego administers and provides support for diverse cultural programs for the campus and community.  This includes a Performing Arts Series, Writing Arts Program, selected gallery exhibitions. workshops and demonstrations by visual and performing artists, and film/video screenings.

A Student Arts Fee, a Patron of the Arts Program, and grants provide Artswego's support.   Faculty and staff are encouraged to support Artswego through the Patron of the Arts Program either with a direct contribution or payroll deduction.  In return for support, patrons receive discounted tickets and are listed in the program for the Performing Arts Series.

Through the support of Auxiliary Services, students can attend performances at Oswego State for the cost of a movie or less.  Faculty are encouraged to make the arts part of their curriculum, As part of the First Year Experience support is available through the Office of the Associate Provost for freshmen preceptor classes to attend performances at no charge.  Faculty- should call 312-2232 to take advantage of this opportunity.

Another program, unique to the campus is a program called Take Your Students to the Arts. When faculty members purchase their own tickets, they receive up to four free student rickets for one of the events in the Performing Art Series.

Faculty members who would like to facilitate bringing an arts program to campus can receive financial support from Artswego. Faculty members can be involved in planning as a member of the Arts Programming Board or by serving on one of several committees.

Artswego is administered by the Arts Programming Coordinator whose office is located at Room 105A Mahar. The coordinator can be reached via email at artswego@oswego.edu_or by calling 312-4581.

Music Members of the music faculty regularly present faculty concerts and recitals. Musical organizations, sponsored by Student Association, and under the direction of members of the music faculty, also present a wide range of concerts on campus. With the exception of one or two benefit concerts each year, all of these programs are open to the public at no charge.

Theatre Theatre faculty and staff work closely with students to present a varied program of theatrical works to me campus and community. Productions are funded from a variety of sources including box office receipts and the Student Association through the Blackfriars' Theatre Organization. Productions are given in the 500-seat Waterman Theatre and the smaller Lab Theatre with its more flexible space. The department also supports Auxiliary Services' Waterman Summer Dinner Theatre and the Oswego Opera Theatre, Inc.

Educational Opportunities
Through the college's Continuing Education Office in Swetman Hall, an extensive number of programs and courses are available. These include offerings for adults and for children on a wide variety of subjects. Information on the Continuing Education offerings is distributed to the academic and professional staff, or can be obtained by contacting the Continuing Education Office by calling 312-2270.

There are a number of other recreational, cultural, and social activities available in Oswego, nearby Syracuse and Rochester, and smaller venues. The best source of information for event; is the newspaper and radio stations. Also contact the Greater Oswego Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in Oswego.

For newcomers to the state, a complete "Vacationlands" booklet for New York State is available by contacting The State of New York Department of Commerce. VacationLands Distribution Center, PO Box 490-B716, Latham, NY 12110.

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