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March 10, 2004

CONTACT: Katie Maxwell, 312-2250


    OSWEGO -- Hundreds of prospective students and their families will explore SUNY Oswego during the college's 27th annual Open House.

    Running from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 5, Open House will showcase three spaces that were renovated and re-opened last fall: Johnson Hall, which hosts the First-Year Residential Experience; Rich Hall, the new home for the School of Business; and the Lake Effect Cafe, a refurbished space in Penfield Library that resembles a cozy, cosmopolitan cafe.

    "I think students and families who visit will appreciate the many innovative, imaginative steps Oswego has taken to present a stimulating, learner-centered experience," said Joe Grant, vice president for student affairs and enrollment. "Families also can learn firsthand about the many exciting plans we have for the college on the drawing board."

    Open House represents the best opportunity for visitors to see everything at once, said Katie Maxwell, an admissions counselor who coordinates the program.

    "Our walking tours are always very popular because they offer an interactive, intimate look around campus," Maxwell noted. "People also enjoy the guided bus tours we run during Open House. Families can be dropped off anywhere on campus to explore buildings and programs, then be picked up at the same location."

    The Admissions Office is making a special effort to have more student organizations participate in Open House this year. "We hope to have as many groups and clubs as possible participate, because it benefits prospective students to know more about what organizations are on campus and what kinds of activities they can expect," Maxwell said.

    Those attending Open House can also sit in on any of dozens of open classes, hear special presentations on programs and career paths, check out the college's broadcasting facilities, visit Rice Creek Field Station or see current creations by students at the 41st annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in Tyler Art Gallery.

    "The goal of Open House is to allow students and families choosing a college to get a flavor for the kinds of experiences available at Oswego," Maxwell said. "We want visitors to understand the many great things Oswego offers inside the classrooms and elsewhere around campus."

    For more information about Open House or other opportunities to explore SUNY Oswego, call the Admissions Office at 312-2250 or log onto

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