The 2006-07 New York state budget includes $25 million
for renovations to SUNY Oswego’s science buildings,
Snygg and Piez halls. New York State Sen. Jim
Wright ’71 secured the funding.
Biology majors Staci
Carlson ’06 and
’06 examine the
growth rate of algae samples using a hemocytometer
and microscope in a Piez Hall biology lab.
The renovations made possible by the capital funding
will provide the college with a first-class facility
that will allow it to compete with any institution in
the world, Wright said. The upgrades will be the first
phase in what is anticipated to be a decade-long upgrade
of the college’s facilities, he said.
"We're extremely grateful to Sen. Wright, one of
our outstanding alumni, for making science and math
education a priority. This funding will allow us to
renew and upgrade our labs and equipment in the sciences,
attract more high-performing students, and produce well-prepared
graduates who can put their learning to work in businesses
and industries in our region," said SUNY Oswego
President Deborah F. Stanley.
keeps the momentum going in our campus program of renovations
and construction," she added.
Snygg Hall dates from 1968, and Piez Hall was finished
in 1962. Neither building has undergone significant
renovation or modification since their construction.
The math, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science,
earth sciences and physics departments have been devising
more interdisciplinary programs and planning for upgraded
facilities for several years, since the Campus Concept
Committee proposed a steering committee for building
renovation in the sciences.
Since then, successful initiatives have included the
Science Today lecture series, a degree program in biochemistry
and creation of the Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics
Center. This spring Oswego’s proposal to add a
new degree program in software engineering was announced
within SUNY, and discussions are under way to propose
programs in computer and electrical engineering.
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