The grand opening celebration for the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in the heart of downtown Syracuse attracted more than 450 people to the Atrium building Dec. 4.
Oswego alumni, faculty and staff joined city officials and President Deborah F. Stanley for a formal housewarming at the facility.
Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll praised the center as instrumental in helping the city grow.
"We look forward to future collaborations with SUNY Oswego," Driscoll said.
The Metro Center includes three suites, four medium-sized classrooms, one large classroom, seven offices and meeting space in 12,000 renovated square feet.
"[The center] is a great new venue for learning in Syracuse," Metropolitan Development Association President-elect Rob Simpson said, adding it "provides an opportunity for people to improve their lives."
The Oswego satellite is focused on extended learning and development for Syracuse-area professionals. President Stanley announced that Oswego is offering one three-credit course free of charge to 2009 undergraduates from any Central New York college.
"The Course-to-Connect initiative boldly invests in Central New York by growing our knowledge-based high-technology economy and helping to meet the region's need for affordable, reputable and conveniently delivered graduate and continuing education," President Stanley said.
The tagline "the course is free, the connection is priceless" refers to the opportunity to make connections that will retain the region's young professionals and help stimulate the economy.
-- Shane M. Liebler
Tim Nekritz M '05 contributed
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