At a signal from SUNY Oswego President Deborah F.
Stanley, the assembled dignitaries raised their golden hammers. They tapped
upon a wall emblazoned with photos of the Campus Center being built: the
groundbreaking in 2003, the "Big Dig," steel going up and finishing touches.
And then they burst through, from the arena/convocation center building opened
last fall into the former Swetman Hall, now newly remodeled to house student
organizations, student services and more.
A day of festivities Oct. 12 included tours of the new facility, a
presentation honoring donors to the center and a Laker men's hockey game.
"This building is a structure of bricks and mortar, but it represents what
this community is all about," said Stanley. "This breakthrough connects our
campus in an academic, social and community sense. [The Campus Center] has come
to represent what we on this campus are all about. It is our mission."
State Sen. Jim Wright '71 recalled his time as a freshman on campus,
when academic buildings and residence halls were brand new in 1967. "That was
the last time an investment was made, until we started to transform this campus
under the leadership of President Stanley," he said. She ensured that
investments were made with students in mind, he said, so that "student life
would be enhanced and students would in turn carry those experiences with them,
as I have."
Dr. Susan Camp, chair of the Faculty Asssembly, noted that "The history of
collaboration is evident today." She praised the work of the Campus Concept
Committee, which included faculty, staff and students in making decisions about
Armand E. Sabitoni, general secretary-treasurer and New England Regional
manager of the Laborers' International Union of North America, praised the
"enthusiasm and electricity I see." He said that Stanley and the campus
community had "accomplished a magnificent atmosphere of learning."
Lake E-ffect Extra: Campus Life
Ed. Note: In the October issue, we highlighted The Compass. In this issue
we spotlight the department of Campus Life and The Point.
The department of Campus Life has found a new home in the Campus Center.
Campus Life is directly involved with clubs and organizations on campus.
Additionally, it encompasses Intramurals and Recreation, plans events such as
Opening Weekend and Family and Friends Weekend, organizes activities in Hewitt
Union and oversees scheduling of various happenings on campus.
For Campus Life staff member Holli Coats Stone '96 the move to the
Campus Center has been particularly exciting. While a student at Oswego, Stone
spent a lot of time in Swetman Hall, which was renovated to become part of the
Campus Center complex.
“The renovation of the buildings is something I have a hard time describing
to those I keep in touch with as I don’t feel my words do it justice,” said
Stone. “As a professional staff member, I’m thrilled to have my new home be in
a space that I spent most of my undergraduate years.”
A new venue within the department of Campus Life is The Point, an area in
the Campus Center where students can explore clubs and events outside of
class. It houses all Student Association organizations and the executive
board of Student Association as well as faculty advisors and staff.
Previously, in Hewitt Union, only 22 organizations had office space.
There was also a big divide between Student Association offices and club
offices. With the introduction of The Point, both of these things have
come together and with 50 spaces reserved for organizations, more groups than
ever before have offices and meeting places. Assistant Director of Campus
Life and Administrator for the Point Michael Paestella said that the new space
is a definite improvement.
“We’re all together in this one hub, which is really cool,” he
The Point has three types of spaces: closed offices, open cubicles and
computer workstations. Different organizations may share one space, which
Paestella said was a positive point.
“There’s a neat synergy that’s taking place,” he said of the different
Director of Campus Life Rich Hughes agreed that the new complex lays a
unique foundation for communication and convergence. "I don't know of any other
campuses where the lives of students, faculty and staff crisscross on a daily
basis in so many different ways in a single building," he said.
Student Association President Josh Miller '08 agrees that the space
has really helped bring together groups that hadn’t previously worked
“The increased interaction and cross promotion of groups is astronomical,”
Along with being in the office simultaneously, club members may meet near
the organizations’ mailboxes, located at the center of The Point. With
faculty advisors close by, students can seek help for their
organizations. If they need to talk about creating a group or financing
their own group, the Student Association supreme court and executive board are
literally right down the hall.
“By having our new offices right along the walkway, it makes us a million
times more accessible,” Miller
Also, with The Point being at the heart of the Campus Center, any student
can wander in and discover how he or she can increase campus
“It’s definitely a warmer, more student-friendly approach,” Paestella
— Jessica Skeldon '09, Kristin Quinn '08
SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley and the assembled dignitaries
prior to raising their golden hammers.
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