new building on the SUNY Oswego campus in more than 35 years will officially
open Oct. 12. The Campus Center will be a home for student organizations; a
place for students to access advisement and other services; and a hub for the
social, athletic and intellectual life of campus.
"The faculty, students and staff who planned this building were trying to
change the learning culture at Oswego and make the social and academic worlds
come together," said Tom Simmonds '84, M '88, director of facilities
design and construction.
"This physical space is designed to allow people to bump into each other
The building will link the Hewitt Quad at the west end of campus, with the
Sheldon Quad at the eastern end. Students will be able walk from one to the
other through a glassed-in walkway, the Charles E. Wiley '22 Alumni
Concourse, protected from Oswego's weather.
The westernmost portion of the Campus Center features a convocation center
and arena, a food and activities court, College Store and spaces for students,
faculty and staff to get together informally.
The center section will include space for student organizations and a media
center, with the student-run radio station opening right onto the main
"The grand opening of the
Campus Center signifies a truly monumental event in SUNY Oswego history. Like
our students, faculty and staff this center is a beacon for learning and
involvement. For years to come our campus community will benefit from this
top-of-the-line facility!" said Josh Miller '08, Student Association
The Interdisciplinary Activities Center will bring together the Honors
Program and other interdisciplinary departments. The Compass will house Student
Advisement, Career Services, Experience-Based Education, First-Year Programs,
Transfer Services, and Community Service and Service Learning.
"The Compass is really a student success center and our mission is to help
students plan for and achieve success in college and beyond," said Kathy
Smits Evans '84, associate dean of students. "It is a place where they'll
come back to time and time again over their college experience."
The Atrium will be a bright, open space, welcoming college community members
inside, and the Academic Commons will have informal spaces for gathering. "It
is open and inviting — truly the hub we envisioned it being," said
The humanities are housed in the new Campus Center and classroom space in
the Poucher Wing will be used by many departments.
— Michele Reed
Upper: The Campus Center is the first new building at Oswego State in more
than 35 years.
Lower: Work continues to ready the Campus Center for its grand opening Oct.
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