Welcome from the President
One of my favorite activities is to welcome you, the parents and families of Oswego students, as we begin a new academic year. Lately it seems each year brings us so many new initiatives, projects and courses of study. It's a very exciting time to be part of the Oswego family!
This year, our students come back to a campus that is undergoing a physical renewal. Your students' route to class may include a detour as the $118-million renovation project to create our Sciences and Engineering Innovation Corridor continues. Linking to this new construction, our 50-year-old Piez Hall is receiving an "extreme makeover" of its interior and some exterior updates as part of a new home for our School of Education.
And our historic "Old Main," Sheldon Hall, is embarking on its second century with a thorough facelift, as part of a $10 million historic preservation. When you visit campus, please be sure to look up at the top of our signature building. For the first time in more than a half-century, the cupola features clocks facing in four directions — helping students get to class on time! And at night, the lighting on the tower is so dramatic, it will take your breath away.
All this new construction is on the heels of our recently opened Village — our new townhouse complex that houses 350 juniors and seniors in an environmentally sustainable community overlooking our beautiful Glimmerglass Lagoon. At Oswego, we are serious about fostering the kind of deep learning that comes when every part of the lives of our students on campus supports their classroom instruction as they take part in a true community of learners.
We are proud of all this physical renewal, but we recognize that its importance lies in its ability to support and continue Oswego's enduring values — our high academic standards and our dedication to the quality of the student experience.
We continue to add new academic programs and opportunities for our students to experience hands-on learning — a hallmark of an Oswego education. We have recently launched the SUNY system's first multidisciplinary cooperative education program, and our School of Business is partnering with Oswego's renowned broadcasting program on an MBA degree to give our students a competitive edge in the business realms of electronic media. New minors are springing up across campus, in fields as diverse as sustainability studies and photography.
As parents you hold a special place in the Oswego campus community. I hope you will visit campus on Family and Friends Weekend — or any time — and I hope to meet you then.
Deborah F. Stanley
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