Campus Center dedication to feature 'breakthrough,' open houses

students at CompassA series of events—including a symbolic wall breaking, keynote speaker and open houses—Oct. 11 and 12 will dedicate SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center complex.

The complex—which includes the newly built Campus Center, renovated Poucher Hall wing and recently remade spaces in former Swetman Hall—is becoming a new social and academic hub of campus after four years and more than $56 million of construction and renovations.

Members of the campus and community are invited to an open house from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, to see the new facilities, offices and departments.

Also Thursday, guest speaker Cathy McHugh Engstrom will discuss how academics and student affairs can work together to help underprepared students—chiefly those from low-income backgrounds or immigrants—survive and thrive on campus. Chair of the higher education program and an associate professor at Syracuse University, Engstrom will speak at 1 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium.

A symbolic “breakthrough” at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the plaza entrance will officially dedicate the Campus Center. President Deborah F. Stanley will speak, followed by a brief wall-breaking ceremony.

Friday’s activities will culminate with a 7 p.m. ceremony before the Laker men’s ice hockey game against Kent State where the team’s championship banner—from earning the 2007 NCAA Division III title—will be presented.

New and renovated spaces now open in the Campus Center or opening by Oct. 12 include:
- Four new classrooms
- A 200-seat auditorium
- Eight additional meeting spaces
- Three computer labs
- Campus Center Food and Activity Court
- Campus Life offices
- Charles E. Wiley ‘22 Alumni Concourse
- Chu Atrium
- College Store
- Compass, featuring comprehensive student services
- Copy Center
- Freshens, featuring beverages, snacks, reading materials
- Philosophy department
- The Point, home to student organizations

As part of the phased project, the coming weeks and months will see the opening of offices including the Campus Center box office, Continuing Education, Disability Services, Honors Program, Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities Center, Oswegonian, WNYO and WTOP. In addition, four new classrooms will come online for the spring semester.

For more information about Campus Center dedication activities, call 312-3003.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Complex services—The Compass, a new student-services hub, and other offices throughout SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center complex will hold open houses from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, as part of ceremonies dedicating the new building. Here, Samantha Woznica (foreground), Krista Phillips, Alicia Lilly and Meg Nervina sign in to use resources at the Compass as Kristen Rhoades (right) looks on.

(Posted: Sep 28, 2007)