New students to get town-gown welcome

picking up litterWhen more than 2,000 new students arrive at SUNY Oswego the week of Aug. 26, they will enter a whirlwind of get-acquainted activities introducing them to each other, to the campus and its opportunities, and to the local community.

In a new event this year, a New Student Welcome at 10 a.m. Monday will feature talks by Oswego Common Council President and First Ward Councilor Connie Cosemento, SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley and Student Association President Josh Miller.

The short program in the Campus Center will be followed by “a high-energy icebreaker” called Playfair, said Kelly Perkins of the Campus Life staff, who is organizing opening activities for new students.

Between Monday morning and Thursday, when classes begin, new students will be treated to programs ranging from the academic—like a lecture tied in with the Oswego Reading Initiative book selection “Bombingham”—to entertainment including a performance by the campus comedy troupe the Shaun Cassidy Fan Club, screenings of “Shrek the Third” and a night of carnival games in the Campus Center.

Students will get off campus and into the community en masse Wednesday during Project Serve. From 11 a.m. to around 2 p.m., “we are going to have about 300 students participate in a variety of different settings in the Oswego area including voter registration, trash clean-up, Newman Center, Camp Hollis, Fort Ontario, Loretto, Oswego Community Christian School, Salvation Army and, hopefully, a few more sites,” said Caitlin Dorrance of the college’s Center for Community Service and Service Learning.

Students will gather for their assignments at 10:30 a.m. at the Campus Center, she said.

The community will reciprocate Sept. 20 at the Oswego Farmer’s Market, which will feature a welcome-back banner for students, gift bags from the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and entertainment by Dos Locos. The college plans to have two booths at the market that day, organized by its Auxiliary Services and Student Association.

For more information about opening activities at SUNY Oswego, contact Perkins at 312-5405 or the Center for Community Service and Service Learning at 312-2505.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Project serve—Before classes begin Thursday, Aug. 30, at SUNY Oswego, about 300 new students will venture into the community Wednesday for Project Serve. From 11 a.m. to around 2 p.m., students will volunteer in a variety of settings in the Oswego area including cleaning up trash, said Caitlin Dorrance of the college’s Center for Community Service and Service Learning.

(Posted: Aug 22, 2007)

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