Community open house slated Oct. 18 for Campus Center

A community open house will showcase SUNY Oswego’s first new building in 35 years—the Campus Center—from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18.

The Campus Center construction is part of a larger complex including Swetman and Poucher halls as well as more than $160 million of campus-wide renewal, upgrades and updating to enhance Oswego’s learner-centered environment.

“We have not opened a new building in nearly two generations, so the opening of the Campus Center is both historic and a testament to the planning and hard work of literally hundreds of people,” SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said. “We think it’s important that members of the greater community have an opportunity to enjoy the Campus Center, because it will host many diverse events of interest to people around Central New York.”

The community open house on Oct. 18 invites local residents to walk through the building and learn more about its uses. The first part of the facility to see action will be the convocation center/ice arena, which will host its first ice hockey games that weekend.

The nationally ranked Oswego State men’s ice hockey team will host Utica at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Because of high demand for the first Campus Center event, which also falls during the college’s Family and Friends Weekend, special ticketing arrangements for that night must be made through Tyler box office in advance at 312-2141 or

The Laker women’s varsity ice hockey program will play for the first time in more than two decades with a 3 p.m. contest against Chatham College on Saturday, Oct. 21. The program relaunches this year with the opening of the Campus Center.

Those attending the community open house or other Campus Center events can best access the campus from the main entrance at Route 104 and Sweet Road and park in lots with sandwich boards that read “Event Parking.” On Oct. 18 and 20, an additional free direct shuttle bus will run between the Romney lot south of Route 104 and the Campus Center.

The convocation center/ice arena is just one part of the Campus Center complex, which will round into shape over the next year. Members of the campus community have already seen the award-winning redesign of Poucher Hall in the east end of the complex.

A grand opening for the completed Campus Center complex, including a renovated Swetman Hall between Poucher and the new construction, is slated for September 2007. Unveiled then will be student activities areas, a fully operational food court, retail space, meeting rooms, the Educational Planning Center, a range of offices and new auditorium space.

The Campus Center—the first all-new facility since the Service Building opened its doors in 1971—is a $25.5 million, 111,492-square-foot project. Its funding comes from 80 percent public funds—including $17 million in capital funding secured by State Sen. James W. Wright, a 1971 alumnus—and 20 percent private funds.

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(Posted: Oct 02, 2006)