Opening activities set for Campus Center

Campus Center exteriorThis week, SUNY Oswego celebrates the opening of the Campus Center, the college’s first new building in 35 years.

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.

An open house for faculty and staff, a special event for the Oswego community, a pep rally for students and the first hockey games in the new center’s convocation center/ice arena—including a sold-out men’s game—are among the activities scheduled this week.

Activities started Tuesday with hundreds of members of the campus community getting a preview of the Campus Center during a faculty and staff open house. Many residents of the greater Oswego area toured the building during a community open house on Wednesday. Thursday’s student open house and pep rally was a rousing success—all 2,000 free T-shirts were given away, with some students showing up 45 minutes before the open house was scheduled to begin to see the Campus Center.

The puck will drop for intercollegiate competition for the first time when the men’s ice hockey team hosts Utica at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. The game, part of Family and Friends Weekend, sold out on Oct. 11.

The Oswego State 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 on Saturday, Oct. 21. The program relaunches this year under the leadership of Coach Diane Dillon. Visit the athletic tickets page for more information about availability.

The Friday and Saturday games will air live on WTOP, channel 10 on campus and channel 96 in the community, and Time Warner Sports on channel 26.

Due to high demand, the Wednesday community open house and Friday game will have free shuttle buses connecting the Romney parking lot south of Route 104 with 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, 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 center complex will feature a pedestrian spine, running from Penfield to Poucher, allowing access to destinations along the way. Long-range plans are for the spine to span from Rich Hall to Oneida Hall, to eventually link the Sheldon quad to West Campus.

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.

For more information as opening activities approach, visit www.oswego.edu/center.

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(Posted: Oct 03, 2006)

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