City's merchants, museums to greet college students in Sept. 29 event

Buses destined for at least 20 merchants and seven museums in Oswego will leave the SUNY Oswego campus every half-hour from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, as part of the Cruisin’ the City community engagement program.

“Centro will bus students to area businesses, teaching them how to use public transportation and showing them where they can find everything they need locally,” said Patricia Waters, who has worked with colleague Jamie Adams at SUNY Oswego, the bus company, merchants, curators, the Palladium-Times and the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce to organize the event.

The route map for the day shows destinations from the city’s west side to the east, with downtown and merchants such as Cider Moon Coffee, The Wall indoor climbing, Man in the Moon Candies, Garofolo’s and many more in between.

Museums en route will include Fort Ontario, the Oswego Railroad Museum and H. Lee White Marine Museum, among others. The route will culminate at the Great Pumpkin Festival in Washington Square Park.

“The overall benefit is strengthened relationships between students, merchants and the Oswego community,” said Waters, coordinator of the Mentor-Scholar Program for the college. “From this event, we hope students see Oswego as their home during their undergraduate years, but also see the city as a place to reside beyond college.”

Adams, the college’s sustainability coordinator as well as an adjunct faculty member in English and creative writing, said businesses are excited and the organizers are eager to show students that this isn’t the rural campus some may think it is.

“We want to show students there are many things to do in Oswego,” Adams said.

Map of bus routes

MAP CAPTION: Downtown-bound—The map shows the route Centro buses will ply every half-hour from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, as city businesses, museums and the Great Pumpkin Festival welcome students from SUNY Oswego as part of the Cruisin’ the City community engagement program.

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(Posted: Sep 14, 2012)

Tags: community engagement, campus-city relations