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Oswego's science programs really took off in the middle of the 20th century, reflecting more interest, research support and job opportunities in this field. Students like those in this classic image from professor Charles Yager's classroom have carried our impressive history in the sciences, featuring graduates who continue to succeed in classrooms, research labs and the industry. (Photo courtesy of Penfield Library's Special Collections)

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The bright minds attracted to teach at Oswego included Richard Shineman, one of the founders of the college's chemistry program and its first chair. In 2012 -- 50 years after he joined the Oswego faculty -- the Richard S. Shineman Foundation and the late professor's wife and professor emerita of education Barbara Palmer Shineman announced a $5 million gift to name the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation.

Campus and community leaders -- including students, faculty, staff plus government and business representative -- celebrated a groundbreaking for the future Shineman Center in 2010. 

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This 2010 video provided a "flyover" view of the building.
At the science center 2010 groundbreaking, students and faculty discuss their research.