Mission Statement for the Facilities for the Natural Sciences, Computer Science and Mathematics
The science programs will meet the 21st century challenges of preparing scientists, leaders and citizens to be literate in the methods and means of the sciences, applied sciences and related fields. The programs will feature traditional disciplines and interdisciplinary clusters that promote a culture of collaboration and undergraduate involvement in scientific research. The facilities will extend and complement the east-west corridor on campus, providing a physical connection and promoting programmatic connections between the sciences and other disciplines.
The architecture will display the results and consequences of scientific activity, use environmentally sustainable systems and materials, and promote regional engagement through spaces that support a variety of campus and community events and collaborative works. The buildings will provide state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching and research laboratories and spaces for informal interactions within a design that accentuates visibility of academic and research activities. The sciences complex will be an open and appealing venue that will invite all students, faculty, and the broader community to understand scientific methodologies and technological applications and to develop the curious and critical spirit that is necessary for innovation in a global environment.
Approved October 5, 2005
Motion approved by Campus Concept Committee on behalf of the Natural Sciences, Computer Science and Mathematics, 4/29/02
Excellent science programs are key to Oswego's ability to attract strong students, to our mission and strategic plan, and to grant supported research on this campus. Significant improvement in space and facilities for the natural sciences computer science and mathematics is essential to achieving these goals. However, this can be achieved only with careful institutional planning and the coordination of all possible sources of funding. Therefore, it is moved that
- The academic proposal presented by the departments in the sciences and mathematics be the next major project after the completion of the Swetman/Poucher and Campus Center Projects.
- A steering committee for this effort be established immediately to oversee the evolving "concept" for this project, to identify possible sources of funding, and to develop a timetable for fundraising and planning and renovation. Membership on this committee should include members of the science faculty, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Vice President for Development or his designee, the Associate Vice President for Facilities management, someone with experience in governmental relations, and an alumnus/a or emeritus faculty member.
- We engage a consultant/s as soon as possible to work with this steering committee to understand issues and opportunities in planning, funding, and building 21st century science facilities at similar institutions.
- We undertake a program study of the sciences in the next (second) five-year capital cycle, within parameters established by the steering committee and the mission statement of science/mathematics departments. This program study should be completed in time to be used for fundraising purposes, according to a timetable established by the steering committee.
- The steering committee establish a plan for immediate and ongoing improvements in the science areas, where permanent improvements can be made in advance of capital renovations.