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First semester of many in Shineman

For over 40 years, Snygg Hall was the home to many of physical science programs at SUNY Oswego, but on Aug. 26, the first classes were held in the new Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation.

Snygg Hall opened in 1968 as the physical science building, but the planning process for a new and improved building began almost a decade ago.

The $118 million project, funded mostly through the SUNY Construction Fund, is the new home for biological science, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, mathematics and physics.

The graduate departments housed in Shineman are chemistry, Professional Science Master’s in chemistry and human-computer interaction (HCI).

The project began in the effort to produce qualified graduates to fill job growth in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


The first semester in Shineman Center has been completed, but a great deal of work behind the scenes took place to make this semester a success.

Casey Raymond, assistant professor for chemistry and chair of the Science Planning Committee at SUNY Oswego, played a crucial part in organizing and moving departments into the Shineman Center.

“The move was a huge part of the process last year,” Raymond said. “I only taught an inorganic lecture last fall and a special topic graduate class in inorganic last spring; otherwise, all my time from last year was towards this project.”

In November 2012, Raymond worked closely with facilities staff, the purchasing department and faculty to begin acquiring all of the new equipment for the building and getting it installed.

“It’s very exciting to see what the students are going to gain out of this building,” Raymond said.
Casey Raymond
Assistant Porfessor of Chemistry

Departments began moving in at the end of the semester in May and throughout the summer with the help of student employees.

“Allen Bradberry, director of construction, and I were supervising a student employee in facilities that helped with the logistics with all the faculty and staff,” Raymond said.

Throughout the summer, eight to 10 student employees were hired as part of the custodial crew assigned permanently to Shineman.

“They helped move equipment from Hewitt and move equipment from Snygg all summer and without them, it wouldn’t have happened,” Raymond said. “They did an amazing job.”

It was a long year of packing, moving and unpacking, but faculty, staff and students are settling in after the first semester.

“It’s very exciting to see what the students are going to gain out of this building,” Raymond said.

The new Nucleus atrium and cafe is located in the center of the Shineman Center. Students can enjoy lunch, a cup of coffee or catch up on work between classes.The new Nucleus atrium and cafe is located in the center of the Shineman Center. Students can enjoy lunch, a cup of coffee or catch up on work between classes.

Thoughts on Shineman

The new addition to SUNY Oswego is a spectacular piece of architecture containing a state-of-the-art planetarium, a greenhouse, new laboratories, new equipment and the Nucleus café.

“I think it’s exciting for our entire faculty,” said Lawrence Fuller, professor and chair of chemistry. “It has changed the way in which we are doing things.”

Compared to Snygg hall, the chemistry department has seen a great deal of upgrades with a larger organic chemistry lab, enough fume hoods for every student, two new nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy instruments and a stunning view of the lake.

“Shineman is an amazing science building with nice labs, classrooms and offices,” said Vadoud Niri, professor of chemistry. “We are now installing new analytical instruments to get them ready to be used for both teaching and research.”

Damian Schofield, director of HCI, finds that the new building brings students and faculty together.

“It's nice having all the CS (computer-science) labs across the corridor,” Schofield said. “The students do actually hang out here, so we see more of them.”

The HCI department decided to move all of the mobile devices, laptops and cameras over from the old HCI lab in Mahar to Shineman because students were spending more time in the new facility.

“I appreciate that the labs are always open and welcoming,” said Patricia Tanner, an HCI graduate student. “They are a place where people from multiple backgrounds can come to create an interdisciplinary 'water cooler' type gathering place, so to speak.”

Fuller encourages alumni to come visit the new facility and see the exciting research work being done by students and faculty.

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