Multitude of events to mark Family and Friends Weekend

SUNY Oswego’s Family and Friends Weekend from Oct. 25 to 27 promises a rich mix of entertainment and tours, athletics and dining options as students welcome their loved ones to life on campus and the Oswego community.

The three days show family members and friends what SUNY Oswego students have been up to for the first several weeks of the semester, while providing a range of special events for the campus and community to enjoy. Most events are free and open to all.

Balloon sculptor and installation artist Larry Moss creates ornate Halloween displayBalloon sculptor and installation artist Larry Moss of Airigami, Jonathan “Flexible Comedy” Burns, comic magician Derek Hughes and Jabali Afrika’s rhythms all join the weekend’s playbill with the college theatre department’s staging of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” (a ticketed event), a mini-carnival for younger siblings and a “splash-in” movie.

Student-athletes will strut their stuff in women’s field hockey games, a men’s soccer game and swimming and diving competition, while the Laker men’s and women’s ice hockey teams each will have intrasquad matchups in the Campus Center arena.

Participatory sports include open skates in the arena (for a small fee), a three-point contest for basketball aficionados, open swims and open recreation.

Self-guided tours will feature the newest buildings on campus—the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation and the Rice Creek Field Station—yet all academic buildings will welcome visitors.

Dining halls will serve family and friends for $5.99 a person per meal, receptions will greet legacy students and parents, and the options for on-campus food will culminate in the already-sold-out Caribbean-themed buffet dinner.

Meanwhile, restaurants, entertainment venues and lodging places around Oswego will greet throngs of students and their guests for one of the year’s most popular weekends.

Following is a sampling of scheduled events:

Friday, Oct. 25: Rice Creek tours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; open skate, noon to 2 p.m.; Lakers field hockey vs. Oneonta, 4 p.m. at South Athletic Fields; three-point contest, 4 p.m. at Lee Hall gym; “Fahrenheit 451” stage production, [NOTE: Time corrected 10/24.] 7:30 p.m. at Waterman Theatre; splash-in movie “Wreck-It Ralph” in Lee Hall pool.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Rice Creek and self-guided tours of Shineman Center and other academic buildings, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; balloon artist Larry Moss, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at [ NOTE: Location corrected, 10/21] the Compass entrance in the Campus Center, near Swetman Gym; brief student performances, 11 a.m., Swetman Gym; music by Jabali Afrika, 11:30 a.m., Swetman Gym; Tyler Art Gallery exhibitions, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; music department concerts, noon, Hewitt Union ballroom; open swim, noon to 2 p.m., Lee Hall; open recreation, noon to midnight, Lee Hall; swimming and diving vs. Oneonta, 1 p.m., Laker Hall; field hockey vs. New Paltz, 1 p.m., South Athletic Fields; men’s soccer vs. Cortland, 1 p.m., Laker Soccer Field; mini-carnival, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Swetman Gym; Jonathan Burns’ Flexible Comedy, 1:30 and 3 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium; women’s and men’s ice hockey intrasquad competitions, 3 and 7 p.m., respectively, Campus Center arena; “Fahrenheit 451” at [NOTE: Time corrected 10/24 ] 7:30 p.m. in Waterman Theatre; comedian and magician Derek Hughes, 8 p.m., Hewitt Union ballroom; open skate, 10 p.m. to midnight, Campus Center arena.

Sunday, Oct. 27: open swim, noon to 2 p.m., Lee Hall; open recreation, noon to midnight, Lee Hall, and noon to 5 p.m., Swetman Gym; men’s club ice hockey “Pink the Rink” event, 2 p.m., Campus Center arena; “Fahrenheit 451,” 2:30 p.m., Waterman Theatre.

For a complete schedule of Family and Friends Weekend events, visit For tickets to “Fahrenheit 451,” visit any SUNY Oswego box office, or call 315-312-2141.

PHOTO CAPTION: The art of air—Balloon sculptor and installation artist Larry Moss creates an inflatable masterwork last year at SUNY Oswego’s Family and Friends Weekend. He makes a return appearance this year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at [NOTE: Location corrected, 10/21] the Compass entrance in the Campus Center, near Swetman Gymnasium as one of dozens of events surrounding this year’s Oct. 25 to 27 Family and Friends Weekend.

(Posted: Oct 10, 2013)

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