College's Family and Friends weekend to showcase student talent

SUNY Oswego’s Family and Friends Weekend, Oct. 21 to 23, will welcome visitors while celebrating student talent in the arts, athletics and involvement activities.

Family and Friends 2011The weekend offers an opportunity for family members and friends to see 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.

The weekend will feature three performances of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” presented by the college’s music and theatre departments. The musical comedy will unfold at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

Tickets for the play, suggested for adults and children 12 and older, cost $15 ($12 for seniors ages 62 and over, children 17 and younger, and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $7 for SUNY Oswego students). They are available from any SUNY Oswego box office, online at and by calling 312-2141.

The theatre department also will host “So You Think You Can Spell?” inviting students, family and friends to vie in a spell-off at 1 p.m. Saturday in Room 133 of the Campus Center. Winner will earn two tickets to that night’s performance.

Choices galore

A free concert featuring the College Choir, Chamber Singers, State Singers, College Orchestra and Concert Band will take place at noon on Sunday in the Hewitt Union ballroom.

Athletic action will include the season opener for the Laker men’s ice hockey team, facing Elmira at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Campus Center arena. At 7 p.m. Friday, the women’s ice hockey team will play an exhibition against the Durham Lightning in the arena. Tickets for either game cost $8 for the public and are available at any campus box office or online at

The women’s volleyball team will host Fredonia at 7 p.m. Friday in Laker Hall. The Laker men’s soccer team will take on Cortland at 1 p.m. Saturday at the South Athletic Complex. At the same time, Oswego’s swimming and diving teams will present a Green and Gold intrasquad scrimmage in the Laker Hall pool.

Student organizations including the Aikido Club, Cheerleaders and O-swingers will perform from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Campus Center food and activities court. A larger group of organizations will show what they have to offer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day in the Campus Center concourse.

The “Splash!” live art experience Saturday will feature paintings that go from larger-than-life blank canvas to work of art in less than 10 minutes. A special 1 p.m. session outside the Campus Center auditorium will feature the creation of a giant portrait of college founder Edward Austin Sheldon, in recognition of the institution’s 150th birthday. An 8 p.m. conservation-focused entertainment experience related to endangered animals will combine art, music and audience participation in the Hewitt Union ballroom.

Two live “Animal Adaptations” shows will feature live creatures from Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo at 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Students and visitors can get up close and personal with a variety of creatures at this session in the Campus Center auditorium.

The weekend also will include a mini-carnival for students and their younger siblings, open skate, a “Splash-In Movie” in the Lee Hall pool, Penfield Library book sale, special dinners, tours of academic buildings and Rice Creek Field Station, a 3-point shooting contest and more.

For a full schedule, registration information and other details, visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Weekend highlight—“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” presented by SUNY Oswego’s music and theatre departments, will be among the many events showcasing student talent during the college’s Family and Friends Weekend, Oct. 21 to 23. Cast members (from left) Ariel Marcus, Jessica Quindlen and Aaron Londraville are among those starring in the musical comedy, which will start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. For more information on Family and Friends Weekend, visit

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(Posted: Oct 05, 2011)

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