30th annual Open House slated April 2

campus tourOn April 2, SUNY Oswego’s 30th annual collegewide Open House will feature many new offerings, as well as a new time.

From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., hundreds of prospective students and families will tour the campus and learn about life inside and outside the classroom.

Many favorite features will return, said Katie Maxwell, assistant director of admissions and Open House coordinator. These include open classes in many majors, extensive behind-the-scenes tours of several departments, and an interactive fair in Hewitt Union to allow visitors to speak with representatives of student organizations, campus programs and academic departments.

New offerings will include three contributions from Oswego’s School of Education. A Meet the Dean reception will provide an opportunity for prospective students to interact with the school’s faculty and staff. A new presentation will let those interested in education know more about student-teaching opportunities and field placement. An additional informal meet-and-greet provides an opportunity to ask questions of faculty and current students.

The college’s meteorology department will host three new sessions: a weather graphics presentation, a balloon launch (weather permitting) and a planetarium show titled “Motions in the Sky.”

The music department will stage a performance by a faculty-student group, an academic presentation and a question-and-answer session.

The 2007 Open House will begin an hour later than previous years due to feedback from previous participants, Maxwell said.

“A lot of people work really hard to offer prospective students and their families a wide variety of options,” Maxwell said.

Attendees can also see and learn more about SUNY Oswego through guided walking tours as well as bus tours that will let prospective students stop anywhere on the route to further explore campus.

Tours will include the college’s new Campus Center as well as recently renovated spaces such as historic Sheldon Hall and the college’s humanities center in Poucher Hall.

Participants can also learn about Oswego’s award-winning programs for first-year students, including the First-Year Residential Experience in renovated Johnson Hall; explore such points of interest as Penfield Library, the communication studies department’s new high-tech studios, National Public Radio affiliate WRVO and the college’s state-of-the-art School of Business in Rich Hall; and talk to faculty and students in Oswego’s 30 academic departments and over 100 academic programs.

Other large admissions programs in the coming weeks include Transfer Open House, with around 150 transfer students visiting on March 31, and Admitted Student Day for accepted freshman and transfers on April 21.

For more information about Open House or other opportunities to explore SUNY Oswego, call the Admissions Office at 312-2250 or visit www.oswego.edu/admissions.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Exploring options—SUNY Oswego’s 30th annual collegewide Open House will host hundreds of prospective students and parents exploring the lakeside campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 2. The spring session is the college’s largest admissions program of the year. Shown is SUNY Oswego student Jackie Pirolo leading a tour near Tyler Hall at an admissions program last autumn

(Posted: Mar 20, 2007)