Open house Sept. 30 will showcase Shineman Center, Rice Creek

SUNY Oswego will host a community open house from noon to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, for its new Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation and renewed Rice Creek Field Station.

Richard S. Shineman CenterVisitors can tour the facilities, see scientific demonstrations from students and faculty members, view poster presentations detailing student research, learn more about the facilities’ environmentally friendly initiatives and more.

The 230,000-square-foot Shineman Center—mostly new construction but also including a renovated Piez Hall—was a $118 million project, funded mostly by the SUNY Construction Fund, to help SUNY Oswego produce graduates to fill pressing needs in fields throughout the traditional sciences, engineering, teaching and related areas.

The Shineman Center is home to labs, classrooms and offices for the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics and physics. The interdisciplinary Science Planning Committee collaborated for nearly a decade to shepherd the building from visionary stage to opening in time for the first week of fall classes.

The Sept. 30 open house will showcase labs and student and faculty work in various fields of science as well as advanced equipment and facilities throughout the building, including the new planetarium and greenhouse. Visitors can observe classes in session, sit in on an evening seminar and view poster presentations of student research. The public also can see the central gathering place known as the Nucleus that includes the Fusion Cafe.

The Shineman Center bears the name of the late Dr. Richard S. Shineman, professor emeritus and first chair of chemistry, honoring a $5 million donation through his wife Dr. Barbara Palmer Shineman, who is an Oswego alumna and professor emerita, and the Shineman Foundation.

Visitors also can learn about some of the building’s environmentally friendly features, such as the largest geothermal well field in New York state, solar panels, rooftop gardens, advanced heating and cooling systems, increased use of available light and more.

Both the Shineman Center and Rice Creek Field Station were built to achieve LEED Gold certification, a designation in keeping with the college’s focus on sustainability.

Field station showcase

On Sept. 30, members of the public also can explore the $5.5 million upgrade to Rice Creek Field Station, the heart of 400 forever-wild acres accessible off Thompson Road south of the main campus.

Just in time for the fall semester, the new main building opened with two large and one smaller research laboratory for classes and student work. Two classes in session during open house will be open to visitors.

On display will be poster presentations of student research projects conducted at Rice Creek, video presentation of the construction, science-inspired art, the station’s natural history collection and a butterfly collection.

The 7,700-square-foot structure relies heavily on photovoltaic solar panels for its energy. Use of available light, a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system and a nature-based storm-water retention system are among the features that provide green solutions for the station, which will restart its popular programs for nature lovers around the region on Sept. 28.

Visitors can learn about upcoming programs at the field station and check out surrounding outdoor features including nature trails, a rain garden and the Ruth Sachidanandan Herb Garden.

Rice Creek Field Station has been part of SUNY Oswego’s research programs and a community attraction since the 1960s. For more information on upcoming nature programs, visit

For the Sept. 30 open house, visitors can park at the Romney Field House lot (EC-7) on Route 104 to catch a shuttle to Shineman, and at the Fallbrook Recreation Center on Thompson Road for shuttles to Rice Creek. Continuous free shuttles will run throughout the hours of the open house.

For more information on these landmark celebrations, visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Shineman shines—Visitors can tour and learn more about SUNY Oswego’s new Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation (pictured) and Rice Creek Field Station during a community open house from noon to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30. For more information on the event and the facilities, visit

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(Posted: Sep 16, 2013)

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