Landmark Celebrations greet college's newest buildings

Celebrating transformation and renewal, more than 350 people gathered on the SUNY Oswego campus Oct. 3 and 4 to celebrate the renewed Rice Creek Field Station and dedicate the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation.

Dr. Barbara S. Shineman at building dedicationBoth state-of-the-art facilities will enable students and faculty members to engage in new research and to continue work that spans the full spectrum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for decades to come.

College President Deborah F. Stanley, in remarks Oct. 4 during the Shineman Center’s dedication, called the 230,000-square-foot building the “boldest and most ambitious project in more than a decade of construction and rejuvenation that has transformed—and is continuing to transform—this campus.”

The $118 million project was funded through state appropriations and the State University Construction Fund. Dr. Barbara Shineman, wife of the late Dr. Richard S. Shineman and president of the Shineman Foundation made a naming gift of $5 million, the largest cash gift in the history of the college.

“With the deepest gratitude,” Stanley said, “it is my profound honor today to dedicate this magnificent building, a monument to the power of science and the power of education, in the name of Richard S. Shineman.”

Shineman, founding chair of the chemistry department, was, during his time at the college from 1962 through 1988, responsible for hiring distinguished faculty and overseeing the creation of new science facilities.  He collaborated with colleagues in obtaining coveted American Chemical Society accreditation for the program.

Bold vision

The audience of nearly 300 in the Shineman Center’s Nucleus atrium rose en masse to applaud Barbara Shineman, emerita professor of education, as she approached the lectern.  She acknowledged Stanley’s vision for the future of SUNY Oswego and for focusing on providing resources necessary for students to achieve the highest level of achievement in the pursuit of their educational goals.

Speaking of her husband’s and her own commitment to the college, she said, “Oswego has been, for us, not only the place where we pursued our careers, but also an institution in which we learned and grew, finding here an academic community where we could teach and mentor students.” She invited others to share Richard Shineman’s vision.

“May all who pass through this building today and in the many days that lie ahead, be devoted to helping others reach their stars,”  she said.

SUNY Board of Trustees representative Marshall A. Lichtman and Stanley conferred an honorary doctorate on Dr. Anthony Cortese, an international pioneer in sustainability in higher education.

Stanley, noting that she was initiating a new tradition, presented the inaugural Trident Award to former state Sen. James W. Wright for his lifetime of public service and support of higher education, including championing an initial state appropriation to help build Oswego’s new home for the sciences.

The Rice Creek Field Station celebration, held on site last Thursday, highlighted the nexus of fieldwork in the natural environment and the research and teaching opportunities in the $5.5 million, 7,640-square-foot facility.

“We gather at beautiful Rice Creek to rededicate our longstanding commitment to the environment on this 400-acre site and to emphasize our increased commitment to research,” Stanley said, noting that the original field station had been implemented nearly half a century ago when Foster Brown had been president of the college. 

The Shineman Center and Rice Creek Field Station are designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of green buildings. Among other details of sustainability, the Shineman Center is estimated to use 40 percent less energy overall than had the previous science buildings, and the field station will receive 40 percent of the building’s energy needs from rooftop solar panels.

PHOTO CAPTION: Landmark dedicated—Dr. Barbara Shineman, center, wife of the late Dr. Richard S. Shineman and co-benefactor with the Shineman Foundation in the naming of the college’s new home for the sciences, mathematics and engineering, speaks Oct. 4 during the dedication of the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation. From left are Marshall Lichtman, member of the SUNY Board of Trustees; President Deborah F. Stanley; James Wright, former state senator and recipient of the inaugural Trident Award; and sustainability pioneer Anthony Cortese, recipient of an honorary doctorate.

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(Posted: Oct 07, 2013)

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