Opening Weekend activities to welcome students.

imageEntertainment, getting- acquainted activities and a traditional ceremony are among the events welcoming SUNY Oswego students to campus this weekend.

The programs, appealing to the more than 8,500 SUNY Oswego students and other members of the campus community, are admission-free.

After students move into their residence halls on Friday, Aug. 27, they will have an opportunity to meet their peers, faculty members and other campus community members at an afternoon Welcome Picnic in the academic quad.

The 15th Welcoming Torchlight Ceremony, starting at 9 p.m. in Hewitt Union ballroom, will celebrate the traditional passing of knowledge. Music from State Singers, the college jazz vocal ensemble, will begin at 8:30 p.m. to precede the ceremony.

Students can interact through a number of Hewitt Union Night activities starting at 9:30 p.m. Friday. The union will host such events as indoor roller skating, carnival games and inflatable sumo wrestling.

A Student Association fair and a version of the game show “Name That Tune” will unfold on the academic quad from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28. The SA fair will feature representatives of campus organizations encouraging student involvement.

Nationally known comedian Tiny Glover and the college’s Shawn Cassidy Fan Club Improv Comedy Troupe will headline “The O-Show” from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Hewitt Union ballroom. The Oswego Jugglers and breakdance troupe Lost Boys—Break Crew will also entertain.

New and returning students can also get involved in athletic activities during the weekend. Project Play—an annual event pitting residence halls against each other in friendly competition—runs from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in Lee Hall and on neighboring fields. Students can participate in basketball, kickball, dodgeball or an obstacle course. Sunday will feature an Opening Weekend volleyball tournament starting at 11 a.m. behind Cayuga and Seneca residence halls.

A DWI simulator, on hand from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Hewitt Union main lounge, represents one of the educational aspects of Opening Weekend. Participants will sit in a Ford Taurus driver’s seat and look at big screens that simulate how perception changes with increased alcohol consumption.

For more information on Opening Weekend at SUNY Oswego, contact the college’s Office of Campus Life at 312-2301 or visit the

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(Posted: Aug 11, 2004)