State University of New York at Oswego

State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego)
Motto To Learn, To Search, To Serve
Type Public
Established 1861
Endowment $11.5 million[1]
President Deborah F. Stanley
Academic staff
Undergraduates 7,400
Postgraduates 1,100
Location Oswego, New York, USA
Campus Rural, 693 acres (2.80 km2) and 46 Buildings on the shore of Lake Ontario
Colors Hunter Green      and Golden Yellow     [2]
Athletics NCAA Division IIISUNYAC
Sports 24 varsity teams
Nickname Lakers
Affiliations SUNY

State University of New York at Oswego, also known as SUNY Oswego and Oswego State, is a public college in the City of Oswego and Town of Oswego, New York, on the shore of Lake Ontario. It has two campuses: historic lakeside campus in Oswego and Metro Center in Syracuse, New York.[3][4]

SUNY Oswego was founded in 1861 as the Oswego Primary Teachers Training School by Edward Austin Sheldon,[5] who introduced a revolutionary teaching methodology Oswego Movement in American education. In 1942 the New York Legislature elevated it from a normal school to a degree-granting teachers' college, Oswego State Teachers College, which was a founding and charter member of the State University of New York system in 1948.[5] In 1962 the college broadened its scope to be a liberal arts college.

SUNY Oswego currently has over 73,000 living alumni.[5] Oswego State offers more than 100 academic programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and certificates of advanced study.[5] It consists of four colleges and schools: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Communications, Media and the Arts. In 2011, SUNY Oswego marked its 150th anniversary with a sesquicentennial celebration campaign to honor its rich tradition and heritage.[6] SUNY Oswego is the only SUNY Campus to offer a degree in Software Engineering.[7]


Campus as viewed from Glimmerglass Lagoon

Originally founded in the city of Oswego by Sheldon to train teachers to meet pressing educational needs, the college moved to its current location on the shore of Lake Ontario in 1913 after Sheldon Hall was constructed. The current campus is located on 690 acres (2.8 km2) along Lake Ontario. Development of the campus was planned by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, who designed the major buildings.

The campus today consists of 46 buildings with classrooms, laboratories, residential and athletic facilities. Recent years have witnessed the launch of a $700 million campus-wide renovation and renewal program, with the new Campus Center acting as the social hub of campus.

Marano Campus Center Complex

The college's new social hub known as the Marano Campus Center Complex, which opened in fall 2007, includes new construction and renovation of the existing Swetman/Poucher complex. The $25.5 million 111,492-square-foot (10,357.9 m2) Marano Campus Center portion, the new construction, includes a convocation hall and ice arena, food court, box office, fireplace lounge, breakfast nook and reservable spaces. The renovated portions of the building house The Compass (student services); The Point (student involvement); a student media center with WNYO, WTOP and The Oswegonian newspaper; Copy Center; and Freshëns Cafe. Academic departments in the Campus Center include English and creative writing, modern languages and literatures and philosophy, while the Office of Learning Services stands ready to assist students who need help outside the classroom. In addition, the College Honors Program is located in the Campus Center.

Within Tyler Hall [8] is the Tyler Art Gallery. The Tyler Art Gallery has two gallery spaces that showcases local and traveling exhibitions, exhibitions of faculty work and student exhibitions. Tyler Art Gallery has a mission as a teaching gallery which means that it is regularly used by the students and faculty at SUNY Oswego as the interface for direct encounters with original works of art of professional quality. The gallery serves as the training base for the museum studies program and gives students the opportunity to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the gallery. Students apart of the Student Art Exhibition Committee are also given the opportunity to curate and have sole responsibility for the annual exhibition of student work. Tyler Art Gallery's a permanent collection comprises European, African and American drawings, prints, paintings, ceramics and sculpture that date from the 18th century to the present, including several works by artist Sasha Kolin. One subsection of the permanent collection, the Grant Arnold Collection of Fine Prints, contains over 500 prints by American printmakers from the first half of the twentieth century.

Other buildings

Physically separate from the main campus, on the other side of New York State Route 104, is the south campus, consisting of Laker Hall (indoor sports, coaching classrooms, and athletic training rooms), Romney Fieldhouse (a Quonset hut that hosted the Laker hockey program until fall 2006) and several athletic fields. In addition, more than 400 acres (1.6 km2) of Rice Creek Field Station (for biological research and public programs) is on the South Campus.

A variety of living options are available through 11 residence halls:

West Campus, along with Laker Hall, Hewitt Student Union (which hosted most of the student organizations until the Campus Center's opening in 2006), Tyler Hall, Culkin Hall (the administrative building), Penfield Library, Lanigan Hall (consisting of large lecture halls) and Mahar Hall are all built in the Brutalist style and date to the early 1970s.

Due to a shortage in residential rooms in fall 2008 caused by greater enrollment and on-campus living requests than expected, several rooms were offered in renovated conference/hotel space in Sheldon Hall. A new townhouse village with apartment living has been constructed south of Glimmerglass Lagoon, and opened in the Fall 2010 semester. Students with 45 credits, are enrolled full-time, and have lived on campus for a complete semester (as a transfer student) or 3 semesters (entering Oswego as a Freshman) are allowed to live there.

In the Fall of 2013 the outdated Science and Mathematics building, Snygg Hall was closed and the new Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation was opened to all STEM students: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The building, built onto the older Piez Hall, offers views of the college's Lakeside Community and Lake Ontario from the meteorology observation deck.

Fewer than 100 feet (30 m) from Johnson Hall is Shady Shore. Shady Shore was the home of college founder Dr. Edward Austin Sheldon. It often has served as the residence for the college president throughout the years, including the tenth and current president, Deborah F. Stanley.

Accreditations and awards

SUNY Oswego has received numerous accreditations and awards throughout the past two decades, including the recognition of being one of only 28 "Top Up-and-Coming Colleges" by US News in the nation for 2010.[9][10]

SUNY Oswego's Graduate School of Business has been named by both Princeton Review and US News as one of the best business schools in America, among more than 1,400 colleges nationwide.[11] SUNY Oswego was ranked No.18 on the US News list of the best public campuses in the Northern region in 2011.[12] Its MBA program has been internationally accredited by AACSB.[13] In 2005, SUNY Oswego was ranked No.10 in the nation on a master level institution for sending students abroad for a semester according to Open Doors report by the Institute for International Education.[14]

SUNY Oswego's School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Oswego's School of Business has international accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. SUNY Oswego is one of the few colleges in New York state whose art, music and theater departments are all nationally accredited.

In addition to SUNY Oswego’s vibrant community and encouraging professors, students are offered one of the largest overseas study programs in the northeast.[15] Continents from around the globe contain universities that directly work with SUNY Oswego to provide students with internship opportunities and valuable learning experiences.

Schools and colleges

Sheldon Hall.


Penfield Library is an academic library that supports the instructional, research and service goals of SUNY Oswego, one of 64 campuses of the State University of New York. The library is named after Lida S. Penfield (1873–1956), once chair of the English department. The current 160,000-square-foot (15,000 m2) facility opened in 1968, replacing a library of the same name in what is now Rich Hall. The library is home to the Millard Fillmore and Marshall Family Papers and numerous Digitized Collections including the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter (Safe Haven) and the Millard Fillmore papers.

Penfield Librarians provide Research help for SUNY Oswego students through "Ask a Librarian" services in a variety of methods, including chat, e-mail, phone, texting, in-person, and through extended appointments with subject librarians.


The university offers 24 intercollegiate varsity sports. SUNY Oswego's athletic teams are known as the Lakers. Oswego is a member of NCAA Division III and teams compete in the State University of New York Athletic Conference for most sports. Women's ice hockey plays in the ECAC West, as that sport is not offered by the SUNYAC.

Oswego is traditionally rivals with Plattsburgh State. The rivalry currently manifests itself mostly in ice hockey; in the 1990s and early 2000s, Oswego fans would regularly throw bagels onto the ice when the Lakers scored against Plattsburgh, a tradition that ended in 2006 with the move to the Campus Center.[16][17] The “Puck Flattsburgh” spoonerism is a common rallying cry.[18] Oswego and Plattsburgh also had a rivalry in football, but Oswego ceased sponsoring the sport in 1976, with Plattsburgh following in 1978.

National Championships

On March 18, 2007, the Oswego State men's ice hockey team won the 2006-07 NCAA Division III ice hockey National Championship, the first NCAA championship ever for the school.[19]

Clubs and student organizations

Oswego has over 180 clubs and organizations, many funded by the Student Association. These include the student-run television station WTOP, the student-run The Oswegonian newspaper, the first ever student-run volunteer ambulance corps (SAVAC),[20] a collegiate-level synchronized skating team, the student-run radio station WNYO-FM, Nationally Competitive Cheerleading, community service clubs, political organizations, the Shaun Cassidy Fan Club Improv Comedy Troupe, Club Baseball, Oswego Women's Rugby, as well as groups that appeal to those with specific interests or hobbies such as ALANA which includes the Black Student Union, the Latino Student Union, the Asian Student Association, the Caribbean Student Association and the African Student Organization. The Financial Management Association, the Investment Club, the Christian groups BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) and CCM (Christian Campus Ministries),the Oswego State Pagan Association, a Muslim Student Association, the Pride Alliance (formerly the Rainbow Alliance; SUNY Oswego's only LGBT Organization), the theater group Blackfriars, the Story Tellers' Guild (gamer club),[21] (STG), the Pro-Wrestling Club (PWC), College Republicans, and the local chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Greek organizations

Oswego also has an array of Greek organizations (fraternities, sororities, or mixed) from both national and locally recognized chapters. Each semester, eligible students can rush" a Greek organization of their choice.



Other Greek organizations


Notable faculty

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability References
Ken Auletta 1963 Journalist for The New Yorker [26]
Mark Allen Baker 1979 Author, editor, historian, and manuscript & document expert [27]
Frederick R. Bieber Harvard University professor and DNA expert
Rob Cesternino 2000 Contestant on Survivor: The Amazon [28]
Linda Cohn 1981 ESPN sportscaster [29]
Robin Curtis 1978 Actress most well known as Lt. Savikk in Star Trek III and Star Trek IV [30]
Julia DeVillers 1989 Author of books for children and teens
Woodbridge Nathan Ferris 1873 Governor of Michigan, U.S. Senator, Founder of Ferris State University
Kendis Gibson 1994 anchor
Charles E. King 1891 Composer of the Hawaiian Wedding Song, educator, legislator [31]
Wayne Levi 1974 Professional golfer [32]
Steve Levy 1987 ESPN sportscaster
Christopher Maloney 1991 Bass guitarist for Dweezil Zappa, Hardline; Sunset Records recording artist
Alice McDermott 1975 Novelist and winner of the 1998 National Book Award
John McLoughlin 1975 One of two Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers who survived after being trapped in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. [33]
Gary Morgenstern 1985 Sr. Vice President of Programming at SportsNet New York. While at ESPN, proposed idea of using video imaging to mark 1st down line during football broadcasts
Heraldo Muñoz 1972 Former ambassador to the United Nations for Chile, current chilean foreign minister. [34]
Marianne Matuzic Myles U.S. Ambassador to the Nation of Cape Verde
Robert Natoli 1980 Guinness record holder [35]
Robert O'Connor 1982 Author of Buffalo Soldiers [36]
Al Roker 1976 Weatherman for NBC's Today Show [37]
Pete Sears 1971 Member of the 1972 United States Olympic Hockey Team (Goalie) [30]
Jerry Seinfeld Never graduated Actor and comedian.
Scott Sullivan 1983 Former WorldCom CFO
Adam DeMay 2015 Oswego State and South River High School Legend
James W. Wright 1971 Former New York State Senator [38]
Sal Iacono 1993 Writer, TV personality


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  38. SUNY Oswego - News & Events: Community Center

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