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State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego)
SUNY Oswego logo
Motto To Learn, To Search, To Serve
Established 1861
Type Public
Endowment $11.5 million[1]
President Deborah F. Stanley
Academic staff 1039
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
Athletics 24 teams
Colors Hunter Green      and Golden Yellow     [2]
Nickname Lakers

State University of New York at Oswego, also known as SUNY Oswego and Oswego State, is a public university in the City of Oswego and Town of Oswego, New York, on the shore of Lake Ontario. It has three campuses: historic lakeside campus in Oswego, Metro Center in Syracuse, New York, and Phoenix Center in Phoenix, New York.[3][4][5]

SUNY Oswego was founded in 1861 as Oswego Normal School by Edward Austin Sheldon,[6] 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.[6] In 1962 the college broadened its scope to be a liberal arts college.

SUNY Oswego currently has over 73,000 living alumni.[6] Oswego State offers more than 100 academic programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and certificates of advanced study.[6] 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.[7]


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.

Campus Center Complex

The college's new social hub known as the 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) 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.

Other buildings

Physically separate from the main campus is the south campus, consisting of Laker Hall (indoor sports, coaching classrooms, and athletic training rooms), Romney Fieldhouse (home of 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).

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

  • Lakeside Area: Scales, Waterbury, Riggs and Johnson Halls. Riggs and Johnson were recently renovated; the latter is the home to the First-Year Residential Experience.
  • West Campus, commonly called "New Campus": Cayuga, Seneca, Oneida and Onondaga Halls
  • Main Campus: Hart Hall Global Living and Learning Center, Funnelle Hall
  • Mackin Complex: Lonis and Moreland Halls

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.

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 experienced numerous accreditations and awards throughout the past two decades, including recognition as being one of the only 28 "Top Up-and-Coming Colleges" by US News in the nation for 2010.[8][9] Colleges of Distinction commended SUNY Oswego for its continual growth and strong academics. The organization cited SUNY Oswego as having “Liberal arts and career directed studies, in a dynamic, interactive and supportive environment.” Also, “The possibilities are endless with an extensive choice of academic options and majors, an outstanding faculty, and challenging courses that encourage the exchange of ideas.

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.[10] SUNY Oswego was ranked No.18 on the US News list of the best public campuses in the Northern region in 2011.[11] Its MBA program has been internationally accredited by AACSB.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] 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

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Anthropology Department
    • Department of Biological Sciences
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Computer Science Department
    • Earth Sciences Department
    • Economics Department
    • Department of English & Creative Writing
    • History Department
    • Mathematics Department
    • Department of Modern Languages
    • Philosophy Department
    • Physics Department
    • Political Science Department
    • Department of Psychology
    • Public Justice Department
    • Sociology Department
    • Interdisciplinary Departments: African-American Studies, American Studies, Applied Mathematical Economics, Cognitive Science, Geochemistry, Global and International Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Science, Language and International Trade, Linguistics, Native American Studies, Philosophy-Psychology, Women's Studies.
  • School of Business
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Department of Accounting, Finance, and Law
    • Department of Marketing and Management
  • School of Communication, Media and the Arts
    • Art Department
    • Department of Communication Studies
    • Music Department
    • Theater Department
    • The CMA also collaborates with other Oswego schools on programs that include Cinema and Screen Studies, Information Science, Women's Studies, Creative Arts Therapy, Arts Management
  • School of Education
    • Counseling and Psychological Services Department
    • Curriculum and Instruction Department
    • Educational Administration Department
    • Department of Health Promotion and Wellness
    • Department of Technology
    • Department of Vocational Teacher Preparation


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 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, in-person, and through extended appointments with subject librarians.


SUNY Oswego's athletic teams are known as the Lakers, the university offers 24 intercollegiate varsity sports. 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 hockey. 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.[15]

Clubs and student organizations

Oswego has around 140 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),[16] 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 the Financial Management Association, the Investment Club, the Christian groups BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) and CCM (Christian Campus Ministries), the SUNY Oswego Secular Student Alliance, 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),[17] (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


  • Bridge Street Run - The
  • QUEST - Quest is a Symposium dedicated to sharing the scholarly and creative pursuits of faculty, staff and student of the State University of New York at Oswego. Students usually work in collaboration with a faculty mentor in preparation of their project. The series also features a keynote speaker discuss some topical issue in a field such as technology, science or politics. There are no classes before 5pm on Quest Day.
  • Torchlight Ceremony - Every year the night before the commencement day, the university holds an event called "Torchlight Ceremony" to honor each year's graduates and pass candlelights as "passing the torch." A representative of each year's graduate of SUNY Oswego is invited to this event to pass the torch.

Notable faculty

  • John Belt, Educator of Department of Technology Education, with focus of the work and philosophy of the late R. Buckminster Fuller, leadership in ‘The Synergistic Collaborative,’ Frank Lloyd Wright, and Piet Mondrian.[20]
  • Doug Lea, current Interim Chair of Computer Science, world famous expert on concurrent programming, (co-)author of the Interest Group
  • Roy Lichtenstein, World famous Pop Art Artist taught in the Art Department from 1958–1960
  • Dr. David C. Conrad, Emeritus Professor of History, author of several books on Africa; SUNY Chancellor Award Winner 2001. Is President of Mande Studies Association and a fellow at the Royal Geographic Society.
  • Dr. Bruce Altschuler, Former Chair of Political Science Department and 2007 Winner of SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activity. Has authored books and articles on the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, political campaigns and presidential politics.
  • Robert O'Connor, Associate Professor in Creative Writing Department (Author of Buffalo Soldiers)
  • Jay Button, a faculty master honored for his work done with first year students.
  • Sir Kenneth O. Hall, Governor-General of Jamaica (Feb 2006 - Feb 2009), served as Assistant Provost and Professor of History at Oswego.
  • Ron Greaff - Also known to many as Ron Hastings from channel 3.
  • Leigh Allison Wilson, published author and Creative Writing professor

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability References
Ken Auletta 1963 Journalist for The New Yorker [21]
Mark Allen Baker 1979 Author, editor, historian, and manuscript & document expert [22]
Frederick R. Bieber Harvard University professor and DNA expert
Louis A . Borrelli Jr 1977 Cable Television Pioneer, founder of SUNY Oswego's annual media summit [23]
Rob Cesternino 2000 Contestant on Survivor: The Amazon [24]
Linda Cohn 1981 ESPN sportscaster [25]
Dr. Joseph F. Coughlin 1986 Director of MIT's AgeLab. Was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the "12 People who are Changing Your Retirement." He is a graduate of the school of Arts and Science. [26]
Robin Curtis 1978 Actress most well known as Lt. Savikk in Star Trek III and Star Trek IV [27]
Julia DeVillers 1989 Author of books for children and teens
Fred Festa 1981 President and CEO of W. R. Grace and Company. [28]
J. Russell Findlay 1989 Major League Soccers First Chief Marketing Officer. Previously was a Marketing Executive at Unilever and Pepsi. Launched Sierra Mist and Diet Pepsi Max as well as SoBe Mr. Green. Founder of School of Business Annual Alumni Symposium [29]
Dr. Frank E. Fish 1975 Marine Biologist, President of WhalePower
Kendis Gibson 1994 Famous World renowned and Emmy winning anchor
Michael A. Hoffman II Conspiracy theorist and historical revisionist, controversial for Holocaust denial
Matt Jabs 1994 Poet, Writer
Josh Jeanneret 2002 Promoter of 2CW Wrestling
Wayne Levi 1974 Professional golfer [30]
Steve Levy 1987 ESPN sportscaster
Kandise N. Lucas Special Education advocate, educational reformist, and writer
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
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 Ambassador to the United Nations for Chile [31]
Marianne Matuzic Myles U.S. Ambassador to the Nation of Cape Verde
Robert Natoli 1980 Guinness record holder [32]
Robert O'Connor 1982 Author of Buffalo Soldiers [33]
Al Roker 1976 Weatherman for NBC's Today Show [34]
Pete Sears 1971 Member of the 1972 United States Olympic Hockey Team (Goalie) [27]
Jerry Seinfeld Never Graduated Famous actor and comedian. Attended SUNY Oswego through his sophomore year before transferring to and graduating from Queens College
Julie Smith President of Bozzuto Management Company and a Partner of The Bozzuto Group
Scott Sullivan 1983 Former WorldCom CFO
Melissa O'Donnell Writer; Saturday Night Live
James W. Wright 1971 Former New York State Senator [35]
Eric Rowley 2006 Frisco RoughRiders
Laurie Zaks President of Beacon Television; former Senior Vice President at UPN
Rodrigo Bonilla Garcia 2006 Played soccer professionally for Ibis United Brazil and C.F.O. of a soda company in Brazil Saborama
Salvatore "Sal" Iacono - "Cousin Sal" 1993 Writer and Personality on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Also contributor to Adam Carolla Podcast
Robert E. Moritz 1985 US Chairman and Senior Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers [36][37]

Television meteorologists

Many TV meteorologists, predominantly in upstate New York, are graduates or attendees of SUNY Oswego.

Name Class year Notability References
Chris Brandolino 1996 WSYR-TV, Syracuse, formerly of WSTM-TV
Patrick Cavlin 2013 News 12 Networks Long Island
Ryan Coyle 2008 WHTM Harrisburg, formerly of WIVT Binghamton and WNEP Scranton
Dave Eichorn Never Graduated Formerly of WSYR-TV, Syracuse
Thomas Esterguard 2008 Formerly of WETM-TV, Elmira, WTVH Syracuse and WXXA Albany
Dave Longley 1987 WSYR-TV, Syracuse
Aaron Mentkowski
(Aaron Lawrence)
1997 WKBW-TV, Buffalo
Joe LaPlante 2007 WWNY-TV, Watertown
Robert Metcalfe 2006 Formerly of WROC-TV, Rochester
Kimberly Newman 2009 WTOL-TV, Toledo, Ohio
Tom Niziol 1977 The Weather Channel (winter weather expert)
Rob Perillo 1983 KATC-TV, Lafayette
Vanessa Richards 2008 YNN Central New York, formerly of WETM-TV and WSTM-TV (married to Matt Stevens)
Matt Stevens 2006 WSTM-TV, WTVH-TV Syracuse, formerly of WETM-TV, WOAY-TV, and WSEE-TV (married to Vanessa Richards)
Courtney Furtado 2010 YNN Central New York


External links

  • Official SUNY Oswego Website
  • Official SUNY Oswego Athletics Website
  • SUNY Oswego Student Blogs
  • Student Association Web Site
  • Lewis O'Donnell Media Summit Web site
  • Shaun Cassidy Fan Club Improv Comedy Troupe on campus
  • SUNY Oswego official Facebook fanpage
  • SUNY Oswego official Twitter
  • Jerry Seinfeld at SUNY Oswego's Scales Hall
  • A mention of Jerry Seinfeld's time spent at SUNY Oswego
  • Official LinkedIn alumni group

Coordinates: 43°27′05″N 76°32′39″W / 43.451361°N 76.544044°W / 43.451361; -76.544044

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