OSWEGO -- Hundreds of prospective students and their
families will explore SUNY Oswego during the college's 27th annual Open
Running from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 5,
Open House will showcase three spaces that were renovated and re-opened
last fall: Johnson Hall, which hosts the First-Year Residential
Experience; Rich Hall, the new home for the School of Business; and the
Lake Effect Cafe, a refurbished space in Penfield Library that
resembles a cozy, cosmopolitan cafe.
"I think students and families who visit will
appreciate the many innovative, imaginative steps Oswego has taken to
present a stimulating, learner-centered experience," said Joe Grant,
vice president for student affairs and enrollment. "Families also can
learn firsthand about the many exciting plans we have for the college
on the drawing board."
Open House represents the best opportunity for
visitors to see everything at once, said Katie Maxwell, an admissions
counselor who coordinates the program.
"Our walking tours are always very popular because
they offer an interactive, intimate look around campus," Maxwell noted.
"People also enjoy the guided bus tours we run during Open House.
Families can be dropped off anywhere on campus to explore buildings and
programs, then be picked up at the same location."
The Admissions Office is making a special effort to
have more student organizations participate in Open House this year.
"We hope to have as many groups and clubs as possible participate,
because it benefits prospective students to know more about what
organizations are on campus and what kinds of activities they can
expect," Maxwell said.
Those attending Open House can also sit in on any of
dozens of open classes, hear special presentations on programs and
career paths, check out the college's broadcasting facilities, visit
Rice Creek Field Station or see current creations by students at the
41st annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in Tyler Art Gallery.
"The goal of Open House is to allow students and
families choosing a college to get a flavor for the kinds of
experiences available at Oswego," Maxwell said. "We want visitors to
understand the many great things Oswego offers inside the classrooms
and elsewhere around campus."