Office of Public Affairs
(315) 312-2265
Oct. 24, 2001
CONTACT: Michele A. Reed,
Director of Alumni and Development Communications
OSWEGO -- College and civic officials, students, faculty and major donors gathered Oct. 19 for the official "ground breaking" for the School of Business renovation project at SUNY Oswego.
The ceremony took place in front of Rich Hall, following a joint meeting of the SUNY Oswego College Council, College Foundation board of directors, Alumni Association board of directors and School of Business Advisory Board.
The guest speaker was Dr. Michael Luck, vice president for philanthropy and alumni affairs of the State University of New York.
"Many great things are happening on the Oswego campus," said Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. "One of the most exciting current projects is providing a new home for our School of Business. It is part of the first major renewal of campus facilities since much of the campus was built in 1967."
Instead of the traditional turning of a shovelful of dirt, Mark Tryniski, chair of the School of Business Advisory Board, unfurled a banner depicting the future look of Rich Hall and proclaiming it the new home of the School of Business. A time capsule to be placed in the building at its completion was also dedicated by State Sen. James W. Wright.
Rich Hall was originally built in 1961 and served as the campus' library for many years. In recent decades it has housed classrooms, offices, the publications operation and University Police Department.
The design of the School of Business renovation project is by JCM Architectural Associates of Syracuse, and the general contractor for the project is Bette and Cring.
The project, which begins this fall, is expected to be completed in 2003.
The $8 million renovation is funded by the SUNY Construction Fund. SUNY Oswego is seeking $800,000 in private funding for technology and fixtures that will make the School of Business a state-of-the-art teaching facility.
"This is the first time that Oswego has aggressively sought private funds in support of a capital project on campus," said Kevin Mahaney, vice president for development and public affairs.
Friday's ceremony recognized contributors who have already pledged support to the project: William Hartman, a 1983 graduate; Enron; Sithe; Mae Squier-Dow and Thomas Dow, both 1983 graduates; Michael Durney, a 1983 graduate, and Joanne Snyder Durney, a 1984 graduate; Mark Tryniski, a 1985 graduate, and his employer PricewaterhouseCoopers.
For more information about the School of Business project or the fund-raising effort, contact the Office University Development at 312-3003.
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