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As college classes resume, Shineman Science and Engineering Center welcomes first students

Nick Wojton, contributing writer
OSWEGO, NY – As the SUNY Oswego campus opened its doors to another semester, along with it, the Richard S. Shineman Science and Engineering Center opened its doors to students for the first time.

Richard S. Shineman Science and Engineering Center
Richard S. Shineman Science and Engineering Center

The new state-of-the-art building is located in the center of campus, right next to Campus Center and the building it’s replacing, Snygg Hall.

Inside Shineman Center is much different than its predecessor.

Some classrooms are completely walled-in by glass with new technology, an atrium in the center of the building provides a study area and a place for students to eat, and walls are color coded based on the rooms they surround. Orange is a lab facility, blue indicates a bathroom, and white walls are professor offices.

The classrooms inside Shineman are much more modernized according to senior business administration student, Jim Moser.

“It’s very innovative,” Moser said. “The third floor with all the research labs is really cool.”

Classes are under way in the new facility
Classes are under way in the new facility

No old fashioned blackboards can be found inside Shineman. Replacing them are dry erase boards, projectors and scientific instruments.

Tyler Barbariantz, a senior along with Moser, agreed that the building has a much updated feeling to it.

“It reminds me of Campus Center,” Barbariantz said.

Campus Center was the newest classroom facility on campus prior to Shineman. The four story building did have its downside though for Barbariantz.

“I got lost,” he said. “On the first and third floors.”

Molly Rudrow, a junior with a geology environmental major with a concentration in earth science and minor in biology said the new science laboratories are already much improved only a week into the semester.

“I have three labs there,” Rudrow said. “They have a ton of new microscopes, it’s awesome. Last year it could be a challenge to find one that wasn’t broken or damaged.”

 Shineman Science and Engineering Center  middle atrium
Shineman Science and Engineering Center middle atrium

While students are just getting adjusted to the new facility, faculty has been moving from Snygg to Shineman as early as June. Bruce Zellar, a professor in the Physics Department said the move over the Shineman was smooth.

“There was just some waiting because of the construction sometimes,” Zellar said.

Work had been done on the building up until a week before its opening.

While Zellar does enjoy the new facility, he said it wouldn’t change the way he teaches.

Instead, he continued to call the building the same as many have.

“It’s much more modern,” he said.

Shineman Hall is named after the late Dr. Richard S. Shineman who was a professor of chemistry at SUNY Oswego from 1962 to 1988.

He was the founding chair of the chemistry department.

A classroom in the new Shineman Science and Engineering Center.
A classroom in the new Shineman Science and Engineering Center.

Shineman’s wife, Dr. Barbara Palmer Shineman, made the gift of five million dollars, the largest cash philanthropic gift in SUNY Oswego’s 150-year history, to develop the new center.

Snygg Hall will be around for sometime still.

Construction workers have moved from Shineman to Snygg Hall to work on the older building.

Piece by piece it will be taken down with some of the piping and other parts being recycled.

There’s currently no timetable for the removal to be completed.