OSWEGO, NY – More than 100 SUNY Oswego flooded the farmers’ market Thursday night.
The students were able to find out about their new community as well as pick up some fresh produce, homemade goodies and other treats.
Amy Angelini of Westchester County said she picked Oswego because “it has a great communications department program, and I’m a communications major.”
There is also a family connection. “My mom went here,” she added.
Glens Falls native Alyssa DeGregory is a public relations major.
“I came here to visit and I love the lake,” she said. “Their strong communications program really sold me.”
“I’m also a public relations major. I came up here undeclared. I came up here to visit and thought this would be a good fit for me,” said Sophie Waitkins of Putnam County.
All three of the sophomores are part of FAN (the Future Alumni Network).
“It’s definitely very friendly here,” Angelini said. “I like the town and the people. The teachers are very good, too.”
“All the programs at Oswego are top notch,” DeGregory said.
“There are a lot of things to do on campus and off. And the lake, of course,” Waitkins said. “We’re involved in FAN and a lot of other activities.”
The College Community Relations Committee had a booth during the market to greet students and welcome them to the community.
Members of CCRC provided information about the city and upcoming events at the college to residents as well as students.
Bob Close, chair of the CCRC, introduced the Oswego Jazz Project.
The jazz quartet, of SUNY Oswego faculty and students, provided the musical entertainment for the market. The group’s members include Eric Schmitz on drums, Trevor Jorgenson on saxophone, Max McKee on bass, and Rob Auler on keyboards.
“The mayor asked me if I’d like to help out with the college-community committee and I said, ‘OK.’ Then he asked me to chair the committee,” Close explained.
“I have always recognized the college needs the city, the city needs the college,” he said. “We just need to keep working together.”
The college and city have been working on several joint ventures, Close noted.
Among them is the recent “Cruisin’ the City” that was held Tuesday in the Campus Center Arena.
Representatives of dozens of city businesses shared information and samples with the students.
“We had 33 businesses take part,” Close said. “I’m in awe that that many showed up. It was a great event for everyone involved.”
The SUNY Oswego Student Association is working with Campus-City Relations Committee to promote area businesses to college students.
One such idea is College Colors Day.
The Oswego State downtown store, at West First and Bridge streets, will have special gear available for purchase for Green and Gold day today (Sept. 4).
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the greater Oswego community are invited to wear green and gold in the event that ties in with the national College Colors Day.
Several Oswego businesses are offering discounts for those wearing college colors. Among them are Canale’s Restaurant (5%), Flowers by Mr. John (25% off cash and carry only), Ontario Winds (25%), Mary Jean’s Alterations (25% off in store stock), and Mustard Seed (10%).
To bolster alumni involvement, an online Flickr pool at http://www.flickr.com/groups/oswegocolors will welcome photos of SUNY Oswego graduates wearing their green and gold anywhere in the world.
Students, faculty, staff and other supporters are welcome to post their photos on the Flickr site as well.
The CCRC is planning other events as well. A landlord fair is scheduled for on campus, Close said.
“We will provide an environment for the students that will be looking for housing next year to met and greet with the property owners right on campus,” he said. “We’ll do this in connection with another gathering that will focus on city codes and landlord rights and tenant rights.”
The group is also working on end of the semester food drives to benefit the local food pantries, Close added.