SUNY Oswego to Help Creative Students Prepare for College

SYRACUSE — High school students interested in pursuing careers in journalism, acting, art, graphic design or singing can spend a week at SUNY Oswego’s Metro Center in August preparing to take their talents to college.

The “Ready, Set, Begin” program, Aug. 17 to 21 at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center at Syracuse’s Clinton Square, will help students entering creative fields prepare for college interviews, auditions and portfolio presentations.

“We have found that high school students are often not completely prepared to handle the entrance requirements for college study in media and the arts,” said Dr. Julie Pretzat, interim associate dean of Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts. “Working with college faculty members and artists in the field will give these students a leg up on the process as they apply to college arts and media programs and take placement auditions and tests once accepted.”

Graphic arts students, for example, will learn how to discuss and present their work to evaluators. Journalism students will learn about traditional media and how to apply their work in multimedia outlets. Vocal students will explore psychological and other skill sets that contribute to the success of professional singers. Acting students will receive advice about and practice selecting and rehearsing monologues for auditions.

SUNY Oswego faculty members serving as instructors will include Todd Graber for music; Kevin Kennison, theatre; Arvind Diddi and Eileen Gilligan, journalism; and Lindsey Guile, art.

An evening program is offered for teachers aimed at helping them learn how to prepare students for entry into higher education. Teachers can choose from sessions focusing on art, graphic design, journalism, music and theatre.

Acceptance into the program is determined on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until the program reaches capacity. Space is limited, so organizers recommend that students submit their applications early.

More information, including a downloadable application, can be found online at by clicking on the “Ready, Set, Begin” logo. Additional details are also available by calling 312-2270.