The little gems of Oswego State

Oswego State has been around since 1861 and while many things like the unpredictable weather, the crazy wind, the fun hockey games have all remained the same, much is to be said about the little things that keep students applying to the school year after year.

When Oswego first opened it was called the Oswego Normal School and was the primary teachers’ training school founded by Edward Austin Sheldon, whose statue remains out front of Sheldon Hall for everyone to see. When students would first arrive at the Normal School in 1861, they would have to sign into a book their first and last name. That was the colleges first bout at record-keeping. The book would grow in size as more students entered the ever-growing college.

In 1942 it became the Oswego State Teacher’s College and by 1948 it finally joined as a member of the State University of New York system. In 1962 it added to its history after becoming a full-fledged liberal arts college within the SUNY system and forever marking its place on the edge of one of the great lakes.

Oswego’s campus, which overlooks Lake Ontario has many features that student said keep them busy, interested and makes the campus more enjoyable. One of these things is the view you can get from dorms on campus, like the one taken from the eighth floor of Funnelle Hall, which is centrally located on campus. Students often revel at the opportunity to head down to the lake and watch the waves or see the lighthouse, but some they wake up to the sun rising or go to bed with the sun setting over the lake; a view they get all from the comfort of their bed.

Another little gem of Oswego is tucked away in King Hall where the Alumni office is. It is not often that students visit the tiny building that once was resident housing for on-campus students, but when they do, they can find that they have opened a door to the history of Oswego. It is there they can find yearbooks and random items from throughout the years, like an Oswego State gnome, but also they find books written by alumni. The cozy atmosphere and the rustic history is often tucked away and students easily forget that there is an alumni office, making this probably one of the least known places on campus.

Some students enjoy the atmosphere that Oswego has to offer, not only when it comes to academics, but when it comes to the equality of all students. Sebastian DeCrescenzo said that “our college is very good at supporting those differences,” when referring to campus community members who provide a safe and inviting atmosphere to all students and guests.

Of the last things Oswego students love most about the school and is not the littlest gem, but very personal for some, is joining one of the many clubs on campus.

Danielle Benincasa talks to students during the tours she gives about her personal experiences being the treasure of an art club on campus. For many students their club pride can be seen during the annual fall involvement fair and when organizations table in the campus center throughout the year.

Finally, some students rejoiced in the options of on-campus media. While also not a hidden gem on campus students rely on these organizations to provide up-to-date knowledge on events and other news happening around campus.

For students at Oswego it is not always about the biggest, most well-known things about the college that makes them happy, but the little, sometimes lesser known things. From old books and buildings to building relationships in clubs Oswego offers students a multitude of opportunities to get to know the campus and themselves during their four years there.


In doing this project I found it really hard to be a live-tweeter and just tweet as I did the interview. It was also hard to find students that wanted to talk because most were in class and others to busy. The idea to make this into something more that just random facts about Oswego was an interesting hill to climb, but eventually I realized that Oswego offered all these great hidden aspects and that is when the story really came together. For the assignment we had to get eight different tasks done, with eight separate tweet and I just did not have the time. Of the six I did get the story behind some of them really interested me. Of the responses I got I really loved was from Dori Gronich, who’s quote did not get posted because of time, but she was really excited to talk to me about where she got her news from and said she love The Oswegonian.


For other amazing things the college has to offer here are a few my peers posted about:

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