SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley on Friday Oct. 4 officially dedicated the $118 million, 230,000-square-foot building in the name of the late Dr. Shineman, the founding chair of the college’s chemistry department.
The ceremony, complete with officials in full academic regalia, was proper for one of the largest newly-constructed buildings on campus in years.
The dedication ceremony was in the Shineman Center’s Nucleus atrium, with nearly 300 in attendance, including project staff, faculty and students.
Shineman’s wife, Dr. Barbara Palmer Shineman, professor emerita of education at SUNY Oswego, spoke on behalf of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. She heads the foundation and made a $5 million gift — the largest cash philanthropic gift in SUNY Oswego’s 150-year history — for the construction of the building.
Also during the ceremony, Dr. Marshall A. Lichtman, a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees, conferred an honorary doctorate on sustainability pioneer Dr. Anthony Cortese.
Former State Sen. Jim Wright, an effective supporter of the new complex, also was honored.
After the ceremony, tours highlighted specialized laboratories and equipment, planetarium, greenhouse and sustainable attributes of the building. These include the state’s largest geothermal installation.
From the marvels of a state-of-the-art planetarium to the breathtaking view from the meteorology observation deck, SUNY Oswego’s $118 million Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation drew the oohs and aahs of hundreds of community and campus visitors at a recent open house.
Those touring the Shineman Center saw demonstrations of such equipment as a scanning electron microscope, a greenhouse with variable-ecosystem growth chambers and an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer.
They visited laboratories including quantum physics, human-computer interaction, microscopy and zoology.
Besides the planetarium, popular stops included a display of student research in the Nucleus atrium, a robotics demonstration and the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Center.
The 230,000-square-foot building, which opened for classes Aug. 26, took nearly 10 years to plan, design and build, including the past three years of construction employing 350 workers.
Richard Shineman not only was founder of the chemistry department at SUNY Oswego, he was a leading force in developing the science facilities used at the college for at least 50 years.