OSWEGO, N.Y. -- SUNY Oswego dedicated its newest academic facility Friday. The Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation cost $118 million.
Shineman was founding chair of the school's chemistry department in the 1960s. His widow gave the university a $5 million gift.
SUNY Oswego's president says the facility embodies everything they've been on course to provide to their students all along.
"Our students are better prepared when they come to us, but they also are working in collaborative spaces. They're working in state of the art laboratories with equipment that is top notch, you could find anywhere around the country only at the best institution," said SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley.
"Now we have the facilities to engage students and really modern research techniques with the facilities and train them to go out into the workforce, to go on to graduate school programs, to go on to professional schools," said Casey Raymond, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.
The new building even includes its own planetarium, which you'd be hard pressed to find in many other locations, and it is open to the community for shows on Sunday evenings.