Special event aimed at uniting SUNY Oswego students with Port City
By Alyssa Mammano
With the participation of more than 25 Oswego businesses and approximately 75 SUNY Oswego students, the recent “Cruisin’ the City” event intended to acclimate students with the city turned out to be a success.
The event correlated with National Museum Day and Oswego’s Pumpkin Fest in Washington Square Park.
Students were provided with Centro buses, which toured from campus to Lowe’s on state Route 104 East as well as downtown.
“The overall benefit is strengthened relationships among students, merchants, and the Oswego community,” said SUNY Oswego’s Mentor-Scholar Program Project Coordinator Patricia Waters.
The three-hour event involved Centro buses running continuously, picking up students from the Campus Center and dropping them off at eight designated stops. Six local museums offered the students free admission in honor of National Museum Day, including the H. Lee White Marine Museum, Oswego Railroad Museum, John D. Murray Fire Museum, Fort Ontario, Safe Haven Museum and Richardson-Bates House Museum.
Participating local businesses included restaurants such as Garafolo’s, Maria’s Family Restaurant and Taste the World. Student necessity businesses such as Kraftee’s, Planet Fitness, Green Planet Grocery and Downtown Barbers were also on the map. Recreational businesses such as The Wall Indoor Climbing, Lighthouse Lanes, Comic Shop and Not Just Dance were also participants.
Among others were Maurice’s, TJ Maxx, Bodified and Xtreme Underground.
The event culminated at the Pumpkin Fest in Washington Square Park.
“From this event, we hope students see Oswego as their home during their undergraduate years, but also come to see the city as a place to reside beyond college,” said Waters. “It’s about engagement.”
The event is meant to connect students with public transportation options as well as where they can find things they need locally. SUNY Oswego partnered with the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and The Palladium-Times to make “Cruisin’ the City” possible.