Onondaga opened its newest building in time for the fall semester. “Academic II” spans a 60-foot high gorge and is anchored by the College’s signature Music program. The building’s facade was designed to resemble frets on a guitar.
Building for the future
spans a60-foot high gorge
150-seat recital hall
21 practice rooms
8 smart classrooms
The capital amount approved for the building was $18,900,000 and was funded 50% by Onondaga County and 50% by New York State
11,000 linear feet of new sidewalk installed on campus, including a crossing at Route173
Onondaga and AmeriCU teamed up on a multi-year partnership which will help more students gain access to a college education and learn first-hand about financial literacy while they are on campus.
As part of the new partnership AmeriCU has established a new Community Scholars scholarship, helping to ensure that more students, regardless of socio-economic status, are able to attain a college degree and the opportunities one affords. AmeriCU will also provide support for programs and services that advance the success of Onondaga’s students such as the College transit service, student athletics, Lazer Card program, and health and wellness activities and programs.
At the start of the fall semester, AmeriCU opened a financial center on the first floor of the Whitney Applied Technology Center. The site provides a full complement of financial services and is a host location for student internships, financial literacy education, and financial planning services for students, faculty, staff and the community. It is fully staffed by AmeriCU professional associates.
Before AmeriCU opened its doors, there was no on-campus bank or credit union, forcing many students to rely upon either ATM’s, travel to off-campus banks, or forgo a bank account altogether. This partnership represents the shared commitment of the College, its affiliate organizations, and its newest partner, AmeriCU, to the economic and social sustainability of students and the community-at-large.
Community members interested in the new financial center can learn more at americu.org.
Furnace Brook Retreat Center
Onondaga Community College, Onondaga Enterprises, Inc., and the Onondaga Community College Housing Development Corporation are pleased to announce the opening of the Furnace Brook Retreat Center. The Retreat Center is located on Route 175 to the west of the College’s main entrance.
The facility consists of a mission-inspired house that has been converted for small (under 50 people) gatherings, including a fully equipped kitchen and the option of sleeping accommodations (four bedrooms: two with a queen bed, one with a double bed, and one with two single beds) with three shared baths. The house offers smart technology thanks to project funding secured by Professor John Lyons, Chair, Electrical Technology, from the U.S. Department of Energy and Syracuse University. Special smart technology features may be found in the full kitchen and laundry. In addition, the house is equipped with a 70” monitor which also supports digital presentations. WI-FI is present throughout the entire building. The roof system will feature solar panels, and cooling will be provided by a state-of-the-art geothermal system.
The Retreat Center also offers an outside recreation area, including: sand volleyball, horseshoes, half-court basketball, a picnic pavilion and grills, a wooded walking trail overlooking the gorge, fire pit, and gazebo.
The house (with or without overnight accommodations) and the recreation area may be reserved together or separately. Charges appropriate to the type of use will apply. While the Retreat Center will be monitored by the Department of Campus Safety & Security, on site supervision of activities hosted at the facility is the responsibility of the event sponsor.
"You're never too old to go back to school."
When Melinda Jensen was searching for a college where she could earn a high-quality Nursing degree, she also needed to find a nearby child care center where she could bring her children when she was in class. Jensen found everything she was looking for in Ferrante Hall, home of both Onondaga’s Nursing program and the Children’s Learning Center, a child care facility licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. “The Children’s Learning Center was the single biggest factor in my college choice,” she said. “It was perfect if I was needed or wanted to come visit between classes.”
On her way to earning her degree in March 2013 Jensen brought her two children to school with her every day, 4-year-old Carsen and 6-month-old Ryleigh. The environment was perfect for her and she knows it will be for others. “You’re never too old to go back to school and with the Children’s Learning Center you have a great place for your kids to be while you learn.”
Onondaga’s baseball and softball teams have a home on campus. The College’s new baseball and softball fields are located side-by-side between the College’s entrances on NYS Route 173.
The playing surfaces are synthetic to maximize usage and maintenance in the sometimes difficult Central New York weather. Additionally the fields meet all NCAA and NJCAA requirements. The size of the baseball outfield will allow field sports such as soccer and lacrosse to be practiced and played there. The fields are strategically located next to each other so they can share facilities such as concessions, restrooms, and parking.
The complex also includes enclosed dugouts, pitching bullpens, press boxes, sports field lighting, backstops, and bleacher seating protection. Other features include perimeter fencing, scoreboards, an outfield safety net, landscape buffer along NYS Route 173, and a convenient walkway between fields.
Onondaga opened its fourth residence hall, H-3, in time for the start of the fall 2012 semester. The 42,000 square foot building was built in the 1950s and had been vacant for more than 10 years before the College began renovating it in 2011. Two lounges, a smart classroom-style seminar room, a fitness room, and a laundry room were also added. During the academic year the College built an outdoor basketball court and volleyball court next to H-3
Onondaga continued its sustainability initiatives, which are all geared toward better serving students.
Onondaga planted a fruit tree orchard to promote food security, sustainability, and student learning. The orchard features apple, pear, peach, plum, and cherry trees that will be a source of local food for the campus community. The orchard is located along the fitness trail in the northwest part of campus.
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