Plus, SUNY Oswego to Create Premiere Broadcasting & Graphic Design Facility
Plus, SUNY Oswego to Create Premiere Broadcasting & Graphic Design Facility
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Oswego County Economic Development News

August 10, 2021
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As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, Fulton Savings Bank (FSB), will be offering several customer appreciation activities at all its offices, Aug. 16 – 20,  it was announced by Michael Pollock, FSB president and CEO. Here, employees at the FSB’s main office in Fulton display two of the YETI coolers that will be drawn for as part of the celebration. Fulton office employees from left: Debra Braden, MaryAnn McGregor, Carrie Bixby, and Deborah Barkley.

Fulton Savings Bank Celebrates 150th Anniversary at All Offices August 16th - 20th

As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, Fulton Savings Bank (FSB), will be offering several customer appreciation activities at all its offices, Aug. 16 – 20, it was announced by Michael Pollock, FSB president and CEO.
“We’re working with Mr. Mike’s Seafood and R.F.H.’s Hide-A-Way to offer our customers a free hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. one day during that week at each of our six offices in appreciation for their support,“ Pollock said. “In addition, we’ll be drawing for chances to win a YETI picnic cooler at each office and offering free customer giveaways. We will also be offering free cookies on Friday, Aug. 20 at each office in support of the CNY Community Arts Center.”
Mr. Mike’s Seafood will be serving at FSB’s main office in Fulton on Wednesday, August 18 and at the Brewerton office on Thursday, Aug. 19.
R.F.H.’s Hide-A-Way will be serving at the Phoenix office on Monday, Aug. 16, at Village Green on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Constantia office on Wednesday, Aug. 18, and at the Central Square office on Thursday, Aug. 19.
At 150 years, Fulton Savings Bank is the city’s oldest, locally owned, longest-standing business, according to The Friends of History in Fulton, Inc. The Bank is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of local residents and businesspeople, who oversee the overall Bank operations.
Over the last 150 years, Fulton Savings has helped countless couples buy their first dream home, enabled scores of students to finance their college education, helped with home improvements and business start-ups and expansions, and so much more, said Pollock.
The Bank has offices in Fulton, Baldwinsville, Phoenix, Central Square, Brewerton and Constantia with eleven Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) throughout its service area and assets totaling more than $453 million; deposits totaling more than $317 million.
By an act of the State Legislature, Fulton Savings Bank was incorporated in March 1871, “to receive deposits from tradesmen, clerks, merchants, laborers, minors, servants and others.” That core mission remains and has been expanded over 150 years. 
In September 1871, Fulton Savings Bank opened its doors in a rented room at the northeast corner of South Second and Oneida Streets. In 1911, the bank grew and expanded to move into its current headquarters on South First St. in downtown Fulton. 
“So many banks, over the years, no longer exist,” Pollock said. “We’ve stayed as a local community bank and we’re still a mutual savings bank, which means we have no shareholders. Mutuality has allowed the Bank to put our customers, the communities we serve and our employees first.“
“We wouldn’t have stayed strong for 150 years without the good faith and support of our loyal customers, and we want them to know just how important they will always be to us as their financial partner", said Brian Caswell, Chairman of the Board.

SUNY Oswego to Create Nation’s Premiere Broadcasting and Graphic Design Facility

SUNY Oswego officially launched this week a $65 million campus renovation project that will turn the former Hewitt Union into a nationally competitive hub for its School of Communication, Media and the Arts.  The transformed Hewitt Hall will serve as the new home for the college’s renowned broadcasting; graphic design; and cinema and screen studies programs. 
Developed with input from students, faculty and other stakeholders, the renewed Hewitt Hall has a target completion date of fall 2023 to host classes, labs, events and related activities that will further elevate the media arts programs in Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts. Exterior renovations are expected to be completed in 2022.
The college formally announced recently the selection of CannonDesign (of Buffalo) as the architect for the project, with DiPasquale Construction (Spencerport) performing the renovations, with work resulting in the creation of 439 jobs over the course of the project.
"We are excited to be working with such top-caliber design and construction firms in Cannon and DiPasquale,” said Mitch Fields, SUNY Oswego’s associate vice president for facilities services. According to Fields, CannonDesign was responsible for Montclair State’s new communications building, which is considered the best in the country -- and Oswego plans to aim even higher.
“When complete, Hewitt Hall will become a facility where the very best students and distinguished faculty in the nation will come to find a transformative, state-of-the-art hands-on learning and teaching space,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. “It adds to a sweeping $850 million renewal program that has made our campus increasingly competitive in our academic programs and further promotes the academic excellence that exists at Oswego.”
According to Dr. Julie Pretzat, Dean of Oswego's School of Communication, Media and the Arts, the ultimate goal is to provide the most technologically advanced facility in the nation for communication, cinema and graphic design programs. This project, akin to the college’s renovations of Tyler Hall in 2019 that brought the fine and performing arts programs together, and Wilber Hall in 2018 that collected all School of Education departments, will unite the remaining SCMA departments under one roof.
The first floor will have a high open area with classrooms, faculty offices, a skylight and a prominent television studio suite that includes a newsroom and control room to showcase the college’s historic strength in broadcasting. The ground level will contain most of the other broadcasting, audio and podcast studios and technology spaces. The second floor will focus on graphic design with collaborative workspaces that will resemble a professional environment more than traditional classrooms.
A soaring, updated and airy two-story ballroom will provide a performance space for a range of campus events. The building will offer spaces like virtual reality studios that address the interdisciplinary nature of advanced visual technology. Hewitt Hall’s other showcase spaces will include a gallery, screening room and the naturally lit Collaborative Core as a central feature.
“The new Hewitt will be a warm, inviting, contemporary space where students will want to work and learn -- inside and outside of class time,” said communication studies faculty member Michael Riecke, who represents that department in the planning group.
“Media production labs, designed with teaching in mind, will increase student access to industry-standard software applications and improve the delivery of instruction,” Riecke added. “The newsroom will allow for increased and improved collaboration and innovation between students and faculty. The space is designed to support instruction and to simulate the functionality of a contemporary, digital-first, newsroom.”
“Students will have practical, hands-on experiences that will be comparable to industry and give them the experience they need to succeed after graduation,” said Kelly Roe, chair of the art department and another key steward of the project.
“Our students, faculty and staff will be proud of showcasing all the different types of work that happens in Hewitt,” Roe added. “It’ll definitely be a place people will want to come to.”
As with other recent renovations at SUNY Oswego, Hewitt will meet or exceed environmental expectations that come with 21st-century projects. In addition to instilling green and energy-efficient features, the project will include the creation of geothermal wells, which the college executed previously in the creation of the cutting-edge Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation that opened in 2013. Geothermal wells harness the earth’s warmth to heat and cool buildings, and the Shineman project is among the largest of its kind in the region.
CannonDesign’s other successful projects for the Oswego campus include the Marano Campus Center, which opened in stages across 2006-2007 as the new student activities center (replacing Hewitt), as well as the Shineman Center.
Financed by the State University Construction Fund, projects such as Hewitt follow a pattern of strategically deploying capital funds to support SUNY Oswego’s academic program needs as well as emergent programs with enrollment growth potential.
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