SUNY Oswego held an Earth Day celebration on campus with several activities and performances from students and clubs on the Marano Campus Center Quad.
The event was a collaboration between the Student Association and the Office of Sustainability in an attempt to bring awareness and engage students in the holiday. Sarah Smelko, a graduate and an intern for the Office of Sustainability, described the Earth Day Celebration as something for the whole community.
“Coming together as a campus community, focussing on Earth Day, Climate Change, environmental issues … but also bringing some fun to it,” Smelko said. “We have Campus Rec here, we’re doing some activities, we have lots of fun snacks, composting, arts and crafts and live performances. So yeah, a fun day with the whole community.”
Performances courtesy of Del Sarte, SUNY Oswego’s club dance team, Gospel Choir, local singer/songwriter Taylor Ricks, K the Vocalist and many more were at the event.
Nicole Rose, the Student Association’s Director of Sustainability, said the scheduling of these performances paired with other campus events resulted in a good turnout.
“It worked out coincidentally that it [the Earth Day Celebration] fell on Admitted Students Day,” Rose said. “So we have all the admitted students coming to the event as well as students when they’re passing from class to class, they’re stopping by, tie dying some T-shirts or just hanging out.”
According to Smelko the great weather mixed with the central location of the event provided a perfect atmosphere for engagement and participation on campus.
— Additional reporting by Spencer Bates