SUNY school name confusion . . . .
Binghamton, however, isn't concerned:
"I go to SUNY Oswego. That is primarily what I've gotten into the habit of calling this school,” said Philip Grom, SUNY Oswego senior.
However, some students call the school by a different name.
"I call it Oswego State,” said Mike Toper, SUNY Oswego junior.
In Utica we seemed to have solved the State/SUNY, or SUNY/University conundrum in an entirely different way. . .
At Binghamton University, also known as SUNY Binghamton, they don't care what you call the school just as long as you know where it is.
"I don't believe that there's confusion. The important part of any name and what you call it is the Binghamton part,” said Lois DeFleur, Binghamton University President.
"State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica Rome" certainly was a mouthful. But "SUNY IT? " While it is short, may sound catchy, and we know where "IT" is, does anyone else? . . .
In Utica, SUNY IT was called the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica Rome for about twenty years before the university shortened the name.
"Branding a college campus today is a complicated story and we feel the simpler the better and that's why all of our items, our website, our toll free number they all incorporate SUNY IT,” said John Swann, SUNY IT Spokesman.
Calling it "SUNY Utica" would not have been a "a complicated story" . . . except for us . . . here . . . in the "Mohawk Valley."