Leave this world a better place than you found it: It’s a value that Edward Austin Sheldon ingrained in our college’s culture and has been maintained throughout our 150-year history.
In Sheldon’s day, it meant teaching the poor children of Oswego and training teachers to go out across our nation and the world to share the message of learning by doing. His vision of hands-on learning would transform the education system of not just New York state, but places as far away as Hawaii and Japan.
Today we take the founder’s dream to heart, and Oswego students have the chance to apply their classroom learning with practical experiences like the SUNY System’s first multi-major cooperative education program, where students gain real world experience and build valuable career networks. Our Global Laboratory gives Oswego students the opportunity to influence the world, working alongside scientists in Brazil, Taiwan and the Congo.
It’s hands-on learning and a global reach Sheldon himself might well devise if he were alive today, and I think he would be proud.
Deborah F. Stanley