Milestone Moments


July 1, 2011
With Passion & Purpose: The Campaign for SUNY Oswego

May 2012
The college received a $5 million anonymous bequest to support the Possibility Scholars.

December 2012
Shineman Foundation announced its $5 million gift to the college.

March 2013
March Matchness challenger and former Oswego Alumni Association (OAA) Board Member Nancy Smith Salisbury ’93 matched each GOLD gift made throughout the month.


October 2013
Fall Landmark Celebrations featured dedication of renovated Rice Creek Field Station and the new Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation.

Nov. 12, 2013
On 11-12-13, 605 alumni and friends participated in SUNY Oswego’s first ever 24-Hour Challenge, and contributed $101,823.79 to The Fund for Oswego, exceeding three goals announced by challengers, Jim Kaden ’78 and former OAA Board Member Debbie Adams-Kaden ’78; College Foundation Board Member Bob Moritz ’85; and an anonymous alumni couple.

January 2014
SUNY Oswego received $7.5 million gift, largest single donation in campus history, from the estate of Lorraine and Nunzio Marano.

Feb. 14, 2014
The OAA and The Fund for Oswego coordinated the first “Love a Donor Day,” an initiative that asks students to hand-write messages on thank-you postcards to donors and raises students’ awareness of the role of philanthropy on campus.

March 2014
225+ GOLD donors raised a total of $18,618, including a challenge gift from Oswego College Foundation Board Member Louis A. Borrelli Jr. ’77.

May 2014
First class of Possibility Scholars graduated.

June 2014
SUNY Oswego’s largest building complex and heart of campus now bears the name of the school’s largest donors— Marano Campus Center.

Sept. 1, 2014
The Fund for Oswego launched its first ever Lakers Athletics Challenge.

Oct. 16, 2014
p24-mediagroupPublic launch of With Passion & Purpose: The Campaign for SUNY Oswego began with a 24-Hour Challenge that raised $199,745 from 1,163 donors, including challenge gifts from ESPN’s Steve Levy ’87; Vice Chair of the Oswego College Foundation Board Michael ’83 and Joanne Snyder Durney ’84; and OAA Board Member Tim Barnhart ’02 and wife, Andrea.

Daylong kickoff included:

Live on-campus broadcasts of “Wake Up With Al” and “Today” show, featuring Al Roker ’76.


Charlie Rose of “CBS This Morning” and the “Charlie Rose” show on PBS received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree, immediately preceding the 10th annual Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit, featuring Rose, Roker, Ken Auletta ’63, Dennis Thatcher and Connie Schultz.

“The Tomorrow Show,” a live student webcast record­ed before a studio audience, fea­tur­ed segments about some of Oswego’s signature academic programs and hands-on learning experiences, including interviews with students and faculty from human-computer interaction, the student investment club, Global Labs, the music department, clinically rich programs in the School of Education and meteorology.

By day’s end, the college had recorded the most gifts received in a single day. The college community also shattered its records for the most activity on its social media platforms, and even had the No. 1 and No. 2 top trends (@alroker and @sunyoswego) on Twitter for New York state on the morning of Oct. 16.

Nov. 15, 2014
In conjunction with National Philanthropy Day, OAA’s Future Alumni Network hosts its first “Tag Day,” to physically denote the named spaces on campus and raise awareness of the role of philanthropy on campus.

Dec. 31, 2014
First Lakers Athletics Chal­­lenge brought in $125,562 from 619 donors, including challenge gifts from OAA Board Members Dan Scaia ’68 and Nancy Smith Salisbury ’93.

March 2015
324 GOLD donors participated in March Matchness, meeting the challenges posed by the Tascarella Family—Ron ’79, Cindy Dickerson ’79, Ron ’06 and Dan ’07.

Summer 2015
The OAA formally re-launched a regional alumni program, Local Lakers, to help alumni connect to their alma mater and each other.

Sept. 1, 2015
Second Lakers Athletics Challenge began.

September 2015
The first meeting of Oz Leads, a leadership development program for students funded by College Foundation Member William Spinelli ’84, is held.

November 2015
876 donors participated in the five-day Homecoming Challenge, Nov. 12 through 16, raising a total of $143,677 including challenge gifts from Oswego Alumni Association Board Member Jeff ’92 and Ginger Bray Sorensen ’93 and an anonymous donor.

Nov. 14, 2015
The OAA officially re-instituted Homecoming for college community.

Nov. 14, 2015
The college sponsored its first Scholars Breakfast to unite scholarship recipients with donors.

January 2016
Second Lakers Athletics Challenge headed into overtime to secure 625 alumni-athletes, current student-athletes and current former coaches. The challenge ended up bringing in $185,832, including a challenge gift from Rich ’80 and Beth Kagan Lashley ’80.

March 2016
318 GOLD alumni participated in March Matchness and helped secure challenge gifts from OAA Board Member Jennifer Shropshire ’86 and an anonymous donor.

June 9, 2016
President Stanley announced that a historic milestone—$40 million mark—had been reached.

June 30, 2016
Campaign ended, successfully concluding the largest campaign among any SUNY comprehensive college and raising a total of $43,483,781.

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