SUNY Oswego plays a leading role in the evolution of some families. Such is the case for Mark ’89 and Lisa Marceau Schnorr ’87.
Their connection began in Professor John Kane’s Mathematical Economics course and rekindled years later during a social encounter at Oswego. The couple married and their lives drifted away from their alma mater for several years.
But when it came time for their daughter, Nicole ’15 to apply to colleges, the family included Oswego on the list of possibilities. Initially, Nicole didn’t know if she wanted to attend the same college her parents had attended, but one visit to campus during high school changed her mind. She ended up applying early decision, graduated with a degree in human resources management and has begun a successful career with Constellation Brands in Northern California.
Their son, Derek ’18, also enrolled at Oswego and is majoring in accounting in the School of Business, the same school in which his parents and sister studied. As their children joined the college community, the Schnorrs deepened their connections to the college as well. When Nicole was beginning at Oswego, the Schnorrs attended an Alumni Legacy Reception during Friends and Family Weekend. That led to Lisa’s involvement on the Oswego Alumni Association board, where she currently serves as president.
She and Mark served as parent chairs of The Fund for Oswego during 2013-14, and then last year, the couple established the Schnorr Family Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes students in the School of Business who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement by maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.4 and student leadership in the school or across the college community.
“Oswego has had such an impact on the entire Schnorr family,” she said. “We were proud to establish a scholarship to help support future students for many, many years to come. I look forward to meeting all the students who benefit from this great university.”