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July 9, 2003


CONTACT: Barbara Manwaring, 312-5484


SITHE CONTINUES TO SUPPORT OSWEGO STATE FALL CLASSIC

    OSWEGO -- Planning is well under way for the Oswego State Fall Classic, to be held Sept. 11 and 12 in support of scholarships at SUNY Oswego. Sithe, which has long been a major sponsor of the annual event, will continue as a Presidential Level sponsor, the highest level of support.

    "Sithe has a long history as a loyal sponsor of the Oswego State Fall Classic and we are grateful to them for their commitment," said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. "Their support, along with that of all of our sponsors, will help provide the funding that brings the best and brightest students to Oswego."

    Marty Rosenberg, president and chief executive officer of Sithe, said, "There is nothing more important to our nation's future -- and its future leaders -- than providing our youth with the right educational foundation. At Sithe, our commitment to Oswego State, its remarkable students and the entire community for many years has been a point of enduring satisfaction for all of us. We believe in the quality education provided by Oswego State, and we're proud to continue our investment in the potential of its outstanding students."

    The Fall Classic raises funds for Oswego's Presidential Scholars Program, providing scholarships for students who have demonstrated academic success. Since 1996, all proceeds from the Fall Classic have helped to fund the Presidential Scholars Program, an initiative designed to attract academically accomplished students to SUNY Oswego.

    These Presidential Scholars rank in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. For the 2002-03 year, SUNY Oswego awarded 146 Presidential Scholarships of $3,400 per year for four years and 33 scholarships of $1,250 per year for four years. For 2003-04, the Presidential Scholarship has been increased to $4,400 per year.

    Since the fall semester of 1997, the Fall Classic has provided over $1 million in scholarship money for 900 Presidential Scholarships.
   
    A celebration of the opening of Rich Hall on Sept. 11, sponsored
by Sithe, will kick off two days of Fall Classic events. Sithe previously donated $32,000 to sponsor a flexible-seat classroom in the renovated building, the new home for Oswego's School of Business.
   
    Friday recreational activities will offer opportunities for networking in a relaxed atmosphere at the fishing expedition on Lake Ontario, clay pigeon spectacular at Pathfinder Fish and Game Club, golf tournament at Oswego Country Club, and Fall Classic finale.
 
   The Fall Classic has generated gross receipts of over $2.3 million since 1990 through the support of sponsors, who choose from eight levels of support. Presidential Sponsors are the highest level of sponsorship.

    For information or to receive a sponsorship booklet, call the Office of Alumni and University Development at 312-3003 or click onto the Fall Classic Web site at www.oswegoalumni.oswego.edu/classic.

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