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Oct. 16, 2003

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    OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego will dedicate its new cafe in Penfield Library at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The event will be open to the public free of charge.

    The dedication will take place on the first floor of the library, and a reception will immediately follow.

    The library cafe cost $150,000 to construct and was made possible by two sets of donors. Dr. Jack and Marion Narayan originally made their $75,000 gift anonymously and only revealed their identity as the dedication ceremony neared.

    Their gift was a challenge grant, offered to help the library find another donor to support the other half of the cost. Lester Gosier, a native of Oswego and a 1937 graduate of the college, took up the challenge and made his donation in memory of his wife, Carolyn Heath Gosier.

    In all, Gosier pledged $100,000, with the remaining $25,000 serving as a challenge grant to inspire someone else to support the college.

    "That way we can carry on the tradition, and maybe from this two people will get the idea that we have a fission going on," said Gosier, who spent 40 years teaching high school physics. "From one branch comes two and from two comes four and so on."

    Jack Narayan is dean of graduate studies and director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at SUNY Oswego. His gift is based on his family's long connection with the college. "The entire family has benefited from our being at Oswego," he said.

    A science teacher at Oswego Middle School, Marion Narayan completed her master's degree in education at SUNY Oswego in 1981. On Sunday mornings, the Narayans and their three sons would bicycle around campus. Now grown, Darren, Dwayne and Drew were motivated by professors at Oswego to pursue math and science fields on which they based their careers.

    "The library cafe will facilitate learning out of the classroom where students will have the opportunity to collaborate with others and reflect on their learning," Jack Narayan said.

    The space at the southeast corner of the library's main floor features floor-to-ceiling windows looking at the site of the future Campus Center and the main pathway traversed by students and faculty. Sculpted drop ceilings float overhead while carpeted areas alternate with sleek tile floors underfoot. The 3,000-square-foot space includes three seating choices: traditional tables, tall bistro style arrangements, and comfortable couches and chairs for more relaxed uses.

    A variety of coffee drinks and pastries are for sale, provided by Auxiliary Services. Racks of popular newspapers and magazines are available for browsing, and CNN plays for those who prefer to get their news on screen. The cafe is home to a wireless-computing environment and library patrons can check out laptops.

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