The Fund for Oswego Gains $3M in 2011-12
The Fund for Oswego raised $3,007,242 with the help of 6,808 alumni, faculty, staff, emeriti, parents and friends from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012.
"Gifts to The Fund for Oswego energize our students to pursue promising careers," said Kerry Casey Dorsey '81, vice president of development and alumni relations. "They help fund student scholarships, faculty/student research, internships, new equipment and international experiences."
Aspiring veterinarian Julibeth Saez '12 plans to earn two advanced degrees following graduation in December. Her work in The Fund for Oswego-supported Global Laboratory program gave the zoology major a unique experience that will fuel her pursuit of a career working with wildlife.
"When I went to Brazil, I met a professor who is also a veterinarian and he went to one of the universities I want to go to," said Saez, a Puerto Rico native who came to Oswego from the Bronx. "Working with him and talking to him has really motivated me to pursue the career I've chosen."
Marketing major Jamine Coley '12 plans to establish his business career in New York City, where he can also do some acting on the side. He was able to nurture his passion for performance by participating in theatre department productions all four of his years at Oswego.
All departments benefit from The Fund for Oswego, which fills budget gaps left by dwindling state support.
"I came here and they had everything that I needed," Coley said. "The staff here, the people I've met, the memories I've got ... I've had an amazing time at Oswego."
The Fund for Oswego's 2012-13 campaign cranks up next month, as student callers contact Oswego alumni and friends as part of the Telefund, one of the largest single sources of gifts to The Fund for Oswego.
"On behalf of all of our students and faculty, thank you for your generous gifts," Dorsey said in a letter to donors. "Your support today will help our students embrace their futures with confidence and a priceless Oswego education!"
All 2011-12 Fund for Oswego contributors will be recognized in the Honor Roll of Appreciation, which will be posted online on National Philanthropy Day Nov. 15.
— Shane M. Liebler
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