A retired higher-education administrator, Robert
I. Sweet ’48 knows that a good education
provides a broader perspective of the world for students.
“You look at people a little differently than
in a narrow situation,” he says. That’s
why he made Oswego the beneficiary of his charitable
Professor Tina Pieraccini
teaches a class in Room 107 of Lanigan Hall, a
high-tech classroom sponsored by Robert
I. Sweet ’48
Oswego provided Sweet with that perspective and he has
happy memories of his time on the lakeside campus.
Now he wants to help students get the type of education
he got at Oswego — “which is fantastic,”
he says. “Not just in a particular specialty,
but an overall general education on how to live in the
world and get along with people.”
He gained that education, not just in the classroom,
but in town, where he lived and shoveled some of Oswego’s
legendary snow for his landlady, and at the student-run
Oswegonian, where he
served as editor-in-chief. “We’d go down
to the Palladium-Times
and a group of us would spend the whole day setting
type and correcting stories, sometimes far into the
night,” he recalls.
Sweet cherishes memories of summer school classes 60
years ago under the trees at Sheldon Hall. A different
sort of classroom — a “smart” lecture
hall, providing professors and students with modern
learning technology —has been named in his honor,
to acknowledge his generous gift.
A long-time donor to The
Fund for Oswego at the Sheldon Inner Circle level,
Sweet’s giving philosophy focuses on organizations
that do not have a high percentage going to overhead.
“I like the money to work for what I want it to
work for,” he explains.
While he appreciates the tax benefits of giving through
a charitable remainder trust, Sweet’s motivation
for giving runs far deeper. “I really, really
appreciate the time and education I got at Oswego,”
he says. “It really was a great experience.”
To July 2006 E-Newsletter