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Oswego Quality, Value a Common Thread

 Ryan '12 and Matthew Gibbs '13 weren't looking to follow in Mom and Dad's footsteps when they applied to and ultimately enrolled at Oswego State.

Gibbs famDespite the Laker legacy, it was all about the School of Business ‒ and the exceptional value ‒ offered at the alma mater of their father, Jeff '80, and mother, Linda Gibbs M '85.

"All we did was show them the school and meet some faculty," said Jeff Gibbs, former accounting major and current vice president of internal audit at Biogen Idec near Boston. "They made the call."

His sons were drawn to the same features that attracted Gibbs back in the late 1970s. Linda Gibbs completed her master's work at Oswego while teaching in the Central Square School District.

"I still think it's a great value for the money," Jeff said. "It's large enough to have a good mix of offerings and diversity on campus in terms of majors, minors, activities and leadership opportunities.

"Yet it's small enough, that you're not just a number as a student," he added. "If students work hard and also get involved, they can not only be academically successful, but also well-rounded and very marketable after graduation."

Ryan transferred from the University of Rhode Island, a much larger school with tuition to match ‒ about twice that of Oswego.

"The professors really know him at Oswego; there's more contact and personal interaction," Jeff said. And the value for marketing-focused Ryan and accounting major Matthew really comes through in the opportunities, he added.

Matthew earned two scholarships when he decided to attend Oswego out of high school and he is already looking forward to an internship with a Big Four accounting firm next summer following his junior year.

It's that kind of experience that inspires Jeff Gibbs to give back with time and money today. Jeff and Linda are co-chairs of The Oswego Parents Fund, part of The Fund for Oswego.

"With all the budget cutbacks and tight economic times, these funds are used to add more value and opportunity for the students," said Jeff, who has contributed to and served as a board member for the Center for Accounting Research and Education in the School of Business since 2008. CARE supports faculty research, diversity intiatives, continuing professional education, community outreach, social responsibility and ethical training.

The Oswego Parents Fund and The Fund for Oswego support classroom technology enhancements, computer lab upgrades, financial assistance for deserving students, library subscription renewals, programs that bring guest speakers to campus and many other campus activities.

— Shane M. Liebler

Matthew '13, far left, and Ryan Gibbs '12, middle, enjoy the same quality and value that Oswego offered to their parents, Jeff '80 and Linda Gibbs M '85.

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