Thankful Karges Continue to Give
SUNY is a big part of Jim Karge's family.
He attended three SUNY schools — including Oswego for two years — while pursuing his bachelor's and master's degrees. His wife, Barbara, went to SUNY Adirondack and four of his sisters attended SUNY institutions.
His son, Anthony '08, is the most recent to earn a SUNY degree and, even four years after he graduated, Jim couldn't be happier about that choice or prouder of Anthony's success as a journalist.
"Anthony now is supervising people who went to Ivy League schools," Jim said.
After starting his career at a newspaper in Westport, Conn., Anthony joined the Web-based news service Patch.com's presence there and currently serves as a regional editor.
He entered Oswego as an English major, but found his way to journalism and creative writing.
"He really got into personal relationships with his professors," Jim said. "That made a difference."
Anthony disliked the rigidity of high school and constant supervision, Jim said. At Oswego, Anthony embraced the freedom and flexibility he found here.
"He just took off in college — something just clicked," Jim said.
Jim and Barbara really enjoyed visiting Anthony and still come to campus occasionally. They also continue to donate annually to The Oswego Parents Fund, part of The Fund for Oswego.
One reason is an understanding of what SUNY schools mean to their communities. Growing up in Brockport, Jim knows firsthand of how that campus' economic and entertainment value in terms of jobs, the arts and sports.
"I just saw the tremendous impact it had on the community," he said.
Jim also knows how much costs have risen. As a SUNY Oswego student in 1966, his tuition was $400 a year — $200 after financial aid was applied. While SUNY schools are still a great value, the cost to attend them is much greater than 40 years ago.
"I just want to help them [SUNY students] out," Jim said. "We just had wonderful experiences."
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
Jim Karge and his wife, Barbara, still enjoy visiting Oswego as they did when son Anthony '08 attended.
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