Backstage Stars

Backstage Stars

“Don’t look at us like we are, sir. Please… See make-up, caked, in glowing powder pink! Imagine a beard, full blown and blowing, like the whiskers of a bear! And hair! Imagine hair. In a box I’ve got all colors, so I beg you — imagine hair! And not these clothes. Oh no, no, no. Dear God, not rags like any beggar has. But

Taking Center Stage

George Dummitt ’69

AT CURTAIN: GEORGE DUMMITT ’69 is sitting on the hood of a cream-colored American Motors Gremlin on the set of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre in New York City. He is wearing a Local One union T-shirt, blue jeans, work boots. A quick-link hangs from his belt and holds his keys.

Helping the Dream of an Oswego Education Take Root

Kay Benedict Sgarlata ’65

For Kay Benedict Sgarlata ’65, Oswego planted in her a seed that dropped from the pedagogical tree of its founder, Dr. Edward Austin Sheldon. Now, she and her husband, Anthony, have established a scholarship that she hopes will do the same for future generations of Oswego students. A former elementary teacher, Kay Sgarlata says she

Former Campus Leader Establishes Scholarship

Barnhart Family Photo

Timothy Barnhart ’02 says he always believed in the power of student involvement and in giving back. A loyal Oswego volunteer, he is a seven-year member of the Oswego Alumni Association Board of Directors, a former member of the GOLD Leadership Council, active in the Alumni-In-Residence program and the Alumni Sharing Knowledge program and a

Kevin Bryans ’89 Endows New Scholarship

Kevin Bryans ’89 Endows New Scholarship

Since graduating, Kevin Bryans ’89 has given a gift to his alma mater every year. As a newly minted alumnus, he committed his unwavering support with an initial gift of $25 to The Fund for Oswego, hoping to increase his gift as he progressed through his career. He has now become a generous leadership donor.

Giving the Gift of Education

Florence Williams Kelly ’31

Ed Kelly says he has long wanted to generate a legacy for his mother, Florence Williams Kelly ’31, an alumna who loved teaching and recognized the opportunities it brought to teachers and to students. Kelly’s gift to establish the Florence Ellen Williams Kelly ’31 Scholarship commemorates the contributions she made through her life’s work. While

Reunion Inspires Alumnus to Create Musco Family Scholarship

Fred Musco ’73

As a youngster, Fred Musco ’73 always knew he was being guided toward higher education; his parents had made that quite clear. But, as a first-generation college student, he really wasn’t certain how to choose the right college. So, when high school teacher Will Sproat ’62, recognizing Musco’s interest in automotives and other industrial arts, casually mentioned, “Maybe you

Endowment 101

Oswego Endowment 101

By definition, an endowment is when a donor makes a gift with the understanding that the college will never spend the original gift, just a portion of the investment earnings. The gift exists in perpetuity — that is, forever — and benefits all generations of SUNY Oswego students and the college’s programs. Most often, we

Linda Panarites Sweeting ’75 Makes Giving a Priority

Linda Panarites Sweeting ’75

Focusing on students and their needs as a way of paying tribute to her family perfectly fits Linda Panarites Sweeting’s sensibilities regarding philanthropy. A 1975 graduate, she has been making gifts to SUNY Oswego’s annual fund and volunteering as a reunion gift organizer over the years, but always “hoped to do more.” When she consulted