Gift Targets ‘All Students, Programs’

Mark Tryniski ’85

Mark Tryniski ’85 recently made a gift of $50,000 to Oswego to fund unrestricted support. This designation is crucial to Oswego’s success because all students and programs potentially benefit from the gift. “I chose unrestricted support because of the confidence I have in President Stanley and her team to make sound judgments around how to utilize funding

Seago Legacy Gift Brings Future Into Focus

James and Marilyn Seago

In a career that has spanned 46 years in the Oswego biology department, James Seago, Ph.D., has been recognized twice by the Botanical Society of America. He received an award in 2004 for outstanding contributions to the botanical sciences and another in 2006 for exemplary service to the plant sciences. He is nationally known for

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

Oswego’s Endowment: The Art and Science of Success

Oswego's Endowment

On one hand, the story of SUNY Oswego’s endowment is one of numbers—how the gifts made from generous donors to the Oswego College Foundation have been wisely managed to support the institution. On the other hand, it is a story of people—how alumni, faculty and friends give generously; how the Foundation Board members, stewards of

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

Lou Borrelli ’77 Makes $25,000 Gift to Student Media Excellence Fund

Lou Borrelli ’77 Makes $25,000 Gift to Student Media Excellence Fund

Lou Borrelli ’77 is a cable television pioneer, media executive and steadfast supporter of SUNY Oswego. He continued his support this year with a gift of $25,000 to the Student Media Excellence Fund. Giving to student organizations is important to Oswego, as it provides funding that cannot always be provided by the Student Association. “I

Charter member of SCMA Advisory Board makes gift of $50,000 to Oswego

Charter member of SCMA Advisory Board makes gift of $50,000 to Oswego

Howard Olinsky ’81, a disability attorney and managing partner of Olinsky Disability, has given a gift of $50,000 to SUNY Oswego. Two-thirds of his gift will go to the School of Com­muni­cation, Media and the Arts Dean’s Fund, and one-third to where the need is greatest. Olinsky serves on the first SCMA Advisory Board, and

Cutler Fund Provides Special Opportunities for Public Justice Majors

Cutler Fund Provides Special Opportunities  for Public Justice Majors

Oswego public justice students are exploring career opportunities, attending conferences, and meeting mentors thanks to the generosity of David Cutler ’74, the founder and executive director of the Arapaho Community Treatment Center, a residential community corrections facility in Englewood, Colo. Cutler augmented his Public Justice Excellence Fund with an additional gift of $170,000, bringing the

Love of Oswego Sparks Loyal Giving

Love of Oswego Sparks Loyal Giving

Oswego has been a family tradition for Barbara Brown McCormack ’44, going back to the turn of the last century. That’s why she has been a loyal supporter of The Fund for Oswego for more than 30 years and is a member of the 1861 Society of The President’s Circle. “I feel it’s important to