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Highlights of the past five years
• SUNY Oswego retained the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification on the January 2015 list of just 361 colleges nationwide. Oswego first received the designation five years ago. The tribute from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes colleges that deeply intertwine community engagement in their leadership, curriculum, outreach programs, strategic planning and community partnerships. In December 2014, Oswego repeated on the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll "with Distinction," recognizing the college's commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.
• Also in December 2014, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine named Oswego to its list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2015. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. Earlier in 2014, USA Today and the Princeton Review named SUNY Oswego to their list of 75 "best value" colleges in the nation.
• "With Passion and Purpose: The Campaign for SUNY Oswego" launched its public phase Oct. 16, 2014, with $31 million raised toward a 2016 goal of $40 million. The banner day began with live broadcasts by Oswego alumnus Al Roker on both "Wake Up With Al" and NBC's "Today" show and continued with an honorary degree presentation to Charlie Rose of PBS's "Charlie Rose" show and the 10th annual O'Donnell Media Summit (pictured above) featuring Roker, Rose, acclaimed media critic and Oswego alumnus Ken Auletta, Pulitzer Prize-winner Connie Schultz and Dennis Thatcher. The daylong celebration concluded with a webcast of "The Tomorrow Show" co-hosted by ESPN anchor and Oswego alumnus Steve Levy and SUNY Oswego President Stanley and featuring students and faculty from some of Oswego's signature academic programs.
• U.S. News ranked SUNY Oswego among the top 15 public universities in the North in rankings for 2015 released Sept. 9, 2014, and Princeton Review includes Oswego in its 2015 list of "The Best Northeastern Colleges."
• In August 2014, Washington Monthly magazine ranked SUNY Oswego in the top 50 public master's-level institutions nationwide for its "contribution to the public good." Oswego ranks No. 95 among all 684 master's-level colleges and universities, public and private, that the magazine ranked.
• The college's Campus Center was officially named the Marano Campus Center in June 2014. The college announced in January 2014 receiving its largest gift to date: $7.5 million from the estate of local resident Lorraine E. Marano. The gift establishes the Nunzio "Nick" C. and Lorraine E. Marano Endowment, which will be used primarily to fund scholarships for students with financial need, especially first-generation college students.
• SUNY Oswego opened its new Richard S. Shineman Center for Sciences, Engineering and Innovation in fall 2013. A $118 million construction project renovated and expanded a 1960s science facility into a 262,000-square-foot state-of-the-art complex supporting future scientists, engineers and teachers. A $5 million gift from Dr. Barbara Palmer Shineman, professor emerita of education, and the Richard S. Shineman Foundation named the building. The Rice Creek Field Station facility was also part of the science construction project and newly opened in fall 2013. Landmark celebrations commemorating the new science facilities took place the week of Sept. 30, 2013.
• SUNY Oswego became only the second public college in the state to offer a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering and also added an MBA degree in health services administration. Both programs began enrolling students in fall 2013.
• The college hired its first endowed faculty member, the Marcia Belmar Willock Professor of Finance, in fall 2012.
• Oswego received an anonymous $5 million bequest in support of its distinctive Possibility Scholars program in spring 2012.
• Oswego launched the SUNY system's first multiple-major co-op program in fall 2011, giving students an inside shot at obtaining full-time work following graduation.
• The Carnegie Foundation awarded SUNY Oswego a prestigious Community Engagement Classification in January 2011, an honor the foundation announced for 114 other institutions across the nation, from Cornell and Stony Brook universities to the universities of Notre Dame and Southern California. Then in spring 2011 — and 2012, 2013 and 2014 — Oswego was named to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll "with Distinction," an equally distinguished recognition for the college's commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.
• The Village townhouse community, a $40 million residential project south of Glimmerglass Lagoon, in August 2010 welcomed 348 students for a new, more independent campus living option.