Scales Hall holiday party for kids

Then: For decades, Oswego students have taken service for the surrounding community seriously, while also having fun helping others. This holiday party in Scales Hall during the 1970s is an example of a tradition of hosting local children for events -- one that continues with Vega, the women's honor society, hosting Safe Trick or Treat. Longtime partnerships with organizations such as Adopt-A-Grandparent, Special Olympics and the United Way have linked students with important community causes for many years. (Photo courtesy of the Ontarian)

Student-athletes raking leaves

Now: Students continue to serve with projects that support community members of all ages. Here (from left) women's basketball players Kari Kipper, Lauren Nunziato, Meagan Stover and Taryn Smith were among 450 student-athletes from Oswego's 24 varsity athletic teams who recently took part in a day of service leaf-raking project in the yards of 60 local senior citizens. This time of year, the campus community participates in the annual Holiday Toy Drive for needy area children, collecting food for local food pantries and finding other ways to support the community. In all, SUNY Oswego students provided more than 39,000 hours of service to the community last year. (Photo by Sue Witmer)