Broad-based support aids Campus Center

imageConstellation Energy recently announced a donation of $75,000 to SUNY Oswego, including $50,000 for the Campus Center and $25,000 for the Oswego State Fall Classic, the proceeds of which fund the Presidential Scholars program.

“Constellation Energy is pleased to support SUNY Oswego and the Oswego College Foundation, both of which play an important role in higher education in this area,” said Jim Spina, vice president at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Plant near Oswego. “Supporting these institutions goes hand-in-hand with Constellation Energy’s continuing commitment to improve the communities where our employees live and work.”

Constellation Energy is a Fortune 500 integrated energy company based in Baltimore.

With its leadership gift, Constellation joins the ranks of a broad-based support for the Campus Center. Alumni, parents, faculty and staff, and the community are joining in to help make this signature building for Oswego a reality.

General Electric earlier announced its gift of $75,000 to the Campus Center. Eagle Beverage came on board with a gift of $50,000 to name the lounge area in honor of its employees.

“We think the university is an absolutely vital part of the community, and that’s why we choose to support it,” said Dan Dorsey, who owns Eagle Beverage with partners Dennis Dorsey and Larry Morgia, a 1972 graduate of the college.

Local businessman Steve Thomas and his wife, Marianne, also donated $25,000 to the Campus Center.

Calling the college an “invaluable asset to our community,” Thomas said, “I think that the private sector, and individuals at times, through donations and our support, have to show state officials that we believe in the campus and their expansions.”

Alumni support is also key, with $25,000-level donors like Greg Adams, Mark and Cathy Baum, Mark and Vicki Haenel Fedor, Ted and Jane Friedlander Jenny, Thomas and Lynn VanOrder Lenihan, and Peter McCarthy leading the way.

Baum underscores the importance of the project to the entire campus. “The Campus Center is the heart and soul of the Oswego campus. It’s critically important that it be a centerpiece and a showpiece that embodies everything the campus is about.”

Hockey alumni have great interest in the project, which will create a new home for the Lakers. Jenny is one of a group of hockey alumni determined to raise at least $350,000 from over 400 fellow Laker alumni and hockey supporters.

For Boro Lukajic, father of Michael Lukajic, a 2004 graduate of the college, his family’s gift is tied to the pride and satisfaction they feel as a result of Michael’s successful Oswego career both in the classroom and on the ice in a Laker uniform. The Lukajics have funded the men’s hockey coach’s office.

“I am sure that most of us really want to support our school, when we consider the many ways in which we have benefited from Oswego State, and it is natural to respond by wanting to do something to inspire those who may follow us,” Boro Lukajic said.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Going up—Workers have been braving the recent bitter cold and other wintry conditions to continue work on SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center. With an expected completion date in 2006, the new student hub would be the first new-from-the-ground-up construction on the lakeside campus in more than 30 years. Both public and private support are making it possible.

(Posted: Jan 26, 2005)