Campaign for Oswego surpasses goal

Inspiring Horizons: The Campaign for Oswego has exceeded its goal and raised $23,857,114, making SUNY Oswego’s first comprehensive campaign an overwhelming success.

“I am honored to congratulate the Oswego community on this tremendous accomplishment. This is truly one of our proudest moments,” said President Deborah F. Stanley.

“The campaign’s impact is significant. Through the generosity of our donors we have strategically advanced our academic goals, expanded undergraduate and graduate student support, and enhanced our competitiveness in research and education. As a result of the campaign we have strengthened the foundations of Oswego and we have positioned SUNY Oswego to better serve the needs of a new generation of students.

“The compelling vision of a more powerful future for SUNY Oswego has united alumni, faculty, staff, students and the community from the start of the campaign and created a culture of giving and a new optimism on campus that ensures our continued drive for unparalleled excellence for generations to come,” she said.

Inspiring Horizons: The Campaign for Oswego began in 2002. The campaign met its first goal of $17 million in October 2006. An enhanced goal of $23 million was then set. As of June 30, the campaign had officially exceeded that goal by more than $800,000.

“It was launched with a mock snowstorm, a student showcase and more than 1,000 Oswego students, faculty and staff gathering on the lawn outside Lee Hall for a ‘family portrait.’ Now, six years after it originally began, Inspiring Horizons: The Campaign for Oswego has met its goal with the help of more than 22,000 generous donors,” said Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Kerry Casey Dorsey, who graduated from Oswego in 1981.

Dorsey noted that participation in the campaign included volunteers who gave time, effort and advice, in addition to their financial commitment.

One of those volunteers, who gave his enthusiasm and leadership, was 1976 Oswego graduate Al Roker, honorary campaign chair. “The forecast for SUNY Oswego features excellence, quality and distinction, thanks to the success of Inspiring Horizons: The Campaign for Oswego! As honorary chair, I want to personally thank and congratulate everyone involved in raising $23,857,114 in this historic first campaign including President Stanley, our co-chairs and volunteers, the college faculty and staff, and more than 22,000 of our loyal supporters,” Roker said. “As an alumnus of SUNY Oswego, I couldn’t be prouder of my alma mater for this tremendous accomplishment.”

“Without philanthropy we would not have the value-added elements for this campus,” said Bernie Henderson, one of three campaign co-chairs. He pointed to the state-of-the-art facilities in Rich Hall for the School of Business, the Campus Center that serves to bring faculty and students together, and renovations to Oswego’s most historic building, Sheldon Hall, as among the accomplishments of the capital portion of the campaign.

Hal Morse, a 1961 graduate of Oswego, another campaign co-chair, focused on the good that endowment gifts can do for students of the future. During the Inspiring Horizons campaign, the endowment grew from $4 million to nearly $9 million, and provided excellence funds for departments, student/faculty research projects and scholarships. “Donor gifts have also increased the number of scholarships for our students, to make their dreams come true. Many of them just like me, are the first in their families to attend college.”

Co-chair Mae Squier-Dow of the Oswego class of 1983 addressed the third focus of the campaign: The Fund for Oswego. “I have been chair of The Fund for Oswego, and have been in the Telefund room when student callers are dialing up alumni,” she said. “So I have felt the energy of the student callers, their excitement at speaking with you and hearing your stories, and the thrill when a gift is received.” She pointed out that The Fund for Oswego dollars go toward immediate needs of the college.

This fall on the college’s Web site ( will be a comprehensive campaign report and a multimedia presentation featuring stories about the impact of philanthropy on Oswego’s students.

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CONTACTS: President Deborah F. Stanley, 315-312-2211
Mary Canale, Associate Vice President, Development, 315-312-5487

(Posted: Aug 07, 2008)

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