With Passion and Purpose       

With Passion

SUNY Oswego ignited my passion for...

Our college, this noble and enduring endeavor that we call SUNY Oswego, grew out of the dreams and devotion of one man, Edward Austin Sheldon, our founder. Tireless and tenacious, he was driven by a single aim — to raise this institution “to its highest degree of usefulness.”

The first class of nine met in a cloakroom. Now, thanks to the work of many minds and hands across the generations, SUNY Oswego has matured into a dynamic and unique community of students, scholars and educators. Today the college is Oswego County’s largest employer, our programs span the globe, and our 79,000-plus alumni hold leadership positions in virtually every profession.

Oswego mattered in Sheldon’s time, it matters today, and it will matter even more in the future.

Our vision: to be a premier institution that provides a transformative experience to a diverse body of students, empowering them to live ethical and meaningful lives and build a better world. 
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And Purpose

At SUNY Oswego, I found purpose in...

We are poised to deliver. Buoyed by a spirit of passion and clarity of purpose, we stand ready to navigate the realities of the ever-changing, ever more complex world in which we live.

We will advance intellectual rigor. We will keep a SUNY Oswego education accessible and affordable to all qualified students. We will prepare graduates to thrive in a global marketplace. And we will engage with our community and advance the quality of life for all our citizens.

To succeed, we must align our resources with our aspirations. The Campaign for SUNY Oswego seeks to secure $40 million in private philanthropy to support our priorities. Now is the time to work together to shape the SUNY Oswego of tomorrow.

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The Case for SUNY Oswego

At SUNY Oswego we know you make careful choices with your giving. We will use your generous support wisely, to make a difference, to produce remarkable results. We offer that which is best about public higher education today:
  • Unmistakable momentum. We’ve undergone sweeping changes in the last decade — revamping our curriculum to take on a more global outlook, forging new partnerships in the region and worldwide, hiring new faculty in emerging areas of strength, and more — all to support student-centered learning. Most notable is the renewal of our lakeside campus, with $772 million in investments. Our spectacular $118 million science and engineering complex, showcases the college’s efforts to advance science education and scientific inquiry.
  • Clear Direction. Our Strategic Plan, Tomorrow, will lead the way to greater educational excellence and success, firmer identity and reputation, increased institutional effectiveness and assured sustainability for SUNY Oswego for generations to come. No longer assuming beneficial impacts to the greater good—now, through Performance Drivers, Key Indicators and Impacts, we will connect the dots.
  • Impacts designated in this plan each describe what our work ultimately means in terms of:
    1. attracting, nurturing and launching students and graduates,
    2. fostering a learning-centered and experiential education ecosystem,
    3. enriching and strengthening our communities and partnerships,
    4. protecting and advancing the institution, and
    5. providing solutions to grand challenges of our time.
  • Community engagement. There’s no ivory tower syndrome here, by history or by design. We’re in the community and of the community — physically, academically, civically — and our futures are tied together. Our emphasis on connecting learning and scholarship with the needs of our region and world marked a milestone in 2011 when the Carnegie Foundation awarded SUNY Oswego its prestigious “community engagement” classification.
  • Stewardship and accountability. Donors at all levels of giving are gravitating toward SUNY Oswego as a prudent investment in public higher education. Here, they can see the impact of giving in tangible ways. Here, they know that gifts of every size go a long way. Here, they can track the 10-year performance of the Oswego College Foundation and see that investments in our endowment pool have outperformed industry averages in nine of those years (source: National Association of College and University Business Officers). That’s just one reason why Dr. Barbara Palmer Shineman ’65 M’71 and the Richard S. Shineman Foundation made a $5 million gift — the largest cash philanthropic gift in the college’s history — to name the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation.

Campus Center nameThe Shineman gift helped inspire Oswego County resident and education enthusiast Lorraine Marano to bequeath $7.5 million--the largest private gift in college history--to SUNY Oswego through an estate gift. In recognition of the gift, the Campus Center has been named in honor of Lorraine and Nunzio Marano.


For more information, contact the Office of University Development at 315-312-3003 or email develop@oswego.edu.