College Foundation to Celebrate Milestone

March 15th, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized

The College at Oneonta Foundation will celebrate 30 years of giving on March 19. The State University College at Oneonta Foundation Corporation was officially established on March 19, 1982, to raise, receive and manage charitable gifts and grants to SUNY Oneonta. Since then, it has invested in academic excellence at SUNY Oneonta by funding student and faculty research opportunities, faculty awards and lectureships that enrich the college community by bringing distinguished speakers to Oneonta. For example, last fall, Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dr. Roald Hoffmann presented the inaugural Kotz Lecture, and internationally recognized industrial designer John Barrie delivered the 11th annual Cornell-Gladstone-Hanlon-Kaufmann Lecture on Environmental Education and Communication.

Creating scholarship opportunities is one of the foundation’s highest priorities, and over the past 10 years, it has more than doubled the number of scholarships awarded to SUNY Oneonta students. Other college programs and facilities supported by charitable grants and gifts to the foundation include the Center for Multicultural Experiences, Milne Library, the Alumni Field House, the Biological Field Station, the Cooperstown Graduate Program and the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery.

“As we approach the 30th anniversary of the College at Oneonta Foundation, we’re proud and grateful to have had such strong support from our alumni, faculty, staff and the community over the years. Thanks to the leadership of many people who have served on our board, we are confident about continuing the important work of strengthening SUNY Oneonta through philanthropy,” said Paul Adamo, Vice President of College Advancement and Executive Director of the College at Oneonta Foundation.

The foundation’s board of directors is made up of 30 volunteer members, 14 of whom live in Otsego County. Local residents who have served as presidents of the board include: Thomas Hughson (1991-97), Karen Elting ’84 (1998-2004), Kenneth Kellerhouse ’57 (2005-2007) and William Pietraface (2009).

The College at Oneonta Foundation will celebrate its 30th anniversary with board members, donors and friends in Oneonta on March 30 and in New York City on April 19. The Oneonta event will include a special 2012 Year of the Dragon Dinner prepared by internationally known restaurateur and philanthropist Joe Poon, a 1978 SUNY Oneonta graduate, at the Morris Conference Center on campus. The celebratory dinner is a fund-raiser for a new scholarship to support students who are studying abroad. Tickets for the dinner are $125 a person, with $100 serving as a tax-deductible donation to the College at Oneonta Foundation in support of the new scholarship.

More information on the College at Oneonta Foundation is available from Paul Adamo at (607) 436-2535 or

More information on the 2012 Year of the Dragon Dinner event is available from Karen Munson at 436-2643 or