College Celebrates Impact of Philanthropy

February 26th, 2014 | Categories: Uncategorized

From the Martin-Mullen Gallery to the Alumni Field House, charitable gifts to SUNY Oneonta have made the college a better place to learn and work. On Thursday, Feb. 27, SUNY Oneonta will join other members of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in celebrating the second annual Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day with activities designed to raise awareness of the impact of philanthropy.

Students at several residence halls will be writing thank-you notes to donors, and red balloons will be displayed around campus to designate buildings and facilities made possible by gifts from faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college. These range from the iconic clock tower, made possible through donations from more than 600 members of the Class of 2006, to the Pietraface Tissue Culture Laboratory (funded by retired faculty members Bill and Marge Pietraface), where faculty and students conduct biology research.

See more SUNY Oneonta facilities made possible by gifts to the college on this interactive map.

The impact of giving extends beyond campus buildings. Because of philanthropic giving, SUNY Oneonta was able to award more than $3.3 million in scholarship aid to over 1,600 students this year. Philanthropy also enhances students’ educational experiences at SUNY Oneonta by providing financial support for travel opportunities such as presenting at academic conferences, taking part in academic competitions, conducting field research and participating in performing arts events.

Raising money to support teaching, learning and research and to fund scholarships are among the priorities of SUNY Oneonta’s 125th anniversary campaign.