A Message from Campaign Co-Chairs, Pat '75 and Linda '76 McCann

THe McCannh

We’re delighted and impressed! 8,000 alumni and friends have contributed over $23 million (as of October 15) to the Grow. Thrive. Live. campaign — just over 92% of our $25 million goal. These are funds that will directly benefit current and future Oneonta students. You, too, should be proud of this accomplishment. Now, however, with two years left to go, is not the time for complacency. We want (and need) to finish strong. With hard work, we’re confident we’ll meet and beat our goal. And if you think we’re going to stop at $25 million, think again!

About 70% of Oneonta students have financial need — a percentage that continues to grow. Financial difficulties is the No. 1 reason students drop out of college. You can help prevent that. You can make the difference.

Although the pandemic curtailed many of our in person events, we’ve had the pleasure of connecting with many of you through virtual events. We love to hear your Oneonta stories. Over and over again, we hear how important Oneonta was to you and how you want to support student success and make a difference in students’ lives.

Since the start of the campaign, 86 new scholarships and funds have been established. We created one of them. Pat’s brother passed away in February, and, owing to his love of music, we endowed a scholarship in his name for music majors.

What better way to honor the memory of a loved one while helping others navigate the financial obstacles to a quality Oneonta education?

Not ready or able to make a commitment at this level? Consider making monthly recurring gifts — they’re an easy way to support the campaign, and they’re so important. For more information on Oneonta’s Recurring Gift Program and how to become a Red Dragon Sustainer, go to oneontaalumni.com/recurring.

However and whatever you choose to give, know that your funds will be well spent: The State University College at Oneonta Foundation Corporation has earned a four-star rating (the highest rating possible) from Charity Navigator.

Please accept our deepest gratitude for your generosity. And the gratitude of the many students you’ve helped and will continue to help in the years to come.


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Grow. Thrive. Live. is a historic $25 MILLION CAMPAIGN that will build upon the Oneonta educational experience and achieve unprecedented impact.

For over 130 years, we’ve built our reputation on a consistent, collective investment in our students’ interests, well-being and success. By reaching our campaign goal, we will address the problems and barriers facing today’s students and accelerate our pursuit of helping students and faculty achieve their academic and life goals. 

92% raised as of 10/15/2021



AS OF 11/15/2021 




Campaign Donors

New Scholarships & Funds

$3.7 M+
Student & Faculty Support

Grow. Thrive. Live. is the vehicle to achieve this mission with investment in three strategic priorities: 


SUNY Oneonta students have a hunger to learn, discover, think and do. But we cannot meet their needs without providing opportunities to complete significant research and learn from the sharpest minds. Increasing the funds available for student research and faculty development will help transform a good education into a great one.

Our students will grow intellectually.


An Oneonta education stretches far beyond campus. Students learn even more from internships, faculty-led field trips, professional development, and study abroad experiences. Your gifts help students afford pivotal experiences and career connections. This is the edge they need to succeed after college.

Our students will thrive socially.


Education is the path to a better life, but too often cost blocks the way. Today, over 80% of Oneonta students have financial need and our students graduate with an average of $26,196 in loan debt. Gifts to increase scholarship funding and our Unrestricted Endowment, and annual gifts to the Fund for Oneonta, help keep SUNY Oneonta affordable, accessible and inclusive.

Our students will live purposefully.


Now is the time for every member of the Oneonta family to band together and future-proof our college.

  • We must create new possibilities for our students.
  • What we do tomorrow depends on what we do today.
  • Generations of future Red Dragons are counting on the actions we take right now.
  • It’s up to each of us.




The availability of emergency funding has never been more important for SUNY Oneonta students. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents and friends of the college, SUNY Oneonta has been able to help students in their time of need with over $237,552 in donations to a pair of funds: the Student Success Scholarship and the Student Emergency Fund.

The SUNY Oneonta Student Success Scholarship provides tuition assistance to students who demonstrate a need for funding due to emergency or extenuating circumstances, such as family or personal illness, financial struggles and debt.

The Student Emergency Fund provides non-tuition grants for SUNY Oneonta students facing unforeseen financial hardships or emergency situations that threaten their ability to stay in college. Students can apply for funding to pay for emergency expenses such as food, rent, utilities and medical bills.

This Week in CNY Radio Interview

Interview with Eric Malinowski and our campaign co-chairs, Pat ’75 and Linda ’76 McCann.

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Teresa Gonzalez


SUNY Oneonta is proud to congratulate Teresa Gonzalez, who has been chosen as a recipient of SUNY’s 2020 Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award for Student Excellence. The award was established last year to celebrate Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students who have overcome significant obstacles to achieve their educational and personal goals. EOP assists students who are both academically and financially disadvantaged and provides additional services needed to ensure success. In addition to this prestigious award, Teresa’s impressive academic performance resulted in the awarding of two College at Oneonta Foundation scholarships: the Ilse Strauss Russell Scholarship and the Mildred H. Parish ’51 Scholarship. An Adolescence Education/Spanish major, Teresa who is passionate about addressing challenges and inequalities faced by English Language Learner (ELL) students, Teresa aspires to work with ELL students in seventh through twelfth grade and help them transition smoothly into the U.S. education system.

Arene Daziah Holston ’21


Arene Daziah Holston ’21, a dual major in Political Science and Africana and Latinx Studies, was one just 135 students across the state selected to receive the 2021 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. A recipient of two scholarships – the Dr. Ernest J. Goodman Endowed Scholarship for Political Science and the Eric James Mathiasen '86 Scholarship – Arene has been an active and successful student. While at Oneonta, she presented independent research on the intersection of capitalism, race, gender and class; completed two internships; and has been a tireless advocate for students of color, women and other marginalized groups. Arene serves as president of the Students of Color Coalition, a Student Association senator, office assistant for her residence hall, receptionist for the Office of Academic Advisement , social media coordinator for the Office of Access and Opportunity Programs, peer tutor and academic coaching mentor.



Last fall, a team of student researchers earned a silver medal in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, which challenges teams to design, build, test and measure a system of their own creation using interchangeable biological parts and standard molecular biology techniques to find a solution to an everyday problem. The Oneonta team engineered a field-testing system to help local dairy farmers determine whether their cows could produce a particular kind of organic milk that offers health benefits and the potential to reduce costs and increase profits. The iGEM project is supported through an in-kind gift of lab equipment. Although individual donations account for most of the gifts received each year by the College Foundation, corporate and foundation grants also play an important role in the Foundation’s ability to provide scholarships, internship awards, student research grants, and support for experiential learning programs.

Make A Lasting Difference

Bette Stark

Every year, SUNY Oneonta receives gifts through the estate plans of alumni, faculty, staff and friends who have thoughtfully planned for the college’s future. For Bette Stark-Harrold ’77, naming the State University College at Oneonta Foundation as a beneficiary of her retirement fund was an easy way to support an organization deeply important to her. “The Human Ecology faculty prepared me to be a great teacher. I recall Barbara Weigand, Frances Bliven, Florence White, Corinne Maxon, and Loraine Tyler with tremendous respect.” She continued, “All of these smart, highly-educated, and strong women left an indelible mark on my life. They made me believe in my chosen career as an educator, and in myself. These women made me strive to be dedicated to my students as they had been to me.”   

A donor may name the College Foundation as a recipient of all or a portion of any account requiring a beneficiary designation. Bette directs her annual IRA Required Minimum Distributions using a Charitable IRA Rollover, a tax-wise and convenient way to fund her endowed scholarship. Additionally, because Bette documented her estate plan gift, her future support is included in our comprehensive campaign, Grow. Thrive. Live. The Future of SUNY Oneonta. Newly documented planned gifts established by donors who will be age 55 by the end of the campaign can be counted in helping us achieve our $25 million goal. 

If you are interested in learning how you can create your legacy through a gift in your will and estate plan, please contact Director of Gift Planning Jill S. Mirabito at  (607) 436-3107 or Jill.Mirabito@oneonta.edu.

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