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

THe McCannh

SUNY Oneonta has been transformative for many of us. We came out better people than we went in. This was true for us personally and has been true for tens of thousands of other students. However, the next ten years will be challenging for Oneonta students.

They will face more significant financial challenges, they will need to acquire different skills, and they will encounter more social pressures.  While these are challenging times, SUNY Oneonta is positioned to thrive because we have the leadership, dedicated faculty and staff, and strategic priorities to continue to offer a transformative educational experience.

However, we need one more ingredient to make this happen. We need greater financial resources that can be strategic and have the flexibility to adapt to the changes ahead. We believe those of us who have benefitted so much from our educational experience at Oneonta now need to step up for the next generation of students. That is why we agreed to be co-chairs for Grow. Thrive. Live. The Future of SUNY Oneonta. We hope you will join us and invest in the future of our College, our students, and our world.”


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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. 

82% raised as of 4/15/2021



AS OF 4/15/2021 




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 Paul Adamo on the Grow.Thrive.Live Campaign.

This Week In CNY Audio File

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New Hampshire Primary


Thirteen SUNY Oneonta political science students got a behind-the-scenes look at the presidential election process during a five-day trip to New Hampshire that culminated with the first-in-the-nation primary on February 11. The trip, supported by the Jay Jacobs ’77 Fund for Experiential Learning, was part of a semester-long course, POLS 216: Presidential Election Campaigns, taught by Associate Professor of Political Science Gina Keel. While in New Hampshire, students attended candidate rallies, town hall meetings, and other events, witnessing firsthand the campaigning and media frenzy in the last days before the primary. This was Dr. Keel’s fourth time teaching the course and leading the trip.

New Hampshire Primary


Four SUNY Oneonta seniors received the 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence: Computer Science major Alexa Amalbert ’20, Business Economics major Daniel Ioos ’20, Biology major Katherine Martinez-Munoz ’20 and Psychology major Timothy Nolan ’20. Three out of the four students received critical scholarship support throughout their college careers. Alexa received the Alumni Association Scholarship; Daniel received the Alan B. Donovan Scholarship, Alumni Association Scholarship and the Economics and Business Endowed Scholarship; and Katherine , received the Alumni Association Scholarship, Alumni Association 9/11 Memorial Scholarship, EOP Scholarship and the Tucker Family Scholarship.

Summer Chemistry Research


Seventeen SUNY Oneonta science students received over $43,000 in support from the Student Grant Program – funded by the College at Oneonta Foundation and Alumni Association – for their hands-on summer research projects on topics ranging from hydrofracking to beetle mating habits. “I’ve learned so much and it’s giving me a lot of lab experience that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise,” said Nicholas Baker, a Biochemistry major from Schenevus, NY. The group included 14 students who were preparing for the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) synthetic biology competition this fall and three individual research projects, all with the guidance of SUNY Oneonta faculty members.

Netzer Planned Giving Society Celebrates 25th Anniversary

SUNY Oneonta has a long-standing history of benefiting from generous gifts by donors in their wills and estate plans. This year marks the 25th anniversary of SUNY Oneonta’s Netzer Planned Giving Society, established to honor these special people. The Society was named in honor of the late college President Royal Netzer and his wife, Clara, whose bequest in 1993 in support of campus beautification was one of the largest in the college’s history. 

Throughout the society’s 25-year history, we have grown our community to 384 members and received a remarkable $11.9 million from gifts through estate planning. This support is instrumental for many program areas benefiting our college and our students, including faculty development, student-faculty research, scholarships, internship support and specific campus programs important to these donors.

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.

View the Netzer Planned Giving Society Roster

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