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Aug. 26, 2003

CONTACT: Barbara Manwaring, 312-3003


    OSWEGO -- GE Power Systems is once again a Presidential Sponsor of the Oswego State Fall Classic, set for Sept. 11 and 12. The annual event funds scholarships for top students at SUNY Oswego through the Presidential Scholars program.

    "GE Power Systems is pleased and honored to be a part, again, of the Presidential Scholars program," said Ray Smith, sales manager, GE Energy Services Sales.

    "Our support of the Presidential Scholars program is an indication of our belief in the quality public education Oswego provides, and our commitment to supporting local community and its institutions," said John Stephens, manager of global development and strategic initiatives for energy products of GE Power Systems.

    GE Power Systems ( is one of the world's leading suppliers of power generation technology, energy services and management systems, with 2002 revenues of nearly $23 billion. Based in Atlanta, GE Power Systems provides equipment, service and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, distributed power and energy rental industries.
    "We are grateful to GE Power Systems for lending us their powerful support at this, the highest level of sponsorship," said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. "Their generosity and that of all our sponsors helps extend Oswego's excellent education to the best and brightest students."

    GE Power Systems joins Sithe, Constellation Energy Group and the New York State Laborers' Employers' Cooperation and Education Trust Fund in supporting the fund-raising effort at the Presidential Sponsor level.
    The Fall Classic has generated gross receipts of over $2.6 million since 1990 through the support of sponsors, who choose from eight levels of support. Presidential Sponsors give at the highest level of sponsorship.
    For information or to receive a sponsorship booklet, call the Office of Alumni and University Development at 312-3003 or click onto the Fall Classic Web site at

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GE Power representative Ray Smith joins Oswego State Fall Classic committee members as they prepare for the mid-September fund-raiser.

AIMING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS -- There is still time to register to take part in the Clay Pigeon Spectacular at Pathfinder Fish and Game Club or a fishing and clay pigeon combo as part of the 2003 Oswego State Fall Classic, Sept. 11 and 12. The annual event raises funds for the college’s Presidential Scholars Program, which provides scholarships for students who have exhibited academic excellence. Shown preparing for the Sept. 12 shoot are, from left, Ray Smith of GE Power Systems, a Presidential Sponsor, with committee members Monico Soto of SUNY Oswego's Office of Admissions; Fall Classic coordinator Barbara Manwaring; Rick Lawrence, director of Alcan's Global Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program; and Barry Thompson, managing partner of the Thompson Consulting Group. Registration for the Clay Pigeon Spectacular is $150; cost to participate in the combo is $200. For information or to become a sponsor, call 312-3003 or click onto the Fall Classic Web site at

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