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Dec. 11, 2001
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OSWEGO -- A retired professor's donation of $10,000 will pay for oaks and maples to be replanted around SUNY Oswego's Sheldon Hall, probably in the spring, said Kevin Mahaney, the college's vice president of development and public affairs.
Dr. Barbara Shineman, who taught elementary education at Oswego for 20 years -- many of them in Sheldon Hall -- stepped forward with the donation days after damaged trees were taken down recently. An October storm with winds as high as 69 miles per hour had ravaged the Norway maples beyond hope of recovery.
Plans call for northern red oaks on either side of the statue of college founder Edward Austin Sheldon as well as maple trees up the circle and running parallel to Washington Boulevard in front of the college's signature building.
Campus grounds crews will plant the new trees, which will be 15 to 18 feet tall.
The 10 maples in front of Sheldon Hall had been planted as a memorial to Oswego alumni who lost their lives in World War I. At the time, Sheldon Hall housed virtually the entire college. Sheldon Hall was completed in 1913 as a home for the Oswego Normal School when it moved from downtown Oswego to its current lakeside location.
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