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Sept. 24, 2003


    OSWEGO -- The sun was beaming and so were the smiles at this year's version of the Oswego State Fall Classic. The 14th annual event featured the grand reopening of Rich Hall as Oswego's School of Business on Sept. 11 as well as the traditional golf, skeet and fishing events Sept. 12. The two-day event raised a gross of approximately $223,000 to support scholarships for Oswego students.

    Taking a ribbing for his part in bringing the good weather was WIXT Channel 9 meteorologist Dave Longley, a 1994 graduate of Oswego. He played a full round of golf, pausing only to broadcast the noon weather and interview President Deborah F. Stanley from the course about the importance of the Presidential Scholars program.

    The money raised by the Fall Classic supports the scholarship program, and recipients were in evidence throughout the event. They were on hand to thank sponsors at the Sithe Luncheon and president's reception, took part in the School of Business dedication and volunteered for Friday's recreational events.

    At the Sithe Luncheon, Bill Hughes, vice president of operations for Sithe, reflected on the anniversary of terrorist attacks. "Go out and make the world a better place," he told the Presidential Scholars.

    Stanley praised Sithe for its longstanding support of the Fall Classic, calling it "a far-thinking company" and a "perfect partner for higher education."

    Supporting the Fall Classic at the presidential level, the highest level of support, are Sithe, the Laborers' Employers' Cooperation and Education Trust Fund, Constellation Energy Group and GE Power Systems.

    The Fall Classic, coordinated by Oswego's Office of Alumni and University Development, has generated a grand total in gross sponsorship gifts of more than $2.8 million since 1990.

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