With lovingly prepared dinners, encouraging words and a willing ear, Josephine Tamilia sustained her family as they pursued their dreams.
Through her generous endowment of two scholarships, Frances Moroney Whited ’44, is making an impact on Oswego students’ lives. She met last fall at King Alumni Hall with Moroney Family Newman Center Scholarship winner Barry Wygel ’12 and the John P. Moroney and Frances Murphy Moroney Merit Scholarship winner Jenna Chewens ’14.
A legendary soccer coach and revered professor emeritus, the late Ernest B. Luongo made a difference on the field and in his classroom. Professor Emeritus Harry Nash and former player Dan Scaia ’68 have joined with the Luongo family to ensure his legacy is preserved at Oswego with the Ernest B. Luongo Memorial Scholarship.
He served his country with distinction in the military and shared his knowledge as a professor at other colleges, but when Jack James ’62 thinks about his legacy, he wants it to be where his heart is — forever at Oswego.
After 59 years of marriage, Ken ’54 and Anne MacDonald Sherman ’53 had amassed quite a collection of anniversary gifts. In fact, in recent years they requested friends and family to donate to a favorite charity as a gift to them.
He started his adult life homeless, and entered the Army to get a roof over his head. But when U.S. Army Spc. Yasser Richard ’13 saw a barefoot child in threadbare clothes on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, he knew how lucky he was. He promised himself that he would dedicate his life to helping people escape a life of poverty.
During their long careers at SUNY Oswego, Hugh and Grace Mowatt Burritt helped thousands of students reach their full potential. It’s only fitting that as emeriti they extend their reach in perpetuity by establishing an endowed scholarship to help students in their areas of expertise.
Oswego’s theatre department is known for a being a close-knit group, with graduates helping each other advance their careers long after graduation.
For Donald ’62 and Linda Mykland Blauvelt ’61, Oswego is a special place. It’s where they met and fell in love, prepared for a fulfilling career in education and met professors and friends they still remember fondly half a century later.
When she was a young mother, divorced from her first husband, Pam Delfino ’10 wished she had had the opportunity to complete the college education she started before her marriage. “I cleaned houses, because I had no skills to fall back on,” she says of the struggle to support her young family.