Students to honor mark of alumni for National Philanthropy Day

Oswego State students are organizing to celebrate National Philanthropy Day in their own way.

Oswego’s Future Alumni Network (FANs) created Tag Day to recognize the many alumni who have donated to the school.

On Nov. 14, dozens of spots in the Marano Campus Center and Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation will be tagged to raise awareness about the important role donors play on campus.

Students can participate in Tag Day by taking a “selfie” next to a tag and posting it to Instagram with the hashtag: #OzTagDay. All students who participate will be entered for a chance to win a first prize of $50 in dining dollars and a second prize of $25 dining dollars. Students are encouraged to be creative with their photos for a better chance of winning.

Past donations have purchased new equipment and technology, funded prestigious events such as the annual Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit and provided support to help pay for students’ study abroad and conference fees.

Donors have funded more than 250 scholarships for students at Oswego State. A total of 7,165 supporters made gifts from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, to The Fund for Oswego, raising more than $12.8 million. This includes the largest gift in college history, $7.5 million donated by Lorraine and Nunzio Marano, for whom the Marano Campus Center was renamed for.

“It is important that students realize that so much of their education is supported by alumni gifts,” said Anja Godlewski-Dykes, a senior and member of FANs. “Hopefully Tag Day will raise awareness of the importance of donations and encourage students to give back to Oswego after they graduate.”

A table for Tag Day will be located in the Marano Campus Center on Friday, Nov. 14, for students to stop by and pick up a tag.