Welcomes and Farewells from the Foundation Director

February 1st, 2016 Posted in Foundation News & Events
BY GUY THOMAS COSENTINO
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

2016-01-13 20.39.38-2In November, in partnership with the College’s Alumni Association and Board of Trustees, the Foundation held two receptions, one in Auburn and the other in Fulton to help introduce Dr. Brian Durant, our new College President, to the greater College community. This joint effort, which you can read more about in this issue of Alumni Voices, was a way to bring together College and community leaders, as well as the members of our philanthropic community so that they could meet our new president. The events were so successful, that Dr. Durant has asked that we do similar annual events in both host communities, so that he can update our partners, as well as get feedback from them.

2016-01-13 20.29.27In early 2015, the College was offered a Challenge Grant by the Richard E. Shineman Foundation, based in Oswego County, to raise money for our Fulton operations. I am happy to report, because of the Shineman’s commitment to Fulton, we were able raise roughly $36,000 through local donations that was matched in November by the Shineman Foundation. While raising the money was vital, just as important was our establishing a network of giving in Oswego County, which was at the Shineman Foundation’s urging. The result is that we have started to develop a base for fundraising around the Fulton Campus that we had not been able to accomplish before. It should also be noted, even with the news about the closure of the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant, our friends and supporters in Oswego County still came through for this Challenge Grant.

2016-01-13 20.34.19As is tradition, the Foundation Board held its regular meeting in January to vote on future Board Members (that I will write about in a future edition of Alumni Voices), but also to say “good bye” to members of the Board who have either decided not to seek re-election or have maxed out term-wise in their board service. The later was the case with our two longest serving Board Members, who each served nine years on our Board. Lloyd Hoskins ‘74 served three years as our President and was succeeded last year by David Contiguglia, who finished a transitional year as our President in January. Over their nine years of service, both were committed to the mission of the Foundation, giving countless hours of their times, as well as financially supporting the mission of the Foundation, and more importantly the College. Both served on our Finance Committee and then as members of the Executive Committee. Their expertise and willingness to serve will be missed by their fellow board members and the Foundation’s staff.

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