What a day! While we are still tallying final results, hundreds of Oneonta alumni, parents, faculty, staff, retirees, students and friends made a gift on our Day of Giving. As a result, we secured more than $60,000 in gifts from our generous challenge donors. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from the entire Oneonta community. We will post final results once all gifts have been tallied.



We Met Our Challenge Goal!

$68,972 raised $66,000 needed


A Special Thank You to our Challenge Donors:


Photo: Phil Carpenter

Phil Carpenter '64, '67G ($25,000)

Phil received both his undergraduate degree and a Master of Arts degree in Education from SUNY Oneonta. After a successful career as a Middle School Social Studies Teacher and Department Chair in Bay Shore, NY, he retired in 2000. Phil has generously endowed four scholarships at SUNY Oneonta so that there will always be students from Bay Shore High School attending (one in each class level). “Education is an important key for success, and aiding my adopted hometown students is one way of returning the kindness and opportunities Oneonta provided me almost a half a century ago.”

SA Board

SUNY Oneonta Student Association ($5,000)

The Student Association is dedicated to building sustainable connections between students, faculty, and administration to advocate for and allocate the resources of students. The Association is comprised of 25 Senators and 10 Executive Council Members who serve on external committees and provide student input on the decisions made that affect all of campus. The Student Association gift will be instrumental in raising awareness and support for the Day of Giving, especially among current students and recent alumni who are active on social media and could help us build positive momentum to achieve our goals on this important day.


Sally Tanzer

Sally Tanzer ($10,000)

Sally and her late husband Jed Tanzer ’71 originally established a scholarship to honor Sally’s mother Harriet West Ketcham ‘39. Even though she herself did not graduate from SUNY Oneonta, Sally choses to continue contributing to the college to honor her late mother’s and husband's legacies: "My mother graduated from Oneonta in ‘39 and always spoke with great affection for her years there. My husband, Jed ‘71, felt that the professors at Oneonta truly cared about seeing their students succeed. Since Jed went on to receive an MBA and JD, I think this is true!" Sally currently lives in Florida and enjoys visiting her daughter and traveling abroad. We are grateful for her continued commitment to Oneonta!


Grace Larkin ’67

Grace Larkin ’67 ($5,000)

Grace was a Secondary Education major when she graduated from Oneonta in 1967. She taught at Oneonta Senior High School for many years before her retirement. The Dr. F. Daniel & Grace E. Larkin '67 Scholarship was established to honor Grace's late husband upon his retirement after fifty years of employment at SUNY Oneonta. Grace continues to contribute to their scholarship, and also helped to endow the Class of 1967 scholarship which was established in honor of her graduating class. Dan and Grace shared a life-long commitment to education, and Grace continues to be inspired by knowing how much she is helping students receive a college education through her gifts.


The SUNY Oneonta College Foundation Board of Directors

College at Oneonta Foundation Board of Directors ($26,000)

The College’s Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time and talent, and also invest their charitable gifts for the benefit of SUNY Oneonta. The Board of Directors is a dedicated group of individuals who are passionate about education and who provide oversight of and financial stewardship for the Foundation. Several members of the Board, including Andrea Casper ’75, Pat McCann ’75, Jan Ashley ’62, Carol Denson ’64, Stan Nosek ’69, Sheila Striffler ’72, Harry Bradshaw Matthews ’74 and Carol Burkhart ’68, ’73 have pledged additional gifts this year to inspire as many alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and students as possible to support the college on the Day of Giving. Learn more about the Board and the College Foundation at