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Steve Levy, Deborah Stanley Tape "The Tomorrow Show"

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Steve Levy and SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley host "The Tomorrow Show." Steve Levy and SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley host "The Tomorrow Show." Marlena Montero photo

On Oct. 16, SUNY Oswego launched the public phase of “With Passion and Purpose: The Campaign for Oswego" with the live online broadcast of "The Tomorrow Show." 

Hosted by SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley and 1987 graduate, ESPN anchor Steve Levy, “The Tomorrow Show” was the official kickoff for the campaign in hopes of bringing in $40 million to the school to continue to provide educational resources to students and generate a more creative learning environment. More specifically, the campaign money would go to a variety of areas, including student scholarships, new technology and equipment, and the Oswego Global Laboratory. tomorrowshow9

"The Tomorrow Show" began with a humorous start, as both President Stanley and Levy entered the talk-show set stage wearing leather jackets covered in tree leaves to mock the idea of crashing a plane after taking an aerial tour of the campus (as shown in a video at the start of the show). President Stanley and Levy then proceeded to discuss the goals of the campaign. As of the start of the show, the 24-Hour Challenge and other previous donations had bought in about $31 million. 

tomorrowshow 7Before its public launch, the "With Passion and Purpose: The Campaign for Oswego" campaign started silently with a $5 million gift from Dr. Barbara Shineman, in honor of her late husband and chemistry department founder, Dr. Richard S. Shineman. After Shineman, the largest gift in the college's history came from the estate of Lorraine and Nunzio Marano, with $7.5. million, similar to the amount Steve Levy donated to the school eight years ago. Both Shineman and Marano had buildings on campus named after them once the gift was made.

At 12:00 a.m. on Oct. 15, Steve Levy began the 24-Hour Challenge, pledging a $40,000 gift to the college's "The Fund for Oswego" if another 750 people made a gift to the campaign before midnight the next day. About 30 minutes into the show, Levy and President Stanley announced that 888 donors had contributed to the campaign and a new goal of 1,016 donors was set after Joanne Durney (’84) and Michael Durney said they would make a gift of $10,161.40 if that many donors participated.tomorrowshow 8

Both students and professors from different schools on campus were interviewed during “The Tomorrow Show” as it was filmed in front of a live audience. One of the students filmed was senior biology major, Roodline Cleus, who shared her story of her travels to Haiti to work with those less fortunate than her. After interning at Columbia University Medical Center, she went to Haiti in with the urge to help take care of those in the country. After sharing her story, President Stanley stated "she can change the world if she wants to!" 

Although at the end of “The Tomorrow Show,” the president shared that the school was still at about a total of $31 million, she encouraged the alumni in the audience and those watching online to continue to donate to the campaign before the 24-Hour Challenge was up.

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