OSWEGO — The 2015 SUNY Council for University Advancement Awards of Excellence competition recognized two SUNY Oswego projects. The awards ceremony, at the organization’s annual conference in June in Rochester, recognized work across the SUNY system’s advancement and communications disciplines.
Oswego earned a SUNYCUAD Best in Category award in the special events category for the launch on Oct. 16 of the college’s $40 million fundraising campaign titled “With Passion and Purpose.”
Melissa Manwaring of Oswego’s Development Office said the award recognized the full day of activities, from “Wake Up with Al” and the “Today” show with Oswego alumnus Al Roker broadcasting live from campus, to the 10th O’Donnell Media Summit and awarding of an honorary degree to media icon Charlie Rose, to the “Tomorrow Show” hosted by Oswego alumnus Steve Levy of ESPN and college President Deborah F. Stanley, along with various receptions and gatherings throughout the day.
Also honored were online communications surrounding the college’s push to go tobacco free in 2015.
Aaron Z. Lee of the college’s Lifestyles Center and Jeff Rea of its Office of Communications and Marketing — both members of the campus Clean Air Committee — received a SUNYCUAD Judges’ Citation in the internal communications category for digital communications promoting the “OzQuits!” campaign.
Rea and Lee developed the “OzQuits!” website as a key strategy for informing the college community about the college’s move to go tobacco free on Jan. 1, 2015, and help people find resources to quit the tobacco habit. It can be seen at oswego.edu/ozquits