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2021 LovEMU Giving Day sets new records (thank you!)



LovEMU Giving Day 2021 was one for the ages — another record-setting event — with $280,654 raised from 1,017 gifts. 

That’s a gain in $65,000 and more than 300 new gifts over last year’s totals (our previous record was $215,000 from 732 gifts in 2020).

All virtual for the second year in a row, 2021 surpassed expectations!

The grand total includes

  • $104,556 for the University Fund for Resilience;
  • $38,201 for the Student Tuition Relief Fund;
  • and $82,765 for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund.

“These funds provide the building blocks for a bright and equitable future for each and every student,” said Braydon Hoover, director of development and annual giving. “We invited our community to help us envision how we can move Forward from this challenging year, and they answered ‘Together.’”

Other highlights of 2021 LovEMU Day:

  • Unlocking over $100,000 in challenge match funds.
  • Giving from donors in 45 states and six countries (thanks, Honduras, Canada, Germany, South Korea, Iraq and Brazil!)
  • Watching the fierce competition on the leaderboards, as the Visual and Communication Arts Program, Women’s Volleyball Team, and the Black Student Alliance came away with big wins and $1,000 each.
  • Hearing the many reasons why donors LovEMU.

Hoover again MC’ed the event from EMU’s Facebook Live channel, greeting the virtual audience in his robe at 6 a.m. and ending the day at the stroke of midnight with blue hair (at least, this year, he kept his hair).

Interspersed throughout the day were 1:1 interviews with a host of campus “celebrities,” each of whom have individually and collectively impacted the university in this most challenging year. 

“Sitting down with these extraordinary folks is one of the most meaningful aspects of LovEMU for me,” Hoover said. “Hearing their stories about what EMU means to them, especially the ways in which we can move Forward Together, was particularly inspiring after the year we’ve collectively lived through.” 

Look for an article with 1:1 Interview Highlights coming soon with sharing from these EMU community members:  

  • Manuel A. Nuñez ‘94, chair of EMU’s Board of Trustees;
  • Senior class officers Akiel Baker, Liz Miller, Hannah Nichols, and Amanda Jasper,
  • Our favorite director of dining services and inspiration for the lunchtime “Don’t Let Bruce Down Challenge” (and indeed you did not), Bruce Emmerson
  • David Chun, co-president of EMU’s newest student club, the Asian and Pacific Islander Student Alliance,
  •  President Susan Schultz Huxman,
  • Jackie Font-Guzmán, executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion,
  • Student Government Co-Presidents Justice Allen, Anisa Leonard, and Allison Shelly, and
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representatives Lauren Hartzler, Megan Breidigan, and Tim Jones.

Thanks to the many who donated and shared of their time to tell us how you LovEMU!

Special thanks to the LovEMU Day Team: Amelia Morrison, annual giving coordinator; Graham Stauffer ‘19, data analytics coordinator; Joshua Lyons, web developer and analyst; Laura Lehman MDiv ‘06, director of digital content and strategy; Rebekah Budnikas ‘15, social media manager; and Kristina Showalter ‘97, gifts receipting coordinator.

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Mascot Madness Champion, Hugo the Hawk, Speaks on His Victory and Getting Back to Work




SUNY Mascot Madness winner - Hugo Hawk from New PaltzThe first ever SUNY Mascot Madness came to a close yesterday with over 300,000 votes cast over the entire competition.  In a race that was too close to call initially, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz was declared the winner of the first SUNY Mascot Madness over Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook.  In a race to the finish, he met the library dean, cleaned the campus, and hung out with many students on campus.

We were able to catch up with Hugo and get his thoughts on the final round of the competition.

What responsibilities do you carry as SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion?  What’s next for you?

As the SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion, it is my duty to represent all that this title stands for. I will continue being the best mascot I can possibly be and keep getting better at it each day.

What will you do with all of your free time once SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 is complete?

With this free time I will get back to the basics. I will work on my cheers and dances and keep myself in tip-top shape for all the teams I root for. I will work hard to earn my place in next year’s tournament and make sure I do my best to defend my crown.


And we look forward to next year’s competition with you Hugo!

Hugo Hawk with Mascot Madness championship trophy

Emily Schwartz

Written by Emily Schwartz

Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.

April 5, 2013

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Bobby Hurley Named University at Buffalo Men’s Basketball Head Coach




Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley, one of the most iconic figures in college basketball history, has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

He joins UB from the University of Rhode Island, where he has been serving as associate head coach. He was hired as an assistant coach at Wagner College in 2010, and spent two seasons with the Seahawks, playing a critical role in rebuilding the men’s basketball team. He helped lead Wagner to a 25-6 record during the 2011-12 season – its best record in school history – before joining Rhode Island.

A first-team All-American in 1993, Hurley is best remembered for being the point guard at Duke. Hurley helped lead the Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances and consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. Hurley still holds the NCAA record for career assists with 1,076.

Following his outstanding career at Duke, Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He went on to play five years in the NBA with the Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies.

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SUNY Oneonta Senior Sets Off on 4,200-Mile Cross-Country Bike Adventure




Jayme Haynes biking in Central Bridge on her cross country adventure

Jami Haynes sets off from her home in Central Bridge, NY, on Tuesday, May 28.

SUNY Oneonta senior Jami Haynes set off on a 4,200-mile, cross-country bike adventure today with the goal of raising awareness about the Harvest of Hope Foundation, an organization that provides emergency assistance to migrant workers and their families. Haynes, 21, accompanied by her boyfriend and sister, left early Tuesday morning from her home in Central Bridge, N.Y.

An avid runner and hiker, Haynes got the idea for the “Miles for Migrants” bike tour after Harvest of Hope founder and President Phil Kellerman visited one of her education classes, taught by Madeline Berry, this past semester. Her 20-year-old sister, Jena, signed on for the adventure, and then her boyfriend, Caleb Grippin, 23, joined the team.

Jena Haynes, Caleb Grippin, Jami Haynes with bikes

SUNY Oneonta student Jami Haynes (right) with her sister, Jena, and boyfriend, Caleb Grippin.

“I wasn’t very familiar with what a migrant farm worker was and how they contributed to American society, and I was especially touched as a future educator by the support that Harvest of Hope gives to these families and the scholarships that the foundation provides,” Haynes said.

The class did a service-learning project to benefit Harvest of Hope, and Haynes kept the momentum going. She and her sister organized a spaghetti supper, several bake sales and a raffle, as well as giving presentations about Harvest of Hope on campus and in the community. “Spreading awareness of the foundation and how it helps migrant farm workers has been extremely rewarding,” Haynes said. “The community definitely knows a lot more about the contributions of migrant workers because of this project.”

Haynes hopes to continue raising awareness by meeting with media outlets during her journey. The trio plans to ride about 60 to 80 miles per day, camping and staying with friends and family members en route to San Francisco. They have been training for the trip for about three months, logging several hundred miles of short and long rides.

The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997, when Kellerman worked at ESCORT, a migrant education resource center based at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to its affiliation with ESCORT, SUNY Oneonta has operated a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since 2001. Created in 1972, CAMP is a federally-funded scholarship program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm-working families pursue higher education.

ESCORT senior programmer analyst Bob Thomas, a friend of Kellerman’s, loaned Haynes and her crew three touring bikes and trailers. Thomas, who completed a cross-country bicycling trip himself back in 1976, was on hand for the send-off Tuesday, offering last-minute tips and advice.

An elementary education major with a concentration in social studies, Haynes will share experiences from her trip this fall as a student teacher at Cobleskill Elementary School.

She will also chronicle her adventures throughout the 11-week journey on the blog:


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May 28, 2013

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