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SUNY Oswego - Sheldon Statue

Sheldon statue

SUNY Oswego

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  1. Where are you from?
    As a statue, I was created in bronze by John Francis Brines in Albany and unveiled in January 1900. The statue reflects our founder Edward Austin Sheldon's impact in education, as my casting was funded by penny donations from nearly 200,000 children from 3,007 schools around Arbor Day 1898, organized by a Sheldon Memorial Association of teachers from around the state. So I'm actually from students across New York state.
  2. How many teams do you represent?
    I represent 24 teams of talented and dedicated student-athletes.
  3. How were you chosen to be school mascot?
    While I was not chosen to be a mascot, I'm proud to represent the school.
  4. Do you have any friends that are mascots?
    Six other colleges now in the SUNY system were organized or re-organized under the Oswego Method that Sheldon invented in the middle of the 19th century. So I feel like a father figure to these mascots.
  5. What is your favorite campus event?
    Call me sentimental, but I enjoy every day students are on campus. My favorite is Commencement, when they celebrate their achievements with their families and friends and the faculty who guided them.
  6. What is your favorite New York State destination?
    There's nothing more gorgeous than an Oswego sunset over Lake Ontario! As the only New York college campus on a Great Lake, we're thrilled to have nightly showings.
  7. What is your favorite Broadway play?
    We're partial to any featuring Tony Award-winning sound designer Brian Ronan, a 1984 alumnus. His current musical "Beautiful" -- the story of Carole King -- also happens to describe our campus perfectly.
  8. What do you consider the ideal fan?
    An ideal fan is somebody who supports all our teams in snow, rain, snow, sleet, snow, wind, snow, hail, snow, sunshine and snow.
  9. What’s it like to be a mascot?
    While I am not a mascot, mascots seems to have fun.
  10. What do you like to do for fun?
    I like to sit in front of Sheldon Hall and watch the students, faculty and staff go to classes and their jobs. Makes me proud to see how hard they all work. Besides, I can't wander very far.