SUNY Oneonta Honors Major Donor With Building Name!
ONEONTA, N.Y. — SUNY Oneonta’s Science 1 building will be named the “Janet R. Perna(Purr-na) Science Building” in recognition of a distinguished alumna who has announced that she will give $5 million to the State University College at Oneonta Foundation. The SUNY Board of Trustees approved the new name at its meeting Thursday. Half of the 5 million dollar gift will be allocated to unrestricted endowment, which funds many campus programs, including student-faculty research and creative activities, internship support, faculty development and board-designated scholarships. The other half will be restricted to the “Janet Perna ’70 Women in Technology Scholarship.” Science 1 is home to the college’s departments of Biology and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. It also houses numerous classrooms, laboratories and the college’s planetarium. While at SUNY Oneonta, Perna studied mathematics. Since then, her leadership has earned her numerous honors and awards, including her 2001 induction into the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame, recognition by Information Week as one of the nation's "Top 10 Women in IT," and inclusion among the thinkers and innovators on Sm@rt Partner's list of "50 Smartest People.