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June 27, 2001
CONTACT: Betsy Oberst, 312-2258
OSWEGO -- Hundreds of SUNY Oswego alumni from across the decades are expected to gather on campus from July 20 to 22 for Reunion 2001, a program of the Oswego Alumni Association.
Among the more than 45 events planned by a volunteer committee working with the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations staff are some of special interest to area residents: a Safe Haven presentation, an alumni book signing and a Mass and scholarship luncheon in honor of a prominent former Oswego clergyman, the late Rev. Robert E. Hall.
"We welcome the community to these events," said Betsy Oberst, executive director of the Oswego Alumni Association.
The free local history presentation on Safe Haven will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in Hewitt Union. Neal Hoffman, president of Safe Haven Inc., will tell the story of the Jewish refugee settlement at Fort Ontario during World War II. Ruth Gruber, who shepherded the 982 refugees to Oswego, was honored at SUNY Oswego's May commencement with an honorary doctoral degree. Her book about the experience, "Haven," was the basis for a CBS mini-series earlier this year.
Alumni and emeritus faculty authors will sign copies of their books from 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday at the College Bookstore in Hewitt Union. On hand will be Jeffrey Durstewitz, who graduated in 1973, and Nancy Osborne, a 1970 graduate, as well as Dr. Harold Nash and Helen Buckley Simkewicz.
Durstewitz is the co-author with Ruth Campbell Williams of "Younger Than That Now: A Shared Passage from the Sixties." The book won the 2001 Non-Fiction Prize from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Osborne is the author of the recently published "In the Shadow of a Miracle: Life at the Loretto Academy of Our Lady of Light for Girls," her second book.
Nash and Simkewicz, both retired professors, will also sign copies of their books. Nash is the author of "Our Aging Brain," and Simkewicz has written many children's books, including "Moonlight Kite."
Members of the public will be able to meet the authors at the admission-free event. Copies of their books will be available for purchase. Durstewitz will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his books that day to the Oswego Alumni Association.
There will be a Mass in honor of Hall, for whom Oswego's Hall Newman Center is named and who was pastor of St. Mary's Church in Oswego for many years. The Mass will be at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, July 22, at the Newman Center.
A fund-raising lunch in honor of Hall will follow the Mass, at 11:30 a.m. at the Captain's Steak and Seafood Restaurant, 27 E. First St., Oswego. The cold luncheon buffet will be $25 per person, and proceeds will help fund the Father Robert E. Hall Scholarship Fund at SUNY Oswego. Checks should be made payable to the Oswego College Foundation. For reservations call 312-5559 by July 13.
For information on these and other reunion weekend activities, call the Reunion Hotline, 312-5559.
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