Reunion Classes Look for Big Giving Numbers This Sesquicentennial Year
SUNY Oswego turns 150 years old; the 1961, 1986 and 2001 classes will celebrate milestones; and for three days in June, the college will host 1,500-plus alumni expected to attend Reunion 2011, June 10 to 12. Those are some exciting numbers.
Reunion giving volunteers are also excited about their fundraising numbers as their classes compete for the Participation Cup, awarded each year to the class with the highest percentage of donors.
The class gifts are a long-standing Reunion tradition and one of the college's most reliable resources for The Fund for Oswego.
"There's no better time to give to your alma mater than Reunion," said Associate Director of Annual Giving Jessica Moquin. "It says, 'I feel fondly about my school and I want to see future alumni have the same kind of success that I have had.'"
This year, alumni from any class year are encouraged to give a special "birthday present" in honor of the college's Sesquicentennial.
Every graduate who has ever graced the halls of Oswego is invited to observe the college's noteworthy milestone at June's Reunion. There will also be special events planned for milestone anniversary reunion classes, including 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
In addition, Alpha Delta Eta, Alpha Epsilon Phi (25th anniversary), Alpha Sigma Chi, Arethusa, Beta Tau Epsilon, Delta Chi Omega/TKE, Delta Kappa Kappa (85th anniversary), men's wrestling, Omega Delta Phi, Phi Lambda Phi, Phi Sigma Phi, Pi Delta Chi, Psi Phi Gamma, Riggs Hall, Sigma Gamma, Sigma Tau Chi, the Sodus Migrant Project and Theta Chi Rho have special events planned.
Reunion Giving Volunteers from the milestone classes of 1961, 1986 and 2001 are reaching out to classmates by letters, email and phone - in some cases, on social media sites like Facebook - to get the word out and participation numbers up.
Last year's 50-year Reunion Class of 1960 earned the Reunion Giving Participation Cup last year with 38 percent of the class participating. The Class of 1961 is off to a good start this year, raising nearly $20,000 from 21 percent of the class.
Follow the progress of all participating classes — those with years ending in one and six — online.
In addition, alumni are invited to visit the Sesquicentennial Reunion Celebration website, follow us on Facebook or call the Reunion Hotline at 315-312-5559 for more information.
— Shane M. Liebler
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