Alumni Celebrate at Special Reunion
More than 1,100 alumni and friends came to celebrate SUNY Oswego's 150th birthday at the Sesquicentennial Reunion Celebration June 10 to 12.
Guests made "celebrate" the operative word, pouring into a Friday night concert in downtown Oswego and dancing the evening away during the Happy Birthday Bash dinner Saturday in the Campus Center.
Days were filled with numerous events for classes celebrating milestone anniversary years as well as dozens of Greek and other student organization mini-reunions. Oswego Alumni Association photographers captured much of the action.
"My college roommate and I have been friends for more than 50 years," said Philomena Camesano Mark '61, an Arethusa sister. "Oswego holds a lot of memories for me ... It opened up a whole new world to me."
John '82 and Karyn McCormack Zanetti '81 were lured to Reunion by a love of the lake and Wade's diner.
"It's the excitement of possibly seeing people I had relationships with or friends that might show up," said John, who did unexpectedly find some old pals on his visit.
Alumni also gave gifts to mark the birthday celebration.
Milestone classes gathered more than $390,000 total in honor of their reunions.
The first-ever 5K Race for Possibility and Hope raised more than $780 for SUNY Oswego's Possibility Scholarship program and Friends of Oswego County Hospice. Likewise, the first-ever Déjà Vu Concert sponsored by Delta Kappa Kappa 85th Anniversary raised $1,500 each for SUNY Oswego scholarships and the United Way of Oswego County.
Alumni are invited to help with planning Reunion 2012 set for June 8 to 10. Contact the Oswego Alumni Association to learn more about volunteering for or attending Reunion Weekend 2012.
— Shane M. Liebler
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