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Theatre Dept. Celebrates Sesquicentennial with 150 Years of Fashion

The theatre department infused the college’s 150th anniversary celebration with a little fun and style with a “Fashionable High Tea” event March 23.

With emcee and Syracuse television talent Tammy Palmer ’98, students, staff and alumni gathered to enjoy tea, snacks and a fashion show put on by the theatre department.

Sheldon Hall Ballroom was transformed into a tea-time atmosphere for the event. The room was full of guests with decorative hats and tables with classy decorations. Servers circled the room, offering hot tea.

Palmer graduated from SUNY Oswego with a double major in communications and theatre. The NewsChannel 9 reporter had a great time wearing festive headgear while introducing models representing different time periods.

“Only among my theatre community can I pull off a feather headband and be told that it looks perfectly normal,” the NewsChannel 9 reporter told the audience with a laugh.

The show went through the decades, showing fashion trends starting in the 1860s. Other alumnae, Rachel Koes-Helmer ’06 and Sara Weiler ’09 both walked in the show representing the 1880s, 1890s, 1920s and 1980s.

Some designs were donated from Kathy Hilton’s spring couture line, courtesy of Elias Gutierrez ’09, associate designer of the collection.

Born and raised in Oswego County, Palmer knew she wanted some sort of job performing. “I won a scholarship in theatre for high school, and my father said ‘Well you better have a second major,’” Palmer said of her double major. “So, I took on communications. I became involved with WTOP, and then had an internship my senior year at WSYR-TV. It led to my first job.

“I spent a lot of my free time in the theatre department. The staff was incredible: Mark Cole ’73, Ron Medici, Shannon Penrod, Kitty Macey ... they were great.”

Emily Longeretta ’12

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