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Oswego Alumni Return, Reminisce

More than 800 alumni celebrated this year's biggest alumni "family reunion," the Great Oswego State Fair June 7 to 10.

Alumni and friends enjoyed reminiscing, dining and dancing.

Jean Moser McKay '62
and her 10 Alpha Sigma sisters cut a rug at the Friday night "Come as You Were BBQ" at Fallbrook. The weekend marked McKay's first visit to campus in 50 years.

"We had such a wonderful time here," she recalled.

McKay was encouraged to attend Reunion by one of her lifelong friends — the group still keeps in touch via email and Facebook. Like many others visiting campus for the first time in decades, she was glad she did.

"I come back to see some of my brothers," said Raymond Harquail '71, who came to celebrate Phi Omicron Xi's 30th anniversary. "It's great to revisit old friendships and to see what everyone is up to."

The Saturday night "Family Reunion" Alumni Dinner was a highlight for 1992 graduate Rick Gordon '92. The theatre major, who spent most of the last two decades working overseas, traveled all the way from Sweden to celebrate his 20th class anniversary.

"I came to Reunion on my own, I never planned to meet anybody here and I've been talking to everyone I see and I've just been having the best time," said Bridget Curran '92.

"We had a blast," said Delta Kappa Kappa brother Ted Shramek '62. "Everything is always beyond expectations ... I'm enormously proud of my alma mater."

The classes of 1987 and 2002 raised the bar for Reunion giving by collecting record amounts for the silver anniversary and 10-year groups. The class of 1987 contributed $125,814 to the overall $379,419 raised by milestone Reunion classes. The class of 2002 chipped in $12,912.

The Class of 1962 nabbed the Reunion Giving Participation Cup with nearly half the class contributing to the Reunion campaign — another Reunion class giving record. The class raised a total of $37,504.

Oswego Alumni Association Board of Directors President Bill Schreiner '92 was honored with the Alumni Service Award.

The weekend's dozens of activities are documented in a Flickr slideshow. Attendees are invited to send photos and video to; purchase limited-edition clothing or class photos; and take an online survey.

Reunion 2013 is slated for June 6 to 9. Drop a line to if you would like to volunteer to plan class or group activities.

— Shane M. Liebler

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