More than 1,100 SUNY Oswego alumni accepted the invitation
to “Come Remember” at Reunion 2010 June 10 to 13.
Classes and numerous groups converged on a somewhat
soggy campus to celebrate milestone anniversaries, meet longtime friends and
reminisce during the memories-themed weekend.
“I came back because I wanted to see all the beautiful new
buildings and changes on campus,”said
Tom Hanford ’00, aformer Student Association member and Oswegonian staffer. “We were still
watching the Lakers in Romney back then.
“It was cold, I think the (Campus
Center) is a little warmer,” he
laughed while attending the "Down by the Boardwalk" Picnic on the Lake Saturday
behind Lakeside Dining Center. “You felt like you were right on the ice … As weird as
it sounds, it was an intimate place to watch the hockey game.”
Some alumni brought physical relics from their days on
campus. Arlene Madalena Weyer ’60
brought gallon Zip-Lock bags full of pieces from her past, including men’s
basketball programs, sock hop tickets and her driver’s education guide, to the
Class of 1960 Tea and Remembrance Ceremony Friday at Shady Shore. Dr. Andrew Francello ’88 was proud to
sport his vintage Scales Hall T-shirt branded with his nickname, “Quincy.”
Ted Rosen ’70
didn’t wear a special vest from a senior year piano recital he performed, but
he did tote the token around with him. A friend made the green vest for him and
it was a fond memory for Rosen.
“It’s been in my college memorabilia box for a good 40
years,” the 1970 graduate said. “This is my first Reunion
and I couldn’t resist bringing it around.”
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Who doesn’t want to save the world? Michael Kite ’02 does that for a living through World Wildlife
As marketing specialist for one of the world’s leading conservation
organizations, Kite and his team of three work to raise more than $5 million each
year. The majority of that money comes from licensing partnerships and promotions
with the likes of Barnes & Noble, Gap, Hewlett-Packard, Dial and Coinstar.
Retail partnerships help WWF spread its message to the
general public and raise funds for its conservation work around the globe. For
example, Bank of America contributes $100 for every special Visa account opened
and Nabisco is supporting WWF’s “Year
of the Tiger” initiative with special packaging and a $100,000 donation.
The new CVS Green
Bag Tag program rewards reusable bag-toting customers, and generates five
cents for WWF for each tag sold.
All support WWF’s mission of protecting the future of nature,
down to the finest details, Kite said.
“We like to see that the product is made from recycled
material and is recyclable itself, and somehow ties into our mission,” Kite
said. The Green Bag Tag, for instance, is made from a corn-based material and
features a 100 percent recycled silicone lanyard.
As a broadcasting major at Oswego, Kite got involved with WRVO-FM and WNYO-FM.
“I think it gave me a lot more confidence in talking to
people,” he said. It was an important part of his early career in broadcast
sales and remains an important piece in the message he “sells” today.
“The best part of my job is seeing a product in the store
with the WWF logo after months of working with a company to launch it,” said
Kite, who joined the organization in 2006. “It’s rewarding to give people a
fun, unique way to protect our planet.”
— Shane M. Liebler
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