Memories, fun and giving back were recurrent themes when hundreds of alumni
of color returned to campus Sept. 28 to 30 for Return to Oz III.
The alumni took part in a faculty/alumni mixer, a picnic at Fallbrook with a
Caribbean steel band, and a grand dinner-dance, including a performance by The
Praise Dance Group and Gospel Choir members past and present, led by Kahan
It was the group's first reunion since 2002.
"You are such an important part of the history of this campus," President
Deborah F. Stanley told the alumni at a dinner she hosted for them Sept.
"You are the success our students are looking to emulate," she told the
alumni. "Teach them what a worthwhile life is. It is all about being thinking, caring and
doing people — which is what you are."
Errol Taylor '77, who also spoke at the dinner, echoed her words.
"Everything I've become I can in one way or another tie to Oswego," he said.
Taylor is a partner in the New York City law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley
& McCloy LLP, and an expert in intellectual property law.
He explained that he came back to campus for the first Return to Oz in 1997
and hasn't stopped coming back since. He encouraged his fellow alumni to become more involved.
"Find a way to get back in touch with the school and give back to
One way Taylor is giving back is by an innovative challenge he has
announced. He will match any gifts up to $15,000 until June 30, 2008, from
alumni who attended the Return to Oz reunion or were eligible to. For more
information contact the Office of University Development at
Kendis Gibson '94 was presented with the GOLD
Award for Graduates of the Last Decade. He was chosen for the recognition in
2004, but was unable to come back to campus to receive his award at that time.
Gibson is a co-host of the HGTV show "I Want That!" which showcases some of the
newest gadgets for homeowners. He is an Emmy Award winner, who, among other
things, served as an entertainment host for CNN.
"It is amazing to be back in Oswego," said Gibson, who recalled that after
covering the terrorist attacks of September 11, he returned to Oswego as a
place to relax and reconnect with life. He urged his fellow alumni to get
involved with the college. "It's really important to give back [to Oswego]," he
said. "I hope a lot of other people will decide to do that, too."
Errol Taylor '77
Parents and children at Return to Oz III gathered for an Oswego family picture
with President Deborah F. Stanley, right.
An enthusiastic participant leads the conga line at the barbecue at
Fallbrook Saturday afternoon.
Kendis Gibson '94, co-host of HGTV's "I Want That!" accepts his Graduate
of the Last Decade Award. He was chosen in 2004 but could not return to campus
to receive his recognition.
Gospel Choir members past and present, led by Kahan Sablo '90, sang
songs of praise during the grand dinner-dance and ball.
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