Author talk: "Outcasts United"
Warren St. John, author of this year's Oswego Reading Initiative book, "Outcasts United," will speak. The book tells the story of Clarkston, Georgia, a southern town that became a center for refugee resettlement, through the lens of a soccer team of refugee boys called "the Fugees." The book explores the difficulties the team and town face as people from a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds are forced to live and work together. Free; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 -- see oswego.edu/administration/parking. 315-312-2232.
Location: to be announced
Wednesday, Sept 28, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Columbus Day Open House
The Open House will include: Admissions presentations, a chance to talk with faculty, student-guided campus tours, select tours of academic facilities and an opportunity to meet with representatives from Career Services, International Education (study abroad) and Experience-Based Education (internships). Presentations regarding financial aid and first-year academic and advisement programs are also offered. Please go to www.oswego.edu/visit to register.
Location: Marano Campus Center, Main Concourse
Monday, Oct 10, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Women's Tennis vs. Utica
Location: Romney Tennis Court
Wednesday, Sept 28, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Women's Field Hockey vs Morrisville
Location: Laker Turf Stadium
Wednesday, Sept 28, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
For more information, visit http://alumni.oswego.edu/homecoming
Sunday, Sept 25, 6:01 p.m. - 6:01 p.m.
It's an Oswego legacy that starts in the 1950s and stretches well into the new millennium. Since Bill Bacon '59 roamed the halls of Oswego with his future wife, the late Patricia Kallmeyer Bacon '60, all three of their children — and their spouses — have called themselves Lakers.
"Probably the reason that happened is I have a very close brother- and sister-in-law in Pulaski," Bill said. "In the summertime when we came to Pulaski we made it a point to come down to Oswego and visit all our old haunts."
The parade of Bacon children began with daughter, Diane Bacon Rizzo '88, who met her husband, Don Rizzo '87, as a student.
She was followed by brother Bill Bacon IV '90, who married Holly Roth Bacon '88. The other Bacon brother, Robert '95, married Kathleen Liguori Bacon '95.
This fall, James Rizzo '14 became the ninth member - and third generation - of the Bacon family to enroll at Oswego.
"Basically, it changed all our lives. I'm very fortunate," Bill Bacon said. "I've got three great kids ... We all did extremely well once we graduated."
Bill came to Oswego to pursue an industrial arts degree at one of the only colleges to offer it at the time. He ended up working as a guidance counselor, retiring in 1992.
In addition to his work as a Downstate recruiter for SUNY Oswego until his second retirement in 2000, Bill has volunteered time as an Oswego Alumni Association Board member and made regular donations to his alma mater.
It's just two ways this proud alumnus and parent likes to give back.
"[Our family members are] all doing something they love and we attribute that to our education," he said.
The Oswego Parents Fund invites all family members of current and past students to give back and ensure Oswego success stories continue for generations. The fund supports academic programs, research opportunities, scholarships, library resources, technology upgrades and more.
— Shane M. Liebler
Bill Bacon '59, at center, eighth from the right, stands with his family at the Campus Center opening in 2007. Nine current Bacon family members have attended or are attending Oswego.