150 Things We Love About Oswego

Snowfalls and sunsets, beanies and books (or is it Buck’s?), the Founder and Fallbrook … These are just a few of the things we love about Oswego. To celebrate the college’s Sesquicentennial, we asked you, our readers, to send in the things you remember most fondly about your alma mater. The list includes current faves and long-gone treasures. But one thing remains certain — Our alumni love Oswego!

Editor’s note: Entries are numbered for listing purposes and not ranked. Click on the links to read a story on that item.

1. Applause-worthy sunsets

2. Lake Ontario

3. Lake winds

4. Shady Shore

5. Great Lake Review

6. The Wheel

7. Wade’s

8. The Bluffs

9. Blackfriars

10. Smokestacks

11. Activism of the ’60s/’70s

12. Take Back the Night

13. ALANA

14. King Alumni Hall

15. 9/11 Memorial Garden

16. Glimerglass Lagoon

17. The Lodge

18. Torchlight

19. Old Alma Mater

20. New Alma Mater

21. Ontario Orchards

22. Wall Street Café

23. Sheldon’s trees

24. Max Ziel

25. Eleanor Roosvelt visit

26. Sheldon Hall ballroom

27. Book Brigade

28. Normal School pride

29. Epic Snowfalls

30. The Furniture Shop

31. Sundial Quad

32. Lee Hall pool movies

33. Rice Creek

34. Fallbrook

35. Waterspouts

36. New vs. Old Campus snowball fight

37. Bridge Street Run

38. Dirt Day

39. Washington Boulevard

40. Rudy’s

41. Bev’s

42. Sweete Shop

43. Oswego Sub Shop

44. Martin Luther King Day celebration

45. Springfest

46. Mahar-Tyler tunnel

47. Late Night (snack bar)

48. The Art Attack

49. Rush Week

50. John Belt’s studio

51. Sons of the Wilted Wallet

52. Daughters of the Wilted Wallet

53. Carillon Bells

54. Lake Effect Café

55. WNYO

56. WOCR

57. WTOP

58. WRVO

59. The Ontarian

60. Solid State

61. StateSingers

62. GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade)

63. Lakeside Dining Hall/Johnson Hall

64. Quest

65. Media Summit

66. Centro

67. Student Association

68. Flat Rocks

69. Ropes

70. Car buried at Culkin

71. Bonfires behind Riggs

72. The Village townhouses

73. LOCO

74. Sheldon cupola

75. Old City

76. Buckland’s

77. 2007 national Div. III men’s
champion hockey team

78. Sheldon Statue

79. Nunzi’s

80. Cooper

81. Mackin

82. Honors Program

83. Phi Beta Sigma (first African American
fraternity on campus)

84. Women’s ice hockey

85. Campus School

86. Splinter Village

87. Poucher Hall radio lab

88. Industrial Arts

89. The Tavern

90. Campus Center

91. PPB/SAPB concerts

92. Meteorology

93. Cayuga Hall

94. Funnelle Hall

95. Hart Hall

96. Oneida Hall

97. Onondaga Hall

98. Scales Hall

99. Waterbury Hall

100. Hidden Fields

101. Laker Hall

102. Lanigan Hall

103. Penfield Library

104. Rich Hall

105. The ’Shed

106. Greek life

107. Lab Theatre

108. Uldrick Thompson’s Clock

109. Children’s Center

110. Draper Hall

111. The original Sheldon Hall

112. Return to Oz

113. Reunion Weekend

114. Artswego

115. Alumni-In-Residence

116. Indie Concert Series

117. Lil’s

118. Toilet Talk

119. Snygg Hall

120. Piez Hall

121. Swetman Gymnasium

122. Our 75,000 alumni worldwide

123. College Mace and Medallion

124. Writing Arts Program

125. Football

126. Beanies

127. The Pergola

128. Symphonic Choir

129. Romney Field House

130. Timepieces

131. College-Community Orchestra

132. Northern lights

133. Senior Clam Bake

134. Sunset Café

135. Transportation Lab

136. O-Zone

137. Bowling Alley in Hewitt Union

138. Zamboni

139. Honors Convocation

140. Road Show

141. Pontiac Hotel

142. Muhammad Ali visit

143. Ice sculptures

144. Commencement

145. Hideo Takamine

146. Homecoming Parade

147. 1893/1903 World’s Exhibition medals

148. Rugby

149. 1966 championship men’s soccer team

150. Waterman Theatre

“150 Things We Love about Oswego” was researched, reported and written by Editor Michele Reed, Associate Editor Shane M. Liebler and Keith Edelman ’10. Thanks to colleagues from the offices of Public Affairs, Publications, Penfield Library Archives and Sports Information for help in compiling the stories and images.

8 thoughts on “150 Things We Love About Oswego

  1. How come SAVAC is not on the list. This was the first student run ambulance in the country and has provided endless service to this campus for 40 years. I think this is a major discrepancy in this list.

  2. At Christmas time, the language department gathered for a meal and entertainment, most of which was prepared by students. We had the opportunity to sample foods and hear music from many cultures. The planning was as much fun as the event itself. Two of the most memorable activities were hearing SILENT NIGHT sung in 7 languages simultaneously and watching people attempt the Russian dances.

  3. Can’t forget:

    Greekr Games
    The “hitching corner”
    Curfew!
    Professional Attire required at Sunday dinner
    Women students couldn’t wear slacks above 0 degrees
    Etc., etc., and so forth

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