Alumnus Helps Make Oswego a Top School for Veterans

Veteran's Lounge

Lt. Col. Mike Waters ’70 USAF (Ret.) knows what it is like to be a veteran-student at SUNY Oswego. He served several tours in combat with the Air National Guard before finishing his degree, nine and a half years after his high school graduation. Waters has been supporting veterans’ initiatives on campus for years, starting the

A Legacy of Life, Learning and Love: A Tribute to Colleen and Lynne

Remembering the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103

Imani Gary ’15 wasn’t born when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988, killing the 259 passengers aboard and 11 people on the ground. She didn’t know the two SUNY Oswego students who perished in the bombing: Colleen Brunner ’90 and Lynne Hartunian ’89. Yet, Gary said her life has been profoundly affected by them. As the 2013

Memorial Bench Honors Class of ’64 Alumna

Patricia Secrest ’64

When friends remember the late Patricia Russell Secrest ’64, they speak of her laugh, her propensity for good times and her kindness. Friends remember how much she enjoyed Oswego — the campus, professors and classmates. Friends remember, above all, how much she loved the lake, walking along the shoreline, catching a sunset or gazing over the water.

Alumni Bookshelf

Someone by Alice McDermott ’87

Alice McDermott ’75 paints a lyrical portrait of one woman’s life in all its complexity in Someone: A Novel. An ordinary life — its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion — lived by Marie, an ordinary woman, is the subject of this graceful narrative. A realistic view of the Irish-American experience at a

Senior Media Director Pitches the Milwaukee Brewers

Senior Media Director Pitches the Milwaukee Brewers

Mike Vassallo ’97 could be in any one of 28 major U.S. cities at any given time, representing Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers as the franchise’s senior director of media relations. As the primary connection between the media and the team’s players and managers, Vassallo rarely has downtime during the long, grinding season. Before each season begins, he

TV Personality Trades Hard Hat for Lapel Mike

Sean McAllister ’02 with the "MORE" team

In the year following graduation, Sean McAllister ’02 would grab a few hours sleep after working construction all day, then show up at 4:30 a.m. as a volunteer script writer/teleprompter operator for CBS-affiliate WROC Rochester. By 8 a.m., he’d be back on the job site. He kept that grueling schedule until a producer position opened

Patterson Wins Long-Sought Title

Jessica Patterson ’09

The same independence and drive that Jessica Wilkinson Patterson ’09 used to trudge her wheelchair through Oswego’s snow-covered campus helped her achieve a long-sought goal. Patterson was crowned Ms. Wheelchair New York in August, winning the title after giving a speech on surmounting the challenges of physical disability. “I came across the Ms. Wheelchair pageant

Wedding Album

Kalback Greeno Wedding

Two generations of Oswego alumni gathered for the Sept. 15, 2012, wedding of Morgan Kalbach ’09 and Jordan Greeno ’08 M ’10. The bride was a member of Alpha Sigma Chi and the bridegroom was a member of Psi Phi Gamma. In the wedding party were Kate Runyan ’09, Courtney Delo ’09, Mandi Gorenflo ’10

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Stuart Allen ’29 of Bradenton, Fla., died Oct. 19, 2011. He is survived by a daughter-in-law, three granddaughters, and seven great-grandchildren. Werner Beer ’39 of Rochester passed away Sept. 5, 2012. He was employed at Taylor Instrument during World War II, and later was in sales for Diversy and White Haven Memorial Park. Raymond Green

Faculty Hall of Fame: Emily Oaks

Faculty Hall of Fame: Emily Oaks

Emily Oaks, Ph.D., plunges a well-used shovel into sandy dirt behind her Sterling farmhouse to lift a Monarda Didyma from the earth. She cradles its tangled roots in her hands and slides them, dirt and all, into a bag to be given to a friend. The friend will replant, relish the beauty of the fringed