I’m all about signs—just ask any of my family and friends. Yes, I’m one of those people who takes guidance from the “universe,” the “divine” or whatever term you prefer. That’s why my heart started pounding with excitement late last summer. Betsy Oberst from the SUNY Oswego Alumni Office was calling. It was a sign.
Three former editors of OSWEGO contribute to this issue. Their aggregate experience is 34 years, starting in 1979, when Denise Owen Harrigan began her 17-year run. Linda Loomis ’90 M ’97 started in 1995, with Michele Reed following in 2001. They are writer-editors who share a love for the written word and deep feelings for the people of SUNY
ONE DAY LAST WINTER MY DAUGHTER texted me, “Check out this cool website! Is this where Grandpa worked?” I followed the link to pictures of the abandoned rug mill in Amsterdam, N.Y., where my father ran the boiler for more than a quarter century, and scrolled through photo after photo of the ruins. There were the
Most days, when I’m pounding the keyboard to write a story or poring over proofs, red pen in hand, I stop to think how fortunate I am. I have been able to build a career around my passion for the written word. So when I looked at this issue’s feature stories, I was naturally struck by the art alumni feature.
Although the magazine comes out in August, I am writing this column in June, right after Reunion Weekend. More than 800 alumni returned to campus for four days packed with good food, great friends and memories galore. The days are long — I’d be fibbing if I said my feet didn’t hurt! But what we — your alumni staff — take away from that weekend is a renewal and re-energizing of our passion for our profession.
Personally, I am always thrilled to hear your stories of relationships with professors cultivated, lifelong friendships forged and romances that bloomed right here on the shores of Lake Ontario.
It’s not too early to start thinking about two great Reunions coming up — Return to Oz IV is slated for Sept. 27 to 29, 2013. Register now for a Sept. 29, 2012, Kick-off Party in New York City (oswego.edu/returntooz). And Reunion Weekend
2013 — June 6-9 — is already in the planning stages (oswego.edu/reunion). Volunteer for the Reunion planning committee, get in touch with your friends and come back to campus for a great time. We’ll be waiting to welcome you … and the Oswego alumni magazine crew will have our notebooks and cameras handy to record your inspiring stories!
When I was in third grade, I started a newspaper at our elementary school, writing and editing and getting someone in the office to run it off on mimeo (photo-copying was still rare!). I drew cartoons featuring two little elephants (who talked, of course!) and drew them, not only in the newspaper but on every chalkboard I could, sometimes getting into more than a bit of trouble. I wrote plays about holidays and historical figures and recruited classmates to act in them. In short, from the age of about 10, I knew I would be a writer, a storyteller. So when Peggy La Tulip Focarino ’77, America’s first female commissioner of patents, told me that in fifth grade, she had asked her parents for a telescope, I knew just what she meant.
This issue is our love song to Oswego on her 150th birthday. Of course, we know there are far more than 150 things to love about the college Edward Austin Sheldon founded a century and a half ago.
In fact, there are probably as many answers to the question “What do YOU love about Oswego?” as there are living alumni — a number that just topped 75,000.
Oswego may be celebrating its 150th birthday this year, but ever since Edward Austin Sheldon pioneered new teaching methods, we try to stay on the cutting edge of things. And the same is true for your Oswego alumni magazine. So in this issue, we are proud to announce two innovations. On page 48, read about our new,