It was the summer of 1967.
Former members of the Sodus Migrant Project gathered at Reunion 2011. They are, from left: Rita Ricardo Rodgers ’71; Nancy Jean Eick Labbe ’71, M ’95, CAS ’04; Nancy Blanchard Ibbs Soules ’69; Phil Toner ’67; Professor Emeritus Harry Nash; Lorraine B. Nash; Gail Shelton Tooker ’72; Maureen McGuire Parker ’70; Joann VanKirk Toner ’68 and Karen Visconti Holliday ’71.
The nearby Sodus Central School District found itself home to 320 migrant children, whose families worked the local farms and fruit orchards.
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More than 1,100 alumni and friends came to celebrate 150 years, see old friends, dance, dine and flat-out party in observance of SUNY Oswego’s 150th birthday at the Sesquicentennial Reunion Celebration June 10 to 12.
Guests made “celebrate” the operative word, pouring into a Friday night concert in downtown Oswego and dancing the evening away following the Happy Birthday Bash dinner Saturday in the Campus Center.
Oswego’s Sesquicentennial is a yearlong birthday bash.
The college kicked it off with Torchlight and Commencement in May, followed by Reunion Weekend in June. The fall will see a special Founder’s Day campus celebration in October.
Enjoy this mini-scrapbook of your alma mater’s birthday celebrations.
Edna Johnson Littlewood ’51 was walking along the hallways of Sheldon Hall
during Reunion in June and she saw a familiar face looking back at her — her own! Edna found a framed picture of the Class of 1951 time capsule being buried in front of Sheldon Hall and she was pictured with those present for the ceremony. Edna joked that the time
capsule didn’t contain any buried treasure. “There were no gold bricks buried there,” she said with a laugh. Indeed, the capsule was unearthed for the class’s 50th anniversary in 2001. Herb VanSchaack ’51 joined the late Marion Green ’99, a library clerk with Special Collections, who created a display of the
barrel’s contents, including such memorabilia as student ID cards, exam blue books, a Clio beanie and a little chalkware dog.