More than 1,000 alumni and friends came to celebrate 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.
Days were filled with numerous events for classes celebrating milestone anniversary years as well as dozens of Greek and other student organization mini-reunions.
“My college roommate and I have been friends for more than 50 years,” said Phil Camesano Mark, an Arethusa sister and member of the class of 1961. “Oswego holds a lot of memories for me â€¦ It opened up a whole new world to me.”
John and Karyn McCormack Zanetti were lured to Reunion by a love of the lake and Wade’s diner.
“It’s the excitement of possibly seeing people I had relationships with or friends that might show up,â€ said John, a 1982 graduate who did unexpectedly find some old pals on his visit.
Alumni also gave gifts to mark the birthday celebration.
Milestone classes gathered more than $358,000 total in honor of their reunions.
The first-ever 5K Race for Possibility and Hope raised more than $1,000 for SUNY Oswego’s Possibility Scholarship program and Friends of Oswego County Hospice. Likewise, the premiere DÃ©jÃ Vu Concert sponsored by Delta Kappa Kappa 85th Anniversary raised $1,500 each for Possibility Scholarships and the United Way of Oswego County Friday night.
(Posted: Jun 12, 2011)