Reunion bringing 1,200 back to campus

Reunion 2009Oswego has become a destination for some 1,200 alumni June 4 to 7 when Reunion Weekend returns to the shores of Lake Ontario again.

The Oswego Alumni Association will have a full slate of special events lined up for the college’s milestone classes. Alumni can take in a sunset, taste some barbecue or tour favorite downtown destinations via nightly shuttle buses.

Last year’s festivities drew a then-record crowd of more than 1,100 members of the college family.

“I had a fabulous time at Oswego, I really enjoyed my years there,” said Reunion volunteer Jerry “Jeep” Passer, class of 1959. “We had a small campus at the time and it was really easy to get to know everyone.”

Class of 1999 fundraising volunteer Dana Segall Murphy is hoping to connect with many of her old friends on campus. She keeps a large circle of Oswego alumni—many from the student media groups she was involved with—close to her still.

“I really credit the snow and wind with helping me make such good friends,” she said with a laugh.

As one of the founding sisters of the Oswego chapter, 1988 graduate Dresden Engle Olcott is looking forward to the first-ever official Alpha Epsilon Phi reunion. It’ll be a busy few days for Olcott, who will also be celebrating her 20th reunion along with the classes of 1989 and ‘90.

“Even though some of our old haunts are gone, the people are still there and the fun will be there,” said Olcott.

The Hall Newman Center will celebrate 75 years as a student Catholic organization with an open house and special Mass. The Mass also will dedicate time to memorialize Lynne Hartunian and Colleen Brunner, two Oswego students among the 258 passengers who perished in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing Dec. 21, 1988.

Many of the students who traveled to London with Hartunian and Brunner in 1988 helped to plan a separate remembrance ceremony at Penfield Library in the lobby where the Pan Am memorial is located.

In addition to special events for the classes of ‘59, ‘84, ‘88, ‘89, ‘90 and ‘99 there are also special activities planned for the classes of 1969, ‘64, ‘54, ‘49, ‘44, ‘39 and ‘34. Affinity group reunions include: Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Sigma Chi, Arethusa, Beta Tau Epsilon, Delta Chi Omega/TKE, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Kappa Kappa, Phi Lambda Phi, Psi Phi Gamma, Sigma Gamma, Sigma Tau Chi, Theta Chi Rho, Zeta Chi Zeta, the LifeStyles Center and Newman Center.

Alumni registered for the barbecue dinner at Fallbrook Friday or “Taste of Oswego” Saturday can stay on campus in the newly renovated Johnson and Riggs halls. The lake-view residence halls are within walking distance of many Reunion events and a continuous shuttle to downtown Oswego will run Friday and Saturday nights.

Call the Reunion Hotline at 315-312-5559 or send e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with questions.


(Posted: May 08, 2009)

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