Family and Friends Weekend continues

imagePerformances, art exhibitions, athletic events and a variety of gatherings mark Oswego’s annual Family and Friends Weekend, which runs through Sunday.

“This weekend has become an Oswego tradition and focuses on highlighting the talent of our students while emphasizing their dedication to academic success and campus involvement,” said event coordinator Kelly Perkins of the college’s Office of Campus Life.

“Coming a few weeks into the semester, it happens at a good time for family and friends to check in on what our students are doing,” Perkins said. Most of the events are free to encourage participation.

A performance by the Arrogant Worms, a musical comedy group from Canada, headlined the first day of events on Friday, Oct. 21. It unfolded to a large, appreciative crowd in the Hewitt Union main level food court.

Other Friday events included the opening reception for two art exhibitions in Tyler Art Gallery: “Ronald Gonzales: Reuniting the Head with the Body” and the Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition. The Jewish Student Union and Hillel hosted a Kosher Shabbat Dinner in Cooper Dining Hall, SUNYAC pool play for women’s volleyball teams began two days of action in Laker Hall and a three-on-three basketball tournament tipped in Lee Hall.

Saturday’s events will include a performance of high-energy, family-friendly juggling, balancing and audience-participation comedy from the Jim Show at 3:30 p.m. in the union’s food court. Other highlights will include a special catered dinner for students and their guests in the Hewitt Union ballroom starting at 5 p.m., a book sale in basement of Penfield Library from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the Laker ice hockey team hosting Utica College at 7 p.m. in Romney Field House.

Performances by college musical groups will headline Sunday events. The College Choir, Chamber Singers, State Singers, College-Community Orchestra and Concert Band will participate in this showcase, starting at noon in the Hewitt Union ballroom.

Visitors can also see a staging of “Our Town,” the opening production of the SUNY Oswego theatre season. The adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Thornton Wilder play has performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are required and may be purchased through the Tyler Hall box office by calling 312-2141 or e-mailing

The weekend also will feature receptions for various student groups, tours of Rice Creek Field Station and Penfield Library and a variety of recreational opportunities.

For more information or a full schedule of Family and Friends Weekend events, visit or call 312-2301.

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(Posted: Oct 05, 2005)