Reunion 2008 will sizzle at Oswego

Caribbean Extravaganza Steel BandThere’s still time to join more than 1,000 alumni who will return to campus this weekend for Reunion 2008.

Dozens of events—both official and casual—will get cooking with this year’s “Hot, Hot, Hot” theme for Reunion. Alumni can get reacquainted with classmates and faculty, review the many recent changes on campus and pick up an “Oswego Green” reusable grocery bag during this year’s event, which runs from Friday, June 6, through Sunday, June 8.

“I haven’t been back on campus in a long time and based on some of the things I’ve heard and read about, I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the changes,” said Stephen Gilmartin, the Class of 1983 Reunion Giving Committee chair.

Gilmartin is looking forward to catching up with former classmates at the 25th reunion for the Class of 1983.

“When we were going to school it was always a close-knit group,” said Gilmartin, a business major who works as an accountant in New York City.

He’s also encouraging his classmates to make a donation in honor of their silver anniversary. Gilmartin hopes to beat the record-breaking total of more than $100,000 set by the class of 1982 last year.

Everyone is welcome, but special events are scheduled for certain classes and groups. Several Greek organizations have special get-togethers planned throughout the weekend. Other clubs and groups of friends will share impromptu gatherings as well.

The classes of 1979, ‘78, and ‘77 are invited to celebrate a 30th Cluster Reunion. The classes of 2004, ‘03, and ‘02 will celebrate their fifth. There are also activities planned for the classes of 1968, ‘63, ‘58, ‘53, ‘48, ‘43, ‘38, ‘33 and ‘28.

“It’s just a fun opportunity to reconnect with people and see what everybody’s been up to for the past 10 years,” Reunion Planning Committee volunteer and 1998 graduate Colleen Clohessy Chahal said. “It’s fun to see how the town has changed and how the campus has changed—the Campus Center is amazing.”

There will be plenty of options for spending time with the family like walking tours of campus and Rice Creek Field Station visits.

This year, alumni registered for the “Come as You Were” barbecue or “Taste of Oswego” events can stay on campus in the recently renovated Johnson Hall. The lake-view residence hall is within walking distance of many Reunion events and a continuous shuttle to downtown Oswego will run Friday and Saturday nights.

“It’s nice to relive those times,” said Chahal, who is also looking forward to taking a look at the new radio and television facilities with her fellow broadcasting alumni.

For a complete listing of events and online registration, visit the Reunion Web site. Registration is required for all Reunion events.

Information is also available via the Reunion Hotline at 315-312-5559 or by sending e-mail to

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PHOTO CAPTION: Beats with heat—The Caribbean Extravaganza Steel Band will keep Reunion Weekend 2008 “Hot, Hot, Hot” June 6 through 8 at Oswego.

(Posted: May 09, 2008)

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