Alum spans globe to return to Reunion

Ying Shirley ShuiYing Shirley Shui ‘97 chose to travel from Hong Kong to attend college at Oswego because she wanted to go somewhere “extremely cold.” She picked a warmer month to return, coming from the furthest away to Reunion 2007 activities in June.

“I like snow and cold,” she said with a laugh. So when she was looking at colleges in the United States, Oswego was high on her list. Especially when she learned it ranked well in the Barron’s guides for welcoming international students. At an educational fair in Hong Kong, she met Gerry Oliver of the International Education Office and decided Oswego was the place for her.

A business major and music minor, Shirley now works in private banking for ING.

This winter, she recalled her Oswego roots as she watched coverage of the area’s record-setting 101-inch snowfall. “It made the international television, even the newspapers in Hong Kong,” she said with a laugh.

Her favorite memories of Oswego include practicing piano (she studied with Dr. Anthony Craine), Hart Global Living and Learning Center, where she used to live, parties at Waterbury Hall and shopping at Wal-Mart. “And the stress before exams,” she added.

Chief among her memories, however, has to be the snow. “Always the weather,” she said. “It is so tough. If you can survive in Oswego, you can survive anywhere!”

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PHOTO CAPTION: Globe-trotter—Yin Shirley Shui of the class of 1997 came the furthest to Reunion 2007 activities, traveling from Hong Kong.

(Posted: Jul 16, 2007)