Oswego alumni celebrate Reunion

taste eventMore than 700 graduates—and two media celebrities—are on the SUNY Oswego campus this weekend for Reunion 2006 activities.

A “Virtual Reunion” will be posted online and updated with photos from events throughout the weekend. 

Sports network ESPN will be represented at Oswego’s reunion with Linda Cohn of Oswego’s class of 1981, who is celebrating her 25th anniversary of graduation.

A familiar voice to National Public Radio listeners will attend a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the grand opening of WRVO’s new studios in Penfield at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Wielding the scissors, along with college President Deborah F. Stanley and WRVO General Manager John Krauss, will be NPR’s Neal Conan, host of the popular program “Talk of the Nation.”

An open house with tours of WRVO’s new facilities will welcome listeners, alumni and supporters from 9 to 11:40 a.m. Pre-registration for these tours is requested through www.wrvo.fm or by calling 341-3690.

In addition to regular Reunion offerings, including a barbecue at Fallbrook Recreation Center, a golf outing, tours of campus and the city, and a sing-along, this year’s event will feature a reunion of communication studies graduates and current and former WRVO staffers.

One event instituted at last year’s Reunion and returning this year is a mini-“Taste of Oswego,” featuring foods from popular Oswego eateries, including Canale’s, Rudy’s and the Oswego Sub Shop.

This year’s tasting event, slated for Saturday evening, June 10, will include a “Mardi Gras” theme. In addition to the restaurants above, it will feature Cajun-style food and the jazz sounds of the Tony Joseph Quartet.

Specially honored will be the 50th anniversary class of 1956 and the 25th anniversary class of 1981. Other class years ending in 6 and 1 will be featured, but everyone is welcome. The 20th cluster reunion will bring back the classes of 1985, 1986 and 1987.

“Reunion Weekend is a special event for the Oswego Alumni Association, because it is our opportunity to welcome back to campus hundreds of alumni, many of whom have not been back to Oswego since their graduation many years ago,” said Betsy Oberst, executive director of the Oswego Alumni Association.

For more information about event availability or to register for an event, call the Reunion Hotline at 312-5559. Advance reservations are required and some events do sell out.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Tasty reminder—Karen Marshall Peters of Oswego’s class of 1969 gets a “Taste of Oswego” from the Oswego Sub Shop station at Reunion 2005. The tasting event, featuring samples from local eateries, is one of many activities slated for the Reunion 2006 weekend, June 9 to 11.

(Posted: May 24, 2006)