Reunion '07 to reconnect alumni this weekend

friends reuniteA variety of events, gatherings and sights to see are available for those returning to campus June 8 to 10 for Oswego’s 2007 Reunion.

Reunion class volunteers have been hard at work planning events for classes and mini-reunion groups. Highlights include many remade spaces to tour on campus. Alumni can stay in recently renovated Johnson Hall; rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizers will do their best to keep class years and mini-reunion groups together, based on when reservations are received.

Alumni will have the opportunity to check out the Campus Center—the college’s first new building in more than 35 years—as well as the recently remodeled high-tech communication studies studios in Lanigan Hall, the state-of-the-art School of Business in Rich Hall, the School of Education’s new spaces in Wilber Hall and WRVO’s upgraded location in Penfield Library.

The Oswego Alumni Association will honor two alumni with special awards during President Deborah F. Stanley’s State of the College presentation Saturday, June 9, at 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Activity Court.

Jack James of the class of 1962 will receive the Lifetime Award of Merit. Douglas Ruff, who graduated in 1973, will be recognized with the Anniversary Class Award. The classes of 1971, 1972 and 1973 are celebrating their 35th Cluster Reunion this year.

James served a 29-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring with the rank of colonel. He currently teaches adult-education courses at the College of Management and Business at National-Louis University. James is a founding member of the Washington, D.C., alumni committee and 2007 Reunion committee. He established the Jack C. James ‘62 Scholarship in support of non-traditional students at Oswego and is active in other philanthropic endeavors.

An attorney, Ruff is director of litigation for Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, Long Island’s largest poverty law program. He has developed a special expertise in the area of public benefits and rights of the homeless. Ruff founded the Legal Support Center for Advocates. He has been honored by the New York State Bar Association and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for his work with the poor and disadvantaged.

Those who have lost touch with Oswego friends can reconnect by using the Oswego alumni online community OsweGoConnect. The ID number needed for initial registration is the 9-digit ID number located above the address on the mailing label of the Oswego alumni magazine.  Alumni couples should call the Alumni Office at 315-312-2258 or e-mail for individual ID numbers.

Visit for the most up-to-date schedule of events, accommodation information, mini-reunion schedules and much more.

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(Posted: May 22, 2007)