Reunion 2005 set June 10 to 12

imageHundreds of alumni are expected to return to the SUNY Oswego campus June 10 to 12 for Reunion 2005.

The newest event on the reunion roster will offer a taste of Oswego on Saturday evening. “Some of the fondest memories our alumni hold are food-related,” said Betsy Oberst, executive director of the Oswego Alumni Association. “This year’s reunion classes have planned an event featuring foods from favorite Oswego eateries, including Canale’s, Rudy’s and the Oswego Sub Shop.”

Other weekend events include a barbecue at the college’s Fallbrook Recreation Center, a golf outing and tours of the campus and city. A special event at 9 p.m. Friday night, open to the public, will feature a sing-along led by popular radio personality Phil Markert in Johnson Hall.

The 50th anniversary class of 1955 and the 25th anniversary class of 1980 will be specially honored. Other class years ending in 5 and 0 will be featured, but everyone is welcome. The 30th cluster reunion will be held for the classes of 1974, 1975 and 1976, and the fifth anniversary cluster will welcome the classes of 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Two alumni will receive special awards during the reunion festivities. Chief District Court Judge William Reingold, who graduated in 1974, will receive the Lifetime Award of Merit at the State of the College Address by President Deborah F. Stanley on Saturday morning. Robert Natoli, a 1980 graduate, will receive the Anniversary Class Award at the 25th anniversary class reception Saturday afternoon.

Reingold, a chief district court judge in North Carolina, is widely respected for his expertise and pro bono work. He is recognized for his commitment to the community, his expertise in family law and his innovative ideas to address issues involving children, teens and families. He has helped establish new courts, including a juvenile drug court, truancy court and domestic violence advocacy court for abused spouses or partners who cannot afford legal representation.

Natoli is best known for the success of his first business venture, Rentavision. He built the business over 15 years into a 250-store nationwide success worth more than $98 million. After the sale of Rentavision, he began a second business, Cash America, which finances purchases at small furniture chains. A lifelong resident of Oswego, he is an active volunteer and philanthropist in the local community.

“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,” Oberst said.

More information about specific events can be found online at or by calling the Reunion Hotline at 312-5559.

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CONTACT: Michele Reed, 312-2258

(Posted: Jun 06, 2005)