Oswego Matters – Spring 2015

Betsy Oberst

Executive Director Betsy Oberst

Coming home. For many of us, that evokes feelings of comfort, warmth, special memories and family. That’s one of the reasons the Oswego Alumni Association is relaunching an annual Homecoming program this fall. Unlike our annual Reunion Weekend held every year in June, which is targeted to milestone anniversary classes and affinity group reunions, Homecoming activities are intended for all alumni and other members of our Oswego family.

We know Homecoming existed in the past. It probably ended sometime in the late ’60s. At its very core, Homecomings are about pride, spirit and tradition.

Working with our campus partners in Student Affairs, we will establish new positive traditions for our current students in a Spirit Week leading up to Homecoming. The day itself looks to be filled with campus tours, athletic events, musical performances, networking opportunities, special recognition events for leadership donors, Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon, a tailgate party, a bonfire on the lake and more.

We invite you all to be part of this new campus tradition and head back to campus on Nov. 14 for a day of fun, family, friends and new memories.

If you have ideas for Homecoming activities, want to share your memories or photos of Homecomings past or check out the latest information on events planned, visit alumni.oswego.edu/homecoming.

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus and showing off all of our new buildings and our Oswego pride!

And don’t forget … Reunion 2015 is scheduled for June 4-7. Reunion Weekend will remain an annual event to recognize milestone anniversary classes and bring together affinity groups to celebrate. Enjoy a BBQ at Fallbrook, a Hawaiian-themed Clambake/Luau, sunsets, music, a Greeks and Friends Social and old friends.

We will also dedicate a new campus memorial on June 6 from the Classes of 1989, 1990, Family and Friends. The Free and Easy Memorial will honor in perpetuity Colleen Brunner ’90 and Lynne Hartunian ’89, lost on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and Rich Caproni ’89 and Michael Hannan ’89, lost on 9/11 in New York City.

As we worked together with classmates and friends on raising funds and on the plans for this new memorial, I was struck once again, as I have been for the last 32 years I have worked in the Alumni Office, with the depth of Oswego relationships. Even 25-plus years after their passing, Colleen, Lynne, Rich and Mike continue to bring friends both old and new together and remain members of their classes at every reunion.

Oswego Pride continues to rule our days at Oswego. Share your pride and return to campus soon for one of many events planned! Or check out our robust schedule of regional events in your local area.

We hope to see you soon!

– Betsy

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