For Nathan Town ’19, Oswego is the place of family lore. His parents’ first kiss occurred at the city’s high school when they were teenagers competing with the Jordan-Elbridge (N.Y.) High School marching band. Then, of course, there is the SUNY Oswego campus.
His parents, Todd and Christine Howes Town ’91, created many memories on this campus, including his dad’s proposal to his mother in Hart Hall just before winter break of her junior year. “It was December 12, 1989,” Christine said. “He stood right in the
doorway and asked me to marry him.” The family recalled those moments during the Oswego Alumni Association’s (OAA) Alumni Legacy Reception on Oct. 22 in King Alumni Hall. They were among a few dozen families who attended the event held during the college’s annual Friends and Family Weekend. “When I visited campus, I immediately pictured myself here, despite the weather,” Nathan Town said. “I am pursuing a business administration major, following in my mother’s footsteps.”
Robert Davies ’20 of Manlius, N.Y., said he always enjoyed hearing the stories that his father, Robert ’88, shared about Oswego, so when it came time to pick a college, he had to visit his dad’s lakeside campus.
“Oswego just felt like home while I was touring campus,” the younger Robert said. “Oswego also had the degree program [global and international studies] that I was looking for … Also, you can’t beat living next to a lake!”
Families flipped through yearbooks, finding loved ones who had studied here—some from several generations ago. The guests in attendance learned about some of the student programs sponsored by the OAA as well as the scholarships available to students, including one specifically for students of alumni.