While I write this, the snow is still on the ground here, but the sun is out and we’re busy finalizing the plans for our special Sesquicentennial Reunion Celebration 2011, scheduled for June 10-12. A record-breaking crowd of alumni and friends is expected to return to campus to reconnect with the college and with friends to celebrate 150 years of Oswego’s rich history of education, service and making a difference.
In addition to the milestone anniversary classes being recognized at Reunion, this year all alumni are invited to attend the 150th birthday bash for SUNY Oswego.
There are also 17 affinity group reunions being held in conjunction with this year’s reunion, including the 85th anniversary of Delta Kappa Kappa and the 25th anniversary of Alpha Epsilon Phi.
We aim to engage all Oswego alumni, the local community and the wider NYS community in this special Reunion celebration. Many special activities are planned for this year’s Reunion.
Alumni Night at the Oswego Farmer’s Market on Thursday night, will feature a performance of SUNY Oswego’s new show choir, Vocal Effect. (Think the television show Glee!)
There will be an “I Love NY” foods theme throughout the weekend’s events, along with a special commemorative Finger Lakes Sesquicentennial wine. We’ll feature birthday cake at the All-Alumni “I Love NY” Reunion Dinner on Saturday night at the Campus Center Convocation Arena. Providing entertainment at the Dinner will be a popular local party/dance band and we’ll feature an encore performance by Vocal Effect.
We will have special commemorative Sesquicentennial Reunion memorabilia and favors and we’ll debut “Oswego 150 Years: Alumni Views and Voices,” a film featuring alumni memories over the years. An antique trolley will provide shuttle transportation around campus on Saturday.
We’ve partnered with the local YMCA to sponsor a Sesquicentennial/Community 5K Fun Run/Walk on the campus.
And all alumni are encouraged to take a birthday picture with Founder Edward Austin Sheldon in honor of SUNY Oswego’s Sesquicentennial! See page 16 for details.
So, don’t miss out on the biggest Reunion Weekend we’ve ever hosted at SUNY Oswego! We look forward to seeing you all back on campus — we promise to deliver the fun, the friends and another spectacular Oswego sunset.
— Betsy Oberst, Oswego Alumni Association Executive Director