Oswego Matters: By Executive Director Betsy Oberst


It is a glorious time of year to live in Oswego on our beautiful lakeshore. Lunches and dinners at beautiful waterside restaurants; breathtaking sunsets every night; our parks, gardens and city planters in full blooming color; concerts along the river—these are all joys of this season.

In this issue, Eileen Crandall shares with us an amazing story about our Great Lake Ontario and its indelible and timeless linkage with our campus. In addition to the plethora of research opportunities for students and faculty, the lake has for generations of Oswego alumni provided fun, camaraderie and lifelong memories along its shoreline. One alum who returned for Reunion 2016 in June told of his “plunge” in the lake in February while he was a student! Yikes! We’d love to hear your lake stories or memories. Please share them with us at alumni@oswego.edu.

This summer we also celebrate the successful conclusion of our With Passion and Purpose: The Campaign for Oswego fundraising campaign in which you helped us surpass our ambitious $40 million goal. Your gifts to support our students and faculty totaled nearly $43.5 million, making it the largest campaign to date among all SUNY comprehensive colleges, our peers. Oswego Pride and gratitude is truly the order of the day! Thank you to everyone who made a gift during our five-year campaign: Every gift, every day counted toward our goal.

Our alumni director, Laura Pavlus Kelly ’09, is working with campus colleagues to plan our second Homecoming celebration Nov. 4-5. Please mark your calendars to join us back on campus to celebrate the many things that contribute to Oswego Pride. Meet our students, reconnect with classmates, friends and former faculty; and share with us your Oswego stories and memories, and the path you’ve traveled since leaving Oswego.

We are truly thankful for all you do to share your pride in Oswego every day, and we are honored that you continue to include your alma mater—and our students—on your journey. I hear this so often, but in a recent correspondence with Sharon Jones Zondag ’76, she said, “It is impossible to put too fine a point on how much your college years define you and inform your entire life’s journey.” Amen to that, and thanks for sharing your Oswego connections story with us, Sharon.

On a personal note, Jerry ’77 and I were thrilled to welcome our first grandson, Jude Morgan, in June. We are filled with joy and thanks, and we look forward to the possibility that he may someday be a Laker!


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