The annual SUNY Oswego Homecoming Weekend brought alumni together on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5
at various locations around campus and the city of Oswego. A few highlights are included below.
Green and Gold
SUNY Oswego family members on campus and around the country showed their Laker pride by wearing our school colors on Green and Gold Day on Friday, Oct. 4. They shared their photos on social media using #Oswegopride.
Expressions of gratitude and stories of Oswego flowed freely between student scholarship recipients and donors during the annual Scholars Brunch on Oct. 5 in Sheldon Hall Ballroom.
The 200 attendees were welcomed by Mary Gibbons Canale ’81, vice president for development and alumni engagement, who introduced the event emcee, Oswego College Foundation board member and scholarship benefactor Mark Baum ’81.
Baum explained the role of the College Foundation in managing the private donations that support Oswego and provided some context for the growth of the endowment.
During the brunch, close to 100 SUNY Oswego student scholarship recipients had the opportunity to interact informally with the 82 donors who are among the generous group of supporters who have established 500 privately funded scholarships at the college.
College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Scott Furlong and Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Dr. Jerri Howland thanked the donors for their support of the students and higher education.
Angel Tyler ’21, a music major with a concentration in vocal performance and the recipient of the Carapetyan Voice Scholarship, spoke on behalf of all the student scholarship recipients and thanked all of the donors.
The Scholars Brunch was made possible through a generous gift from Bond, Schoeneck and King and a grant from SUNY Oswego’s Auxiliary Services.
Communication Studies Alumni Reunion
The highlight of the triennial Communication Studies Reunion was a dinner in the Marano Campus Center that brought together the alumni with current students and faculty.
The event included remarks by Joshua Holfoth ’20 M’21, the general manager of WTOP-TV 10 and a broadcasting and mass communication major; Jessica Reeher, event organizer and Communication Studies Department chair; Lou Borrelli ’77, an Oswego College Foundation board member and the founder of the Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit; and Frank DiGioia ’78, a member of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts Advisory Board and benefactor for a new scholarship at Oswego in honor of former dean Fritz Messere ’71 M’76.
Following dinner, Laura Pavlus Kelly ’09, executive director of the Oswego Alumni Association, presented three-time Emmy Award winning producer Cameron Jones ’09 with the association’s Graduates Of the Last Decade Award, which honors recent graduates who have achieved career success and demonstrated significant volunteer service to their community and college.
Dean Dr. Julie Pretzat provided an update on all the latest happenings in the school, including renovating Hewitt Hall to be the home of the Communication Studies Department. She then introduced the keynote speaker, Michelle Garcia ’06, then deputy editor of news and ideas at VICE Media. Garcia’s remarks, which she directed at the students in the room, shared some hard learned lessons from throughout her 20s and the realizations she has discovered as she enters her 30s.
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
Five alumni officially joined the ranks of 120 other accomplished individuals who have been voted into the State University of New York at Oswego’s Athletic Hall of Fame, forever solidifying themselves in the college’s athletic history.
Four of the five were recognized at the 2019 Hall of Fame dinner and induction on Oct. 5 in the Sheldon Hall ballroom.
The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees included:
- Gary Bartemus ’76, swimming and diving team;
- Erin Hanlon ’03, volleyball;
- Mark Howard ’84, wrestling;
- Tom McFall ’90, men’s ice hockey; and
- Susan McWilliams ’04 M’08, track and field and cross country.