A watershed describes an area of land that contains a common set of streams and rivers that all drain into a single larger body of water. The Lake Ontario watershed, part of the even greater Great Lakes watershed, includes innumerable water sources, two of which are Rice Creek and the Little Salmon River. SUNY Oswego
Can you guess the most famous waterfront restaurant among SUNY Oswego alumni and students? Its logo was created in 1980 by the owner’s then 13-year-old daughter. It is now in the third generation of Livesey family owner/operation, and the fourth generation has already started in the stockrooms. Its owners believe in pursuing ways to reuse-reduce-recycle,
Two giant chimneys on the shore of Lake Ontario at the northeast edge of campus have long served as a guide for SUNY Oswego students navigating by land toward their lakeshore campus, as have four smaller ones, which have through the years been referred to by alumni as “Huey, Dewey, and Louie” with the last
Claire Wyngaard ’87 has fond memories of sailing with the Oswego State Sailing Club and Racing Team. SUNY Oswego students sailed on the weekends, using sailboats borrowed from Oswego High School and kept at the Oswego Maritime Foundation. Liability insurance requirements dictated that all students first take a dunk in the lake with a life
After 130 years of service, the breakwall in Oswego Harbor received a facelift in 2015. The 7,200-foot-long wall, originally built in the 1880s, shields Oswego Harbor from the sometimes destructive waves of Lake Ontario. The detached breakwall experienced extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received $1.3 million in public grants
For students (and others) seeking a photography minor, the lake is a source of artistic fodder, with hours spent perched on its shore seeking the perfect picture. The lake is among the most popular spots to gather for a sunset photo session during Reunion Weekend. Jim Russell ’83, SUNY Oswego’s campus photographer, has spent decades
Gary Andrews ’73 was getting ready to graduate in December with a bachelor’s in industrial arts when architect, environmentalist, author and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller visited campus in November 1973. “I first heard about Buckminster Fuller from the Whole Earth Catalog, which was a must-have publication for all hippies in the early seventies,” Andrews said.
Across a century and a half, the progeny of two presidents — Mary Sheldon Barnes 1868, daughter of Oswego’s Founder Edward Austin Sheldon, and Paige Stanley, daughter of current President Deborah F. Stanley — connected in their love for Shady Shore and their homesickness for the old homestead.
Mary wrote in Sheldon’s autobiography about times the children would accompany their parents out to work on the family farm in Perry, N.Y. “Yet we were always glad to get back to our ‘dear old Lake’ Ontario, with its murmurs and its thunders — last sound at night and first sound in the morning — with its world of changing color and its glorious sunsets. That lake and sky have often seemed to bear us up, away from the common world into realms of purest aspiration. Some of us, when away from home, have been stricken with actual, serious homesickness for them,” Mary wrote.
In law school in Washington, D.C., Paige felt that same homesickness. While searching the Internet for information about her home, she came across a piece Mary had written and felt compelled to answer her. “I wrote the letter to Mary in a bout of homesickness for the house and the lake to remind myself that the goal isn’t to remain in the same moment that first ignited in me a desire for learning and knowing more about the world, but it’s to take that desire out with me into the world to be that spark for others,” Paige wrote.
“Knowing how Mary felt about the house and about Oswego, and also knowing that she did most of her life’s work far from home helps to remind me that though my roots are planted firmly on the shore of Lake Ontario, I have a responsibility to take what I’ve learned here with me out into the world and contribute my voice to the marketplace of ideas.”
Here are the letters of the two presidential daughters.