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May 26, 2004


SUNY OSWEGO ALUMNI TO RETURN FOR REUNION 2004

    OSWEGO -- Hundreds of graduates are expected to return to the SUNY Oswego campus from June 3 to 6 for Reunion 2004.

    Events will include such attractions as a barbecue at Fallbrook Recreation Center, a golf outing, tours of campus and the city, a sketch comedy show and the gala Anniversary Class Dinner on Saturday evening.

    The comedy show by a Rochester-based troupe at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will be open to the public. The popular troupe has performed off-Broadway and in Toronto, with comedy in the style of "Saturday Night Live" and Second City. Tickets are $5 and available online at oswegoalumni.oswego.edu/comedyshow or at King Alumni Hall, 300 Washington Boulevard in Oswego.

    Richard Thomas, a 1968 graduate of the college and executive director of the School Administrators Association of New York State, will be honored at the Anniversary Class Dinner with the Sheldon Award for Excellence in Education.

    Thomas also heads the Magellan Foundation, which grew out of a need recognized by the School Administrators Association. It is an educational foundation that seeks to link those who know what is necessary to improve the quality of education with the resources to make it possible. It has received a $7.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide educational opportunities for public and private school principals and superintendents.

    He formed the New York State Blue Ribbon Commission on Youth Leadership, which will create a leadership development program serving learning and character education for middle and secondary level students. He also chairs the National Executive Directors Association.

    Specially honored will be the anniversary class of 1954 and the 25th anniversary class of 1979. Other class years ending in 4 and 9 will be featured, but everyone is welcome. The 15th cluster reunion will be held for the classes of 1988, 1989 and 1990; and the 35th cluster reunion for the classes of 1968, 1969 and 1970.

    Mini-Reunion events are scheduled by 35th cluster classes of Zeta Chi Zeta, Theta Chi Rho and Delta Chi Omega (TKE), as well as alumni of Psi Phi.

    "Reunion weekend is a special event for the Oswego Alumni Association, because it is our opportunity to welcome back to campus hundreds of alumni, many of whom have not been back to Oswego since their graduation many years ago," said Betsy Oberst, director of alumni and parent relations.

    For more information or to make a reservation for reunion events, go online to oswegoalumni.oswego.edu/reunion2004 or call the Reunion hotline at 312-5559.

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