Let’s make next summer’s party even bigger! Join your friends and classmates at Reunion 2014!
Everyone is welcome, but special events are planned for these milestone classes and groups:
65th – 1949
60th – 1954
55th – 1959
50th – 1964
45th – 1969
40th – 1974
30th – 1983, 1984, 1985
25th – 1989
10th – 2004
5th – 2008, 2009, 2010
Alpha Sigma Chi
Alpha Delta Eta
Beta Tau Epsilon
Delta Chi Omega/TKE
Delta Kappa Kappa
Omega Delta Phi
Phi Lambda Phi
Phi Sigma Phi
Pi Delta Chi
Psi Phi Gamma
Theta Chi Rho
Zeta Chi Zeta
To plan a mini-reunion for your group or organization, please let us know by Oct. 15.
Sign up to be a Reunion Class or Group Volunteer!
It’s a great opportunity to
- Network with classmates
- Plan the weekend’s activities
- Have fun!
Please contact the Alumni Office or sign up online by Oct. 1, 2013, to join our volunteer team.
Reunion Hotline: 315-312-5559
Watch for registration materials in the mail this spring!
Check the website for more groups and for the most up-to-date information: alumni.oswego.edu/reunion
A case in point is George Wurtz ’78, who has used his degree in what we used to call industrial arts to develop a career in paper manufacturing that places him among the leading CEOs in that industry.
When I visited his Soundview Paper Company, George led me on a tour of the Elmwood Park, N.J., plant and explained the paper production process. Learning about his business plans, watching the giant machines in the factory, hearing how he applied the skills and concepts he learned as an undergraduate, I realized that for him, as for thousands of our alumni, the foundation for success was forged at SUNY Oswego. His remarkable career, his commitment to the increasingly urgent demand for environmental sustainability, and his loyalty to Oswego all stem from his experiences on campus in the 1970s, studying in a program founded in 1902.
George and his wife, Nancy, were among the nearly 1,000 alumni who came “home” to Reunion 2013 to connect with friends, classmates, professors and events from their past. As always, I was privileged to hear our graduates’ memories of their alma mater and their visions of what the college might become as new challenges and opportunities arise.
Reunion guests spoke of their pride in the campus: the beauty of the grounds, upkeep of buildings, and stunning new structures, including the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation. Many cited the importance of melding past, present and future as we develop and renew our campus.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the renovation of the original campus building, Sheldon Hall. We completed the exterior renovation just in time for the building’s centennial. Sheldon Hall represents the heart of everything we hold dear about SUNY Oswego. Its magic stirs me, as I know it does so many others. I remember myself as a young faculty member teaching there at the start of my Oswego journey. When we walk its halls, we feel the pulse of academic endeavors, hear the voices of professors and students in classes and see, in our mind’s eye, the performances of choruses, Blackfriars, and various ensembles through the years. Here, the legacy of our founder, Edward Austin Sheldon, has taken root and flourished, growing to become the comprehensive community of learning that is revered today.
We —members of a community with a rich heritage and a certain future — have ample cause to celebrate.
Deborah F. Stanley
Three former editors of OSWEGO contribute to this issue. Their aggregate experience is 34 years, starting in 1979, when Denise Owen Harrigan began her 17-year run. Linda Loomis ’90 M ’97 started in 1995, with Michele Reed following in 2001. They are writer-editors who share a love for the written word and deep feelings for the people of SUNY Oswego—students, staff, faculty, administrators and, especially, alumni and friends.
Their thoughts on collaborating follow:
Denise Owen Harrigan: (Editor 1979 – 1995)
Oswego cast a powerful spell over me when I was hired as alumni editor in 1979. I attributed my infatuation to lake effect: the magical impact of sparkling Lake Ontario on the horizon. I realized, however, that the college’s true magic lies in its close-knit, yet far-flung community.
In my privileged role as family historian to a fascinating, fun-loving, intensely loyal clan, I travelled from coast to coast to chronicle the accomplishments of high-profile Oswego alumni. I covered campus icons who helped generations of students take flight. I took part in treasured traditions —Torchlight ceremonies and reunions —and came to feel like one of the family.
It’s been 17 years since my career led me away from Oswego. But whenever I reconnect with the college or cross paths with Oswego alumni, I am enveloped by memories as warm and
vibrant as an Oswego sunset.
Linda Loomis ’90 M ’97: (Editor 1995 – 2000)
Serving as editor never felt like a job; arriving at beautiful King Alumni Hall never felt like going to work. I was just doing
what I enjoy: listening to and telling stories of those whose lives authenticate our mission as a learning community, validate the integrity of our degrees, and substantiate the effectiveness of our programs. I treasure the people I have been privileged to know and write about. For it is through stories that we are connected as one accomplished, multi-faceted Oswego family.
Michele Reed: (Editor 2001-2013)
In nearly three decades on campus —16 years at the Public Affairs Office and a dozen more in King and Sheldon Halls as alumni editor—I’ve been blessed to share the secret of what makes Oswego so special: its incredible people.
I’ve been touched by your Oswego generosity, sharing your successes and sorrows, your heartbreak and happiness, your passions and your Oswego pride. You are our living history. Your memories burn bright, and those of us entrusted with sharing them delight in passing on that torch to future generations.
I don’t know where retirement will take me. But I will carry a little bit of Oswego with me forever in my heart.
SUNY Oswego has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, one of only two SUNY campuses to achieve the national designation this year.
It is the third consecutive year the Corporation for National and Community Service has accorded the “with Distinction” title to Oswego, though the college has been on the honor roll for community service since its inception in 2006.
“It’s a prestigious honor,” said Alyssa Amyotte, the college’s coordinator for service learning and community service.
Colleges chosen for the list “reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities,” wrote the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Amyotte said SUNY Oswego—which has received the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification for embedding community service throughout the institution—totaled 44,000 hours of service among at least 1,500 students in 2011-12.
Colleges may highlight three major projects in their applications. For the year 2011-2012, SUNY Oswego submitted its Mentor-Scholar program; a Binghamton flood relief project, and the college’s Alternative Break program for volunteerism around the country and abroad.
Ben Truesdail ’13 volunteered six to nine hours a week as site coordinator for Mentor-Scholar, which pairs SUNY Oswego students with middle-school students in the Oswego City School District, providing twice-weekly homework support, companionship and a willing ear with the goal of reducing the high school dropout rate.
Truesdail is a vocational teacher preparation major who plans to student teach in the fall. “Community service has involved me with the Oswego community. It has helped my personal growth. I’ve been able to work with students, some with disabilities, and it has really taught me a lot.” In fall 2011, in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Tucker Sholtes ’15 began a series of trips to his hometown of Binghamton with friends and colleagues in the School of Business to rip out insulation, carpet and floorboards soaked by the flooded Susquehanna River.
“Alyssa helped me get everything going,” Sholtes said. The then-freshman made presentations across campus and applied for grants that eventually totaled about $3,000 by last spring to purchase swing sets for flood-ravaged families. He made four trips to Binghamton with groups ranging from 15 to 100 SUNY Oswego students and staff, Habitat for Humanity volunteers and high school friends.
Sholtes said he has gone from directionless high school student to officer in two School of Business organizations, a seat on his residence hall’s advisory board and a job in the service learning office.
The 2013 President’s Honor Roll for Higher Education Community Service names 690 colleges and universities nationwide; in New York, Syracuse University, SUNY Binghamton and SUNY Albany are among those on the list. Of the total, 113 received the “with Distinction” designation, with Cortland joining Oswego as the only campuses so honored in SUNY.
— Jeff Rea ’71
The list of 75 public and 75 private institutions appears in the book “The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition,” released Feb. 5 by Random House and Princeton Review, as well as on USA Today’s website at http://bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com.
“Providing a high-quality education, as well as preparing undergraduates for the job market and a life of continued learning, are paramount at Oswego,” Princeton Review states in the book’s profile of SUNY Oswego.
It cites the Oswego Guarantee, which promises undergraduates their on-campus room and board costs will not increase during their four years of study. The profile praises the college for its “picturesque natural setting” along with its “strong honors program,” “excellent study-abroad options,” and “wonderful connection to alumni” who help students find their way into careers.
“We are delighted once again to be recognized by the Princeton Review,” said Dan Griffin ’92 M ’00, interim director of admissions at Oswego. “Particularly during these difficult economic times, to be recognized as a ‘Best Value’ means a lot to our students and their families.”
According to the Princeton Review, it selected “Best Value Colleges” based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from 650 colleges and universities that it regards as the nation’s academically best undergraduate institutions. Criteria included the quality of academics, cost of attendance, financial aid, percentage of graduating seniors who borrowed from any loan program and the average dollar amount of debt those students had at graduation.
Oswego is one of 18 New York colleges on the list, including seven SUNY institutions: four of the public university system’s doctoral-granting campuses and two other master’s-level colleges like Oswego—Geneseo and Purchase.
The Princeton Review is a Massachusetts-based education services company known for its college rankings. SUNY Oswego has appeared in every edition of the company’s “The Best Northeastern Colleges,” and Oswego’s School of Business appears each year in its “Best Business Schools.”
— Julie Blissert
SUNY Oswego’s online MBA ranks 26th best among comparable degree programs at more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide, according to U.S. News’ 2014 “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” rankings.
The U.S. News survey weighed faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement, admissions selectivity and peer reputation. Oswego’s ranking puts it in the top 12 percent nationally of the 213 schools with online master’s of business administration programs responding to the U.S. News questionnaire.
U.S. News published numerical rankings for the top 148 institutions on the list. Washington State University’s program ranked No. 1. New York has five institutions in the top 50. In addition to Oswego, the first comprehensive college in the SUNY system to offer an MBA, starting in 1997, they are Clarkson University, Marist College, Syracuse University and Rochester Institute of Technology.
SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley and Zhejiang Sci-Tech University Chairman Fei Junqing sign an agreement to jointly deliver bachelor’s degrees to Chinese students in three business-related majors: business administration, human resource management and marketing. The two institutions’ relationship began in 2007, and more than 60 students from the Chinese university have since studied at Oswego. The degree articulation agreement outlines degree programs in which students study for two years at ZSTU then transfer to Oswego for the final two years of study said Richard Skolnik, dean of the School of Business.
SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry President Cornelius B. Murphy Jr. have signed an agreement that enables ESF graduates who fulfill a prescribed curriculum to enter a graduate-level initial teacher certification master’s degree program at Oswego.
Barbara Garii, associate dean of SUNY Oswego’s School of Education, called it a “win-win situation. Both colleges are part of the SUNY system and both are excellent schools.”
Garii said discussions started when Oswego faculty recognized that SUNY ESF has a pool of undergraduates suited to participate in the Oswego Residency Initiative for Teacher Excellence program, a program that will immerse teacher trainees in nine high-need school districts in Oswego County, Syracuse and New York City. SUNY Oswego is in the midst of the pilot program, which is funded by a $1.73 million Race to the Top grant through the state Education Department.
“While the impetus was the collaboration with O-RITE, it now extends to existing adolescence education biology and chemistry and the childhood education science concentration MST programs in curriculum and instruction,” Garii said.
In the Spring 2013 issue the Sheldon statue can be found in the
upper-left corner of the image with the car on page 23. Grand prize winner of a College Store gift certificate and Sheldon Hall print is Cynthia Pieklik Fryer ’75. Winning Sheldon Hall prints are Barbara Brown McCormack ’44, Esther Barber ’57, William Weaver ’57, Sheila Lee ’66 and Rebecca Leary ’04.
A tiny replica of the Sheldon statue pictured here is hidden somewhere in the summer 2013 issue. Find the Founder and send us a letter with the location and page number, your name, class year and address. We will draw one entry at random from all the correct answers and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the College Store and a print of Sheldon Hall. The next five entries drawn will receive Sheldon Hall prints. Send your entry to Find the Founder, King Alumni Hall, 300 Washington Blvd., Oswego, NY 13126. Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 1.
Visit alumni.oswego.edu for a complete up-to-date listing.
August 30 Green and Gold Day*
September 15 Alumni Buffalo Bills Game and Tailgate*
September 19 GOLD Welcome to the City Party NYC*
September 20-22 Baseball Alumni Reunion Weekend*
September 27-28 Soccer Alumni Reunion Weekend*
September 27-29 Return to Oz IV Alumni of Color Reunion*
October 3 Ribbon Cutting of Rice Creek
October 4 Dedication of the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation
October 4 Oswego Alumni Board of Directors Meeting*
October 4 Oswego College Foundation Board of Directors Meeting**
October 5 Communication Studies Alumni Dinner*
October 10-11 School of Business Alumni Symposium*
November 2 Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions*
November 6 Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit**
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW:
June 5-8, 2014 Reunion 2014
* Alumni and Parent Relations, 315-312-2258
** University Development, 315-312-3003
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