Before they were Lakers, some sportswriters referred to Oswego athletes as “Zielmen,” a testament to the influence of legendary Coach Max Ziel on the college’s early athletic programs.
Whether they took place at the traditional Homecoming in the fall, or as a prelude to the spring Greek Games, float parades were a staple of Oswego life of the 1950s-60s years.
Legendary boxer and high-profile activist Muhammad Ali came to Oswego in spring 1971 as part of the second annual Black History Week started by the Black Student Union.
Who isn’t fascinated by planes, boats and automobiles? But did you know that Oswego has its own lab for learning about how they work?
It’s a rite of passage that freshmen of a certain era will never forget — the wearing of beanies. Graduates from the ’40s to the early ’70s donned the green and gold chapeaux or earned “demerits” from upperclassmen. The first-years also had to answer questions from their elders or sing the alma mater on demand, as Ernie Leal ’47 did during orientation.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Student Leadership Conference is a centerpiece of Oswego’s academic life each September.
The official College Medallion donned by the SUNY Oswego president at Commencement and other official ceremonies was a gift of the Class of 1966.
Oswego is often billed as one big family — and you can’t have a family without brothers and sisters.
Generations of Oswego alumni have had a common beacon home to campus. Grads from the ’60s, ’80s and 2000s all agree that the Oswego Steam Station smokestacks led them home through “snow and rain and dark of night” up the hill from town.
Have you ever applauded a sunset? Many Oswegonians have.