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SUNY Plattsburgh Welcomes Alumni Back for Reunion 2013

SUNY Plattsburgh alumni from all class years are invited to attend two of this year’s key Reunion events.

Both the Clambake and the Red and White Night at the Boathouse at Valcour Conference Center will take place Saturday, July 13, and will feature music, food and guest appearances by President John Ettling and the campus mascot, Burghy.

Meanwhile, alumni from class years ending in three and eight are invited to attend a wide-range of other Reunion festivities, July 11-14, including wine tastings, a barbecue at the Naked Turtle and a tour of the region given by former Vice President of Student Affairs Bill Laundry.

“We’re very excited to welcome alumni back to campus to enjoy the beautiful North Country summer weather,” said Joanne Nelson, director of alumni relations. “There are so many things to do and see in Plattsburgh in July, and we’ve designed a great Reunion program for all returning alumni.”

As in previous years, Reunion weekend will coincide with Plattsburgh’s annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Festival, which will host outdoor concerts featuring the bands Enter the Haggis and Gas House Gorillas. In addition there will be the Mayor’s Cup Fun Run 5k, the annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta, fireworks and more family-friendly activities.

Members of the Class of 1963, now celebrating their 50th anniversary, will be treated to special events including a reception, a dinner and induction into the Golden Anniversary Club during a special breakfast with President John Ettling.

Meanwhile, alumni who want to relive their college days in yet another way can register to spend the night in Macdonough.

“This is a really popular feature of Reunion,” Nelson said. “Who doesn’t want to go back and visit their old residence hall? And for several years, Macdonough was the only residence hall on campus.”

Alumni are encouraged to register by calling 518-564-2090 before July 8.

Sample of Events: Reunion 2013

Thursday, July 11

Reunion Wine Tasting

Time: 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Location: Champlain Wine Company, 8 City Hall Place Featuring seven North Country wines per tasting with complimentary Reunion wine glass. Welcoming up to 30 people. Show your Reunion name tag for a 5 percent discount on bottles.

Friday, July 12

Explore the Works of Rockwell Kent

Time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Location: Burke Gallery, Myers Fine Arts Building

See paintings that are part of the largest collection of Rockwell Kent works in the world. Light refreshments.

Admissions Open House and Campus Tour

Time: 1:30–2:15 p.m.

Location: E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall

Alumni welcome. Tour departs at 2:15 p.m.

Nursing Program Open House

Time: 2–4 p.m.

Location: Nursing Department, Second Floor, Hawkins Hall

Department Chair Dr. JoAnn Gleeson-Kreig will lead a program update. Light refreshments.

Golden Anniversary Club Reception

Time: 5–6 p.m.

Location: Nina Winkel Sculpture Court, Myers Fine Arts Building

President John Ettling welcomes the Class of 1963 and the Golden Anniversary Club (those who graduated in 1962 or earlier). Evening attire.

Reunion Barbecue at the Dock

Time: 6–9 p.m.

Location: The Naked Turtle, 1 Dock St.

Barbecue, cash bar and live music on the north deck overlooking Lake Champlain.

Class of 1963 Dinner

Time: 6:30–8 p.m.

Location: Yokum Hall, Room 200

Join classmates for a delicious dinner and cash bar.

Saturday, July 13

Golden Anniversary Club Breakfast with President John Ettling

Time: 9:30–11 a.m.

Location: Macdonough Hall

All those who graduated in 1962 or prior are invited to celebrate the induction of the Class of 1963, this year’s 50th anniversary class, into the ranks of the Golden Anniversary Club. Alumni Awards will be presented.

Plattsburgh Bus Tour with Bill Laundry H'05

Time: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Location: Bus departs from Angell College Center

Bill Laundry H’05, local historian and former vice president of student affairs, will lead this tour of Plattsburgh and the surrounding areas in an air conditioned, chartered bus. Ride through historic downtown and reminisce about the “glory days” while noticing how things have changed. Tour includes a stop at Rulf’s Orchard for a free cider donut and beverage.

Reunion Clambake

Time: Noon–3 p.m.

Location: Lawn at Hawkins Pond

Join Reunion alumni, families and guests any time between noon and 3 p.m. for clams, hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and watermelon. Keg beer available for purchase. Hang out with Burghy and request songs from our DJ. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen. One free clambake cup per registrant.

Red and White Night: La Dolce Vita

Time: 6:30–8 p.m.

Location: The Boathouse at Valcour, 3712 State Route 9, Peru

A favorite location for Cardinal alumni. Join President Ettling, classmates, reunion alumni, faculty, staff and Burghy for a casual and fun evening on Lake Champlain. Hors d’oeuvres, Italian food, cash bar and a disc jockey. Be there when we pick the winning Reunion Raffle tickets.

Sunday, July 14

Farewell Continental Breakfast

Time: 9:30–11 a.m.

Location: Macdonough Hall

Fuel up on breakfast goodies, coffee and farewell hugs from friends before heading home.

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