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July 5, 2013

SUNY alum returning for reunion

PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh alumni will be gathering next weekend for the annual reunion.

Members of all class years can attend the Clambake and the Red and White Night at the Boathouse at Valcour Conference Center, both taking place Saturday, July 13, featuring music, food and guest appearances by President John Ettling and the campus mascot, Burghy.

Alumni from class years ending in three and eight are invited to a wide range of other reunion festivities July 11 to 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,” Joanne Nelson, director of alumni relations, said in a news release.

“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 recent years, the reunion 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. The festival also includes the Mayor’s Cup Fun Run 5k, the annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta, fireworks and numerous family-friendly activities.


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

Alumni who want to relive their college days in another way can register to spend the night in Macdonough Hall.

“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.”

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